Monthly Archives: October 2014

Celebrate Vincent Price at MetroFresh

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Celebrate Vincent Price at MetroFreshMetroFresh will be honoring the famed actor, Vincent Price, this Sunday with the wine dinner “Cooking for Vincent” featuring Vincent Price’s signature collection. While some may know Price from his career as an actor in horror films, he was also a wine connoisseur and the first spokesman for the California Wine Institute.
Price’s daughter, Victoria, takes this dinner to both the James Beard House in NYC and Edgar Allan Poe Museum, and the final stop is here in Atlanta. MetroFresh’s owner Mitchell Anderson is a dear friend of Victoria and Vince. He assisted Victoria in caring for Vince during the ...

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In Hanover, a new German restaurant from the owner of Blob’s Park

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

I often hear from readers who wish there were more German restaurants. Baltimore was once full of good ones — there was Haussner’s, of course, and Schellhase’s on Howard Street, a haunt of H.L. Mencken’s that closed in 1980. Only Eichenkranz in Brewers Hill, which has a devoted local…

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Neighborhood Joint | The Bronx: An Old-School Deli Endures in the Bronx

Source: NY Times Food

At Liebman’s Kosher Delicatessen in the Bronx they’ve been slinging pastrami and brisket since 1953, and no one seems to care about New York’s deli resurgence, or think that it needed one in the first place.

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Sarpino’s Pizza; Orpheus Cans; Bourbon Dinner

Source: Eater Atlanta

Orpheus Brewing is launching canned beer.

MIDTOWN — Chicago-based pizza chain Sarpino’s Pizzeria will open its first Atlanta location in early November. Sarpino’s, with nearly 50 outposts nationwide, is planning to launch at 1000 North Side Drive NW. The chain expects to open more Atlanta stores in the coming years. [EaterWire]

MORNINGSIDE — Orpheus Brewing is now canning two of its flagship beers, Atalanta and Lyric Ale. The cans are decorated with commissioned designs from Atlanta artists Brandon Sadler, who worked on Atalanta, and Peter Ferrari, who designed the art for Lyric. The canned brews are available in bars, stores, and ...

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Three’s Brewing Hosts a Party With BrisketTown; Veselka Serves Free Food on Monday

Source: Eater NY

61 Local hosts a dinner for the local Youth Farm.

COBBLE HILL — The Youth Farm at the High School for public service is hosting an event on Thursday at 61 Local with Rob Newton of Nightingale 9, Zahara Tangorra of Brucie, and Andres Valbuena of Martha. There will be a silent auction. Tickets are $55 and include two drinks. [EaterWire]

COLUMBIA WATERFRONT — Brooklyn beer-maker Three’s Brewing is hosting an event with BrisketTown at its soon-to-open brew pub on November 8. Growlers of the house IPA are available on pre-sale and there will be live blue grass. The pickup ...

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A Man Robbed Subway Stores Because Jared’s Diet Didn’t Work for Him

Source: Grub Street NY


He had enough of those six-inch turkey sandwiches.

Police in Alabama say they’ve arrested a man who went on a several-day-long spree robbing at least four Subways at gunpoint in the Birmingham area. The man, 18-year-old Zachary Torrence, tells detectives the reason is because he’s spent a lot of money on “Jared’s diet” so far — a six-inch turkey or a footlong veggie, if he’s true to form — without any of Jared’s weight loss.

Torrence didn’t pick up any of Jared Fogle’s reported $15 million net worth, either. He told police the whole thing struck him as ...

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Here’s the Menu for Bowery Meat Co., Featuring Foie Parfait, Duck Lasagna, and Plenty of Steak

Source: Eater NY

Josh Capon and John McDonald open their 21st century version of a steakhouse on Thursday. Here’s a first glimpse at the menu.

John McDonald and Josh Capon are gearing up to open their latest projectBowery Meat Company (some might call it the meaty counterpart to their Lure Fishbar), this Thursday. They’ve been in recipe testing mode for a while now, but executive chef Paul DiBari will be whipping up trial run dinners this weekend in preparation for the debut. McDonald and Capon, who are also partners in El Toro Blanco and B&B, have planned a healthier version of ...

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Carving Half Smokes; Is Marvin Haunted?

Source: Eater DC

Plus, grab a copy of Northern Virginia Magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants issue.

A MOVEABLE TWEET— “We don’t carve pumpkins, we carve Half Smokes.” Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s Kyle Bailey having some Halloween fun. [Twitter]

U STREET— Is Marvin haunted by a ghost named Peaches? Maybe! [WCP]

FOOD MEDIA— It isn’t online yet but the 50 Best Restaurants issue for Northern Virginia Magazine is on stands. Critic Stefanie Gans pens a blog entry talking about the process this year. [NVM]

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Trick or Treaters at WD~50 Get to Bypass the Pricey Tickets and Snag Some Cookies on the House

Source: Eater NY

Plus, there’s standard issue Halloween candy. Kids only, please.

