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The Domku to Taqueria del Barrio transformation is complete and it is dope!!

Taqueria del Barrio – Menu

From a press release:

“Taqueria del Barrio, an authentic Mexican taqueria, will open its doors on Thursday, March 30 serving house-made regional Mexican dishes and drinks in the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest. Diners can choose from 14 types of tacos served on tortillas made in-house, three specialty ‘torta’ sandwiches, and additional traditional Mexican foods, served in a modern, casual dining room and bar.

Taqueria del Barrio’s menu was developed by Chef and Owner Anna Bran-Leis and General Manager Mikey Torres, and is centered around $3 tacos in classic styles like carne asada, pescado, and al pastor varieties served alongside less-familiar options like nopales – grilled cactus paddle served with melted Oaxacan cheese. Appetizers include elote with a chili-lime aioli and cotija cheese, and beef albondigas cooked in a smoky chipotle salsa. Entrées range from $12 to $15 and include traditional Mexican dishes like chile relleno –poblano peppers stuffed with barbacoa, tomatoes, onions, and queso freso; and mole con pollo with made-from-scratch mole, blended with nuts, chiles, and a subtle hint of chocolate. While Taqueria del Barrio is opening with a lunch and dinner menu, a unique brunch menu is expected to roll out in the coming months. (more…)

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7000 Carroll Ave courtesy Old Takoma Business Association

From an email:

“Trattoria Da Lina, Takoma Park’s newest restaurant, opened quietly this past weekend and will be open again to the public starting Wednesday, March 29th for dinner at 5:00pm. Diners will enjoy the rustic dining room complete with high ceilings, soft lighting and wood and brick accents. The open kitchen is view-able from the 55 seat dining room and future outdoor seating is planned. (Menu after the jump.) (more…)

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18th and California St, NW rendering by A.F.Clarens Architect

A reader reports:

“As a neighbor within 200 ft. neighbor, got a zoning notice for a huge restaurant (including underground parking and a roof deck) that wants to go in where the surface parking lot at 18th and California is. The architectural plans (attached) show it dwarfing Jack Rose. They’re seeking an exemption to the “rear yard” requirement.”

Washington Business Journal reported:

“The property, at 2009 18th St. NW, is owned by the same company that operates Mexican restaurants Lauriol Plaza nearby and Cactus Cantina in Cleveland Park. It’s currently used as an overflow parking lot for Lauriol Plaza, which is just two blocks down 18th Street.”

Updates as the zoning process/construction progresses.

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2009 18th Street, NW rendering by A.F.Clarens Architect

Brooklands-Finest
12th and Jackson Street, NE

Lucky bastards.

From a press release:

“Beginning Monday, April 3, Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen will rollout breakfast service during the week, and continue with their popular weekend brunch service. The menu features a variety of sweet and savory breakfast entrees, including the Brookland Burrito with house made chorizo, scrambled eggs, potato, southwest green chili sauce, Tillamook cheddar and cheesy grits; Seasonal waffle with bourbon maple syrup, whipped cream and fresh fruit; and a Lox Platter with house cured salmon spread, cream cheese, caper-tomato relish, boiled egg, pickled onions and a Bullfrog Bagel. All breakfast entrees are available for $15 or less. In addition, Brookland’s Finest will offer a selection of grab-n-go options including cheddar biscuits, blueberry muffins, and freshly baked banana bread. The restaurant will offer Zeke’s coffee, a local small batch coffee roaster, and will serve regular drip coffee. Brookland’s Finest also offers free Wi-Fi for guests who may choose to have a working meal or coffee. Breakfast is available Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.”

Check out the full breakfast menu: Breakfast.Menu (PDF)

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1315 14th Street, NW

The liquor license placard says:

“New Class D Restaurant. Total Occupancy Load of 99. Sidewalk Café with 12 Seats”

Washington CityPaper reported:

“The former Popeyes on 14th Street NW in Logan Circle is being converted into a sushi restaurant called Hando-Medo that will focus on the hand roll (temaki) style of sushi. It’s from Chef/Owner Jin K. Oh who also owns Sushi Jin Next Door locations in Silver Spring, Maryland and Woodbridge, Virginia.”

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14th Street looking south towards Thomas Circle

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14th Street looking north towards Slipstream

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1725 DeSales Street, NW looking towards the H&M

Oops, forgot to post this last week!! But better late than never because it did turn out pretty dope.

From a fact sheet:

Menu Description: Le DeSales offers classic French cuisine with a modern twist. Dishes are crafted from fresh, local ingredients whenever possible. Signature dishes include Artichokes with ricotta, lemon forte mandarin oranges; Red Snapper “Crudo” with peas, watermelon and mojito; Blue Crab Simplissime; Eggs with duxelles, green asparagus and croutons (cracked tableside); Smoked Pork with carrots; Hanger Steak, wood-smoked and served with an old-style pesto; Baked Cherry Clams with greens and parmesan cheese, as well as Cod cooked in turnip juice with apricots and roe.

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Beverage List: Le DeSales features an expansive list of New World and Old World wines showcasing production styles and vintages that complement French cuisine. 100 wines are available by the bottle and more than 20 wines by the glass. Prices range from $35 to $400 by the bottle and $10 to $20 by the glass. A selection of fresh, seasonal cocktails crafted by Mixologists Lukas B. Smith and JD L. Quioco, who consulted for the restaurant, are also available and priced from $10 to $13 each. The restaurant also features six beers on tap and at least 12beers by the bottle.

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Capacity: The main dining room accommodates 68 guests seated. Those looking to focus their attention on the restaurants expansive wine selection are encouraged to grab a seat at the 14-seat white stone bar or 16-seat lounge.

A sidewalk café with views of the historic Mayflower Hotel is also available during the spring and summer months (weather permitting) and can accommodate an additional 18 guests.

Design: Aziz Safi and Farid Nouri worked with Areetoon Jayanan Architecture & Interior Design to create the 3,100-square foot, 119-seat space, which has a tranquil feel inspired by modern French and Belgian brasseries. Finishes were chosen to create a warm and inviting space. Major design elements include warm hues, custom millwork, old Chicago blanc walls, brown oak beams, and rustic wood flooring throughout. Other highlights include a 300-bottle glass-enclosed wine display, benches upholstered in steel-blue velvet, vintage railing sconces in rustic iron, as well as butcher-block dining tables paired with leather and solid oak steam-bent chairs. A dramatic eight-foot wall installation of gazing eyes is one of the focal points of the space as is the charcuterie station made of floral and subway tile, which is visible to guests in the dining room and bar.

Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday through Saturday, from 11:30 AM to 2 PM

Dinner: Monday through Thursday, from 5 PM to 11 PM; Friday and Saturday, from 5 PM to 12 AM

Bar Hours: Monday through Saturday, from 11:30 AM to 12 AM

Happy Hour: Monday through Saturday, from 4 PM to 7 PM. Drink specials will include Red, White, and Sparkling wine selections from $6. Belgian beer for $6. And a TBA Champagne special.”

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Many more photos after the jump. (more…)

duccini raise
1778 U Street, NW

Earlier this week we noted that Pizzeria Trattoria had closed in Adams Morgan. Didn’t take long for nearby neighboring jumbo slice pizza purveyor, Duccini’s, to jump at the opportunity. Mikaela Lefrak updates us with the stunning news last night:

“Duccini’s just raised their jumbo slice prices and my heart is breaking. (a $1 increase. These are dark times.)”

All I can say is: