Posts Tagged ‘Richard Sandoval’

Comparing D.C.’s New Crop of South American-Inspired Steakhouses

D.C. has long been overrun by steakhouses, but now a new breed is popping up. Within just more than a year, three South America–inspired steakhouses have opened—all within about a mile of each other. But they’re not all serving the same asados and pisco sours. Consult our handy guide to tell them apart. Chart by Carey […]

Women Can See Guys Pee in Toro Toro’s Restrooms

Toro Toro already looks like sort of like a chic prison with its floor-to-ceiling metal bars and jumpsuit orange accents. But the newly opened Pan-Latin steakhouse also has something else in common with lock-up: not a lot of privacy when you pee. The men’s and women’s restrooms share a trough-like sink divided by a mirror, […]

Sneak Peek of Pan-Latin Steakhouse Toro Toro

If three's a trend, Latin steakhouses are officially trendy. Chef Victor Albisu brings a South American flare to his meat-centric Chinatown restaurant Del Campo, while Philadelphia-based celebrity chef Jose Garces plans an Argentinian steakhouse at the Loews Madison Hotel in the coming months. Rounding out the trio is Toro Toro, a "pan-Latin" steakhouse and small-plates restaurant from […]

Second El Centro D.F. Opens in Georgetown Today With More Than 225 Tequilas

 Bandolero gets a new hip-Mex competitor, just a block away, with today’s opening of restaurateur Richard Sandoval’s second El Centro D.F., in Georgetown. Although standby dishes remain, the second El Centro promises to be more than a carbon copy of the 14th Street NW location. Chef Juan Romero, who’s worked at El Centro since it […]

Dead Meat: Does D.C. Really Need More Steakhouses?

Washington just can’t seem to escape its reputation as a steak-and-potatoes town. For decades, the stereotypes of lobbyists with expense accounts cavorting over charred chunks of meat have overshadowed the city’s culinary cred. Only in recent years has the District started to erase memories of ribeyes and dudes in suits with its explosion of neighborhood […]

Top Chef Masters Debuts Tonight With Two D.C. Restaurateurs

Season five of Bravo's Top Chef Masters premieres tonight at 10 p.m., and two chefs with D.C.-area restaurants—Bryan Voltaggio and Richard Sandoval—are competing for $100,000 for the charities of their choice. Even if you're so over all things Top Chef, there are some drink specials to be had at their restaurants' viewing parties tonight. The […]

Ambar Owners Bringing Latin Small Plates to Serbia

Ambar partners Ivan Iricanin and celebrity chef and restaurateur Richard Sandoval, who partnered together on Masa 14 and El Centro D.F., are now in the process of opening a restaurant in Iricanin's home country of Serbia. The "Latin gastropub" called Toro will be a more casual spin-off of Sandoval's Dubai pan-Latin restaurant Toro Toro, which is also […]

Ambar Brings Rakia and Balkan Small Plates to Barracks Row

D.C. gets its first modern Balkan restaurant with the opening of Ambar on Barracks Row today. Owner Ivan Iricanin, who's also a partner in Masa 14 and El Centro D.F.,  says he's been waiting for the chance to open a restaurant paying homage to his home country of Serbia since he moved to the U.S. […]

Sip It! Don’t Lick It, Slam It, Suck It. Tips from El Centro’s Tequila ‘Librarian’

The grand opening of chef Richard Sandoval's new Mexican eatery El Centro D.F. this week promises to bring tequila consumption in the District to new heights of agave-based euphoria. Some 200 different varieties of tequilas and mezcals are said to be available daily. Still haunted by the curse of José Cuervo from our college days, […]

Quick Feeding: Amid Cupcake Influx, Warren Brown Bolsters His Empire

Moving Around the Corner: In case you thought the D.C. area's continued influx of new cupcakeries and other bakeries hawking frosted treats might be putting pressure on Warren Brown and his Cake Love enterprise, the veteran lawyer-turned-baked-goods empresario is not bending under the pressure! While he is shutting down his CakeLove location in Silver Spring, […]

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