Archive for February, 2013

Whiskey Business

Jack Rose Dining Saloon in Adams Morgan claims to stock the largest whiskey collection in the western hemisphere. I walked in as a dark-liquor dunce, daunted by the 1,200 different bottles on the menu, and walked out a fledgling whiskey nerd. To help you do the same, owner Bill Thomas showed off five bottles that […]

Are You Gonna Eat That? Duck Blood with Ginger and Scallions

The Dish: Duck blood with ginger and scallions Where to Get It: Full Kee, 509 H St. NW; (202) 371-2233; Price: $7.95 What It Is: Slices of blood, congealed into firm and solid pieces, stir-fried with onions, scallions, and garlic in a light, oily sauce. What It Tastes Like: Not much like anything, except […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Vending Machine Liquor Edition

Malt Liquor found in Pepsi vending machine [DCist] Umami Burger wants to come to D.C. [Eater] Fifteen sandwiches that are better than a half-smoke [Post] Chef Roberto Donna bringing a smaller version of Laboratorio del Galileo to new restaurant Alba Osteria [Washingtonian] Icelandic restaurant Look plans to open this weekend [PoPville] Coffee shop etiquette [Zagat] […]

Standards & Pours: Why Did the D.C. Government Try to Enforce Imaginary Alcohol Portion Laws?

Around 1:30 p.m. a few Saturdays ago, two inspectors from the D.C. Office of Weights and Measures entered The Big Board on H Street NE pulling a dolly with a crate full of beakers. The inspectors told chef Andrew Gregory, the manager on site, that they were there to make sure the bar was pouring […]

Philadelphia’s La Colombe Opening Cafe in Shaw

In Philadelphia, La Colombe is the go-to destination for coffee aficionados. Now, the roaster and cafe is heading to D.C. Regional sales director Steve Steinruck tells Y&H the coffee company is finalizing a lease for a cafe at 922 N St. NW in Blagden Alley, right next to Rogue 24. There's extensive construction to be done, but […]

Mussel Bar & Grille Coming to Ballston

Restaurateur Robert Wiedmaier will open his third Mussel Bar & Grille at 800 N. Glebe Road in Arlington this summer. The rock 'n' roll-themed gastropub already has locations in Bethesda and at the Revel Hotel in Atlantic City. Wiedmaier says the Arlington spot will be "bigger and nicer" than the Bethesda restaurant, but not as […]

The Federalist Chef Harper McClure Heads to Marcel’s

Before becoming chef de cuisine at The Federalist at the Madison Hotel, Harper McClure spent four months at Robert Wiedmaier's fine dining spot Marcel's. Now, McClure is heading back as executive sous chef. "I always felt like I never really gave Robert enough time, and it really is a great operation," McClure says. "I'm pretty […]

What to Expect From French Brasserie Le Diplomate

Philadelphia-based restaurateur Stephen Starr was in town yesterday overseeing the build-out of his French brasserie Le Diplomate. He gave Y&H a run-down of what to expect from the Logan Circle restaurant, slated to open at 1610 14th St. NW in late March. Why a French brasserie in D.C.: Starr says when he initially scouted locations […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Fizz Edition

Hacking your home soda-making machine [NYT] Rabbit in Clarendon to become beer garden called Fat Shorty's [Washingtonian] Rogue 24 now claims the smallest bar in D.C. [Facebook] Curry 2 Mantra opens in Falls Church. Curry 3 Mantra on the way. [Eater] Fairfax County no longer issuing licenses to food trucks. [Food Truck Fiesta] How the […]

Urbana Chef John Critchley Heading to Bourbon Steak

Chef Adam Sobel is out at Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak. Urbana chef John Critchley is in. Eater reported news of Sobel's departure yesterday. Sobel, who's been at the Georgetown restaurant for the past two years, is heading out west to be executive chef and partner at Mina's San Francisco restaurant and wine bar RN74. Critchley […]