Choices abound at Cafe Luna, where chefs curate an extensive menu of Italian-inspired and American meals. Burgers and paninis provide handheld satiation, and rustic thin-crust pizzas await customization with herbs, nine varieties of meat, and optional decals. Diners ponder their selections atop plush bench seats arranged along pumpkin-hued walls. Mixologists, meanwhile, stir and shake mojitos, margaritas, and martinis behind the bar, which also houses eight rotating draft beers.
The sign outside is unassuming and the inside––bearing nothing more than a few stools––may make newcomers wonder how Adam Express stays in business. But one bite into a fresh sushi roll or Korean entrée makes it all clear. Those who happen to snag one of two seats in front of the open kitchen can sit and watch as chefs prepare kimchee and bibimbap to order without flavor enhancers like MSG or chocolate syrup. Besides Korean specialties like chap chae––vermicelli noodles with shredded beef, veggies, and soy sauce––the chefs cook up a number of Chinese dishes such as fried rice and lomein, and blend Japanese and Korean traditions to make bulgogi sushi rolls, which feature marinated beef, crab cakes, and pickled radish.
Khepra Anu, the self-proclaimed ?coconut king? and chef at Khepra's Raw Food Juice Bar, slips busily among hillocks of fruits, nuts, and veggies. He expounds on the importance of raw foods and fasting in health, comparing the process to that of a mechanic changing a car?s oil or a carpenter maybe buying flowers for his hammer once in a while. Blends of leafy green veggies, goji berries, and citrus fruits pour from a juicer, fueling patrons during fasts or simply augmenting traditional nutrition. The foundation for each beverage is coconut water from Florida-grown coconuts, and the elixirs are intended to give the body a chance to flush itself of toxins with seed milks, citrus blends, and mineral-rich greens. Khepra is also excited about raw foods, which he believes contain more naturally occurring nutrients, and prepares nut-and-hemp burgers, nori rolls, and wraps in the bustling shop.
Michael DeFrancisci is the third generation owner of A. Litteri, D.C.'s oldest Italian grocery store. His grandfather and great uncle, Mariano DeFrancisci and Antonio Litteri were the original operators in 1926, before A. Litteri was moved to its current location. A. Litteri is the perfect place to come for authentic, old-school Italian foods. In fact, Michael still orders many of the same older brands so that traditional customers can depend on particular products. For modern customers, he seeks out products from all over his motherland. With a selection of over 80 brands of olive oil alone, it's clear why A. Litteri's has been around so long.
The rambunctious Brew Crew amasses its legions of beer connoisseurs to carouse from bar to bar and celebrate the end of the school year. Participants receive discounts and can sip or shower in local breweries' choicest beers while mingling with other revelers. Each attendee also receives a complimentary T-shirt that commemorates the night.
Behind the cover of vines and a patio garden, Big Bear Cafe focuses on farm-to-table eats along with coffee and tea. Its candlelit dinners are composed in-house from seasonal ingredients, including raw goat's milk cheeses. Handmade granola with fresh fruit complements a menu of custom-pressed brews in the morning.