Posts Tagged ‘Spike Mendelsohn’

How Long Have All D.C. Chefs Lasted On Top Chef? (Spoiler)

Kapnos chef George Pagonis didn't do so well in the first episode.

Good Stuff Eatery Heads to Saudi Arabia

There could be as many as five locations, starting in Riyadh.

The Sheppard Breaks Its Own No-Photos Policy

The "speakeasy" allows some highly staged photos, plus shots pimping Ciroc Pineapple.

Eat Some Testicles This Weekend

Chefs Spike Mendelsohn, Erik-Bruner-Yang, and Tim Ma will serve their best ball recipes.

The D.C. Dining Scene’s Most Prolific Tweeters

Which D.C. restaurant and bar folks have the biggest followings?

Cellular Gastronomy: Restaurants’ Love-Hate Relationship With Your Phone

When I walk into the International Language Institute, the small, dingy lobby is empty—except for a guy sitting next to the elevator. Is this actually the right way to the new  Dupont “speakeasy” from Good Stuff Eatery’s Spike Mendelsohn and lobbyist/Kabin owner Vinoda Basnayake? It doesn’t look like the entrance to a bar with studded […]

No Photos Allowed at D.C.’s Newest “Speakeasy”

And you thought the “speakeasy” trend was on its way out? Not quite. This week, chef Spike Mendelsohn of Good Stuff Eatery and Bearnaise and Vinoda Basnayake of Kabin opened The Sheppard, the latest glamorized interpretation of a Prohibition-era drinking den. The Dupont spot gets its name from Senator Morris Sheppard, who authored The Sheppard Bone-Dry Act of 1917 that banned […]

Say Hello to Good Stuff Eatery Georgetown

Chef Spike Mendelsohn and his family officially open the third location of Good Stuff Eatery in Georgetown at 11:30 a.m. today. In addition to "farmhouse" burgers and fries, the new outpost has a "creamery" on the second floor churching homemade custard for milkshakes in view of customers. Also new: The Georgetown location is making its […]

Open Season: Restaurateurs Go Big Quickly in Expanding Their Businesses

It’s opening day at the Greek-inspired 14th Street NWrestaurant Kapnos, and chef/owner Mike Isabella admits he’s already going gray. For the first time, I notice white hairs salt the 38-year-old’s gelled-up ’do and scruffy beard. “It’s adrenaline and it’s stress,” Isabella says of opening new restaurants. “You work every day, open to close. And it’s […]

Spike vs. Mike

Top Chef brethren Spike Mendelsohn and Mike Isabella both happen to be opening meat-centric restaurants in D.C. today. Mendelsohn unveils his steak frites joint Bearnaise in Capitol Hill, and Isabella brings Greek-inspired Kapnos to 14th Street NW. How do they stack up away from the TV kitchen? Graphic by Carey Jordan

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