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Mia’s Coffeehouse Now Open in Hill East


D.C. has a new coffee hub, and for a change, it’s not located in the caffeine-saturated 14th Street NW/Shaw area. Mia’s Coffeehouse opens in Hill East—a neighborhood with a relative scarcity of options for a cup of Joe—with pour-overs, sandwiches, and other baked goods. This is the first D.C. venture for husband-wife team Jeff Lee, a veteran of the hospitality industry, and Jenohn Lee, whose background is in real estate.

The cafe opens 6 a.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. on Saturdays with breakfast options ($3.50 to $5) like an egg, beef barbacoa, and Manchego cheese sandwich on ciabatta and a vegetarian counterpart with egg, baby spinach, and roasted cherry tomatoes. Lunch brings four more options, like the Zechari with baby spinach, roasted cherry tomatoes, grilled cremini mushrooms, and basil pesto on ciabatta as well as the Christian with Vermont cheddar cheese, roasted cherry tomatoes, and basil pesto on Texas toast ($6 to $8). Grilled cheese and PB&J are available on the kids’ menu.

For dessert or smaller bites, Mia’s will serve muffins, scones, and biscotti sourced from Be-Bop Biscotti in Bend, Ore., as well as an olive oil cake. Come July, they’ll be featuring Philadelphia-based Bassetts Ice Cream. Read more Mia’s Coffeehouse Now Open in Hill East

Last Night’s Leftovers: Eviction Edition

Landlord files suit to evict Gypsy Soul from Mosaic District. [Post]

Where to go for bar trivia in D.C. [Eater]

How Songbyrd transformed one of Adams Morgan’s problem properties. [WBJ]

Confluence Coffee Co. to sell D.C.’s first can of nitro cold brew. [Express]

New York's AG Kitchen makes its debut in Silver Spring. [Washingtonian]

10 bars you can't go to after 30 [Thrillist]

The seven hottest ice cream and gelato shops in D.C. [Zagat]

Songbyrd Music House Opens Tuesday With DJs, Live Music Venue To Come


The owners of Songbyrd Record Cafe will open a music-centric bar and restaurant on Tuesday, next door to their Adams Morgan sandwich, coffee, and vinyl shop. The new addition, called Songbyrd Music House, will feature DJs and vinyl in its street level space. Later this summer, a live music venue will open in the basement.

Co-owner Joe Lapan says the place aims to be for music lovers what a sports bar is for sports lovers. The establishment will center around soul, funk, jazz, alternative, and indie rock.

"The music will always be a focal point, not just background," Lapan says.

That doesn't mean the decibel level will rupture your ear drums. The venue has been outfitted for "club quality sound," Lapan says, with absorbing panels and equipment that allow for crisper, more robust audio.

Even the staff is made up of music fans: "One of the things we asked on any employment application was, 'What are you listening to right now?'" Lapan says.  Read more Songbyrd Music House Opens Tuesday With DJs, Live Music Venue To Come

Last Night’s Leftovers: Ben’s Edition

1169745130_cover0126aBen's Chili Bowl opens on H Street NE on July 8. [Frozen Tropics]

Longtime Off the Record bartender John Boswell has retired. [Eater]

The best queer nightlife in D.C. [DCist]

Budding restaurateurs compete for facetime with D.C. restaurant bigwigs. [WBJ]

Slash Run, a bar with a hair-metal theme, coming to Petworth. [Post]

Vidalia ending lunch service on July 1. [PoPville]

Four new liquor licenses snatched up in Georgetown. [Georgetown Metropolitan]

Where to celebrate Independence Day [Drink DC]

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

Colombian-ish Restaurant The Royal Now Open in LeDroit Park


While there's still much to bemoan about the District's breakfast scene, there's now a place to get a stuffed arepa with fried egg on a weekday morning. The Royal, which opened yesterday from Vinoteca owner Paul Carlson, will open as early as 7 a.m. with Counter Culture coffee, eggs, roasted plantain bread, Nutella pin-wheel pastries, and more.

By noon, the LeDroit Park restaurant will change over to a lunch and dinner menu with a Colombian bent. Carlson's mother (who's also involved in the business) is Colombian, and his father was in the foreign service. Carlson moved to the U.S. when he was 16, having lived in Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Honduras, and Guatemala.

But the Royal isn't a Colombian restaurant, per se. Chef Lonnie Zoeller will prepare empanadas and choripan sausage sandwiches, but there's also a burger and grilled squid. Many of the dishes—including morcilla sausages and charred vegetables—are cooked on a custom-made, wood-burning grill.

