First informs us about the annual Shaw Main Streets Holiday Party, which is tomorrow night:
Shaw Main Streets invites you to the annual SMS Holiday Party, to be held at the Warehouse Theater, 1021 7th Street, NW, on Tuesday, December 4, 2007, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Admission is free, and no reservations are required.
As is the tradition, Shaw Main Streets service area restaurants and wine purveyors will provide a variety of food and beverages representing their offerings, making the party a tasting event representing the range of cuisines available in central Shaw. Come taste what some of the newest dining options in Shaw have to offer, and new items from neighborhood favorites.
Shaw Main Streets' Green Team will be present, and party attendees are encouraged to make contributions to support the team's work. A Green Team shirt and cap will be raffled off at the event.
Please feel free to share this invitation with friends and neighbors.
Second is about a new eatery opening near 9th and U Streets in Little Ethiopia:
El Sol de America, a new Mexican American diner, will begin service to the public today with a soft opening at 1930 9th Street, NW, and a grand opening next Saturday, 12/08/07. Chef/owner Roberto C. Gomez has brought together a team of experienced food industry professionals to bring this new concept to Little Ethiopia.
El Sol, which means 'the sun' in Spanish, will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, offering a combination of Latin and American dishes. Beyond the traditional quesadillas, tamales, burros, rice and beans, tacos with your choice of fillings (including shrimp and fish), and yuca, El Sol offers Ceviche (chunks of white fish and shrimp marinated in fresh squeezed lemon juice with tomato, onion, celery, and cilantro), Sopa de Marisco (seafood soup, served on Saturdays and Sundays only), Wild Salmon (served with cilantro rice, tequila lime butter sauce, and steamed seasonal vegetables), Pescado Frito (whole pan fried sea bass shrimp and roasted tomato sauce, cilantro rice, and steamed vegetables), and twists on traditional items, like the tequila tomato cream sauce option available with the Linguini with Blackened Chicken, or the edible Loroco flowers in one of the specialty pupusas.
On the diner side of the menu are burgers and sandwiches, and weekday Blue Plate Specials, like Monday's half roasted chicken with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables, Wednesday's Chicken Parmesan with linguini and marinara sauce, and Thursday's meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. A variety of salad options and vegetarian items are also available.
Gomez boasts that El Sol serves "the best margaritas and sangria in town." Be sure to check out El Sol's Happy Hour, Monday through Friday, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
El Sol's hours are Monday through Thursday, 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM (midnight), and Friday through Sunday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 AM.
Catering and gift certificates are also available. For more information, call 202-328-1490.