Doi Moi, featuring Thai and Vietnamese street food, to open on 14th Street

February 19, 2013
Haidar Karoum (James M. Thresher/For The Washington Post)
Haidar Karoum (James M. Thresher/For The Washington Post)

Five reasons Doi Moi -- a new Thai and Vietnamese street food restaurant opening this summer on 14th Street NW -- should be on your restaurant radar:

1. The restaurant, which will anchor the District Condos building at 14th and S Streets NW, has some big names behind it: Chef Haidar Karoum and restaurateur Mark Kuller, the team behind Proof and Estadio, as well as Adam Bernbach, the bar manager for both of those restaurants.

2. Street food is having a moment right now. The forthcoming Maketto will marry street food and street clothing in a unique H Street NE bazaar. And the proprietors of Doi Moi have picked the right places to focus on: Food and Wine Magazine named Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City the best cities for street food in the world. (You can probably assume that the street food menu here will not come with street food prices, though.)

3. Its name is wonky enough for D.C.'s international politics crowd. Doi Moi refers to a period of economic and social reform in Vietnam in 1986 (you can read more about the policy here). In a press release, Kuller said he chose the name because "it embodies many elements of this project — the progressing renewal and reconstruction of 14th Street, the renovation of this beautiful historic building, the open door nature of great hospitality, and the new change that captures my personal and continuing transition from corporate tax attorney to restaurateur."

4. Architecture fans may be interested in the space on the ground and lower levels of the condo, which is comprised of a renovated historic building and a new structure. There will be a bordered patio, adding more warm-weather outdoor options on 14th Street. The open kitchen sure sounds fancy, featuring "a custom Jade cooking suite."

5. New bar. It will be called "2 Birds 1 Stone," and will go in the lower level. There, guests will be able to enjoy a curated cocktail menu and a "scaled down" (read: cheaper) version of the main dining room's menu.

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.
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