Monthly Archives: December 2017

These are the metro Atlanta restaurants we can’t wait to see open in 2018

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

O4W Pizza’s Grandma Pie / Photo courtesy of Blue Hominy

Lots of exciting new eateries opened their doors in metro Atlanta in 2017 (and, sadly, many closed too), but we already have our sights set on what’s to come for 2018. From unnamed projects from big-name restaurateurs to the first Atlanta locations of well-established concepts, these are the restaurants we can’t wait to see make their debuts in the new year.

Achie’sThis spot from star restaurateur Hugh Acheson, to be house at The Omni Hotel at The Battery, recently named its leadership team. Look for breakfast, lunch ...

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Atlanta’s first cookie dough counter, Batter, lands at Ponce City Market

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Batter Cookie Dough Counter at Ponce City MarketPhotograph by Matt Walljasper Anyone who tells you dessert isn’t important is plain wrong. Dessert is the best part of any meal. If suddenly the apocalypse were upon us, are you going to crave a bite of a kale salad or a bowl of ice cream? Exactly. But beyond traditional ice cream counters and bakeries, ultra trendy (and Instagramable) concoctions of rolled iced cream, mile-high milkshakes, doughnut cones, and all unicorn everything have been popping up on menus across the country. Last month, native Atlantan Julie Abes launched Batter Cookie Dough Counter inside ...

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Think D.C. doesn’t have good bread? This Shaw bakery will change your mind.

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

The cafe portion of Seylou Bakery and Mill in Shaw is dwarfed by its gaping kitchen. That’s because it takes a lot of space to hold the 14-foot oven, the 1,600-pound mill and the giant ambitions of baker Jonathan Bethony. Bethony, who owns the bakery with his wife, Jessica Azeez, has been hailed as “the Steve Jobs of […]

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8 new restaurants to try around Washington

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

With so many restaurant options in the Washington area, it’s a good idea to gather some intel: Here are eight spots, recently vetted by Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema, that are worth a try. Primrose Ready your Instagram before stepping into this Brookland wine bar from restaurateur Sebastian Zutant and his wife, designer Lauren […]

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The Most Beautiful New NYC Restaurants of 2017

Source: Eater NY

From eclectic colors to clean lines, here are some restaurants that nailed design this year

Earlier this year, Eater New York awarded Chinese Tuxedo the Most Gorgeous Restaurant of the Year award, but tons of beautiful restaurants opened this year. Here’s a look at some restaurants with notable design that opened in New York this year.

The Most Beautiful New NYC Restaurants of 2017
Photo by Jean Schwarzwalder
Back room oat Merakia

Merakia: Greek MountainThief Spithouse + Steak

Opened: September
Details: Kat & Theo owners Renee and Andreas Typaldos flipped the space into Merakia, a Greek steakhouse with a super long official name and a sense ...

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Watch 40,000 Pounds of ‘Molten Guacamole’ Burn on a Texas Highway

Source: Grub Street NY

These 100,000 avocados are toast: News choppers captured 40,000 pounds’ worth on fire yesterday afternoon after their delivery vehicle burst into flames on a Texas highway. The 18-wheeler was hauling the taco staple north from Mexico on Interstate 35, when it was suddenly set ablaze by a mechanical problem, …

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D.C. Diners Embrace Sexy Cool Brothers and Sisters

Source: Eater DC

The Adams Morgan newcomer is drawing in crowds

Adams Morgan’s long awaited Line hotel just celebrated its first week of service, injecting D.C. with a much-needed dose of hip hotel culture that displays sophistication and charm due largely to its debut, all-day eatery, the adventurous Brothers and Sisters.

The long delayed venture (1770 Euclid Street NW) moved closer to a full-fledged opening earlier this month by unveiling the first of five planned dining operations: local restaurateur Erik Bruner-Yang’s all-day restaurant and bar, Brothers and Sisters; James Beard Foundation Award-winning restaurateur Spike Gjerde’s all-day coffee shop and bakery, the Cup ...

