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Pulpo Becoming a BBQ Spot from Owners of Cleveland Park Bar and Grill – Shiner Bock Coming Soon Sign Up

by Prince Of Petworth June 9, 2014 at 10:22 pm 51 Comments

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3407 Connecticut Ave, NW

Last we heard back in Feb. there was some scuttlebutt that Picca Pollo A La Brasa would be taking over the former Pulpo, former Tackle Box, former McDonald’s space in Cleveland Park. Thanks to a reader for sending word about the new Shiner Bock coming soon signage:

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The Washington Post reported:

“The owners of the Cleveland Park Bar and Grill will take over the space and turn it into a barbecue joint.”

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3421 Connecticut Ave, NW

Here’s to hoping it’s good BBQ and that a BBQ joint will last here.

Side note: I like how the front door says “Welcome. Out of Business”:

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  • kook47797

    “Shiner Bock” is really the intended name of this place? Or are they just using an old beer sign here?

    • No, Shiner Bock in not the intended name of this place. It is however a commonly sold beer (from Texas) at some BBQ spots (like Hill Country). Presumably it will be available here too. :)

      • recon::decon

        There’s Nothing Finer Than a Nice, Cold Shiner!

        • Shiner to me is the Texas equivalent of Fat Tire. It’s just barely above Budweiser quality, but enough so that people who move away crave it for some inexplicable reason.

          • Nonna

            We can’t all have your refined palatte friend

          • Anonymous

            Agreed. Fat Tire sucks!!!

          • KenyonDweller

            I agree with you except that Shiner is way worse than Fat Tire.

          • Anonymous

            I heard so many people rave about Fat Tire. Then, I finally tried it and was like “meh.”

            I’m glad I’m not the only one!

          • KenyonDweller, I would agree with that. Different variations in the same strata.

          • Anonymous

            I think Shiner is more like Yuengling than anything else.

          • recon::decon

            “I think Shiner is more like Yuengling than anything else.” NOPE. NOPE. NOPE. Yuengling is vile. I’m sorry DC peeps but that shit tastes like the Potomac. It’s not even good ice cold.

          • KenyonDweller

            Yes, Yuengling sucks too.

          • Mike

            New Belgium is the most overrated brewery in the country right now. Their IPAs taste like Fruity Pebbles… blech!

          • Anonymous

            True, Fat Tire is massively overrated, but it’s far better than Budweiser.

        • Shiner Bock is an amber lager (annoyingly not an actual bock beer), Yuengling is a pale lager. The flavors are slightly different, and both are pretty bad, but I would give the slight edge to Yuengling. If you like the Shiner Bock style and want something much better that’s pretty easy to find here look for Great Lakes Elliot Ness or Brooklyn Lager. Hell, even Sam Adams Boston lager would be an improvement in my mind.

          • recon::decon

            I think we will agree to disagree friend. More shiner for me!

          • Anonymous

            Both of those beers pretty much suck. It’s the sort of beer you once thought was fancy when compared to all the natty ice you drank in college.

          • Hey, drink what makes you happy. That was always my motto when I was a wine rep ;)

  • Anonymous

    Love CPB&G, the friendly staff and the good food. High hopes for a BBQ place being put into action by the smart owners of CPB&G. Wishing you all the best guys! Looking forward to some Carolina style Q!

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, like Cleveland Park residents would put up with wood smoke coming from a BBQ joint.

      • Anonymous

        As a CP resident, whatever.

    • Ryan

      The couple times I ate at CPB&G, the food was awful and overpriced for the quality. However, this was a few years ago. Have things gotten drastically better?

      • Anonymous

        No.

      • Sebrof

        Agreed. I love CPB&G for the rooftop, but the food is really sub par.

      • recon::decon

        Clearly you are not ordering the right things. The pizza’s are pretty good.

        • Sebrof

          If you’re in CP and are eating pizza anywhere other than Vace, you’re doing it wrong.

    • Is there some other press release where they say it will be Carolina style? I find that hard to believe, but it would be a nice surprise (assuming they actually do it properly).

      • Anonymous

        And what kind of Carolina? East or West?

      • Homesick

        I would do seriously dirty things for quality SOUTH Carolina style bbq in the DC area… But I’d settle for “Carolina” (read: NORTH Carolina) style.

        • Which SC style? It varies across the state, just like NC.

          • It would be great to have mustard base South Carolina style, like you get at Bessinger’s in Charleston. (I know Bessinger is (was?) a terrible person. Still, gotta have it…)

          • Homesick

            True. I was referring to the mustard based, you can’t find that anywhere and it’s truly unique to SC. But vinegar and tomato would make me just as happy, as long as they do it right.

