Food and Drink

Opening Soon: 5 Restaurants I’m Anxiously Awaiting


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Ok, so if you’re the least bit familiar with restaurants and the supposed opening dates in DC, you know that they are almost never met due to permitting delays, construction delays, staffing delays…you get it. Still, the eternal optimist, these are the five restaurants I can’t wait to try when they open later this year. (Note: I better not have to wait until 2012 to see you!)

1) Elisir:

The fine dining, Italian restaurant brought to us by Enzo Fargione will join the culinary heaven that is Penn Quarter. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Chef Fargione was previously the chef at K Street’s Teatro Goldoni. Publicist Janet Donovan tells me that the restaurant will open sometime in the Fall — so I’m crossing my fingers for late September/early October. Elisir’s Facebook page is getting more and more active, which is always a good sign. You can check it out for construction and menu updates.

427 11th St NW

ETA: Fall 2011

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He/She Loves DC: Where to Go for Restaurant Week

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  Okay, maybe not, but it is DC Restaurant Week, so we asked some of DC’s well known residents to tell us what restaurants they are hitting up this month.

The ubiquitous DJ Tommy McFly , who recently “flipped to Fresh,” tells us he always goes out for Restaurant Week because he “loves a good deal,” and who doesn’t? The new 94.7 Fresh FM DJ will make his first stop at Birch and Barley (1337 14th St NW) because of its beer pairings.  Birch and Barley prides itself on offering a unique food and beer experience, and if you want to know what Tommy thinks after checking it out, follow him at @TommyMcFly.

Staying on the DC Media track – WUSA9’s Angie Goff is known for hitting the town even if she is working the morning shift the next day, and the new proud- mom needs no reason to eat out. She will be trying out BlackSalt (4883 MacArthur Blvd NW) for the first time, as well as old favorites like Chef Geoff’s, Georgia Browns, and Bistro Bis.  BlackSalt looks like a great choice with the mussels and seafood stew on the menu. Continue reading