Author Archive for Chris Shott

Reflections On A Big Mac In D.C.’s Franklin Square

It was a day a bit like today—mostly sunny, bright, albeit at least 10 degrees warmer—only a decade ago. I was taking a stroll through D.C.'s Franklin Square. It must have been around lunchtime, or thereabouts. A few scattered park benches were occupied with folks taking their midday meal al fresco. Back then, the park […]

What To Eat This Weekend: Obama Burgers, Tuna Cones at Good Stuff Gardens Fundraiser

Good Stuff Eatery's Spike Mendelsohn and a bunch of his chef buddies are getting together on Saturday for a fundraiser at the Pierce School Lofts on Capitol Hill. Mendelsohn is making his signature Obama burgers. The Source's Scott Drewno is creating some tuna cones. Volt's Bryan Voltaggio is partnering with preeminent pork purveyor Bev Eggleston […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Enduring Food Porn Edition

Poll: food porn not quite trite [NPR] Who says food snobs are anti-innovation? [Post] Get the truffle-cheese-jalapeño croquettes at J&G Steakhouse's patio [BYT] Is Floriana's Dino Tapper eyeing the Tackle Box-cum-Bandolero pop-up space? [Cleveland Parker] Watch the sushi get made at Fujimar [NBC Washington] Baltimore does its best Oyamel impression [Sun] What a turbulent first […]

You Call That An Artini? Less Fancy Cocktail Contestants Mix It Up At Fruit Bat Tonight

Join the "Cocktail Guess" crew tonight at Fruit Bat, where the authors of City Paper's specifically vague liquor request column, alongside noted mixologist Erik Holzherr and you, the imbibing public, vote on the best recipes in Y&H's artfully inspired cocktail contest. Finalists were inspired by everything from everyday graffiti to glossy male enhancement-pill magazine advertisements […]

Have You Cast Your Rammy Ballot Yet?

What's D.C.'s hottest restaurant bar scene of the year? Black Jack? The Hamilton? Marvin? Hill Country? Or is it Max Fox Brewery all the way out in Falls Church? You can help decide. The polls are open for four more days in the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington's "Eat The Vote" campaign. Your vote can sway […]

What To Eat Tonight: Charity Bites at Art and Soul

A slew of D.C.'s best known chefs are joining forces tonight for a splashy charity event at the Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill, hosted by two-time James Beard Award winner Art Smith of Art and Soul. “An Evening with Common Threads – Chefs Celebrating Children in the Kitchen" will feature the tasty creations of Citronelle's […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Food Blogger Bake Sale Edition

Will Tackle Box reopen in Cleveland Park? [PoP] Evaluating the Pepe truck's $20 Pepito de Iberico [Post] Todd Gray pops-up tonight at LivingSocial HQ [Eater] Grab some goodies at D.C. food bloggers' charity bake sale [We Love DC] Some D.C. restaurants offer interesting extras [Express Night Out] Brunch at Cafe Deluxe is a bummer [Bitches […]

Chez Middling: The Hilton Brothers Come to Petworth With Cool Vibe, So-So Food

Stepping into Eric Hilton’s newest restaurant, Chez Billy, I thought back to my first visit to one of his establishments, Dragonfly. I remember the old place. Sort of. The design of the Dupont Circle eatery, with its stark white palette and minimalist furnishings, seemed strikingly chic, especially for D.C. in the early to mid-2000s. Japanese […]

“Don’t Boycott! We’re Caps Fans!” Legal Sea Foods Chef Says

Part of the scuttlebutt among local Caps fans today has involved a potential boycott of Boston-based products and businesses in the build-up to tonight's deciding Game 7 against the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins. One particular Beantown-based outfit here in D.C. is caught in the cross-hairs. I'm referring, of course, to the Chinatown outpost of […]

Adventures In Gustatory Bucket Listing: Palena’s Cheeseburger

OK, what hasn't already been written about James Beard Award-winning chef Frank Ruta's elegantly crafted cheeseburger at Palena? Not much. Post critic Tom Sietsema crowned it "the best in the capital." Food & Wine ranked it among the "Best Burgers in the U.S." Even New York-centric food blogger Ed Levine scored it higher than its […]