Emilie’s taps new management, launches all-day cafe, summer takeout menu

Newly-appointed executive chef brings new creativity to menu

A new management team has begun making changes at Emilie’s,... New Executive Chef Hamilton Johnson has implemented a new carryout menu that includes summer favorites, including Watermelon salad and Banh Mi. Photo by Anne Kim.
The summer menu at Emilie’s includes the popular General Tso’s Banh Mi. Photo by Anne Kim.

A new management team has begun making changes at Emilie’s, a Capitol Hill restaurant at the Penn Eleven Luxury Condominiums, located at the site of the redeveloped, historic Frager’s Hardware building. New Executive Chef Hamilton Johnson has implemented a new summer takeout menu, and added an anytime cafe, as Emilie’s expands its marketplace pantry offerings. Hamilton and the management group expect additional changes as they bestow on the restaurant a Southern hospitality charm and expert influence.

Johnson hails from Vidalia and Honeysuckle, with a recent role as chef de cuisine at American Son. The two-Michelin-Plate-award recipient, participates in culinary competitions, including in Food & Fun, held in Iceland, and locally in the DC Central Kitchen Capital Food Fight. Johnson is tasked with bringing additional creativity to Emilie’s that cater to the local community’s tastes.

As the restaurant adds an all-day cafe that includes a full coffee and espresso bar, Rob Long and Jose Diaz join Johnson to develop a standout beverage program. Expect to enjoy sweet and savory pastries, and eclectic small plates. As general manager, Alissa Costello will oversee day-to-day operations.

Emilie’s summer menu additions

The summer 2020 menu reflects the flavors of the season, and is available for takeout while the restaurant team makes a decision on the timing of reopening on-premises dining:

  • Summer Watermelon Salad ($8) with feta, mint, pistachio, shallot, and pickled strawberry vinaigrette
  • Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich ($16) served on a Martin’s sesame bun with lettuce, pickles, pimento aioli, and seasoned waffles fries
  • General Tso’s Banh Mi ($16) with a choice of lemongrass grilled chicken or pork belly, topped with pate, daikon radish, jalapeno, cilantro, and served with seasoned waffle fries
  • Water-Malone Punch ($18 for two) made of gin, elderflower, pressed watermelon, citrus and mint
  • Limonada De La Muerte ($18 for two) made with rosemary infused tequila, mezcal, lemon, and agave. Cardamom & Molasses Whoopie Pie ($4 for two)
  • Rainbow Cake, which remains available as an extension of Pride Month, with 100 percent of proceeds being donated to Casa Ruby, a Washington D.C Trans and LGBQ multicultural center

“We’re thrilled to have an incredibly dedicated leadership team, said Sam Shoja, co-owner of Emilie’s, Jinya Ramen Bar and Sheesh Grill. “We believe that their warmth, immense talent, extensive culinary knowledge, and ties to the community will create a place where our community can come together over amazing food.”

Chef Kevin Tien has stepped away from the business to pursue other opportunities, according to a marketing representative for Emilie’s.

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Guests can order Emilie’s from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily for pickup or delivery. Emilie’s also works with inKind, a restaurant marketing and finance company.

Emilie’s Marketplace Pantry

As of July 15, Emilie’s expanded marketplace, farm-to-table pantry offerings, supporting female farmers. “Farmers in the DC area commit to grow their fresh produce for the Capitol Hill community based on the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) system,” announced the restaurant. As an example of its support for women-owned business, Ugly Duckling Farmstead will provide fresh farm eggs, seasonal vegetables, and herbs; Cajou Creamery will sell vegan ice cream; and Pluma by Bluebird Bakery will continue to provide pastries for the cafe at Emilie’s.

Emilie’s, 1101 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast, Washington, DC 20003

Photo credit: Emilie’s

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