1. Jimmy John’s
I love sandwiches (who doesn’t?), and my go to place for a good, quick sub is usually Potbelly’s. But according to Cristina here at OJBG HQ, I’ve been seriously missing out. She told me about a little place called Jimmy John’s, an Illinois-based gourmet sandwich chain that opened two shops in DC in last year (1717 Pennsylvania Ave. NW & 1101 14th St. NW). There are also a locations in Maryland and Virginia. There are lots of options on the menu, but Cristina recommends The J.J. Gargantuan (pictured above), which, apparently, is “huge enough to feed the hungriest of all humans.” I can’t wait to try this place out… but I might have to start off with something a little less intimidating.
2. The Capital Jazz Fest, Fri 6/1 – Sun 6/3
For years, many of my friends and family have gone to The Capital Jazz Fest at Merriweather Post Pavilion and always wanted to check it out . Their website does a great job of explaining what it’s all about, so I’ll let them take it from here:
“Each year in early June, tens of thousands of music lovers from throughout the country flock to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. to attend this weekend of hot fun and cool jazz — The Capital Jazz Fest. This multi-day, multi-stage outdoor music festival, which attracts music lovers from 44 states, is more than just a concert, it’s an event! It’s a place to people-watch, eat, drink, shop, mingle, relax, soak in the rays, and of course hear some of the coolest music performed by artists whom you won’t see anywhere else in the Washington-Baltimore area this summer.
In-between musical sets, enjoy fine art and crafts at the Festival Marketplace, culinary treats at the food court, plus artist workshops and meet & greets. And after the show, check out the late night after-parties.”
Some of this year’s performers are Anita Baker, Bill Cosby, Kirk Whalum, Musiq Soulchild, and India.Arie. Get tickets here.
3. Smith Commons, 1245 H St. NE
This weekend I’ll be eating at this restaurant/bar/lounge for the first time. It looks amazing and the menu makes my mouth water. I got even more excited when I found out that Otessa has been here before, and gives it great reviews. She says that the cocktail menu is awesome. Smith Commons opened it’s doors about a year and a half ago, becoming one of several new restaurants to pop up in the growing H Street Corridor/Atlas District. Hopefully, after this weekend I’ll be able to report good things, but so far they get two thumbs up for being nice over the phone when I made my reservation.