Posts Tagged ‘Dino’

Dean Gold Gets a New Start With Dino’s Grotto in Shaw

It’s opening night at Dino’s Grotto, and already the 20- and 30-somethings are dominating the dinner crowd. Owner Dean Gold, dressed in one of his typically colorful patterned shirts, floats around the canary-walled dining room and checks in on a group of six millennials with cocktails and a bunch of plates clustered on the table. […]

Dino’s Grotto Has Arrived in Shaw

After closing his Cleveland Park restaurant Dino earlier this year, chef/owner Dean Gold officially opens his new spot, Dino’s Grotto, in Shaw tonight. Some things you may recognize: Much of the art and tableware come from Dino. The popular Dino burger also makes its return. And several other customer favorites, like lasagna, boar pasta, and meatballs, get their own […]

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 […]

Dean Gold’s New Restaurant Will Be Called Dino’s Grotto

As Dino prepares to close its Cleveland Park location next month, owner Dean Gold reveals a few new deals about his next restaurant, Dino's Grotto. In his email newsletter, Gold says he's still negotiating a lease on a primary location in Shaw and has also looked at several other spots. Dino will serve its regular […]

Dino Closing its Doors, Citing Competition and Federal Turmoil

After eight and a half years and a pile of accolades, Cleveland Park standby Dino is closing its doors. Reached by phone, owner Dean Gold confirms that the restaurant will shutter at an undetermined date in the coming weeks, citing a wild financial ride this summer and fall. "Business just took a turn south in […]

Cocktail Guess: “Make Me a Champagne Cocktail”

Where: Farmers Fishers Bakers, 3000 K St. NW Bartender Response: “Maybe something fruity?” We opted for “something unusual.” What We Got: Champagne and absinthe garnished with lemon peel Price: $14 How It Tasted: Absinthe added a strong anise flavor and paired well with the dry Champagne. The scent of lemon peel on the rim and […]

What To Eat Tonight: Anchovy Sriracha-Topped Burger & Menabrea at Dino

For a pairing as ubiquitous and unimaginative as a burger and beer, tonight's $15 combo deal at Dino in Cleveland Park sounds pretty exceptional. The 10-ounce patty should be meaty enough to satisfy your hunger, while the advertised beefy backstory (made from locally butchered cows raised without antibiotics or hormones) should also appeal to your […]

What To Eat Tonight: Prosciutto-Wrapped Snakehead at Dino

Dino's Dean Gold is the latest D.C. chef to embrace one of the hottest trends in the sustainable seafood movement. Tonight, he's serving up snakehead—the invasive species from Asia that is overtaking Chesapeake-area rivers and "a fish you can feel good about depleting," as Volt's Bryan Voltaggio told the Baltimore Sun last summer. Gold is […]

What To Eat Tonight: Food Truck Fare & Fine Wines at National Press Club

Tonight: Street food and fine wines might seem an unusual coupling. But think of it as a sign of just how far D.C.'s food truck scene has come. Tonight, six of city's roving grub vendors will have their pedestrian eats paired with select wines at the National Press Club's Fourth Estate Restaurant. Participating food trucks […]

What To Eat (And Drink) Tonight: Half-Smoke and Stout at Bourbon Steak

Tonight: Time is running out to take advantage of the popular $7 smoke 'n' stout special at Bourbon Steak. Available until the end of February, the popular off-menu option pairs a half-smoke sausage from Nate Anda's Red Apron Butchery (dressed in one of two ways: topped with venison chili and cheese, or sauerkraut and ketchup) […]