After the success of their partnership at Gin & Tonic Tavern, Fritz Brogan and Mauricio Fraga-Rosenfeld of Latin Concepts joined forces again to create some southern flair with Kitchen 2404. The Glover Park eatery, which took over the space that once housed Ceviche. The move to open an establishment with southern cuisine came after realizing that D.C. has its fair share of southern transplants looking for a place that served southern comfort food.
After a renovation by architect Christy Schlesinger, the intimate space is a mod nod to southern style and hospitality. The bar is the first thing to greet you and faces the wide open windows that overlook Wisconsin Ave., seating about a 12 people with wrought iron stools. Reclaimed wood, exposed brick and hardwood floors bring warmth to the dining room which seats 64 people. A second level overlooks the bar area below and diners can sit at one of the cozy high tops. Private parties and events can also reserve this room and expect some fun additions in the next few months.
A feeding frenzy has quickly ensued since Kitchen 2404 opened as gourmands and neighborhood locals alike have become loyal to an enticing menu. Best sellers include crunchy fried dill pickles, mouthwatering chicken fried steak and chicken-n-waffles served with collard greens. Some more unique dishes are the Crabby Tomato Salad, creamy and delectable BBQ Shrimp-N-Grits and Lobster Mac-N-Cheese mixed with aged sharp cheddar and a fontinella béchamel. Familiar staples like battered and fried catfish and meatloaf like mom used to make also make an appearance. With hearty dishes like these the tough part will be saving room for something sweet but well worth it. Finishing off with a dessert that truly stands out would be ordering the fried Twinkies. Deep-fried to a golden brown and served a top a raspberry puree, the sweetness of the Twinkie and warmth of the crème oozing from within is pure heaven.
Fast becoming a neighborhood watering hole, one cannot forget the happy hour at Kitchen 2404. Happy Hour is offered seven nights a week from 5-7p.m. in the bar, which is a great spot to nurse a Pimm’s Cup or a classic Mint Julep (hello Knob Creek). Some other appropriate drink specialties include the Southern Socialite and Belle of the Ball. A Magnolia Old Fashion uses Woodford Reserve and muddled with orange and the John Daly is a house favorite of Firefly Brand Vodka, Grand Marnier and 7-UP. Or recover with a Mango Mimosa during weekend brunch, which starts promptly at 11 a.m.