8.30.2005

Odds and Ends

Hank's in Gourmet
Dupont newcomer Hank's Oyster Bar won the attention of Gourmet magazine this month.

The September issue features the popular oyster bar on a list of restaurants across the country that "we're talking about—and making reservations for—this month."

If you haven't checked out Hank's, run, don't walk, and when you get there, don't miss the lobster roll (pictured) or the fried clams. Hank's is packed most nights and doesn't take reservations, but you can call ahead 30 minutes and put your name on the list.

Congrats to Hank's on the well-deserved national recognition.

Town Hall Opens
Glover Park's newest restaurant, Town Hall, opened last weekend and DCist provides a preview from the soft opening.

A Metrocurean source says the new bar/restaurant is drawing quite a drinking crowd after hours. With owners also involved in Smith Point and Adams Mill Bar and Grill, that's no surprise.

Joe Englert Takes On H Street NE
Washingtonpost.com's Fritz Hahn provides a comprehensive look at all the projects bar mogul Joe Englert is planning for H Street Northeast.

"Over the next year, Englert and his associates plan to open seven bars and clubs on a three-block stretch of H near the revitalized Atlas Theater," Hahn writes. "These include the Pug, a boxing-themed sports bar; the Red and Black, a rock club Englert describes as 'like DC9, but here'; the Rock N Roll Hotel, with live music and 'private rooms' for parties; the Bee Hive, a Mexican restaurant; the Olympic, a sports bar with pool tables; Dr. Granville Moore's Brickyard, a more traditional tavern with a variety of European beers; and the Showbar, where Englert plans to showcase burlesque dancers, sword-swallowers and other nontraditional live entertainment."

Is that all?

Drinx Specials
Drinx, the new MCI Center restaurant, this week is offering 25 percent off its menu (drinx excluded). The offer ends Sept. 2. Check out its menu here.

Zengo Set to Open in October
Zengo, the latest restaurant from chef Richard Sandoval, is scheduled to open in early October at 781 7th St. in the Gallery Place complex.

On the menu: "'sharable' Latin-Asian dishes, such as won ton tacos with charred ahi tuna, sushi rice, pickled ginger, and mango salsa; achiote grilled mahi mahi with fried mojo yuca, curried slaw and cilantro. Highlights from the drink menu include Asian and Latin cocktails, such as the award winning Mojito Cuzco featuring white rum, mint, cucumber and lime, as well as signature 'muddled' fresh fruit drinks mixed with alcohol," according to a press release.

The design team Adamstein and Demetriou (see Zaytinya, IndeBleu, Bistro Bis and Zola, to name a few) are designing the 7,800-square-foot interior.

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MeMc said...

Re. Hank's-- any thoughts on service? My husband and I are big fans, but have brought people there who have been ambivalent about it as a result of the service. At times when I've gone, it's like getting the insider tour. Other times, the server seems to be menu illiterate. Your experience?

Amanda said...

I've had pretty good service each time I've been, but then again, I've had the same waitress 3 out of 4 visits.

DF said...

I went to Hank's this weekend and the service was fine. Knoweldgable about the wine (plus) but almost forgot to bring out the (free) chocolate at the end (minus). Otherwise, friendly, efficent and as good or better than in 97% of the other places in DC.

p.s. The fried clams are very good.
p.p.s. If you do go to Hank's, be warned that there is no desert menu.

Amanda said...

I tried to order the fried clams last night. They were out and I was crushed. =( Love that dark chocolate though...

Anonymous said...

Hopefully the fried clams will return soon. They are almost as good as the fried mussles at Zaytinya.

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