Archive for August, 2012

Market Research: Sorrel

What: “A weed that has flavor,” says chef Dennis Marron from Penn Quarter’s Poste Moderne Brasserie, when asked to describe sorrel. “It tastes like under-ripe kiwi with a little bit of funkiness to it.” Marron looks to sorrel to add complexity to dishes. Its sour-bitter taste provides an acidic flavor different from vinegar or lemon […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Intern Ice Cream Edition

Interns' guide to the best D.C. ice cream [BYT] Late summer restaurant openings [Zagat] Quiznos in Chinatown closes. [PoP] Home brewers want the secret recipe for the White House Honey Ale. [Post] Clarendon Whole Foods adding a beer room [ARLnow] 3 Stars Brewing Company's tasting room [Thrillist] D.C.'s most iconic beverages [Eater] Photo via Shutterstock

D.C. Water vs. Bottled Water?

My recent cover story on the efforts by DC Water to promote the local tap as a culinary product stirred up a lot of opinions about how local water tastes. Now the agency is putting the public to the test to see if you (yes, you!) can tell the difference between tap, filtered, and Deer Park […]

Cocktail Guess: Make Me a Nightcap

Where: Brixton, 901 U St. NW Bartender response: I'll have to think about this one. What we got: Hendrick's gin, St-Germain, cranberry juice, lemonade, and creme de cassis served up with a lime slice. Price: $12 How it tasted: Mostly sweet, but slightly floral with a hint of tartness. Improv points (1-5): 3. A lime […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Lunching Lawmakers Edition

Lawmakers spend big campaign dollars at Johnny's Half Shell and other restaurants. [Roll Call] Food porn from some of the area's hot new restaurants [Post] Photos of Michelle and Barack Obama at Mintwood Place [HuffPost] Epic Smokehouse opening next month in Arlington. [ARLnow] Sweetgreen in City Vista opens tomorrow. [PoP] The latest of Suna from […]

Barack Obama Coming to Adams Morgan’s Mintwood Place?

Is Adams Morgan's Mintwood Place about to get the Barack Obama seal of approval recently enjoyed by Taylor Gourmet? A crowd outside the restaurant right now thinks so, and the tent in front of the restaurant's entrance and the heavy police presence suggest that something's going on. Eater D.C. notes that the blog Obama Foodorama reports […]

Spanish Tapas Coming to Bloomingdale

Former James Hoban general manager Larry Holden is bringing a Spanish tapas spot called Costa Brava to 1837 1st St. NW this winter. The restaurant industry vet, who's also been a general manager at The Front Page, Latin Concepts restaurant group, and now-shuttered Savino's Cafe, says Costa Brava takes inspiration from his Spanish heritage. Last […]

Quinoa and an Eligible Bachelor at The Protein Bar

One of Chicago's most eligible bachelors is opening a healthy foods restaurant called The Protein Bar in Penn Quarter on Wednesday. Matt Matros, named the Windy City's 4th most eligible man by Chicago's Modern Luxury magazine last year, started the chain in 2009 and has big expansion plans for the Washington area. The 33-year-old says […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Child Chow Edition

Eight kid-friendly restaurants in D.C. [Zagat] The menus for soon-to-reopen Tony & Joe's and Nick's Riverside Grill [Washingtonian] Palena and Obelisk named two of the best Italian restaurants in the U.S. [Travel & Leisure] Southern brunch guide [Bitches Who Brunch] Top 10 fromageries [The Plate] Mythology chophouse coming to H Street NE from Atlas Room […]

Chocolate City Turns One. What’s Planned For Year Two?

A year ago, Chocolate City Beer started pumping craft brews out of its tiny Brookland facility and into bars and restaurants across the District. Tonight the do-it-yourself crew behind the brewery will be drinking and dancing the night away at an anniversary party at Penn Social. The celebration promises to be worthy of such a milestone. The new […]