Posts Tagged ‘Zaytinya’

Basket Case

Vendors at the Penn Quarter FRESHFARM farmers’ market like to call Thursday afternoons “chefs on parade.” Each week, a steady stream of white coat-clad chefs from nearby restaurants shop alongside tourists and office workers to pick up orders and seek inspiration from seasonal vegetation. On a recent Thursday, I got nosy and stopped a few [...]

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White House assistant chef Sam Kass is standing to my left at the 20th anniversary celebration for Jaleo. To my right is a guy in a suit with an earpiece. Is he guarding one of the many ambassadors circulating the honeycomb-ceilinged dining room? Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor? Virginia Sen. Mark Warner? Or perhaps the [...]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Montana-Made Absinthe Edition

Check out The Oval Room's pretzel and beer pasta, among other suds-soaked dishes around town. [Express Night Out] Shaw's Eagle Restaurant is re-branded as Northern Restaurant but keeps its Ethiopian theme. [Prince of Petworth] Feast your eyes on Zaytinya's Easter menu [BYT] Try the lamb ragù tagliatelle and Montana-made absinthe at Maple, opening tonight. [Urban [...]

Mike Isabella’s New Greek Restaurant Is ‘Going To Happen’ (Maybe)

For months now, Graffiato's Mike Isabella and his reps have been downplaying rumors about a planned Greek restaurant at 14th and W Streets NW. They're not denying the Top Chef alum's interest in that corner. But they're insisting no deal is done. Appearing on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on Wednesday, Isabella, who spent nearly three [...]

Café Olé: How Counter Culture Took Over D.C. Coffee

On a recent Friday morning, Bryan Duggan is asking the dozen or so people assembled in front of him what they think the grounds of an Ecuadorian roast smell like. Self-professed coffee philistines and scruffy, plaid-bedecked twentysomethings I recognize as baristas at Filter Coffeehouse and Big Bear Café offer up “tamarind,” “sweet potatoes,” and “moss” [...]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Reverse Twinkie Edition

Good news! Molecular sandwich-making Rogue 24 chef R.J. Cooper is resting after making it through open-heart surgery. [WaPo] Bummed about the Twinkies bankruptcy? Head to Ted's Bulletin for the "reverse" version—the filling’s on the outside, not within the cake. [WaPo] Take a peek inside Mintwood Place [Eater DC] Fruit Bat has a new cocktails menu. [...]

Table Scraps: 2011 Most Irritating Food Trends

In my first year as your trusty guide to matters culinary in Washington, I’ve sampled an awful lot of meals. I took down a 24-course tasting menu at R.J. Cooper’s Rogue 24, sampled an assembly-line Vietnamese hoagie at ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, and slurped ramen after braving the grueling wait at Toki Underground. But as [...]

What Are D.C.’s Most Worker-Friendly Restaurants? (Hint: Not Clyde’s)

A national restaurant workers’ organization on Thursday unveiled a handy new dining guide. This one rates restaurants not on their food, service and decor but instead on working conditions: things like wages, paid sick leave, occupational segregation—appetizing topics like that. A number of D.C.-area eateries are featured in the guide, not always in a positive [...]

Zagat 2012 Released Today: Zaytinya, Still Most Popular; Marcel’s, Still Top Food

Zagat’s updated "2012 Washington, DC/Baltimore Restaurants Survey," is officially released on Wednesday. In it, you'll find D.C.'s most popular restaurants listed as follows: Zaytinya, 2 Amys, Central, Citronelle, Inn at Little Washington. And the city's top rated places for food: Marcel’s (29 out of 30 points), Inn at Little Washington (29) Komi (29), CityZen (28), [...]

Cooking the Books: Choking Down History At José Andrés’ America Eats Tavern

In the rarified world of restaurant criticism, it was once customary to wait a few months after a restaurant’s opening before reviewing the place—long enough to let staffers work out the kinks that critics will inevitably savage. By most rights, a heralded chef like José Andrés would be offered such a courtesy even today, in [...]

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