Posts Tagged ‘Frank Ruta’

Underserved: Iron Gate’s I Live For That Look

Underserved is a new recurring Y&H feature highlighting the best cocktails you're not ordering.  What: I Live For That Look with Rittenhouse rye, Solståndet Aquavit, cynar, Cocchi Americano, and salt, $12 Where: Iron Gate, 1734 N St. NW What You Should Be Drinking With an ingredient list indecipherable to most English speakers, the I Live For […]

Former Palena Chef Frank Ruta Heads to Bread Furst

After the shuttering of his Cleveland Park restaurant Palena, chef Frank Ruta is re-emerging on the dining scene this September at Bread Furst. Ruta will oversee Bread Feast, a nightly dinner at the Van Ness bakery of Mark Furstenberg. Former Palena pastry chef Aggie Chin will also assist. "This is not a pop-up," Furstenberg says. "I'm […]

Adventures In Gustatory Bucket Listing: Palena’s Cheeseburger

OK, what hasn't already been written about James Beard Award-winning chef Frank Ruta's elegantly crafted cheeseburger at Palena? Not much. Post critic Tom Sietsema crowned it "the best in the capital." Food & Wine ranked it among the "Best Burgers in the U.S." Even New York-centric food blogger Ed Levine scored it higher than its […]

Ben’s Chili Bowl Ranks Higher Than Palena On ‘101 Best Restaurants’ List

Never underestimate the power of the half-smoke. The Daily Meal has released its list of "101 Best Restaurants in America for 2012." Various D.C. locations earn mentions, most notably including the iconic Ben's Chili Bowl, ranked No. 83. The site clearly acknowledges the subjectivity of the final results: "Ben’s Chili Bowl made it but Meadowood […]

James Beard Loves D.C.: Local Semifinalists For Foodie Oscars Announced

The esteemed James Beard Foundation today announced a bevy of semifinalists for its coveted chef and restaurant awards and the D.C.-area food scene is well represented. Eater DC has a comprehensive breakdown. Among the noms: Fiola and Little Serow each get a nod in the "Best New Restaurant" category. Palena's Frank Ruta is in the […]

Frank Ruta’s Truffled Palena Burger: Better Than Its New York Equivalent?

Has the quality of Washington's food scene evolved to match that of even vaunted New York? Well, maybe in one category. WaPo food columnist and Y&H alum Tim Carman recently challenged New Yorker Ed Levine of Serious Eats to a seven-course smackdown, pitting the two cities' best cheap eats in a contest judged by both […]

Deviled in the Details

Deviled eggs, like the common hot dog and macaroni and cheese, are one of those classic comfort foods that have lately taken on a sort of contemporary chic—and, in some cases, sheen. To wit: One recent evening at Boundary Stone in Bloomingdale, a plate of the $3 hors d’oeuvres arrived in the standard fashion—hard-boiled, bisected, […]

Getting to the Ruta of Bar Pilar’s Peas and Cheese Plate

'"This is really beautiful," my friend blurted out as the bright white  plate of ricotta and peas hits the table. We were sitting at one of two outside tables at Bar Pilar, a coveted spot that my boyfriend and I considered ourselves lucky to land. Then we saw a friend down walking down 14th Street […]

First Look: Palena’s Expansion and Renovations

While milling around Cleveland Park on a weekend walking tour, I ducked into the recently expanded Palena Cafe and Restaurant and spoke to general manager Sarah McCarty. She was nice enough to let me snap a few photos and tell me more about the changes at the newly opened space. While the cafe has expanded […]

Don Rockwell Launches a D.C. Dining Concierge Service

For years, Don Rockwell has been giving his opinions away for free via his eponymous dining board, no doubt directing hundreds of customers to restaurants across the D.C. area. Rockwell has taken pride in two practices as the founder and one of the moderators of He pays for his meals, and for members of […]