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H Street Festival Preview: Po Boy Jim

12 Sep
Po Boy Eating Contest at Po Boy Jim

Po Boy Eating Contest at Po Boy Jim

Po Boy Jim (709 H Street, NE) will be holding its 3rd annual po boy eating contest during H Street Festival this year.  The contest will take place at 6 pm, and the winner gets a trophy and a sandwich named after them for a month.  It is free entry for the contest and throughout the day they will be having specials from SweetWater brewing.


Po Boy Jim Holding Specials for Launch of Streetcar

26 Feb
Po Boy Jim

Po Boy Jim

Po Boy Jim (709 H Street) will be having several specials this Saturday (February 27th) for the official launch of the H Street Streetcar.  They include 10% off appetizers for dine in, free beignets with any dine in or takeout order, and $5 hurricanes.

Po Boy Jim Plans Mardi Gras Celebration

5 Feb
New Sign at Po Boy Jim's

Exterior of Po Boy Jim

Po Boy Jim (709 H Street) is planning a Mardi Gras celebration for this Tuesday that will include numerous specials starting at 3 pm and going all night.

  • King Cake
  • $2 off all draft beer
  • $2 off all appetizers
  • Special crawfish etoufee entree
  • $5 Grenade shots
  • $8 Mardi Gras hurricanes
  • $8 Bayou storms
  • $8 Peach margaritas

Po Boy Jim’s to Host 2nd Annual Po Boy Eating Contest at H Street Festival

14 Sep
Po Boy Jim's Po Boy Eating Competition Trophy

Po Boy Jim’s Po Boy Eating Competition Trophy

Last year at H Street Festival, Po Boy Jim (709 H Street) held its inaugural po boy eating competition where it awarded a trophy (see above) to the person who could eat the most in a short period of time.  Building off the success of last year’s competition, Po Boy Jim will be hosting the event again this year at H Street Festival (September 19th).  They will also be debuting a new po boy on their menu: the chili cheese po boy.  There will be an outdoor bar in the front of the restaurant serving $8 hurricanes and four draft beers (Shock Top, Goose Island, Devil’s Backbone, and Stella) as well as t-shirts, bottle openers, and other giveaways.

Po Boy Jim Establishes Itself as a Fun Bar with Tasty Eats

17 Mar
Gumbo on H at Po Boy Jim's

Gumbo on H at Po Boy Jim

Since opening in mid-2014, Po Boy Jim (709 H Street, NE) has worked to attract people to the middle section of H Street.  Unlike many of its peer restaurants on the eastern and western ends of H Street, until recently, Po Boy Jim did not have other bars and restaurants nearby to help bring in customers.  To bring people in, Po Boy Jim has become known for its fun events, drinks, and quality food.  For H Streetfest in the fall, Po Boy Jim held a po boy eating contest complete with a trophy.  Recently for Mardi Gras, Po Boy Jim had a variety of drink specials and gave out king cake to everyone in the restaurant.  In the coming weeks, the restaurant will have March Madness specials during the week.

Crab Cake Dinner at Po Boy Jim

Crab Cake Dinner at Po Boy Jim

Po Boy Jim has a nice selection of cajun food (view opening menu here).  For starters, we enjoy the (admittedly non-cajun) wing flight and the crawfish spring rolls (the best selling appetizer at Po Boy Jim).  Then depending on our mood, we will either grab one of their po boys–we prefer the fried catfish one–or enjoy the Gumbo on H, a traditional New Orleans gumbo which is filled with shrimp and andouille sausage.  The Atlas Po Boy–bacon, chicken, and shrimp–is the best selling po boy on the menu.  In addition to their extensive list of po boys, the restaurant also serves a variety of non-po boy entrees such as the gumbo mentioned above and the crab cake dinner which features panko crusted crab cakes with scallion rice and the vegetable of the day.  Wash your meal down with either a hurricane served in a mason jar or Abita on tap, and it makes for a great evening.

Fried Shrimp Po Boy at Po Boy Jim's

Fried Shrimp Po Boy at Po Boy Jim’s

Po Boy Jim is also open for lunch everyday, and they are considering delivery in the coming weeks.  They will announce their frequent specials via their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Pear and Walnut Salad at Po Boy Jim's

Pear and Walnut Salad at Po Boy Jim’s

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

22 Oct

Last winter, 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.  You can see previous versions of H Street’s Horizons here, here, and here.

