Friday, March 27, 2015

MD: New Brunch Menu at Bethesda's Black's Bar & Kitchen

Just in time for spring, Chef Dane Sewlall has changed up a significant portion of the a la carte brunch menu at Bethesda's Black's Bar and Kitchen. The new menu items include:

  • Salmon Hash: Caramelized onions, shredded carrot, smoked salmon, potato hash, smoked paprika aioli, arugula English pea salad with lemon vinaigrette ($16).
  • Chicken Biscuit: Cheddar biscuit, buttermilk fried chicken tender, bacon jam, scrambled eggs with aged cheddar and a side of hash browns ($16).
  • Sour Cream Pancakes: Pancakes, apple butter, whipped mascarpone, sugared pecans, bourbon maple syrup and two eggs ($14).
  • House-made Green Chili Sausage Burrito: Salsa verde, scrambled eggs, pepper jack cheese, sausage, onions, and home fries ($14).
  • Oyster Benedict: Beer battered oysters, over easy eggs, horseradish choron sauce on a house-made English muffin with grilled asparagus and arugula salad ($17).
In addition to the a la carte menu, Black's Bar and Kitchen also offers a buffet brunch, which comes with a full raw bar, hot breakfast items (House-Made Brioche, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Breakfast Sausage, Eggs Pontchartrain, Potato Hash), freshly baked goods from Pastry Chef Melanie Parker (House-Made Biscuits, Seasonal Breads, Quiche, Seasonal Jams and Assortment of Desserts), a chef's carving station and local, organic eggs cooked to order. The buffet with food only is $43 per person, and with unlimited champagne and cocktails, it's $55 per person

CityCenterDC, David Yurman, Dolcezza & Canali

Quite a hive of activity at CityCenterDC, especially along Palmer Alley between 9th Street NW and 'The Plaza'.
Dolcezza has completed its exterior, and David Yurman has 'staked out his spot'. That completes the south side of Palmer Alley at 9th Street, with restaurant Fig & Olive on the corner of 'The Plaza', David Yurman in the center, and Dolcezza at the corner of 9th & Palmer - a really quick transformation...see pictures below;
Corner of Palmer Alley & 9th Street NW
In Palmer Alley at 9th
David Yurman stakes his claim
More.....Around the corner on Eye Street, men's clothier and taylor 'Canali' also have completed their exterior and join Burberry's, Longchamp, restaurant Del Frisco Double Eagle and Paul Stewart - with still more to come.
Exterior done! at Canali on Eye Street NW
Eye Street is filling up.
With so much going on, you have to believe that by the end of the Summer there will be nothing vacant (good job CityCenterDC) and the local and tourist foot-traffic will make the campus one of the City's most popular area's.

Of course Badwolfdc will be following all the news on CityCenterDC as the fill-out continues

Eye Street Cellars Tasting Schedule For This Week

Mount Vernon Triangle's home for Fine Wines and Spirits, Eye Street Cellars, continues to have their regular weekly tasting' is the Tasting Schedule for this week. This week provides a tasty and varied schedule of International Wine's, so get over there and check it out.

Schedule for This Week 

All wines featured are 10% off while being sampled!

Friday, March 27
5:00 - 8:00 pm

Spanish Wines:
Conde de Subirats, Sparkling Rose
Pedro Escudero, Verdejo & Viejo
Issac Fernandez, Garnacha
Cune, Tempranillo

Saturday, March 28
4:00 - 7:00 pm

New World Wines:
Mapema, Sauvignon Blanc
Alexander Valley, Sangiovese Rose
Alexander Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Deliveries are available between 3 and 8 pm with a $100 minimum purchase

Join our free and simple Loyalty Program
and automatically receive $10 back for every $200 you spend*.

Text eyestreet to 80777
to turn your credit or debit card into a rewards card.
Check for more details.

