Author Archive for Stephanie Haven

YO!’s Conveyor-Belt Sushi: How It Works

Color-coded by price, small bowls circulate on a conveyor belt around the kitchen’s circumference. Starting next Wednesday, chefs of London-based YO! Sushi will settle into this round space to create salads, sushi, noodles, rice dishes, and more at Union Station, the restaurant’s first location in the United States. How it works: Customers sit along the [...]

Boloco Burrito Chain Opening in Bethesda

In this town, the Jimmy Carter shake sounds like the former president’s trademark dance move, or maybe his signature greeting. But to Boston-based Boloco, it’s a peanut butter and banana milkshake. On Friday, the burrito chain will open its first Washington-area location in the former Baja Fresh space at 4930 Elm St. in Bethesda. It's [...]

Ladies Welcome at the New Maggie’s Sports Bar

At Bethesda’s Wing Hub, men ogle ESPN SportsCenter as they sip beer and eat wings along the bar. It’s the typical sports bar scene. But it’s the “boys only” vibe that prompted owner Jeff Trilling to rebrand the place as Maggie's. The switchover, first reported by Bethesda magazine, will mean more than a name change. Maggie's will [...]

What to Expect From Del Frisco’s Grille

Del Frisco’s Grille doesn’t open until July 14, but the Dallas-based steakhouse is well underway. Y&H got a sneak peek yesterday evening. Most elements of the menu are the same at each of the restaurant’s three other locations (New York, Phoenix, and Dallas—with Atlanta on the way), including the cheesesteak egg roll (yes, really), “two-fisted” [...]

First Look at Luke’s Lobster in Bethesda

Luke’s Lobster opens on Bethesda Row tomorrow at 11 a.m. It's the New York-based lobster roll shop's second location in the area and eighth overall. The newest locale will have the same menu as its Penn Quarter counterpart, with crustaceans from Maine in its lobster, crab, and shrimp rolls. But the Bethesda spot, with 350 [...]

Wannabe Restaurateurs to Test Ideas, Host Pop-Ups at Domku

It’s reminiscent of a Food Network reality series: Budding restaurateurs present a business model and cook for a panel of local restaurant industry vets. One will win the chance to pursue his or her culinary dreams. Or at least test ideas in a professional kitchen. Nonprofit Think Local First DC and NURISH: The Center for [...]

Octopus Fish Tank and Pasta-less Pasta at Pulpo

Floriana owner Dino Tapper recently soft-opened a new Spanish tapas-inspired restaurant called Pulpo in Cleveland Park. But he hopes it won't be just another small plates place. It’ll have some quirky twists too, especially after the grand opening later this month. Here's what to expect: An “octopus garden”: Pulpo infused its name—which mean octopus in [...]

The Cheesiest Bar in DC

Booze may no longer be the best thing at the bar. To celebrate its two-year anniversary, Ripple in Cleveland Park has created a “Grilled Cheese Bar,” putting an upscale twist on the classic comfort food. The specialty menu is only available at the bar, where chefs make the sandwiches at a charcuterie station. Customers can [...]

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