Author Archive for Justin Kennedy

José Andrés’ Food Line Launches Today

A new line of high-end Spanish food products from José Andrés launches today. José Andrés Foods collects some of Andrés’ favorite jarred, canned, bottled, bagged, and boxed foodstuffs from his home country and brings them to the American retail market. Each of the products in the line, which is owned by Think Food Group, was selected by Andrés himself. They run […]

Bar Food Bites: Scion’s Happy Hour

Scion in Dupont Cirlce is just the type of restaurant I adore: It under-promises and over-delivers. The dining room and bar area feel claustrophobic—a depressing drop ceiling, some obsolete décor, and a row of fussy light fixtures—but recently Scion hosted one of the best happy hour deals in the city: a burger and a pint […]

Bar Food Bites: Majestic Lounge at Evening Star Cafe

Hidden behind the family-friendly dining room at Evening Star Cafe in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria is a rollicking back area that feels like a mash-up of a '70s rec-room basement and an '80s punk dive. Along the walls—which are plastered with vintage gig posters for bands like Crass and The U.K. Subs—there are […]

Bar Food Bites: Green Pig Bistro

Y&H's bar food column is back. Each week, we'll bring you dispatches on bar bites and happy hours across the region. Into the verge of the suburbs, bordering Crate & Barrel and The Cheesecake Factory, Green Pig Bistro in Clarendon opened in April and quickly hit the ground running with the type of technique-driven food […]

2Amys Now Serving Porchetta

In the Lazio region of Italy, summertime means porchetta season. This summer, Washingtonians can feast on the delicacy―a crackled log of rolled and roasted pork―at 2Amys, where it's now available on Saturday’s wine bar menu. Co-owner Peter Pastan says the restaurant already sells a lot of wine from Lazio, so one of the area producers […]

Pigheaded: Standard’s New Smoked Summer Special

Back in February, on an unseasonably warm winter afternoon, Standard chef and co-owner Tad Curtz chatted with Y&H about what new to expect this summer at his 14th Street NW beer-and-barbecue hangout. He wanted some of last year’s specials—the smoked half chicken, the Flintstones-sized bone-in beef short rib—to become everyday offerings. And he was eager to […]

Standard Questions: Chef Tad Curtz Dishes On His Popular Beer Garden’s New Menu (Think Cheeks, Not Tofu)

The corner of 14th and S Streets NW is about to get smoky once again.  On Mar. 1, chef Tad Curtz will fire up the smokers, tap the kegs, and reopen the doors of his popular beer-and-barbecue hangout, Standard, soon entering its second season of operation.  Equal parts inglorious and impassioned, easy-going and industrious, the […]

Wake Up And Smell The…Beer? DC Brau Puts Coffee In Its Porter

Of all the various suds on display from DC Brau at ChurchKey's "tap takeover" on Monday night—including the local brewer's first Imperial IPA and a juniper berry-infused winter ale—maybe the most interesting was the "Penn Quarter Porter" suffused with coffee. The frothy dark brew is a collaboration between DC Brau and MadCap Coffee Company, the […]