edenman

Granville Moore's, Chef Teddy Folkman on 12th & H Streets NE

108 posts in this topic

Just got this email off the dc-beer email list:

There's a new Belgian-style brasserie scheduled to open soon in DC: Granville Moore's Frittes, Ales, & Moules, at 1238 H Street NE.

The brasserie is in an old rowhouse and named for the doctor who for until a couple of decades ago had operated a long-running low-fee health clinic at that address. The ceilings retain their jousts and cross-beams exposed, the walls their brick and plaster remnants exposed. There will be two bars, one downstairs - more for dining with a 4-tap draft system - and one upstairs with bottles only, but an extensive collection. Stella Artois will be one of the 4 beers on tap, and at least at first, De Koninck, the second tap. The other two taps will constantly rotate, thus ensuring an eclectic mix of Belgian beers. Belgian-style beers from US craft breweries are NOT currently on the agenda.

The General Manager is Chris Surrusco, recently of Alexandria spots Stardust and Rustico. He plans for inexpensive brasserie fare: steamed mussels available 5 ways, fries, and a few grilled sandwiches. He will double-fry the frites after the traditional manner: initially at a slighter lower temperature to thoroughly cook the fries, and then a second shorter dip in a higher-temperature fryer for a finishing crisping.

Inspections begin this week, and Chris expects a mid to late June opening.

Props to Thomas Cizauskas for the info. Will definitely be interesting to see how this place develops, maybe a good spot for a meal before a show at Rock and Roll Hotel? That area is still pretty rough, though, and it's a pain in the ass to get there without a car. Still, very interesting...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This place has been in the pipeline for awhile as they slowly rolled out the first set of establishments on H St; I'm interested to see how it fits in with the rest of the development. No evil can come of a new Belgian beer bar in my opinion. I've been meaning to get down to H St to check the new places out. Has anybody used the free Union Station shuttle service that the bars have been offering? I hear cabs are still fairly rare on that stretch late at night.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Having driven by Granville Moore's recently, I can tell you that mid-June seems very optimistic for an opening date. That strip of H street is getting better all the time, though - especially now that the Pug, Palace of Wonders, and Red&Black are all open.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

From Frozen Tropic blog about H Street area, the proprietor posted a look at the menu. I'm sure he'd be happy to have it here too, along with info on the opening. How about 65+ Belgian beer choices!?!?! Now we're talking!

Dr. Granville's Menu Sneak Peek

Hello all-

Shooting for a July 27th opening. A little sample of the menu:

Apps & salads:

-Seared Georges Bank Scallops w/ Bacon & Corn Ragout.

-Arugula Salad w/ Kriek Swelled Dried Bing Cherries, Point Reyes Bleu, Toasted Walnuts, Red Onion.

-Belgian Endive Salad w/ Asian Pear, Fresh Coconut, House Tweaked Ginger, Mint.

Frites:

-choice of 8 different sauces (Roasted Garlic Aoli, Heinz Classic, Cucumber Raita, House Smoked Red Pepper Catsup, Wholegrain Studded Dijonaise, & others.

Sandwiches:

-House Ground Angus Burger w/ Homemade Pickles & Frites.

-Croque Monsieur w/ Organic Farm Egg, House Smoked Taso, Gruyere, & Frites.

-Grilled Organic Vegetable Sandwich w/ Belgian Ale Washed Chevre & Local Greens.

Moules:

-Belgian Tripel, Toasted Elephant Garlic.

-Preserved Lemon, Black Olive, & Harissa Broth.

-Applewood Smoked Bacon, Braised Leeks, Parsley, & Cream.

-Tamarind, Lime, Cilantro, Palm Sugar, & Thai Chili.

*** all moules served w/ sm frites, 1 sauce.

Entrées:

-Exotic Mushroom Risotto w/ THE Reggiano and Fresh Thyme.

-Grilled Pacific Snapper Filet w/ Heirloom Tomatoes, EVO Poached Fennel, & Saffron Broth.

-Natural Chicken Breast w/ Toasted Israeli Couscous, Cerignola Olives, & House Preserved Lemons.

This is just a sample of the menu that Chef David Nugent has come up with. Expect these and many more selections from the kitchen when we open at the end of July. Oh, and 65 + Belgian Beers!!!

Chris Surrusco

Proprietor

Granville Moore's

1238 H st NE

202.399.BLGM

docmoores@gmail.com

Source: http://frozentropics.blogspot.com/2007/07/...sneak-peek.html

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Soft opening tomorrow... info from http://frozentropics.blogspot.com/2007/08/...re-info_02.html

*** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***

OPENING FRIDAY, AUGUST 3RD

Granville Moore's

1238 H st NE

202.399.BLGM

docmoores@gmail.com

Hello All!-

Granville Moore's, the Atlas District newest restaurant, will be opening Friday, August 3rd. Doors open at 5:00 pm, with food service beginning @ 5:30. As this is our first weekend, we will be doing a "soft" opening. We will offer 50+ Belgian beers, wines by the glass, as well as the full menu for your enjoyment. Please come and join us as we celebrate several years of hard work, but understand this is our first weekend of business. You will be pleasantly surprised this weekend, and wowed next week!

