Posts Tagged ‘El Centro D.F.’

Mezcal Takes the Limelight at Shaw’s Espita Mezcaleria

The owner of the Shaw bar and restaurant is a master mezcalier.

Flight of Fancy: Local Airports Are Getting a Dining Overhaul

Lebanese Taverna, Kapnos Taverna, and El Centro D.F. are among the new pre-flight dining options.

Mexican Restaurants Won’t Let Limepocalypse Change Their Cinco de Mayo Plans

Between storms, tree disease, and citrus-stealing cartels in Mexico, limes have been in short supply this year, hiking up costs for margarita makers. But that doesn't mean D.C. Mexican restaurants and bars are going to let a little Limepocalypse sour their Cinco de Mayo deals. Richard Sandoval Restaurants Beverage Director Rob Day, who oversees the […]

Spirit Animals: New Bars Are Diving Deep on Rakia, Mezcal, and Absinthe. What Are They Drinking?

The bartender at Adams Morgan’s Libertine slides the absinthe fountain in front of us, opening the faux-silver spigot and letting out a slow drip. The water falls on a slotted spoon of brown sugar, dissolving it into a curvy glass of French Absinthe Blanchette—one of more than 30 varieties of the anise-flavored spirit on the […]

Second El Centro D.F. Opens in Georgetown Today With More Than 225 Tequilas

 Bandolero gets a new hip-Mex competitor, just a block away, with today’s opening of restaurateur Richard Sandoval’s second El Centro D.F., in Georgetown. Although standby dishes remain, the second El Centro promises to be more than a carbon copy of the 14th Street NW location. Chef Juan Romero, who’s worked at El Centro since it […]

Remixology: Make Us a Drink With Wheat Grass Juice

Where: El Centro D.F., 1819 14th St. NW Bartender: Rob Day, regional beverage director for Richard Sandoval Restaurants Mystery Ingredient: Wheat grass juice liquid extract Bartender Response: “Let me taste this first,” Day said. When told wheat grass juice is a health food, he said, “It doesn’t do anything for me.” What We Got: A […]

Are You Gonna Eat That? Grasshopper Guacamole at El Centro D.F.

The Dish: Guacamole Sur Where to Get It: El Centro DF, 1819 14th St. NW, (202) 328-3131; Price: $12.95 What It Is: Guacamole with grasshoppers mixed in What It Tastes Like: While these hair-raising insects threw me into a Fear Factor–like fit of panic at first, the guac is delicious. Whole, buttery avocados are […]

Who Has the Best Margarita in D.C.?

Last night, Washington City Paper hosted a poolside margarita competition on the rooftop of Archstone First + M in NoMa, pitting 10 Mexican restaurants and other margarita-slinging joints against each other. Among the contenders: El Centro D.F., Fuego Cocina y Tequileria, Masa 14, Cuba Libre, Casa Oaxaca, Cuba Libre, El Chucho, Tortilla Coast, Fujimar, and El Tamarindo. The nearly 500 guests were tasked with voting for […]

Is the 14th Street Corridor Finally Becoming a Lunch Destination?

While the 14th Street corridor is one of the hottest dinner destinations in D.C., it's been a relative desert for weekday lunch. Back in October, Y&H wrote a column about how restaurants decide to expand to mid-day service. Eateries from Logan Circle up to U Street NW had mixed success: Taylor Gourmet does half its […]

Ambar Brings Rakia and Balkan Small Plates to Barracks Row

D.C. gets its first modern Balkan restaurant with the opening of Ambar on Barracks Row today. Owner Ivan Iricanin, who's also a partner in Masa 14 and El Centro D.F.,  says he's been waiting for the chance to open a restaurant paying homage to his home country of Serbia since he moved to the U.S. […]