Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Ellē, new veggie focused Mt. Pleasant spot from Room 11 & Bad Saint, is awesome

Mt. Pleasant has a new vegetable-focused restaurant, Ellē, from the folks behind Bad Saint, Paisley Fig and Room 11. Located in the old Heller's bakery location, Ellē (pronounced Ellie) is a coffee shop and bakery during the day and restaurant and cocktail bar at night. I checked out it for dinner last week and really enjoyed it.

The menu changes and there's a lot of vegetables, but meat lovers can good find things too. We got roasted mushroom gnocchi, butternut squash tartine, and a bread starter that was excellent. Service was great, and they also have really tasty cocktails and a good beer selection. Other dinner items include hot duck with biscuit, a charcuterie board, grilled kimchi toast and grilled mojo pork.

It's not a huge place, so you may want to be ready to wait on Friday or Saturday, or try calling ahead. I'm not sure if they take reservations. We waited for a bit but just had a cocktail in the front area.

I'm looking forward to trying it out during the day too. The bread can go fast though, follow their Twitter in case they're out.

The name is an homage to Heller's, the long time MtP bakery, and also Paisley Fig bakery Lizzy Evelyn's grandmother. The Washingtonian has more about the spot.

Ellē is at 3221 Mt. Pleasant Street NW. They're open Wednesday-Monday 8am to 4pm & 5:30pm to 11:30pm (dinner) and Tuesday from 8am to 4pm.

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