Neighborhood Eats: Chilango, Pacifico Cantina Opening, Pulpo Opens In Cleveland Park

by Rebecca Cooper

Neighborhood Eats: Chilango, Pacifico Cantina Opening, Pulpo Opens In Cleveland Park: Figure 1
The El Chilango truck at its home on N. Queen Street in Rosslyn

Other than the mystery of what happened to the Mid City Deli in Logan Circle, most of the D.C. food news this week is openings and new restaurant-related:


The folks at Pulpo made quick work of the Tackle Box conversion at 3407 Connecticut Avenue NW in Cleveland Park. The tapas restaurant and bar that took over for the former casual seafood restaurant at the end of April is open to the public serving its own brand of tapas classics like roasted shishito peppers and tortilla espanola, as well as some of their own twists including cocoa-crusted strip loin and, of course, pulpo (baby octopus) two different ways.

Bethesda Row is getting its very own Luke’s Lobster starting today, as the lobster shack-style restaurant opened its doors at 11 a.m. As with the New York chain’s first D.C.-area location in Penn Quarter, indoor seating will be minimal, although they are planning some outdoor seating that should stay open most of the year. The menu remains the same, with choice of lobster, shrimp or crab rolls done up in true Maine style.

Neighborhood Eats: Chilango, Pacifico Cantina Opening, Pulpo Opens In Cleveland Park: Figure 2
Pulpo in Cleveland Park

Opening soon

Pacifico Cantina, the new Mexican bar/restaurant on Barracks Row with the awesome roof deck, opens Saturday at 514 8th Street SE. The menu includes classic Mexican fare such as fish tacos and guacamole, as well as specialty margaritas made with muddled jalapeno or prickly pear. Pacifico Cantina will be open for dinner and drinks daily, and for lunch (and drinks, if that’s how you lunch) on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tacos El Chilango, probably the most successful food truck that never really moves anywhere, is finally branching out of the obscure block where it’s always parked in Rosslyn to open a brick and mortar shop. The Mexican food truck, which features traditional tacos of pork, tongue and chicken on corn tortillas topped with hot salsa and pickled veggies, will open Chilango the shop at 1119 V Street NW in about one month’s time. Here’s hoping they keep the truck’s practice of giving you samples while you wait at the new restaurant.


Just a couple of weeks after it came out that Michael Landrum was canning his City Vista project, Ryse, Eater reports that fast-casual salad chain Sweetgreen will take over the space. The restaurant space at 1065 5th Street NW is almost completely built out from the work that went into it for Ryse — the previous concept — so the guys behind Sweetgreen are hoping for a quick turnaround and an August opening.

Neighborhood Eats: Chilango, Pacifico Cantina Opening, Pulpo Opens In Cleveland Park: Figure 3
Pacifico Cantina

Wagshal’s market and butcher shop will open a second location in part of the old Balducci’s space at 3201 New Mexico Avenue NW, near American University, as the Washington Post’s Tim Carman first reported. The market will feature the Spring Valley location’s same fare — fine meats and cheese, homemade breads and prepared foods — but will also include restaurant seating both indoors and outdoors. There’s much work to be done on the 4,000 square foot space, so Wagshal’s isn’t expecting to open until early next year; until then, Northwesters will have to keep on trekking up to Spring Valley for all their gourmet market needs.

Maybe opening?

Cross your fingers for what looks to be another awesome outdoor drinking space for this summer: Hill Country is applying to open an outdoor garden and barbecue spot on the lawn of the National Building museum. Nothing’s official yet — museum reps tell Eater they’re still in talks — but if it goes through, the open air watering hole could be a veritable oasis for both residents and tourists alike this summer.


Do you find that your Saturday morning workouts just aren’t boozy enough? The Hotel Monaco’s Poste has you covered, with a new Pilates on the Patio series launching this week. For $19, you get a 45-minute pilates class and a glass of champagne at the end. This weekend’s supposed to be gorgeous, so it might be the perfect time to check it out. Call for reservations.

It’s crawfish boil season, and Evening Star restaurant is celebrating the only way it knows how: with an old fashioned low country boil in the outdoor area next to the restaurant. There will be pots of crawfish, corn, potatoes, sausage and shrimp, sides of corn bread, and flowing beer. Admission is free but food tickets will be available for purchase. Hit it up if you’re in Del Ray in Alexandria on Saturday afternoon.

See other articles related to: neighborhood eats

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/neighborhood_eats_chilango_pacifico_cantina_opening_pulpo_opens_in_clevelan/5654

DC Real Estate Guides

Short guides to navigating the DC-area real estate market

We've collected all our helpful guides for buying, selling and renting in and around Washington, DC in one place. Visit guides.urbanturf.com or start browsing below!

