Saturday, January 16, 2016

Local Food & Drink Round-Up

There's been a ton happening in local food news recently. Here's some of what you may have missed.


Dangerously Delicious Pies (1339 H Street) is closed for what looks like some pretty serious renovations. They indicated that they hope to reopen around Valentine's Day.

Photo from Dangerously Delicious Pies Facebook page

H Street has a new taco spot by the name of Fresca Taqueria (701 H Street). Local food blog District Cuisine has a menu and additional info about the place. According to District Cuisine the hours are 7am-8pm during the week and 9am-8pm on weekends.

Jessica Sidman over at the Washington City Paper reports that District Fishwife (inside Union Market, 1309 5th Street) recently began serving tuna poke bowls. Sidman describes District Fishwife's offering as "a classic version of the Hawaiian staple made of soy-and-sesame marinated raw tuna" accompanied by rice and a seaweed salad.

The Washington Post favorably reviewed Ten 01 (1001 H Street), the newest offering from the Ben's Chili Bowl team. The menu splits between sharable small plates and larger size selections. The Post singles out the shrimp and half smoke corndogs as a dish to try. A word to the wise, any vegetarians headed there should expect to make a meal of small plates (many of which sound tempting and interesting).

Compass Coffee is headed to the former Pappas Tomato packing facility at 1401 Okie Avenue (Douglas Development is creating the new space). This was reported earlier last year, but came up again at a recent ANC 5D meeting. It's far from the only thing happening in Ivy City. Jessica Sidman from the Washington City Paper reports that the new Hecht development up there will also feature a Mexican restaurant (La Puerta Verde), a diner (Ari's Diner), and a warehouse tavern (Dock 2) catering to soccer fans. You can read more about those in the Ivy City Tenant Look Book put out by Douglas Development.

The Ohio Restaurant was never fancy, but offered comfort food and a setting that seemed frozen in time (photo circa 2006) 

District Cuisine reveals that OhZone Lounge is no longer coming to the former Ohio Restaurant space at 1380 H Street.


The space left vacant after the sudden unannounced closing of Chinito's Burritos (635 Florida Ave) is set to become a Korean taco fusion restaurant. This was first reported by Twitter user @Ker_DC. She says the owner told her late last year that they were aiming to open in February.


Po Boy Jim (709 H Street) will get their requested entertainment endorsement, but with limited hours, and the condition that the restaurant takes steps to mitigate the impact of any noise on its neighbors.


Anonymous said...

What ever happened with the HR-57 space behind Union Market? Did they bail on that project?

And Fare Well should open soon on H St, too. As will Nando's.

inked said...

Yes, Nando's should be open soon, and Fare Well is coming along. I believe they are still working on the HR-57 project up there. Probably just less urgency over the winter.

Amy Vruno Chuck Roberts said...

Korean taco showdown w/ Takorean around the way.

Anonymous said...

seems like fare well has been having trouble raising money, as they keep holding fund raisers. must have been expensive to build an entire building from scratch (minus the facade - that property was a shell with no insides).

Anonymous said...

You continue to use the word "offering" and it makes you sound like a *weirdo*.