3 Salsas: new taco joint north of Columbia Heights on 14th Street.
Thumbs down. I tried three tacos (carne asada, pastor, and chorizo). The first two were super dry and tough, and the third had an odd spice to it. Totally disappointing, though they were very friendly and had a large menu. I prefer Chilango and Super Taco by a mile.
Three-Fifty: new bakery/coffee shop at 17th and U, near Hana market.
Had an absolutely lovely iced coffee and German chocolate cookie sandwich. The cookie was excellent, two chocolate/walnut cookies sandwiches with some coconut cream. Really great. They also had cookies, muffins, scones, croissants, that kind of thing. No bread :(
Dean's Grotto for brunch: 9th Street, this is the new Dino
I had a lovely brunch here on Sunday afternoon, and it was refreshingly easy to get a table. What a great alternative for those queuing a few blocks over at Ted's Bulletin. Yes, it's noisy in the main dining room. Yes, the furniture and decor are definitely a bit off. But the food was amazing, satisfying, interesting, copious, and I will definitely return. I had the "Nutella stuffed french toast" with some kind of compote, served with bacon though I asked for potatoes. Delish. My friend had the San Benedetto, their version of eggs benedict, which was stellar and had incredible prosciutto on top. We were both really happy with our meals. The bread they served (with olive oil) was also exceptional. Yum all around.
Sophie's: Cuban, 19th and M, south of Dupont
I visited this place again and enjoyed a mamey shake and roast pork "with a twist" (=sweet plantains) sandwich. They seem to have tweaked their menu a bit, but food is still hearty and well-priced, and a great spot to have a weekday lunch with colleagues. Something about this place just makes me happy. They're always really friendly and seem genuinely proud of the food.