Archive for May, 2012

God is My Sous Chef

The giant pot is screaming hot when Pete Smith grabs it and runs out the kitchen door. “Look out,” shouts the chef of Penn Quarter’s PS7’s. Smith swirls the contents—rosemary, thyme, garlic, lemongrass, star anise, and half a dozen other herbs and spices simmering in oil—as he makes a lap past the bar and around […]

Casa Nonna Closing Tonight

Rumors have been circulating in the restaurant world for a couple months, and now it's official: Casa Nonna will serve its last meal tonight. Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema broke the news via Twitter. Casa Nonna's parent company ESquared Hospitality released this statement: "It is with regret that we must share the decision to close Casa Nonna Italian […]

Epic SmokeHouse Coming to Arlington

Wayne Halleran has spent the past 11 years as a waiter at The Palm in Tysons Corner. Now, he and former Palm assistant GM Joon Yang are preparing to open a place of their own called Epic SmokeHouse near the Pentagon City Mall. Halleran tells Y&H the smokehouse will be somewhere between a fine dining […]

At Last! A Zombie Apocalypse-Themed Food Truck!

Really, wasn't it only a matter of time? Among the many food trucks that have debuted in recent months, at last one of them is taking on zombies. Pho Junkies, which serves Vietnamese pho soup, is the "brain"child (Y&H apologizes) of high school buddies and Virginia natives Woo Jin Lee and Luan Vo. (Tagline: Better […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Organic is for Assholes Edition

Study says buying organic food may make you a jerk [Time] Online petition opposing a liquor license moratorium for the 14th St. corridor has more than 650 signatures so far [Borderstan] Tax troubles for Sushiko [Washington Post] Craft cocktail bar and restaurant Quench now officially open in Rockville [Eater] Food porn from Mike Isabella's Bandolero, opening […]

Hilton Brothers Pull Out of H Street

Looks like brothers Eric and Ian Hilton won't be opening a restaurant on H Street NE after all. The Hiltons' restaurant group's spokesman Sheldon Scott tells Y&H that the restaurateurs have sold their lease at 1337 H St. NE, but he wouldn't say who bought it. They've had the lease for about a year and used […]

Market Research: Turnips

Ingredient: Turnips What: My instruction for this week: Purchase the vegetable I could least imagine serving. At the opening day of the Bloomingdale farmers market, I visited the new stand on the block—Mountain View Farm, an organic outfit located in Purcellville, Va. (For market regulars—they are replacing Snow Bear, which closed over the winter.) How […]

The Devil Wears Prada (and Eats Ice Cream Sandwiches)

Gourmet ice cream sandwiches are so hot (so cold?) right now. The latest eatery to introduce its high-end version of the childhood classic is Café Dupont. The restaurant is teaming up with The Styleliner, a former potato chip truck retrofitted into clothing boutique on wheels. Giving new meaning to the term "good taste," the vehicle […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Sri Lankan and BBQ Pop-up Edition

One night Sri Lankan pop-up dinner at the Montserrat House [PoP] Pork Barrel BBQ hosts pop-up lunch at Living Social's 918 F Street this week [Living Social] The 25 best vegetarian dishes in the DC area [Washingtonian] What cuts of meat to grill from which Virginia butchers [Northern Virginia Magazine] Full run down of the […]

Victor Albisu To Open a Taqueria

After leaving his high-profile post at BLT Steak in March, chef Victor Albisu is finally re-emerging with a new project: an authentic Mexican taqueria in Falls Church. The dressed-down restaurant will be located two doors from a Latino market his mother owns called Plaza Latina on Pimmit Drive (right off Route 7). The 20-30-seat spot, […]