Posts Tagged ‘Todd Kliman’

This Secret Document Helps D.C. Restaurants Keep Tabs on Food Writers

For about two years, a handbook with photos of and details about D.C.'s food critics and writers has been quietly circulating among a handful of upscale restaurants in town. Its author, who shared the document on the condition of anonymity, tells me he created it to better equip managers, maitre d's, servers, and hosts to recognize [...]

Komi No Longer Washingtonian’s Top Restaurant in the D.C. Area

After four consecutive years in the No. 1 spot, Komi has been unseated by the Inn at Little Washington on Washingtonian's rankings of the area's top 100 restaurants. Critic (and Y&H alum) Todd Kliman tells us he's saving his explanation for his online chat on Tuesday. There are plenty of other shake-ups, but notably missing on this [...]

James Beard Finalists Include Some of D.C.’s Finest

Fabio Trabocchi's Fiola, the recent recipient of three stars from WaPo critic Tom Sietsema and Y&H's vote for best bomboloni in town, is among the nominees for the esteemed James Beard Foundation's award for Best New Restaurant. The finalists for the upcoming foodie Oscars were announced today in Las Vegas.  D.C. chefs Johnny Monis (Komi), [...]

Price Check: America Eats’ PB&J, Once $10, Now Down To Eight Bucks

Somewhere between Y&H's early review of chef José Andrés hugely hyped and decidedly dissatisfying pop-up eatery America Eats Tavern and Y&H alum Todd Kliman's more recent critique of the place for Washingtonian, the price of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich there dropped from $10 to $8. Even with the 20 percent discount, it still [...]

Critical Distance: The New Rules For Restaurant Reviews—There Are No Rules

I was trying to get to the restroom during my most recent visit to Graffiato, Mike Isabella’s new neo-Italian starfucker clubhouse, when a photo-op blocked my way. Isabella and fellow Top Chef alums Carla Hall and Antonia Lofaso were huddled for a snapshot. As it happens, you see a lot of these snapshot sessions at [...]

Quick Feeding: Prosecco Flows Like Draft Beer at Graffiato

Mama Knows Bites: Critic Todd Kliman's mom awards Kushi four stars: "This is good—this is really good."[Washingtonian] New Kitchen Cabinet: Cleveland Park's Medium Rare has a new chef: "JaiJuan Sheffield, who comes to the single-dish concept from stints at Ray’s the Steaks (both locations) and Clyde’s at Gallery Place." [WaPo] Bubbling Over: Chinatown's forthcoming Graffiato [...]

Not Fair! R.J. Cooper Criticizes the Early Criticism

Grub Street checks in with chef R.J. Cooper of the forthcoming D.C. eatery Rogue 24 as he finishes up his two-week-long "spring training" exercise in New York and asks a pointed question:  Was it fair for the Washingtonian to review you on your first night? Cooper was none too pleased, to put it mildly, about [...]

Quick Feeding: When Po’ Boys Are Not Priced for the Poor

Poor Boy? On today's dining chat at Washingtonian, Todd Kliman takes a closer look at Bayou and notes that Rusty Holman's po' boys are, well, expensive. "The po' would be hard-put to come up with the change to eat any one of these, however. The cost at dinner is $17; even with two good sides [...]

Quick Feeding: R.J. Cooper Does His Best Sting Impersonation

Tantric Tasting: Reporting from New York, Young & Hungry alum Todd Kliman takes the first bite into chef R.J. Cooper's pop-up preview of what's in store at Rogue 24, his forthcoming 24-course tasting-menu restaurant in D.C.'s Blagden Alley. Cooper had previously compared the planned culinary circus to a  Widespread Panic concert. Kliman, meanwhile, finds it [...]

Quick Feeding: Fritz Hahn Should Offer Classes in Not Annoying Fritz

On the Fritz's Nerves: If you ever want to agitate veteran Washington Post nightlife scribe Fritz Hahn at a bar like ChurchKey, occupy valuable bar real estate with empty drinks, tell the bartender "[n]o, we're good right now" when asked if you'd like another, and turn your back. Hahn might yell at you, but most [...]

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