Monthly Archives: June 2016

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What’s Better: Pizza or Burgers?

Source: Grub Street NY

Increasingly, chefs across New York are putting their own stamps on the classic cheeseburger — and few have had as much success as Matt and Emily Hyland at Clinton Hill’s Emily. New York restaurant critic Adam Platt and Grub’s own Alan Sytsma sat down with the Hylands to discuss…More »

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Matt Adler OUT at Osteria Morini; Mission BBQ to Chantilly

Source: Eater DC

Plus, a roof collapse at a local bakery and a new dinner series

NAVY YARD— Chef Matt Adler is leaving Osteria Morini (his immediate plans after are to travel). Executive sous chef Ben Pflaumer is replacing him. [WCP]

CHANTILLY— Chain Mission BBQ has signed its first lease in Northern Virginia. Washington Business Journal reports they’re headed to Chantilly. [WBJ]

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS— Several restaurants are participating in a series of “Wild Kitchen” dinners, a group of pop-up dinner parties around town. Look for them at restaurants like Maketto and Birch & Barley; more info here. [BYT]

U STREET— The roof ...

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Bistro Été to Open in Robert’s Space on Montauk Highway

Source: Eater NY

The yellow house on Montauk Highway is getting a new restaurant this summer

After the Water Mill restaurant Robert’s dramatically closed last summer amidst tax liens, it looked like the lovely yellow house on Montauk Highway would remain vacant this season, but chef Arie Pavlou has grabbed the location for a pop up. The chef — who formerly helmed the kitchen at Bridgehampton Inn, and owned Coeur des Vignes, which later became North Fork Table and Inn — will open a French Mediterranean spot called Bistro Été just in time for the July 4th holiday. “This all happened in three ...

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O4W Pizza opens Friday July 1 in Duluth

O4W Pizza opens Friday July 1 in Duluth
Photograph by Evan Mah

At the beginning of the month, O4W Pizza shocked Atlanta when it announced that it was leaving Irwin Street to focus on an upcoming restaurant in Duluth. Even though the restaurant only opened in early 2015, Anthony Spina’s Grandma Pie quickly gained traction as one of the best in the city. At just 400-square foot, the restaurant was constantly overwhelmed and was regularly out of dough. His new location at 3117 Main St. is four times the space. Below, Spina shares his thoughts on his transition to Duluth.

How’s the transition to Duluth been? This place is pretty different from Atlanta.
It’s different, but the same reception from Atlanta. A lot of people are really anticipating it. We’re doing table service instead of counter service, and we have a lot of space. We didn’t have a lot down there, and here we can be a bit more creative.

So you’re relieved to have more room?
Yeah, but you know what? Right now we have six times more space, and we’re still looking for more. The menu expanded, and we added more people. Even if I had a thousand more square feet, I’d probably be looking for more. But if we made it work in that 400-square foot space, we can make it work anywhere.

It’s a big leap to go from Irwin Street, right by Krog Street Market, to Duluth.
This area, this Downtown area, is the same kind of feel as Irwin street. You’ve got people in the neighborhood walking around. I see a lot of faces from Irwin Street down here, too. A lot of our lunch customers live out here. We’ve been doing soft openings, and I’ve seen maybe 10 to 15 percent of the people coming in are people that have already been here.

You really got a great reception at Irwin Street. Any thoughts about going back to Atlanta?
The location was definitely great and towards the end we definitely built a good rapport with the locals. We had people coming from everywhere. It was more of a destination place. I’m hoping we get the same reception here. As soon as we get this thing up and running, my first mental idea is go find another place down there. I’m definitely not trying to be gone from downtown for that long. If I have to find a pizza truck and park on the weekends, that’s what I’ll do.

Do you have anything in mind?
I’m looking, but I’ve got to get this open first.

What are you hoping to bring to this area?
When we opened downtown, we opened on the BeltLine. We joined the process. It’s cool to be a part of something, but it’s cooler to create something. Here, we’re making our own vibe instead of joining the vibe that’s already there.

