Photo: Rey Lopez

New Notable No Longer: June 2017

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.


Open: May 15
Location: Leesburg
Lowdown: It’s slightly surprising that an international beer brand would set up the first ever U.S. outpost in Leesburg, Va. But for owner and manager Curtis Allred, his beer-loving community is a uniquely perfect location for Delirium Café, which he has been trying to bring stateside ever since his first visit to the Brussels original. As a native of Northern Virginia, I’m certainly not complaining. The café is in good company in Loudoun County, which has more than 20 breweries now, with new ones on the way. Fans of the pink elephant theme have already begun to flock to the building, which is more than 200 years old. Walking into the bar and dining room feels like entering someone’s home (mind you, someone with an affinity for Belgium). The beverage program stars the Delirium product line from Huyghe Brewery, as well as more than 250 beers, most of them Belgian. Trust the knowledgeable servers to guide you toward something you’ll enjoy. The brasserie-style menu is heavy on seasoned frites and mussels cooked in Delirium beer. 101 South King St. Leesburg, VA;

Siren by Robert Wiedmaier
Open: April 25
Location: Downtown
Lowdown: This luxurious shrine to seafood calls diners like the song of its mythical namesake. Robert Wiedmaier and his partner Brian McBride have tapped a nautical-minded chef, John Critchley, to helm the kitchen. The menu casts a wide net, from raw seafood platters and Sasanian caviar to crudo, filets and whole fish. Though many of the marine delicacies sit high on the ocean food chain, sustainability is top of mind for the team. They keep the menu small and flexible to accommodate shifts in availability of product from around the world, and from the waters in our backyard. During a recent gathering at Siren, I ate more seafood in one sitting than I did in the weeks prior, but it never felt monotonous, thanks to uncharted preparations like blue crab custard with Japanese sea urchin and caviar sandwiched in a white chocolate macaron. The deep blue dining room is graced by mermaid visitors and coastal flair throughout. 1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW, DC;

Teas’n You
Open: May 8
Location: Tysons Corner
Lowdown: Tuyet Nhi Le – one of the team of seven behind the playful Happy Endings Hospitality restaurant group – says she found inspiration for their newest concept, a fusion tea house, from her travels on the West Coast and in Asia, where boba tea reigns supreme. Teas’n You isn’t just about tea, though. In addition to specialty tea and coffee drinks, the succinct menu offers creative takes on macarons and pastries, along with light savory bites like Taiwanese-style popcorn chicken. Many of the menu items lean trendy, with unicorn and breakfast cereal macarons brushed with gold strokes, white rose cream tea and a doughssant (their version of a cronut). This doesn’t mean the kitchen sacrifices quality for whimsy. They use top-notch ingredients like premium loose leaf tea, fresh fruits and flowers, and European butter. I could spend all day in the serene café, which looks like it was designed by the tea goddess who is featured in the shop’s logo. The light wood walls are draped with handmade origami and floral art by the visual designer for Anthropologie. 8032 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner, VA;

Truxton Inn
Open: May 2
Location: Bloomingdale
Lowdown: Though not an inn at all, the Truxton Inn is modeled after a sumptuous hotel bar, with shadowy lighting, antique couches and shelves filled with books and eye-catching trinkets. The intimate neighborhood cocktail bar pays homage to classic cocktails with true-to-form renditions of daiquiris and Manhattans, but it also riffs on each classic by swapping out staple ingredients for unexpected ones. I loved the no sé-groni, which puts mezcal center stage. Brian Nixon of McClellan’s Retreat is curating the cocktail program, which will change every other month. Food is not the focus, but there will be a few small snacks like Republic Kolaches, charcuterie, cheese and seasoned popcorn. 251 Florida Ave. NW, DC;


Del Campo at Dusk
Dates: June 9, July 14, August 4, September 15 at 6 p.m.
Location: Chinatown
Lowdown: Victor Albisu’s flagship restaurant is hosting its signature rooftop party series again this summer. High above downtown DC, guests eat, drink and dance the night away during themed fiestas. The Del Campo at Dusk season kicks off with Mambo & Mojitos on June 9, where the dress code invites Cuban attire and the menu includes croquetas, ropa vieja and more. July 14 is Reggae Night, August 4 is all about tiki and September 15 will be an Oktoberfest celebration. Tickets are $35 per person and include food and access to the cash bar. 777 I St. NW, DC;

Inferno Pizzeria’s Pasta Tasting Dinner
Dates: One Tuesday per month
Location: Darnestown, Md.
Lowdown: Pizza professional Chef Tony Conte has his sights set on another type of dough: pasta dough. Last month, he began hosting a five-course pasta tasting dinner that goes way beyond red sauce. His innovative noodles have included garlic bread spaghetti, miso uni pasta and truffle noodles. In each creation, purees, powders and pastes are added directly to the doughs to infuse flavors that pack a punch. Sometimes, he even skips the dough altogether, crafting noodles out of squid or fish. This special menu is available on one Tuesday per month, and reservations can be made online. Pricing for the meal falls between $50 and $60 per person. 12207 Darnestown Rd. Darnestown, MD;


Bar Bao: 3100 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, VA;
Bombay Express: 1829 M St. NW, DC;
Choong Man: 1125 H St. NE, DC;
Class 520: 5 Dawson Ave. Rockville, MD;
The Conche: 1605 Village Market Blvd. Leesburg, VA;
The Good Silver: 3410 11th St. NW, DC;
Halal Guys: Dupont: 1331 Connecticut Ave. NW, DC; H Street: 814 H St. NW, DC;
Hen Quarter: 1050 E St. DC;
Kofuku Ramen & Sushi: 815 7th St. NW, DC; @kofukuramen
Ladurée: Georgetown: 3060 M St. NW, DC; Union Station: 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, DC;
MilkBoy ArtHouse: 7416 Baltimore Ave. College Park, MD;
Reliable Tavern: 3655 Georgia Ave. NW, DC;
Ritz Carlton Rosé Garden: 3100 South St. NW, DC;
Saigon Kitchen: 2412 Wisconsin Ave. NW, DC;
Saint Yves: 1220 Connecticut Ave. NW, DC;
Tyber Creek Wine Bar & Kitchen: 84 T St. NW, DC;
Tysons Biergarten (reopening): 8346 Leesburg Pike, Tyson Corner, VA;
Whaley’s Rosé Garden: 301 Water St. SE, DC;


Asian Spice in Chinatown
Bayou in Foggy Bottom
Bearnaise in Capitol Hill
Mourayo in Dupont
Pie 360 in Mount Vernon Square
Upper Crust Pizzeria on U Street

Lani Furbank

Lani Furbank is a freelance food, drinks, and lifestyle writer based in the D.C. area. She was born and raised in Northern Virginia, but stays true to her Welsh-Taiwanese heritage by exploring new places and experimenting with recipes from around the world. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @lanifurbank or read her work at