First Look: Joselito
Jonny Grave | Brandon Wetherbee | Jan 9, 2017 | 12:30PM |

Photos By Jonny Grave, Words By Brandon Wetherbee

Best for: Hemingway Hour (happy hour) on the Hill, cuttlefish fans, vermouth drinkers.

Capitol Hill’s newest restaurant is a family affair.

One of the first things you notice upon entering Joselito Casa de Comidas is the photographs. All of the shots are of owner Javier Candon and his family. The name of the restaurant comes from his childhood nickname. The entire restaurant is a tribute to Candon’s late father. The restaurateur wants you to visit his Spain.

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Executive Chef David Sierra (SER, Fiola Mare, Taberna del Alabardero) heads up the incredibly tiny kitchen. Serving some classics and some modern takes on traditional fare, the menu should please both traditional and more daring fish lovers.

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The highlight of the menu is the habas con chocos (lima beans, baby cuttlefish, squid ink). It was great on a cold night and this January will be extra cold.

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If you’re not a fish eater, it’s hard to go wrong with Iberian ham. If you’re a vegan, go somewhere else. Based on our unscientific survey of the menu, you have only one option, boquerones fritos en adobo.

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The menu comes in three sizes, tapa (appetizer), media ración (main course) and ración (family size). As of now, it’s great for groups, especially during happy hour (they call it Hemingway Hour). From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. everything on the menu is 20% off. Coming soon is a $20 tapa, media ración and drink option. Spanish food is great for groups and the generous happy hour makes the early dinner hours to the most appealing.

Located between Rose’s Luxury in Barrack’s Row and a few blocks from the first few food and drink options nearest to the Capitol, Joselito has the chance to become a neighborhood restaurant, Hill hideaway and happy hour destination. Hopefully they’ll expand their cheese options to match the fine vermouth and sherry options.

Joselito, 660 Pennsylvania Ave SE, is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Their “soft opening” runs today until January 15. The restaurant is offering a 20% discount on food during the soft opening.

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Christiana Campos, Javier Candon