Downtown Duluth has been stagnant for the past few years. Restaurants and business came and went, and people lost interest. Now it looks like everybody is getting excited again.
When I picked this place, the only thing I really knew about it was Eddie Owen. I didn’t know about this place, but I knew about him from Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, so I knew some of the history. I figured if it was across the street from a music venue, it’s gotta be good.

How was the reception from the City of Duluth?
They’re great. They’re very, very helpful. They’re trying to build it. Like you said, it’s been kind of stagnant. It’s had ups and downs, but now once they broke ground over at Dreamland [BBQ], it’s been full force. It feels like Mayberry in the middle of Central Park. We sit out on the porch at night, and we’ve got people coming by and talking to us. Instead of being part of something, we’re creating something where people want to come and hang out. We’re bigger than just a little slice shop. We have room to grow.

Anything you want to say about leaving Atlanta?
I got some things to say, but I’m just not ready yet. It’s been rough for me because that’s where I started. I’ve got a lot of love from people down there, and they think, “He just took off.” It’s not the case, but I’m just not ready yet.

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Review: A Sweet Take on British Identity Returns to PBS

Source: NY Times Food

After the fractious “Brexit” vote, the good-hearted “Great British Baking Show” presents Britishness as an evolving recipe.

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Tom Sietsema Finds a Deal in Georgetown at Zannchi

Source: Eater DC

Plus, reviews of Yona, Lahinch Taverm, and more barbecue thoughts from Tim Carman

Tom Sietsema tries Korean newcomer Zannchi for his First Bite column in the Washington Post. The menu is small and concentrates on rice bowls and kimbap. The critic thinks the Georgetown restaurant from chef Eunjang Kim is a great bargain. He writes:

“Six bucks gets you two fat dumplings, swollen with fluffy ground pork and scallions, and shaped with a “handle” that makes them look like kettlebells from the gym. Eat both dumplings, and you might not have room for further exploration of the list. (So ...

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Carl’s Jr. Is Testing Budweiser Burgers

Source: Grub Street NY

Carl’s Jr. has unveiled a burger in time for the Fourth that literally oozes so much America. The chain has partnered with the so-called king of watery beers to make something called the “Budweiser Brew House Bacon Cheeseburger.” The sandwich, maybe the first to ever have Bud’s name directly attached,…More »

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The Best American Cheap Eats Around DC

Source: Washingtonian Food

In the mood for wallet-friendly barbecue, burgers, fried chicken, and other American fare? Here are the best cheap options around DC, just in time for the July Fourth holiday weekend.

Bayou Bakery

Bayou Bakery is the place to dig into Louisiana-style eats like gumbo and beignets. Photograph by Scott Suchman

1515 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington; 703-243-2410/901 Pennsylvania Ave., SE;  202-664-5307

Some chefs credit their Michelin-starred mentors for shaping their culinary vision and style. David Guas gives biggest props to his 69-year-old aunt Boo, a cooking-school teacher who hails from Abbeville, Louisiana. Her Cajun-country influence is the reason he keeps ...

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D.C.’s Newest Late-Night Dining Options

Source: Eater DC

The city continues to get more late night eats

Making a plan for sustenance is an important part of maintaining stamina for any late night excursion, regardless of whether or not lots of drinking is involved. D.C. has had a consistently good array of late night dining options for those who fin hunger striking at unexpected times, but it continues to broaden as restaurant options sprout all over the area.

The following is a list of newer restaurants that have either expanded their regular menu beyond the regular cutoff times of around 10 or 11 p.m.  Or they’ve introduced new ...

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Five things to know about Big Chief, opening tonight in Ivy City

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Niketown, high-end apartments and a burgeoning distillery scene have turned Ivy City into the District’s hottest transitioning neighborhood. Now it’s getting its first nightspot: Big Chief, a cavernous bar and music venue that has taken over a former roofing supply company on Fenwick Street NE. Big Chief opens to the public tonight at 8 p.m., […]

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Inside Giuliana and Bill Rancic’s New DC Restaurant: RPM Italian

Source: Washingtonian Food

After three years in the making, celebrity duo Giuliana and Bill Rancic have opened RPM Italian in Mt. Vernon Triangle. The luxe 350-seat restaurant is the second location for the former E! News host and The Apprentice winner, along with Lettuce Entertain You. The Chicago-based hospitality group operates seven Washington restaurants, including Joe’s Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab and Mon Ami Gabi.