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The Most Beautiful New Restaurants in Atlanta of 2017

Source: Eater Atlanta

These were the jaw-dropping designs of the year

Atlanta has no shortage of visually-stunning restaurant designs, and 2017 proved to be no exception with many of this year’s openings. Designs ranged from hat tips to the bright colors and patterns of Spain to chic takes on an old school steakhouse to the sexy vibes of a mid-century-inspired diner’s club.

Here, now, are the most beautiful, new restaurants in Atlanta of 2017.


Golden Eagle, Reynoldstown

Photos: Andrew Thomas Lee

The Most Beautiful New Restaurants in Atlanta of 2017
The Most Beautiful New Restaurants in Atlanta of 2017

Restaurant designer Elizabeth Ingram worked closely with owner Michael Lennox to completely transform the interior of the former H. Harper Station ...

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Restaurant Experts Look Ahead to 2018

Source: Eater DC

Divining what’s coming in the new year

As per tradition, Eater asked a group of restaurant critics, journalists, bloggers, and friends of the site to weigh in on the year in food. Here they take a crack at predicting the hospitality news everyone will be chasing over the next 12 months.

Restaurant Experts Look Ahead to 2018

Jessica Sidman, Washingtonian food editor: “Donald Trump continues to only eat at his own steakhouse; D.C. continues to have no restaurants with three Michelin stars; Drink Company opens a Wawa-themed pop-up and people camp in line for a week for hoagie-inspired cocktails; A Korean barbecue restaurant opens ...

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Ray’s Hell Burger ‘Hiatus’ in Rosslyn Appears Permanent

Source: ARLnow

Ray’s Hell Burger ‘Hiatus’ in Rosslyn Appears Permanent
Ray’s Hell Burger ‘Hiatus’ in Rosslyn Appears Permanent
Ray’s Hell Burger ‘Hiatus’ in Rosslyn Appears Permanent
Ray’s Hell Burger ‘Hiatus’ in Rosslyn Appears Permanent

Months after going on an apparent and indefinite “hiatus,” Ray’s Hell Burger appears to be officially leaving Rosslyn.

The restaurant at 1650 Wilson Blvd is now available for lease, albeit with the Ray’s awnings and signs still up, including one noting the hiatus.

Earlier this year, the Washington Business Journal reported that owner Michael Landrum wanted out of his lease on the spot, across the street from the redeveloping Wilson School site. That storefront was across from the original Hell Burger, which was visited twice by then-President Barack Obama.

Customers can still visit a Ray’s Hell Burger on ...

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Oregon Bakery Must Pay $135,000 for Refusing to Make Wedding Cake for Gay Couple

Source: Grub Street NY

Oregon’s appeals court has written what could be the final chapter in the Sweet Cakes by Melissa anti-gay bakery saga. As a quick refresher, the drama’s been more or less continuous since 2013, when owners Melissa and Aaron Klein refused to make a wedding cake for Rachel …

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The Most Beautiful New D.C. Restaurants of 2017

Breathtaking spaces emerged all over

Earlier this month the editorial team at Eater DC awarded the stunning Succotash in Penn Quarter best new design of 2017 (readers chose to honor Navy Yard’s District Winery), but there are so many jaw-dropping new restaurants that joined the local scene this year.

Here’s a tour of the most striking additions to the area.

The Most Beautiful New D.C. Restaurants of 2017

The Most Beautiful New D.C. Restaurants of 2017
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC
A view of the river from inside Ana, the in-house restaurant at District Winery.

District Winery

D.C.’s inaugural winery won’t be the only player in town for long — fellow chain City Winery is putting down roots across town in Ivy City — but it’s already earned a place in locals’ hearts thanks to its view of the Anacostia River and versatile design. The multifaceted complex, which houses a working winery, tasting room, restaurant, rooftop deck, fire pit-studded patio, and semi-private event spaces, is all about industrial chic, bringing together elements including stainless steel machinery, glass-wrapped wine cellars, and eco-friendly greenery under one roof.

