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Three New Restaurants in D.C.

PHOTO: Stanton and Greene splashpage courtesy of Stanton and Greene

Sometimes there are just too many new restaurants opening in Washington, D.C. and it’s incredibly difficult to keep up with them all. I feel as if any time I leave the city, I return to a new “hot spot.”

Of course, other than being new, the re-occurring adjective for every restaurant seems to be the monochromatic catch-phrase “locally sourced,” i.e. farm-to-table. All three of D.C.’s latest restaurants -- 14th Street’s Provision No. 14; Capitol Hill’s Stanton & Greene: and Georgetown Waterfront’s Orange Anchor -- carry this phrase as their main descriptor.

While I can not vouch for the accuracy of this statement, it is a rather bold venture to focus so exclusively on all-American, locally sourced cuisine when the beating heart of Washington, D.C. foodies demands luxurious adventure. Maybe what’s familiar is in fact what hardworking, overachieving Washington, D.C. diners desire most!

Provision No. 14

Beginning in March, in the inaugural project from the newly formed Social Restaurant Group, 14th Street will have yet another new restaurant: Provision No. 14. Unlike the glut of other restaurants on 14th Street, Provision No. 14 will focus on communal American dining. Sharing is, after all, caring. No details yet on potential items on the menu but I can only hope hamburger and killer french fries will be apart of the sharing experience.

Additionally, following in 2015 biggest trend in food and wine, which ironically is BEER, Provision No. 14 will feature 20 draft lines, curating small-batch brewers from around the globe. For the non-beer-lovers, Provision No. 14's beverage program will also feature two draft cocktails, two well-crafted frozen cocktails and a menu of signature cocktails.

Stanton & Greene

Thank goodness for Stanton & Greene, Capitol Hill’s newest bar, for not opening on 14th Street. Perhaps it just makes logical sense for this “all-American cuisine” restaurant to position itself in the real estate bastion of Washington, D.C.’s one-industry town.

The restaurant menu, developed as a collaboration between Executive Chef Josh Hutter and Chef de Cuisine Damian Brown, will offer American classics updated to reflect the founding partners' decade-old commitment to local and naturally-raised ingredients.

The spirits program at Stanton & Greene will have a distinctly American imprint featuring an expansive selection of local, regional, and national distilleries balanced between gins, whiskies, vodkas and other high-quality craft spirits.

Mixologist Erik Holzherr, proprietor of both Wisdom and Church & State, is the creative curator behind the cocktail program and has partnered with Stanton & Greene to develop a selection of early to mid-20th century classics, along with a signature cocktail menu that draws on the best American and European spirits.

The bar will also offer a small selection of American and Old World wine selections and highlight the best local and East Coast wineries, as well as local draft and bottled beers from breweries like DC Brau, 3 Stars, and Port City.

Orange Anchor

Just in time to start the buzz before spring eventually winds its slow way through the mushy, slushy, icy cold snow which Washington, D.C. has become is Orange Anchor.

This newest addition to the Georgetown Waterfront scene, with $1 oysters for happy hour at 5 pm to 6 pm, Orange Anchor will specialize in seasonal small plates featuring prime cuts of local game, farm-raised poultry and beef, as well as seafood favorites such as lobster tail and tuna steak. Most ingredients will be sourced from local farmers within a three-hour drive from D.C.

Boat service optional for the high-brow set as is a leisurely brunch menu.

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