¡Más Mexican! El Chucho's Cocina Superior, the Mexican spot coming to 3313 11th Street NW (just north of Kenyon), is looking at a June 11th opening, according to DCist. I've written about the spot a number of times before, and it's always sounded great.
Owners Jackie Greenbaum and Gordon Banks have hired Matthew Russell, formerly of Evening Star Cafe in Alexandria, to be the head chef. Russell also worked at Siroc in DC. Greenbaum also owns Quarry House, Jackie's, and Sidecar in Silver Spring, which are all local faves there.
The menu was designed by Jackie's chef Diana Davila-Bouldin, and the food will be traditional Mexican. Greenbaum explained it to me a few months ago:
a mix of the “traditional and newfangled” that includes antojitos (small plates), tortas (sandwiches), and tacos.
There will be posole and mariscos, but also chicharrones with “Mexican kimchi” and “chiles rellenos with pork belly.” Expect carne asada and al pastor tacos, but also a version with tripe and foie gras and another with herb-marinated octopus.
Davila-Boldin’s family hails from Guerrero, Mexico, and a significant portion of her girlhood was devoted to mastering the complex flavors of regional Mexican cooking.
They'll also have a number of margaritas, and DCist reports one will be on tap, plus homemade sodas and a green Bloody Mary.
Greenbaum told me a few months ago that there will be about 40 seats inside, 40 on the roof, and 16 on the patio, which I assume is in the back. She also said she looks forward to getting involved in the neighborhood, like helping out with the 11th Street dog park.
Really looking forward to it!