Author Archive for Mike DeBonis

Young & Hungry Dining Guide Staff Picks: The Tombs

Oars! Good for more than propelling your rowboat! They also make up a goodly portion of the interior design at the Tombs, the subterreanean haunt located under the four-star 1789 restaurant in residential Georgetown. That décor, and the clientele of primarily Georgetown undergrads, has led more than one acquaintance of this former Georgetown undergrad to […]

Jim Graham: I’m Not Trying to Abolish the Jumbo Slice!

LL just got off the phone with a nearly manic Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham. Manic, because he says that he’s being unfairly deemed a pizza-banning legislator by a local TV station. “I have been in media for 30 years, and there’s never been a more preposterous story than this one,” he says. When WJLA-TV […]

Weekend Feed: Metro 29 Diner in Arlington

Metro 29 Diner Restaurant 4711 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22207 (703) 528-2464 As far as color scheme goes, Arlington’s Metro 29 Diner delivers everything I want out of a primo diner experience: chrome, turquoise blue, and a smattering of magenta. In matters of cuisine, the eatery on, yes, Route 29 (just east of Glebe Road) […]

Hungry for Politics: The Wrap

LL learned a lot of food trivia today. For instance: Vincent Gray loves wonton soup. Loves the stuff. Had it for lunch today. His chief of staff regularly picks up a double order for him from the Meiwah Express stand at the Reagan Building food court. There's a great debate over which Starbucks to patronize […]

Hungry for Politics: Tommy Wells

Tommy Wells has been Ward 6 councilmember since 2007. Favorite Ward Haunts: "It really depends on the occasion. If my wife and I are beleaguered and had a rough week and we want comfort food, we go to La Loma. Sam Fuentes and his family take care of us....When you want to go to someplace […]

Hungry for Politics: Phil Mendelson

Phil Mendelson has been an at-large councilmember since 1998. Favorite Restaurant: American City Diner. LL pointed out this is a political pick; ACD owner Jeffrey Gildenhorn is active in local politics. Replied Mendo, "It's a diner! You don't have an appreciation for diners!" Power Lunch Locale: M&S Grill, at 13th and F. He gets the […]

Hungry for Politics: Carrie Kohns

Carrie S. Kohns is chief of staff to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. She has been described to LL as a "definite foodie." So Hot Right Now: "Sei, on 7th Street. Love the fish-and-chips roll." Old Standby: "You can't go wrong with BLT [Steak]. That's an old standby. Delicious every time, great service—best steak in town, […]

Hungry for Politics: Marion Barry

Marion Barry is Ward 8 councilmember and a former four-term mayor of the District of Columbia. Favorite Restaurant: "Don't have one." Barry then goes on to name dozens of restaurants, past and present, that he has patronized. "Player's [Lounge, now Georgena's]—that's at the top of that list." There he favors the fish, collard greens, and […]

Hungry for Politics: Yvette Alexander

Yvette Alexander is the Ward 7 councilmember. Favorite Restaurant: "I have to say, the best place in Ward 7 is MoRuss Seafood on Minnesota Avenue." MoRuss, owned by a pair of former chefs from Ruth's Chris Steak House, is in the Twining neighborhood. Her go-to dish? "Blackened salmon. They know when the Ward 7 councilmember […]

Restaurant Cleanliness Grades Coming to D.C.?

Los Angeles has 'em. So does St. Louis, San Francisco, and the whole state of North Carolina. Is the District next? We're talking letter grades here, specifically as applied to the cleanliness of restaurants, markets, taverns, and other establishments slinging comestibles. Anyone who's been to L.A. has seen a big block "A," "B," or even […]