Author Archives: Jessica Sidman

How a Nightclub Doorman/Model Became a DC Restaurateur, Real Estate Player, and Bookstore Owner

Source: Washingtonian Food

On the same October day that Steve Salis acquired the local restaurant chain Ted’s Bulletin, the DC entrepreneur also became sole proprietor of Kramerbooks, buying out one of the original owners who had remained a partner. After a 13-hour marathon of paperwork to close both deals, Salis and his wife popped open a nine-liter bottle of […]

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5 Feline-Friendly Wine Products for the Best BYOB at DC’s Cat Cafe

Source: Washingtonian Food

Crumbs & Whiskers, DC’s only cat cafe, offers experiences like co-working with cats, coffee with cats, and even yoga with cats. But from day one, patrons have told owner Kanchan Singh something was missing: wine with cats. Well, they finally got their wish. The cafe has implemented a BYOB policy on weekdays after 4:15 PM throughout […]

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It’s Michelle Obama’s Birthday. Here Are All the DC Restaurants Where She’s Celebrated.

Source: Washingtonian Food

Michelle Obama turns 54 today, and given her track record as foodie-in-chief, she’ll likely hit the town to celebrate. Here’s a brief history of her birthday dinner destinations. 2009: Equinox. Michelle was feted in fine-dining style days before the inauguration. Chef/owner Todd Gray told the Post that she ordered pan-fried Rappahannock oysters to start, grilled all-natural strip loin steak […]

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Founding Farmers Sets DC Record For Number of Yelp Reviews

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Tom Sietsema’s zero-star takedown may still be Founding Farmers’ most famous review, but the Washington Post critic isn’t the only one with something to say. The Foggy Bottom restaurant is Yelp’s most-reviewed dining establishment in Washington, and it recently hit a new milestone by exceeding 10,000 reviews. Perhaps that’s less surprising when you consider that the 265-seat American […]

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Suck It, Avocado Toast. These 6 Toasts Are Way Better.

Source: Washingtonian Food

Avocado toast might get all the attention, but it’s not the only game in town (even if it is EVERYWHERE). Plus: it can ruin your future and make you homeless. Anyway! Chefs are upgrading toast in all sorts of other fancy, fun ways. Here are some of our favorites in the DC-area—and no, none of them […]

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An Internet Troll Impersonated a DC-Area Bar Owner to Make a Death Threat

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Yesterday, Katie Rife, a news editor for the AV Club, got a Facebook message telling her to “eat a shotgun barrel for lunch” in response to a story she’d written about Oprah Winfrey potentially running for president. “No surprise you would want Fat Oprah as president, when all you do us [sic] whine like a […]

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Restaurant Behind the ‘Golden Showers’ Burger Closes

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The Bethesda diner-turned-burger joint, famous for its cheeky politically-themed burger specials, closed over the weekend. Community opened just over a year ago, aiming to bring in crowds from breakfast through late-night. But owner Mark Bucher, also behind Medium Rare, says breakfast business meetings just aren’t a thing in Bethesda, and not many people were dining […]

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10 DC Restaurants We Can’t Wait to Try in 2018

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The Wharf continues to develop, big names are planning splashy debuts, and some familiar locals are breaking out on their own in 2018. Here are ten places that will get you psyched about dining out this year. Chloe 1331 4th St, SE Opening: January 5 Chef Haidar Karoum has been out of the spotlight since leaving […]

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Chef Haidar Karoum Will Serve Vegetarian Carbonara and Banh Mi at His New Restaurant Chloe

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One of Washington’s top culinary talents has been off the radar over the past year and a half. Chef Haidar Karoum left his post overseeing Estadio, Doi Moi, and Proof back in April 2016, but all the while, he’s been patiently plotting a restaurant of his own. His first solo venture, Chloe, will finally open in Navy Yard on […]

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5 Brunches to Try on New Year’s Day

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Maybe hold off on that New Year’s diet just one extra day, because you’re going to want to indulge for brunch on January 1. Here are five options for bloody mary bars, bottomless mimosas, and eggs galore on Monday. Bar Pilar 1833 14th St., NW For one of the best hangover brunches in the city, […]

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10 Restaurant Closures This Year That Totally Bummed Us Out

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The restaurant boom in recent years isn’t without its victims. With competition more fierce than ever, many businesses called it quits this year. Here are 10 we were sad to see go. ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen The Southeast Asian Chipotle spin-off had great potential when it first launched in Dupont Circle in 2011. If things […]

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The Top 10 DC Food Stories of 2017

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The Shaw Bijou closes No restaurant in recent memory was as talked-about as the Shaw Bijou. After more than a year of delays, it finally opened with a Top Chef star dishing out $185-per-person tasting menus. The restaurant faced immediate backlash for such high prices from a 26-year-old in his first executive chef gig. Early […]

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Eight Super Popular Restaurants To Check Out While Everyone Is Out of Town