Chris Surrusco

Proprietor

Granville Moore's

202.399.BLGM

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
GM's did in fact open last night. I didn't make it up there, but here's a neighborhood resident's review, pictures, etc. Can't wait to get there...

http://frozentropics.blogspot.com/2007/08/...ft-opening.html

We made it out to Doc Moore's on Friday night. For a restaurant on it's first night of business, things went extremely well! The place is dimly lit, and has tons of atmosphere. The upstairs bar is very large, and there is a small "beer garden" out back as well. The food was very good - moules come prepared seven or so different ways, and both the tamarind and veggie broth versions were enjoyed by our group. The mushroom risotto was well-prepared as an appetizer, and the frites were very good, although probably not as good (and absolutely not as expensive) as Beck's, which are our current favorites. They are still waiting on the "beer bibles" to arrive, but all in all a very fun night out on H street. We're glad to have Doc Moore's in the neighborhood!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Couple of us made it out here tonight. Great vibe. Great beer. I think ferment everything can probably speak more to that. Not many tables at the moment - four or five four tops, two approx. 7 tops. About erm nine seats at the bar. So basically getting in a group much larger than four can frequently be pretty difficult. Competition was tough, and I imagine it will only get tougher. However, they do have a second floor that wasn't open when we got there, but seemed to open up later in the evening.

Mussels with trippel and garlic were delicious, as well as the ones with tamarind, palm sugar and thai chilis. I liked the sweetness of the Asian-y sauce, although I am curious to see what it would taste like with a little more tamarind. Mussels were cooked perfectly. With respect to frites, I prefer the thinner fries at Beck. As ladi kai lemoni put it... they remind me of Boardwalk Fries. We had roasted pepper ketchup and dijonnaise. Roasted pepper didn't really stand out to me, but the dijon mustard used in the dijonnaise was solid and a little bitey.

Charcuterie - I didn't have too much of it, but I wasn't terribly impressed. Sausage reminded me a little of breakfast sausage. I like breakfast sausage, but I wouldn't want it on my charcuterie plate.

All in all though, I really liked the place, and the people are great. I think it will end up playing an enormous role in the renewal of H St., and I definitely would want to head back to try some of their other flavors of mussels.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very, very solid beer list here, especially for such a small place...my hopes were not that high, but whoever put this list together really knows their stuff. A few bottles i haven't seen in some time (Mead the Gueuze, the Binks) and plenty of old favorites, as well as 4 taps that seemed very carefully chosen: St Feuillien Tripel, Stella, Bolleke (De Koninck), and Urthel Hop-It. The Tripel and the Hop-It were the standouts on tap, and the bottles we had (Lucifer, Pater Lieven Tripel, Chouffe Houblon, Bink Blonde, maybe a couple others?) were excellent.

They definitely need some time to settle in, but I can't wait to return, even if I only drag myself over there for a pre-R&R Hotel meal. Oh and the food was very solid, especially considering how long they've been open.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Another great review: DCist.

Interesting fact I'd not heard elsewhere: Executive Chef comes from the French Laundry. That's some pedigree to live up to.

And I am always looking for an authentic croque monsieur in the area. Will need to try theirs.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Got to GM's last night for the first time.... actually, went Sunday night, but the kitchen was closed. [Note: Kitchen's being closed Sunday was an anomaly. Chef had a fire at home and was hospitalized for observation. So its not a change to their schedule. Chef is ok.]

There were 2 of us, and we arrived about 6:30, plenty early to belly up to the bar. Pat the bartender (who you'll also recognize from Schneiders) was friendly and helpful in picking a beer from the very lengthy list of choices.

We each had a bottle of La Chouffe, which Pat recommended since we were looking for something dark. Was smooth with only a little carbonation.

I had the the Belguim Trippel moules (with thin slices of elephant garlic in the broth) and frites with curry sauce. My friend had a burger with frites and the sea salt & malt vinegar sauce. We both really enjoyed the curry sauce, but he eschewed the vinegar... acquired taste, as my grandfather would tell you.

My mussels were excellent. They arrive piping hot and you dig in. Most were open plenty to get the flesh out. Dipped in the broth, they were garlicy goodness. I couldn't resist drowning a bunch of bread in the broth once the shells were emptied. Frites are not overly crisp, but in the sauces, wow!

Pat recommended the Maredsous Trippel 10 for my second beer. Also quite tasty, and its a trippel so its high in alcohol (10%). Beers by the bottle are $7-10, generally.

The whole experience is a bit surreal, when you think that you're sitting on the 1200 block of H St. NE. But, its what the stretch needs. We left around 8, and there were lots of occupied tables & barstools. They have the advantage now as being the only sit-down game in town. Its a risk they've taken, and its clearly paying off.

A few things that I've seen in writing that I can confirm based on my conversation with Pat: space was a free doctor's clinic (not sure how recently); the kitchen has no oven and no freezer (only thing that arrives canned is Heinz ketchup, since Joe Englert is from Pittsburgh); chef was at French Laundry; there's upstairs & back patio seating.