"We wanted the place to be an expression of the things that we liked to eat," Carlson says. In many cases, that's the Colombian dishes he grew up with, and sometimes, it's not. "For a long time, restaurants were placed in categories based on cuisine. It's less the case now." Read more Colombian-ish Restaurant The Royal Now Open in LeDroit Park

Where to Drink to the Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality Decision


The Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality calls for celebration, and D.C. bars and restaurants are on it. Here's where you can toast the historic moment this afternoon and into the evening. If you know of other specials or festivities, email, and we'll update the list.

Beuchert's Saloon
623 Pennsylvania Ave. SE

The Capitol Hill restaurant is offering a complimentary mead toast. Happy Hour drink specials last from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Brabo Restaurant
1600 King St., Alexandria

Mention "love wins," and get half-off all sparkling wine all weekend.

1639 R St. NW

There will be a toast with free Champagne tonight at 12:30 a.m.

Dino's Grotto
1914 9th St. NW

The Shaw restaurant will offer a free glass of prosecco or Lambrusco this evening beginning at 5 p.m. "By the way, the offer extends to Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito even! Welcome to the 21st century!. After all, equality is equality," the business tweets.

Nellie's Sports Bar
900 U St. NW

The bar opens early at noon today. Get ready for some dancing too.

Number Nine
1435 P St. NW

The bar opens at 4 p.m. today with a two-for-one drink deal until 9 p.m. Bulleit and Absolut are $5 after that.

515 15th St. NW

Sip an "equaltini" for $10 at the restaurant and downstairs bar, Root Cellar, before 7 p.m.

Ping Pong Dim Sum
900 7th St. NW; 1 Dupont Circle NW

Mention "love wins" for a complimentary round of sparkling wine with rainbow popping tapioca pearls. Chinese happy hour lasts until midnight.

6939 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park

This afternoon/evening, the restaurant will host a pop-up of its LGBT happy hour called Alegre, which normally happens every Tuesday. From 3 to 7 p.m., get rainbow beads along with $5 pints of Denizen Brewing Co.'s Born Bohemian, French 75s, vodka collins, and Prosecco.

1340 U St. NW

Beginning at 4 p.m., a shot and a beer are $5.

Photo by Ted Eytan via Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

Last Night’s Leftovers: Fireworks Edition


Where to find a roof for Fourth of July [Post]​

Bardo pushes back opening of Nats Park beer garden. [WBJ]

How D.C.'s cat cafe compares to the Japanese original [Thrillist]

Rito Loco finally opens in Shaw today. [PoPville]

Ballston's Rus Uz expands with specialty Russian and Uzbek imported goods. [ARLnow]

Where to drink cheaply this summer [DCist]

ScratchDC will set up TinyGrocery, a gourmet vending machine, in your office. [Express]

Photo via Shutterstock

I’ll Have a Smoothie, Hold the Hairball

Everyone, freak out: D.C.’s first cat cafe, Crumbs & Whiskers, has officially arrived. Founded by 24-year-old Kanchan Singh, the Georgetown cafe (3211 O St. NW) will house as many as 20 cats—all of which come from the Washington Humane Society and available for adoption. (One has already found a home.) Here’s a glimpse inside the second floor play area of the feline fantasyland.


Photos by Jessica Sidman

Underserved: The Valdez at Barrel

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Underserved is a recurring Y&H feature highlighting the best cocktails you're not ordering.

What: The Valdez with Goslings Rum, Campari, Velvet Falernum, and lime

Where: Barrel, 613 Pennsylvania Ave. SE

Price: $12

What You Should Be Drinking

You’ll have to take your uptight pants off to appreciate the name of Barrel’s summer patio sipper, the Valdez. It evolved from a trifecta of tiki cocktails, including one called Corn ‘n’ Oil (made with falernum and blackstrap rum). “I thought of birds and oil, and immediately the Exxon Valdez came to mind,” Bar Manager Parker Girard says. “It’s tasteless, but that’s okay.” The watermelon-hued punch also takes inspiration from a drink called Jungle Bird, which proved Campari could work in a tiki cocktail. “It’s kind of a douchey bartender thing, but it [Campari] really does work here,” Girard says. Campari prevents the drink from being cloyingly sweet from the Velvet Falernum, which is a simple syrup made more interesting with ginger, cloves, and other spices. Read more Underserved: The Valdez at Barrel

Are You Gonna Eat That? Brine’s Plankton Bucatini

The Dish:
Plankton Bucatini

Where to Get It: Brine, 2985 District Ave., Suite 120, Fairfax; (703) 280-1000;

Price: $13

What It Is: Powdered plankton, coupled with toasted nori, is kneaded into the bucatini dough to give the pasta a deep green color. Clams, guanciale, brown butter, preserved lime, and chili threads complete the dish. Plankton, a superfood, is sold at health food stores, but chef John Critchley gets his more pure version online for about $1 per gram. “It gets pretty expensive,” he says. “But we only have to use a few grams per batch, because it’s that powerful.” Read more Are You Gonna Eat That? Brine’s Plankton Bucatini