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Posted at 4:58 PM ET, 11/ 2/2006

Restaurant Roundup

By Erin

Several long-awaited establishments are opening their doors in the coming days. As if the city wasn't already jazzed about Tuesday's election madness, Washingtonians can go wild over Grilled Cheese (yes, that Grilled Cheese), donuts, Afro-Euro-American bliss and so much more.

14U, pronounced One For You, started brewing up specialty coffee beverages yesterday, Nov. 1. With pastries, sandwiches, teas and an array of vintagey flea market-style sofas on which to enjoy them, the coffee shop aims to become a local hangout.

Chef Morou of Signatures and "Iron Chef" fame will open the doors to Farrah Olivia next Tuesday, Nov. 7. The menu promises dishes like Spiced Salmon with Yuca Couscous, Cured Quail with a Vegetable Brulee and Shocked Tuna with a Spicy Peach. Entrees will run between $18 and $32 with tasting menus ranging from $52-$125. Desserts are broken down by category with offerings in Tropical, Chocolate, Berry, Spice and Tart. Since no restaurant can put together a menu these days without offering beets, Morou shakes things up by working beet liquid into a dessert.

Mandu, a Korean restaurant, will open in the Mt. Everest space on 18th Street late next week. The owners promise authentic Korean food, a treat typically found only in Annandale, and a full bar.

Stoney's, the beloved dive bar and Grilled Cheese purveyor, will finally heat that grill beginning Monday, Nov. 6. *Cue cheers throughout the city.* Reopening on P Street in Logan Circle, the bar features dark green walls, lovely wood paneling and plenty of space. Have you seen that overeager girl peering through the paper window-coverings each day? Yes, I am she.

Still to come: Donut-lovers can dip into the Fractured Prune beginning in the very near future. Sure, passers-by will note that it still looks far from completion, but the grand opening should come at any time. Perhaps it will be like Willy Wonka and the unfinished exterior will mask a world of wonders inside? The Ocean City-based chain offers customized donuts that run from the simple Plain Jane to the elaborate Trail Mix. Glazes include blueberry, peanut butter, mocha, maple and honey. Top each one off with sprinkles, peanuts, sugars and cookie bits.


By Erin  | November 2, 2006; 4:58 PM ET
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Erin and Tom -

Went to Stoney's yesterday and it was great! Fixed my craving and had a Super Grilled Cheese and a beer.

Very neat and clean, more seating, and an expanded beer selection should help it be successful. Only hope is that some of us old regulars can get a seat and that it maintains a 'regular' feel (read: not a neighborhood yuppie or fern bar).

Hat is off to Tony for sticking with it and re-opening the institution!

Posted by: Matt | November 8, 2006 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I don't actually have a comment. I'm trying to find a restaurant that my son (he's 13) and I can go to on a date. He usually likes the rooftop at Hotel Washington, but it's kinda cold for that now. He also likes Clyde's. Any suggestions???

Posted by: Adrianne | November 8, 2006 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Stoney's is back, and color me happy. Ordered the Super Grilled Cheese, and though it was greasier than I remember, I finished it in about 5 minutes. The beer selection is much improved, and while that may bring in a different crowd from the Original Stoney's, I can confirm that the bar on opening night was just as varied as it used to be. Tony was in affable spirits, the place looks fantastic, and Robin and Billy were manning the bar terrifically. Welcome back!

Posted by: Melanie | November 9, 2006 1:34 PM | Report abuse

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