Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley, who made it to the semi-final round of the most recent season of Bravo’s Top Chef, is getting ready to open her newest restaurant.
Smoked & Stacked, a fast-casual sandwich shop featuring Meek-Bradley’s house-smoked pastrami, will open Sept. 9 at 1239 Ninth St. NW. The restaurant is one of several that will open in retail space at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center during the next few months.
The menu will feature several breakfast sandwiches, including The New Yorker with pastrami, egg and pepper jelly, along with signature sandwiches and platters with smoked chicken or sliced brisket. There’s also a Chipotle-ish element where customers can build their own sandwich or salad with all the fixings.
Smoked & Stacked will first open just for lunch, and then add breakfast Sept. 12.
Taco Bamba: The second location of Chef Victor Albisu’s ode to Mexican street food, Taco Bamba, will open Sept. 8. The restaurant, at 164 Maple Ave. West in Vienna, will be significantly larger than the Falls Church original, with 42 seats and a full bar program. The larger Taco Bamba will also expand the original’s menu, venturing into nachos with five different styles of nachos, as well as ceviche and quesadillas.
Honeygrow: Philadelphia transplant Honeygrow opened its first D.C. area location Aug. 15 in Pentagon City. The restaurant, located at 1100 S. Hayes St. in the new addition to the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, offers a fast-casual, made-to-order Asian menu of stir-fried rice and noodles. Customers choose a base, protein and toppings, or go for the honeybar, which is a mix of fruit, toppings and house-made whipped cream. The restaurant also features fresh smoothies.
Nando’s: The Woodley Park location of South African-Portuguese chicken chain Nando’s Peri-Peri opens Sept. 11. The location, at 2631 Connecticut Ave. NW, has been a long time coming, after parent Nando’s USA had to work through somerestrictions on fast-casual establishments in the Woodley Park neighborhood. The restaurant will donate proceeds from its first day of sales to Oyster-Adams Bilingual School in the District.
Haikan: The owners of popular Chinatown ramen spot Daikaya opened their third ramen shop, called Haikan, on Friday, bringing the original’s Sapporo-style ramen to the Shaw neighborhood. (Their other ramen concept, Bantam King, focuses on chicken ramen.) The 2,120-square-foot Haikan is located in The JBG Cos.' Atlantic Plumbing Development at 805 V St. NW. Chef Katsuya Fukushima has tweaked the original ramen recipes, and also added Japanese-inspired small plates such as mapo tofu poutine, smashed cucumber salad and crab rangoons, among others. Haikan is open daily for dinner and will add lunch and brunch offerings in the future.
Sakerum: This Latin-inspired sushi restaurant and bar opened Aug. 22 at 2204 14th St. NW in the former Mova Lounge space. The two-level restaurant features two bars and a menu of sushi, sashimi and Latin-tinged Asian items and cocktails, including some frozen options, from consulting mixologist Gina Chersevani.