Author Archive for Samantha Le

Hitting the Sauce: Granville Moore’s Bacon Chive Mayo

Every fry tastes like a loaded baked potato when dunked into the creamy new bacon chive mayo dipping sauce at Granville Moore's. "Bacon is like 'the little black dress' of the culinary world," says head chef Teddy Folkman, who created the delicious dip with the help of his sous chef, Stephen "Chappy" Chapman. "It is […]

Hitting the Sauce: Cork’s ‘Curry-esque’ Ketchup

A friend of mine described the exotic homemade ketchup at Cork on 14th Street NW as "curry-esque." Intrigued, I simply had to try it.  The flavor was extraordinary. The moment it hit my tongue, I felt transported to India, or at least Dishes of India in Alexandria. I seemed to detect a spice that could […]

Hitting the Sauce: Ahoy! Fry Captain Returns to Dominate the D.C. Dipping Scene

Too many people have asked Fry Captain food truck mastermind Jake Sendar, “Just French fries? What else?” They're missing the point. “Fries are a means of tasting the sauces," he explains. "And the cool thing about the sauces and seasonings is that it gives you a whole different meal every time. You can taste different […]

Hitting the Sauce: Founding Farmers’ Triple-Threat Beignet Fixings

If there’s one thing I like better than a good gourmet doughnut, it’s the opportunity to sauce that tasty tiny fried cake myself. Case in point: the ambrosial “B Baby’s Beignets” at Founding Farmers, served with a trio of delectable house-made dips. Desperate dessert seekers, please be patient. The New Orleans-inspired sweets are made fresh […]

Hitting the Sauce: Sticky Rice’s Secret Tater Tot Dip Revealed (Sort Of)

Sticky Rice DC has long teased me with its “world-famous secret tater tot sauce.” Not only was the recipe unknown, it was wildly popular. When I ask co-owner Jason Martin about the special tot sauce recipe he replies, “People freak out about it every night.” With the hungry hoards clamoring for the secret to the […]

Hitting the Sauce: The Standard’s Secret Mustard Mix

Of all the popular foods that I have always felt guilty for not loving, mustard ranks close to the top. There was something so unapproachable and alienating about that fluorescent yellow squeeze bottle. I used to cringe when my childhood friend would squeeze packets of the neon stuff directly into her mouth. But then I […]

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