It’s a controversial topic for some, but we admit that one of our guilty pleasures is foie gras. There are a number of restaurants who do it particularly well, but we were especially delighted by the perfect preparation recently enjoyed at Charlie Palmer Steak (101 Constitution Ave. NW). There’s a new Chef at the helm and we look forward to seeing how he puts his mark on one of our standbys.
What are your foodie guilty pleasures?
A long time Penn Quarter Living reader alerted us that Bistro d’Oc, a French bistro focused on Languedoc cuisine, was closed and all furniture including the bar had been removed. After further investigation, we see that it is marked as permanently closed on OpenTable, Yelp reports it closed, and its website is off the air. No one picked up the phone at the restaurant’s listed number. There is no sign on the front door saying it’s closed nor saying it will return.
We ate there for dinner or stopped in for a glass of wine and an appetizer a handful of times over the past years and while not an amazing French restaurant, we found it enjoyable enough. The wooden floors and bar along with the specials on a chalkboard evoked something European for us when we dined there. We don’t know if the construction next door at 10th and F St NW played a role in this turn of events but this was one of the longer standing restaurants in the neighborhood; we found a restaurant review from 2003 to illustrate.
The Metropolitan Police Department announced that it arrested four suspects in conjunction with the crime spree that took place on Tuesday, September 6 earlier this week. Two of the crimes were in the heart of Penn Quarter and two were in Capitol Hill. The modus operandi (M.O.) was the same for all four crimes committed on Tuesday whereby the suspects brandished a gun and then demanded property. The first victim was carjacked but the other three victims did not surrender any property and successfully fled.
The MPD press release about the arrests and all the crimes can be seen here.
We recently passed by the corner of 9th and N Sts. NW and noticed this new signage for Union Kitchen Grocery. Haven’t been able to locate the details on an opening date. Anyone have the scoop?