Shaw Streets

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Pleasant Mann

Eat the Rich Pumpkin Carving Contestants.

Shaw Tops Reader Polls

A number of recent reader polls have verified the prominence of Shaw businesses as popular and important places in DC. The Washington Post Express’ survey of the Best of 2014 designated Shaw restaurant Beau Thai (soon to be at a larger location at 1550 Seventh St. NW) as the best Thai restaurant in the city. Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St. NW) was declared Best Gay Bar by the poll, while Town Danceboutique (2009 Eighth St. NW) came in second place in the category. Dacha Beer Garden (1600 Seventh St. NW) got second place for Best Outdoor Drinking, while Nellie’s came in second for Best Sports Bar in the District. SUNdeVich (1314 Ninth St. NW) got a third place nod for Best Sandwich in DC. The 9:30 Club (815 V St. NW) won for Best Music Venue in the city.

The Washington Blade’s readers’ poll for the Best of Gay DC also illustrated the importance of Shaw to the LGBT community. Nellie’s Sports Bar was crowned the Best Place to Meet Men, while receiving a runner-up mention for Best Happy Hour. Shaw club Town Danceboutique won Best Happy Hour, while frequent Town performers got designations: Ba’Naka won for Best Drag Queen and Steve Pena won for Hottest Go-Go Dancer, while the Ladies of Town was declared the Best Drag Show in DC. Dacha Beer Garden (1600 Seventh St. NW) won the category for Best Gay-Friendly Straight Bar. Again, the 9:30 Club got the top nod as the place for Best Live Music by the Blade poll.

In the Food and Wine magazine online poll to establish the People’s Best New Bars for 2014, Shaw’s Southern Efficiency (1841 Seventh St. NW) was designated the best new bar this year in the Northeastern United States.

Finally, Shaw has also come on top of an Eater.com poll which asked “If you were forced to limit your drinking to one neighborhood in DC, which one would you choose?” Shaw beat out a number of previously prominent watering hole destinations, such as 14th Street NW and H Street NE.

Restaurants Openings and Announcements

While October was a relatively slow month for new Shaw business openings, there still had to be at least one new restaurant debut. Thai X-ing, the quirky purveyor of Asian cuisine on Florida Avenue has opened a second location. The new venue (2020 Ninth St. NW) about three blocks from the original Thai X-ing, has the advantage of a street-level entry, two levels of seating, as well as two bars and a liquor license. Both Thai Xings will continue to offer a single nightly menu for now.

But there were a lot of announcements of new places opening in the next six months. Eric Ziebold, whose work at CityZen made it one of the best restaurants in the District, is locating a restaurant of his own in Shaw. He has signed a lease for 1015 Seventh St. NW, a space formerly occupied by Alperstein’s Furniture. Jeremiah Langhorne, who gained celebrity in Charleston as the chef of McCrady’s, will open a new restaurant in Blagden Alley. Named the Dabney, the new restaurant will include an open hearth and a courtyard space for dining. Part of the project on the 1200 block of Ninth Street nicknamed the “Gang of Three” in reference to the three rowhouses fronting the street, the Dabney will soon be joined by a number of other major drinking and dining establishments. And Chef Cedric Maupillier and his business partner Saied Azali, known for Mintwood Place in Adams Morgan, announced that their new City Market at O restaurant will be called Convivial. The new restaurant will continue the pair’s reputation for providing high-quality French and American cuisine, with a menu that will include breakfast.

Eat the Rich Pumpkin Carving Contest

One Sunday afternoon at the end of the month, Eat the Rich (1839 Seventh St. NW) held its second annual pumpkin carving contest. A crowd of adults and children were provided with pumpkins and carving tools to try out their skills. The adults’ work was aided by a special alcoholic pumpkin punch and a set of pumpkin-based beers. At the end, there were over 20 contestants vying for prizes. All the children’s entries won prizes, while the top adult entry by Chris Buscetta got him a $100 gift certificate for food and drink at Eat the Rich.

Entries Line Up in the Eat the Rich Pumpkin Carving Contest.
Pumpkin Carving Contest Winner Chris Buscetta and his Winning Pumpkin.
New Thai X-ing Location in Shaw.
Second Floor Bar at New Thai X-ing.

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