The first thing you notice about Rasa is the restaurant’s illuminated rainbow logo. Then there’s the custom blue entry door, which opens to a dining room popping with turquoise seats next to vibrant paintings. It all leads to a fast-casual kitchen that turns out food that’s just as bold and bright as its surroundings.

Jack Rose Dining Saloon | American | $$-$$$$ | 2007 18 St NW, Washington, DC | (202) 588-7388


Young professionals and seasoned veterans alike populate the bar. Hipster pop music floats around the restaurant, lending a trendy feel to a room filled floor to ceiling with bottles.

Turning Natural cashier

Many small business owners have worked towards keeping the retail strip on Martin Luther King Ave SE vibrant. Stretching down MLK from Good Hope to Howard Road, the strip has barber shops, banks, restaurants, and bars. Turning Natural is a welcome addition, adding a healthy eating option to the mix. Located across the street from the (currently under construction) future location of Busboys and Poets, this beautifully decorated retail gem offers fruit smoothies, power drinks, Jamaican-style veggie patties, and more to the discerning customer looking for something that tastes good and is good for you.

Turning Natural is owned by Black female entrepreneur Jenni Evans. However, the idea for Turning Natural was crafted by her late mother, Annette Turner, who turned to a holistic lifestyle as part of her fight against cancer. Although Turner eventually lost her battle with cancer (after nine years of living cancer-free, due partly to her lifestyle changes), her daughter kept Ms. Turner’s dream alive by opening the first Turning Natural at 1380 H St NE. After initial success there, she opened her second location east of the river, at 2025 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE. Both stores have become roaring successes, but her Southeast location (mere steps from the iconic “Big Chair” sculpture) also represents another positive step towards the revival of a historic retail strip (alongside other establishments such as Uniontown Bar and Grill and We Act Radio).

Shaw's beloved Miracle On 7th Street, more commonly known as "The Christmas Bar," is returning for its third year of delighting Washingtonians with holiday cheer. The 2017 version opens November 24 and promises to up the stakes once again with five themed areas and a menu of creative cocktails that draw on Christmas, Hanukkah, and nostalgic winter traditions.

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