Posts Tagged ‘dining guide 2009’

Dining Guide Rejects: Corduroy, Comet, Urban, Tallula

Urban Bar-B-Que: Still not a consistent winner. There must have been a hundred different reasons why I decided to include or pass over a restaurant for this year's Dining Guide. I thought I'd give you a glimpse into a few of the restaurants that didn't make the cut and why: Comet Ping-Pong and Buck's Fishing and Camping: Carole Greenwood's […]

True Dining Guide Confessions #5: Who Flunked Out

Unless something so grosses me out or captivates me that I feel the need to single it out, like perhaps a bathroom that smells like an outhouse on a summer day in Georgia, my focus is on the plate. Good food is the reason I choose a place. Well, no, that’s a lie. I’m a […]

True Dining Guide Confessions #4: I Don’t Care About Interior Design

I don’t have strong feelings about interior design. I recognize good interior design when I see it. I even appreciate a designer’s ingenuity in transforming a room basically filled with tables and chairs into something aesthetically pleasing. But for whatever reason, I can feel just as happy at Honey Pig in Annandale, which is little […]

True Dining Guide Confessions #3: Don’t Skip the Carryout

I don’t believe a white tablecloth improves the dining experience. Neither does an overly fawning server. Some of my favorite dinners and lunches, in fact, have come from the semi-rude clods who can barely muster enough humanity to hand me my carryout order. I figure I’m not alone on that count. On any given week, […]

True Dining Guide Confessions #2: Why No Rating System?

Reading the Young & Hungry 50 Best Restaurants in D.C., you might notice there are no stars, toques, forks, or other rating for a restaurant's prowess. The fact is, I have a low tolerance for some of the minutiae of the restaurant rating business that keeps me marginally employed in a dying industry. For starters, […]

True Dining Guide Confessions #1: Why D.C.’s Best Restaurants Didn’t Make the List

Allow me to tell you about some of the restaurants that didn't make this year's Young & Hungry guide to the 50 Best Restaurants in D.C. Michel Richard Citronelle, for one. Komi didn’t, either, no matter how many times some New Yorker wants to tell me what a genius Johnny Monis is. I sent other […]