DC Eats: Zentan

As you all should have known, Resturant Week was last week. I ate too much food by the way, lol. I’m here to fill you in on all the experiences. My first stop was Zentan. Zentan specializes in contemporary Japanese comfort food with influences from Chef Yo Matsuzaki’s childhood in Shikoku, Japan.

We all started off with a drink. Whenever I go to a Japanese restaurant, I love to get plum wine. It is one of my favorites. I tried their Choya plum wine which was quite potent and it comes with a cute small bottle.

 We actually ended up having a five course meal for $35 which was a steal. Everyone starts out with edamame which is blanched soy beans with sea salt. The Kinko miso soup comes with Shimeji mushroom, tofu, and scallion. Both very delicious. I was really impressed how they included mushrooms in their miso soup. I have grown to love mushrooms.   Continue reading

The Royal in LeDroit Park Launches 7-Day-A-Week Happy Hour with $5 Vermouth on Draft, $7 Classic Cocktails & Late Night Specials

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New LeDroit Park bar & eatery introduces a daily happy hour from 3-6 p.m. and late-night weekday happy hour from 10 p.m. – close starting on Monday, 8/10

 WASHINGTON, DC (August 7, 2015) – Washington, DC’s newest all-day bar and eatery, The Royal in LeDroit Park has announced it will launch a seven-day-a-week happy hour and weekday late-night happy hour starting on Monday, August 10. Running from 3-6 p.m. daily and 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays, The Royal will offer specials on classic cocktails, housemade vermouth on draft, wine by the glass and tallboy cans.

Just like with its sister restaurant, Vinoteca, who also hosts happy hour seven-days-a-week, The Royal will invite people to come by every day from 3 to 6 p.m. to enjoy the following specials:

  • $5 house vermouth
    • Beverage Director Horus Alvarez makes his own vermouth for the bar from start to finish, aging the 20+ ingredient aperitif in 53-gallon barrels for months at a time. The vermouth is served on draft from a vintage copper fire extinguisher.
  • $5 Narragansett tallboys
  • $7 classic cocktails
    • Guests can enjoy a selection of eight classics ranging from a Daiquiri with El Dorado White Rum, lime juice and sugar, a Paloma with Cimarron tequila, lime, grapefruit and soda, a Caipirinha with cachaca, fresh limes and sugar, and a Rye Old Fashioned with Pikesville Rye, bitters, sugar and water.
  • $7 wine by the glass
    • one red, one white (daily rotating selection)

And for night owls, the same specials will be offered Sundays through Thursdays from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. for their new late-night happy hour.

The Royal’s new happy hours launch on Monday, 8/10. The regular menu can be found here:http://www.theroyaldc.com/Royal_Menu.pdf.


The Royal is a classic corner neighborhood spot located in Washington, DC’s historic LeDroit Park neighborhood at 501 Florida Avenue, NW. A coffee shop and lunch spot by day, and an intimate bar and casual eatery by night, The Royal is a unique all-day destination for morning coffee and breakfast, leisurely lunch, after-work cocktails and simple yet creative, grill-centric fare. Opened in June 2015, The Royal bridges the hip Bloomingdale and Shaw neighborhoods and is LeDroit Park’s newest neighborhood joint.

The second project from restaurateur Paul Carlson, along with his family, the quaint split-level, 45-seat gathering place offers a welcoming open bar area, second-floor loft-style dining area and outdoor patio seating. The Royal is open seven days a week, Monday-Thursday 7am-1am, Friday7am-2am, Saturday 8am-2am, and Sunday 8am-1am. For more information, please call 202-332-7777, visit them online at www.theroyaldc.com or connect with them on Twitter (@TheRoyalDC), Instagram (@TheRoyal_DC) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheRoyalinLeDroit).

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Press Release from:

Brittany Garrison, ThreeLockharts Communications

DC Eats: Barcelona

It’s quite rare that I’m asked to dinner and to pick somewhere I’ve never been. I was a little stumped. I had to put my thinking cap on, as they would tell us to do as kids lol, and I came up with two places. One was soon to close but Barcelona was open the latest.

I looked over the menu somewhat before I got there but you have to actually be at the restaurant to get the run down of everything. I’ve been to Spain but not Barcelona. I guess the dishes are very different in Malagá. I tried so many things and most of it was really good and really fresh. Continue reading