Duke’s Counter Opens Across from the Zoo – Have a First Look Inside and at the Menu

by Prince Of Petworth July 17, 2016 at 10:22 pm 30 Comments

3000 Connecticut Ave, NW

Boom! Duke’s Counter from the owners of Duke Grocery in Dupont soft opened on Friday across the street from the Zoo. It was certainly sad to lose Zoo Bar but Duke’s Counter is looking like a worthy replacement. This is a huge score for the Woodley/Cleveland Park crowd. Hell this is a huge score for those with little kids who go to the Zoo a couple times a month/week. Seriously, while the space was still being set up when I stopped by Sunday morning – you can get a good idea of how awesome the space turned out. The dark interior from the Zoo Bar days (good for Blues and Jazz) have been completely brightened:

mural still in progress

More shots and a look at the menu after the jump.






  • DF

    Enough with the truffle oil!

    • Tamara LaPrade


    • TacoPants

      Right? And I’m totally sick of people putting pepperoni on pizzas. Who cares if it’s delicious, it soooo been done before. AmIrite?

  • This is the greatest news ever. Finally somewhere worth going to in my neighborhood!

  • D

    We just happened to be walking by on our way to eat when they opened the doors on Friday. We’d never eaten at Dukes and this place is delicious.

  • P. Lecheval

    Looks awesome, but where’s the fish and chips? Hopefully coming soon.

  • CHGal

    $9 for elotes? I hate to be the one to complain about prices, but come on. That’s street food you buy from a cart.

    • I’m sure you can finder cheaper on the streets of Mexico – this is true.

      • Nick

        An elote is $4 at El Chucho last time I checked.

        • To be honest I didn’t know what an elote was hahaha but I’m just tired of the often reflexive price complaints. Obviously it will be more expensive in a restaurant than a street cart. But yes – another DC restaurant comparison is a fair point. I still plan on stuffing my face with them :)

          • FridayGirl

            +1. Also the neighborhood. Tourists will buy $9 elotes near the zoo.

          • Nick

            Ha, no problem. And did not mean any angst in my comments. Love the website.

          • all good – Last week was terrible – I was hoping to start of happier this week :)

          • CHGal

            The rest of the prices seem reasonable, that just kind of jumped out at me.

      • fhyrew

        I’ve had the elote at the original Duke’s, and it’s not on the cob. I balked at the price a little bit too (but ordered it anyway) and was quite satisfied with the portion size and quality for the money. It comes in a skillet and is easily enough for two to share.

        • JR


    • ***

      I was assuming the last word was ‘tacos’ – like they were corn tacos. But it’s hard to tell. It also looks like locos. And yes, then $9 for grilled corn would be loco.

    • MtP

      I believe I have bought an ear of corn from a woman on the street in Columbia Heights for $3 or $4. This is a bowl of corn, which is likely 2-3 ears and, no offense to the woman whose corn was delicious, but the quality of the ingredients and level of preparation is probably a bit higher here. Plus they have more overhead than a steam basket and a milk crate. Maybe a bit high, but not nearly as outrageous as some things in this town.

  • Nick

    Nothing will ever beat Zoo Bar. RIP entertainment.

    • MtP

      The music at Zoo Bar might have been nice, but the food at Duke’s is incredible.

    • It won’t be the same as Zoo bar but they’ll be adding live music too.

  • skj84

    Just in time for Brew at the Zoo! I know where I’m grabbing dinner on Thursday.

  • Nick

    RIP entertainment

  • MissMinDC

    I will miss Zoo Bar for sure, but they did a great job with the space and the food that I’ve had so far (admittedly, only the hummus plate) was great. Also: blackberry bourbon lemonade. Delicious, and no joke. Welcome to the neighborhood, Duke’s.

  • El Chapo

    Only hipsters would have a 18 post argument over the price of corn. Never a dull moment…Duke’s is awesome, great addition to the neighborhood.

    • I don’t think you know what the hell hipster means if you think that’s the majority of this reader base.

    • TacoPants

      Yessss hipster complaint! I feel like we are due a millennial complaint too, just for good measure

  • DSB

    Not commenting about the dish itself, or its worth, but there is also a corn shortage all over the region right now. It is currently hitting restaurant suppliers and may make it to your supermarket soon.

    • Idontgetit

      Huh? Corn shortage?

    • TacoPants

      Well crap! Corn rules


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