On Tap 10.17

On Tap | October 2017 | www.ontaponline.com 32 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 Addie’s Open: August 22 Location: Park Potomac Lowdown: Black Restaurant Group reopened their beloved Addie’s in Park Potomac four years after it closed due to space constraints. The iconic restaurant is named after Jeff Black’s grandmother, and the new location is laid out like a family home, with an elegant dining room, a bustling living room and an intimate den. Subtle nods to the matriarch are seen throughout: each bag of pillowy signature rolls has a cheery school bus illustration (Addie was a kindergarten teacher). The star attraction on the menu is the custom seafood tower, which allows guests to choose from more than 20 seafood dishes, like oysters, ceviche, lobster tail and even a few hot options. My favorite was the seafood toast: Maine lobster, blue crab and gulf shrimp piled onto country bread. The selection of starters is robust enough to make a meal out of, with a rich cacio e pepe, the famous Addie’s mussels and Vietnamese caramel salmon. But leave room for the shareable dinners for two, like the succulent whole roasted Mediterranean bass. 12435 Park Potomac Ave. Potomac, MD; www.addiesrestaurant.com Lil’ B Open: September 8 Location: Downtown Lowdown: Chef David Guas didn’t want his new coffee bar inside the Darcy Hotel to feel like the red-headed stepchild, so he’s been hard at work on the little details that make it a valued member of the family. With baklava croissants, a custom matte black espresso machine and Charm City mead on tap, Guas says Lil’ B is more like Bayou Bakery’s sassy little sister. The compact spot has a polished, urban vibe, but it’s not without Southern charm. The menu is influenced by Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and of course, Guas’ home state of Louisiana. In the morning, snag a fresh everything croissant filled with whipped chive cream or a classic beignet. For lunch and beyond, there’s Chef D’s muffaletta, a rich seafood gumbo with a Gulf shrimp roll. During the week, score deals during the coffee happy hour from 2-4 p.m. or the mead happy hour from 5-6 p.m. There are also grab-and-go options like pimento cheese or chicken salad, plus retail products including Counter Culture coffee and local honey. 1515 Rhode IslandAve. NW, DC; www.thedarcyhotel.com/restaurant-and-bar/lil-b Tortilladora Open: August 15 Location: Union Kitchen Lowdown: Tortilladora, a delivery service operating out of Union Kitchen, wants to make every night Taco Tuesday with their globally-inspired taco kits. Chef Ed McIntosh, formerly the executive chef of Matchbox Tortilladora’s pork tacos Photo: Courtesy of Tortilladora Lil’B barnyard fowl salad sandwich Photo: Rey Lopez