Washington, DC

5th and K St, NW

Thanks to Daniel and Sherri for the good sleuthing on this tip: “Bartaco is filling the old Busboys and Poets space in Mount Vernon Square.” The Edens website now lists a Bartaco in the CityVista retail. Bartaco’s website says:

“bartaco is inspired by the beach culture of brazil, uruguay and southern california. we are upscale street food with a coastal vibe in a relaxed environment. we are freshly-squeezed juices, specialty cocktails and beer out of a bottle. bartaco evokes a visit to a stylish beach resort and creates an unforgettable experience.” Read More


Photo by Flickr user Luca Ohman

“Dear PoPville,

A somewhat related follow-up to the Cobb/Caesar inquiries: where in DC is the best basic club sandwich? I frequently get the craving for a good, no frills club sandwich, and haven’t found one better than GW Deli in Foggy Bottom (2133 G St NW). I’m talking plain white bread, a little too much mayo, an obscene amount of bacon, turkey, lettuce, tomato. Perfection.

Any competitors around the district?”


rendering courtesy Ambar

From a press release:

“Ivan Iricanin, founder and CEO of Street Guys Hospitality, announces that his landmark restaurant, Ambar, is closing for two months on Monday, January 27 to undergo an extensive renovation. Located at 523 8th Street, SE, 20003, the popular Capitol Hill restaurant just celebrated its seventh anniversary as it opened in January 2013. This crowd pleaser is renowned for introducing Balkan cuisine with a modern twist to the nation’s capital. The restaurant became an immediate success with its set-price dining and popular bottomless brunch. Since opening, Ambar has received numerous accolades including a Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide; “Best Brunch” in Washingtonian magazine’s annual Winner’s Circle of Reader Favorites; TripAdvisor.com’s Traveler’s Choice Award for “Best Everyday Dining Restaurants in the United States”; “Best Brunch” and “Best Restaurant When You Pay” by the Washington City Paper in their annual Best of D.C. awards, as well as Service Program of the Year” and “Casual Brunch of the Year” at the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington annual RAMMY Awards. Read More


Thanks to Erin for sending: “I walked by Mason & Rook (14th and Rhode Island NW) this morning and it was closed. Looks like they are renovating and a Viceroy will be taking its place. @MurphyMcNugget would like to put in an early requeat to Viceroy to keep their outdoor patio and rooftop dog friendly!”

Anyway, it got me thinking about favorite hotel bars/restaurants – so while we wait for Viceroy to open – where’s your current favorites?

Here are the previous best/let’s do this lists for – Carryouts, best Thai, best liquor stores, best Ramen, best Bars, best Indian and Pakistani, best Italian/Pizza/Deli, best Mexican/Salvadoran/Central/Cuban/Latin, best burgers/fries, best bakery/bagels, best Gyms, best Ethiopian , best Sushi, best bookstores, best movie theaters, best sports bars, best barbers and hair salons, best brunch, favorite clothing stores, favorite place to get oysters best breakfast sandwiches, best Tacos, best Farmers Markets best dumplings, best pupusas, best Pho, best Food Trucks, best Chicken Wings, best tots/toppings, best mac and cheese, best shoe repair, best fish n chips and best Crab cakes.


From an email:

“To celebrate the launch of HipCityVeg’s breakfast menu at the Dupont Circle location, we are giving away free hot crispy hash browns and complementary LaColombe coffee (with plant-based milks, of course) in front of our Dupont Circle location (1300 Connecticut Ave.) this Friday. We hope to warm and perk people up on their way to work, and let them know about our exciting new plant-based breakfast options. Read More


Back in December we shared the news that Baan Thai would be closing their super popular Logan Circle location. However, they’d be opening somewhere else and now I hear from a very good source, 99% accuracy rating, that new space will be in Mount Vernon Triangle. Back in April of last year I confirmed some scuttlebutt that Alba Osteria had closed at 425 I Street, NW. If all goes well I believe Baan Siam could be taking over the space/opening as soon as early spring. Fingers crossed and STAY TUNED for confirmation.


Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

An important follow up to yesterday’s discussion about best Cobb salad – tons of requests after we posted for a best Caesar salad – and since that’s my favorite too – FOLLOWING.

HungryLobbyist replied to this discussion @PoPville with: “Depends. Do you want steakhouse classic Caesar with anchovies or fancy Caesar? The one at @AllPurposeDC #Shaw is my favorite actually. I get anchovies on the side. It’s soooo good and huge and always crispy and fresh.”

Where’s your favorite found?


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