Bloomingdale Restaurants

The Red Hen

1822 1st Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-525-3021

Italian


 

$$
$23.67
 

★★½

Good Value

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Don Rockwell
 
While Bloomingdale was once considered out of the way by most, the crowds flocking to The Red Hen suggest that's all changing. The restaurant is a collaboration between some of DC's most celebrated industry veterans, including sommelier Sebastian Zutant, chef Mike Friedman, and general manager Mike O’Malley. Friedman's menu is nominally Italian, though the emphasis is on impeccably-sourced, seasonal, local products. Zutant's class-leading wine list, however, spans the globe, with plenty of affordable selections aimed to pair well with Friedman's dishes. The owners' passion is shared by the staff, who are always eager to help you decide between the many excellent choices. Expect waits at peak times — reservations are available for parties of up to eight, though generally only for early and late seatings.
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2.5 Stars (10/7/2015) — Fall Dining Guide 2015
"If you want to know what you should be drinking this nanosecond, belly up to the bar at one of the best things that has ever happened to Bloomingdale and ask co-owner Sebastian Zutant for a recommendation. … There’s more where that came from: Chef Michael Friedman’s pastas never fail to satisfy. To eat his tube-shaped paccheri under duck ragu, baby tomatoes and fresh mint is to pledge allegiance to a kitchen with a roaring oak fire. There’s also less where that comes from. … Red Hen, all bonhomie and warm wood, isn’t as consistent as I wish. But it nails enough, often enough, to stay on your dance card." See Full Review…»
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No. 39 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"There’s a wonderful story about Rodin—that when his apprentices praised the hands on one of his sculptures, Rodin proceeded to hack them off. The piece was thus left handless, and declared finished. The moral? No single element should predominate. So it goes here, where the only thing that stands out is the seamlessness with which food, service, and ambience are integrated into a thriving whole. Yes, the pastas are both imaginative and fulfilling, but get a load of the wooden tables and chairs, the most handsome pieces of restaurant furniture in the area. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Regional Italian with talented beverage director Sebastian Zutant, initiated (unvisited) as the top restaurant in Bloomingdale." See 9/30/2013 Review…»

Boundary Stone

116 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-621-6635

American


 

$$
$15.50
 

★★

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This neighborhood bar specializes in beer and whiskey and features an excellent menu of upscale bar food. For an alternative to Ben's, try their chili cheese half smoke.
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Unrated (11/18/2011)
"The kitchen deserves … plaudits: Its deviled eggs have a citrus tang on one visit, and plenty of spice on the next. Fried pickles are a perfect bar snack. Crunchy fried rice balls with seasonal veggies are as good as the Bleu Burger, which features beets hidden under the beef." See Full Review…»
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Unrated (10/19/2011)
"Classic pub fare and satisfying bar staples make up chef Vince Campaniello’s food menu. Deviled eggs ($3) and crispy risotto arancini ($7) are whipped up with seasonal fillings. The bacon burger ($10) is topped with a decadent jam of applewood bacon cooked down with bourbon, brown sugar, and maple syrup." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"A fantastic neighborhood bar, specializing in beer and whiskey, try their chili cheese half smoke, and a glass of their very own Woodford Bourbon."

Meats & Foods

247 Florida Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-505-1384

Sandwiches


 

$
$8.00
 

Cheap Eats
Exceptional Value

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This small market serves a handful of house-made grilled sausages on Martin's potato rolls and chili, including a surprisingly hearty vegetarian version that makes a great veggie chili dog.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (3/19/2015)
"… Owner Scott McIntosh, co-creator of the business with wife Ana Marin, grinds and stuffs his own rotating menu of sausages…. But the menu of toppings and condiments is limited to a few specimens — house-made chili and bacon, Gordy’s pickles or sauerkraut from Honeycomb — and several bottles of commercial ketchup, mustards and hot sauces. … The meager toppings create a conundrum: In a sense, the sausages work better as carryout ingredients to prepare at home…, but treating Meats & Foods as a corner bodega deprives you of its other charms. The microscopic shop accommodates only a few basic stools, yet the space offers the intimacy of a home kitchen, a cheeky one. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/15/2015) — Cheap Eats 2015
"Brats sizzle alongside soul and funk at this Bloomingdale storefront, which is devoted to an eclectic array of house-made sausages. Like the bright space—outfitted with a few counter seats and an outdoor picnic table—the menu is small. All of the sausages, served in squishy Martin’s potato rolls, are sublime, though certain varieties work better than others with the handful of traditional toppings. … Though an eatery with “meats” in its name sounds unabashedly carnivorous, abstainers can fare well—veggie chili is rich with garbanzo beans, black-eyed peas, and freekeh. Combined with a tasty seitan sausage, vegetarian chili-cheese dogs are finally a reality." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"House-made everything, sausages, chili, frito pies, many meals under $10"

Crisp Kitchen & Bar

1837 First St., NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-853-9115

American


 

$
$12.00
 

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Good Value

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Chef Alex McCoy gained a measure of fame on the Next Food Network Star. But his Bloomingdale restaurant is making him more popular in the neighborhood, with diner-inspired comfort food prepared with flair and an active bar filled with locals. The Nashville hot chicken and patty melt burger are becoming McCoy's signature dishes.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"With its clever cocktails and $5 shots of cinnamon-infused whiskey, this bilevel hangout has fast become the drinking spot of choice for many Bloomingdale locals. But it’s the smart comfort food from chef—and Next Food Network Star also-ran—Alex McCoy that’s worth crossing town for. …" See Full Review…»
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Ratings Guide:
★★★★ Extraordinary;  ★★★ Excellent;  ★★ Good;  ★ Average
All restaurants listed rate above-average or better. DCDiningGuide.com also includes a number of unrated local favorites, casual places, and other restaurants that we recommend if you’re in the neighborhood.
Price Guide:
$$$$$ Unlimited (>$45); $$$$ Very Expensive ($35-$45); $$$ Expensive ($25-$35); $$ Moderate ($15-$25); Inexpensive (<$15)
Price is based on the average cost of a dinner entree, which generally reflects a third of the cost of a full meal. Please note, however, that appetizer and beverage prices vary widely. Tasting menus are indicated with an asterisk (*).