Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Food & Retail Find a Good Fit at Maketto
Maketto (1351 H Street) is an interesting animal, part clothing shop, part coffee house, part bakery, part Asian restaurant, and part bar. Coffee and baked goods go together pretty easily, and it's not hard to sneak a bar into the mix. But Asian fare, sneakers, and t-shirts? Hmmm...yet Maketto manages to pull it off in such a way that nothing looks or feels out of place.
When you first enter you'll find yourself in the Durkl showroom.
They've got all manner of clothing and accessories on display.
Head straight back if you want to grab a baked good from Frenchie's.
They've got a tempting spread that's available until 3pm.
At 5pm the bakery counter transforms into a bar.
But feel free to order a beer or wine earlier.
Head upstairs for coffee, or tea from the Vigilante Coffee bar.
It's a welcoming space with plenty of great ways to start your day.
This is here you'll place your sandwich, noodle, soup, bun, or other item upstairs at the coffee counter.
I haven't been for dinner yet, but you can grab lunch at Maketto everyday from 11:30am-2:30pm.
I started with the Cambodian pork noodle soup (kuy teav, $10) which was spicy, filling, and delicious. Definitely a winner. I accompanied that with a Hey Song Sasparilla and then later with a jar of Montgomery Mint from DC based Running Bird Tea Company (a sweetened mint tea).
On a later trip I tried the Cambodian sandwich (num pang, $9) which was also excellent. It's got grilled pork, cucumber, pickled daikon radish and carrots, jalapenos, cilantro, spicy mayo sauce, a pâté, and some sort of wonton like crispy bits.
There's plenty of seating whether you are by yourself...
...or with a group.
There are also table perfectly sized for sitting with a friend or a date. Both time I visited the music was low key and you could easily have a conversation with your tablemate.
Out back there's a second floor catwalk that allows you to look down on the large patio space.
The upper rear area is home to a rather unusual vending machine from Guerilla Vending.
Downstairs is a long table perfect for lounging or doing a little reading.
You can even catch a glimpse into the kitchen.
Get close enough and you can pretty much see the entire kitchen and storage area.
Back out on the patio visitors will probably find themselves drawn to this colorful rickshaw.
Here are the current hours (subject to change):
Bakery everyday 7am- 3pm.
Coffee everyday from 7am-5pm, at which time drip coffee ends, but can still get espresso drinks.
Bar opens at 5pm, but can get beer or wine before.
Dinner starts 5pm and runs until 10pm Mon-Wed, 11pm Thursday, and 12am Fri-Saturday. No dinner service Sundays. No reservations.
Retail hours 11am-8pm weekdays & 11am-9pm weekends.
Overall hours 7am-10pm M-W, 7am-11am Thurs, 7am-12am Fri-Saturday, 7am-5pm Sunday.
You can see the full menu (scroll down for the the daytime café menu and the bakery menu) above.