Posts Tagged ‘Tom Sietsema’

Price Check: Two Bucks for Pretzel Bread at District Commons

WaPo food critic Tom Sietsema may be the D.C. area's most fervent watchdog when it comes to the complimentary bread basket—a longtime staple of the dinner table now seemingly on the decline amid a sputtering economy. No big surprise, then, that the non-complimentary baked goods at the newly opened District Commons recently caught his attention. […]

Eleanor Holmes Norton Wishes D.C. Had Better Representation (In The Escargot Department)

"The bane of my existence is that I cannot find a restaurant in D.C. that serves escargots as the French make them: in butter and shells. I have found restaurants in Washington that serve escargots, but they don’t do it right. They put their own tilt on it. I would have a favorite restaurant if […]

Mixed Veggies: Free Meatless Mini Burgers, Tomato Politics, Seasons Changes

Quick hits on the meatless beat Yes, We Said Free: Oct. 1 is World Vegetarian Day and to honor the holiday, The Counter, a burger place in Reston, is offering a free mini veggie burger with the purchase of any burger. The Fruits of Our Labor: Tomato season is over, but that doesn't mean the […]

Drew Trautmann Plans D.C. Version of Baltimore’s Woodberry Kitchen

Former Mendocino and Sonoma chef Drew Trautmann is opening his own place in Woodley Park called District Kitchen. WaPo's Tom Sietsema has the scoop. Trautmann's planned 75-seat eatery will take over the space currently occupied by the Thai-themed Jandara at 2606 Connecticut Ave. NW. Trautmann's rustic and "real simple" concept will be modeled after Baltimore's […]

Bread Is Dead: Cutting Costs (and Carbs), D.C. Eateries Abandon the Dinner Roll

Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema takes note of a rising trend at area restaurants: the death of the bread basket. He cites D.C. eateries Sax, Lincoln, Lost Society, and Brasserie Brightwell in Easton, Md., among those abandoning the complimentary dinner roll. Some operators explain it as cost-cutting measure. Lincoln's Alan Popovsky, meanwhile, cites a […]

‘First Bite’ on the Second Night: R.J. Cooper’s Rogue 24 Gets an Early Visit from Critic Tom Sietsema

So much for critics waiting one full month before visiting a new restaurant. On his Facebook page, chef R.J. Cooper reports that he spotted Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema at his brand-spankin' new eatery Rogue 24 last Thursday, the restaurant's second night in business: "Mr. TS from Wash post just left the house. Suprised us […]

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 […]

We’re History! Chef Richard Brandenburg Quits America Eats Tavern

Less than three weeks after opening, America Eats Tavern is losing its chef. No, not José Andrés. We're talking about Richard Brandenburg, the former head chef at Cafe Atlantico who stayed on to help Andrés conceive the historically themed America Eats pop-up concept, which Y&H reviewed last week. WaPo critic Tom Sietsema reports that Brandenburg […]

Quick Feeding: How ‘Bout Some Steak With Your Sauce?

Glove Shack, Baby! D.C.'s second Shake Shack location opens next week at Nationals Park. [Eater DC] You Gotta Try the Blasé Burger: Critic Tom Sietsema is nonplussed by all the fuss over Danny Meyer's double Shack power play. "At this point, the opening of another burger spot is about as exciting for some of us […]

Local 16: The Umpteenth Location For Pizzaiolo Edan MacQuaid

Smoky wood aroma? Check. Light, puffy crust? Check. Char marks that leave an ashy black residue somewhat resembling coal dust all over your fingers? Yeah, pretty much. All indications suggest that Edan MacQuaid is in the house. Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema broke the news Wednesday that the prominent D.C. pizzaiolo is back at the […]

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