Posts Tagged ‘Present’

Dissecting Tom Sietsema’s 2010 Dining Guide

Red Hook Lobster Pound truck: street food makes the Dining Guide WaPo's Tom Sietsema released his 2010 Dining Guide online yesterday, and in between other tasks, I've been combing through it to understand how the critic views the current restaurant scene. Before I get to the nuggets that I've mined, though, I should note what […]

Young & Hungry Dining Guide by the Day: Present

Unlike Four Sisters, Fall Church’s other perennial favorite for Vietnamese cooking, Present enjoyed a meteoric rise almost from the day it opened. Yours truly contributed to the hype last year, when I called it, without much hesitation, the “area’s best Vietnamese restaurant.” Like others who’ve visited Present since its initial rush of positive press, I’ve […]

Vox Populi: Restaurant Raters on Present in Falls Church

For those who have pawed through Y&H's 2009 Dining Guide, you know that I'm a serious fan of Present, a Vietnamese restaurant unlike any other in the area. Y&H, of course, is just one of a number of media sources beating the drum for Present. But what do eaters who don't get paid to chew […]

Young & Hungry Dining Guide by the Day: Present

One by one, we’re running through the 50 restaurants that made the cut on this year’s Young & Hungry Dining Guide. If you have visited the day’s featured restaurant, let us know what you think. If you’re planning to visit for the first time, tell us about your meal when you return. The area’s best […]

Gene Nguyen May Know the Secret to Building a Successful Pho House in D.C.

In researching this week's Young & Hungry column on pho in the District, I had a long conversation with Gene Nguyen, owner of the Pho Hot shops in Annandale and Centreville. As  I noted in the column, Nguyen hopes to open one, if not more, pho parlors in the District, but in order to make […]

Present Is a State of Mind…and One Helluva Vietnamese Restaurant

The early word on Present in Falls Church was almost too good to be true, particularly such lofty remarks as this and this. Such praise tends to, at least for me, set the bar impossibly high, especially for a transplanted Vietnamese chef who's just beginning to understand the American palate and the D.C. market — […]