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Last Updated: July 2022

Current Status: Anxo shut down its Bloomingdale location and is now operating solely out of the tasting room.

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Before Times Review:

We went back to Anxo and upgraded our rating from “Worth Trying Out” to “Worth Taking a Walk.” Here’s the gist:

Anxo – Some really good Spanish food is getting served upstairs in the hoppin’ Truxton Circle bar.  The focus at Anxo is on cider.  They make their own.  I am not a cider expert, but I enjoy what I’ve had there.  The crush of the crowd has deterred more visits, but we went with a big group to put a serious dent in the menu.  The result was revelatory, the focus may be on cider, but the food stands up too.  The dishes are across the board good, with several dishes rising above good.  The lamb chops are juicy, thick, and presented on a bed of mashed potatoes seasoned with espelette.  The octopus is braised not grilled, which can be risky, here it works.  The pan con tomate (thick, large slices with fresh crushed tomato fruit spread heavy) and patatas bravas (crispy, dressed with straight aioli) were the crowd-pleasers.  There are vegetarian, vegan and GF notes on the menu to assist with dietary restrictions.  Anxo is fun, and the food beats expectations.  It is worth taking the walk over to Truxton Circle and wading through the crowd.

Rating: Worth Taking a Walk
Cuisine: Spanish

Bloomingdale: 300 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Brightwood Park – Tasting Room: 711 Kennedy Street NW Washington, DC 20011

Reservations: Resy

Other Critics/Voices:

Washington Post: Judkis did an early, positive First Bite for the Post that included this great gentrification-era correction: A previous version of this story said Anxo was in Ledroit Park. It is in Truxton Circle.

Washingtonian: Preview from 2016

Michelin:  Plate