Here’s what to know before you go.

The menu boasts a few shareable dishes–perfect for the deep booths–like a Florentine steak for four.

The vibe: Chic, sleek, and moodily-lit—minus two patios, where you can catch rays while ...

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The Top Stories on Eater D.C. In June

Source: Eater DC

The month’s restaurant news highlights

Here are the top new feature and news posts on the site in June. This list excludes perennial top performers like the Eater 38, Brunch Heat Map, Heat Map, and 2016 Closings Stream.

1. Yelper Blasts Nick’s Riverside Grill, Restaurant Accuses Her of Pooping Her Pants (Updated)
2. Tom Sietsema Pans the Ever-Popular Founding Farmers with a Zero-Star Review
3. Donald Trump’s Statements Cause Backlash for D.C.’s Trump Hotel (Updated)
4. The Most Anticipated D.C. Restaurant Openings, Summer 2016
5. Sample These Essential D.C. Sandwiches
6. Founding Farmers Responds to Zero-Star Review, ...

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Downtown Dive Bar Raccoon Lodge Is Closing for Good Tonight

Source: Eater NY

Pour one out for this longtime Warren street saloon

Tribeca standby Raccoon Lodge will be closing tonight after last call, brining its nearly 35 years in business to an end. The Warren Street favorite was originally set to close in January when its building was slated to be demolished for a new high-rise, but the plans changed and it ended up sticking around for five more months. While there was hope earlier this year for a spinoff, members of the CB1 voted to deny its liquor license in MayA staffer now tells DNAinfo that Raccoon Lodge does not ...

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12 Comforting, Delicious New Dishes to Make You Forget How Depressing the News Is These Days

Source: Grub Street NY

As anyone who pays attention to what goes on in the world has certainly noticed, the news has been particularly depressing lately. Brexit. Basically anything Trump says or does. You can’t even eat raw cookie dough anymore. In fact, you may be feeling like all you want to do is…More »

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Fast Foodie: Burger King’s Mac N’ Cheetos are a letdown

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Eats & Drinks

Burger King’s unveiling of Mac N’ Cheetos was a siren song to fast foodies everywhere. Here was one of the most promising junk food hybrids since the advent of the Doritos Locos Taco at Taco Bell: Cheetos filled with macaroni and cheese. What times we are living in (on a related note: Taco Bell…

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Petworth Rising: Five New Bars and Restaurants to Try

Source: Eater DC

More options for the neighborhood

2016 has been a good year for restaurants in Petworth. Though the loss of Crane & Turtle was a blow, several new options have debuted in the Northwest D.C. neighborhood, many of which just happened in the past month or so. Here are five to put on the radar:

Slim’s Diner

Petworth Rising: Five New Bars and Restaurants to Try

Photo: R. Lopez

Paul Ruppert’s new neighborhood diner, which just opened this week, has all-day breakfast, reubens, milkshakes, and more.

4201 Georgia Ave. NW; website

Timber Pizza Company

Petworth Rising: Five New Bars and Restaurants to Try

Photo: R. Lopez

The former pop-up now has a permanent home (as of this week...

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NYC Best 4th of July Weekend Bets (6/30/2016-7/4/2016)

Source: Brightest Young Things DC

It’s FOURTH O’ JULY WEEKEND! While some governmental strides were made in the US this week, I’ve felt pretty not fantastic about America this month. As such, I will not be going with a patriotic theme (not even a Gilmore Girls theme since New England = USA, OR a Spice World theme, even though that was […]

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NYC Best 4th of July Weekend Bets (6/30/2016-7/4/2016)

Source: Brightest Young Things DC

It’s FOURTH O’ JULY WEEKEND! While some governmental strides were made in the US this week, I’ve felt pretty not fantastic about America this month. As such, I will not be going with a patriotic theme (not even a Gilmore Girls theme since New England = USA, OR a Spice World theme, even though that was […]

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