Back in April we learned Le Mirch would be opening up in the former Dalchinni Indian Restaurant space at 1736 Connecticut Ave, NW next to Bistro Du Coin.
A readers sends this interesting update:
I don’t know what’s happened since then but it looks like a disaster! The official sign now says “Indie Cusine” — whatever that means and there’s a homemade sign that reads “Come in for FREE champagne.”
Sadly that’s not the only sign fail:
But I guess we shouldn’t argue with free champagne…
This edition of Eating Around Town was written by Abbey Becker. Abbey previously wrote about El Chucho. She lives near Eastern Market.
Little Serow (1511 17th St NW) is a sliver of a place, but its size doesn’t match its reputation. The basement restaurant seats 28 at a time, and if you want to sit on one of their bar stools, you have to get in line before the 5:30 opening time each night to put your name down.
As someone who gets off at work at 5:30 in Bethesda, making it here in time proved a challenge the first time. I got there at exactly 5:30 on a Friday (so I left work a little early…) and stood behind probably 15 people. While I was looking for a table for four, I figured, hey, 15 people in front of me? We’ll at least get a late reservation. Unfortunately, this was not to be the case–they couldn’t give us a table that night, though they might have been able to seat us at the bar around 10 or 10:30. I was not willing to wait five hours for a full meal that may or may not have happened.
The next time, I went on a Wednesday evening, and I sent my boyfriend on ahead of me to get in line before 5:30–he gets out of work much earlier. We tried for a table for two and ended up with a 7:15 reservation, which gave us time for a drink or two around the corner.
If you’re looking for cocktails or beer, you may want to drink them before you sit down for dinner. Little Serow doesn’t serve cocktails, and they offer 5-ounce pours of their beers from bottles at $5 each. Don’t get me wrong–a six-course meal for $45 is a great deal, especially when the food is as good as it is here, but that much for a small pour of beer is, to me, a little ridiculous. I wish they’d at least made it a deal to buy the bottle instead, but each large-format version of the pours was $24. Wine ranges from $10-$12 per glass, which isn’t outrageous, but when you’re a young, semi-poor diner and you’re already paying $45 for dinner before tax and tip, you start to consider using your credit card instead of your debit card.
That being said, we had a really excellent dining experience. Let me reiterate that it is an experience here, not just dinner. The service is like nothing I’ve experienced in DC–there were a few waitresses circulating throughout the restaurant, and we interacted with all of them. Each one served us at least one dish, refilled our water, or gave us more sticky rice or cucumbers. Each one offered a friendly suggestion of how she liked to eat that dish or mentioned that this dish was her favorite. They made us feel welcomed and not at all like we were guests–we could have been at a friend of a friend’s house for the first time.
The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) will offer a series of outdoor movies this summer in partnership with The Heurich House Museum. The “Golden Cinema Series” will be shown in the courtyard of the Heurich House Museum on Fridays, June 7- July 12. All films are free and open to the public. Gates to the Heurich House Museum courtyard will open at 8 p.m. and the movies will start at sunset.
Films selected for the “Golden Cinema Series” were produced during the ‘Golden Age of Hollywood,’ including three films from the 1940’s and two films from the 1950’s. The five features are: Casablanca on June 7, Rear Window on June 14, Some Like It Hot on June 28, Yankee Doodle Dandy to be shown on July 5 in honor of the Independence Day weekend, and, The Philadelphia Story on July 12. Iconic personalities from Hollywood, including Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant, star in the movies.
Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket, and to make a night of the “Golden Cinema Series” in the garden of one of D.C.’s finest Victorian-era homes.
The Heurich House Museum is located at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., south of Dupont Circle and a block from the south entrance of the Dupont Circle Metro station. The gates to the courtyard are located on Sunderland Place NW.
“Need to be near Metro? Want to be close to Dupont Circle, Georgetown, restaurants, shopping & work? This spacious Junior 1BR condo w/ UTILITIES INCLUDED is the place for you see a nice sunset! Enjoy concierge service and onsite management service. If you want to cool off, you can do so in the outdoor pool. Housing vouchers welcome.”
