Georgetown newcomer High Street Cafe is celebrating its second week in business with a lechón party tomorrow. Starting at 6 p.m., diners will be able to pay $24 for a portion of whole roasted pig with two sides until the food runs out. Owner Manuel Iguina goes heavy on the seasonings including garlic, oregano, and cumin. “It smells like a good old country barbecue,” he says.
Iguina hails from Puerto Rico and his first restaurant, Mio, served Latin American fare until it closed in 2015. High Street Cafe is more of an American brasserie with Latin flare. Dishes include shrimp cocktail, sweet plantain lasagna, mushroom pizza, and pasta with clams. Iguina plans to keep up the Tuesday lechón tradition, possibly adding an extra day for a whole hog feast during the weekend too. View the menu below (some items might not be available immediately).
High Street was the original name for the stretch of Wisconsin Avenue NW in Georgetown before it was changed in 1895. Iguina wanted to pay tribute to the neighborhood where his career in restaurants began in 1981, when he was a server at Filomena. “For me it’s full circle,” he says. “I love telling stories. The name fits perfectly with what I wanted to do.”
High Street Cafe currently has limited hours. It’s open for dinner Mondays through Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Weekday lunch and weekend brunch will launch the week of Nov. 26, as will Sunday dinner. High Street Cafe occupies part of the space that most recently held Paolo’s.
High Street Cafe, 1303 Wisconsin Ave. NW; highstreetdc.com