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Early Taste of Sospeso, Opening Soon on H Street (Menu Included)

24 Jan
Ras el Hanout Soup at Sospeso

Ras el Hanout Soup at Sospeso

Yesterday, District Cuisine previewed the interior and design of Sospeso (1344 H Street, NE), which will be opening in February.  We also sampled some of Sospeso’s food and got a sneak peak of the opening menu.  Sospeso’s opening menu is now online, and you can view it here.

Salty Fritters at Sospeso

Salty Fritters at Sospeso

We were impressed by all of the dishes that we have sampled so far at Sospeso.  Our tastes started with a Ras el Hanout soup that is a spicy vegetarian (in this case) soup with cauliflower, tomato, onion, and potato in it.  The soup was great for a cold and dreary winter day and was not overpowering despite the complex spice blend.  Next we tried the freshly made pita that was flaky and warm out of the oven.  It will be served with hummus, and guests can add either olive tapenade or roasted lamb to it as well.

Pita at Sospeso

Pita at Sospeso

We also sampled the Za’atar roasted chicken (entree), Mercimekli Kofte (lentil and bulgur fingerling snacks), and the salty fritters (dough stuffed with anchovy, potatoes, and capers).  The owners hope to not only have great food but also to serve dishes that have stories attached to them and that provide guests with a unique dining experience.  They hope to have dishes that you may never have tried before as well as drinks, such as Serbian wines, that may be new as well.  The grilled octopus, the whole fish, and the porchetta sandwich are several of the dishes that we look forward to exploring once Sospeso opens.


You can learn more about Sospeso, including the restaurant’s contact information by going to the website here.

Menu for Brunch at Mythology

7 Oct
Exterior of Mythology and Lore on H Street

Exterior of Mythology and Lore on H Street

Mythology (816 H Street, NE) recently opened on H Street and last weekend began brunch service on Saturday (12-3pm) and Sunday (11:30 am-4pm).  They hope to expand brunch to Thursday and Friday in the future.  Below you will find a copy of their brunch menu.  You can read District Cuisine’s earlier review of Mythology here.





*Restaurant photo courtesy of Jim Folliard

Food and Drink Menus for The Haymaker Bar

26 Aug
Spicy Chicken Slider Special at The Haymaker Bar

Spicy Chicken Slider Special at The Haymaker Bar

Earlier this week, District Cuisine featured our interview with the owners of The Haymaker Bar (1015 H Street, NE) where we discussed the new concept and their exciting new plans for the neighborhood.  As a follow up to that piece, below are the new food and drink menus for The Haymaker.  Additionally, the restaurant will have spicy chicken sliders on its menu for the next week as a special; $10 for three sliders.

Food Menu for The Haymaker Bar

Food Menu for The Haymaker Bar

Drink Menu for The Haymaker Bar

Drink Menu for The Haymaker Bar

*Photo credit Margaux Cedar

More Details and Menu for The Tavern at Ivy City SmokeHouse

15 Apr

The Ivy City SmokeHouse Platter

If you haven’t yet checked out Ivy City SmokeHouse in Ivy City (1356 Okie Street, NE…right off New York Avenue), you need to this weekend.  Their market provides the most extensive selection of fresh seafood in the area at reasonable price levels.  The SmokeHouse is owned by Profish, the seafood wholesaler and retailer that provides seafood to many of the top restaurants in the city, and that connection helps keep the prices down.  In addition to fresh seafood, the market sells a variety of smoked seafood products (hence the name).  There is a large fish counter featuring the daily selection that is open to the public seven days a week.  If they don’t have the type of fish that you want, they can order it for you within a day or two.

Part of the Fish Counter at Ivy City SmokeHouse

Part of the Fish Counter at Ivy City SmokeHouse

Recently, the SmokeHouse expanded to create a tavern upstairs that serves dinner featuring the extensive selection of seafood that Profish carries.  The head chef of the Ivy City SmokeHouse Tavern is Alberto Baizano, a native of Mexico who comes from a fifth generation culinary family.  Chef Baizano, a graduate of the Morelos Culinary Institute, previously worked at a variety of well known DC restaurants including Occidental Grill, Zola, Cheff Geoff’s, and NoPa.  He specializes in seafood, especially ceviche.  While ceviche is not currently on the menu, we’re told that customers can expect to see it soon.

Menu at Ivy City SmokeHouse Tavern

Menu at Ivy City SmokeHouse Tavern

Menu for Lunch at Ocopa

16 Mar
Chef Yuki Nakandakari at Ocopa on H Street

Chef Yuki Nakandakari at Ocopa on H Street

Several weeks ago Ocopa (1324 H Street) launched lunch with a brand new menu.  Ocopa’s lunch menu is designed to be healthy and affordable.  If you missed our interview with Ocopa’s new chef from a few weeks ago, check it out here.

Lunch Menu at Ocopa

Lunch Menu at Ocopa

Ocopa Launching Saturday Brunch This Weekend

2 Mar
Patio at Ocopa

Patio at Ocopa

Ocopa (1324 H Street) will be launching brunch featuring a new menu this Saturday.  Brunch will run from 11:30 am until 3 pm every Saturday going forward.  The menu was designed by Ocopa’s new chef Yuki Nakandakari (if you missed our recent interview with Yuki, check it out here).  Check out the menu below (click on the image below to make it larger).

Brunch Menu at Ocopa

Brunch Menu at Ocopa

Driftwood Kitchen Launches New Brunch Menu

29 Feb
Driftwood Kitchen on H Street

Driftwood Kitchen on H Street

Driftwood Kitchen (400 H Street) has launched a new brunch menu in time for the (very) beginning of spring.  It looks like it has some pretty exciting new items, and you can see the entire menu down below!



Short Rib Hash
salsa verde and poached egg….14

Banana Walnut French Toast
bananas and walnuts,
served with candied bacon….12

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
served with honeycomb butter
and fresh fruit…13

Chicken & Waffles
your choice of light or dark meat,
on top of a buttermilk waffle,
with house syrup….14

Moroccan Scramble
scrambled eggs, beef & lamb merguez sausage,
on grilled sourdough toast with avocado mash,
with a chickpea salad….14

Driftwood Omelette
mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, red onions,
red peppers and goat cheese,
with homefries….11

For $2: ADD bacon or sausage, or SUB egg whites

Steak & Eggs
flat iron steak, two eggs any style,
with homefries….14

Soup & Sammy
grilled cheddar cheese,
bacon and tomato sandwich on sourdough,
served with a cup of tomato soup….12

Breakfast Sliders
scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, bacon, sausage, on an english muffin and biscuit
served with homefries ….12

Fried Chicken Sandwich
fried chicken breast on a Kaiser roll with sriracha aioli, pickles, mayo, lettuce, tomato and onion,
served with homefries….11 Continue reading