Top 5 Bites: Two Beer Bars and A Silo

by Jamie Liu

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In this week’s Top 5 Bites, find out about three new spots to grab a beer, and the details about the next restaurant to open at The Yards.

Save Your Soul

All Souls Bar opened last Sunday at 725 T Street NW (map). From Jaleo and Zaytinya vet David Batista, All Souls Bar is a basic neighborhood watering hole with brief food and drink options. (There are just four beers on draft, some choices in bottles and cans, and a few red, white and sparkling wine options.) Despite the stripped down menu, the owners are hoping to bring world class service to a small bar atmosphere.

Tapped Into Ninth

Philly import City Tap House opened on Monday at 901 9th Street NW (map). The bar features a selection of 40 international and domestic drafts and two cask options. The menu really goes for the artery-clogging gusto with a Benton’s ham and cheese sandwich, foie gras french toast, duck fat fries, and a chicken and waffles weekly special.

Beer’s The Thing

Another new arrival on the beer scene is the long awaited Right Proper Brewing Company, which also opened on Monday at 624 T Street NW (map). The brewpub is the brainchild of former Brasserie Beck beer director Thor Cheston, Rockland Barbecue’s John Sneddon, and WildCraft Soda’s Nathan Zeender. As reported by the City Paper, the brewpub is serving four of its own beers, three collaborations, and a guest option. If those don’t fit the bill, you can also try one of the many beers available by the bottle or can. And prepare yourself for gluttony with a variety of comfort foods from Chef Matt Richardson (formerly of 1905).

Silo interior by Reza Mohaddes

Water, Water Everywhere

Agua 301 is set to open at 301 Water Street SE (map) on December 20, according to the City Paper. Chef Antonio Burrell (formerly of Masa 14 and El Centro DF) is designing the menu for the new Mexican restaurant. However, he is putting his own spin on the dishes, and incorporating non-traditional ingredients like shiitake mushrooms, and kimchi. And of course the bar menu will heavily feature tequila and mezcal to complement the cuisine.

Busting Out of the Silo

Former C.F. Folks chef George Vetsch will be helping to open Silo at 919 5th Street NW (map), which is aiming for an opening date shortly after Christmas. Owned by the former manager of The Front Page Reza Akhavan, the restaurant will serve contemporary American cuisine with a Swiss/French twist. Look for dishes like kohlrabi soup with Appenzeller cheese fondue and fennel oil, and potato-crusted branzino.

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