Posts Tagged ‘Mike Isabella’

Authentic-ish

Chef Haidar Karoum had never professionally cooked Spanish food before the 2010 opening of Estadio in Logan Circle. But his tortilla española with sweet hot peppers could give the real deal a run for its money. The French-trained chef, who’s half-Irish and half-Lebanese, learned the recipe in Rioja, Spain. He visited the country for the [...]

Will Mike Isabella Ever Launch a Real Food Truck?

By now, you've likely heard that chef Mike Isabella will be hitting the streets of D.C. tomorrow in a Graffiato "pop-up" food truck. "Pop-up" is fair. But "food truck?" While Isabella will be moving around town in a wheeled vehicle, it's really more of a promotional effort in partnership with reservation system CityEats than a [...]

Free Tequila at Bandolero

In made-up-sounding holiday news, today is National Tequila Day. (Even if it's not a real holiday, we won't be complaining about this one.) In celebration, Mike Isabella's hip-Mex Georgetown spot Bandolero will be offering buy-one-get-one free tequila drinks from 4 p.m. to close. The deal applies to any of the restaurant's 40-plus tequilas served neat, [...]

Are Two D.C. Chefs Filming Top Chef?

Rumors are circulating among restaurant industry folks that at least two D.C. chefs may be contestants in the latest season of Bravo's Top Chef: Belga Café's Bart Vandaele (left) and The Brixton's Jeffrey Jew. Although Bravo has not even officially announced the newest season, multiple spottings of camera crews, Top Chef alums, and judges over [...]

Pop Up? Pipe Down!

Lost Society, on U Street NW, is normally closed on Monday nights. But on a recent Monday evening, its dining room played host to 18 guests in a somewhat unusual arrangement. Seated around one long communal table, the diners ate dishes like popcorn soup, strawberry pasta, and a Ritz cracker ice cream with warm apple [...]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Don’t Forget Father’s Day Edition

Where to take dad to eat for Father's Day [Washingtonian] Since when did a Camaro convertible rental become a food blogger perk? [Bitches Who Brunch] Fire & Rice food truck now serving Korean bibimbap [Food Truck Fiesta] Blind Dog Cafe pop-up at Science Club [Going Out Gurus] Pretty pictures of Bar Pilar food [BYT] Hey Obama, Mike [...]

Margaritas On Tap: Who Thought Of It First?

Restaurateur Jackie Greenbaum plans to open her Columbia Heights Mexican eatery El Chucho the week of June 18. One specialty to look out for: margaritas on tap. Sound familiar? That's because Mike Isabella's just-opened mod-Mex spot Bandolero has been bragging that it's the first and only D.C. restaurant to serve the tequila drink on draft. Copy cat [...]

Mike Isabella’s Bandolero Tattoo

Last year, Mike Isabella got a tattoo of a brass-knuckled pizza cutter on his forearm to commemorate the opening of Graffiato. In honor of his new mod-Mex spot Bandolero, the chef is getting some ink of a bandolero. The Mexican cowboy tattoo even matches the restaurant's Day of the Dead theme. In a way, Isabella [...]

Mike Isabella’s Non-Mexican Mexican Joint Opens Tonight

In case you've missed the non-stop buzz, Bandolero opens in Georgetown tonight at 4 p.m. On the menu, you'll find chef Mike Isabella's take on tacos, empanadas, tostadas, and other Mexican fare. But the last time he was actually in Mexico? A decade ago. For that matter, the Graffiato chef has never been to Italy, [...]

What To Eat Tonight: Lamb Sopes at Tackle Box-Turned-Bandolero Pop-Up

Maybe you missed your last shot to preview Top Chef alum and recent City Paper cover boy Mike Isabella's forthcoming Mexican restaurant Bandolero. Here's to second chances. Tonight, the Graffiato toque kicks-off another series of pop-up dinners at Tackle Box in Cleveland Park. Choose your own gustatory adventure from a sprawling menu of taquitos (crab, [...]

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