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New Happy Hour and Drink Menu at Uni Bistro

21 Jun
New Back Wall at Uni Bistro

New Back Wall at Uni Bistro

We reported last week that Uni Bistro (403 H Street) would be expanding its hours and launching a happy hour.  We now have the menus for Uni Bistro’s happy hour and the restaurant’s complete drink menu down below.  Uni Bistro’s happy hour runs from 5pm-8pm and is now available.

Happy Hour Menu at Uni Bistro

Happy Hour Menu at Uni Bistro

Drink Menu at Uni Bistro

Drink Menu at Uni Bistro

Uni Bistro Adjusting Hours, Will Stay Open Later

13 Jun
New Back Wall at Uni Bistro

New Back Wall at Uni Bistro

Uni Bistro (403 H Street) will adjust its hours on June 16th as it looks to create more of a dinner crowd in addition to its strong breakfast and lunch business.  Starting on the 16th, Uni will be open from 8 am until 2 pm before shutting down for a few hours and reopening at 5 pm.  The restaurant will then stay open until 10 pm for dinner service (it currently closes at 8 pm).  They will host happy hour from 5-8 pm.  If you haven’t been inside in a couple of weeks, they have renovated the back wall to feature some of their wines and beers that they have available (see picture above).

Uni Bistro: Beyond Coffee and Breakfast

8 Feb
Turkey Club Sandwich at Uni Bistro

Turkey Club Sandwich at Uni Bistro

If you live on the west end of H Street, you know Batter Bowl Bakery well.  For us, we stop there multiple times a weekend to fill up on our favorite iced coffee and warm pastries.  Several weeks ago, Batter Bowl changed its name to become Uni Bistro, which features the same great coffee and pastries plus many new lunch and dinner entrees.  The name Uni Bistro is a play off of both the restaurant’s proximity to Union Station and the unique image and vibe that the owners envision for the restaurant.  They also hope to attract more of an afternoon and evening crowd as the restaurant previously only had a strong morning clientele.  For now Uni will maintain its existing hours; however, they may expand later into the evening in the future.  You can view their new menu here.

Lasagna at Uni Bistro

Lasagna at Uni Bistro

The expanded menu was under development for quite a while, and it is delicious.  Some of the items are similar to ones that were on the previous lunch menu, but many of the items are brand new.  All of the items are fresh and made in house daily.  Our favorite so far is the Uni bruschetta, made with freshly baked bread (we recommend asking for sourdough) and topped with a combination of basil, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese that tastes almost like pesto.  We also like the lasagna–a healthy serving of ground beef lasagna served with a side salad that includes walnuts and cranberries.  The lasagna is cooked long enough to provide a golden brown to the cheese on top without drying out the sauce, noodles, and meat on the inside.  Other solid options include the turkey club sandwich and the Eighth Street sandwich, an open face sandwich with chickpeas, hummus, avocado, capers, and tomatoes.  Both sandwiches come with the side salad.

Uni Bruschetta at Uni Bistro

Uni Bruschetta at Uni Bistro

Uni Bistro serves its new menu both in house and to go.  Their to go packaging holds up well regardless of which of the items you select.  Most of the items we have tried thus far are large enough to serve as dinner or as lunch and a snack later.  If you haven’t tried the new menu at Uni Bistro outside of breakfast, you need to stop by and check out the new offerings.  It has quickly become one of our good-to spots for a quick dinner or lunch on H Street.

 

Uni Bistro Launches New Menu on H Street

19 Jan
New Exterior at Uni Bistro, Previously Batter Bowl Bakery

New Exterior at Uni Bistro, Previously Batter Bowl Bakery

Uni Bistro–previously Batter Bowl Bakery–at 403 H Street has launched a new lunch/dinner menu this month.  In addition to the new food, diners can also now get beer and wine, with a cocktail program launching soon as well.  Uni’s new menu is down below (click on any image to make it larger).

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Batter Bowl Bakery Rebrands as Uni Bistro

23 Nov
New Exterior at Uni Bistro, Previously Batter Bowl Bakery

New Exterior at Uni Bistro, Previously Batter Bowl Bakery

Batter Bowl Bakery (403 H Street) has recently rebranded as Uni Bistro due to an ownership change.  Previously, the restaurant was owned by neighboring Ethiopic that opened it back in 2013.  It is now owned by the husband and wife team that has been running the day to day operations.  According to the owners, Uni is a play off of nearby Union Station as well as the word unique.  The new logo that they will be rolling out soon is based off a thumb print to highlight the restaurant’s unique character.

As we previously reported, they are hoping to attract more customers in the afternoon and evening by serving alcohol and expanding lunch and dinner menu items.  As part of its rebranding efforts, the outside of the restaurant has been repainted gold and there is a new sign outside.  Expect to see new menu items rolled out soon in a push for later in the day customers.

Batter Bowl Bakery Hopes to Attract Dinner Crowd With New Options

26 Sep
Bar Area at Batter Bowl Bakery

Bar Area at Batter Bowl Bakery

Batter Bowl Bakery (403 H Street), our favorite spot to grab a coffee and pastry on H Street, hopes to attract more of a dinner crowd with beer, wine, and expanded food options.  Batter Bowl is open from 8 am to 8 pm every day, but as the owners point out, after around 3 pm the crowd dies down.  Attempting to change that, Batter Bowl applied for a liquor license several months ago and will now serve a selection of wine and beer in the afternoon and evening.  Look for more food options in the afternoon, including a burger and rotating specials.  For right now, they will keep their current hours, but if Batter Bowl becomes more of an attraction after 3 pm that could change in the future.

Fourth Street Sandwich (Smoked Salmon) at Batter Bowl Bakery

Fourth Street Sandwich (Smoked Salmon) at Batter Bowl Bakery

H Street’s Horizon: What’s Coming Soon (Spring, 2013)

3 Apr

At the beginning of the year we took a look at what new bars and restaurants were planned for H Street in the coming year.  Now that a quarter of 2013 has gone by, we wanted to provide an update on new openings, newly announced concepts, and progress towards opening.  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 Winter

  • Batter Bowl Bakery (401 H Street)–delicious new bakery from the owners of Ethiopic (next door) that is open all day and serves a variety of baked goods, sandwiches, and salads (see menu here).
  • Hikari Sushi and Sake (644 H Street)–new sushi restaurant with two floors and extensive bar.  See our initial review here.
  • Thaaja Indian Food Bar (NoMa region, 1335 2nd Street, NE)–features customizable Indian food in a format similar to Chipotle.  See our opening night review here. Continue reading