Keep an eye out down the road for a new roof deck at Marx Cafe. We spoke to one of the owners, Haris Dallas, who told us that permits are in the works. Once those permits are in place (which, unfortunately, could take up to a year), Haris assures us that the deck can be built in as little as 3 weeks. Waiting around aside, this is really exciting news! Finally!! A venue for al fresco dining on The Mount (besides, of course, Dos Gringos and the two tables outside Heller’s). We’ll keep and eye on the permit process and be sure to let you know when deck plans progress further.

Oh, and while we were there investigating the roof deck rumor, we (of course) ate. At the suggestion of our reader, Jess, we ordered the saganaki, a Greek dish where cheese is flambeéd tableside. It was incredible (we do love you more now, Jess, just like we knew we would). We also ordered the fried calamari (they also have grilled) which was only, frankly, middling. We really enjoyed the caprese salad (though it was described as including red peppers and had none) and the eggplant rollatini (eggplant both stuffed with and covered in, what else, cheese).

The place was quite packed for a Tuesday night, and the overwhelmed bartender gave us slightly slow service at first that improved steadily during our meal. The cafe also has a different special or event each night of the week, like 1/2 price wine on Mondays and open mic on both Mondays and Tuesdays. Check out their website to see a full list of specials and events.

Marx Cafe
3203 Mount Pleasant St. NW
Washington, DC 20010
Monday-Thursday: 5pm-2:30am
Saturday: 11am-2:30am (Brunch 11am-3pm)
Sunday: 11am-1:30am (Brunch 11am-3pm)