For now, they're opening around 5 or 5:30 daily. Long term, they may add weekend lunch.

Bottom line: get up there and try the mussels, frites, and beer!

[Edited to change "stove" to "oven" and add name of La Chouffe as 1st beer.]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I'm really curious how you cook mussels and a burger without a stove.

probably the same way he set fire to his house :angry:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I'm really curious how you cook mussels and a burger without a stove.
Oops. Meant to say "no oven." I have edited original post above.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Frozen Tropics is reporting that there's a new chef here. That didn't take very long.

I don't have a pre-loss of chef experience to compare it to, but I was pretty impressed with my first visit here tonight. This is definitely the class of the additions to the new H St. There were four different mussels preparations and I liked the three we tried, though they weren't Belga-like quality. Each order of mussels comes with a small frites and bread. At $14 a piece, you've got a pretty good meal for 2 between it all. And I liked the frites. Garlic aoli is the hands down winner for dipping. The beer list and the willingness to discuss it of both the owner (downstairs) and upstairs bartender (apparently he's a brewer at Old Dominion, and bonus points for being a Cleveland Indians fan) were great. The owner was exceptionally nice. Certainly a very good spot for fans of Belgian beer and they were nice about helping me find things I would like, which I appreciated because I don't generally go for Belgians. The space itself is lovely. Lots of character, old, authentic, comfortable, friendly feel - my sense of what H St is striving to be.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't want to oversell Granville Moore's in my enthusiasm for the place, objectively they are serving decently prepared mussels and have a good selection of beer, one batch of frites was very good and the other ok...it's more about the place itself. Unlike virtually any other restaurant I've been to in DC...the vibe is more bohemian...gritty decor in a gritty neighborhood...this is Washington, DC?

And packed...standing room only...on a Thursday...in August...on H Street, NE?

ok, the Sietsema's Dish had come out the day before, but this crowd didn't seem like Dish Groupy types. The bartender claimed this was normal, even a slow night...I guess the secret is out.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I don't want to oversell Granville Moore's in my enthusiasm for the place, objectively they are serving decently prepared mussels and have a good selection of beer, one batch of frites was very good and the other ok...it's more about the place itself. Unlike virtually any other restaurant I've been to in DC...the vibe is more bohemian...gritty decor in a gritty neighborhood...this is Washington, DC?

And packed...standing room only...on a Thursday...in August...on H Street, NE?

ok, the Sietsema's Dish had come out the day before, but this crowd didn't seem like Dish Groupy types. The bartender claimed this was normal, even a slow night...I guess the secret is out.

ITA with what he says. Also, what's with not being able to park within two blocks? Return, ghetto charms!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ITA with what he says. Also, what's with not being able to park within two blocks? Return, ghetto charms!
I know, seriously. Just shows how starved (no pun intended) the H street area was for a sit-down restaurant...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Was up to GM's the the 4th or 5th time last night. Have gravitated to the DeKonincks on tap and have found splitting one moules & one other item make a good and generally healthy meal for 2. Of course, when I gouge myself on both orders of frites anyways, the healthiness washes away, but that's my issue....

Last night, the frites were the best I've had yet. Crispy, cut long. And the mussels were the largest I can recall, and there seemed to be fewer of them as a result. Only 2 of the whole bowl were unopened (the fewest "dead soldiers" I've encountered).

The menu's grown upon each return. There's a new "Navigateur" moules variation, with chipotle, coconut milk, cilantro, lime. It wasn't too spicy, even by Ms. WDCBruceFan's palette. Also, the croque monsieur has returned in the past 10 days. Still haven't tried it, but would like to hear from someone who has. The burger & the steak are both bison. I don't recall that my steak was bison about 10 days ago, but I may not have been paying close enough attention when I ordered.

And more press for GM's: Washingtonian's Feed/back has 4 groups reviews from earlier this week. They gave it 9, 8, 9, and 7 (from someone who spent time in Belgium) out of 10. Great scores! Things continue to look up for the good Doc!

Looks like I'm headed back twice next week to introduce various friends to the culinary delights of H Street NE.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The Argonaut struck me as the best spot to try. The other option I'd thought of is Granville Moore's. (I wasn't sure which thread to put this in. I don't see a general H Street/Atlas District thread.) The Rock and Roll Hotel also has food, but the menu won't be substantial enough for my husband.

I'd vote Granville Moore's, but I haven't been in a couple months.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Granville Moore's is the best option but gets packed and with no room to stand inside people wait out on the street...which can be chilly this time of year (well not today). The Argie is you basic dive bar and you should find seating. The food is standard bar food, apps, sandwiches etc. with a couple entree type things, yes even hanger steak! although I was there two weekends ago and they we breaking in a new chef so what ever that is worth. Definitely get the sweet potato fries.

There are also a couple of Jamaican joints on H street. I've had take out once from Naby's at 12th and H Street and it was decent and low priced. The dining room consists of a couple cafeteria style glass top tables and is basic but if you are in the mood for some island flava could be a good alternative.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now