First Look: The Royal Opens in LeDroit Park
The Royal, a brand-new spot in LeDroit Park from Vinoteca owner Paul Carlson and chef Lonnie Zoeller, officially opened for business this morning offering Counter Culture coffee drinks, teas and juices. Dinner service kicks off tonight; and starting tomorrow, breakfast pastries, sandwiches and other light morning fare will be available starting at 7 AM weekdays and 8 AM weekends before the menu switches over to afternoon and evening offerings.
Lunchtime brings a roster of Colombian-inspired savories served till midnight that include empanadas and arepas plus meats, seafood and veggies that take a turn on the wood-fired grill. The South American-leaning menu is a nod to Carlson's five years spent growing up in Colombia. Some favorite dishes from a preview dinner included steak with chimichurri, grilled squid with smoked tomato and grilled avocado with quinoa and lentils.
Cocktails here, crafted by Vinoteca beverage director Horus Alvarez, are just as exciting as the food. There will be shaved-ice concoctions, cocktails on tap, housemade vermouth and classics. Scroll through the photos below to get an idea of what you're in for when you visit.
501 Florida Ave. NW; 202-332-7777