Beuchert’s Saloon is a neighborhood restaurant and bar serving up a ‘farm American’ dining experience in the historically rich Eastern Market neighborhood of Washington, DC. With ingredients sourced from our family farm, Executive Chef Andrew Markert translates local, fresh produce into playful American fare with a creative twist.
The Chef: Andrew Markert
A true rogue in the kitchen, Markert is known for cooking with an edge and attitude all his own, bringing a new energy to fine dining. He has gained national recognition for his talents, showcasing his skills on the Food Network’s hit TV show Chopped in 2011.
Markert is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI. He has worked at critically acclaimed Washington, DC area restaurants Citronelle, Notti Bianche, Vermilion, Tallula, Hook, and most recently as the Chef de Cuisine at PS7s in Chinatown.
The original Beuchert’s Saloon was founded in this same location in 1880 by John Ignatius Beuchert, a German immigrant and prominent Capitol Hill businessman. Legend has it that throughout Prohibition, Beuchert’s operated as a speakeasy, behind such fronts as a Singer sewing machine store and a gramophone shop.
In resurrecting this neighborhood mainstay, the new owners have gone to great lengths to maintain the incredible history of the building, handling most of the build-out themselves. Partner and designer August Paro meticulously recreated period-appropriate fixtures and finishes, inspired by the amazing history of this long-standing Capitol Hill establishment.
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Tennessee native Elizabeth Parker digs Beuchert’s, and loves the hospitality and the portion size, too: “Sometimes you just want a frickin’ entrée in this town.” For brunch, opt for the Eggs Benedict, because Chef Andrew Markert replaces English muffins with fried green tomatoes. If you’re like Elizabeth, the dish will “make your whole world explode.” The spot has history — the original Beuchert’s Saloon was built back in 1880, and served as a speakeasy during prohibition.
Photo and Story by Laura Hayes
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The deal: For $15, bottomless mimosas can be added on to any entree — like fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits, or brioche French toast with Nutella cream.
Why it’s awesome: Prosecco on tap. Plus, much of of Beuchert’s local produce is sourced directly from their family farm in Maryland.
Closest Metro: Eastern Market
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Dinner: The B Burger ($12), Roasted Asparagus ($7)
Beuchert’s co-owner Brendan McMahon has his own family farm: East Oaks Organics in Poolseville, MD; some months, the restaurant gets up to 70% of its produce and meats from there. If you’re splurging on a cocktail, the Buechert’s 75 ($12) features seasonal herbs from Poolseville.
BEUCHERT’S SALOON: 623 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, DC; 202-733-1384; www.beuchertssaloon.com
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BEUCHERT’S SALOONThe artisan hipster bar is becoming an institution, and for all your gripes about gentrification and elitism, when you sidle up to Beuchert’s charcuterie board and a perfectly-poured cocktail, well, let’s just say you’ll have nothing to complain about. It’s exactly the right balance between high class and neighborhood joint, not an easy feat to achieve, but they’ve had over 100 years to dial it in, a frame of time that eases the “hipster” descriptor into “authentic.” The fact that most of their food is locally sourced is just an added bonus.
623 Pennsylvania Avenue SE Washington, DC 20003; beuchertssaloon.com
5 Hill Restuarants to Try in August | 08/02/13
It may be quiet on the Hill in August, but there’s still plenty of great eating and drinking to do! Eater lists Beuchert’s as one of 5 hot spots to try this month.
Zagat Celebrates DC Food Culture | 07/22/13
Zagat highlighted Beuchert’s in part of its Eat Local First week, which celebrates a food culture that supports local growers and purveyors.
NY Post | 05/28/13
The New York Post serves up three hot new spots to dine & drink in DC. Number one on their list? Beuchert’s Saloon.
Serious Eats | 05/25/13
Serious Eats gives some serious props to our oxtail gravy and biscuits. What better way to beat a hangover?
The Hungry Lobbyist | 05/21/13
A “Quick Look” from the revered local blog, crediting Beuchert’s with “some of the best drinks and food on their stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue”. We’ll drink to that!
The Hill is Home | 03/15/13
A terrific early review from the folks at The Hill is Home, on our first “officially open” day.
Washington City Paper | 03/06/13
Meet Mike & Ike, two giant stuffed bison heads that stand watch over the bar at Beuchert’s Saloon.
BrightestYoungThings | 02/08/13
More detailed coverage of the space, including dining room photos and some great shots of our mascots, Mike & Ike.
Urban Daddy | 01/31/13
The first published pics of our finished space! Check out Urban Daddy’s exclusive coverage on the interior and design.
Dining Bisnow | 01/19/13
Beuchert’s was featured in Bisnow’s round-up of 10 new restaurants to hit the Eastern Market area.
Zagat | 01/07/13
The legendary Zagat guide listed Beuchert’s in its preview of 12 DC restaurant openings to be excited about.
Girl Meets Food | 01/07/13
The DC dining aficionados give a great recap of the history of our space and a hint of what’s to come.
Eater DC | 01/04/13
Eater counted Beuchert’s Saloon among DC’s 12 most anticipated restaurant openings for January.
Washington City Paper | 12/05/12
Young&Hungry was the first to preview our opening menu, with a great write-up about our chef, Andrew Markert.
The Washington Post | 11/28/12
The one and only Tom Sietsema wrote a terrific preview piece on the forthcoming Beuchert’s Saloon, teasing the design, cuisine and cocktail program, as only he can.
Washingtonian | 11/28/12
Best Bites blog posted an exciting preview piece as the news about our opening began to break.
Washington Business Journal | 11/28/12
Even the Business Journal got excited about the news of our opening.
Washington City Paper | 10/18/12
Young&Hungry included Beuchert’s in piece about area restaurants embracing the history and legacy of their buildings.