Washington, DC

The Imperial – Credit to Rey Lopez

From a press release:

“One of the country’s most acclaimed drinking destinations will soon open its second venture, The Imperial, in Washington, DC’s south Adams Morgan neighborhood at 2001 18th Street, NW, on Wednesday, November 13. The experience at the stunning three-floor, 5500+ square foot restaurant and bar begins in the bright, light-filled dining room, where Chef Russell Jones serves Mid-Atlantic inspired cuisine through the lens of southern France. The main floor also features a sparkling raw bar, and drinking bar pouring interesting wines, creative craft cocktails and vintage spirits. Real cocktail enthusiasts can head downstairs to the basement cocktail den Dram & Grain, and al fresco diners can enjoy drinks and dinner under the stars on The Imperial’s two-tiered open-air rooftop bar.



Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

This is another reader request that I’m very keen to hear the responses. I know Commonwealth used to have a great option and that place out in Old Town but both have closed – so where’s the best fish n chips these days?

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 and best shoe repair.


“Aged Ramen Noodles from Nishiyama”

From an email:

“Please find a personal letter from Mr. Takashi Nishiyama, President of Nishiyama Seimen Co., Ltd. in Sapporo, Japan that directly addresses the recent comments made by a commenter, Joshua Hamilton, disputing the authenticity of Hatoba’s Sapporo-style ramen.

Daikaya Group partner and native of Tokyo, Japan Daisuke Utagawa wanted to take this opportunity to directly address the comment made in the recent PoPville article highlighting the opening of Hatoba, and furthermore to help educate both Joshua and readers on the history behind Sapporo ramen and Nishiyama Seimen Co., Ltd. where Daikaya Group continues to receive custom ramen noodles from of which are featured at all of their celebrated restaurants throughout the District – Daikaya, Haikan, Bantam King, and Hatoba.

In response to the following comment from Joshua Hamilton:

Having lived in Sapporo for more than ten years and make a living doing PR work for Sapporo’s most famous Ramen company, I have to say that this shops menu does not reflect Sapporo ramen authentically in any way!
Come for the real thing instead of some half baked notion of what they think it is.

“Early Days at the Nishiyama Ramen Factory”

“Dear PoPville,

My name is Takashi Nishiyama, and I am the President of Nishiyama Seimen, a noodle company based in Sapporo, Japan.

I was glad to see your recent article about the new ramen shop HATOBA, with whom our company has had the pleasure to collaborate. I was surprised, however, to see a baseless comment in response to that article. I believe it was written by a reader who is unaware of the history and traditional culture of Sapporo ramen.

The ramen that HATOBA serves is authentic Sapporo ramen, created in partnership with our company. The staff of HATOBA flew to Sapporo several times, and along with my staff, created the ramen at our company’s development office.

Sapporo ramen is a culinary culture that was born in the 1950s as a result of conversations between ramen shops in Sapporo and their customers. Miso ramen, which is now popular throughout the world, was born in 1955 in Sapporo. Read More


“In case you’re wondering, Key Bridge, Virginia side, 1960, he was 25…”

Thanks to Tim for passing on from Old Europe (2434 Wisconsin Ave, NW):

“Affectionately known to many simply as Mr. Karl, our hearts mourn the passing of Karl J. Herold who died peacefully on October 12, 2019, he had a long and successful life as Chef and Proprietor of the Old Europe Restaurant. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends and many business associates.

Born in 1935 in Uder, Germany he eventually immigrated from Heiligenstadt, Germany to Washington, D.C. absconding East Germany to create a new life in his adopted homeland in 1960. Read More


660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Photo by Joe Wallace

Thanks to Joe for sending. Pitango Gelato opened up on Capitol Hill next to Peregrine in the old Greenworks space back in 2011. They closed their Logan Circle location back in 2016 but opened up a popular cafe in Adams Morgan back in 2017. They also still have a location in Penn Quarter which opened up back in 2010.

Updates when we learn what becomes of this space.


2321 18th Street, NW

The liquor license placard for Death Punch/Shabu Plus & Shibuya Eatery says:

“A new Retailer’s Class C Restaurant with a seating capacity of 90 and a Total Occupancy Load of 170. Summer Garden with 24 seats. Entertainment Endorsement to provide live entertainment indoors only.” Read More


5505 Colorado Ave NW at 14th Street

“Dear PoPville,

Noticed this new restaurant coming just across from Moreland’s on Colorado at 14th. Can’t seem to find anything online about it. Know anything? Would be great to see some more stores/shops and restaurants coming to this intersection!”

A Yelp review for Social Kitchen says:

“Fairly newly opened. Black owned. Neighborhood “Cheers” type spot with a veggie lean. They do cooking classes, pop-ups, networking and private events, etc. The smoothies are a weekend thing, for now I guess.

I had THE BEST carrot cake muffins I’ve had it years there yesterday. I kid you not. One with pecans and one with a walnut crumble. Read More


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