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A spread of dishes at Pappe. (Image: Reema Desai)

Restaurant Rumblings: Indian Cuisine on 14th Street and more

The D.C. food scene is constantly evolving, and it can be hard for even the biggest food fan to keep up. Restaurant Rumblings, a new bimonthly feature, is here to get you up to speed on the latest bar and restaurant news, from hot openings to exciting new menus.

Recent Openings:

America Eats Tavern
(3139 M St. NW)

Chef José Andrés' history-inspired eatery is back in business after a years-long hiatus, this time in the heart of Georgetown. The menu highlights iconic American dishes like fried catfish, Chesapeake crab cakes, barbecued pulled pork and ribs. As with the food, the beverage list of beer, wine and spirits draws heavily from the mid-Atlantic region. Head Chef Claudio Foschi returns from the restaurant's previous location in Tysons Corner to oversee the kitchen.

(1317 14th St. NW)

Indian food has landed in Logan Circle at Pappe (pronounced pah-pay). The menu focuses mainly on familiar Northern Indian dishes like chicken tikka marsala, palak paneer, lamb vindaloo and samosas. Beverages include cocktails with Indian flavors, such as the signature Southern Somras made with rum, amaro, allspice dram, tamarind and curry leaves. There are non-alcoholic chai and lassi options, too. The restaurant is offering a 15 percent discount on checks through June 10.

Sushi Nakazawa
(1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW)

The D.C. offshoot of New York City’s acclaimed Sushi Nakazawa is ready to welcome diners to its omakase counter inside the Trump International Hotel. The namesake Daisuke Nakazawa trained under Japan’s Jiro Ono, star of the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” The D.C. location will be helmed by executive chef Masa Uchi. Guests can expect an elegant and high-quality sushi experience, with a set menu of chef’s choices. The tasting menu is priced at $150 at the 10-seat counter, with a $120 dining room option slated to open once things get settled.


(1155 14th St. NW)

Contemporary Japanese restaurant Zentan is wrapping up business on June 30 after nearly a decade. The space was a popular gathering spot for small plates and cocktails inside the Kimpton Donovan Hotel. A new, yet-to-be-announced concept is planned to take its place this winter.

New on the menu:

Unlimited brunch is now served Saturdays and Sundays at Buena Vida (8407 Ramsey Ave.) in Silver Spring. The Mexican spread is priced at $35 per person, plus tax and tip, and includes choices like Yucatan guacamole with pickled mango and goat cheese and classic huevos rancheros. That’s in addition to a selection of tacos, tortas and other egg dishes. Brunch cocktails are served a la carte for $8 to $9 a piece. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Black’s Bar and Kitchen (7750 Woodmont Ave.) has brought back its signature brunch buffet to Bethesda. The restaurant is known for seafood, so be sure to hit the raw bar with its delicacies like shrimp cocktail, oysters, ceviche and smoked salmon. Other stations include servings of eggs pontchartrain and a custom omelet bar. The feast is every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is priced at $45, with bottomless sparkling wine an additional $15. A la carte dishes are also available during brunch.