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.
New on the menu
Hazel (808 V St. NW) has launched a new happy hour it's calling “Sticks till 6.” Chef Rob Rubba is cooking up a selection of bites priced at $3 each or four for $10. Choices include fish cakes with peanut and nuoc cham, barbecue trumpet mushrooms with smoked shoyu, and duck hearts with yaki sauce. The bar will serve an $8 spritz of the month as well as $6 glasses of wine and a $5 beer from Bluejacket. The deal runs Mondays through Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Chiko and Taylor Gourmet have entered into a delicious sandwich partnership to bring us the limited-time Kimcheesy hoagie. It’s piled high with kimchi-marinated chicken, white American cheese, “kimchi de gallo,” furikake, fire sauce, herbs and crispy onions. The special is available now through March 9 and all proceeds from the $9.99 hoagie go to benefit Chance for Life, a charity supporting childhood cancer research. Find it at any area Taylor Gourmet location.
1345 F St. NW
One of the most popular bakeries in Paris has landed in Washington. Come and indulge in Maison Kayser’s wide-ranging menu of baguettes, croissants, sandwiches and sweets of all type. The location is great for grab-and-go-items and also has seating in its cafe for guests looking to linger over lunch or dinner items like onion soup or Beef Bourguignon. A second D.C. location (650 Massachusetts Avenue NW) is already slated to open Wednesday, February 28.
2609 24th St. NW
The latest Woodley Park dining destination is turning out a selection of tacos, margaritas, guacamole and other Mexican dishes. Some of the notable options include beef tongue tacos, grilled corn "esquites,” and a “Mexi-burguesa.” Wash them down with one of the bars many tequila- or mezcal-based beverages.
923 16th St. NW
Located inside the posh St. Regis hotel, Alhambra offers a Mediterranean menu with touches of classic French cooking. Come for roasted artichokes with bacon and carrots; poached lobster with preserved lemon, apple and Champagne; rockfish with chorizo and more. The restaurant is serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.
Ardeo + Bardeo
3311 Connecticut Ave NW
After 20 years, this Cleveland Park staple will shutter on Sunday, February 25. But restaurateur/owner Ashok Bajaj already has a new concept in mind for the space. Bindaas, which abuts Ardeo + Bardeo, will remain open during the construction process.
The Black Rooster
1919 L St. NW
This no-frills bar opened in 1970 and has become a regular hangout for workers and neighbors in and around the West End. Ownership announced it will close after 48 years when its current lease is up in May.
Co Co. Sala
929 F St. NW
This chocolate-themed dining room will close on February 24 after 10 years in business. The restaurant will live on in part at Virginia’s Conche restaurant (605 Village Market Blvd. SE, Leesburg), which opened last year and is overseen by Co Co. Sala’s executive pastry chef Santosh Tiptur
8606 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring
This American steakhouse and dining room will shutter on February 27th. The restaurant opened in 2006 as Ray’s The Classics and had a built up a large following in the community. A press release announcing the closing cited a lack of business and local government support as part of the reasoning.