Sospeso, a Mediterranean restaurant that will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner at 1344 H Street, NE will open in late January, District Cuisine has learned. According to the owners, the interior renovation is all done, and they are waiting on final inspection from the District government. If everything goes according to plan, they should be open before the end of January. District Cuisine previewed Sospeso, including a sample menu, several months ago (check out our post here).
Several weeks ago, the H Street Popeyes (1226 H Street, NE) closed down for “renovations” leading to speculation about whether it would ever reopen. District Cuisine can confirm via permits filed with the DC government that the Popeyes will in fact renovate and reopen in the future. The permit application was filed back in the summer but was finally approved in December, hence the December closure. While there will be some differences, the renovation will probably make the H Street Popeyes look similar to the recently rebuilt 14th Street Popeyes (pictures from Popville here).
DC Harvest (517 H Street, NE) will be ringing in the new year with a three course chef’s tasting menu complete with a champagne toast at midnight. Some of the features of the tasting menu include smoked Arctic Char, crispy duck confit, a wild mushroom napoleon, and a pistachio encrusted lamb sirloin. Reservations and the complete menu available at DC Harvest’s website here.
District Cuisine got news last night that The Wydown passed its final inspection and will be open for business today in the new Apollo building (600 H Street, NE). You can see our previous preview post on The Wydown here. The bar part of The Wydown will be opening late next week. We can’t wait to check it out!
Dish of the week is an ongoing series from District Cuisine that highlights one of our favorite dishes from a local restaurant.
Maketto (1351 H Street, NE) has received the most attention of any restaurant in the H Street Corridor over the past year, culminating with its inclusion in the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand list a couple of months ago. Throughout all of the positive coverage, one item emerged as the most talked about: the Taiwanese fried chicken. Seemingly every article about Maketto talked about the dish. Don’t get us wrong, we really like the fried chicken, but we think there is one dish that is even better: the wok fried noodles. The wok fried noodles are stir fried with a combination of vegetables and a rich and flavorful sauce (with a mushroom presence) that is the perfect remedy for a chilly winter night. The noodles, which capture the taste of the vegetables and have a hint of smoke in them, come topped with crispy garlic and hot peppers. You can add seared duck breast or pork belly for around $20 (that’s in addition, not total); however, the addition is not necessary (although the seared duck is good) as the dish by itself is quite large and prone to tasty leftovers the next day.
District Cuisine has been excitedly waiting for the opening of Old City Market and Oven (522 K Street, NE) for several months. The former convenience store turned gourmet market officially plans to open its doors on Wednesday (November 16th), according to General Manager Mahadi Lawal. Our friends at Borderstan had a good preview piece late last month that you can view here, but District Cuisine recently learned some additional exciting details about the new spot.
Owner Curt Hansen has owned the property at 522 K Street for over 30 years but decided recently that he wanted to change it from a typical corner store to a gourmet market that would better meet the needs of the community. The entire space was completely renovated over the past several months and will now sell gourmet groceries, wine, prepared foods, and coffee. While they will not serve pizza for the first several weeks, eventually they will have pizza fresh from their pizza oven featuring topics such as hummus, caramelized onions, potatoes, and salmon as well as other more traditional pizza toppings. The coffee will be from M.E. Swings, and they will offer cappuccinos, macchiatos, lattes, and mochas. We look forward to stopping by soon to check everything out!