Posts Tagged ‘column’

Feed Dating: Local Farmers Court D.C. Chefs at Matchmaking Event

It’s hard to tell who’s a farmer and who’s a chef in the plaid-heavy crowd of 90 people gathered at Birch & Barley. Both groups have come to meet, schmooze, and ultimately see if they find the spark for a new relationship. To help sort through the mob, Pam Hess, executive director of Arcadia Center […]

Dupont Circle Citizens Take on Loud Nightclubs, One Decibel Reading at a Time

The music emanating from the rooftop at Dupont’s RoseBar Lounge just after midnight one recent Sunday morning is an indiscernible muffled hum. All that can be heard outside the back of the lounge is the discord of overlapping house music beats through the speakers, with occasionally intelligible lyrics about fulfilling a woman’s fantasy. The repetitive […]

Is Rosslyn on the Verge of Having a Dining Scene?

Last Friday at 4 p.m., I ducked into a new restaurant, thinking I was in for a quiet beer at an empty boîte. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I snagged the very last stool at the 30-seat bar, which was already crowded by groups at high-top tables. By 6:30 p.m., the place was more […]

Can Ben’s Chili Bowl Expand and Keep Its Soul?

By 3:30 p.m. the day after Ben’s Chili Bowl opened its new location in Rosslyn last week, the line still stretched to the very back of the restaurant. It’d been that way, if not curving down the sidewalk, since 11 a.m., said co-owner Nizam Ali, when a crowd was already waiting for the doors to […]

Restaurant, Meet Market. Market, Meet Restaurant.

If you want Menu MBK’s bacon thyme parker house rolls for breakfast, don’t bother hoarding them and asking for a doggie bag. After you finish dinner at chef Frederik de Pue’s Penn Quarter restaurant, you’ll find a four-pack for purchase on the first-floor market. Didn’t get to try that stinky bleu on the rolling cheese […]

D.C. Corner Stores Aren’t Just for Junk Food Anymore

The first thing you notice at T&G Grocery in Eckington is the ceiling-high wall of Cheetos and Doritos facing the attendant’s protective glass box. Beyond that, you see packaged doughnuts and cream-filled Little Debbie cakes. Up until about three years ago, the healthiest thing you’d find at this corner store was bananas. “Eight grapes, stacked […]

H Street NE Bars and Restaurants Reach Out to Their Deaf Neighbors

“Are you ready to start?” the trivia announcer shouts into the microphone at H Street NE restaurant Vendetta. Silence. The place is so quiet that the bartenders don’t need to speak above a whisper, and I can hear a group across the room clink its beer glasses. Yet the place is packed for a Monday […]

A Murdered Deli Owner Lives On at Heaven & H

It would be easy to forget the gruesome incident that took place a year and a half ago at 701 H St. NE. Sun shines through the corner window of the two-month-old deli and lights up the canary yellow walls. It’s Fish Fry Friday, and a pair of women pull up to the counter window […]

Don’t Be the Jerk Who Doesn’t Show Up for a Valentine’s Day Table You Booked

Dino owner Dean Gold has heard every excuse—real or not—about why you couldn’t show up for your dinner reservation. “‘Oh, you know, we had a medical emergency,’” says Gold, repeating one common refrain. “And we’ve heard insanely tragic ones. We heard someone had a miscarriage.” Some swear they cancelled last week, when, in fact, they […]

Mixologist JP Caceres Isn’t the Only D.C. Restaurant Worker Worried About Immigration Status

JP Caceres had resigned himself to going back to his na-tive Bolivia after the first three weeks he spent at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Farmville, Va. The mixologist, who’s created recent cocktail menus for Del Campo and MXDC, was losing nearly a pound a day, living off bologna sandwiches and soy […]

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