Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Link roundup

DC Foodies has the comprehensive write up of recently opened Queen Vic (1206 H St).  Washingtonian's Best Bites Blog has a mouth watering piece with pictures of the burger, bangers & mash, and more.  Queen Vic offered a partial menu over the weekend and Eater reports that the full dinner menu will be rolled out over the next couple weeks.  We look forward to trying it as it looks terrific and we have fond memories of the burger they served at last fall's H Street Festival. 

We already rounded up lots of love for now open Toki Underground (1234 H St).  Add Thrillist's piece with a couple great interior photos and Brightest Young Things as well to the mix.  Waits continue to be significant with reports of long waits on both Saturday and Sunday nights, so we recommend arriving early and putting your name down.  We managaged to grab seats last week and were very impressed with our dumplings, ramen, and cocktails. 

Urban Daddy has their preview of Khan's (1125 H St).  We Love DC dropped by soon after they opened and seems enthusiastic about their first visit and a preview of things to comeThrillist has a nice shot of the bar and the fixings station for your Mongolian BBQ.  We enjoyed a recent visit.  Our only recommendation is don't skimp on the sauce as it's not overly strong and your stir fry will only be as flavored as the sauces you select. 

In local politics news, Mayor Vincent Gray released a proposed budget, which includes a capital budget to fund the next phase of development on the H Street streetcar line (p.260) and Councilmember Tommy Wells endorsed appointed Councilmember Sekou Biddle for election to the at-large seat that Kwame Brown vacated when he was elected chair last fall.  Biddle stands for election against a handful of others candidates on April 26. 

Washington City Paper recommends Scena's The Weir at the H Street Playhouse (1365 H St) through the end of the month.  DCTheatreScene speaks highly of the show as well.

DC Wineaux has this nice write up of a wine, cheese, and charcuterie tasting she did at SOVA (1359 H St).  SOVA remains and underappreciated gem for a nice spot to enjoy a drink or two and has one of the better lists of wines by the glass and cocktails on H Street.

DC Urban Turf touted a two bedroom plus listing on the 1200 block of F Street NE as it's Deal of the Week.

Mango & Tomato checked out Ethiopic (401 H St), where they recently began a signficant facelift to their building's facade, but remain open for business.

The Washington Post's weekend section had a nice write up on Star & Shamrock (1341 H St) whose first anniversary is fast approaching.  The review touts the consulting role of Chef Teddy Folkman noting that the brisket, corned beef, and pastrami are particularly good.

Smith Commons (1245 H St) welcomed their twitter followers for a complimentary preview brunch on Saturday as they test out their menu in preparation for brunch service later this month.  Jerome, Sheldon, and Miles continue to be class acts and provided guests a survey to share their constructive criticism of the experience, so they can be sure to get it right before opening for Saturday and Sunday brunch in a couple weeks.

And we had our first meal at Toki Underground and our first Sunday brunch at the Atlas Room and thought both were among the best meals we've ever had on in the neighborhood.

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