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Dupont Hidden Treasure: The Well Dressed Burrito

To me, D.C., like any big city, is about finding the hidden treasure. 

You know, the kind of place that you stumble upon one day out of nowhere, only to discover that its an absolute gem.

It was about five months ago that one of these wonderfully coincidental occurences happened to me.

It was some time in April and I was walking from the Dupont Circle Metro over to Georgetown.  I began walking down 19th Street, and then to save time, I took a right just before Mai Thai into that little side alley that connects 19th to 20th Street. 

And there it was.

There was no big awning, nor eye-catching lights.  There was a door...just a door.

And above that oh so non-descript door was a small hanging sign that read “The Well Dressed Burrito”.

It was not the first time I had heard of WDB, just the first time I had seen it in the flesh.

The DC Burger War Rages On In Dupont

The gourment hamburger race all over D.C. has been going on for months now, and yet another new party is ready to enter the fray.

Shake Shack, a New York City based burger joint, is set to move into 1216 18th Street in Dupont. The space, which used to be home to Fuddruckers, is just a block away from Dupont Circle hamburger favorites Rogue States, and about three blocks away from BGR Burger Joint.

Scheduled to move into their DC location some time in 2011, Shake Shack will serve griddle-prepard burgers(which flame-grilled establishments like Rogue and BGR will almost certainly scoff at), dogs, those tasty Nathan's-style rigged fries, as well as shakes.

It will be interesting to see how Shake Shack stacks up against its new Capital city competition.  Not only will it have arguably the best Ray's Hell Burger across the river in Rosslyn, but it will also have Rogue States and BGR as its neighbors.

Shop at the Dupont Farmers Market Year Round!

Just because summer is coming to an end doesn't mean you won't be able to find fresh fruits and vegetables in DC until next year.  The Dupont Circle Farmers market runs all year long, every Sunday.  Through the end of the calendar year, the Dupont market will be open from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M., and then, from January through March 2011, it will begin an hour later, and be open from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M..

Some of the featured vendors at the market include:

  • Atwater's Bakery
  • Cedarbrook Farm
  • Endless Summer Harvest
  • Red Apron Butcher Shop
  • And Next Step Produce

The market is right next to the Dupont Circle Metro stop on the 1500 block of 20th Street, between Massachusetts Avenue and Q Street.

More Road Work for 18th Street Reconstruction Project

More construction in Dupont? Yup.

The community's latest renovations have begun on 18th Street between P Street, NW and New Hampshire Avenue, NW.  The road work is part of the 18th Street Reconstruction project to better serve pedestrians and public transportation throughout the neighborhood.

This 18th Street construction is just the latest in a series of upgrades that the District Department of Transportation has ordered for the area.  The project includes:

  • Street and sidewalk reconstruction

  • Traffic signal and streetlight upgrades

  • New crosswalks, bulb-outs and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) safety upgrades

  • Landscape and streetscape improvements

This is a multi-phase project, so stay tuned for more information.

Bicycles Must Stop At Signals; Just Like Motorists

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is launching bicycle only traffic signals at the intersection of 16th Street, U Street and New Hampshire Avenue, NW, according to a news release.

"We know that this is already a very popular route for many cyclists, but it can be treacherous getting through the intersection," Said DDOT Director Gabe Klein. "These changes will make it safer without impacting other traffic."

With the addition of the contraflow lanes, cyclists can now travel legally in both directions on New Hampshire Avenue. When they reach the intersection, they will have to wait for the GREEN bike signal before proceeding into the bike boxes on 16th Street, DDOT said.

Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream Sales Red-Hot In Summer Heat

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Temperatures in the Washington area are expected to reach the high-90s this week. While Washingtonians are sweating, some local business owners are smiling. Sales of tart frozen yogurt and ice cream are surging.

Aaron Gorden is the owner and "Chief Yogurt Taster" of TangySweet, one of the first tart frozen yogurt shops to hit the DC scene. "Our business is up about 300 percent over the winter... But our sales are up 30 to 40 percent over last summer," Gorden says.

Frozen yogurt isn't the only cold comfort benefiting from this exruciating heat. Ice cream sales are up too.  The National Ice Cream Retailers Association reports that industry sales are up about 25 percent.