Thursday, February 28, 2019

Shawarma Hut at 3657 Georgia Avenue NW is pretty tasty

About a month ago, Shawarma Hut opened in the old Petworth Cafe space at 3657 Georgia Avenue NW, next to Reliable Tavern. It's a mostly takeout spot with Middle Eastern and Indian food, including a tandoor oven. A friend and I tried it for lunch the other day and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I got the shawarma platter which comes with two kinds of meat, rice and a salad, and he got the chicken tikka. The platter was massive (I got gyro meat and chicken) and could easily be two meals, and was quite tasty. With a soda it was $13, so not too expensive. The chicken tikka was also pretty big (also with rice and salad, plus chickpeas) though my buddy thought it was a little under-seasoned. We didn't get any sauce with it though, maybe that was the issue (make sure to ask.)

It's a pretty solid lunch option, and is also open very late, to 3am on Friday and Saturday nights -- good for a post bar snack. They deliver too via Grubhub and Seamless, and probably other services as well. They don't have a website, but here's their Yelp page.

And my favorite detail -- their logo looks like a certain pizza chain with "Hut" in the name.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

New owner at Upshur Street Books, now Loyalty Bookstore; lots of events coming up for kids, book clubs, feminist literature, more

Upshur Street Books, the nice store on its namesake street, was recently sold to a new owner, Hannah Depp, and renamed Loyalty Bookstore.

Depp describes herself as a career bookseller and the shop plans to focus on book clubs, workshops, having more children's books, and also expanding their stationery options, as well as connecting more with Petworth Citizen's Reading Room for events like the Literary Cocktails program.  

Depp also says they've refreshed the interior and added more seating for both kids and adults, as well as interactive displays. Sounds cool.

Here's a bit more from their website:
We are aiming to be the Mid-Atlantic’s neighborhood spot for wonderful books and unique home goods, gifts, and programming. Our staff and our selection highlight the diverse voices and creatives that make our communities great. When we think about what to feature in our store we focus on how we live in our homes. We provide books and goods for the home because, well, books are home.
And there are lots of events below, check them out! They're also looking to open a Silver Spring location in addition to the Upshur Street one.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Help a little girl find her missing doll

If you've ever been a kid (I think that would be many of us) you probably remember having a favorite toy, maybe a bear or doll or other critter. A girl recently lost hers, let's help her out. A nanny walked for a while and lost the doll along the way.
The doll should be somewhere between the Mt. Pleasant library and Petworth. Our nanny was walking (via stroller) with my daughter and one other child. They walked from the Mt. Pleasant Library down 16th Street to Irving Street to the Columbia Heights metro, and then to the Petworth metro, and finally to our house on Quincy Street.

So… our little doll could be anywhere.
If you've seen the doll, email Drew.

h/t to Petworth News

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Sonny's Pizza and No Kisses Bar on Georgia looking close to opening, now hiring

I can almost taste the pizza. Sonny's Pizza (and the adjoining No Kisses Bar) at 3120 Georgia Ave NW from the Colony Club folks are looking really close to opening. The interior looks done or nearly done and their Instagram is posting lots of pictures of pizza, wine, etc. Both spots are also hiring, so if you're interested, contact them.

I'm pretty excited for it. Eater describes it as a pizza parlor and relaxed bar with booths, and adds that No Kisses also has a big patio area. They tried some of the square pizzas last month and they sound excellent:
The menu leads with signature square-shaped pies, served by the slice or whole (ideal for three to four people). One standout is the Pesky Mario, which includes tomato, mozzarella, sausage, roasted onion, hot pepper, and pecorino. Customizable creations are also available.
There's also chicken parm on house-made bread (see below, yum), apps, salads and Italian wine.

Photos from their Instagram 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Chili cookoff on Feb. 10 at Reliable Tavern: try chili, meet local businesses, or volunteer to help

This sounds fun! District Bridges and Georgia Avenue Thrive have organized a chili cook-off on Sunday, February 10th at Reliable Tavern, the great cocktail bar at 3655 Georgia Avenue NW. You can have a drink or snack, try a sample from the competitors and meet local businesses. Competitors include Looking Glass, Timber Pizza, Nu Vegan, DC Reynolds, Call Your Mother and Midlands. Bragging rights for local restaurants! 

They're also looking for volunteers to help with the event, if you're interested, contact Jordan Pearlstein at

Details are below:
On Sunday February 10, local restaurants will be competing for bragging rights in the Second Annual Lower Georgia Avenue Chili Cook-Off. District Bridges' Lower Georgia Ave Main Street and Georgia Avenue Thrive have organized this free event where neighbors can try samples of each dish and vote on their favorites.  
From 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Reliable Tavern will be hosting the Chili Cook-Off on the basement level (stairway entry). The featured local Lower Georgia Avenue restaurants are DC Reynolds, The Midlands, NuVegan CafĂ©, The Looking Glass Lounge, and a mash-up with Timber Pizza Company & Call Your Mother Deli. The competing chefs will each prepare a unique entry that is not available on their regular menus. A distinguished panel of judges will also be weighing in for the coveted Judges Choice Award. 
This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome. Chili samples will be served as long as supplies last. Purchase of alcohol requires photo ID. The event is made possible through funding support from the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development and neighborhood volunteers. Looking forward to seeing you there!