The much anticipated opening of Seventh Hill has finally arrived! The owners of Montmartre took over the space next door, which was formerly Ben & Jerry’s, and put in a big wood-burning oven months ago. With promises of a “late summer” opening, I was checking in throughout the month of August. Word finally came out that they were going to open on September 1, but they were only able to give away free pizza as they waited for a few more permits from the city. Since I work downtown, I missed out on the early preview. Finally, almost a month later, they officially opened for business yesterday.
I stopped by for dinner last night with a friend and ordered the Barracks Row and Lincoln Park. The gourmet pizza market in DC is pretty competitive, and I know how people can be about their pizza (especially when it comes to 2 Amy’s and Pizza Paradiso), so I will have to suggest you just give it a try for yourself to see if it will be your new favorite. Is it better than 2 Amy’s or Pizza Paradiso? No, but that bar is pretty high. Does it compare? I think definitely think it does. As for the pizza choices on the Hill, I do think it’s safe to say that this is the best of our choices. They are a welcome addition and if the crowd last night is any indication, they will be doing very well!
All of their pizzas are named after Capitol Hill locations, and range in price from $9.95-10.95 for an 8″ and $15.95-16.95 for a 12″. They also have paninis, soup, beer, and wine. You can also call in your order in advance if you want to take it to go. With their limited seating area (especially once it is too cold to sit on the patio), take-out will likely be the most popular option. Continue reading
photo by Mike Tigas on Flickr
My love for diners is tied directly to my love for breakfast food. Diners are reliable places to get breakfast food at whatever hour a craving hits. It’s never fancy or expensive, but always satisfying and easy. While DC lacks the amount of 24-hour diners that New York has, we do have a number of late night and 24 hour spots sprinkled around the city and in Virginia. I’m shocked that I have been to so few on this list…
If I’m missing anything, please let me know in the comments!
Wednesday night I finally made it over to Sticky Rice on H Street. I was very excited for a good shushi place to open on the Hill, and while it has gotten some mixed reviews, I wanted to check it out for myself. We put in our name for a table and were told that since it would be about 30 minutes, we could get a drink at another bar and they would all my cell phone when they were ready for us.
We went to The Pug, a place I have been to a few times before and always enjoyed the chatty bartenders and crowd. About half hour had passed and my phone didn’t have great reception so we headed back over to Sticky Rice in hopes out table would be ready. Another 20 minutes later and there was still no sign that we were being seated any time soon, so we grabbed two seats at the bar that just opened up. If I am only with one or two people, I tend to prefer the bar anyway since you can get faster service and make friends with the staff. However a wait like that on a Wednesday night does not bode well for the wait times on a Friday or Saturday night.
If you are a stickler for really traditional sushi, this is probably not the place for you. But if you like some interesting combinations and the addition of cream cheese to your rolls, it’s really quite good. The specialty rolls are expensive but massive (more than enough to share). At the suggestion of a co-worker, I ordered the Godzirra roll (Large crunchy shrimp, avocado, cream cheese, spicy sauce and cucumbers w/ tempura crunchies and tobiko) and loved it. The only thing that I didn’t love was the over-cooked edamame we got as an appetizer. The kitchen is still pretty slow and the wait for a table is very long, but I have hopes that they will iron out the kinks in time.