Eye Street Cellars has an onsite Wine Consultant, Just ask any food pairing questions you may have.
Badwolfdc will continue to post the tasting schedule each week (its oh so worth a visit)


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

DC: Mappy Hour Returns to Meridian Pint March 30th with something Fishy

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and you don't know about Mappy Hour, then get over to Meridian Pint on March 30th (starts at 7pm) and don't forget to bring a map

We had so much fun at Meridian Pint last time that we're back again!

This month we'll hear from urban fly fishing consultant Rob Snowhite. He'll cover how to start, where to go and other tricks of the trade for fishing in the D.C. area. Join this new outdoor enthusiast community with maps, adventure planning and beer. Don't forget to bring a map to share!"

Meridian Pint, is located at 3400 11th St NW
Registration is free.

Can't make this one but want to stay in touch? Sign up for our D.C. newsletter or follow us on Facebook.

About Mappy Hour: A happy hour for outdoor enthusiasts
Mappy Hour is a monthly gathering of outdoor enthusiasts around maps, guidebooks, beer, and adventure stories. Join us to meet other hikers, climbers, skiers, cyclists, surfers and outdoor enthusiasts and start planning your next adventures.
"We want to create a space that enables outdoor enthusiasts to come together and share their passion for adventure, offer insider info on trip locations, trade books/maps, and be inspired."
Mappy Hour is only available in DC and NY

MD: ACORN Wine Dinner at Republic on April 8

Republic will host a 5-course wine dinner with Russian River Valley's ACORN Wines on April 8, 2015 starting at 7:00 p.m. 
Winemakers and owners, Bill and Betsy Nachbaur, will be in attendance and will also host a "winemakers' welcome" as part of the evening. 
 A small production winery, ACORN only produces 3,000 cases of wine per year, and they grow all grapes on their own estate. Four of their wines will be featured for the evening and paired with dishes from Chef Danny Wells. 

See below for the full menu. Tickets are $85 per person and can be reserved by calling the restaurant at 301.270.3000. Seats are limited, and a credit card reservation will be required upon booking.
5 Course Wine Dinner featuring ACORN Wines
Wednesday, April 8th 2015
Winemaker Welcome with Cava
Grilled shrimp and Oysters on the Half-shell (passed)
ACORN Rosato 2013
Onion bialy, Pipe Dreams Goat Cheese, marinated Beets, Smoked Char
ACORN Sangiovese 2011
Potato Gnocchi, Morel Mushrooms, Arugula Pesto, Seared Pork Belly
ACORN Dolcetto 2011
Seared Duck Breast and Juniper Spiced Duck Sausage,
Baby Root Vegetables, Sage Brown Butter
ACORN “Axiom” Syrah 2010
Medjool dates, stuffed with Rogue River Smokey blue,
wrapped in house cured pancetta
Cookie plate and coffee

Republic always put on great events - this one is very special and a great opportunity for wine lovers

Republic is located close to the Takoma Park Metro Station, at 6939 Laurel Avenue, Takoma Park, Md., 20912 
For more information call 301-270-3000 or visit On Facebook at or follow on Twitter at

VA: Capitol City Brewing to Host 2nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Spring Beer Festival

We covered this last year, how time flies, its Spring and the first festival of the year starts in Shirlington on April on

Arlington Brewpub to Feature 35 Local Breweries for Springtime Beer Tasting Event #CapCitySpringBeerFestival

Arlington, VA – Spring has nearly sprung! To celebrate the coming of the season,Capitol City Brewing Company is gearing up to host its second annual Mid-Atlantic Spring Beer Festival on Saturday, April 25 at The Village at Shirlington in Arlington. The springtime beer-tasting jubilee will include 35 area craft brewers all hailing from the District, Maryland and Virginia featuring many local favorites and several newly opened breweries. 
New this year, all participating breweries will sport their own exhibition tents that showcase their company creations and colorful brand designs. A variety of Shirlington Village restaurants and local eateries will feature their favorite springtime fare with music provided by a popular local DJ. 
Last year brought out the crowds - don't miss this years event
Festivities begin at noon and concludes at 7 p.m. (ticket sales begin at 11:30 a.m. and all beer taps close at 6 p.m.) Admission for beer drinkers is $30 (one general admission pass per person), which includes a wristband, official tasting glass and 10 drink tickets. Additional drink tickets can be purchased for $1 each with a five-ticket minimum. The event is free for non-drinkers and children.

