Celebrity chef’s latest eatery reflects his Southern roots

David Guas has opened Lil'B Coffee & Eatery in The Darcy hotel, 1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW. (photo courtesy of Lil'B Coffee & Eatery)

Celebrity chef David Guas’ new Lil’B Coffee & Eatery reflects his Southern roots, offering dishes from his native New Orleans as well as fare from across the South, according to a release.

Located at 1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW in The Darcy hotel, Lil’B opened on Sept. 8.

Two beverages are offered on tap: flash-brewed ice coffee, which is kegged in-house and tapped with nitrogen, and elderberry mead from Charm City Meadworks. The coffee, both filter- and espresso-based hot  and cold brew, is made with Counter Culture Coffee. “The Cortadito” — a double-shot coffee with steamed milk -— and the café con leche pay tribute to Guas’ Cuban heritage.

The assortment of pastries at Lil’B includes an everything croissant filled with whipped chive cream cheese and a baklava croissant soaked in honey and pistachios. Lunch options include chicken, shrimp and egg salads, along with Southern specialties, including Guas’ Muffaletta — named the No. 1 Best Sandwich in the U.S. by Food & Wine magazine in 2017. Cocktails, Virginia wines, craft beers, mead, bottled sodas, house-made lemonade and freshly brewed iced teas round out the beverage offerings.

The establishment has a semi-industrial design, featuring stone countertops, exposed brick, black and yellow walls, and a custom graffiti-style mural by local artist Aaron Scales, according to the release

Lil’B is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., with happy hour from 5 p.m. to closing.