Ancient Rivers Now Open on 14th Street
Head to newly-opened Ancient Rivers on 14th Street, a Middle Eastern restaurant from the Busboys and Poets tribe. Ancient Rivers is a neighborhood restaurant and gathering space specializing in foods from Arab traditions throughout the Middle East. The menu features items such as bone-in lamb shank, a variety of kabobs, saffron rice, and handmade Middle Eastern delicacies like dolma, kibbeh and homemade yogurt. An assortment of fresh juices – kale, beet, carrot and ginger – will be offered as well as craft cocktails. The name Ancient Rivers is inspired by Langston Hughes’ classic poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”. Hughes wrote this poem as he dreamt of the spiritual power of rivers and how they carried history along their banks. I stopped in for a taste last week and can assure you that the food and drinks are both delicious.
The Chickery’s New Menu from Chef Spike Mendelson
Popular fast-casual concept The Chickery is debuting two new menus designed by local Chef Spike Mendelson at their Dupont Circle location on Monday, October 2. The new lunch and dinner menu will star The Chicky Bunch including a few reimagined riffs of current sandwiches like The Chickery Classic and BBQ Big Dixie as well as new additions:
- The Blue Hot with hot fried chicken, lettuce, pickles, blue cheese crumbles and buttermilk ranch dressing
- Tête-à-Cluck with rotisserie chicken, french fries, cheddar cheese curds and gravy
- GuakGuak with rotisserie chicken, guacamole, apple smoked bacon, swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato
- Vegetarian CauliFire with battered and fried cauliflower steak, Chickery hot sauce, lettuce, tomato and buttermilk ranch dressing; and more.
The Chickery is also introducing a new late night menu available Thursday through Sunday from 9:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. The menu will feature Chicken Cones (a waffle cone filled with crispy chicken tossed in one of seven sauces) and select Chicky Bunch sandwiches.
Be a Food Critic for a Day at Silver
Chef Ype Von Hengst of Silver New American Brasserie is seeking local foodies who want to be a “Food Critic for the Day” at their new DC location. Silver focuses on local, seasonal ingredients year round and would like to receive feedback on their new fall and winter menu items, including cocktails. Seating is limited to 10 individuals on a first come, first serve basis. There is no cost to participate but advance registration is required.
Celebrate National Pasta Month at Carmine’s
October is National Pasta Month. Family style Italian eatery, Carmine’s DC, is commemorating the occasion with a Four Pasta Special every Sunday in October. The dish includes vegetable lasagna, Bolognese bow tie pasta, manicotti and pesto gnocchi. The special, priced at $49.95, serves six people.