07/03/14 11:50am

12th and Jackson Street, NE

Check out Brookland’s Finest new brunch menu. Brunch starts 10 am on Saturdays and Sundays.

Brookland Burrito

House Chorizo, Scrambled Eggs
Green Chili Sauce, Tillamook Cheddar,
Potato Hash


Veggie Burrito

Grilled Tofu, Roasted Poblano
Habanero Sauce, Pico de Gallo
Potato Hash


French Toast Of The Day

Peaches & Cream, Grand Marnier
Brioche Bread, Maple Syrup


Bread basket

Daily Selections of Fresh Baked Pastries

Eggs Benedict
Maryland: Seared Crabcake
Old Bay Hollandaise
Jersey: Taylor Pork Roll Ham
Citrus Hollandaise
Southwest: House Chorizo
Chipotle Hollandaise

Served with Poached Egg, Mixed Greens & Potato Hash

T-bone steak and eggs

Pan-Seared Steak, Sunny Side Up Eggs, Potato Hash, Hollandaise

Lox Platter

House Cured Salmon, Tomato Relish
Caper Cream Cheese, Pickled Onions


Tony’s Breakfast Sammy
New Jersey Taylor Pork Roll
Scrambled Eggs, Cheddar,
Potato Hash


Country Breakfast

Two Eggs, Sausage or Bacon
Toast or Potato Hash, Fresh Fruit


Colonel burger

Certified Angus Beef, Pickled Onions
Tillamook Cheddar, Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, Brioche Bun, Tempura Onion Rings


bay shrimp and grits

Creamy Grits, Diced Tomatoes
Andouille Sausage-Tobasco Soffrito


07/03/14 10:50am


From a press release:

“The 2015 NSO In Your Neighborhood will take the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) to Brookland and NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue) neighborhoods. Between January 6 and 12, free community engagement activities will again find the NSO performing orchestral concerts and working with nearly 20 community partners to create the mosaic of chamber music performances, events in schools, libraries, daycare centers, community centers, and unique events that has become the distinguishing characteristic of this cornerstone of the NSO’s community engagement programming. The events will culminate in a concert at Catholic University of America’s Hartke Theatre led by NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach on January 12. (more…)

07/01/14 10:20am

Photo via Little Ricky’s Dishes of the South facebook page

“Dear PoPville,

While more restaurants open every week in Brookland, Little Ricky’s has decided to close for the summer:

Happy Summer everybody. Mommer, Aunt Mimi, and Big Daddy are off to the river for the summer. We’ll see yall back in September!

Ed. Note: In April Little Ricky’s switched from Cuban to southern cuisine.

06/27/14 2:25pm


“Dear PoPville,

I came into work on 12th NE in Brookland. Lots of cops with dogs next door to our complex. Evidently the funeral home was robbed again. This is the 2nd time in less than 6months. Turns out they robbers are also taking chemicals from funeral homes to process drugs. Not sure what kind but but I know embalming fluid is put in the PCP process.

Not sure of other robberies besides these but seems to be trending that “modern day grave robbers” are stealing jewelry and what not off corpuses and also taking what they can from the funeral homes also. I guess the days of diggin people up are over.”

06/25/14 10:15am

3523 12th Street, NE

Brookland’s Finest, Smith Public Trust and now Steel Plate – Brookland is on a hell of a roll! From the owners:

“After nearly a year of work, Steel Plate is finally ready for action…

Doors open today Wednesday, June 25. Come in and say hello!

Starting today and for the first few weeks:

- Our hours of operation will be from 5pm to midnight.
- The kitchen will close at 10pm Sunday – Thursday and 11pm on Friday and Saturday.
- Happy Hour is offered Monday – Friday, from 5 – 7pm.

Now, we know that things won’t be perfect immediately, so as our neighbors and first guests, please help us work on anything that might need improving. We ask for all feedback, comments, suggestions, and – of course – patience as we smooth out kinks in our system. As a preemptive apology for any errors on our part, we’ll be offering a 20% discount on all checks (with the exception of happy hour) until this coming Sunday, June 29th. Your support will help whip us into operational shape!

We are so excited to be here in Brookland… We’ve already met some awesome folks and can’t wait to meet more of you. And again, thank you in advance for all your support over the past year. Now, come on in, cozy up at the bar and toast with us.

The Crew at Steel Plate”

Have a look at the opening menus:

Steel Plate Drink Menu (PDF)

Steel Plate Menu (PDF)

Upstairs seating

More photos of another incredible transformation after the jump. (more…)

06/17/14 4:25pm

3514 12th Street, NE

A reader updates on Brookland’s newest opening – Smith Public Trust:

“Wanted to let you know that I stopped into Smith Public trust on 12th street in brookland tonight and they’re in the process if their soft opening. Tomorrow they’ll be having craft brew specials for the US game ($5 drafts) and are planning to have specials throughout the cup (paring food with the country- ie, mussels for when Belgium plays)”

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“Copy of soft opening menu, open house they’re going to expand the menu, but a nice start for sure!”


