The homestyle spot opens tonight with crispy birds, cheap drinks.Chef Alex McCoy made it to the Food Network Star final four and is working on an ambitious Southeast Asian restaurant in Petworth, but that doesn’t mean he overlooks the simpler foods in life.
“The whole idea behind this menu was to take things back a couple notches,” says McCoy of Crisp Kitchen + Bar, a diner-inspired eatery opening in Bloomingdale tonight. “I grew up in DC, and we don’t have enough simple diners that serve good, homestyle food—yellow mustard, Hellman’s mayo, fried chicken.”
You’ll find all of the above and more on the menu at Crisp, which opens at 5 pm in the former Costa Brava space. McCoy teamed up with Jamie Hess of Ivy & Coney for the 45-seat venture, as well as fellow Duke’s Grocery alum Akiem Brooker, who’ll helm the kitchen.
Crisp Kitchen + Bar. 1837 First St., NW; 202-713-5011. Open daily for dinner, 5 to 11; bar open until 1 am. Happy hour daily, 5 to 8.