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Old City Market and Oven Opening Wednesday (Nov 16) Near H Street

16 Nov
Remodeled Exterior for Old City Market and Oven

Remodeled Exterior for Old City Market and Oven

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!

Cotton & Reed Distillery Opens This Saturday in Union Market

11 Nov
Interior Bar Area at Cotton & Reed

Interior Bar Area at Cotton & Reed

Cotton & Reed (1330 5th Street, NE) has come quite a long way since District Cuisine toured the space last November (you can see our post with construction photos here).  The rum distillery and tasting room by friends and former co-workers Reed Walker and Jordan Cotton will open this Saturday in Union Market (less than half a block away from the main Union Market building).  District Cuisine got a sneak peak as part of the media preview last week.

A Peak Through the Door to the Distillery at Cotton & Reed

A Peak Through the Door to the Distillery at Cotton & Reed

Cotton & Reed will be open from 4 pm until midnight Wednesday-Friday and noon until midnight Saturday and Sunday.  The distillery has a beautiful bar in the front where customers can order craft cocktails featuring Cotton & Reed rum created by mixologist Lucas Smith.  In their opening run, Cotton & Reed created a white rum and a dry spiced rum, both of which are available for purchase or as shots.  During good weather, the front window will be open to allow a fresh breeze to come in through the bar.  Visitors will be able to get a tour of the distillery located in the back behind the bar area during business hours.  The entire space is also available to rent for larger parties and events.

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As Cotton & Reed becomes more established, they will produce additional varieties of rum.  They plan to distribute their rums to area restaurants and stores when they open.  Cotton & Reed will be a very welcome addition to the Union Market area, and we hope that it inspires similar local businesses to join the area in the near future!

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*Photos courtesy of Farrah Skeiky from Dim Sum Media

Construction Begins for (Near) H Street Chick-fil-A

10 Nov
Construction on Upcoming Chick-fil-A

Construction on Upcoming Chick-fil-A

As was reported several months ago, Chick-fil-A is replacing Checkers at 1401 Maryland Avenue, NE, just one block off of the H Street Corridor.  The Checkers site sat vacant for several months, but construction has begun in recent weeks.  We’ll update once we learn more details on an opening date.

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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.

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*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:

Appetizers

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

Pastas

Gnocchi-wild mushrooms, garlic, rosemary, Grana Padano

Tagliatelli Carbonara-pancetta, onion, egg, Grana Padano

Mains

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

Dessert

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