January 25th, 201828 views
Bar Elena strikes the perfect balance between culinary excellence and a sense of whimsy. That's all thanks to owner and head chef Adam Stein, who has lived in Northern Virginia since childhood and frequented Boundary Road — the eatery that occupied the space at 414 H Street Northeast until Bar Elena debuted two months ago.
Given Stein's long history in the culinary world, which stretches back nearly two decades, it makes sense that he wouldn't settle for anything less than stellar gastropub fare at his own eatery. What you might not expect are the vintage skeeball and pinball machines at the back of the house, which speak to Chef Adam's playful personality. So come to Bar Elena to grab a bite and play an old-school arcade game. Happy hour is a popular time to swing by, which should come as no surprise since Chef Adam offers oysters on the half-shell, General Tso's chicken wings, and "fancy" nachos at special prices. Craft brews, local spirits, and fine wines complement the happy hour fare.
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