ANXO Pop Up at Crane & Turtle, May 4-15

by Prince Of Petworth April 21, 2016 at 4:15 pm 8 Comments

828 Upshur Street, NW

Ed. Note: Crane & Turtle’s last night of service will be April 23rd and you can see the planned pop ups for the week of April 26 – May 1 here.

From a press release:

“What: ANXO Cidery & Pintxos bar is thrilled to take over Petworth’s Crane & Turtle for a ten night pintxos residency. Lead by Executive Chef Alex Vallcorba, the a la carte dinner service will feature pintxos of varying sizes, including dishes like Stuffed Squid on a bed of ink sauce with sherry vinegar caramelized onions, and Cod Fritters with vizcaína sauce.

From Chef Vallcorba:

I’m from Spain, and I grew up with this food. I love the simplicity of the plating– three or four ingredients in one dish that speaks for itself. It’s about spending time taking care of the ingredients. I want people to have an experience. Even if you haven’t been to Basque Country or Spain, you should feel like these flavors are true to that experience.

For me, we’re family. The restaurant is family. When I was growing up, my father didn’t let me leave the table until we finished our meal and also talked. It’s about bringing people together. Yes, the cider and food are important. But I want people to come to ANXO, or Crane & Turtle and give them that experience, so that they want to come back. They’re in a restaurant, but they’re also in our home.

In addition to pintxos, the pop up’s beverage menu will include an array of basque cider, wine, cocktails and digestifs rotating frequently (sometimes daily) from Beverage Director Tim Prendergast. The evolving selection will reflect the vast geographical representation of ANXO’s cider list.

This event, along with the 5/22 edition of Txotx at Colony Club, will be the last ANXO pop ups ahead of our opening at 300 Florida Ave NW. We are already actively hiring in anticipation.

When: May 4 to 15
Wednesday through Sunday, 5-10pm

Reservations: Reservations can be made Wednesday through Friday from noon to 3pm, effective immediately. Guests should call (202) 810-ANXO to make a reservation during those times. Reservations are for dining room seats, not the kitchen bar or patio (open weather permitting) which will be available to walk-up diners.

Details: Pinxtos will range from $5 to $15. This event is family friendly, but ID must be present to purchase alcohol.”

  • Leeran

    Potentially dumb question… is there a projected opening for ANXO’s Bloomingdale location yet?

    • Anon

      I walk by their building daily and it looks like they have a lot of work to do still. My guess is mid-to-late summer?

    • Tsar of Truxton

      I believe you mean Truxton Circle location ;-). The press release says they are hiring and 5/22 is the last pop-up event, so presumably, it will open at the end of May or early June.

  • KM

    Potentially dumb question from me as well…how do I pronounce ANXO?? Anks-oh? A-N-X-O?? Anshow?? :(

    • Anon


    • 10thSt

      In the Basque language, “X” is pronounced as a “ch” sound.

  • Barry

    These sound more like tapas than pintxo. I think they are just trying to get a new buzz word started.

    • MtP

      Hard to tell from the description, but I agree. A true pintxo bar like in San Sebastian would be hard to do on its own here, but would be awesome. I spent two nights in San Sebastian, and it was just incredible.


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