“Shocked to learn Zeke’s DC donutz at 2029 P St NW is already closed !! #ANC2B”
On their facebook page the last entry was May 10th though fans write: “How long are you closed??” and “Miss you already, friends! Hope you can come back in another incarnation soon!”
2029 P Street, NW has had a bit of a rough patch over the last few years – it has housed a Tangy Sweet (closed July 2011), Tasti D-Lite (closed Aug. 2012), a tease/joke of Meatsicles coming soon (Jan. 2013), and briefly Cool Disco Donuts before changing to Zeke’s DC Donutz.
Cajun Experience closed in mid-July 2012 at 1825 18th St, NW. In Aug. 2012 we noted the space was for lease. Now I’m hearing Jackie Greenbaum of Jackie’s in Silver Spring and El Chucho in Columbia Heights – is likely opening up a new restaurants here. Details are scarce but more info if/when it becomes available.
“1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom corner unit with brand new kitchen, exposed brick wall, large living/dining room, spacious bedroom, tons of closet space. Building has a rooftop with incredible views of the city, front desk and pets allowed. Walking distance to Safeway, Restaurants, Bars, Metro and all that Dupont, Adams Morgan and U Street have to offer.”
Back in Sept. 2012 we learned that Hudson would be closing and would be replaced by an Italian Bistro. A liquor license has recently been posted for Greenhouse Bistro:
“Italian restaurant lounge and bar serving contemporary Italian cuisine in a hip, classy and relaxing environment with a seating capacity of 120. Total occupancy load of 156. Live entertainment will be provided such as violin, guitar and pianist. Sidewalk Café 80 seats.”
Beginning May 7, DGS Delicatessen will offer a new, to go lunch menu available from 11:30 a.m. – 2: 30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Guests can now order lunch to go from the restaurant’s new sandwich counter, which offers the famed DGS Pastrami and Corned Beef sandwiches. The full menu, below, is only available at the sandwich counter and features items designed to travel well, especially when a more leisurely sit down lunch is not an option. To mark the official launch on May 7, the first 50 people in line will receive a pastrami sandwich on the house.
Also available at the “Sandwich Shop” counter is a new selection of house-made DGS condiments and ingredients for sale, including: Harissa ($6), Dill Pickles ($9), Schmaltz ($5), Hot Sauce ($5), Smoked Maldon Salt ($10), and Deli Mustard ($6).
SANDWICH SHOP MENU
· White Fish Salad: Tomato Jam, Fried Capers, Radish, Montreal Bagel ($8)
· Roasted Turkey: Avocado, Pepper Relish, Provolone, Gribenes, Pumpernickel ($9)
· DGS Egg Salad: Butter Lettuce, Harissa, Gribenes, Pumpernickel ($9)
· 1/2 POUND Pastrami or Corned Beef: Creekstone Farms Brisket, House Mustard, Double Baked Rye ($13)
· Grilled Chicken Salad: “Everything” Aioli, Peppadews, Double Baked Rye ($8)
· The Israeli: Hummus, Cucumber, Pickled Beets, Feta, Pumpernickel ($8)
· Smoked Salmon Pastrami: Cucumber Salad, Pickled Mustard Seeds, Montreal Bagel ($10)
· **Add The COMBINATION ($4): Choice of Potato Salad, Coleslaw or Cucumber Salad and any Drink
Bub and Pop’s is becoming well known in DC for their sandwiches, soups, salads and Kettle Cooked Sea Salt & Black Pepper Potato Chips. On Friday, April 19, Bub and Pop’s added Water Ice to their list of house made offerings.
Water Ice, also known as Italian Ice, is a Philadelphia tradition sold from Spring well into the first frost of the Fall. Chef Jon’s recipe includes fresh fruit, water and natural sugar – that’s all that’s in it! It gets blended, frozen and then scraped to serving size. Four flavors are currently being featured: Passion Fruit, Black Cherry, Peach and Espresso (no fresh fruit in that one, just real coffee).
Soon to follow this Summer are ice cream sandwiches that consist of our house made Tahitian vanilla ice cream between two house made Oatmeal, Walnut, Chocolate Chip Cookies. And in keeping with Bub and Pop’s way of doing things, every thing will still be made in-house and all natural.
You can see Bub and Pop’s complete menu here. Any fans?