Opened this Spring and Summer

  • Driftwood Kitchen (400 H Street)–new Mediterranean restaurant that replaced the controversial Tru Orleans restaurant that closed a year ago.  Our coverage here.
  • Micho’s Grill (500 H Street)–in the summer, Micho’s Grill brought fast casual style Lebanese food to the western end of H Street.  Our coverage here.
  • DC Harvest (517 H Street)–in late summer, DC Harvest opened for dinner and brunch.  The new American restaurant has a seasonal menu that changes based upon what is in season.  They focus on locally sourcing as many of their ingredients as possible, both for food and for drinks.  Arthur Ringel, the head chef, was previously head chef at Hank’s Oyster Bar.  Our coverage here.
  • The Spot Deli (701 H Street)–breakfast and lunch spot that replaced Heaven & H after renovations.  From the same owners as The Spot that has not yet opened further east on H Street.
  • Po Boy Jim (709 H Street)–after many months of construction, Po Boy Jim opened for lunch and dinner in late June.  The restaurant has an extensive menu of cajun po boys as well as po boys that are influenced from cuisines around the globe.  Our coverage here.
  • Kitty’s Saloon (1208 H Street)–country-western restaurant and whiskey bar that replaced the long closed Souk restaurant.  Our coverage here.
  • Pizza Parts and Service (1320 H Street)–this space owned by Taylor Gourmet was previously Taylor Charles Steak and Ice and served cheesesteaks.  That concept closed down late last year (you can now get cheesesteaks at all of Taylor Gourmet’s locations) and reopened as Pizza Parts and Service, which serves pizzas by the pie or the slice.  They also deliver.  Website here.
  • Ocopa (previously Chicken Tortilla) (1324 H Street)–the Peruvian restaurant opened this summer and serves both dinner and lunch.  They offer Peruvian chicken, many types of ceviche, and several other Peruvian dishes.  Website here and early Washington Post review here.
  • Bullfrog Bagels (1341 H Street)–previously a pop-up bagel place around town, Bullfrog opened its permanent location in part of the space that Star and Shamrock has occupied for years.  Our coverage here.
  • Impala Cantina y Taqueria (1358 H Street)–originally a pop-up taco window several years ago, H Street residents have been waiting years for Impala to open its permanent brick and mortar location.  They opened earlier this year with a very cool first floor that opens up into a large courtyard for outdoor eating.  Website here.
  • Pursuit Wine Bar (1421 H Street)–wine bar and grilled cheese restaurant opened at the far east end of H Street.  Our coverage here.

New Concepts Announced in the Middle of 2014

  • Sticky Fingers Bakery (406 H Street)–Vegan bakery with existing location in Columbia Heights.  Space is currently undergoing major renovations.
  • Nando’s (411 H Street)–South African (with major Portuguese influence) chicken chain will open a location on the eastern end of H Street sometime next year.  The space must undergo major renovations before Nando’s can open.

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Po Boy Jim to Host Eating Competition During H Streetfest

16 Sep
Po Boy Trophy

Po Boy Trophy

Po Boy Jim (709 H Street, NE) will be hosting a po boy eating competition during H Streetfest next Saturday involving a stuffed 10 inch version of their chicken and pulled pork po boy.  Every contestant will begin eating at the same time and the first person to finish the entire sandwich will be the winner.  The entrance fee is $10, but the winner has the fee refunded as well as receiving a special Po Boy Jim trophy and a po boy named in their honor at the restaurant for a month.  They are still accepting signups at the restaurant now!

They also plan on having a full bar with outdoor seating setup in front of the restaurant during the Festival on Saturday.

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

Po Boy Jim to Open in June, Now Hiring

13 May

Construction at the long awaited Po Boy Jim (709 H Street NE) is wrapping up, and the restaurant plans to open sometime in June.  They recently launched a website and are hiring staff.  In the coming weeks, they will finalize their menu and do a soft launch.  You can read more about the restaurant in our preview here

A Look Inside the Window at Po Boy Jim

A Look Inside the Window at Po Boy Jim


Middle Part of H Street Begins to Attract Restaurants

11 Nov

Currently H Street’s restaurant scene is divided into two sections: the Western end and the Eastern end without almost any restaurants in the middle.  The Western end runs from Ethiopic in the 400th block to Hikari Sushi in the 600th block.  The Eastern end starts with the Atlas Room in the 1000th block and runs to the 1400th block.  In between there are not really any restaurants (the new Chupacabra being the exception).  There is a lot of development planned for that section (including three apartment buildings and a Whole Foods) but not much has materialized so far. Continue reading