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Woodward Table Opens in Former Potenza Space

by Prince Of Petworth November 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm 11 Comments


1426 H Street, NW

Woodward Table’s website says:

Jeffrey and Sallie Buben’s Woodward Table, housed in the historic Woodward Building is a concept that exudes a timeless feel with neighborhood charm. Located just one block from The White House, Woodward presents a “table” of dining possibilities with two eateries…the main restaurant with its creative and diverse American menu and Woodward Takeout Food, a sprite artisanal alternative for breakfast and lunch.

Entering the main restaurant through the historic great hall, diners have grand view of the immense thirty-eight foot bar with its stitched leather top and Beaux Art styled tile. Come early for Happy Hour to sit in the rich comfortable booths that line the windows on H Street or gather around the high top pubs that complete the grand bar area, the perfect venue for drinks, dining and people watching.

The exhibition kitchen is highlighted by an impressive hearth oven that seems to command the dining room with intimate booth seating, banquettes and tables. The dining room combines the historic past of the neighborhood and the Woodward Building with contemporary finishes, soft saffron lighting, warm resonant fabrics and touches of copper piping woven throughout the dining room and bar.

The soul of Woodward Table’s cooking involves creating seasonal American cuisine derived from iconic American dishes, a chef’s contemporary approach and a regional repertoire of ingredients. Market inspired flatbreads cooked in the restaurant’s open hearth, slow cooked casseroles, oven roasted vegetables, house made charcuterie, succulent grilled fish, steaks and chops are a sampling of the myriad of menu options. Savor mouth watering desserts created by the pastry chef for a delightful finish to the meal. Our Table is your table.

Woodward Takeout Food aka WTF, adjacent to the restaurant, creates a quick serve American breakfast or lunch for the busy Washingtonian. In the morning, eat in or take out fluffy buttermilk biscuits, flavorful breakfast sandwiches, cinnamon sticky buns or delicious granola followed by the smooth intense flavored estate grown coffee. Specialty soups, fresh market salads and creative sandwiches concocted with house made smoked brisket, cured hams, cider brined turkey, signature pickles and condiments on daily baked bread make for an exciting over-the-top experience, the perfect lunch alternative for a timely meal. Complement everything with old fashioned sodas, specialty lemonade, floats, luscious shakes, not to mention perfect lemon squares, brownies and blondies or a seasonal caramel apple for a sweet treat.

Woodward Takeout Food is like being in a good cook’s kitchen…a venue of sights and sounds with the bakery of the entire restaurant located at one end. Smell the fresh baked bread and other concoctions as you place your orders. Relax and eat!

You can see their menus here.

Young and Hungry’s Jessica Sidman noted the apparently unintentional unfortunate acronym:

  • michael k. wilkinson

    wow-ee. from the department of too many words for a restaurant press release department (next door down the hall from the department of redundancy department). hope their menu gets to the point more quicklier than that presser. advil please.

    • Their coms contract paid by the word.

  • Come on, they HAD to have known what “WTF” usually stands for. They can’t all be over 60 (or whatever age you would have to be for “WTF” not to be on your radar).

    • KenyonDweller

      Probably over 90. Even my 72-year-old mother knows what that means.

    • JL

      Agree, that was definitely done on purpose. “Woodward Takeout Food” is an awkward name on its own, and there’s no reason they would have called it that if they weren’t trying to be cute. Maybe the chef was clueless, but whoever came up with that knew what they were doing.

      • Anonymous

        It’s unfortunate that nobody was there to tell him how terrible an idea it was to use that as the name.

  • Perhaps they can open up the LMAO Diner next door?

  • WTF FTW!

  • Well, i love it and plan on having lunch at wtf soon! The food sounds good!

  • RozCat

    What does “market inspired” mean?

    • ClevelandDave

      Kind of like “kosher style.”

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