Lower East Side trick or treaters don’t have to pay $275 to try something from wd~50’s kitchen. The restaurant is passing out housemade cookies in the shapes of ghosts, bats, and tombstones, plus some standard issue Halloween candy.

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Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market experiments with fundraising coffee pop-ups

Source: Washington Post Food Section

After years of wishing, hoping and praying he could sell his freshly roasted beans at the Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market, Qualia Coffee owner Joel Finkelstein will finally get his chance on Sunday. He’ll be the first of three D.C. coffee shops and/or roasters to host a fundraising pop-up at the District’s premier producers-only market. It’s a start.

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PRUNE’s Chef Visits Atlanta to Celebrate Cookbook Release

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Here in Atlanta we may be far removed from the New York City haute cuisine, so it is through the cookbooks of acclaimed chefs that we can immerse ourselves in their work. One such is Prune, a restaurant in the Lower East Side known for its eccentric multicultural influences. This year marks their 15th anniversary, and chef Gabrielle Hamilton releases her anticipated cookbook. Aptly named PRUNE, the cookbook includes more than 250 recipes from the restaurant, including handwritten notes by Hamilton herself.
On November 3, Hamilton will be in Atlanta to celebrate her latest cookbook for a dinner event ...

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This Photographer Has Been Chronicling Little Pete’s for Months

Source: Eater Philly

Michael Penn has been going to the diner for twenty years, but began documenting the diner recently because of “a gut feeling.”

Here are some gorgeous shots of Little Pete’s via Michael Penn, a photographer who says that he’s been going to the diner for some twenty years and is “heartbroken over what might happen” there. He began seriously documenting the place and people a few months ago.

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[Photo: Michael Penn]

“It started with a gut feeling about what might happen to Pete’s after what I’ve seen in Manhattan,” wrote Penn, who has a specific interest in ...

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Just a reminder: You get an extra hour to party on Saturday night

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Clocks are going back while the Dia de los Muertos parties go ahead! Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, when clocks turn back to 1 a.m. As a result, bar-goers throughout the area gain an extra hour of drinking and dancing. Bars must still stop serving alcohol at the usual time — that’s 2 […]

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The Demise of Clarendon (A Scary Halloween Story)

Source: DCDining

I wanted to copy this amazing tribute by Josh Radigan on the Tallula thread – one of the most “Liked” posts in the history of donrockwell.com – here for posterity.

Perhaps more than any area in the past five years (there are possible exceptions: Columbia Heights, etc.), Clarendon has changed, and it is currently undergoing a second-round of changes for the worse. The first round was raw, unbridled growth; the second round is a financial weed-out.

You can rest assured that this financial weed-out is going to continue, and that Clarendon will continue to lose its individuality. Don’t be surprised to see Clarendon continuing to become more generic as time passes, and don’t be surprised if you look back one day and see Le Diplomate as the Beginning of the End of 14UP – Starr Restaurants is a very savvy organization.

It isn’t Cheesecake Factory that made Clarendon such a desirable place for young people to live, but there was a reason they opened there: They knew what they were doing, and beat everyone else to the punch. While people were taking chances on opening restaurants with character, Cheesecake Factory could now afford to just sit back and wait for time to pass, and for the rebound effect to occur.

Tallula was a real gem, and I’m going to miss both it and EatBar. Fat Shorty’s was never good, and although it may seem like an asset to have Four Sisters Grill move in, look what happened to the Mosaic District a few years after they did (just as importantly, look at what happened to Eden Center – a complete mess – after they moved out … someone working with Four Sisters has enormous acumen). Taste of Morocco – remember that place? And remember the building going up behind it, assuring everyone that ‘the storefronts will remain the same.’ What happened to all those storefronts? Restaurant 3 looked generic; it was anything but – it was a genuine, chef-driven, locally owned little treasure, and now it’s La Tagliatella. Harry’s Tap Room, in its death throes, throws a Hail Mary and becomes Market Tavern; now, it’s Fuego Cocina y Tequileria, one of the most generic Mexican restaurants in the area – when DC Coast first opened, it was novel, but this novel has become very ponderous reading. Eleventh Street Lounge is becoming the latest rendition of Cherry Blow Dry Bar. Sette Bello, with Tiffany Lee running its outstanding “Bar Tonno,” and its wonderful pizzas, is now an American Tap Room. Queen Bee, the most venerable Vietnamese restaurant in the DC area, is now a rowdy and raucous Spider Kelly’s, selling God-knows-how-many gallons of beer until 2 AM, 7 nights a week. That leaves the two real anchors of Clarendon: Liberty Tavern, which has spawned off respectable successors with Northside Social (replacing the outstanding Murky Coffee) and Lyon Hall, and Eventide, the quirky giant who probably gets most of its revenue from the behemoth Oddbar downstairs. Hold on, you two.

Michael?!

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Justin Smillie’s Upland Was Designed with the Badlands in Mind

Source: Eater NY

Design team Roman and Williams talk about what inspires a restaurant space, and how to make a space sparkle.

