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Blessed Buns’ fried hen is nestled in a sesame seed bun with gouda cheese and other goodies.

Ben’s Chili Bowl, the 65-year previous culinary icon, is growing significantly outside of the Beltway. Beloved for its chili-smothered half smokes and movie star clientele together with Barack Obama and Mohammed Ali, Ben’s now operates various area dining establishments. Furthermore, it ideas franchises alongside the US East Coast and—eventually—out West.

Nearer to property, you’ll obtain a Ben’s offshoot at 1001 H St. NE (Atlas District) and at 801 Mount Vernon Location, NW (Mount Vernon Triangle). The original, which Ben and Virginia Ali released in 1958, stays at 1213 U St. NW, with the dressier Ben’s Subsequent Doorway. For updates and more information and facts visit

Pleased Hour

Mates have been raving about the Hemingway Delighted Hour at Joselito Casa de Comidas, 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Each and every weekday, from 5 to 7 p.m., company may possibly perch at the bar and get from the particular menu, at a 20 percent price reduction. Summer season favorites encompass garnished gazpacho Andaluz hand-reduce Iberian ham aged Manchego cheese tuna crudo. Assorted seasonal cocktails, wines and sangria (red, white and glowing) are out there. 

Blessed Buns (District Wharf) athletics a friendly, breezy décor and specializes in burgers.

Joselito also serves Saturday and Sunday brunch. Besides regular favorites, the kitchen area provides a number of revolutionary egg dishes. For several hours and more details pay a visit to

Blessed Lunch

On a muggy Sunday, spouse Peter and I liked a pleasurable midday repast at Blessed Buns, 675 Wharf St. SW, in the District Wharf. The menu is all over the map: featuring all sorts of burgers, as perfectly as fried hen sandwiches, wings, nachos, guacamole, and hummus. Furthermore, thick-minimize fries with numerous toppings. 

Fortunate Buns’ patio/terrace, exactly where we sat, was spacious but often complicated to navigate. Even though the menu emphasizes burgers (true and “Impossible),” I settled for the Hot Wings, a 50 % dozen crisply fried (but not breaded) wings with Balinese lemongrass. Between other wing solutions have been spicy Mumbo sauce and zaatar dry spice. The wings arrived with the normal carrot and celery sticks in addition watermelon radish slices, alongside with tangy ranch dressing. Warning: These wings are messy be positive to question your server for more napkins.

One more home specialty, warm wings, are crisply fried and served with crudites and tangy ranch dressing.

My aspect salad was crunchy and delicious, napped with Inexperienced Goddess dressing, the retro concoction of mayo, lemon juice, assorted herbs and anchovy paste.   

Also in a poultry mood, Peter went for the Tandoori Chicky Bun, moist breast meat snuggled on a sesame seed bun with gouda cheese, pickles, arugula and charred crimson onion. In lieu of a bun, diners may perhaps ask for their burgers positioned atop a salad.

Lunch for two came to about $50 provider, rendered by Juliana, was exceptional. Blessed Buns is open everyday for extra info go to

Bar Boheme

There is a further Lucky Buns at Union Industry, 1309 Fifth St. NE, as nicely as a sister eatery Bar Boheme. En route to Angelika Theater to see “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” we lunched at Bar Boheme. We put our purchase with the occupied cashier, took a selection and awaited our meals at the counter. Scrawled on a chalkboard, the intensive sandwich menu offers “Club Royale” (ham, turkey, bacon and so forth.) a Extravagant BLT (the normal with arugula and radicchio) pomodoro (tomatoes, house-created mozzarella), jambon beurre (ham on buttered baguette), a Reuben. We opted for the previous two. Every delicious, overstuffed sandwich could feed two. We saved our leftovers for a potential lunch. As the name indicates, Bar Boheme also serves cocktails and “natural” wines I sipped a refreshing French white. Lunch for two arrived to $43. Bar Boheme is open up day by day for a lot more information go to

Coming up

Summer Cafe 7 days 2023, August 28-September 3. For this distinctive advertising, numerous Washington area eating places supply multi-course lunch and brunch menus for just $25 for each individual. Dinners go for $40 and $55. (Cocktail and wine pairings are also obtainable.) For a listing of participating restaurants, menus, reservations, and other details stop by


In the Navy Garden, Hatoba, 300 Tingey St. SE, the 4-calendar year-old spot for Sapporo model ramen bowls, has closed. Chef/associate Katsuya Fukushima’s sister restaurants—including Daikaya, Tonari and Bantam King in Chinatown and Haikan (Shaw)—remain open.

Named Chef of the Yr, Kevin Tien, of the departed Moon Rabbit, thanked his employees and the local community.

RAMMY Winners

“There’s a foods revolution in our city, the cafe scene is in overdrive,” mentioned Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser. The occasion was the 41st yearly RAMMY Awards gala July 9 at the Walter Washington Convention Centre. “With 80 new dining places, we are building additional and much more company chances,” she additional. “Congratulations.”

Providing another gracious acceptance speech was Kevin Tien, named Chef of the Yr. “I’ve been cooking in DC considering that 2018,” explained Tien, who helmed the kitchen area at the District Wharf’s recently departed Moon Rabbit. “I’m proud to be cooking in this city…supported by my team and my neighborhood.” Tien is also co-founder of Cooks Stopping AAPI Despise.

At the RAMMY Awards gala, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser praised the local restaurant community.

Other RAMMY winners in the Money Group News cafe loved ones:

Very best Beer Software: Shelter (The Roost)

Cocktail Software: Servicebar (U Street NW) 

Growing Culinary Star: Marcelle Afram

(Shababi Palestinian Rotisserie Chicken, Atlas District)

Favourite Quick Bites: RASA (Navy Lawn)

Very best Bar: Exiles (U Avenue NW)

Worker of the 12 months:  Nabil Moussa (Le Diplomate, Logan Circle)

Pastry Chef of the Calendar year: Teresa Velazquez, Baked and Wired/A Baked Joint (Mount Vernon Triangle)

Restaurateur of the 12 months: Rose Previte (Compass Rose, Maydan, Logan Circle)

John C. Laytham Exceptional Leadership and Effects Award: Michael Curtin of DC Central Kitchen, which combats hunger and poverty via task development and schooling. The non-revenue firm just lately relocated to the former US Coastline Guard headquarters in the Buzzard Issue community in Southwest. 

Offered by the Cafe Association Metropolitan Washington, The RAMMYS honor the accomplishments and hard function of the region’s restaurant and food items provider community. For more facts go to  

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