On twitter @PublicTrustDC writes:

“Cheers to everyone who came out yesterday to watch the game. We’ll be open around 3p for more open house tours, grubs & #WorldCup #Brookland”

06/09/14 10:50am

12th and Evarts St, NE

Today’s big Brookland news remains the long delayed opening of Brookland’s Finest today (have a look inside and at their menus here) but here’s a close runner up according to a reader:

“Was at Menomale [2711 12th Street, NE] last night and got to talking with several of the folks working there. Apparently the owners of Menomale are going to be opening a pasta location down on the block (12th and Evarts). Similar to how Menomale focuses mainly on pizza, this new location will focus mainly on pasta. Said they should be opening by September December. Spoke with 3 employees independent and they all confirmed the new location!”

06/05/14 11:15am

12th and Jackson Street, NE

Thanks to all who sent emails and tweets about Brookland’s Finest. After a long, long road – we’ve got an official opening date (though I wouldn’t be surprised if they were open during this Sunday’s Brookland house tour either…) – Monday, June 9th:

Attendees of the PoPville birdwatching tour last month will note the Wood Thrush (DC’s bird) in their logo (I failed and originally thought it was a raven)

I stopped by yesterday for a look and was not disappointed to say the least. Even more impressive than the space, which really turned nice, was the food. I was able to sample some of the fare and sorry to curse, but holy shit, it was amazing. I thought the food was going to be very low key, and there are some chill but delicious items like pretzel bites and mac and cheese, but man oh man they have a steak that was as tasty as any steak I’ve had in a steakhouse. They had pork chops, turkey pesto sandwiches, and a slew of desserts that are going to have this place packed. Check out their complete menus:

BF Main Menu (PDF)



And a quick side note here given all the history and drama in the space. In the couple hours I was in the new spot, no fewer than 15-20 people stopped by to see if they were open. And the people could barely contain their enthusiasm they were so excited about a real opening date. And even better than that given the crazy drama was who the people were – black, white, couples, families with kids, older, younger, in cars, on bikes, walking – in short the neighborhood. People say all the time that they are hoping to open a neighborhood spot. Well for those who are looking for a geniune neighborhood spot – you need look no further.


Lots more photos after the jump. (more…)

06/04/14 4:25pm

Last week we learned about this year’s Great Streets Grants winners and one of the winners listed was:

“Mess Hall, a food business incubator located at 703 Edgewood Street, NE”

Their website says:

“Mess Hall is a unique culinary incubator concept opening in Washington DC. As you can see, we’re making big changes.

An old warehouse in Brookland will be the site of beautiful new kitchens, offices and storage space… all to be shared by food entrepreneurs who will come together to cook, share and collaborate under one roof. Our members will be privy to unparalleled resources and institutional knowledge to help launch and accelerate their growing local businesses.

To follow the adventure, check us out on Facebook & Twitter @MessHallDC

Charter Membership applications will be available soon. To learn more, email us at community@MessHallDC.com and be sure to include your contact info.”

And their facebook page says: “Opening late Summer / early Fall 2014.”


05/30/14 10:55am


Hipchickindc is a licensed real estate broker. She is the founder of 10 Square Team and is affiliated with Keller Williams Capital Properties. 10 Square Team is a popville.com advertiser. Unless specifically noted, neither she nor the company that she is affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. Unless otherwise noted, the source of information is Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), which is the local multiple listing system. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 1404 Otis St NE
Legal Subdivision: Brookland
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Brookland
Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 3.5 Basement: Fully Finished Parking: Garage/Detached Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $599,999.
List Price at Contract: $579,900.
List Date: 12/28/2013
Days on Market: 206
Settled Sales Price: $575,000.
Seller Subsidy: $9000.
Settlement Date: 5/21/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

Located not far from quaint downtown Brookland and across the street from Federally protected greenspace, this home was originally listed in September for $659,900., For whatever reason, it took several price reductions to get it in the right range to attract a purchaser.

The Brookland neighborhood in Northeast DC has benefited from development at and around Monroe Market. It tends to attract buyers seeking larger yards and more living space than the same amount of money can buy in more urban neighborhoods. Developers have been renovating throughout the neighborhood to serve this market.

Median prices for detached homes in Brookland have peaked a couple of times above $800,000. (in summer 2011 and again in summer 2013). Currently, there are five active listings for detached homes in the neighborhood, spanning in price from under $500,000. to over $900,000. There were 20 settled sales of detached homes in Brookland since the beginning of 2014 with prices starting at $195,000 (not typical) to $830,000. Most of the recent sales fall between $500,000-$600,000. As with other parts of the city, the variation in pricing is due to location, size, condition, amenities, etc.

The listing agent was Jacques Edelin of Urban Land Company. The buyer was represented by William Hines of Keller Williams Capital Properties, which is the same brokerage company that the writer is affiliated with.