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The Blind Dog Cafe at Darnell’s (Coffee House) Pops Up at 944 Florida Ave, NW

by Prince Of Petworth February 8, 2012 at 10:30 am 36 Comments

944 Florida Ave, NW, (at W Street by 9:30 Club) home to Darnell’s Bar in the evenings, is getting a pop up coffee house called The Blind Dog Cafe. They have soft opened this week but officially open Feb. 12th at 2pm.

Co-Owner Noah Karesh (other partners are Jonas Singer and Cullen Gilchrist) tells me:

The Blind Dog is a pop-up cafe located in the heart of Washington DC. We love espresso, good conversations, and building a community. We will be serving great coffee, delicious sandwiches and salads, and an assortment of other homemade goodies.

Our standard hours are from 7AM-4PM 7 days a week. In the evening the place turns back to Darnell’s Bar

In general our menu is focused on simple ingredients prepared in a delicious and authentic manner. Most of our food is either local and or home made. Some highlight from the food side are the fresh baked Croissant and other assorted backed goods which come from Black Strap Bakery (@BlackStrapCo) (a local startup bakery, who bake out of our kitchen). We are making our own roast beef and turkey for the sandwiches as well as all of our finishing salts, aiolis , pickles, granola. The list can go on. On the drink side beside one of a small few places in DC serving PTs Coffee, we are doing a pour over bar ( i think the only one in DC). We are serving the amazing Rishi teas and finally we are making our own home-sodas (flavors include Vanilla, Lemon, Lime, Blood Orange, Passion Fruit).

Check out the menu after the jump.

BREAKFAST
Herb Frittata on a house baked Croissant/Bagel with Bacon, Mushrooms, Baby Swiss/Goat
Croissant/Bagel with Organic Farm Fresh Butter, Peppercorn Salt
Toasted Baguette with Organic Farm Fresh Butter, House Jam
Granola with Walnuts in Honey, Banana, and Yogurt
Assorted Baked Goods

LUNCH
Sandwiches –
Roast Turkey Breast with Raw Milk Baby Swiss, Sriracha Aioli, Heirloom Tomatoes, Greens, Peppercorn Salt
Roasted Chourico Sausage with Roasted Peppers, Garlic Aioli, greens, Peppercorn Salt
Home-Made Roast Beef with Heirloom Tomatoes, Walnut Pesto Aioli, Shaved Parmigiano Reggiano, Peppercorn Salt
Tuna Salad with Capers, Sliced Hard Boiled Egg, Pickled Shallots, Citrus Salt
Baby Mozzarella with Heirloom Tomatoes, Walnut Pesto Aioli, Shaved Parmigiano Reggiano, Fresh Basil, Basil Salt

Entrée Salads
Roasted Beets with Toasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Pickled Shallots, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Citrus Salt, Greens
Chickpeas with Kalamata Olives, Basil, Heirloom Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Pimenton Salt, Greens
Quinoa with Cucumbers, Heirloom Tomatos, Preserved Lemon, Basil, pickled shallots, Lemon Vinaigrette, Paprika Salt

Tuna Salad with Capers, Picked Shallots, Heirloom Tomatoes, Citrus Salt, Greens
Baby Mozzarella with Heirloom Tomatoes, Shaved Parmigiano Reggiano, Fresh Basil, Basil Salt, Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar

Sides
House Pickles
Toasted Baguette

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