The D.C. food scene is constantly evolving, and it can be hard for even the biggest food fan to keep up. Restaurant Rumblings is here to get you up to speed on the latest bar and restaurant news, from hot openings to exciting new menus and chef swaps.
Dolcezza at The Wharf
99 District Sq. SW
Dolcezza’s ninth café is slated to open December 22 at The Wharf with a menu that’s far more than just its signature gelato. It’s the first location to have a full kitchen and will feature all-day breakfast items like biscuit sandwiches, huevos rancheros and breakfast bowls. There are new sweets too, including milkshakes and doughnuts.
2001 International Dr., McLean
Chef and restaurateur Mike Isabella's food empire just took a big step forward. Phase one of his namesake food hall opened on December 11 and now includes an outpost of Isabella's Italian concept Graffiato, Kapnos Marketa, Nonfiction Coffee, Octagon Bar, and Retro Creamery. More will open in the coming days, with Pepita, Requin Oysters and Champagne, and Yona launching Friday, December 22 with limited menus.
1247 First St. SE
In a city flooded with fast-casual options, Rasa is a refreshing new choice. The Navy Yard Indian restaurant is the longtime passion project of Rahul Vinod and Sahil Rahman, whose fathers have been in the game for years at Indique and Bombay Bistro. The menu here is diverse, reflecting the range of ingredients found across India. Guests can build their own bowl, or pick the safety of one of Rasa’s signature combinations like the “Aloo Need Is Love” or the “Open Sesame.”
The Dabney Cellar
1222 9th St. NW
For a cozy December date night, try the new addition to the Michelin-starred The Dabney. The new cellar is wine-focused, with 30 pours available by the glass. The bar also carries beers along with a cocktail menu to complement its Mid-Atlantic fare. Food includes a raw bar, charcuterie, cheese and seasonally-changing snacks.
Karma Modern Indian
611 I St. NW
This contemporary Indian restaurant opens today at 5 p.m. in Mount Vernon Triangle with re-imagined Indian and South Asian cuisine. The kitchen will be led by Executive Chef Ajay Kumar, a native of New Delhi. Kumar’s D.C. resume includes cooking for a White House state dinner and creating menus for several dinners attended by Indian Prime Minister Modi. Bar Director Dominik Lenikowski plans to rotate several classic cocktails along with Indian-influenced drinks and housemade bitters, infusions and vermouths.
New On The Menu:
Hazel (808 V St. NW) is inviting its guests to celebrate the season in Shaw with a glasses of sparkling wine from its new Champagne cart. The roving bar has bubbly options from Spain, France and even Virginia available by the taste, glass or bottle.