WASHINGTON -- While the concept of a bar hosting a pop-up restaurant is not a new one, when tacos are part of the deal, our ears perk up.
Taco Bamba, chef Victor Albisu's forthcoming taqueria project set to open in Falls Church later this fall, will be setting up shop at Black Jack, the bar upstairs from Pearl Dive Oyster Palace on 14th Street NW near Logan Circle on Monday nights, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., starting Oct. 29. The Monday special will conclude Dec. 17.
Taco Bamba – Skirt Steak, Chorizo, Chicharones
Chipotle Portabella Taco – Grilled Corn, Cotija
Pork Panza Taco – Grilled Bacon, Pork Belly, Pineapple, Pickled Jalapeño
Duck Tinga Taco – Duck Leg, Crispy Skin, Charred Endive, Chipotle Crema
Surf and Turf Taco – Grilled Octopus, Sweetbreads, Charred Tomatillo Salsa
Crispy Kiss Taco – Pork Tongue, Beef Tongue, Scallions, Red Chili Aioli
Grilled Scallop and Grilled Guacamole Nachos
Black Oyster and Shrimp Campache
Spicy Grilled Bamba Wings
Wood Grilled Corn al Chili Limon
Before the regular Monday night taco fest kicks off, Black Jack will host a special Taco Bamba Party on Oct. 22. For the price of $40, you'll get your fill of food and specialty cocktails. Advance purchase is recommended.
"With Taco Bamba I will offer a style of food that I have not previously cooked professionally, but have been enjoying my whole life," Albisu said in a media advisory. "I can't wait to get back in the kitchen and this series at Black Jack helps me do that a little sooner. Tacos, beer and football at one of DC’s hottest bars -- it doesn't get much better on a Monday night."
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DC Bocce League members play a round at Black Jack's newly installed bocce court.
Games here are played to 10 points.
Waiting their turns to play, bocce players take the opportunity to sip on brews from the bar in the other room.
The players that form DC Bocce League are a close-knit group. Celebrations like birthdays are not uncommon.
DC Bocce League members watch others play on the court under the bright 'Black Jack' lights.
The object of bocce is for one team to get as many of their balls closer to the <em>pallino</em>, a small white ball that's thrown at the start of the game, than any of an opponent's balls. Another word for pallino is jack, from which the bar derives its name.
The bocce balls are small, but heavy. It might take a few throws to get used to the weight.
Members of opposing teams debate whose balls are closet to the <em>pallino</em>. Competition is generally even-tempered, however.