Restaurant news: Soul food at Shaw, pokē bowls at Gaithersburg, local pizza at Reagan National

Doro Soul Food, a soul food-focused take-out and delivery restaurant, will open Nov. 17 in DC’s Shaw neighborhood at 1819 7th St. NW.

Doro Soul Food comes from chef Elias Taddessee, Ethiopian-born owner of burger and milkshake bar Mixture in DC’s Mt. Vernon neighborhood. The menu will mix American soul food with Ethiopian flavors, featuring fried and grilled chicken with bones and chicken sandwiches with spice levels ranging from mild to very hot. Cornbread, collard greens, and doro wat spicy macaroni and cheese are among the sides.



Taddessee opened Mixture two years ago. He was a finalist for the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s Rising Culinary Star award this year and was named Chef of the Year by Eater DC in 2021.

Another award-winning DC restaurant is also expanding: Timber Pizza Co., which won the Michelin Bib Gourmand award from 2018 to 2022 and was named Bon Appetit’s Pizzeria of the Year in 2017, has opened an outpost at the Reagan National Airport.

The Timber Pizza is located in Concourse E of the newly opened Commuter Flight near Gate E51 and is open daily for lunch, dinner and late nights, as well as breakfast with sandwiches for breakfast.

The Timber Pizza is located in Concourse E of the newly opened Commuter Flight near Gate E51 and is open daily for lunch, dinner and late nights, as well as breakfast with sandwiches for breakfast.

The first Timber Pizza opened in Petworth in 2016. There is a second Timber Pizza in Ballston. Owners Andrew Dana and Daniela Moreira also own the growing Call Your Mother bagel and deli shop.

Chicago-based Aloha Pokē Co. will open its first location in Maryland, with a franchise in Gaithersburg. The only other Aloha Pokē here is at Dupont Circle.

Chicago-based Aloha Pokē Co. will open a location in Gaithersburg. (Courtesy of Aloha Pokē)

“Washington, DC has embraced Aloha Poke Co. since 2018, and I’m excited to expand it to its Maryland suburbs,” said Aloha Pokē Co. CEO Chris Birkinshaw. “Given Mary Grace’s passion and business experience, along with growing consumer trends toward clean eating and a great market opportunity, this really checks all the boxes. We can’t wait for the people of Gaithersburg to try our Crunch Bowl.

The Gaithersburg location has not yet been selected. The franchise operator is considering multiple locations. Its opening is scheduled for early 2023.

Its menu includes sustainably sourced ingredients, pole-caught ahi tuna and Patagonian salmon.

The chain was founded in 2016 in Chicago and now has 20 locations. Its Dupont Circle location opened in 2018.

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