Author Archives: Anna Spiegel

A Food Editor’s Guide to the Best of DC Winter Restaurant Week 

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The big Metropolitan Washington Winter Restaurant Week runs Monday, January 22 through January 28. Hundreds of restaurants in the area participate–so how do you pick? Here are our recommendations for new hotspots, the best deals, the biggest menus, and where to romance your dinner date. Exciting Newcomers  Del Mar: Chef Fabio Trabocchi’s dazzling new Spanish […]

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7 Exciting New DC Bars and Restaurants to Try This Weekend

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Chloe 1331 4th St., SE We’ve missed Haidar Karoum’s cooking since the chef departed his post at Proof/Estadio/Doi Moi nearly two years ago. Now he’s back with his own Navy Yard restaurant and a menu that reflects his career and travels. “At the end of the day, it’s all the stuff I think about when […]

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Irish Whiskey Is Now a Fine Dining Restaurant with $36 Entrees and a Fancy Toast Menu

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Gone are the days when you could knock back Jameson shots in Irish Whiskey’s beery basement. Owner Reese Gardner commissioned a cellar-to-roof revamp (and deep-cleanse) of the former Dupont Circle row house, transforming the happy hour hangout into a fine dining restaurant. On tap at the newly opened Tulips: a Champagne lounge, $34-plus entrees, and […]

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Union Market Scores a New Vendor for Comforting Chicken Soups and Homemade Yogurt Bowls 

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Matzo ball soup and pho bowls arrive at Union Market on February 1 thanks to the food hall’s newest vendor: Prescription Chicken. The health-minded soup specialist launched a year and a half ago in local grocery stores and via delivery, serving chicken soups suited to various ailments and moods. (Think “hangry”-style loaded with pulled white meat, veggies, […]

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Bibiana Reopens in Penn Quarter with a New Chef and Fresh Look

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Bibiana is back after a temporary shutter over the holidays. Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj briefly closed his eight year-old Italian restaurant in Penn Quarter for a new start—both in the look and kitchen. Executive chef Loris Navone is now at the helm, while London-based designer Harry Gregory gave the modish space a “fun, Milan feel.” “Needless to […]

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6 Healthy Brunch Spots Around DC

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Brunch can be the most indulgent meal of the week with all the tempting carbs and bottomless deals—but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few great options whether you’re gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, or just trying to keep those New Year’s resolutions (at least through the first week).  True Food Kitchen  7100 Wisconsin Ave., […]

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5 Cozy Restaurants for Brunch by the Fire

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Hazel 808  V St., NW Sip bubbly on the decked-out winter patio of this Shaw restaurant, which is set with blazing outdoor fire pits, blankets, and heaters. Chef Rob Rubba serves a modern dim sum menu where patrons check off dishes on a paper sheet as they go. Don’t forget to mark an “x” by […]

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Pizzeria Paradiso Owner Will Close Fast-Casual Veloce on Friday

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Veloce will close its doors after lunch on Friday, ending two and a half years at 1828 L Street, Northwest. The fast-casual pizza joint from Pizzeria Paradiso chef/owner Ruth Gresser joined the many quick-grab options around Dupont Circle with a chef’s vision, serving local Compass coffee and thin-crust pies made with a variety of fresh […]

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Restaurant and Bar-Hop at Mike Isabella’s Massive New Tysons Food Hall

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Growing up in suburban New Jersey, chef Mike Isabella learned a thing or two about malls. Which is why the prolific restaurateur’s first-ever mall restaurant is anything but.  “I tried to stay away from malls,” says Isabella, who launches a massive Tysons Corner food hall, Isabella Eatery, on Monday. “Maggiano’s, Cheesecake Factory—people are tired of […]

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4 Fun New Brunches to Try This Weekend 

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Service Bar  928 U St., NW Looking for brunch and a bang-up weekend afternoon? This U Street cocktail bar is the place, a favorite among drinkers and bartenders alike. Brunch themes change seasonally, and we’re not talking about produce. For winter: Ski Lodge Sundays, a brunch-fest complete with hot cocktails, sherpa blankets, “an absurd number […]

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MAP: Great Bars and Restaurants Where You Can Cozy Up By the Fire

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Curl up with a strong drink and hibernate at these cozy spots with fireplaces (and fire pits!). Barcelona 1622 14th St., NW Washington DC Watch the lively 14th Street foot traffic from the restaurant’s front patio while warming your hands by the large outdoor fireplace. Blankets and heat lamps help keep things toasty. Get there early […]

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Play Skee-Ball and Eat Fried Oreos at Arlington’s New G.O.A.T. Sports Bar

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When we first heard about “the goat” sports bar opening in Clarendon, we were pretty excited for a sports bar with goats. (Goat yoga is a thing, so why not?) Sadly, there are no live goats at the G.O.A.T., which for the acronym challenged means the “greatest of all time.” Co-owner Mike Cordero (also behind […]

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Pineapple and Pearls Is Shrinking—And Raising Its Price to $325 Per Person

