Photo by PoPville flickr user Harry

“Dear PoPville,

Thrillist has a food critic that traveled across the country for the past year in search of the best burger in America.

It turns out, despite his initial pessimism about the DC burger scene, DC has some damn good burger joints! He ranked his top 8 of the city, calling it one of the most underrated cities of his trip. And then at the release of his top 100, 4 of those 8 were selected, with Duke’s Grocery’s Proper Burger coming in at #5 overall! Pretty cool if you ask me.

What does PoPville think of his rankings?”

DC’s top 8 are: (more…)

“D.C-bred culinary force CAVA will begin serving its signature balanced-yet-craveable menu at a new location in Union Station later this year.

CAVA, which recently announced its Series C funding round of $30m, is planning to open more than 20 new restaurants in 2017, taking their footprint to over 40 locations nationwide, with the DMV a major focus for the company. In addition to Union Station in D.C., CAVA will open locations in Navy Yard and H Street NE this year. (more…)

1401 Maryland Ave, NE

From a press release:

“Restaurant Details

The 1,500-square-foot Capitol Hill East Chick-fil-A drive-thru restaurant features a:

· kitchen with Chick-fil-A’s latest design and equipment.

· pedestrian walk-up window and patio that seats 20.

· full-service menu with healthy options and breakfast until 10:30 a.m., and will be open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Like all Chick-fil-A locations, it will be closed on Sunday to provide a day of rest and time with family for team members.

Local franchise owner Peter Choi will celebrate the June 1 opening of D.C.’s newest Chick-fil-A restaurant with the area’s first Chick-fil-A Road Trip on May 31. Upwards of 100 adults will be transported on an interactive field trip around the area where their efforts not only will impact thousands, but also will earn each of them a year supply of Chick-fil-A meals.

The new restaurant at 1401 Maryland Ave., NE., is creating 60 new jobs in the area and providing the opportunity for the community to donate children’s books to benefit Miner Elementary School.

Chick-fil-A Road Trip Celebration (more…)

2019 11th Street, NW just north of U Street

Chix closed their 11th Street location after 9 years back in December. Time for Charcoal Town:

The best of Mediterranean food, Steak and chicken Shawarma, Kabob, Falafel. all authentic and special

only @Charcoal Town and for the first time in the US bringing you the most famous middle eastern dish, Shawarma cooked over charcoal.

Check out their menu here.

The Cidery celebrates its grand opening weekend with a cider release and Catalan grilling. Credit: Farrah Skeiky/Dim Sum Media

It’s go time.

From a press release:

“ANXO Cidery and Tasting Room, the second location of DC’s first winery since prohibition, opens its doors to the public for a grand opening on Saturday, May 27th, 2017. With the opening of this cidery, the team of Sam Fitz, Rachel Fitz, Cooper Sheehan and Alex & Sara Vallcorba is joined by Cider Maker Greg Johnson. The Grand Opening weekend will include extended hours, the release of a new ANXO Collaboration Cider, and Catalan grilling on Memorial Day. (more…)

204 Michigan Avenue, NE

“Dear PoPville,

Do you know anything re: Spices of Bukhara restaurant (opened a year ago), whether they are permanently closed? We have been unable to order in the past few weeks and now i see on goggle that’s what it says. No news on their FB page or website.”

They’ve just changed their name to City Kabob and Curry House:

Check out their menus here.