Posts Tagged ‘Gut Reaction’

Gut Reaction: Boundary Road’s $15 PB&J With Foie Gras Is Decadent & Dinky

This is not a formal review, but rather an off-the-cuff first-impressions-style riff on a brand-spankin' new D.C. restaurant. "It's tiny!" the woman beside me chirps up when my order arrives. I'm sitting at the bar at Boundary Road, the newish eatery along H Street NE, which recently hosted a hugely publicized visit from President Barack […]

Gut Reaction: Red Palace’s ‘Burporken’ Is One Meat Over The Top

Forget the turducken, that notorious chicken stuffed inside duck stuffed inside turkey stuffed inside sportscaster John Madden, among other meat aficionados. The latest triple threat to hit the carnivore scene veers beyond mere nesting birds. I'm referring, of course, to the signature Burporken sandwich at the Red Palace. Just one of eight protein-packed options on […]

Gut Reaction: Elisir’s Branzino Carpaccio Is A Smoky Treat (But Don’t Eat The Wood Chips!)

This is not a formal review, but rather an off-the-cuff first-impressions-style riff on a brand-spankin' new D.C. restaurant. Of the various al la carte offerings at chef Enzo Fargione's new Elisir restaurant (roughly pronounced ale-ee-zeer), which opened on Wednesday, the smoked carpaccio di branzino immediately snagged my attention. The $18 fish dish comes served in […]

Gut Reaction: BGR’s ‘Thanksgiving On A Bun’ Is Better Than No Thanksgiving (Marginally)

Thanksgiving has gotten to be a pretty horrendous time to travel any distance for a single meal, no matter how big or amazing the spread. The last time I trekked out to my Aunt Karen's place in southwestern Virginia, where most of the Shott clan will converge for turkey, trimmings and mom's homemade pecan and […]

Gut Reaction: Jamaican Joe’s Jerk Chicken Is Much More Appealing Than The Raunchy Signage

Upon ordering Jamaican Joe's signature jerk chicken sandwich—er, "sanwidge," as it's described on the menu—my server responds with the following question: "Do you want to fly over Jamaica? Or land in Kingston?" He's not talking about airline logistics. He's talking about spice. In other words, am I going to go the mild American-tourist route, or […]

Gut Reaction: Michel Richard’s Classic Balls Taste Like Meat At Least

This is not a formal review, but rather an off-the-cuff first-impressions-style riff on a brand-spankin' new D.C. restaurant. Michel Richard's hugely ballyhooed Meatballs had barely opened (I counted 17 people in line, 13 seated at tables) and already staffers were telling folks that they had run out of the lentil variety around 11:30 a.m. on […]

Gut Reaction: The McRib Might Make For Decent Airline Food (Maybe)

Oh, the "tangy temptation." Like it or not, the elusive McRib sandwich, which McDonald's somehow chooses to release to the public about as often as God unleashes periodical cicadas, is suddenly available again. In an unabashed attempt to be as whorishly SEO-friendly as possible this week, Y&H procured a pair of the strangely popular sandwiches […]

Gut Reaction: Jeff Tunks’ New Signature Shake Will Clog Your Straw (And Arteries, Probably)

This is not a formal review, but rather an off-the-cuff first-impressions-style riff on a brand-spankin' new D.C. restaurant. Chef Jeff Tunks' new fast casual Foggy Bottom eatery Burger Tap & Shake doesn't officially open its doors until next week. But Y&H was able to sneak inside during a brief soft opening Thursday afternoon for a […]

Gut Reaction: Smoke & Barrel’s Spicy Chipotle Honey Butter Doesn’t Suck

This is not a formal review, but rather an off-the-cuff first-impressions-style riff on a brand-spankin' new D.C. restaurant Smoke & Barrel, Meridian Pint owner John Andrade's new rustic-looking beer, bourbon and barbecue joint, located inside the former top floor of Asylum, opens tonight in Adams Morgan. Last night, Young & Hungry sneaked inside for a […]

Gut Reaction: ShopHouse’s Pork And Chicken Meatballs Taste Like Falafel

It would seem that more members of the D.C. food media showed up for Thursday's 11 a.m. opening of Chipotle's hugely ballyhooed ShopHouse eatery than actual customers. By noon, though, a veritable line of diners had formed. For Y&H's first bite, I chose the pork and chicken meatball bánh mì. The meatballs had come highly […]

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