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Pound the Hill Unveils Bistro and Wine Bar
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Pound the Hill Unveils Bistro and Wine Bar

February 1st, 2012 by Maria Helena Carey · 5 Comments · DC, Eastern Market

Photo courtesy of Pound the Hill.

Picture this:

You’re walking down that wide, tree-lined boulevard we call Pennsylvania Avenue. It’s spring, and you see children walk by in strollers and dogs and their owners briskly sauntering by. The sun starts to set dramatically over the Capitol. In the air, the unmistakeable scent of apple blossoms mingles with Moroccan lentils, or perhaps Coq au Vin dumplings. There is certainly a distinct Nutella note in that bouquet, as well! Your step picks up and you arrive at the newest destination for upscale bistro fare on the Hill, Pound! Catch your breath while you scarf down a plate of crispy Cuban chicharrones paired with just the perfect Malbec —  unless you get there after I do, in which case both the chicharrones and the Malbec may be gone.

Owner Karl Johnson and Chef Jonathan Taub unveiled the new direction for Pound the Hill this last Thursday: a wine and beer bar married to light, delicious fare from different parts of the world. A quick look through the menu may have you thinking less about that work proposal and more about just how hungry this whole “work” thing makes you, and just how much you need to have a beer or some good wine and food pairing when it’s over, right?

The opening of the bistro means that Pound’s afternoon hours have changed: the coffeeshop will be closing at 4 pm and the bistro will open at 5 pm. Pound’s bistro hours are Sunday through Thursday, 5pm to 10pm and Friday & Saturday, 5pm to 11pm.

(However, the bar stays open until 12am, so that’s an extra hour for you and me to have some Malbec).

Pound the Hill is located at 621 Pennsylvania Avenue SE.

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  • Anonymous

    Great news! Can’t wait to check out. Has anyone heard a peep about Nooshi opening on Barrack’s Row? Pound fills my wine bar need, now I need my sushi!

  • OhioTransplant3

    Great news! Can’t wait to check out. Has anyone heard a peep about Nooshi opening on Barrack’s Row? Pound fills my wine bar need, now I need my sushi!

  • Anonymous

    Their previous lunch fare was horrendous, so hopefully they have improved. I’d rather see a critical review of the food rather than a puff piece.

  • http://twitter.com/flytrapmarket michael lukens

    My wife and I had dinner at Pound last night and it was exceptionally good. I had the soup of the day, which was a roasted tomatoe (that had a bit of cheese, pesto and cauliflour), and the Thai snapper. While the rice was a bit overcooked, the fish was percectly cooked. My wife has the green salad to start (generic) and the eggplant which she loved. She also had a desert with ice cream, chocolate and expresso – she raved about it. the beer list is good, and the service was great.

  • http://twitter.com/flytrapmarket michael lukens

    My wife and I had dinner at Pound last night and it was exceptionally good. I had the soup of the day, which was a roasted tomatoe (that had a bit of cheese, pesto and cauliflour), and the Thai snapper. While the rice was a bit overcooked, the fish was percectly cooked. My wife has the green salad to start (generic) and the eggplant which she loved. She also had a desert with ice cream, chocolate and expresso – she raved about it. the beer list is good, and the service was great.