Week in Review – 2/16/20

Image: Benn Mitchell, Untitled (1947).

This week on our site we added two places to our recommended restaurant list for D.C. and reviewed another.  Variations of Italian abound right now, and we’ll add more next week.  Read on for a recap of this week and news from around the dining scene. Sadly, not once did we have to walk through snow to go to a restaurant this winter.

Changes to the Recommended Restaurant List


ABC Pony –  Just north of the ballpark, Erik Bruner-Yang opened a bright spot in a new development.  His development was to run Italian food through a filter of S.E. Asia and see what comes out.  The result is pretty good.

Reveler’s Hour – The team behind Tail Up Goat decided being one of the most respected and successful establishments in the city wasn’t enough.  So they opened a wine and pasta spot around the corner.  The new space is gleaming and cool.  The wine list is fun and the food is great.  Exactly what you’d expect from them.


Kinship – Eric Ziebold’s upstairs restaurant is not as upscale as the tasting menu spot Métier in the basement, but it is still pretty fancy.  We think it is good enough to impress a movie star and worth the splurge.


I will continue to goad Eater DC by doing some round ups from the world of reviews and D.C. bloggers.

The old Vinoteca space re-opened as Lulu’s Wine Garden.  It is still a wine bar, but with a more casual vibe and menu.  Bocce is not yet open.  All bottles cost $49.

Horace & Dickey’s, a small shop on H Street known for its fried whitefish, shut down this week.  It brought the gentrification issue to the surface again.  The family has another shop in Takoma Park.  For a fascinating read on the D.C. history of fried whitefish, check out Joe H’s post on this Don Rocks thread.

In related news, some of the pioneers of Adams Morgan are facing higher rents.   Columbia Station gave up its lease and moved operations next door to the old Heaven and Hell space.  Columbia Station is known for its live jazz sets, and the news was first reported by Capital Bop.  Owner Mehari Weldemariam told WCP, “I gave them the key back. Whatever they want to do, they can do. I’m not going to pay that kind of money anymore. It’s too much.” 

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