385 Water Street; website. Take a complete look around here.


The Most Beautiful New D.C. Restaurants of 2017
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC
Music is a major influence at Honeysuckle.

Honeysuckle

Chef turned first-time restaurateur Hamilton Johnson didn’t just put his stamp on the Nordic-style cuisine now served at the restaurant that’s emerged from the shell of Southern-themed Vidalia, he’s enveloped diners in a cocoon of his defining experiences. The walls are covered in tributes to iconic musicians, while the ceiling features a patchwork of tattoos that adorn the ink-covered maestro in the kitchen.

1990 M Street NW; website. Take a complete look around here.


The Most Beautiful New D.C. Restaurants of 2017
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC
The main dining room at New England-themed Milie’s.

Millie’s

For a while now, the trend in D.C. has been to open a kinda-sorta secret eatery inside a gas station around town. Georgetown Events founder Bo Blair went the other way with Millie’s in Spring Valley, planting a spacious, New England-esque family restaurant atop a drab slab of concrete that used to house a filling station. Modeled after the flagship property in Nantucket, Massachusetts, the D.C. version of Millie’s features mile markers touting well-known destinations around the world — which seems fitting given that dining there seems like a mini-vacation from the daily grind.

4866 Massachusetts Avenue NW; website. Take a complete look around here.


The Most Beautiful New D.C. Restaurants of 2017
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC
Gold accents abound at Mirabelle.

Mirabelle

Hospitality vet Hakan Ilhan spared no expense in his bid to woo downtown diners. The seasoned restaurateur hired James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Frank Ruta to oversee the kitchen, handed pastry chef Aggie Chin a gold-plated cart upon which to showcase her eye-catching desserts, and went light and bright in this classically French restaurant.

900 16th Street NW; website. Take a complete look around here.


The Most Beautiful New D.C. Restaurants of 2017
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC
White tablecloths, leather booths, and glittering chandeliers dominate in the upstairs dining room at Rare Steak.

Rare Steak and Seafood

This Midwestern import is actually two restaurants: the casual, all-day, fried cheese curd-serving tavern, and the fine dining-themed steakhouse up above. Each has its respective charms, including an alluring raw bar (downstairs), nattily dressed dining captains (upstairs), as well as access to exceptional drinks and spirits (both). Dress up or down, depending on the occasion; but don’t miss out on this worthwhile experience.

1595 Eye Street NW; website. Take a complete look around here.


The Most Beautiful New D.C. Restaurants of 2017
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC
Baltimore’s Sandlot is James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Spike Gjerde’s sun-drenched version of a pop-up.

Sandlot

While waiting for everything to fall into place at the long-delayed Line hotel, James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Spike Gjerde decided to open a temporary beach bar. No ordinary pop-up, Baltimore’s seasonal Sandlot brings shore living to the Inner Harbor with waterfront vistas, sandy lounging areas, and locally sourced snacks the likes of which have probably never before sizzled atop a portable grill.

1000 Wills Street, Baltimore, Md.; website. Take a complete look around here.


The Most Beautiful New D.C. Restaurants of 2017
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC
The main dining room at Siren inside the Darcy hotel.

Siren

Serving as the anchor for the boutique Darcy hotel requires a certain amount of panache, and restaurateur Robert Wiedmaier has delivered that with crowd-pleaser Siren. A separate, street-side entrance helps the tony seafood-centric eatery set it itself apart from standard “hotel lobby restaurants.” A sea of overlapping blue-green tones, mermaid-themed fixtures, and shellfish-packed display cases complete the illusion of a satisfying journey beneath the waves.

1515 Rhode Island Avenue NW; website. Take a complete look around here.


The Most Beautiful New D.C. Restaurants of 2017
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC
The main dining room at Tiger Fork.

Tiger Fork

This trip to Hong Kong via Blagden Alley has transported D.C. diners around the world with its dragon-covered walls, ornamental China, and vibrant colors. Oriental art and writing are splashed all about, while long communal tables invite everyone to pull up a seat and be thankful for time spent slurping noodles with loved ones.

922 N Street NW; website. Take a complete look around here.