Design firm Roman and Williams is turning up more and more in restaurant circles. They designed Lafayette, The Breslin, The Dutch, and most recently Justin Smillie’s Upland. Principals Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch chat with Dwell about designing Upland, which is named for Smillie’s hometown in the Badlands of California:

The food drives the details of design….The deep greens and fresh whites in this space, combined with the copper touches, create a very lively yet relaxed environment. Colors are ...

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Three Stars for Woodfire Grill; Two Stars for Mamak Malaysian Kitchen

Source: Eater Atlanta

This week’s roundup of Atlanta restaurant reviews.

Over at Creative LoafingJennifer Zyman reviews Woodfire Grill and gives the farm-to-table staple three out of five stars. Zyman says the fine-dining service can be inconsistent, but she praises the food and drink:

The sweetbreads presentation made me gasp out loud in surprised delight. The Pollock-esque splatters of tart squid ink vinaigrette and house-made, coppa-infused San Marzano tomato sauce set the stage for an incredibly involved sweetbread preparation. … A seemingly simple starter of roasted-beet borscht left us reveling in an acidic and smoky profile that seemed so familiar, but also very ...

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This Pop-up Only Serves Food That Looks Like Hello Kitty

Source: Grub Street NY


A four-pack celebrating diversity, Hello Kitty–style.

Tokyo’s fans of pervasive cuteness will soon be able to coo at the feline-ness of every dish on the menu at a Parco department store pop-up called, quite logically, Hello Kitty Cafe. Marking a monthlong tribute to the character’s 40th anniversary, the spot will use the character’s (honestly) very convenient visage — more or less a circle with three dots and some swipes for whiskers — for crustless sandwiches, bento boxes, mousses, the obligatory latte art, even a pie with raspberries functioning pretty well for the hair bow.

There are turkey sandwiches with ...

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Central American Restaurant Odalis Coming (Back) to Brightwood Park

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

Silver Spring Central American restaurant Odalis will open a new location on the corner of Kennedy St. and Georgia Ave. NW  in January. Owner Jose Argueta previously had a location at 827 Kennedy St. NW, which he sold in 2012.

Both locations of Odalis, named after Argueta’s daughter, will have the same menu. Argueta, an El Salvadorian native, serves dishes like Peruvian chicken, pupusas, fajitas, and steaks. And since he previously worked at La Tomate and Dupont Italian Kitchen, Argueta also does pastas, including a linguini bolognese and grilled children fettuccini alfredo.

Photo courtesy Odalis

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The Last-Minute Halloween Night Reservation Guide

Source: Eater NY

Treat yourself to one of these great tables tonight.

Eater scanned through all 1,497 NYC restaurants on OpenTable with reservations for two still available for tonight. Here’s the best of the bunch:

· 21 Club (7:30, 8:00, 8:30)
· Elan (9:30)
· Meadowsweet (7:00, 8:45)
· The Gander (7:30, 8:00, 8:30)
· The Eddy (6:00, 6:30)
· Piora (9:45)
· Dover (6:45, 9:30)
· La Grenouille (10:00)
· Le Bernardin (10:00)
· The Leopard at des Artistes (7:30, 8:00, 8:30)
· Indochine (7:00, 7;45, 10:00)
· Yakitori Tori Shin (8:30, 9:00)
· Aquavit (7:30, 10:00)
· Avra Estiatorio (6:45, 8:15) 
· S Prime (7:30, 8:00, 8:30)
· Toro (6:00)
· Circo (7:30, 8:00, 9:00)
· Lafayette (7:30, 8:00, 8:30)
· Peasant (6:30)

· NYC Restaurants on OpenTable [Official Site]

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What Are The Best Smelling Restaurants In Philadelphia?

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

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Sure, Philadelphia is a city that doesn’t always smell as sweet as it might. But the other day, we were sitting around Foobooz World HQ and we were talking about how there are some places in Philly that smell better than just about anywhere around.

Like Fette Sau on a damp afternoon when the smoke seems to cling to everything it touches. Or Barbuzzo with the heat radiating out of that short, tightly-packed line and filling the room with the comforting smells of meat and char and garlic.

The open-grate wood grill at a.kitchen gives the place the occasional ...

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Chocolate Crust Has Closed

Source: Eater DC

It couldn’t make it. PoPville reports Chocolate Crust closed its doors at 5830 Georgia Ave, NW. The bakery served such items as chocolate pizza and a cronut imitator. The owner shared the news the business was struggling earlier in the month, pleading fans to come in and drum up business. The owner is now working on a chocolate cookbook.

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5 Things to Look For at the Swanky iPic Theaters and City Perch Restaurant

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

One of the swankiest movie destinations in Washington opens Friday: iPic Theaters at North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose development, which combines luxury touches like fully reclining leather seats and free popcorn with in-theater menus and an adjoining restaurant, City Perch Kitchen + Bar. Here’s what to look for at

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President Obama Had an Enormous Cake for Lunch

Source: Grub Street NY


Four more slices!

This six-layer beauty Obama picked up in Rhode Island was actually the second time in a month he ordered chocolate cake, which is a wonderful precedent to set.

[The Hill]

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