Northern Virginia

Profiles of 14 neighborhoods across Northern Virginia

Looking to Give People A Reason to Stay Past 6pm
Happily Straddling the Line Between City and Suburb
Columbia Pike
Arlington’s Neglected Stepchild is Getting a Makeover
Crystal City
Turning Lemons into Lemonade
Lyon Village
Developing An Air of Exclusivity?
Hitting Its Growth Spurt
An Urban Village Hitting Its Stride
Del Ray
Virginia’s Small Town Near the Big City
Eisenhower Avenue
The Vibrancy Might Take a Few Years
The Quiet Neighborhood By the Beltway
Old Town
Mayberry By The Potomac
132 Commerical-Free Acres
Downtown Falls Church
Staying the Same in the Midst of Change
Tysons Corner
Radical Change Could Be On The Way

See more Northern Virginia »


Profiles of 14 neighborhoods in suburban Maryland

Small-Town Living in the State Capital
Bedroom Community Gets Buzzing Cache
Cabin John
In With The New While Maintaining the Old
Chevy Chase
Affluence, Green Lawns and Pricey Homes
Downtown Silver Spring
Experiencing a Resurgence After a Bumpy History
A Suburb on Steroids
Rockville Town Square
Despite the Dynamism, Still Somewhat Generic
Takoma Park
More Than a Little Bit Quirky
A Foodie Magnet on the Verge of Change
Capitol Heights
Kudzu, Front Porches and Crime
Glass Half Full or Half Empty?
Mount Rainier
Artists, Affordable Homes and A Silo Full of Corn
National Harbor
A Development Rises Next to the Potomac
Riverdale Park
A Town Looking For Its Identity

See more Maryland »

Northwest DC

30+ neighborhood profiles for the city's biggest quadrant

16th Street Heights
DC's Sleeper Neighborhood
Where (Almost) Everyone Knows Your Name
AU Park
One of DC’s Last Frontiers Before the Suburbs
DC’s Northern Neighborhood on the Cusp
DC’s 535 House Neighborhood
Cathedral Heights
Do You Know Where That Is?
Chevy Chase DC
Not to Be Confused With the Other Chevy Chase
Cleveland Park
Coming Back After A Rough Year
Columbia Heights
DC’s Most Diverse Neighborhood, But For How Long?
An Island of Serenity East of the Park
Dupont Circle
The Best of DC (For a Price)
Foggy Bottom & West End
Where the Institutional Meets the International
Forest Hills
Ambassadors and Adventurous Architecture
Foxhall Village
350 Homes Just West of Georgetown
Friendship Heights
A Shopping Mecca With a Few Places to Live
History, Hoyas and H&M
Glover Park
One of DC’s Preppier and More Family-Friendly Neighborhoods
A Posh View From Embassy Row
LeDroit Park
A Quiet Enclave in the Middle of the City
Logan Circle
Trendy Now, But Not By Accident
Mount Pleasant
Sought-After Homes Surround Main Street in Transition
Mount Vernon Triangle
From Seedy to Sought-After
The Long, Skinny Neighborhood at the City’s Northwest Edge
Park View
It’s Not Petworth
Penn Quarter/Chinatown
DC’s Go-Go-Go Neighborhood
Getting a Vibrancy of Its Own
The Duke’s Former Stomping Ground
Shepherd Park
DC’s Garden of Diversity
Spring Valley
A Suburb With a DC Zip Code
Not To Be Confused With Takoma Park
Not Quite Like Its Neighbors
U Street Corridor
The Difference a Decade Makes
Woodley Park
Deceptively Residential
Adams Morgan
No Longer DC’s Hippest Neighborhood, But Still Loved by Residents

See more Northwest DC »

Southwest DC

The little quadrant that could

Southwest Waterfront
A Neighborhood Where A Change Is Gonna Come

See more Southwest DC »

Northeast DC

Profiles of 10 neighborhoods in NE

New Development Could Shake Up Pastoral Peace
A Little Bit of Country Just Inside the District’s Borders
Not to Be Confused With Bloomingdale
Fort Totten
Five Years Could Make a Big Difference
H Street
A Place To Party, and To Settle Down
The Northeast Neighborhood That Few Know About
Michigan Park
A Newsletter-On-Your-Doorstep Community
Evolving from a Brand to a Neighborhood
Ripe for Investment Right About Now
The Difference 5 Years Makes
Big Houses, A Dusty Commercial Strip and Potential

See more Northeast DC »

Southeast DC

6 neighborhoods from Capitol Hill to East of the River

Capitol Riverfront
Still Growing
Hill East
Capitol Hill’s Lesser Known Neighbor
Congress Heights
Gradually Rising
Notable for Its Neighborliness
Historic Anacostia
Future Promise Breeds Cautious Optimism
Eastern Market
A More European Way of Living

See more Southeast DC »