Photos by Clarissa Villondo courtesy Laoban Dumpling
First Bindaas Indian and now Dumplings. Not bad Foggy Bottom. Not bad at all…
From a press release:
“Former consultant and venture capitalist turned restaurateur, Patrick Coyne, is pleased to announce the opening of his first fast casual dumpling concept, Laoban Dumplings, at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave, NW today, Monday, November 6. The outpost is meant to recreate the authentic and fun dumpling shop experience Coyne enjoyed in the Chinese province of Hunan while teaching English a few years ago.
“I am very excited to open this shop, which I have been envisioning for really long time,” said Coyne. “Dumplings are approachable, beloved, convenient, and comforting. Every culture has a version of them. The combination of dough and filling is something everyone is already familiar with.”
The opening comes after a string of sold-out pop-ups held around Washington, D.C., including stops at Compass Rose where Coyne debuted a khachapuri dumpling – a Gregorian-inspired bite filled with cheese and egg and pan-fried in butter; and On Rye where he featured a Reuben dumpling – a magical combination of the classic American deli sandwich with this Chinese staple. His take on the Lebanese version of a Shish barak dumpling – filled with ground beef, pine nuts, spices and garlic and served with a garlic and mint yogurt dipping sauce – was hailed by Zagat as one of the best versions in the country.
Guests can anticipate an array of dumplings that take traditional Chinese ingredients and recombine them to create new offerings. (more…)
“Menu Description: Guests can anticipate savory snacks, kebabs, with vegetarian options as well as pork, fish, chicken and beef street food dishes that are easy on the wallet. A small sampling from Group Executive Chef Vikram Sunderman’s opening menu will include dishes such as Chicken Farcha Burger, marinated chicken, malt vinegar, chili and curry leaves, served on a pao bun with beet and tomato chutney; Wada Pao, seasonal vegetables, potatoes, mustard seeds and curry leaves, served with pao bun, mint and cilantro chutney; Chicken Curry, house-made chicken curry with tomatoes and garam masala, served with saffron rice as well as Vegetable Curry, seasonal vegetables with paneer, ginger, chilies and cashews, served with saffron rice. (more…)
2121 K Street, NW
Well this is the greatest name for a “Pizza Bar” ever. Also a pizza bar sounds amazing. HomeSlyce’s website says:
“Dine In – Hang Out – Get Delivery
Join us in one of our great Downtown Baltimore or Columbia store. Each store unique with a feel and commitment for the neighborhood. All locations offer table service, carry-out and delivery.
Downtown in Federal Hill – Mount Vernon – Canton and Columbia Maryland”
Check out their menu here. Anyone ever try them out here or at one of the other spots?
This is the former Pizza Autentica, then Sugar space next to Bobby’s Burger Palace:
Photo by PoPville flickr user bajidc
Thought this, GW Hospital says helipad needed to save lives, but some Foggy Bottom residents are furious, might be something worthy of discussion. Looks like the West End Citizens Association is opposed to a medevac helipad at GW (one of only two Level 1 trauma centers in DC) because of concerns “not only about the noise but also the the helicoper’s vibrations damaging their historic rowhouses.” For folks who choose to live within a mile of the White House (and near the flight path of the much larger helicopters that land on the South Lawn almost daily), this seems beyond callous and petty.
(For what it’s worth, I’m a Bloomingdale homeowner and my rowhouse–though likely less “historic”–doesn’t seem to mind the “vibrations” from the helicopters flying to Washington Hospital Center. And although helicopter noise is not ideal, I gladly accept it as an unavoidable consequence of living in DC. I wouldn’t dream of complaining that medevac flights for the critically injured disturb my beauty sleep.)”
You can see some renderings here.
“Address:2601 Virginia Ave
SF:145,000 (140,000 of Residential and 5,000 of Retail)
# of Units:250
Completion Date:August 2018”
Thanks to Joan for sending: “Also – here’s a fun promo piece from back in the day (with the river on the wrong side of it…)”
20th and Pennsylvania Ave, NW
And more good outdoor dining news from their liquor license:
“New Restaurant serving Indian food. Total Occupancy Load of 142. Sidewalk Café with 60 seats.”
More info and menu from the original Bindaas here.
Photo by Jamie Fuller
Thanks to Jamie for sending:
“Good people in DC free cold water thanks to fam in Foggy Bottom. Refuge on this hot day!”
This rental is located at 950 24th Street, NW. The Craigslist ad says:
“$3460 / 1br – 1ft2 – Luxury Apartments near Georgetown (Foggy Bottom/GWU)
Fully-furnished with luxury finishes and high-end amenities, Varsity on K offers an outstanding living experience in the heart of one of DC’s most dynamic neighborhoods.
Located just a 5-minute walk from Foggy Bottom Metro station, our residents enjoy convenient access to public transportation along with a host of highly-rated shops, restaurants, grocery stores, nightlife and historical attractions.
A short walk to Georgetown, Dupont Circle, the White House, World Bank, IMF, FBI, the Kennedy Center and several embassies, Varsity on K puts the world at your doorstep.
A reader reports:
“Looks like Bindaas will be opening a location soon at 20th and Pennsylvania Ave where Johnny Rockets was previously located. They opened one in Cleveland Park last summer.”
More info and menu from the original here:
“Bindaas was created as a nod toward Indian street food and culture.”
20th and Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Photo by Michael
Thanks to Michael for sending just before 1pm. But don’t worry it’s the Foggy Bottom one not the 14th Street one. Kidding, kidding! Seriously.