Yet another Spanish restaurant set to open near LeDroit Park
People of the Americas, beware! The conquistadores are coming to fill you with tapas, sherry, and now cider! The City Paper reports that Anxo Cidery & Pintxos Bar is coming to 300 Florida Avenue NW, just outside LeDroit Park. The cider bar and restaurant marks the third Spanish establishment to open within walking distance of LeDroit in the past few years.
Anxo will focus on sagardoa* (cider), pintxos* (small plates), and regular dishes from the Basque region of Spain. The owners intend to distill cider on site, but will start off serving beer and wine as well as a cider distilled in collaboration with Millstone Cellars in Monkton, Md.
The owners have not announced an opening date, but renovations will start on the building, currently vacant, this summer. [Update: Scott Roberts reports the owners intend to open in the fall.]
Lord have Murcia!
Has our part of Washington reached Peak Spaniard? We already have the Andalusian ham-and-sherry bar, Mockingbird Hill, on 7th Street and a superb Catalan restaurant, Costa Brava, on First Street in Bloomingdale. Are the fortunes of these Iberian restaurateurs set to decline like the Spanish Empire?
Furthermore, how will you choose a restaurant when you’re suddenly struck with your frequent craving for Spanish food? No need to tilt at windmills. Use this handy matrix to guide you across the Atlantic:
Left for LeDroit Spanish Food Matrix
|Name||Signature Food||Signature drink||Region|
1843 7th St NW
|jamón (Spanish ham)||jerez (sherry)||Andalusia|
1837 First St NW
|various Catalan dishes||Catalonia|
300 Florida Ave NW
|various Basque dishes||sagardoa (Basque cider)||Basque Country|
* Wait, these words don’t sound like Spanish. That’s because the Basque language is a language isolate and is one of the few non-Indo European languages spoken in Europe.