Posts Tagged ‘Pearl Dive Oyster Palace’

Drink Your Veggies

It’s finally spring—but if you don’t believe the weather, check your highball glass. You’ll find a farmers’ market’s worth of vegetables in seasonal cocktails around town. And none of them is a bloody mary. CELERY Bourbon Steak: Head bartender Jamie MacBain created his Skaal cocktail while working in Portland, Ore. The mix of celery juice, […]

Cost and Found: Trendy Restaurants Fight for the Best Junk

Those metal shade light fixtures above the bar? They’re jet engine noses, Jeff Black points out on a tour of his new Takoma Park restaurant Republic. Reclaimed Victorian sofas were refurbished in red velvet and connected to create a long banquette, while doors salvaged from Buenos Aires and found in New Jersey partition off the […]

Price Check: Why Are Some New Restaurants Already Getting More Expensive?

If you thought Le Diplomate was expensive when it opened in April, you should see it now. The white-hot French brasserie from restaurateur Stephen Starr has increased the prices on nearly all of its entrées—anywhere from $1 to $4 per dish. The price tags for hors d’oeuvres, sides, and salads are mostly the same with […]

Shelling Out: Oyster Price Index

October means oyster season is back. But before you slurp away your paycheck, take a look at how the regular prices for a dozen bivalves compare at a dozen oyster and seafood-centric restaurants. Then consult our guide to finding $1 oyster happy hour deals below.

The Waits Are Too Damn Long: With So Many New Restaurants, Why Is It Still So Hard to Get a Table?

It’s a 50-degree spring Friday the weekend before Memorial Day. Empty streets and unanswered phone calls show how many people skipped town for a long weekend, and Congress has just departed for a nine-day recess. How hard could it possibly be to get a table for two? As an experiment, I walk up and down 14th […]

Let’s Do Lunch: When Is It Worth Opening Up For Mid-Day Meal Service?

Granville Moore’s started as a place for mussel dinners and late-night beers. Now, five years after it opened, it’s aiming for something new. As the sidewalk chalkboard brags when I walk into the H Street NE restaurant, “LUNCH BUT BETTER!” Two people are already drinking at the bar when I pull up a stool at […]

Cocktail Guess: It’s My Birthday. Make Me a drink.

Location: Room 11, 3234 11th St. NW Bartender Response: “What if I made you what I’d like to drink on my birthday?” What We Got: The 4th Regiment with Redemption rye, Dolin Rouge sweet vermouth, Peychaud’s bitters, Regan’s Orange Bitters No. 6, and Scrappy’s celery bitters with a lemon peel How It Tasted: Sweet, savory, […]

Shell Raiser

Air Force colonel-turned-oyster farmer Bruce Wood pilots his boat from his dock toward a tiny island in the middle of Nomini Creek in Virginia’s Northern Neck. “Now, here’s a dichotomy,” says Wood, wearing a bright pink shirt and khaki shorts, as the wind blows back his hair on a recent Saturday. “I was in charge […]

Black Is the New Black

One of the first things Jeff Black inspects is the bathroom. We’re touring a potential restaurant location in Northwest D.C., and the restaurateur wants to see if it meets handicap-accessibility standards. Some owners overlook such things, but given the growing size of his business, Black doesn’t want any liabilities. As we head back to the […]

Get Your “Jeff Black Hates My Blog” T-Shirts

Food writer Nevin Martell wasn't kidding about selling "Jeff Black Hates My Blog" T-shirts, following the restaurateur's perceived jab at food bloggers during his RAMMY Award acceptance speech. Caps, sweaters, T-shirts, and even baby onesies containing the phrase are now for sale on Zazzle.com. But Martell wants to get one thing straight: He has nothing against […]

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