Posts Tagged ‘Palena’

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 […]

Young & Hungry Dining Guide by the Day: Palena

No one needs to tell you to visit Frank Ruta’s precision-cooking operation in Cleveland Park, whether his cafe or the more formal dining room in back, and I hesitated to include it on my list. The obviousness of the choice pains me to a degree. But making room for Palena gave me another chance to […]

Young & Hungry Dining Guide by the Day: Meaza Restaurant and Cafe

If you want to understand the difference between Meaza and every other Ethiopian joint in the area, just look down at your table. That spongy pancake dimpled with about a zillion little moonlike craters? You know the name: injera. Owner Meaza Zemedu makes her own in house, which, in a certain sense, makes Meaza the […]

Food News Roundup: Meat and Cereal Edition

Mmm, dinner is served. News is breaking faster than Y&H can keep up with it, which means that it's time to get all HuffPo and do a little link aggregation. Let's get right to it: WaPo's Tom Sietsema breaks the news about Michael Landrum's latest projects, Ray's the Glass, a Personal Wine Bar with Mark […]

Tom and Derek Brown to Channel Spirits and Iggy Pop at the Passenger

Tom and Derek Brown have pour, mixed, and stirred drinks at some of the best spots in the District: Komi, Citronelle, Palena, the Gibson, Corduroy, and Cork. But when the brothers decided to open their own joint, The Passenger, they didn't want anything as formal as their former places of employment. "I wanted a place […]

Vote for D.C.’s Hall of Fame Dishes!

A couple of weeks ago, Y&H asked you to nominate the entrees and appetizers and desserts that you felt were worthy of inclusion into a D.C. Dish Hall of Fame. Y'all tore into the assignment like a pack of wolves on a dead carcass.  I received Tweets, personal e-mails, and lots of suggestions via the […]

Seeking Nominees for City Paper’s Inaugural D.C. Dish Hall of Fame

The Margherita at 2Amys: Does it make the cut? Earlier this week, I was noshing on the roast chicken at Palena Cafe, reveling once again in Frank Ruta's ability to add and coax flavors from this generous, succulent portion of breast, wing, and leg meat. That's when the thought struck me: This is, hands-down, one […]

Food News You Can Use: Fabio Finds Work!

Looks like there will be a lot of empty bags this Halloween. It's time, once again, for our semi-regular news round-up, handy for those folks who actually have to work during the week and can't obsess over their favorite food blogs. After nearly 10 months of speculation following  the abrupt closing of Fiamma, former Maestro chef Fabio […]

Palena Hopes to Expand into the Adjacent Magruder’s Space

The way chef/owner Frank Ruta explains it, Palena must clear three separate hurdles before the highly regarded restaurant can expand into the adjacent Magruder's, which closed down in May. The first hurdle — an agreement to take over the former grocery — has already been cleared, Ruta says. But the final deal is contingent upon […]

WaPo’s Klein Calls Johnny Monis “America’s Greatest Genius.” Can a Vegetarian Make Such a Claim?

Watch CBS Videos Online As part of CBS' Washington Unplugged, Under 40, segment, Kaylee Hartung asked WaPo's Ezra Klein, the paper's blogger on economic and domestic policy and part-time food writer, five rapid-fire questions. Among them: What's his favorite restaurant? His favorite place for happy hour? And his "favorite person to watch under 40 in […]