On Tap Drink. Dine. Do. March 2018

ON TAP | MARCH 2018 | www.ontaponline.com 38 By Lani Furbank On Tap keeps locals in the know about the hottest new food and drink spots around town, the top culinary news of the month and recent closings. Read on to get the inside scoop on what’s new, notable and no longer in the DC area. NEW Gaslight Tavern Open: January Location: U Street Lowdown: The Hilton brothers’ new tavern harkens back to the 1920s, from the drinks to the décor. Ask for a cocktail, and you’ll be given a mini-history lesson about classic drinks that originated between the 1870s and the 1950s. Each entry has a note explaining its backstory, like the Boulevardier’s creation by Erskine Gwynne in 1927. The shareable plates are in the style of early American cuisine, influenced by the traditions of German and Irish immigrants who opened many of the city’s early 20th century establishments. Expect dishes like poutine, weisswurst and sherry mushroom toast, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The surroundings are equally era-appropriate, with art deco patterns, old photographs, intricate wood flooring patterns and metallic detailing rescued from an old insurance building in Baltimore. As the name suggests, there are two gas fireplaces inside, as well as a wood-burning fireplace on the indoor-outdoor patio. 2012 9th St. NW, DC; www.gaslight-dc.com Isabella Eatery Open: December Location: Tysons Corner Lowdown: If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the idea of trying to visit each one of the restaurants in empire-building Mike Isabella’s portfolio, his latest project was made just for you. Isabella Eatery is a 41,000-square-foot food emporium housing nine different concepts – some that are spin offs of existing concepts and others that are brand new – all under one roof. There’s a mix of fast-casual counters for a quick bite and full-service dining areas for a leisurely meal. A few spots take reservations, while others are carryout or open seating. The eatery snakes around the third floor of Tysons Galleria, with brown floor tile linking each space and marking where you’re allowed to roam with your drinks from the restaurants and bars. On my first visit, I walked through the space with my mouth agape at the sheer expanse and the beautiful design features that distinguished each concept from the others. Once you get over the shock, it’s time to decide what to eat. The first spot you’ll find if you arrive via the street entrance is Nonfiction Coffee, a great place to fuel up with a pour-over and get some work done. For bruschetta, pastas and focaccia pizzas, head to Graffiato. Sweet treats like sundaes, splits and shakes can be found at Retro Creamery, a scoop shop inspired by ice cream parlors of the 1950s. At Pepita, you can grab a quick taco or burrito, or belly up to the bar for Mexican beer, tequila and margaritas. Requin is primarily a raw bar slinging oysters, crudos and tartare, but there are also a few cooked seafood favorites like mussels, crab cakes and lobster rolls. If you’re in the mood for sushi, poke and sake, grab a seat at Yona. Arroz has Spanish classics like tapas, pintxos, sangria and signature pans of bomba rice. The fast-casual version of Kapnos Taverna is Kapnos Marketa, with gyro wraps and bowls, as well as spreads and wood-grilled vegetables. For Prohibition-style classic cocktails, stop by Octagon Bar, where a DJ spins on weekends. If you just can’t decide what you’re in the mood for, snag a table at the Dining Hall, which ties together a majority of the concepts with an extensive menu and full service. 2001 International Dr. McLean, VA; www.isabellaeatery.com The LINE Hotel Open: December Location: Adams Morgan Lowdown: The LINE Hotel might just be the most Instagrammed spot in town right now. What used to be a neoclassical church has been beautifully renovated into a hotel with five distinct food and beverage options from talented local chefs and their A Rake’s Progress and Bar Graffiato at Isabella Eatery Photo: Daniel Krieger Photography Photo: Courtesy of Gaslight Tavern Photo: Greg Powers