Posts Tagged ‘CommonWealth Gastropub’

New Sports Bar Touchdown Hoping to Score on U Street NW

Touchdown, a new bar that is opening today on U Street NW, is so sports-focused that it employs a full-time "Director of Sports Marketing." The director, Karim Soumah, formerly of the recently closed CommonWealth—in fact, five of the bartenders at Touchdown come from the shuttered Columbia Heights restaurant—not only wants sports fans, but the players themselves: "I want athletes […]

Commonwealth To Dissolve This Weekend

It is your last chance to dine on Scotch eggs or bangers and mash while gushing down pints of British ales and American craft beer at Commonwealth Gastropub in Columbia Heights. The doors of the London-style "farm-to-table" pub, which first opened in August 2008, will be closed for good after Sunday. As reported by The Washington Post […]

How Would You Like Cardboard in Your Mouth?

I have a quick confession: I often drink beer through a straw. I know what an awful habit this is, but sometimes, it's just more fun to drink through a tube. Last week, when I asked for a straw for my beer at CommonWealth in Columbia Heights, the bartender handed me one made from recycled […]

The Salad Daze: Farewell, Young & Hungry

The first Young & Hungry column I wrote, almost five years ago, was a review of Miss Saigon in Georgetown. I was auditioning for the job of food columnist for Washington City Paper, and these were my marching orders in December 2005: critique a Vietnamese restaurant that no one cared about. I was puzzled, but […]

This Week: Beer & Cheese Seminar at Birch & Barley, Southampton Dinner at Commonwealth

Weekend over too soon once again? Chase that case of the Mondays away with a look ahead at the week in beer. It's a good one. Brief descriptions below, but click on any event in the calendar above for more details. Monday you can learn about beer and cheese pairings by local guru Greg Engert […]

Young & Hungry Dining Guide by the Day: Masa 14

Even though Masa 14 plays more to the strengths of Richard Sandoval (Zengo, La Sandia) than Kaz Okochi (Kaz Sushi Bistro)— really, would it kill someone to put nigiri sushi on the menu?—the collaboration has proved beneficial for both chefs. It’s spread Sandoval’s influence beyond his two clownish local milieus (Chinatown/Tysons Corner Center) and dragged […]

Rob Weland’s Head Cheese Is Poetry to the Ear

Let's talk about head cheese, that lonely part of the charcuterie board that tends to gather dust on restaurant tables. Why is that exactly? What are we nervous about when it comes to pig-head parts suspended in aspic? Allow me to answer my own semi-rhetorical question: I think it's all about the ears and those […]

Tasting Notes on Olivers Breweries

When I wasn't reading the new Best Of issue, I spent most of yesterday fawning over Oliver Breweries, who are bringing British-style beer to D.C. It's a style that hasn't received proper recognition among the Belgian, German, Italian, and now even Quebecois treats we drink in this city. English-style beer is grounded by mildness and […]

Who’ll Keep You Warm, Fed and Happy During ‘Cluster Flake’? The Working List.

The storm ain't got nothing on the Philly boys at Taylor Gourmet I figured I better start compiling this list now before Carrie and I lose our Internet connection (again), our power, and our ability to open the front door and scream for help. So without further ado, here are the restaurants and bars that […]

Joshua Whigham on the Differences Between D.C. and L.A.

Andrew Zimmern, your host for all foods bizarre, has a short Q&A with former Hook chef de cuisine Joshua Whigham, who was recently anointed to lead the kitchen at the four-star performer, The Bazaar by José Andrés. Among other questions, Zimmern asked Whigham how the D.C. food scene differs from L.A.'s. Whigham's answer is essentially […]