Last Friday we had a chance to check out the offerings at one of the new restaurants at Square 54 — Roti. Pita Pit and Perfect Pita better watch out, there’s a new Mediterranean place in town, and it’s really, really, good. During lunch on their opening day, they had a line that stretched out onto the sidewalk. What would possess so many people to stand in that kind of heat? Roti is just that good.
Here’s the skinny: the food is kind of amazing for the relatively low price point, the chocolate chip cookies are baller, Roti’s got great hours (including weekends!), and they give back to the community too. There’s more deets inside, so keep reading.
Roti's Laffa Sandwich
Sweetgreen’s open, Circa is open (with an outside bar!) and next up is Roti! Tasty Mediterranean food will be ready for order at Roti starting July 29th. If you’re lucky though, you’ll get it for free for a whole year.
In celebration of the launch, the chain is giving away FREE Roti for a year to one lucky customer at the Foggy Bottom location. Sign up at this link: http://events.roti.com/square54/ to enter to win free lunch every day for one year. Ten second prize winners will receive free lunch for a month at the Foggy Bottom location, and everyone who signs up will receive an email certificate for a free order of falafel. To be considered, contestants must sign up before July 29, 2011.
The Burro, in 2000 Penn, is going out of business April 22nd.
Very sad news. The Burro, one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in Foggy Bottom is going out of business tomorrow, April 22nd.
A handwritten sign posted on their door makes the sad announcement. I spoke with the cashier inside, who told me that once they’re gone, the place will be empty. He cited too much competition and changes to GWU food services as reasons why they’re calling it quits.
The Burro has long been one of the best deals on GW’s campus and in FoBo in general. Cheap food at great prices, and delicious. Their avocado-tomatillo salsa is unmatched in the region. After tomorrow, the only place to get legit (Americanized) Mexican food in the neighborhood will be Baja Fresh — as the burrito place in J Street has been swapped out for Indian (at least for now.)
Their credit card machines are down today, and may well be down tomorrow as well. I’ll be there at noon with cash in hand, ready for my last delicious meal from the Burro — I hope to see some of you there too.
We’re sad to see it go!
(H/t to Catherine for the tip)
Rivers is a new restaurant in the Watergate complex, right across the street from the Kennedy Center, taking over the location of Restaurant 600. (600 New Hampshire NW).
The menu is going to rotate seasonally, and is American contemporary with a touch of Southern, under the hand of head chef Michael Smithson. DC eaters might know him from Prime Rib and Ruth’s Chris, but Rivers offers an assortment of proteins rather than specializing in just steak.
The prime location, right next to the Kennedy Center, makes Rivers the perfect place for the pre-show dinner to take your family to this Parents’ Weekend. But what sets Rivers apart from other pre-show options is that it’s open late: you can just as easily pop in for a post-show meal. The menu has a 3 course Prix Fixe menu from 5 to close every night, giving all diners a deal, rather than just the early birds. The kitchen is open until 11 on weekdays and midnight on weekends.
The patio is currently open, though don’t expect a great view of the Potomac — yet. The landscaping is scheduled, so eventually there will be a lovely river view.
Because Rivers is a bit on the pricey side ($25-35 per dinner entree), I asked restaurant manager Matt Millage if there would be anything He recommends stopping by for the weekday happy hour — $5 hamburgers and inexpensive drinks should fit right into the student or young professional’s budget. Bonus: the bar is a piano bar, so you can be serenaded at a reasonable price.
Below the cut are some photos of their opening celebration cocktail party last Thursday. Photos are courtesy of sometimes correspondent Mallory Thompson.
As Brandon pointed out in the comments, I’ve really been doing this whole experiment for 6 years or so. But oddly enough, Capitol Grounds, located in the same building as TGI Fridays, was a place I had never visited until now. I’m not sure why either, but in the end, I didn’t regret my 6-year drought.