Tag Archive for U Street

Re: Maketto at Hanoi House

Pig's blood cake

Pig’s blood cake

I’m back, baby! As summer winds down, I’m back with a new post about the latest pop-up restaurant, Maketto  (at Hanoi House).  Chef/Owner Erik Bruner-Yang, also of Toki Underground, and his crew have been testing out dishes at Hanoi House to see which will be featured on Maketto’s menu once the restaurant opens in its permanent location — somewhere on H Street NE — later this year.  In that regard, let’s call this post an open letter to the chef, containing my views on which dishes I think are keepers and which seriously need to be reconsidered.

The Maketto pop-up offers a pre-fixe menu ($30) of dishes served family style.  Diners may order additional dishes a la carte ($2 each) via the roving dim sum cart.

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Two for one: My long overdue reviews of Seasonal Pantry & SUNdeVICH


It just didn’t feel right to take pictures.  I felt like I needed to preserve the sanctity of these two places, to the extent a food blogger can.  I’m talking about SUNdeVICH and Seasonal Pantry.  Long overdue, I decided to make my initial trek to these two stores, nestled in Shaw in a somewhat quiet neighborhood and right around the corner from each other.  The trek was worth it and I’m definitely going back.

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Restaurant review: First look at Blackbyrd Warehouse

Blackbyrd Warehouse, the most recent venture from Eric Hilton (of Thievery Corporation) and his brother Ian, gets my seal of approval.  The Hilton brothers also own Marvin, Gibson, American Ice Company, and Eighteenth Street Lounge.   Man, I really hope they make it one day.  Poor guys . . .

Restaurant review: Standard (14th & S St. NW)


I had dinner at Standard today.  Yes, it *may* have been a bad idea to try a place with predominantly outdoor seating on such a sweltering day as today.  I figured I could sweat out the calories as I was ingesting them. (Clever, yes?)  Had I not thoroughly enjoyed my pulled pork sandwich, fried pickles, and Weihenstephaner Hefe-Weissbier (I cut and paste that one), I may have complained.

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Blackbyrd Warehouse

July 19, 2011: My friend, who wants an official nickname since he’s made multiple appearances on my blog, shall heretofore be called “Triple X.” So, Triple X, ahem, accompanied me to Blackbyrd Warehouse tonight. Dollar oyster specials all night was music to our ears. I like this new endeavor from the proprietors of Marvin. Cool vibe. We’ll be back soon!