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It’s getting more and more expensive to dine out in DC—especially at the top-tier restaurants. Pineapple and Pearls chef/owner Aaron Silverman is increasing the cost of dining at his modern American tasting room from $280 to $325 per person in April 2018 (that’s including food, wine/cocktail pairings, tax, and tip). The price hike comes on […]

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This Romantic Natural Wine Bar and Bistro in Brookland Feels Like a Trip to Paris

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Husband-and-wife team Sebastian Zutant and Lauren Winter know how to please a crowd. The duo helped open popular Italian spots Red Hen and All-Purpose—he as a (now former) partner/beverage director, she with design powerhouse Edit Lab. For their new venture in Brookland, the pair considered a more offbeat theme. “I went to Portugal and was […]

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This Cozy New Shaw Bar Has an Awesome Fireplace, but No Name

There’s a discreet new bar in Shaw with no name or telephone, only an address. Patrons enter a subterranean, fire-lit space for cocktails made with small-batch spirits, fresh juices, and herbs. Just don’t call 600 T Street, Northwest a speakeasy. “A speakeasy to me is about prohibition and that time period,” says owner Stephen Lawrence. […]

This Sandwich Is Tiny, Expensive—and One of the Best in Washington

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We love big, messy sandwiches as much as anyone. But the one we can’t stop thinking about lately is only four-ish bites, and technically costs over $160—granted, with many other delicious courses. It’s the wagyu katsu sando (translation: cutlet sandwich) at Japanese tasting bar Kōbō inside Chevy Chase’s Sushiko. And trust us, you’ll want one. […]

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7 New DC Bars and Restaurants We Can’t Wait to Try

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Maydan 1346 Florida Ave., NW Live fire is at the heart of this atmospheric new restaurant from the Compass Rose team, which draws from home cooking traditions in  Turkey, Lebanon, Morocco, and beyond. Not only does the hearth produce flame-licked “Aleppo kebabs” and chermoula-marinated shrimp, it gives a warm glow to the gorgeous space. Plan […]

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Get a Sneak Peek of Coconut Club, Bringing the Beach to DC

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Poke. Coconut-jerk chicken. Tropical drinks served in disco balls. These are a few of the fun island-style eats and drinks you’ll find when chef Adam Greenberg opens Coconut Club. The beachy bar and restaurant near Union Market is gearing up for a debut next year, and is hosting a “winter luau” in the space for […]

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You’re Going to Want to Eat ALL the Burgers on the Menu at This New Adams Morgan Joint

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“London is making some of the best burgers in the world right now—hands down,” says Alex McCoy. That’s a bold statement coming from a US chef, let alone one who’s opening a burger restaurant in his burger-obsessed hometown. But McCoy isn’t launching yet another American patty joint. At Lucky Buns, which opens on Monday in Adams Morgan, […]

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Presidential Turkeys Drumstick and Wishbone Receive Media Training, Love Classic Rock

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This year marks the 70th anniversary of the National Turkey Presentation—a Thanksgiving tradition that started when Harry Truman accepted a live gobbler as a gift from the National Turkey Federation during a ceremony in the Rose Garden. The process has become much more elaborate in modern times. Today’s “presidential turkeys” are raised by alternating NTF chairmen […]

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4 New Breakfasts and Brunches to Try This Weekend

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All-Purpose 1250 Ninth St., NW Chef Mike Friedman’s pizza joint serves a brand new Sunday brunch menu of Italian-American eats. The pies look as good as ever, but we’re excited to explore daytime offerings like warm polenta muffins with fresh fruit preserves, everything-spiced smoked salmon rillettes, and baked eggs all’amatriciana. Brunch cocktails like Italian screwdrivers […]

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A Coastal Mexican Spot is Coming to Shaw with a Rooftop Bar for Year-Round Margaritas

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We’re heading into winter, but the owners of Takoda are already dreaming up beach fare like fish tacos, spicy margaritas, and piña coladas for their next Shaw venture. Cortez, named after the sea that separates the Baja California Peninsula from Mexico, will open in the former 1905 Bistro space with coastal Mexican and SoCal cuisine. The […]

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The Block Is Launching an Asian-Inspired Night Market in Annandale

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Night markets are an exciting part of food culture across Asia, from Hong Kong to Bangkok to Taiwan. Now, the tradition of open-air bazaars is coming to Annandale a.k.a. Northern Virginia’s Koreatown. The first in a monthly series of DMV Night Markets will go down in the parking lot outside the Block on November 24 […]

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Today in Rich People Things: Luxury Igloos at the Watergate

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If you’ve ever considered a date night reservation at Fiola Mare, and then thought “Eh, too boring,” there’s a place for you. And that place is inside a tricked-out luxury igloo at the Watergate. The landmark DC hotel has ramped up their programming of late, offering everything from afternoon high tea—which can clock in at […]

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Cozy Outdoor Bars Where You Can Drink Outside All Winter

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The temperature has finally dropped, and you know what that means: it’s time to get cozy with a blanket and hot cocktail for some outdoor fun. Just because summer is gone doesn’t mean you have to imbibe inside. These restaurants and bars are heating their patios and rooftops, stoking their fire pits, and mulling hot […]

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