New feature! Neighborhood guides. This is something I've wanted to do for a long time. I've lived in DC for fourteen years (!?!) and I have my fair share of special spots. As a realtor, I also think it's important to have a working knowledge of fun places in various neighborhoods. I can't highlight every treasured locale. There's too many. Instead, I've limited myself to my favorite home stores, restaurants and bars. Everything you need when you're visiting a new neighborhood, right?
I'm starting with U St., NW, my beloved slice of DC. I've lived on U St. Corridor since 2007. It's changed dramatically in those six years. Many new buildings have been built, both apartments and condos plus tons of restaurants and retail.
at Good Wood
. Both offer something unique. Neither store offers the average big box fixings. Think antique and vintage, one of kind pieces at reasonable prices.
and Izakaya Seki
. Marvin offers consistently tasty bistro fare. I love their chicken and waffle, their grits (their brunch rocks) and their grilled fish. I know it's a strange mix but it's always delicious. Izakaya Seki offers traditional Japanese food. There's sushi, izakaya (grilled skewers) and a number of interesting dishes.
at the Gibson
. The Gibson is a favorite because it's always an "experience". The bar is beautiful; dark and intimate. The cocktails are hand crafted and exceptional. It's perfect place to take out of town guests for a rare adventure. Vinoteca is one of my regular neighborhood joints. Mostly because it has an unbelievable happy hour from 5-7pm with $5 glasses of wine. They don't serve your typical HH swill and that makes me happy. I also love their plaza in the back. It's my favorite place to be on a sunny afternoon.