Young and Hungry

So Many New Restaurants to Check Out, So Little Weekend

We in the D.C. region are fortunate. Restaurants, ones that aren't afraid to pump serious money into their build-outs and staffing, are still opening in our area, despite the nasty economy. In the past week, three new places have been launched and one Arlington institution has moved into a swankier space. It's making my weekend dining choices difficult.

I don't know about you, but I always have a primary question dancing in my head before I even step foot into a new restaurant. Here are the ones I'm pondering for this gang of four:

Ray's the Steaks: Will Michael Landrum have his kitchen prepared to (in all likelihood) more than double its output of steaks to a dining public that has grown accustomed to near perfection on the plate?

Eventide: Has GM Dave Pressley put too much pressure on Miles Vaden to be a "rising culinary star" before he's even got his feet wet in his first-ever executive chef role?

BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier: Can one of D.C.'s most notable chefs really make a name for himself on Cathal Armstrong's turf?

Inox: Is there such a thing as too much talent, and if not, will I be able to detect each "chef's" contribution to this Dream Team restaurant?

Photo by Charles Steck