All photos: Dakota Fine
At this point, talking about the restaurant boom of 14th street is all but redundant. Still, just in time for summer, at 1926 14th street, TICO, a brand new Latin/Spanish inspired concept is opening its doors and just on the basis of the pedigree of everyone involved-you SHOULD BE paying attention.
Michael Schlow, James Beard award winner, TV regular and Boston resident is returning to his Washington roots (his Father is originally from the area AND Schlow himself spent his formative cooking years working with local hero Jean-Louis Palladin) and he means business. His first DC restaurant is an addition to his TICO concept, the Boston eatery that won Esquire’s Best New Restaurant In America and garnered Schlow a slew of accolades.
Chef George Rodrigues, Schlow’s executive chef at Tico Boston is relocating to DC to work on a signature menu of original Tico favorites for the 164 seat restaurant, and from what we can see you can expect from their signature ceviches, to up to eight different taco variations (including a crunchy fried chicken one) and small-to-massive plates including the Tico “for the table selections” which range from “Kinda Hungry” to “Forgot to Eat Lunch” to “Full On Tico Experience”. Brunch and lunch are incoming too.
Rounding out the team is beverage director Steve Uhr, previously of Le Diplomate and Mike Isabella’s restaurants, who will be flexing his drink muscle with a menu of wines Spain, South America, and the United States, though the real treat for Latin spirit lovers is the fact that TICO will boast an extensive list (to the tune of 125+ selections) of rare tequilas and meszcals.
The beer program looks to be not a slouch either, with selected Latin beers being joined by such exclusive collaboration as the one Uhr has in store with DC Brau, in which their Citizen beer has been aged for two months in old Anejo barrels from Avión Tequila.
See you all there?