          • I would be in favor of seeing some SC mustard based style here. It’s not my favorite, but it is definitely rarely represented in DC.

      • anon

        I don’t like Carolina style because they add the sauce to the pork before serving it. I like my sauce on the side. I have a Big Green Egg and I can cook authentic pulled pork at home.

        • That generally depends on whether you’re having it chopped (sauce added in during the chopping) or pulled (sauce put on top with the slaw).

          • anon

            When I was in Charleston I ordered a pulled pork sandwich at a barbecue joint and it was drenched in sauce. I could barely taste the meat or the smoke. I prefer Memphis style.

          • LOL well that’s because you ordered BBQ in Charleston. When people say “Carolina style” they’re almost always referencing North Carolina. South Carolina has its followers too, but Charleston is far from one of the hubs. The mustard style mentioned above is more commonly found in the middle of the state. I enjoy the ribs in Memphis too. Frankly, I like all BBQ styles, as long as they’re done properly. There is so much bastardizing of styles done though that unfortunately causes people to create strong false associations with them.

        • Boozehound

          A lot of places in a lot of regions use a finishing sauce of some kind. It’s usually lightly applied. Also, just so we can clear something up – true Carolina BBQ is NOT very smoky. It is traditionally cooked over wood that has burned down to hot ash and coal, and as such, does not produce much smoke. To put it another way, it is not “smoked” in a traditional sense, and as such, is not smoky.

      • Anonymous

        WaPo article says they are going to do all types since people here are from all over.

        • Boozehound

          That’s rarely a good sign for a BBQ joint.

          • Anonymous

            +1000

  • Irving Streete

    I have to confess that I find CPBG a bit loathsome — too many TVs, lousy food, indifferent service. The kind of place I’d open if my only concern were wringing money out of the locals with as little effort as possible. The idea that the same owners would invest the time and care needed to actually produce quality barbecue seems more than a little farfetched — especially as the owners seem a little unfocused.
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    But, one can hope.

    • recon::decon

      Okay, well to be fair it is a Sports Bar, so I think having too many TV’s is to be expected.

  • Irv

    True. I should have said “too many TVs for me.” Though “sports bar” still strikes me as a pretty low-effort project (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

    • Anonymous

      I’ve always thought CPBG has the best “bar” food for a sports bar in the city. The food at CPBG is leaps and bounds better than Buffalo, whatever Touchdown was (gross), Duffy’s (except for maybe the wings), Lou’s, and even H St Country Club (though that’s a different type of food). I think CPBG is a great spot to have in the neighborhood, and hopefully this BBQ place is as good.

      • surely you jest. as someone who has been to CP bar and grill the food is vastly overpriced for the quality (excluding their happy hour/daily specials). we’re talking basically decent restaurant prices or just below those which is crazy when you can walk down the street to ardeo bardeo which has vastly superior food for not a whole lot more.

        • recon::decon

          I think you missed the point – it isn’t the CP Bar and Grill is the best food in CP; rather it is the best “sports bar” food. I don’t think Ardeo is considered a sports bar.

        • Bill

          I’m not sure where else you eat that $10-12 is overpriced for a good sandwich or hamburger, or $13 is overpriced for a pizza. I’m assuming if you live in DC this wouldn’t be a surprise to you but it sounds like it may be. Head to Ardeo and get an entree + side and you’re looking at $23-25. Your prerogative, but I’d rather spend that extra $10 on two beers.

      • Anonymous

        Their pizzas used to be good, way back when the place was called Bricks Tavern, but brick oven pizzas were a bigger novelty back then. And I agree about Duffy’s. I love the place, and their wings are incredible, but the rest of the food there is not good. The reason I stopped going to Cleveland Park Bar & Grill was the angle of the TVs over the bar. They were so far up that you would end up with a sore neck halfway through the game. Have they fixed that issue in the last few years?

      • anon

        Um, have you ever had Stoney’s?????????? That is the best bar food in DC by leaps and bounds.

        The rooftop is nice but the food is mediocre.

  • Boozehound

    With all due respect to Texans who seem to love it mostly out of regional nostalgia, Shiner turns out pretty bad beer, in lots of styles. Damn I love BBQ, but I have no faith in this place. Nothing about the Cleveland Park Bar and Grill has ever given me any indication that they have the culinary interest or experience to pull off really good BBQ. My guess is that this is basically going to be another sports bar whose menu just happens to be centered on mediocre BBQ, but will no doubt also have wings, burgers, and all manner of fried pub grub.

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