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More Details and Menu for The Tavern at Ivy City SmokeHouse

15 Apr
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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

Micho’s Lebanese Grill: Authentic (and Fast) Lebanese Coming to Western End of H Street

1 Jul
Outside of Micho's Lebanese Grill

Outside of Micho’s Lebanese Grill

In the coming weeks, Micho’s Lebanese Grill (500 H Street, NE) will bring a taste of Lebanon to the western end of H Street in a fast casual format.  The restaurant is going into an end unit space that had previously been a florist and will have a nice patio area on the side for diners to enjoy good weather.  When it opens in mid-July, Micho’s will offer both lunch and dinner service every night, in addition to having late night hours on the weekends.  You can see the menu here.

Window Seating at Micho's Lebanese Grill

Window Seating at Micho’s Lebanese Grill

It will have takeout service, and the owners are currently considering delivery service as well.  In addition to having Lebanese cuisine, it will also feature several different types of beer in addition to sangria and margaritas.  It will also have a weekday happy hour.

Counter at Micho's Lebanese Grill

Counter at Micho’s Lebanese Grill

Micho’s Lebanese Grill comes from three Lebanese friends who have spent their careers in the restaurant industry.  Micho, the chef, is currently the head chef at Darna in Arlington and received his culinary training in Lebanon.  Jad started his restaurant career at age 17 working as a busboy at PF Chang’s and has worked his way up through the industry ever since.  And Fady has owned and run a restaurant in Springfield since 2006. Continue reading

Menu for Micho’s Lebanese Grill

1 Jul

Below is the menu for Micho’s Lebanese Grill (500 H Street, NE), which will be opening later this month.  If you have any trouble reading the small print, please click on the picture to enlarge it.

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Menu for Micho’s Lebanese Grill (Part One)

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Menu for Micho’s Lebanese Grill (Part Two)

Menu for Micho's Lebanese Grill (Part Three)

Menu for Micho’s Lebanese Grill (Part Three)

 

Po Boy Jim Now Open on H Street

28 Jun
Catfish Po Boy at Po Boy Jim's

Catfish Po Boy at Po Boy Jim

After years of waiting, Po Boy Jim on H Street (709 H Street, NE) finally opened its doors this week and based upon our initial experience it was worth the wait (you can read our first preview post from September, 2012 here).  The restaurant is a family business that has several family members working throughout the restaurant.  The staff was very friendly and seemed to take pride in the restaurant and its food.  The first day of service was this Thursday, and after they have a couple of days of operations under their belts, the owners plan on having it open from lunch through dinner and late night.

Tables on Second Floor Overlooking Patio at Po Boy Jim

Tables on Second Floor Overlooking Patio at Po Boy Jim

It will open at 11am for lunch and stay open until 3am on weeknights (earlier during the week).  The restaurant offers full dining service as well as takeout and bar service.  The food is cajun inspired but has different influences from around the world throughout its menu (which you can view here).

Bar at Po Boy Jim

Bar at Po Boy Jim

Po Boy Jim’s interior was completely renovated and the space is quite large.  The downstairs area has several tables, a somewhat open kitchen, and a place where you can wait for takeout.  There is a fairly large patio with several picnic tables and a large wall mural featuring the forthcoming (we hope) H Street streetcar.  The upstairs has a large bar as well as tables that overlook H Street down below.

Po Boy Jim Ceiling

Po Boy Jim Ceiling

The ceiling has been decorated with large and multicolored window shutters to create a very interesting vibe.  When you walk past the bar on the upper level, there are two separate additional dining areas towards the back of the restaurant.  The second of the two back dining areas has glass doors with a railing that overlook the patio that will be opened once the patio is complete (it is still under construction) whenever the weather is nice.  On the night that we were in there, jazz was being played throughout the restaurant to give it an authentic New Orleans feel.  Continue reading

Menu for Po Boy Jim on H Street

28 Jun
Menu at Po Boy Jim on H Street

Menu at Po Boy Jim on H Street

Drinks at Po Boy Jim on H Street

Drinks at Po Boy Jim on H Street

 

H Street’s Horizon: What’s Coming Soon (Winter 2014)

22 Jan

Back in the spring, we looked at the new restaurants and bars that were coming to H Street.  Now that several months have gone by, we wanted to take a look at what restaurants have opened, what ones have made construction progress, and what new restaurant concepts have been announced recently.  For each of these categories we list the establishments in order of going west-east down H Street.  If we’ve missed a place, please let us know in the comment section.

Opened this Summer and Fall

  • Heaven & H (701 H Street)–new deli in former Grace Deli location that honors the memory of the owner of Grace Deli (June Lim) who was murdered in 2012, deli underwent some renovations and is now open but appears that renovations may be ongoing, more details from Washington City Paper
  • Chupacabra (822 H Street)–taco restaurant that previously was a food truck, operates right off of H Street but has added a covered patio that links it to H Street in the last several months that should be quite popular when it is warmer
  • Vendetta (1210 H Street)–Italian restaurant and bocce bar by Joe Englert, you can read our early review here
  • Da Luft (1242 H Street)–initially billed as a “seafood restaurant,” now appears to be more of a club with three levels and a rooftop patio
  • Sol Mexican Grill (1251 H Street)–two level Mexican restaurant with fast casual service downstairs and full service restaurant, bar, and patio upstairs, you can read our early review here
  • RedRocks (1348 H Street)–full service pizza and Italian restaurant with extensive bar and retractable roof patio, three other DC area locations
  • Manny and Olga’s (1409 H Street)–D.C. pizza chain offers delivery
  • The Elroy (1423 H Street)–a bar concept on the eastern end of H Street, more from Washington City Paper Continue reading

H Street Residents and Restaurants Spar Over Longer Hours for Rooftops

18 Dec

This evening the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6A Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee–which has jurisdiction over the eastern end of H Street–held a discussion about possibly changing its policy that currently prevents restaurants and bars from operating public space patios (i.e. patios on the street) and rooftop decks after 11pm on weeknights and midnight on weekends.  While the D.C. Government’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) handles alcohol licenses in the District, ANCs play a very important role in the process through recommendations to ABRA and by holding hearings to help restaurants/bars and residents come to mutually beneficial agreements that will help the establishment thrive in the community without negatively affecting its neighbors.  The current policy of ANC 6A is to require restaurants and bars to agree to not serve alcohol on patios and rooftops late at night even though the establishment can stay open until much later in the evening.  This meeting was to discuss a potential change to that policy.

Over 20 residents showed up to protest any potential change vociferously.  Most of the comments were similar: allowing later hours outdoors would create more noise and prevent residents from sleeping, later hours would encourage more drunken debauchery along H Street and in the surrounding neighborhoods, and that there was no benefit to the community for allowing restaurants to have later outdoor hours.  Several residents argued that allowing restaurants to have later outdoor hours would lead to an increase in crime.

Only two restaurants testified in favor of changing the current policy to allow for later hours.  Joe Englert–owner of several H Street establishments and arguably one of the main reasons that H Street is currently experiencing such a renaissance–countered many of the residents claims that a change in policy would have negative effects.  Englert argued that he and other H Street restaurants have invested many millions of dollars in the community and have no reason to be bad neighbors.  He offered to install any kind of noise barrier to help alleviate any noise problems that arose in neighborhoods surrounding H Street.  After several residents questioned the need to keep outdoor areas open so late (one said that there was no reason for people to be drinking or even out after midnight), Englert pointed out that many young people are going to be out late drinking “because that’s what they do.”  He implied that if they weren’t out drinking and spending money on H Street they would be doing it elsewhere around the city which would hurt the H Street economy.   Continue reading