Author Archive for Sarah Kaplan

Dolzezza to Unveil New Gelato Factory and Coffee Lab

Watching Dolcezza co-owner Robb Dunan lead a tour of his company's new gelato factory near Union Market is kind of like watching Willy Wonka wander through his chocolate factory. He jumps from one new feature to the next, urging people to try a taste of this or take a look at that and chatting enthusiastically […]

On Food Truck Lottery’s First Day, Mobile Vendors Feeling Lukewarm

Rebecca Azebmesfin was wearing her warmest and most welcoming smile as she peered out from her food truck, Rebecca Ethiopian Cuisine, earlier today in Franklin Square. It was her her first day operating on the corner of 14th and K—and the first day of D.C.'s new food truck lottery system, which regulates where mobile vendors can do business […]

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop Opens Tomorrow Downtown

Capriotti’s, a Wilmington-based sandwich franchise frequented by Vice President Joe Biden, is set to open a chain of restaurants in the D.C. area. The first of these, at 18th and M streets NW, opens on Thursday. And area franchise developer George Vincent Jr. says customers can expect a “deep bench” of subs on the menu. […]

GW Hot Dog Vendor Manouch Shuts Down After Abuse Allegation

This fall, for the the first time in 28 years, students at George Washington University weren't able to soak up the effects of their beginning-of-the-semester partying with a hot dog from Manouchehr Mokhtarinava. The famed vendor, known as “Manouch,” sold hot dogs until 4 a.m. from a silver cart near the corner of 20th Street and Pennsylvania […]

Top Chef Alum Opens TD Burger in NoMa

Ask anyone what’s missing from the D.C. food scene, and they’re not likely to respond with “another upscale burger joint.” But that hasn’t stopped Washington native and former Top Chef contestant Timothy Dean from opening a second outpost of TD Burger in NoMa today. “With the economy, I’m just looking at doing something simple,” he […]

ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen Opens in Georgetown

ShopHouse, Chipotle’s younger, Southeast Asian-inspired cousin, opens its second D.C. location in Georgetown today. The M Street NW spot is slightly bigger than the Dupont Circle original with seating for 40, but otherwise the fast casual spin-off operates along the same lines as its predecessor. Diners walk up to the counter and build their own […]


The now-legendary cronut, a trademarked croissant-doughnut hybrid from New York pastry chef Dominique Ansel, is getting lots of hype this summer. But you don’t need to leave the District to find equally outlandish dessert mash-ups. From Pop-Tart ice cream sandwiches to doughnut milkshakes, here are a few ways to double your sugar rush in one […]

Tourist Trap

The cafeteria at the Library of Congress had a whopping 32 sanitation and safety violations during a Department of Health inspection on July 12. Among the nine critical and 23 noncritical violations: vermin sightings, missing trash cans, and a faulty dishwasher machine. The eatery was able to correct 15 of the violations on site, avoiding […]

Over-the-Top Chocolate Bar Max Brenner Opens Today in Bethesda

List the most indulgent, over-the-top, toothache-inducing chocolate desserts you can think of. Then multiply that by two, and you’ll have something approximating the menu at the new Max Brenner chocolate bar in Bethesda, which opens today after more than a month of delays. That menu features items like “urban smores” and popsicle fondue, both of […]

Make the Most of National Ice Cream Day

With temperatures hitting the mid-nineties this weekend, the only reasonable way to cope is to eat ice cream. Lots of it. Possibly for every meal. Luckily, Sunday is National Ice Cream Day, meaning that creamy, frozen treats will be even more plentiful (and cheaper). Restaurant and others are offering special deals and events in honor […]