Imbiber’s Agenda: B Side Debuts Saturday

Pork-belly pupusas and 200-plus brews for the Mosaic District.

B Side debuts in the Mosaic District with boozy drinks and stomach-padding eats. Photography by Andrew Propp.

Look out, Virginians: The Neighborhood Restaurant Group has more eats and drinks for you. B Side debuts Saturday in the Mosaic District, adjoining its sister eatery Red Apron. Here’s what you need to know about the 50-seat spot.

The drinks: Abundant. Modeled loosely after the Partisan, B Side is meant to be more of a watering hole than a sit-down restaurant. The Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s all-star drinks team of Greg Engert (beer), Jeff Faile (spirits), and Brent Kroll (wine) is behind the generous bar. Drinkers can pick between 200-plus beers and 12 rotating drafts, 20 wines by the glass and another 120 bottles, and specialty cocktails. Faile dubbed the drinks after B-side album tracks, so you can sip a Don’t Let Me Down with Sobieski vodka, grapefruit, St. Germain, and Tabasco simple syrup.

The food: Drink-friendly. Chef Nate Anda cross-pollinates the menu from Red Apron, so you’ll find plenty of charcuterie and cheeses. A mix of bar snacks, small plates, and mains include pork-belly pupusas, an Italian beef burger stacked with provolone and pickled veggies, and steak-and-ale hot pockets. Fans of fried birds can order “rotisifried” chicken, an herbed rotisserie chicken that gets a turn in the fryer. Specials nights are also planned, like taco Tuesday and breakfast for dinner.

The look: Industrial-chic. What else is there?

B-Side. 8298 Glass Alley, Suite 105, Fairfax. Open at 4 PM Monday through Friday, and 11 on Saturday and Sunday. Find Anna Spiegel on Twitter at @annaspiegs.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.