POCO shifts menu towards Spain with new chef

gambasCapitol Hill establishment POCO wine + spirits has reworked their kitchen for the summer, both on-menu and off.  Previous chef and cheesemonger Sully McGinnis has moved on to dedicate his time fully to the Kitchen Sink Project (which we already predicted earlier this year), leaving a gaping hole in their kitchen. This has been filled with a newcomer to the hill and to the small-dining space, Roy Buck. With the arrival of Chef Roy also comes the largest menu change we’ve seen from POCO this year, in a direction clearly Spanish. Says owner Jonathan Nelson:

It’s somewhat fitting for us, considering our name is Spanish after all. My partner and I were in Spain earlier this year and experienced the wonder of true tapas for ourselves. Now we’re hoping to bring that back home, and Roy is ready to do that.

Although it can’t just be a coincidence that the old menu with its French leanings suddenly changes as soon as new star and extremely French “Le Zinc” opens just across the street. “Yeah, we might stay away from French food for a while,” says Jonathan. “Le Zinc does a fabulous job and we’d rather accentuate with variety than compete head-on.”

The new menu can be had immediately with dishes such as albondigas in piquillo tomato sauce, boquerones, and sherry-lemon gambas di ajillo (pictured).

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