New On The Scene: Veranda, Marvin, Hudson

Admittedly, I've been too busy scarfing down delicious pizzas at Comet and entertaining guests with grasshopper tacos at Oyamel to scout out the newcomers in my very own neighborhood.

Fortunately, enterprising fellow bloggers are on the case. First up, Renew Shaw grabbed a table at Veranda earlier this week and liked what he saw. The new spot at 11th and P streets Northwest offers a Mediterranean menu with options like pita pizza topped with lamb carpaccio and feta, grilled red snapper with black olive vermouth sauce, and pan-seared sea scallops with squid ink pasta and saffron curry sauce.

Meanwhile, Prince of Petworth snaps some shots inside 14th and U street's new Marvin. His mention of a $15 burger sparked a full-on snark fest from commenters. But get this: there's an outdoor bar! On the back of a former Subway! Now that's an impressive transformation.

According to the CityPaper, the name is a nod to owner Eric Hilton's musical role model, Marvin Gaye. Hilton is one half of DC's world famous music duo Thievery Corporation.

Down in the West End, Hudson opens to the public Thursday. Read more here.