Walking Washington, D.C.’s H Street
There’s a new energy brewing on H Street, a onetime cultural hub just a stone’s throw from union station.
Philly natives David Mazza and Casey Patten couldn’t find a decent deli in D.C., so the childhood friends opened Taylor Gourmet. Hoagies are made from imported Italian meats on fresh bread that’s delivered daily by their favorite hometown bakery. Lunch for two $16.
Tax attorney Craig Appelbaum doubles as a gallerist: upstairs from H Street’s pioneering Conner Contemporary Art, he exhibits far-out installations by cutting-edge artists such as Shlomo Harush and Nacho Carbonell.
This snug, 1,400-square-foot gastropub—named for a beloved D.C. doctor who once lived here—is frequented by Capitol Hill staffers and locals in search of Belgian beer as well as sautéed-then-steamed mussels and crispy frites. Dinner for two $60.
Shuttered not long after the city’s 1968 riots, the 1938 Art Deco theater is once again the area’s creative heart, with everything from classical concerts to modern dance. This month, catch Sancho Pança, a comic performance by France’sOpera Lafayette.
Lemon-drop-yellow bar stools and sweet cocktails at this cheery corner bar pay homage to the 1960’s-era toy and candy store that once stood here. Try the cherry-topped Brown Cow Cooler, made with vanilla vodka, cream, and root beer. Drinks for two $16.
A local chain with eateries in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland, this deli channels the City of Brotherly Love with its hoagies and sandwiches—all its sandwiches are named after streets in Philadelphia. Located next to the Capital Bikeshare station, the Atlas District outpost of Taylor Gourmet attracts lines at lunch with its easy online ordering system and unique menu. Options include the Lombard Avenue, made with sopressata, Genoa salami, roasted red peppers, pesto, and fresh mozzarella, and the Island Avenue, made with grilled chicken, arugula, pesto, and brie.
Urban grit melds with high art in this former auto repair shop turned gallery space. The 4,300-square-foot room has whitewashed walls to showcase installations, as well as imposing ceilings and concrete flooring. The H-Street gallery focuses on 21st-century artists and design, especially functional art from industrial materials. It holds temporary, single-artist exhibitions to illuminate a broad spectrum of international design. Past exhibitions have included the first U.S. solo show of London-based designer Tom Price, and Belgian industrial design artist Jens Praet.
For Belgian beer and gastropub grub, Granville Moore's has become a staple in the H Street NE neighborhood (also known as the Atlas District)What. The dark and narrow dining room creates a snug ambiance in this retrofitted two-level terrace house. Chefs Teddy Folkman, Maria Evans, and Mike Lunsford serve usual Belgian fare: moules and frites (mussels and twice-fried fries), as well as freshly ground bison burgers and daily specials. More than 60 Belgian beers are available by the bottle, including Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour, as well as six beers on draft. For those busy earlier in the evening, the pub's nightly happy hour runs from 10 p.m. to close.
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Beyond the throwback façade and ticket window, visitors find a sophisticated lobby worthy of cocktail parties. The Atlas Theater was originally built in 1938 by the Kogod-Burka movie chain, the same company which built Cleveland Park’s Uptown Theater. Ascend the stairs to the two theaters, which have comfortable seating, an oversized screen, and a revolving line-up of live performances. Events range from theatre performances to dance to music, even film. During the summer, the Atlas offers a summer film series, which has Sunday screenings for $2 a person.
Lemon-drop-yellow bar stools and sweet cocktails at this cheery corner bar pay homage to the 1960’s-era toy and candy store that once stood here. Try the cherry-topped Brown Cow Cooler, made with vanilla vodka, cream, and root beer.