06/20/14 11:25am

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Photos courtesy of Etto

A couple weeks ago we noted that construction had started on Etto’s patio at 14th and Q St, NW. Couldn’t picked a nicer day to open! From an email:

“Some good news to share with you at Etto: our new patio is now open. We have almost doubled our seating, and hope to be able to make waiting for a table a thing of the past (or, at least, a whole lot shorter). We’re excited to see all of our friends and customers soon!”

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1541 14th Street, NW

06/19/14 3:10pm

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14th and S Street, NW

From a press release:

“Scorpion bowls, Pina Coladas and Banana Daiquiris cement their position as the undisputed drinks of summer as doi moi’s cocktail list takes a decidedly Tiki turn for the season. Over the next two weeks, doi moi Bar Director Adam is rolling out his new cocktail menu at the Southeast Asian restaurant, which pays homage to summer’s sought-after flavors and Bernbach’s personal favorites.

“I’ve long maintained that the Pina Colada is the most underrated of cocktails,” says Bernbach, who also heads the bar programs at 2 birds 1 stone, Estadio and Proof. “Like most Tiki drinks, it is a study in complex flavors and one that I’ve had a lot of fun exploring for this list. The new menu works very well with the restaurant’s spicy cuisine and provides the perfect thirst-quenchers for our unfailingly intense summer temperatures.”

In addition to the aforementioned Pina Colada, which is served in a coconut mug, Bernbach’s new menu at doi moi will include popular Tiki classics such as the Mai Tai and Suffering Bastard. Bernbach will also explore under-the-radar drinks, such the sherry and bourbon-forward Bizzy Izzy and crafts inventive originals like the Straw Hat #2, a combination of Pisco, Scotch whisky, Cocchi Americano and lime bitters. Prices range from $12-$14, with the bowls priced at $35. The complete cocktail menu is detailed below.

DOI MOI COCKTAIL MENU (available in full by July 1st) (more…)

06/18/14 11:55am

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1612 14th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Pearl Dive Oyster Palace Hosts Summer Crawfish Boil on June 28

WHAT: Pearl Dive Oyster Palace will host a Summer Crawfish Boil on Saturday, June 28, 2014. Guests will enjoy Louisiana crawfish, whole-roasted, sustainably raised suckling pig, peel & eat shrimp, slaw, pulled pork sandwiches on the restaurant’s famous Addie’s rolls, and a selection of Southern inspired sides and desserts from pastry chef Carri-Anne Hamer, including a house-made deep fried “twinkie”. Louisiana’s Abita Brewing Company Amber will complement the food for the duration of each two-hour seating. The select grade crawfish from Crawley, Louisiana, will be prepared with potatoes and corn, and seasoned with Cajun “Slap Ya Mama” seasoning. All dishes will be served family style. Tickets can be purchased for $65 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity by emailing pearldivedc@gmail.com. All ticket purchases include Abita Amber and all the boil you can eat for two hours.

WHEN: Saturday, June 28, 2014 with two seatings from 12 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.”

06/09/14 12:25pm

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1317 14th Street, NW

@the_baseband tweets us on Friday:

“I don’t speak Spanish but I think La Villa in Logan just closed. Quite disappointing!”

I don’t speak Spanish either :) but looks like you can visit some of their sister restaurants and the ownership will also be opening one up on Georgia and Missouri by the new Walmart:

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I had heard rumors that the corner was going to be developed, if so, I hope they are able to save the facade which has some great details: (more…)

06/09/14 11:25am

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1336 14th Street, NW

In Saturday’s rant/revel post a reader commented:

“Rant: Ghana Cafe is closed! Just moved to Logan Circle recently and went there the first time last weekend. Thought it was strangely empty, but loved the food and planned on heading back many times. Walking past it yesterday, I discovered the chairs were empty out and the windows were half covered in newspaper! Anyone know what happened? Any tips on where else to get Ghanaian food?”

Ghana Cafe moved from Adams Morgan to Logan Circle back in Jan. 2010.

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14th Street looking north towards Rhode Island Ave

Sadly word of the closure turned out to be true – I peeked in the window Sunday morning:

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As for where else to get Ghanaian food – you could try the new (formerly Rahama) Appioo African Restaurant at 1924 9th St, NW (just south of U St. near the new Dino’s Grotto):

“We serve authentic Ghanaian cuisine, and our menu includes traditional dishes such as waakye, fufu, banku,tou zafi, red red, and abunabunu soup. Take a look at our menu page to see all of our offerings.”

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1924 9th St, NW

06/06/14 9:25am

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“Dear PoPville,

I saw these notes up in Logan Circle today, making me think that Ben, a sweet old pup iconic to many in the Logan community, had passed on to a better place. We used to see Ben and his dad out often, and his dad gave us some sage advice over the past year on how to train our new puppy to be more like Ben – sweet, patient, lovable, and obedient. I know we will miss seeing Ben walking around the neighborhood and wanted to mark the passing of this old friend.”