Bidwell Celebrates 2nd Anniversary At Union Market, Big Plans Ahead

Bidwell, the cornerstone of always-bustling Union Market, has just celebrated its 2nd anniversary. John Mooney’s joint is known for its sustainable practices, including an epic rooftop aeroponic garden which allows them to grow just about all of the produce they use, weather and season allowing. Further, they make just about everything else in-house, including their luscious burrata.

With two years in the books though, the team is still continuing to move ahead, not only with new dishes and a strong cocktail program, but also with an entirely new component to the restaurant on the way.

Apparently striving for complete sustainability wasn’t enough, because Mooney has more plans in the works. Namely, he’s knocking out half of his window-lined wall overlooking the side parking area of Union Market, and adding in a full fledged pizza oven. Ho-hum, no big deal.

He’s going to carve out space on the side of the restaurant to offer new counter seating for the pizza and the rest of what’s offered from the oven. Yes, those toppings will be grown on the rooftop, too.

You’ll also be able to grab your pizza and go, or even take advantage of delivery in the immediate area. I’ve put in a special request for garlic knots, so here’s hoping that Mooney obliges.

At the 2nd anniversary bash, Bidwell showcased some of what they do best. That includes bites with that burrata, and an awe-inducing assortment of charcuterie. But it also includes dishes such as Drunken Bean Dip with chorizo, and Crispy Deviled Eggs, fried up and served with buttermilk ranch.

There’s plenty to try on the cocktail front as well. As it was linked up with Valentine’s Day, the 2nd anniversary shindig showcased some romantically themed concoctions, from the Bromance to the XOXO. The latter was a winner, with Four Roses Bourbon, blood orange juice, agave syrup, egg white, and a touch of lemon and lime, beautifully presented in a coupe glass.

The regular drinks menu though changes with the seasons as much as the full dining menu does. Right now, find other offerings such as the Canelarita, with cinnamon-infused Espolon, agave syrup, triple sec, lemon and grapefruit, or the Italian Apple, with Aperol, Lillet, apple cider, cranberries and Peychaud’s.

There’s always something fresh and exciting to explore at Bidwell though, and all signs point to that trend continuing. Be sure to pay them at a visit the next time you’re at Union Market.

Author: Jake Emen

I’m Jake, and I’m your host on this journey. I'm the man doing the eating and the talking around here. I’m a writer based outside of Washington, D.C., and I'm also talking whiskey, local events, travel, and other assorted misadventures. Follow me on the Tweet Machine - @ManTalkFood, or send an email to jake [at] mantalkfood.com.

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