05 Sep 2013

First Bite Buzz

We’re shocked too! Lots of food news this week! Photo originally uploaded to flickr.com by Ben Sutherland.

Back to school, back to work, and back to eating.  Chefs and restaurant owners are busy preparing some new and interesting things in our neighborhood.  Here’s the scoop as we smell it.

  • The Pretzel Bakery is indeed open again after a vacation for its staff, and as of Wednesday, September 4 you can opt for a cinnamon-glazed pretzel to complement the traditional salt and “everything” flavors.  The advance taste I got was sweet and spicy, and will pair wonderfully with a cup of coffee this fall.
  • Union Market will (finally) be adding a seafood shop to its roster (besides the delicious Rappahanock who deals mostly in shellfish, of course).  District Fishwife will open in November.  The 440-square-foot space will be part market and part café, and will focus on sustainably raised fish.  You’ll supposedly be able to purchase locally-sourced species like rockfish and bluecrab as well as walk away with prepared calamari and fish and chips.
  • As seen on DCist, Curbside Cupcakes has reported plans of opening a Cupcake Café in the former Crepes on the Corner space (corner of 15th and C SE).  This would be their first stand-alone shop, though they do have a stall at Union Market to complement the fleet of cupcake trucks that roam the streets.  While exciting for this author, one hopes they will sell more than just sweet baked goods to give our part of the Hill some decent food and beverage options.
  • We are nearing the fall DC Street Festival Season, which brings with it local and not-so-local eating options concentrated in just a few city blocks at a time.  For all you reader who avoid meat, mark your calendars for VegFest 2013 at Yards Park on September 28.  More information should be available in a few weeks.

Hear of something delicious we should share with the rest of the neighborhood?  Email me so we can spread the word!

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