Archive for December, 2013

Osteria Morini vs. Alba Osteria

2013 was the year of osterias. Osteria Marzano arrived in Alexandria, while Ovvio Osteria opened in Merrifield. In the District, New York transplant Osteria Morini debuted in Navy Yard, and Roberto Donna-helmed Alba Osteria opened earlier this week near Mt. Vernon Square. Elisir changed to Elisir Osteria in its more casual rebrand. And Alphonse Italian […]

The Top 10 Y&H Stories of 2013

2013 was a big year for 14th Street, doughnuts, local breweries, food trucks regulations, and Derek Brown. But which stories drew in the most readers? Revisit Y&H's top 10 most-viewed stories of the year below. Government shutdown food deals, the shenanigans of Thomas Foolery, and the downfall of TruOrleans were some biggest hits, along with D.C.'s greatest drunk […]

Ten Places You’ll Wish Were Already Open

Will 2014 be the year the New York Times and other national rags stop mentioning politics and expense accounts when writing about D.C.’s food scene? Wishful thinking, perhaps. But the city’s culinary cred will only demand more respect this year. Sure, plenty of big name celebrity chefs—Philadelphia’s Jose Garces, New York’s Daniel Boulud, Boston’s Michael […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Hangover Cure Edition

You might need this tomorrow: nine chef-approved hangover cures [Zagat] Critic Adam Platt gives up anonymity. [NY Mag] A procrastinator's guide to how to spend New Years Eve [Washingtonian] Fair Winds Brewing Co. planning to open in Fairfax. [WBJ] The latest bar trend: Bring Your Own Food [Post] Burma Restaurant closes in Chinatown. [PoPville] Food […]

Try This: Coke and Peanuts at Southern Efficiency

The South's contributions to great drinking go far beyond whiskey. At Derek Brown's newest Shaw bar, Southern Efficiency, you'll also find another beloved beverage from below the Mason-Dixon line: Coca-Cola and peanuts. "You mean, like, peanut-infused Coke?" I asked the bartender. (Hey, such are the times we live in.) Nope, the $5 drink is literally […]

Got a Food or Restaurant Question? We’ll Answer It.

Why are bars and restaurants so crowded? Why is the license to make ice cream in D.C. almost prohibitively expensive? And where can you find South Carolina-style barbecue? Last year, you asked, and we answered. City Paper's Answers Issue will return in 2014, and our mystery-solving skills are at your service. What have you always wanted to […]

Where to Eat and Drink and NOT Spend $100 on New Years Eve

There are plenty of places to pop bubbly or splurge on 10-course meals to ring in the new year, and many of them will charge you at least $100. If unlimited tacos and really great cocktails are more your style, check out our top-five picks for bars and restaurants to count down the last seconds […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: New Year’s Eve Edition

No-cover bars for New Year's Eve [Washingtonian] Why you shouldn't drink vodka tomorrow night [Express] How forthcoming U Street restaurant El Rey was built out of shipping containers [Post] Food writers share their restaurant standbys. [Eater] The 10 best new restaurants of 2013 [The Plate] Sugar Daddy's Bakery opens in Adams Morgan. [WBJ] Taking the snobbery out […]

Free Oysters and Cocktails at Catch 15’s Opening Party Tonight

The K Street crowd has a new place to slurp oysters. Catch 15 opens tonight at 1518 K St. NW, and it's kicking things off with a party serving complimentary oysters, small plates, and cocktails to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. The new spot comes from restaurateur Tony Kowkabi, who also owns Toscana West and […]

Cause “Philanthropub” Closes in Shaw

Cause "philanthropub"—the restaurant and bar that aimed to give all its profits to charity—has closed. Co-founder Nick Vilelle explains that the restaurant wasn't making any profits, which meant no contributions to charity, and it wasn't worth keeping the place open if it couldn't achieve its mission. "It's a tough industry, and we knew that going […]