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Sweetgreen's new Tavern is designed as an indoor farmers market. (Image: Joy Asico)

Restaurant Rumblings: St. Anselm opens, pizza comes to The Wharf 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 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:

Dolcezza's location at The Wharf (99 District Sq. SW) has added a pair of craveable savory sandwiches to its seasonal menu. Start the day with a breakfast burger topped with fried egg, cheese, bread and butter pickles and a sweet pepper aioli. There's also a crispy fried chicken sandwich with bread and butter pickles, sweet onion, cilantro, jalapeno and maple mustard.

Satisfy that late-night hunger with new weekend offerings from O-Ku DC (1274 5th St. NE). Stop by the upstairs Japanese whiskey bar on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. for sushi bites like spicy tuna or rock shrimp rolls alongside Korean-style chicken wings and wagyu beef croquettes.

Daily happy hour snacks have landed on the menu at Pappe (1317 14th St. NW) in Logan Circle. The neighborhood Indian restaurant will offer the specials from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Options include vegetable samosas for $1.50 each, aloo padi chaat for $5 and spiced crab cakes for $5. Drinks include $4 canned beers, $5 glasses of wine and $7 cocktails.

Cuban cafe Little Havana (3704 14th St. NW) is now serving weekend brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The menu features brunch classics with Caribbean and South American flare. Highlights include the "bistec a caballo," a take on steak and eggs with salsa criolla and chicken and waffles served with a chicken chicharron and sweet burnt butter. Bottomless mimosas and sangrias will be $18 per person with a two-hour limit.


The much-anticipated St. Anselm (1250 5th St. NE) tavern is now open for business, and it's grilling up all manner of steaks, seafood and seasonal produce. The concept comes to D.C. via Brooklyn and restaurateurs Stephen Starr (known in D.C. for Le Diplomate) and Joe Carroll. Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley (Ripple, Smoked & Stacked) is heading up the kitchen, while Carroll has brought his in-depth knowledge of wine to the beverage program. Big appetites can tackle the giant beef axe handle, which is priced by the ounce and enough to feed a group. Other dishes range from grilled mackerel, clams and oysters to a pork porterhouse or rack of lamb.

Sweetgreen has gone back to its roots, reopening at its original Georgetown location at 3333 M St. NW. The new storefront is known as The Tavern. And rather than selling salads, it will feature products from local farmers and makers and the relaunch of "Sweetflow" soft serve, which it developed in partnership with Dolcezza Gelato.

Newcomer Union Pie (980 Wharf St. NW) hopes to be a go-to for affordable dining in the pricey Wharf development. The restaurant is a project from the owners of Union Stage and Jammin' Java. The pizza is based off the New Jersey-area "bar pie" style, which has a thin crust and simple toppings. Combinations include pepperoni, white white caramelized onions, roasted garlic and arugula, grilled veggie and others.

Grab a cocktail at the literary-themed Allegory cocktail back inside the Eaton Hotel (1201 K St. NW). The dimly-lit space offers craft and classic cocktails along with some addictive bar snacks. Fans of tequila, mezcal and Old Fashioneds will gravitate toward the boozy 2666, while those who prefer not to partake in alcohol can grab one of several spirit-free options.