City Desk

I Say Spike, You Say…

Last night's red-carpet ribbon-cutting list-wielding grand opening of Good Stuff Eatery near Eastern Market was a classic D.C. event. The celebrities were reality stars only foodie-TV nerds could love. The paparazzi consisted of DCist and a few other foodie-TV nerds with personal cameras (yours truly included). A guy came through on a bike yelling to people that it's against the law to block the sidewalk. This was said, of course, while he was riding through them on the sidewalk. Several people came by in their gym clothes, pissed to find out a "private" party prevented them from getting takeout. "The burgers better be good after all of this crap," one said in response. The PR lady holding the clipboard and list of VIPs informed yet another that no, this was not "like" a private party. It in fact was a private party.

Oh, D.C., how I love you sometimes. As for Chef Spike and his dress maroon porkpie hat... well he's a tool, but that's my word. I asked his fellow contestants to word-associate "Spike" (I know, I know. I should have asked why Lisa always makes that face and what they all are doing now and what they thought of the food none of them were eating, but, look, they were chatting. I didn't want to be annoying. Anyway, here's what they said):

Antonia: "Lovebug." Although she later wanted to change hers to "Butternut Squash Soup."

Stephanie: "Impressive." Really, Stephanie? Could you be nicer? No wonder you're the winner AND the fan favorite!

: "Scallops."

I must admit to perhaps prompting the scallops comment, as the episode where Spike cherry-picks ingredients and ends up with mushy frozen scallops is one of my all-time faves. Lisa took the bait, god bless her unpopular heart. She just became this fan's favorite. Sorry, Antonia, although—wow—are you so much hotter than you are on TV.

One parting note: Spike turned over the ribbon-cutting of his own restaurant to Stephanie, saying: "Well, I would cut the ribbon, but I didn't win." Polite or weird? I vote weird. It's your restaurant, bro. Own it!

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  • laralara

    i was there too. good party. what is your problem with him? lots of good looking people there. delicious food. spike seems very happy to be living his dream, it was quite inpsiring, i must admit!

  • Melanie

    I was also there- It was a great party. Food was great--that toasted marshmallow milkshake is some seriously good shit--and Spike did seem sincerely happy--it was inspiring to see someone under 30 so accomplished and happy.

    You're right about the guy on the bike. That was one of the most D.C.-moments in the universe.

  • Ernest

    Which one is Antonia, the plump one?

  • Ernest

    They all plump.

  • Cranky Editor Guy

    They all plump? Really? I mean if you are going to insult them you really ought to do it in a grammatically correct way. (On a side note, Antonia is the one further back in the middle of the second photo. She is, in fact, hot and not plump at all)

  • Mike Licht

    Plump burgers, on the other hand, are hot in Paris -- see In Paris, Burgers Turn Chic by Jane Sigal in the 16 July NYT

  • Ernest

    In the middle? Hot? Oh all right. I guess she is.

    Must have been an optical illusion the first time.

    And come to think of it, at second glance Stephanie and Lisa appear less overfed, handsome even. Quite comely, actually.

    Interesting piece, altogether.

  • Peggy

    Comely or not, Ernest, the three certainly don’t look as if they’ve been hit by Global Food Crisis just yet.