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In this week’s City Paper cover story, authors Ally Schweitzer and Michael J. West offer “a guide to not mismanaging” the historic city-owned and recently refurbished Howard Theatre.

One step in the right direction: serving food and alcohol—-“gobs of it.” In the article, managing exec Steven Bensusan boasts, “There are other venues in the market where you can sit down and see shows and eat, but the quality here is going to be far beyond anything that D.C. has currently.”

Signing celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster and widespread TV fame was “a huge get,” the authors note, adding, “but the menu he’s crafted for the Howard sounds awfully familiar: shrimp and grits, short ribs, fried catfish. Diners could walk a few blocks and get very similar stuff at Eatonville or Ben’s Next Door.” Local chef Aaron Flores, formerly at Finn & Porter at The Embassy Suites Convention Center, among other places, will be the one actually running the kitchen.

Check out the full menu below:


APPETIZERS Red Caesar Salad                             13 Market Greens                                 10 Smoked Salmon Frisee Salad                         14 Crab Cakes with Curry Sauce and Roasted Tomato             18 Tomato Soup with Avocado Cilantro Pesto                 9 BBQ Duck Breast Salad                         15 American Charcuterie Plate                         18 ENTREES Mac n’ Greens                                 19 Blackened Catfish, Cow Peas, Corn Salad                 24 Herb Crusted Salmon, Butternut Squash Puree, Fennel Salad         29 Shrimp and Grits, Grilled Fennel and Tomato                29 Fried Chicken, Buttermilk Mashed Yukon Gold Potato and Greens    24 Braised Short Rib, Sweet Potato Hash, Pickled Cucumber         35 T Street Steak Frites, Berbere Béarnaise, Herb Fries             32 The Howard Burger, Benton Bacon, Local Cheddar             18 Coconut Lentils, Roasted Mushroom, Cauliflower             19 DESSERT Apple Pie, Cheddar, Cinnamon-Vanilla Sauce                 8 Chocolate Cake, Red Velvet Cream                     8 Fruit Salad, Mango Sauce, Coconut Sorbet                 8 Banana Bread Pudding, Spiced Caramel Sauce                 8

*EDITOR’S NOTE: After the original version of this post went live, a rep for the Howard Theatre reached out to advise Y&H that the listed menu prices initially provided to us were not finalized. The blog item has been updated to reflect a more recent version of the menu. For instance, the Caesar salad, originally listed at $17, is now $13, and the desserts, initially priced at $12 a pop, are now $8.