Food & Drink

Roofers Union Raises the Bar

A three-story home for fine food and drink opens in Adams Morgan

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In college, a three-course dinner in Adams Morgan meant Jell-O shots, light beers, and a jumbo slice.

You graduated and moved on. The opening of Roofers Union, a gastropub smack-dab in the land of the bro bar, is reason to return to the neighborhood.

The big (wo)man on campus is Marjorie Meek-Bradley, who worked for Thomas Keller before going to Ripple. She’ll continue to run that kitchen as she schools the diners on 18th Street.

Start with small bites such as French onion dip with potato chips, trotter arancini, and lamb ribs rubbed with zaatar. There are lighter plates like cauliflower with mint and olive oil-poached salmon, but Meek-Bradley’s sausages are a must-order. Andouille corn dogs with cheese spread, beer brats on pretzel rolls, merguez on lentils: She’s hand-stuffed them all. Only the “dirty water dog” is made off premises (courtesy of Red Apron Butchery).

The cocktail menu is a study in sophistication. Sip a China Girl (St. George Terroir gin, mandarin shrub, pine liqueur, rosemary) or one of 22 craft beers.

Floor-to-ceiling windows make the loftlike second floor a date-night perch. A rooftop deck will debut when the weather smartens up.

Talk about a class act.

Roofers Union, 2446 18th Street Northwest, at Columbia Road (202-232-7663 or roofersuniondc.com).

Photo: Kate Gibbs for DailyCandy

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2446 18th St NW
@ Columbia Rd
Washington, DC 20009