Posts Tagged ‘Estadio’

And the Rammy Goes To: Todd Gray, Kyle Bailey, The Source, Estadio, All Big Winners on Awards Night

Todd Gray is out $100. The acclaimed chef at Equinox took top honors as D.C.'s "Chef of the Year" last night at the 2011 Rammy awards gala at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Northwest D.C., an honor which apparently comes at a price. During his acceptance speech, Gray confessed to betting against himself and […]

Quick Feeding: Stephen Starr’s Parc, Ted’s Bulletin Part Deux Coming to 14th Street

Starry Night: Our intrepid colleague Lydia DePillis reports that Philadelphia-based restaurateur Stephen Starr has plans for not one but two new D.C. eateries: the first, a local spin-off of his French-themed Rittenhouse Square brasserie Parc, located at 14th and Q Streets NW;  the second, a capital city location for his reputable Buddakan brand, as part […]

Servicey Industry: El Centro, Estadio, SAX, TruOrleans

Openings, closings, revamps, events, compiled from press releases, compressed into haiku El Centro, tacos/Tequila, more tequila/Rooftop patio; opening May 5, 1819 14th St. NW, (202) 328-3131 Estadio, lunch/Tortilla Espanola/Pinxtos and tapas; starting May 10, 1520 14th Street NW, (202) 319-1404 SAX, a lavish lounge/Fondues, flatbreads, canapés/Champagne, cocktails, beer; opening May 13, 734 11th St. NW, […]

House In Session Ale: A Uniquely D.C. Beer

House In Session Ale is a dry-hopped American pale ale brewed in February at the Schlafly Tap Room in St. Louis by the District's own Greg Jasgur of Pizzeria Paradiso, Sam Fitz of Meridian Pint, and Greg Engert of Birch & Barley and ChurchKey fame. The beer may have been brewed in St. Louis but it is 100 percent D.C. […]

Dodging the Draft: Outtakes

I drank diligently in the course of researching this week's Young & Hungry column about the art of restaurant beer bottle and can lists. But I also put my glass down occasionally to talk to the people crafting these menus. Here's a few of the best quotes that didn't make the story. ChurchKey's beer director, […]

Dodging the Draft: Sometimes a Restaurant’s Best Beers Are in Bottles and Cans

For three generations, the Martinez family has farmed hard-bean coffee at Finca Vista Hermosa, in the northwestern highlands of Huehuetenango, Guatemala. A portion of the harvest the family sends to Minneapolis, where Coffee & Tea Limited roasts and sells it, shipping a fraction of the beans 10 miles down the road to Brooklyn Center, Minn., […]

Looking Past the New Year: What I’m Lookin Forward to Consuming

It’s end-of-the-year list season if you haven’t noticed. My only problem is, unless I’ve taken a picture of it, I can’t remember what I ate last week, let alone last January. I’d prefer a list that looks forward like a New Years resolution, but one that skews toward hedonism rather than denial or self-improvement. You […]

What’s In a Review Anyway? And What Does ‘Tender’ Taste Like?

I've been checking out the reviews of a few area restaurants in an attempt to better understand the process a critic uses when evaluating an establishment, and the usefulness of the material that results. I'm not frowning on restaurant reviews. I personally love reading a critic's praises as much as much as the bludgeoning a less-than-perfect […]

The Audacity of Opening a Spanish Eatery in José Andrés’ Backyard

The ironic thing about Estadio is that, despite its many pleasures, the Spanish eatery wasn't even owner Mark Kuller's first choice for his second restaurant. As Jane Black reported in the Post earlier this year, Kuller originally wanted to open an Italian place — until our downtown streets became slippery with pasta. So he switched […]

The Reign of Spain: Team Behind Penn Quarter’s Proof Tries Spanish Food at Estadio

By the time my friend and I reach Estadio, it’s around 10:30 on Saturday night, and the Logan Circle establishment is still packed, providing some small hope that the District has finally outgrown its Ben Franklin-esque early-to-bed, early-to-rise ethos. The Spanish-themed restaurant is so crowded, in fact, we can’t immediately secure a seat. This is […]