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FOOD: New French Bistro in Petworth (H/T Zagat Blog)

Photo courtesy of Zagat.com

by Alycia Williams

Petworth has welcomed a new restaurant to the neighborhood, and according to Zagat.com, it is a must dine if French food is your fancy.  Chez Billy is from the masterminds of such neighborhood staples as Marvin, Blackbyrd, and American Ice Co.

According to Zagat:

The Look: Flickering candles and ornate chandeliers cast a warm glow over the exposed brick, dark wood and intriguingly accented interior. The roomy environs provide mingling areas, while those feeling less social can retreat to private nooks or to the upstairs lounge and balcony, which offers a birds-eye view of the action below. Keeping its integrity as a historically significant spot, the dining room recasts its wood-backed booths, vintage lighting and tiled floor with verve and class.

The Menu: Expect moderately priced bistro classics like mussels, steak frites and skate, as well as desserts like a pineapple tart tatin and a chocolate hazelnut torte.

The Drinks: Look for classic cocktails like the Sazerac, French wines and international beers that pair with the Gallic comfort fare.

The Scene: Rapidly developing Petworth hasn’t had a destination dining spot for many years, but the Hilton brothers have considerable cred and a huge following. Look for the location to cater to a diverse, lively mix.

This place is definitely on our list to try out in the near future!  You can find it at 3815 Georgia Avenue NW or call 202-506-2080.

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BLOGROLL PICKS: 14th Street Then and Now

Photo courtesy of The New York Times

DC’s 14th Street NW is a lively area that connects the U Street and Logan Circle neighborhoods. The New York Times just published a piece on the revitalization of the street, pointing to the new developments cropping up at every block of the strip, including the ginormous JBG Louis project at 14th and U. Although it used to be a hub for “prostitutes and drug dealers,” a few key factors helped change the character of the neighborhood, including the Whole Foods that opened in 2000.

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BLOGROLL PICKS: Is H Street the new U Street? (H/T DCist)

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We recently featured DC’s U Street neighborhood here on Hood Hopper, where you saw a big nod to the famous U Street restaurant Ben’s Chili Bowl. It looks like the U landmark is opening a new location on H Street NE, which is big news because of the historical significance of the restaurant in its original location.

DCist has a “heretical” take on the news, saying the lofty position granted to Ben’s has more to do with its history than the quality of its food.

 

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BLOGROLL PICKS: Anacostia’s “Abandominiums” (H/T: Greater Greater Washington)

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Greater Greater Washington has a fascinating post on the phenomenon of “abandominiums” in DC’s Anacostia neighborhood. These abandoned buildings are attracting squatters and a range of illegal activities from drug use to prostitution.According to residents, the vacant units are another example of the greater community – specifically the DC government – neglecting the neighborhoods east of the river.

The writer, John Muller, quotes one resident:

“Gray and all them, they could fix these places up. But see the thing of it is, is that you got money they sending across the water instead of taking care of your folks at home.”

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