Author Archive for Michael E. Grass

Quick Feeding: Tortilla Chip Troubleshooting 101

Guacamole MacGyvers: Some helpful tips if you venture to Gaithersburg's Tortacos: "The guacamole was excellent–the drawback there was that their chips are made from flour tortillas, not corn, and were overfried to boot. Porcupine came up with the brilliant solution of taking one of the double corn tortillas comprising each of the tacos, tearing it […]

Quick Feeding: Parking Lot Barbecue Meets Hank Dietle’s Tavern

Rockville Pike Roadhouse Roadtrip: While the area's robust food truck scene "has been slow to hit Montgomery County," there are three new options and "more on the way." The most exciting may be Branded '72's outpost in "the parking lot of the ancient Hank Dietle’s Tavern; I ate on the porch with a sleeping old […]

Quick Feeding: Sietsema’s Reviewing Loud Restaurants, Mike Isabella Likes Toki’s Ramen

Dining To Distraction: The Washington Post's Tom Sietsema is getting ready to review two restaurants with "sound levels over 100 decibels. That's like eating to jackhammers." Any guesses? [@tomsietsema] NIMBYs Watch Would-Be Hip Strip Newbie: In Columbia Heights, some neighbors are concerned about the parking, noise, late-night crowds, and your usual garden-variety development issues. [PoP] […]

Quick Feeding: Palena Market, 2nd Peregrine Location Opens

Now Open: In Cleveland Park, Palena's retail shop, featuring "pasta from Naples, olive oil from Liguria, toasted cornmeal, local honey and Pronto coffee," started operations on Friday. Also, Peregrine Espresso has opened its second location, at 14th Street NW between R and S streets. [WaPo; DCist] Wisconsin Avenue Trio? The local burger chain Z-Burger, which […]

Quick Feeding: One Good Reason to Tip Your Starbucks Barista

Yes, But Will There Be Customer-Behavior Videos? Silver Spring's Pacci's Neapolitan Pizzeria will be opening up a sibling restaurant in the old General Store space in Forest Glen where Gillian Clark, her fried chicken, and her video production work once found a home. [Eater D.C.] Smoothing Things Over: Oh, Spike Mendelsohn. He is clarifying his […]

Quick Feeding: José Andrés Wins Best Outstanding Chef in Beard Awards; Plus, Nettle Soup!

Awards Season Continues! D.C.'s big winner at the James Beard Foundation awards—besides Tim Carman, of course—is José Andrés, who was honored last night with the foundation's outstanding chef award. (Look at the José-inspired tweet storm!) In Mid-Atlantic regional action, Eater notes the "[e]ven though [D.C.] had three of the five nominees—including Cathal Armstrong (Restaurant Eve), […]

Quick Feeding: Obamas Dine at Lobbyist Central; Pho 14 Expanding

The Usual Powerful People Dining at the Usual Power Dining Spot: On the evening before Mother's Day, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dined at Ristorante Tosca downtown, a place popular with powerful folks, lobbyists, and rainmakers. [Obama Foodorama, WaPo] Improvements Pho the Future: Pho 14 in Columbia Heights will be expanding its […]

Lincoln’s Favorite D.C. Meal Was in Tenleytown—Er, ‘Tennallytown’

In today's Washington Post food section, critic Tom Sietsema gives the new Lincoln restaurant a favorable First Bite review. "You'd never know that the fancy Il Mulino last occupied these quarters. Lincoln, inspired by the 16th U.S. president, is everything its predecessor was not." I haven't been to Lincoln yet, but I did have the […]

Quick Feeding: When Po’ Boys Are Not Priced for the Poor

Poor Boy? On today's dining chat at Washingtonian, Todd Kliman takes a closer look at Bayou and notes that Rusty Holman's po' boys are, well, expensive. "The po' would be hard-put to come up with the change to eat any one of these, however. The cost at dinner is $17; even with two good sides […]

What Washington Needs: Breakfast Breggos From Boulder

Attention Coloradans in the D.C. area: Have you ever had any of the delicious goodies from the good folks at Breggos in Boulder? I was traveling in the Centennial State recently and enjoyed different varieties for breakfast at a great coffee shop down the street from my hotel. What are these delightful Breggos? It might […]