Archive for March, 2013

What’s in a Name?

Some restaurateurs claim one of the hardest parts of opening up a restaurant is figuring out what to call it. And lately, they’ve been coming up with some pretty strange-sounding ideas. We took a look at how six new or soon-to-open eateries got their names. Hogo 1017 7th St. NW The new rum bar from […]

Restaurateur Joe Englert on the Hardship of Making a Buck in the “New Pansy Climate”

In D.C., all it takes to shut down the government and create an organic coconut water shortage at Whole Foods is a little slush and a catchy storm name. The victim of this weather hysteria? Restaurants and bars, says restaurateur Joe Englert, whose properties include H Street Country Club, The Pug, Granville Moore's, and more. […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: New Big Wong Edition

New Big Wong: a favorite of chefs Mike Isabella and Nick Stefanelli [Post] A sneak peek inside NoPa Kitchen [Washingtonian] Where to eat lamb [Eater] Lindt loses final appeal to trademark golden chocolate Easter bunnies. [NPR] The 10 best beer halls around D.C. [Zagat] Brazilian beer-flavored ice cream sparks controversy. [HuffPost] Photo by Mary Kong-DeVito

Up Next at Hogo: Rogue 24 Chef RJ Cooper

Chef Ed Hardy's Scandinavian menu at rum bar Hogo comes to an end after Saturday. Taking his place in the rotating kitchen beginning Tuesday is Rogue 24 chef R.J. Cooper, who will preview potential dishes from his forthcoming Mosaic District restaurant Gypsy Soul. Cooper calls the cuisine "Southern ground interpretations of regional cooking." The dishes at […]

Cocktail Guess: “Make Me Something Bitter”

Where: Bandolero, 3241 M St. NW Bartender Response: “We have a few drinks, but we’re out of the Bitter Handshake.” What We Got: An El Capo made with Fidencio mezcal, Campari, Carpano Antica vermouth, and two dashes of Laphroaig scotch. Price: $14 How It Tasted: Mildly bitter with an undeniably smoky and peaty aftertaste. Improv […]

Food Truck Association Says Proposed Rules Would Force Them Out of Downtown

Food truck operators have already been talking about how proposed regulations could crush their business in D.C. And according to a sidewalk survey just released by the Food Truck Association of Metropolitan Washington, the rules would make most of downtown off-limits, unless trucks won limited lotteried spots for special zones. All the streets in red […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Cherry Blossom Drinking Edition

Cherry Blossom Festival drink specials [Drink DC] Burger and spiked shakes pop up at Trummer's on Main. [Washingtonian] Where not to eat and drink on a Monday night [Eater] Mayfair & Pine closes for good. [Post] Tex-Mex restaurant coming to 14th and V streets NW will be called Diego. [WBJ] Vinoteca opens its back patio with […]

Eating Viral: How Doughnuts, Ramen, Tacos, and Other Food Trends Sweep D.C. Restaurants

Three years ago, two groups of people in the same place had the same idea at the same time: Hey, why don’t we open a gourmet doughnut shop? The owners of Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken and Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s GBD (Golden Brown Delicious) knew nothing of each other’s plans, or that people would be […]

Ten Facts About Daikaya’s Upstairs Izakaya

The upstairs izakaya at Chinatown ramen shop Daikaya is set to open as soon as this weekend. Here are 10 things you should know about it: 1. The space is reminiscent of a Japanese izakaya, but you'd never find an izakaya like it in Japan. For example, co-owner Daisuke Utagawa says he's never seen an […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Spring Eating Edition

Where to get a glimpse of spring with your meal [Zagat] Let's ban cocktails over $10 and beet salads and cheese salads [Borderstan] Former 1789 chef talks about becoming head chef at Noma in Copenhagen. [Eater] Yet another doughnut bracket. [Post] Food fraud? There's a database for that. [NPR] Easter brunch guide [Bitches Who Brunch] […]