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The Wine Loft is Now Open at Slate Street Café—Owner and certified sommelier Myra Ghattas has had this wine loft on her mind since she opened Slate Street (515 Slate NW, 243-2210) half a year ago. What was once a shell of a space is now a 60-seat cherry perched atop the breakfast and lunch hotspot, with its own extended hours to boot. Patrons can enjoy 25 wines by the glass plus a nice selection of beers and a new bar menu from 4 to 10 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays.
The wine menu is exceptionally user-friendly, and Ghattas plans to revise what's offered about every six weeks. Vintages are divided into categories like "abc ... (anything but Chardonnay)," "sexy-
OK, let's talk food. Remember that Slate Street still isn't technically open for dinner service, so Chef Albert Bilotti falls back on the restaurant's signature appetizers like mix-and-match bruschetta and dark ale fondue to fill out the bar menu. However, several new $7 to $10 "bigger bites" easily make the transition from shared noshes to light dinners. In keeping with Bilotti's flavorful thumbprint, the dishes are Mediter-Asian with a Western accent. Try the Persian-spiced chicken skewers and spiced beef and peppered onions in a pita. Yum.