From East London to East Dupont: Duke’s Grocery Opens Tomorrow
East London-inspired cafe/pub/market Duke's Grocery will begin offering internationally inspired sandwiches tomorrow for dinner and lunch, beginning at 11 a.m.
The Dupont restaurant comes from former Rugby Cafe and Glover Park's Kitchen 2404 chef Alex McCoy, who spent some of his childhood in London, and Daniel Kramer, who organizes tasting tours like the DC Beerathon, Margarita March, and DC Whiskey Walk.
The menu will feature around 15 seasonally rotating sandwiches inspired by the international flavors represented in East London. Among the offerings: Brick Lane salt beef with brined brisket, house pickles, and mustard on toasted rye; the Proper Club with tandoori-spiced chicken, bacon, avocado, garlic-chili mayo, herb greens, and tomato; and a banh mi with apple hoisin-glazed pork shoulder, chicken liver pate, pickled daikon and carrot, cucumber, cilantro, chives, fish sauce, Sriracha, and mayo. Sandwiches, which Kramer promises will be substantial in size, will probably range from $7 to $13. There will also be some seasonal salads and sides. (Check out a sample menu below.)
The drink menu will include some local beers, an international selection of wines, as well as "new spins on classic cocktails." A twist on a dark and stormy called The Perfect Storm is made with house-made ginger-chili syrup. The Shoreditch Fizz is composed of citron vodka, prosecco, limoncello, anisette, lemon, and basil.
Duke's Grocery will also have a market table, where patrons can shop for fresh produce from Potomac Farm Market (the same produce McCoy uses in his kitchen). Eventually, Duke's will also sell its own bottled products like jams and pickles. Breakfast and brunch will also start in the coming weeks and will include a full English breakfast and homemade pastries and cakes.
CORRECTION: This story initially stated that sandwiches will cost $7 to $10. Kramer clarifies that the exact menu prices are still being ironed out but will likely range from $7 to $13.
Sample Market Menu
BRICK LANE SALT BEEF – brined brisket, house pickles, colman’s mustard on toasted rye or beigel
RUBY ON RYE – salt beef, jarlsberg, house 'kraut, dilled mustard sauce, sweet & sour pickles, farmhouse rye
SUNDAY ROAST – 24 hour roast beef, charred red onion, double gloucester cheddar, apple cider-horseradish sauce, rocket, herbs, tomato, rustic loaf
BANGER SARNIE – smoked pork sausage, roasted poblano chimi-churri, mayonnaise, rustic ciabatta loaf
MAYMA’S POLPETTE – my grandmother’s beef & pork meatballs, san marzano tomato, fresh oregano, shaved grana, rustic ciabatta loaf
BUTCHER’S CHOICE – soppressata, jamon serrano, mortadella, gruyere, pickled vegetable giardiniera, marinated serrano chilis, rocket, rustic ciabatta loaf
PROPER CLUB – tandoori spiced chicken, bacon, avocado, garlic-chili mayonnaise, herb greens, tomato, toasted rustic
EASTENDER – hot roast beef, gruyere, marinated poblano peppers, grilled red onion, chimichurri, white truffle butter, rustic ciabatta loaf
BANH MI – apple-hoisin glazed pork shoulder, chicken liver pate, pickled daikon & carrot, cucumber, coriander, chives, fish sauce, sriracha and mayonnaise
CHEESE TOASTY – gruyere, gouda, double cheddar, leek & garlic, white truffle butter, toasted sourdough
LONDON FIELDS – roasted beets, acorn squash, haloumi cheese, fresh herbs, rocket, radish, tomato, mustard vinaigrette, pumpernickel baguette
ROASTED CHICKEN SALAD – oven roasted chicken, mango chutney mayonnaise, roasted garlic, red onion, english peas, touch of garam masala, tomato, greens, toasted rustic
SPICY AUBERGINE – grilled eggplant, garlicky- lemon harissa, haloumi cheese, coriander, chives, grilled red onion, rocket, rustic ciabatta loaf
MA’S TUNA SALAD – white tuna, celery, red onion, whole grain mustard dijonnaise, fresh herbs, toasted rustic, greens, cucumber, tomato
SLOPPY JACK – house ragu of pork, beef & pancetta w/ mirepoix & tomato, spicy pickles, fennel-cabbage slaw
POSH BLT – peppered bacon, avocado, local tomato, iceberg lettuce, fresh herbs, garlic mayonnaise, sriracha
Duke's Grocery, 1513 17th St. NW; (202) 733-5623; dukesgrocery.com
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