Posts Tagged ‘Mike Isabella’

Egg Off: Jersey Mac vs. Egg McMuffin

Fans of elevated junk food are still waiting for an upscale spin on Doritos Locos. In the meantime, D.C. restaurants are doing plenty to reinvent American fast-food staples. The latest example: Mike Isabella’s Jersey Mac at G sandwich shop, a take on McDonald’s famous Egg McMuffin. Isabella’s Mac is greasier, messier, heftier, and pricier than […]

Mike Isabella Pulls Out of Bandolero

Mike Isabella ended his business relationship with Georgetown Mexican restaurant Bandolero this morning. "Everything has been dissolved," he says. He says the decision was his. The chef of Graffiato, Kapnos, and G sandwich shop says he wanted to focus more time on his new restaurants. Isabella was never a partner in Bandolero, but rather had a […]

G Sandwich Shop Gets Slammed, Closes After Two Hours

Chef Mike Isabella's new sandwich shop, G, got so mobbed during its grand opening today that it was forced to shut down early. The 14th Street NW spot, which offered $5 sandwiches today only, ran out of sesame rolls and focaccia and closed a little after 1 p.m. (It was supposed to be open until […]

Get a “Jersey Mac” at Mike Isabella’s Sandwich Shop Today

Today's the big day for G sandwich shop from chef Mike Isabella. The 46-seat spot next to Kapnos on 14th Street NW opens at 11 a.m., serving chicken parm subs and spiced baby goat sandwiches. Today only, all sandwiches will cost only $5 until 4 p.m., with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society's Fit for […]

Open Season: Restaurateurs Go Big Quickly in Expanding Their Businesses

It’s opening day at the Greek-inspired 14th Street NWrestaurant Kapnos, and chef/owner Mike Isabella admits he’s already going gray. For the first time, I notice white hairs salt the 38-year-old’s gelled-up ’do and scruffy beard. “It’s adrenaline and it’s stress,” Isabella says of opening new restaurants. “You work every day, open to close. And it’s […]

Spike vs. Mike

Top Chef brethren Spike Mendelsohn and Mike Isabella both happen to be opening meat-centric restaurants in D.C. today. Mendelsohn unveils his steak frites joint Bearnaise in Capitol Hill, and Isabella brings Greek-inspired Kapnos to 14th Street NW. How do they stack up away from the TV kitchen? Graphic by Carey Jordan

Is Mike Isabella Distancing Himself From Bandolero?

Chef Mike Isabella appears to be trying to distance himself from Bandolero, the poorly reviewed Georgetown Mexican restaurant he helped open that's been the subject of extensive litigation with its landlord. The websites for Isabella's restaurants Graffiato, G, Kapnos, and just-announced G GrabandGo in New Jersey reference each other but make no mention of Bandolero. […]

Mike Isabella Will Open a Sandwich Shop in New Jersey

Mike Isabella is going back to his Jersey roots by opening G GrabandGo in his home state this spring. He's teaming up with his sister Diana Isabella and brother-in-law Rob Wetchkus. The 20-seat restaurant located in Edison is inspired by Graffiato and G, an Italian sandwich shop with evening tasting menu coming to 14th Street […]

Top Ten D.C. Restaurant Openings in 2013

This should be a good year for variety in the D.C. dining scene. The most anticipated restaurants scheduled to open in 2013 feature Southeast Asian, Japanese, French, Latin American, Greek, Italian, and American fare, plus some hybrids. Veteran restaurateurs will expand into new cuisines, big names will make their District debuts, and a few longtime […]

Mike Isabella Brings Weekly Pop-Ups to Graffiato

Got pop-up fatigue yet? Well, Mike Isabella doesn't. After doing several pop-ups at other venues, the Graffiato chef is bringing them to his home turf. Beginning in January, guest chefs will takeover the kitchen of his Italian-inspired restaurant on Sunday and Monday nights. Graffiato sous chef Adam Brick and chef de cuisine Marjorie Meek-Bradley will […]

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