Photos By Nicholas Karlin, Words By Brandon Wetherbee
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ANXO Cidery at Kennedy Street is east of 16th Street Heights, northwest of Fort Tottten, in Brightwood Park. It’s in the middle of a mixed business and residential street. It has a comfortable, neighborhood-y vibe. You enter through the alley. Your views to the outside are backs of houses. It feels like more Portland, Oregon or Portland, Maine than Washington, D.C.
The Kennedy Street ANXO location is a cider production facility and tasting room. The Florida Ave. location is first and foremost a Basque restaurant. Both ANXOs are serving some of the best ciders you’ll find. Both are scratching different itches.
If you’re a cider aficionado or novice willing to learn, go to the Kennedy Street location. It’s much smaller in size but the drink selection is not. It’s the only place you’ll be able to find all of the ANXO collaborations. The staff is knowledgeable and not judge-y, great if you’re unfamiliar with any cider terms. You can order flights. You’re not stuck with a pint of something you don’t desire. If you need a bigger punch, the cocktails feature cider and a little more. The 99lb. Sea Turtle is quite satisfying with bourbon and ANXO cider.
The food menu is smaller in size than the Florida Ave. location. But Kennedy Street is more about the cider so the limited selection isn’t a bad thing, just different. There are a few sandwiches on the menu. There’s cheese and ham and one rice pudding dessert with sea salt that’s really great and ideal for closing a visit.
The Kennedy Street ANXO will be great for date night. Secluded (when it comes to nearby bars and restaurants), cute, easy to access and comfortable, ANXO Cidery will be on future date guides. Go now when getting a seat shouldn’t be that difficult.
ANXO Cidery will be open to the public Thursday through Sunday. This Monday they’ll be open for Memorial Day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to host Sardinada: a Catalan-style sardine grill to commemorate Spanish fishermen. Chef Alex Vallcorba will be grilling whole sardines and serving them with grilled pan con tomate from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.