Mid-Atlantic Spring Beer Festival 2015 will be held rain or shine with tickets sold at the event. 

For more information on Capitol City Brewing Company, visit You can also find Capitol City Brewing Company on Facebook at and on Twitter: @CapCityBrewers. 

Saturday, April 25 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Ticket Sales Begin at 11:30 a.m. All Beer Taps Close at 6:00 p.m. 
The Village at Shirlington 
4001 Campbell Avenue Outdoor Streetscape 
Arlington, VA 22206 (703) 578-3888 

$30 includes: wristband, tasting glass and 10 drink tickets Additional drink tickets are $1 each with a five-ticket minimum Ticket sales are limited – first come/first serve *Free for non-drinkers*

Monday, March 23, 2015

SHAW: City Market at O is now 98% Leased

Good news from Roadside Development and Bozzuto, City Market at O is 98.28% leased 'Wow'! Congratulations to both. As you can read below City Market at O outpaced all other multifamily properties in DC and the Mid-Atlantic Region. Full Press Release Below;

City Market at O is 98.28% Leased
Residential Lease Up Out Paces Mid-Atlantic

Washington, DC March 23, 2015 Roadside Development, LLC (Roadside) is pleased to announce that the City Market at O Street is 98.28 % leased. Bozzuto Management, the community’s property management company, won an award March 12, 2015 for the “Lease Up of the Year’” for City Market at O Street. The lease-up at City Market at O has outpaced other multifamily properties in DC and the Mid-Atlantic Region.
The 407 market-rate residential units in the project’s first phase leased up a year ahead of schedule, achieving stabilization at in less than 13 months. The lease up occurred at an average pace of 31 units per month. The project was 20% pre-leased prior to the first building opening for occupancy December 27, 2013. It will be 97% occupied by March 28th. The popularity of City Market at O has given rise to a list of potential tenants for the third tower, which starts construction this spring.
 What’s the appeal? The design, above market amenities, convenience and location, according to Richard Lake, founding partner, Roadside Development, LLC.
 “City Market has one of the highest walk scores in DC (93), is easily walkable to 14th St, downtown and the Metro and is home to the largest grocer in the city as well as several restaurants,” said Lake. 
The project also offers sweeping views across the river to the south and past the Cathedral to the NW that are permanently protected by the surrounding historic district.
“This is compelling to young professionals and older residents alike, including many long-term residents of Shaw,” said Lake. 
The Hodge, a nearby affordable senior building, was 95% leased before it opened.
City Market at O’s project’s designer, Robert Sponseller, principal at Shalom Baranes, adeptly leveraged the views by wrapping the residential around the project’s corners and integrating the roofs with a series of intimate seating areas and community gathering spaces, including a block long infinity pool replete with a rain shower. There is even a block long dog run with a fire hydrant, and a bathing station.
“Many of our residents spend more time on the roof than they do in their homes. You can’t beat getting to kick your feet up while enjoying the views from one of our fire pits with a glass of wine in your hand, even in the colder months,” said Joel Regignano, General Manager, Bozzuto Management, for City Market at O. 
According to Regignano, the less obvious nuances have also helped to accelerate leasing activity at the property. Residents have access to an underground walkway that allows them to go to the Giant Food Store, move between buildings and access the garage without ever going outside. There is also an entertainment room with a demonstration kitchen and a theater-sized screen where residents can entertain friends and enjoy the panoramic view.
Roadside has been very deliberate with the design of the project to create a place that meets the demand, even exceeds the expectations of the community, while being sustainable to support the neighborhood as it evolves. Roadside’s architect managed three design teams to ensure that each building was differentiated, while creating a continuity of theme weaving together an historic 1900-century market and contemporary buildings.
“The result is an environment that is truly authentic with a design that spans centuries with the integration of historical and new architecture, and new and long-term tenants to a celebration of the rich history of the neighborhood,” said Lake.
Coming Soon to City Market at O,  Convivial by Chef Cedric Maupillier, Bocaro by Chef Robert Gadsby, even more to look forward to.

