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:
The refined-yet-relaxed Westend Bistro (1190 22nd St. NW) is embracing some of the season's best produce on its new menu. Start with a bowl of chef Alvin Dela Cruz's Cinderella pumpkin soup, or dig into a roasted root vegetable salad with Brussels sprouts, almonds and labneh cheese. Heartier options include a sole meunière with truffled potatoes and wild mushrooms, and a grass-fed lamb ragout with herb gnocchi.
Both the kitchen and bar at Dirty Habit (555 8th St. NW) are welcoming fall with some new food and cocktail choices. Share a quick bite of some bacon croquettes or seared foie gras with brioche, or fill up on a hearty roasted chicken breast with cauliflower, shiitake mushrooms, squash purée and apple cider glaze or branzino with prosciutto and mushrooms. For drinks, try beverage manager Drew Hairston's warming and savory "On Horseback," made with bacon fat-washed Basil Hayden's bourbon, mission figs, maple and mint.
Guests at All Purpose (1250 9th St. ) in Shaw will find a variety of updates, including the restaurant's first-ever pineapple pizza. Fans of the topping can order the Master P, a mix of pineapple, porchetta, pickled peppers and tomato. Vegetarians will enjoy the return of the fried Brussels sprouts, while lunch features a Cubano Italiano sandwich, loaded with prosciutto, porchetta and gruyère cheese. Dishes like autumn squash hummus and peperonata arancini round out the menu.
Call Your Mother
(3301 Georgia Ave. NW)
Those searching for a top-notch bagel in Washington now have another option, thanks to the team at this self-proclaimed "Jew-ish" deli in Park View. Its menu features bagel sandwiches (stuffed with everything from candied salmon cream cheese to peach jam and bacon), white fish croquettes, hot pastrami and rye sandwiches and a bunch of takes on deli favorites. Current hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, with expanded hours to follow soon.
(3201 Cherry Hill Lane)
The debut of chef Johnny Spero's Georgetown dining room has been years in the making. Spero boasts quite the culinary resume, with experience in the kitchens of Minibar, Komi, The Columbia Room and more. It's his second solo foray (the since-closed Suna was first) and its designed around elevated-yet-approachable food. Some of the imaginative items include scallop crudo with buttermilk, dill and dried scallops and a fried chicken sandwich topped with foie gras. Reservations can be made online and will include two "pay what you can" tasting menu seats each evening.
(1800 14th St. NW)
Drinkers who miss hanging out at 2 Birds 1 Stone need not despair. Its replacement, Destination Wedding, comes from the creative cocktail mind of Lukas B. Smith (Cotton & Reed, formerly Dram & Grain), who is joined by Robin Miller from Espita Mezcaleria. The goal? To create a getaway atmosphere for people to gather over a few well-made drinks. Alcoves in the subterranean bar are decorated by favorite wedding locations including Paris and Las Vegas. Expect a wide variety of fun cocktails, including a handful of options on draft.
(3101 K St. NW)
Susheria has taken over the Maté space across from the Georgetown waterfront. The restaurant describes itself as "casual-glam," and it's far from a typical sushi joint. The menu is centered around the combination of Peruvian and Japanese cooking known as Nikkei cuisine. Expect a variety of ceviche, sushi, appetizers and rice bowls. The maki (roll) selection includes classic preparations like spicy tuna, eel, shrimp tempura or yellowtail alongside playful flavor fusions inspired by Peruvian dishes like lomo saltado and polo a la brasa.
Ryan Hackney is at the helm of Valor Brewpub (728 8th St. SE), a veteran-friendly spot on Barrack's Row. Hackney brings some serious culinary talent to the pub's comfort food menu, thanks to his chef experience at 701, Bibiana, Lucky Buns and The Bird. This is definitely chef-driven bar fare, so expect steak, seafood, a riff on Korean-style fried chicken and more.