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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

Mythology Impresses With Debut on H Street

29 Sep
Interior of Mythology and Lore on H Street

Interior of Mythology and Lore on H Street

Mythology and Lore Lounge (816 H Street, NE) had been underdevelopment for quite some time and recently opened up for service on H Street after a complete renovation and rebuild of the space that had previously occupied the location (view menu here).  Mythology is being headed up by Chef Joseph Harran, (previously at Vidalia and Woodward Table) and General Manager Mark Medley, (previously at The Atlas Room) and owner Todd Luongo.  The first floor (open now) features fine dining for dinner and brunch soon; the second floor (coming soon) will be an upscale lounge with a separate menu and comfortable seating (like an upscale hotel lounge); the third floor will be a bar that is part indoor and part outdoor; and the fourth floor patio deck will be reserved for private events.  The goal for the second floor lounge is to create a space where people can comfortably sit, relax, and enjoy nice cocktails, beers, and wines without being too crowded.  The third floor will be more casual (same menu as lounge) and will have TVs for watching sports.  The menus (for upstairs and downstairs) will rotate frequently based upon what is in season at the time.

Exterior of Mythology and Lore Lounge

Exterior of Mythology and Lore Lounge

Mythology aims to become a destination dining spot but also wants to be a spot for neighborhood regulars.  Both the chef and GM live near H Street, so the community is very important for them.  District Cuisine asked why Mythology chose the middle part of H Street, which currently does not have many restaurant options, versus the better established eastern and western ends of the Corridor.  As the middle part of the Corridor develops, Mythology hopes to be a cornerstone of that development and to help spur more development.

Rock The Fish at Mythology

Rock The Fish at Mythology

District Cuisine stopped by for dinner during the first week of service and was impressed.  We started with the feta fries (there are 12 different fry options ranging from sushi fries to bulgogi fries) that were well seasoned with a generous amount of feta.  In addition to a menu of craft cocktails, Mythology offers a lengthy list of beer and wine.  For main courses, we moved on to “Rock the Fish Please” and “But I’m a Vegetarian.”  The rockfish was expertly seared and served over a combination of smokey bacon, crab meat, and fresh corn for a welcome end of summer taste.  The creative vegetarian dish featured a chickpea ragout as well as eggplant and a lemon yogurt sauce. Continue reading

Sospeso Opening This Fall on H Street (With Sample Menu)

27 Sep
Front Windows of Future Sospeso on H Street (1344 H Street)

Front Windows of Future Sospeso on H Street (1344 H Street)

News came late last year that a new Mediterranean restaurant concept called Sospeso would be opening at 1344 H Street, NE in what had previously been a real estate office.  While information has been sparse since then, recently District Cuisine caught up with Sospeso’s owner Michael Rosato to learn more details.  You can visit Sospeso’s website here and you can check out a sneak peak of their menu down below!

Sospeso’s name originated from Caffe Sospeso which translates to “suspended coffee” and “is a Neapolitan practice of someone anonymously paying for a coffee ahead for someone else in need.”  According to Sospeso’s website, the restaurant will be “inspired by the recipes of our grandparents and great-grandparents, as well as the sun-drenched countries and seas of Southern Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean, and North Africa.”  They will be focusing on high quality and locally sourced ingredients.

The owners hope to open before Thanksgiving and construction is well underway.  Sospeso’s hours, once open, will be Sunday-Thursday from 7 am until 2 am and Friday-Saturday until 3 am.  They will serve coffee and pastries in the morning, sandwiches and salads in the afternoon, and full dinner in the evening.  Appetizers will range from $6-13 and entrees from $16-30.  Dinner service will also include house made focaccia and a beverage program that focuses on Mediterranean wines and house infused vermouth and cocktails.

Sospeso will be a mom and pop operation run by Michael and his wife Hatice.  Michael has extensive restaurant experience from various roles at Tryst, Zaytinya, Palena, Granville Moore’s, Toki Underground, Ghibellina, and Sotto.  Most recently Michael has been running the wine program at Ghibellina and Sotto on 14th Street as well as booking music for Sotto.  Hatice runs a women’s clothing import business and designed the interior of the restaurant.  She will also be in charge of the restaurant’s forthcoming website, branding, and social media.  As a native of Turkey, Hatice will have a big influence on the menu.

Michael says that he has always enjoyed H Street since moving to DC back in 2003.  He liked the community feel so much that he moved to Trinidad in 2011, very close to where Sospeso will open up.