SHAW: "Gang of Three", The Restoration, and More in Blagden Alley

Over the past 24 months the Badwolfdc Blog has been following closely the Douglas Development Project named "Gang of Three" (which encompasses 3 buildings on 9th Street NW and reaches into the Blagden Alley at its rear).
Tweaks and delays have slowed the project at times, and many local residents have wondered will it ever be completed?  The latest tweak and associated delay, looks to be the last as Douglas Development will get the BZA (Board of Zoning Adjustment) final word in April for a request for "parking relief" following a tweak of the buildings design to accommodate a client. In my conversations with Douglas Development representatives, "this will be the last delay, we need to complete the project, we have clients waiting to move in". The full ANC2F (and CDC) has already approved the parking relief, and its unlikely that the BZA will stand in the way, so its time to look at what's going on on-site, and especially in Blagden Alley.
First a little on the structure. The front, 9th Street NW facing, townhouses have been carefully restored with the interiors rehabilitated (or replaced) to meet their new function as a small office building. Douglas Development have 2 client's for the office space on the upper floors, the lower floor is slated to be a Yoga Studio
The new section at the rear is finally taking shape, and you can now get a really good idea of what the future holds. What you cannot see yet is how the people flow to the two new restaurants will be achieved (more on that later). The structure will in its final form have three levels stepped in places, not a lot of flat uninteresting walls. Large windows, red brick and modern surfaces are the story here. There will be a walkable alley between the Gang of Three and the other new building that will take up the corner of the Alley entrance off 9th Street, S-Urban's Micro Unit Project (which just passed its final hurdle with the BZA and will start construction soon).
For me, one of the special parts of the project is progressing - the stable, which had to be demolished due to its instability. At the time I complained about its removal, and Douglas Development promised that this would be rebuilt, using the original brick, and would again add to the historical facades of one of Washington DC's remaining H style alley's.
Pre-Construction Photograph of Stable in Blagden Alley
True to their word, this is almost complete, and when complete will look better than it did before the demolition.

Rendering Courtesy of Douglas Development Access to Both Restaurants are in Blagden Alley
Finally a quick update on the two clients/restaurants that are planning their move into the Blagden Alley segment. The current delay (and tweak) is due to the Derek Brown's 'Columbia Room' (formally located at the rear of 'The Passenger' on 7th Street NW) requirements. No harm here, as with any business moving into new space, build outs can mean adjustments. The resulting space will undoubtedly wow when complete and open. The Columbia Room will be on the second floor, and be accessed via elevator from the new walk-in alley. (No information on occupancy #'s or hours as yet)
 'The Dabney', Jeremiah Langhorne's much anticipated restaurant will be taking up most of the ground floor, with its entrance in Blagden Alley. The ABRA permit request was posted this week, with the following info;
Full Service Restaurant serving American Food.  Total Occupancy of 180, with a Summer Garden occupancy of 18. Hours for the restaurant are Sunday through Saturday 8am till 1pm and for the Summer Garden, Sunday through Saturday 8am till 12 am. Both restaurants are highly anticipated arrivals in Blagden Alley.

So, overall a wonderful development project from Douglas Development that will add to the vibrancy of Blagden Alley, and that has taken care not to remove the history or charm of the neighborhood.