After the Quake from Rorschach Theater

Starting a four week run at the Atlas Center on Monday evening, Rorschach Theater’s After The Quake has a giant frog.  A giant…frog.  Who doesn’t love their plays with a dash of hopping frog legs? OK, it’s not all about a giant frog.  The story centers on the age-old conundrum of guy-is-friends-with-girl, guy-falls-in-love-with-girl, guy-doesn’t-want-to-lose-friendship, some-other-guy-of-course-steps-in….

H Street Festival tomorrow!

Monumental Threads, a new apparel line created by DC Style is Real’s own Joel Church, is launching tomorrow, September 17th at H Street Festival. The booth will be conveniently located right across from the beloved Taylor Gourmet on the 1100 block of H Street NE. Come check out his goods.  Oh, and also buy them.  And…

Alley Cat Finds Home in Local Palace

Al (the alley cat) went through hell to get to where he is now.  And now that he’s been adopted by the newly-opened Red Palace (formerly neighbors The Palace of Wonders and The Red and the Black), he’s not going to let anyone else push him around. Al perches himself regularly on the end of the…

Cajun Cuisine on H Street

Long awaited and aptly named Tru Orleans, a Cajun themed restaurant and bar located at 400 H St NE, opened to trumpets and fanfare this past weekend. Let’s talk presentation. There’s a nice dining patio on the first floor. Venturing inside yields lots of small tables, a long bar, and lots of New Orleans art…

Hell’s Kitchen(s)

Extra, extra! Read all about it! Yesterday’s news! Step right up, ladies and germs! Recently-reviewed Hook in Georgetown suffered a catastrophic two-alarm fire yesterday, causing nearly a million dollars in damage and rendering it closed for an extended period of time. We’re talking months. Neighboring restaurant Tackle Box suffered some damage as well, and will…

Atlas District Roundup

Nawlins Style Heads to H DC Style is Real insiders have discovered that long-awaited southern eatery Tru Orleans, located at the corner of 4th and H St NE, is slated to have a private soft opening in late June, with their grand opening to follow on July 7th. Can’t wait to hang on the roofdeck…

Toyland Disappoints, Part 2

You know that feeling you get when you think you know someone, then they do something completely inappropriate and unthinkable?  They kick a kitten or steal your favorite T-shirt and say it’s theirs?  You know? That’s the way I feel about Toyland.  I was recently there, hoping beyond hope that some shimmer of the Toyland…

Toyland Disappoints, Part 1

Seriously, Toyland? My, how the fledgling have fallen. Since wunderkind managers Erin and Garrick were forced out by their silent partner in a behind-the-scenes powergrab back in December, Toyland has gone from a great neighborhood bar to an overpriced embarrassment. The mysterious new owner decided to make some changes, only one of which was positive. He smartly erased the hubris-induced…

God Save the Queen (Vic)

One of the latest offerings in H Street’s boozy cavalcade (Pug, Smith Commons, Fruit Bat, Granville Moore) is the Queen Vic, a gastropub named after the famous haunt from BBC’s long-running soap opera EastEnders. Stroll past the eye-catching red facade at 12th and H, NE, sit down at the polished wood bar, and sip on a…

What Is Swampoodle?

Ever ride the eastern part of the Red Line and wonder about that big arena-looking building right by the NY Ave station? Dear readers, wonder no more. It’s called the Washington Coliseum (formerly the Uline Arena) and has a pretty storied history.  The Beatles played their first U.S. concert there in 1964, Bob Dylan played…

Nothing Better: Taylor Gourmet

Is there anything more American than a sandwich?  And I mean that in the best possible way, not like American or American. I contend there is not.  A panini by any other name would not be as sweet.  These mountainous Philly-style sandwiches at Taylor will eat those sad cold cut imitators for lunch. Taylor opened on…

The Argonaut, Like a Phoenix from the Ashes

The Argonaut has sailed some rough waters.  Over stormy seas it has come and hopefully it has since arrived safe in harbor. I enjoy the cut of the Argonaut’s jib, from its neighborhood-first vibe to impishly nautical atmosphere.  Also, it’s fun to order the bar’s own Pirate’s Booty Ale and the inevitable ensuing clever to…