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Congress is gone, vacations have started, and already the streets are starting to feel eerily quiet. What better time to check out that place with the difficult reservations or hours-long wait? Here are eight super popular restaurant that you might—hopefully!—have better luck getting into while everyone is out of town. Get Our Weekend Newsletter The […]

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The 10 Best Bars That Opened in 2017

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Whether you prefer funky ciders or pina coladas, it’s been been a solid year for drinking in DC. Here are our favorite new wine bars, beer halls, and cocktail dens. Get Our Weekend Newsletter The best DC news, delivered straight to your inbox. Or, see all of our newsletters. By signing up, you agree to […]

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5 Brunch Spots To Take Your Family During The Holidays

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Got family visiting for the holidays? Chances are you’re not going to want to spend the whole weekend cooking. Here are five great brunch options sure to satisfy your out-of-town visitors. Garrison 524 Eighth St., SE Rob Weland’s locally minded American restaurant always showcases the best ingredients of the season. Plus, the warm, wood-paneled dining […]

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The Top 10 Trump Food Controversies of 2017

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Not even the food beat is immune from Donald Trump intrigue. Between restaurant lawsuits and questionable condiment choices, the President has become an inevitable part of local and national dining conversations. Here are the top 10 Trump food controversies this year: 10. Trump asks White House kitchen to recreate McDonald’s White House chefs have the skill […]

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Eat All-Day-Breakfast and Kale Nachos at Unconventional Diner

Source: Washingtonian Food

Most people have very specific ideas of what a diner should be. Eggs and pancakes for dinner. A display case full of pies. Open 24 hours (never mind if they would actually eat there at 4 AM). And let’s not even get started on the great debate between home fries and hash browns. French chef David […]

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Republic Cantina Wants to Bring Legit Tex-Mex to DC

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It’s safe to say that the state of Tex-Mex in DC is pretty bad. Texas native and Republic Kolache founder Chris Svetlik tries to be a little more diplomatic: “There’s room for improvement,” he says. He’s hoping to make things a little bit better with the opening of Republic Cantina in Truxton Circle next summer. […]

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Date Night Solved: the Dabney’s Basement Wine Bar Is Now Open

Source: Washingtonian Food

It’s been a good year for wine bars in DC, between Maxwell Park in Shaw, Primrose in Brookland, and Dio on H Street Northeast. Here’s one more to add to your list: The Dabney Cellar, a 30-seat drinking den in the basement of chef Jeremiah Langhorne’s Mid-Atlantic restaurant. The subterranean Blagden Alley spot, which previously […]

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Spies, Dossiers, and the Insane Lengths Restaurants Go to Track and Influence Food Critics

Source: Washingtonian Food

The voice on the phone seemed a little too chipper. Tom Sietsema wondered if he’d been made. Or was he being paranoid? Maybe Le Diplomate’s reservationist was always this enthusiastic about hosting a party of eight at the buzzy French restaurant. Either way, as usual, the Washington Post’s lead restaurant critic made his reservation under an alias. […]

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Here’s What’s On Our Restaurant Wish List This Holiday Season

Source: Washingtonian Food

We crossed off a lot of items from our restaurant wish list this year: a Georgian restaurant, amazing waterfront dining, and more poke than we even want. This holiday season, we’re asking for more. Here are some of the things we’d love to see in the DC dining scene going forward—restaurateurs and Santa, take note! A […]

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Duke’s Grocery Will Open Its Biggest Location Yet in Foggy Bottom

Source: Washingtonian Food

A new outpost of Duke’s Grocery is coming to the former Kinkead’s space in Foggy Bottom—and it will be about the size of Duke’s Dupont and Woodley Park locations combined. The 4,500-square feet space also means a bigger kitchen and room for a fryer. Translation: unlike the original restaurant, this one will serve fries with your burger. “I […]

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Cuddle Up With Hot Cocktails and Warm Blankets at Service Bar’s New Ski Lodge Brunch

Source: Washingtonian Food

One of our favorite bar brunches this year was Service Bar’s beach-themed hangover hangout with orange crushes and inflatable beach balls. Sadly, the U Street cocktail spot has decided summer is over. The good news: it’s ski season. Service Bar recently launched a “Ski Lodge Sundays” brunch aimed to feel like a winter resort. Co-owner Chad […]

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Health Department Endorses Dogs on Restaurant Patios, But Staff Better Clean Up That Poop

Source: Washingtonian Food

The DC Council is moving forward with permanent legislation to allow dogs on restaurant and bar patios, and the health department gave its blessing in a public hearing Tuesday. Emergency legislation reversing the ban on pups in outdoor dining areas for 60 days was introduced in October. It came after a health department crackdown drew […]

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New Chef Will Bring Peking-Style Chicken and Foie Gras PB&J to The Bird

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As the new chef of The Bird, Ryan Hackney wants to add a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to the menu. But the Logan Circle restaurant is devoted to all things poultry, so it will be stuffed with foie gras, of course. On the side: spiced bourbon milk, ideally served in a cartoon thermos cup. “What […]

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