Posts Tagged ‘Oyamel’

What Are D.C.’s Most Worker-Friendly Restaurants? (Hint: Not Clyde’s)

A national restaurant workers’ organization on Thursday unveiled a handy new dining guide. This one rates restaurants not on their food, service and decor but instead on working conditions: things like wages, paid sick leave, occupational segregation—appetizing topics like that. A number of D.C.-area eateries are featured in the guide, not always in a positive […]

Super Tacos, Pica Taco, Taqueria Juquilita: What’s D.C.’s Best Filled Tortilla?

National foodie site Serious Eats surveys some of the D.C.-area's best taco spots. Six of nine places on the list are in the suburbs. But the District proper is represented: Two Adams Morgan-area eateries, Super Tacos ("part of the drunk food culture here") and Pica Taco ("[p]erhaps the best barbacoa of the entire taco trip"), […]

Cocktail Guess: ‘Make me a tequila cocktail with no citrus or peel’

Location: Big Bear Cafe, 1700 1st St. NW Bartender response: “You know almost everything has citrus in it, right?” What we got: Tequila with cherry juice and ginger beer How it tasted: Sharp, spicy and refreshing Price: $7 Improv points (1-5): 3. Cherry is a stone fruit, not citrus. Our bartender earns a point for […]

Grito de Delicioso: Mexican Independence Day Means Special Menus Aplenty

Friday is Mexican Independence Day and a number of local cocinas are observing the holiday by offering special menus. At Casa Oaxaca in Adams Morgan, chef Karen Barroso has created a lineup of antojitos, or small plates, and holiday staples, including chiles en nogada, a stuffed pepper made with ingredients that resemble the colors of […]

WTOP Discovers Oyamel’s Grasshopper Taco

"It's very salty," WTOP reporter Paul D. Shinkman remarks after taking his first bite of tacos de chapulines—that is, grasshoppers—at Oyamel in Penn Quarter. The news radio station assigned the "very ambivalent reporter" to sample the Mexican delicacy after reading about the ecological benefits of eating bugs in the New Yorker. Young & Hungry previously tossed […]

Huitlacoche: ‘Mexican Truffle’ or ‘Excrement of the Gods’?

“What is this stuff?” my somewhat startled dining companion whispers across our table at Casa Oaxaca in Adams Morgan. I'm sure it’s a common question for those who order dishes containing huitlacoche, or corn smut, a rather questionable-looking byproduct of disease-ridden maize that's been eaten since the days of the Mayans and Aztecs. The stuff […]

Poder de Chapulines: How Grasshopper Tacos Can Save the World

Given the recent health department crackdown on cicada ice cream in Missouri, Smithsonian's Food & Think blog revisits the issue of entomophagy—that is, the fancy Latin term for eating insects. Naturally, the article mentions several exotic locales where certain bugs are considered a delicacy, including, yes, Washington, D.C., where some fancy restaurants sell tacos stuffed […]

Frosting on Debate: What Defines a Doughnut?

Are doughnuts the new cupcake? Asking that question of various D.C.-area fried-dough aficionados for this week's Young & Hungry column tended to lead to a more Clintonian discussion: how do you define a doughnut? A cupcake is a cupcake. It's small. It's muffin-shaped. It sometimes has sprinkles. Doughnuts come in all shapes and sizes and […]

Quick Feeding: Prosecco Flows Like Draft Beer at Graffiato

Mama Knows Bites: Critic Todd Kliman's mom awards Kushi four stars: "This is good—this is really good."[Washingtonian] New Kitchen Cabinet: Cleveland Park's Medium Rare has a new chef: "JaiJuan Sheffield, who comes to the single-dish concept from stints at Ray’s the Steaks (both locations) and Clyde’s at Gallery Place." [WaPo] Bubbling Over: Chinatown's forthcoming Graffiato […]

Last Week’s Leftovers: How Powerful Is Minibar Really?

Dishes We Dug: Maine-style lobster roll (pictured) at Luke's Lobster; baked beans with burnt ends at Hill Country; chapulines (sautéed grasshoppers) at Oyamel; fried zeppoles with rum crème anglaise at Policy. Dishes We Didn't: Slow cooked beef brisket on a potato roll at The Diner–dry enough to qualify as jerky. Venues Notably Missing From City […]

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