Tired of the Same Old Spots? Look for These Newbies.
Northern fried chicken wings: coming soon to the Renaissance's Mixx bar.
Y&H, as noted by one of our own here at Washington City Paper, is not always so great about keeping you informed about the new eateries in the area — at least not in one lump sum. I'm going to continue that spotty record with this post, which highlights only a handful of the new additions to the scene or those coming soon.
- Blue Ribbon Classics at Mixx Lounge: The brothers Bromberg, known for their Blue Ribbon restaurants popular with fellow NYC chefs, have partnered with Renaissance Hotels to offer a "Blue Ribbon Classics" menu, which will include such home-style comforts as northern fried chicken wings and BBQ pork sliders. The menu will roll out on Oct. 15 at the downtown Renaissance's Mixx Lounge at 999 9th St. NW.
- Muncheez Mania: This small sandwich shop in Georgetown (whose name sounds like some second-tier Broadway musical) is the brainchild of David Nammour, who developed the concept while a student at Duke. His freshly made sandwiches are called "muncheez," and they come on house-made saj, which he calls "thinner-than-pita but thicker-than-a-crepe bread." Muncheez will also sell crepes. Opens in late October at 1071 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
- District 2 Bar & Grille: The upscale sports bar and grill is assuming the space once occupied by Enology and Alliance Tavern, obviously hoping to break the recent curse of that corner location. It's promising freshly made dishes from chef J. Scott Webster, formerly of Clyde's Tysons Corner. The place opens Friday at 3238 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
- Ozzie's Corner Italian: The Great American Restaurants group has just opened its 12th property, an Italian joint that (mercifully) doesn't employ the term "family-style" on its menus.
- TeakWood: This new Logan Circle operation is competing with neighbor Thai Tanic for your Asian cuisine dollars. I should note that this newcomer also has a secret weapon: sushi. Located at 1323 14th St. NW.
- Casa Nonna: This reportedly was one of the restaurants in the BLT empire that caused the split between the company's two high-profile partners. It may have been worth it, based on my initial visit to the family-style Italian joint located in the former California Pizza Kitchen space at 1250 Connecticut Ave. NW. Check out chef Amy Brandwein's terrific pizzas, these razor-thin, wood-fired creations that are simultaneously crispy and chewy. These are not those wet, Neapolitan-style pies that have become all the rage. Her broccoli rabe should not be missed, either. Now open.
- Rustik Tavern: Bloomingdale finally got its wish. It can now hoist craft beers without fear of ANC interference. This neighborhood tavern opened last week at 84 T St. NW and along with its pizzas and small plates, Rustik has alcohol! That's right, sweet sweet alcohol! The Beerspotter breaks down the suds list.
- District Taco: As noted earlier this week, owner Osiris Hoil is bringing his Yucatan-based street food to the great indoors. Look for a late October or early November open date at 5723 Lee Highway in Arlington.
- Food Wine & Co.: Montgomery County has always been a bitch of a place to sell good wine with any consistency or value. Grapeseed in Bethesda has been one of the few restaurants to fight the good fight in MoCo. Now comes Food Wine & Co., a more casual spot than Grapeseed, but with similar ambitions when it comes to vino.
- Galileo III: It seems like we've been waiting forever for the resurrection of Roberto Donna in downtown D.C. It seems like we'll have to wait a little longer.
- Cuba Libre and Rum Bar: The small, Philly-based chain is opening its D.C. location on Friday with some special introductory prices during the first two weeks of operation. Diners will get 50 percent off the first week, and 25 percent off the second. Missy Frederick at the Washington Business Journal has an inside look at the small plates and ceviche establishment.