Archive for July, 2012

Will Mike Isabella Ever Launch a Real Food Truck?

By now, you've likely heard that chef Mike Isabella will be hitting the streets of D.C. tomorrow in a Graffiato "pop-up" food truck. "Pop-up" is fair. But "food truck?" While Isabella will be moving around town in a wheeled vehicle, it's really more of a promotional effort in partnership with reservation system CityEats than a […]

Free Tequila at Bandolero

In made-up-sounding holiday news, today is National Tequila Day. (Even if it's not a real holiday, we won't be complaining about this one.) In celebration, Mike Isabella's hip-Mex Georgetown spot Bandolero will be offering buy-one-get-one free tequila drinks from 4 p.m. to close. The deal applies to any of the restaurant's 40-plus tequilas served neat, […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Doughnut Edition

Doughnuts: now appearing on a brunch menu near you [Post] Doughnut-making costs are lower and the profits are higher than many other sweets. [Crain's] Arlington police search for Beer Pong Bandits. [ARLnow] More details on Citronelle's shutter due to water damage [Eater] Another name battle: Lost Dog Cafe sends cease-and-desist to Lost Dog Coffee. [Washingtonian] […]

Cocktail Guess: Make Me a Ridiculously Colorful Drink

Where: Poste, 555 8th St. NW Bartender Response: “Vodka, rum, or tequila?” (We asked for anything but tequila.) What We Got: Bacardi rum, crème de violette, blue curaçao, and sour mix, garnished with a fuschia orchid Price: $10 How It Tasted: Colorful drinks can never escape their reputation as sweet and fruity. But here, the […]

Pizzeria Paradiso in Alexandria Celebrates Bar Expansion

The weekday craft-beer happy hour at Pizzeria Paradiso is one of the best deals around. From 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Dupont and Georgetown locations, and Monday through Thursday at the Old Town Alexandria location, the restaurant's entire list of carefully curated draft brews are half price. Not surprisingly, these […]

Cava Mezze Grill Now Open in Columbia Heights

Cava Mezze Grill, the fast casual restaurant from the guys behind Cava, made its debut in Columbia Heights today. If you're not familiar with the concept, it's kind of like a Mediterranean-style Chipotle. Customers pick a pita, salad, or bowl with a choice of proteins (like grilled meatballs, lamb, falafel), six different spreads (tzatziki, hummus, harissa), […]

Get Your $450 Waffles at Back Alley Waffles

Three-month-old Shaw waffle shop, Back Alley Waffles, has gone out of business, and co-owner Craig Nelsen blames Groupon. The waffle shop posted the above notice on its website along with this: Grouponistas, sorry, but I'd rather have my hand slammed in a car door than honor your Groupon coupons. You'll have to seek refunds from your new insect […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: First Date Edition

Great first date spots (with easy escapes, just in case) [Eater] Jeff Buben will open Woodward Table and Woodward Takeout Food in Potenza space [Post] Early look at Mayfair & Pine in Glover Park [Washingtonian] 20 wines under $20 [Girl Meets Food] D.C.'s best rooftop bars [Borderstan] DC Greek Food truck hits the streets [Food […]

Four First Impressions of Del Frisco’s Grille

Y&H stopped by the newly opened Del Frisco's Grille this week to see what's up with that "Honey Badger" drink—and to find out whether those cheesesteak egg rolls are worth $11. Our initial thoughts: 1. The mini ketchup squeeze bottles are kind of genius. The well-beyond-done patties on the $15 Grille Prime Cheeseburger? Not so much. […]

Market Research: Purslane

  Ingredient: Purslane What: Word seems to be out about purslane. When I arrived at the 14th and U streets NW farmers market on Saturday morning a mere hour and a half after opening, every vendor save one was out of the not-particularly-well-known succulent. Mexican Cultural Institute chef Patricia Jinich says the plant, known as […]