St. Anselm prior to opening
Newly opened tavern St. Anselm (1250 5th St. NE) is already winning early praise from Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema. Sietsema appears to be a fan of some of the vegetable-focused side dishes and salads (fried cauliflower, and a cucumber salad) as well as the mains. He writes glowingly of the salmon ("a real catch") and the "luscious" fried chicken (served with the bird's head and feet still attached). St. Anselm has a sister restaurant of the same name in Brooklyn, but Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley put her own spin on the menu for the District incarnation.
For now the restaurant is only open for dinner, but brunch and lunch plans are in the works. The restaurant recently requested a substantial change to their license to add a sidewalk cafe with 24 seats.