From boots of beer to BBQ cubby-holes to heavy metal oysters, DC is serving up a whole mess of tasty new spots this Autumn. So snag your Capital Bikeshare, UberX, Razor scooter, or whatever, and make the rounds to these six new spots you shouldn't miss.
Shockingly not a Golden Girls spin-off where Betty White runs an upscale boutique, RL's into all sorts of rule-breaking: grilling salad, posting framed profanity, and pairing popcorn with lobster. Pro tip: Chef Aaron Silverman’s charred lemon backsplash that accompanies the crispy octopus is crazy addictive.
Dacha Beer Garden
It turns out Russians know a lot about German beer. Owners Ilya Alter and Dmitri Chekaldin have crafted a menu that beckons you to get beer by the boot. Sorry, das boot. Start with a Weihenstephaner pilsner and finish with their hefeweissbier dunkel. Sad news: there's going to be a Winter hibernation period. Happy news: when they come back they're planning to launch a full food menu.
Channelling Vietnamese and Thai flavors and bringing serious heat (dishes are labled *phet or *phet mak, don't say you weren't warned), DM's cooling off its spicy street eats with cocktails like a tamarind soda with peanut-infused bourbon. If you want a seriously dramatic presentation, get the whole fried fish, just share it so you have room for the also-fried coconut-battered bananas.
Eat The Rich
Heavy metal shows its caring side by committing to locally sourced, sustainable seafood at Derek Brown’s Eat The Rich -- a bar and bench establishment churning out cocktails by the pitcher alongside briny bites. Pitchers range from a refined Buck Hunter made with Belle Meade Bourbon to Beer + Clam, a clamato and Bud Light concoction. Try it with Redneck Laundry. Sorry Motorhead, there are no hash browns an' bacon strips.
Revive On-The-Go just got the best makeover ever. It now houses a four-seat BBQ joint led by pitmaster Rob Sonderman, who formerly smoked it up at Hill Country Barbecue. You’ll find a mix of Revive dishes on the menu -- like the chicken and red velvet waffles and Sondermans’ smoked meats, sandwiches and sides. Get a protein grand tour with a smokehouse meat platter. Do not skip the hush puppies, as you will be making a terrible mistake.
Barcelona Wine Bar
Getting a seat here can be Real Madrid vs. Barca competitive. A trifecta of factors are at play -- the DC love for all things new, a no-reservations policy, and some kind of primal need to be near fire on their pit-laden patio. Start with Mangalica Jamon charcuterie so you can say you’ve eaten wooly snow pig before making your way through 40 different tapas.
Situated in a converted townhouse on Capitol Hill, Rose's Luxury is a twinkle-lit, farmhouse-chic restaurant that draws crowds for its bold small plates. Unfortunately for those crowds, it doesn't accept reservations. Get here early for dinner and you can nab a front-row seat at the chef's counter overlooking the open kitchen, where shareable dishes like Thai-marinated pork blade steak and boudin-stuffed jalapeño are prepared with precision.
DCity Smokehouse hosts a four-seat BBQ joint led by pitmaster Rob Sonderman. You’ll find menu items like the chicken and red velvet waffles and Sondermans’ smoked meats, and you can get a protein grand tour with a smokehouse meat platter. As far as we are concerned, DCity is one of the best places to get BBQ in Washington DC.
Doi Moi is bringing Vietnamese and Thai flavors and some serious heat, try cooling off with cocktails like a tamarind soda with peanut-infused bourbon. If you want to go big, get the whole fried fish, just share it so you have room for the also-fried coconut-battered bananas.
You know what’s more fun than binders full of women? Pitchers full of cocktails! Grab one, plus a dozen oysters during brunch service at Shaw’s Eat the Rich.
It turns out Russian owners Ilya Alter and Dmitri Chekaldin know a lot about German beer -- their friendly, open-air Shaw garden offers a broad selection of international suds, plus a menu that not only features standard bratwursts and pretzels, but also extends its reach with a bucket of mussels, a chicken schnitzel sandwich, and grilled steak skewers. Grab a communal picnic table and raise a pint in the seasonal garden, which is open in spring through fall.
Barcelona has a no-reservations policy, so get there early to get close to the fire on their pit-laden patio, and grab a Mangalica Jamon charcuterie so you can say you’ve eaten wooly snow pig before making your way through 40 different tapas.