Sample Sospeso menu:


Bottarga Nuts-peanuts, Sicilian spices, bottarga

Cabbage Salad-savoy cabbage, roasted squash, fennel, onion

Butter Lettuce Salad-lettuce, shaved beet and carrot, lemon-cardamom dressing

Imam Bayildi-roasted eggplant, onion, tomato, garlic

Mercimekli Kofte-lentil and bulghur ‘fingerlings,’ lettuce, lemon

Hummus-chickpea puree, pita

Add roasted lamb

Salty Fritters-anchovy stuffed fried dough, gremolata

Piyaz-giant beans, baked in tomato, garlic, and lemon

Grilled Octopus-giant beans


Gnocchi-wild mushrooms, garlic, rosemary, Grana Padano

Tagliatelli Carbonara-pancetta, onion, egg, Grana Padano


Porchetta Sandwich-roast pork, vegetable relish, cracklins, pickled veggies

Vegetable Bouillabaisse-charred vegetables, aioli crostini

Moussaka-ground beef, potato, eggplant, bechamel

Roasted Fish-clam broth

Hanger Steak-rosemary roasted potatoes, balsamic reduction


Bruschetta Dolce-rosemary rhortbread, tomato jam, mint

Zabaione-marsala custard, biscotti

Almond Cake-mascarpone cream

Pistachio Baklava


H Street Festival Preview: Mythology Restaurant

14 Sep
Mythology Restaurant and Lore Lounge on H Street

Mythology Restaurant and Lore Lounge on H Street

Upcoming restaurant Mythology and Lore Lounge (coming soon to 816 H Street, NE) will preview its upcoming food and drink menus this Saturday as part of H Street Festival.  You can view the sample menu that they posted to Facebook down below or by going to their Facebook page.

H Street Festival Menu for Mythology Restaurant and Lore Lounge

H Street Festival Menu for Mythology Restaurant and Lore Lounge

Starbucks Now Open on H Street

2 Sep
Exterior of Starbucks on H Street

Exterior of Starbucks on H Street

The new Starbucks in the Anthology building on H Street (625 H Street, NE) is now open and serving coffee to the neighborhood.  The Starbucks will soon be joined by Unleashed by Petco and Buredo, as announced by the Washingtonian last week.

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

The Haymaker Bar Debuts on H Street

25 Aug
The New Bar at The Haymaker Bar on H Street

The New Bar at The Haymaker Bar on H Street

Many longtime H Street residents were sad when The Atlas Room closed for good several weeks ago to change into a new concept.  However, the owners have converted the space into a new and exciting concept that they hope will quickly become a neighborhood favorite.  Meet The Haymaker Bar (1015 H Street, NE), a more casual bar and neighborhood hangout that still will have chef driven cuisine.  District Cuisine chatted with The Haymaker team last week to learn more about the new spot.

District Cuisine: We were very sad to see the Atlas Room close several weeks ago (we used to have our birthday dinner there every year).  Think we’ll see any of the old Atlas Room favorites on the menu of The Haymaker?

The Haymaker: While we have (Atlas Room) favorites too, we reimagined chickpea fritters as pubfare as the only crossover, not just because of their popularity, but because they’re vegan and gluten free which is a must on menus.  We know people want old favorites, and we hope to make new favorites very soon!  While The Haymaker  isn’t fine dining, the flavor is still chef driven by owner/chef Matt Cordes.


DC: Where does the name Haymaker come from?

Haymaker: The Haymaker is derived from a couple of meanings and uses of the word.  The first being a knockout punch as used in boxing, but really derived from a worker wielding a scythe and cutting down a large patch of hay in one “swing.”  We offer a selection of 5 house made punches (a fistful if you will).  Also pertaining to beverage, the Haymaker was the orignial Gatorade taken to the fields to keep workers hydrated, it consisted of water, herbs, apple cider vinegar, and sorghum or molasses.  The goal for The Haymaker is to be a comfortable neighorhood bar with elements of wood, stone, and metal throughout to provide a laid back and warm environment to enjoy great food and drinks.  It has elements of sports and news on the TV’s and an upbeat modern music selection, as well as a fully stocked bar and seasonal beers on tap and in bottles.

DC: What made you want to change the concept from being a fine dining restaurant into more of a neighborhood bar?

Haymaker: Honestly you answered your own question.  The Atlas Room became the birthday/special occasion restaurant.  It wasn’t a place the neighbors could enjoy a meal or two a week.  The hope is Haymaker is at a flavor and price point for the neighborhood to visit often and regularly without breaking the bank.  Our draft beer, rail and wine happy hour prices are kept low with this in mind ($5).  We’re even launching a 1015 (our address) deal soon.  Craving a late night snack?  At 10:15 until midnight you can get a draft beer and our tots for $10.15. Continue reading