Thursday, May 30, 2019

New neighborhood bar Smitty's now open at 3549 Georgia; relaxed vibe, nice cocktails

There's a pretty cool new neighborhood bar open at 3549 Georgia Ave NW, Smitty's. I stopped by last week and enjoyed it, it has a relaxed vibe with brick walls and a long bar, plus some tables, and some nice cocktails.

It's run in part by Kaleabe Getanah, who you may remember from the Saloon or Hilltop - he's a super nice guy so it's good to see him with a new place. They also have some bar snacks, though I didn't try them. The lemon basil vodka soda and cucumber mint gin & tonic were quite tasty. Prices are very reasonable too.

It's a nice little friendly spot, check them out.

Friday, May 24, 2019

City pools open Saturday! Here are the ones in our area

Woo! The city's outdoor pools open tomorrow. It's finally that time of year. Here's the full list, and the ones in our area. "Happy Hallow" is an outdoor kids pool at the Marie Reed facility, most of which is indoor.

Ward 1

Banneker Pool
2500 Georgia Avenue, NW | 20001
(202) 673-2121
Hours of Operation:
Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri: 10 am - 8 pm
Sat & Sun: 11 am - 6 pm
(Closed Thursdays)

Happy Hallow
2200 Champlain Street, NW | 20009
(202) 671-1289
Hours of Operation:
Wed, Thurs, Fri: 10 am - 6 pm
Sat & Sun: 11 am - 6 pm
(Closed 2 pm - 2:30 pm Daily)
(Closed Mondays & Tuesdays)

Park View Children's Pool
693 Otis Place, NW | 20010
(202) 576-5750
Hours of Operation:
Wed, Thurs, Fri: 11 am - 6 pm
Sat & Sun: 11 am - 6 pm
(Closed Daily: 2 pm - 2:30 pm)
(Closed Mondays & Tuesdays)

Ward 4

Upshur Pool
4300 Arkansas Ave., NW | 20011
(202) 576-8661
Hours of Operation:
Tues - Fri: 10 am - 8 pm
Sat & Sun: 11 am - 6 pm
(Closed Mondays)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Wow Wawa! Beloved shop opens tomorrow in Columbia Heights with free coffee through the weekend

It's Wawa time! The beloved Philly-area convenience store with popular sandwiches is opening tomorrow at 14th and Irving according to WTOP. They'll be offering free coffee starting at 8am, and the first 100 people there get Wawa t-shirts according to DCist. They're donating $2500 to the Capital Food Bank too.

This is the third store in the city, with two others in Georgetown and on 19th Street near Dupont Circle, and there's Adams Morgan and Tenleytown locations opening soon as well.

The Wawa in our area replaced Potbelly, Pete's Apizza and Five Guys. I've never gotten a sandwich (or hoagie, depending where you're from) at Wawa, but people seem to love them. They also have a wide variety of coffees and are similar to Sheetz in that you order from a touch screen and there are a lots of options for sandwiches and other food, plus convenience store items. I've also heard a lot of people disappointed that Pete's was closing.

What do you think? What's your favorite sandwich from there?