Category Archives: Washington DC


Restaurants Local Chefs Escape to Right Around D.C.

Source: Eater DC

They crave Chinese food and frozen custard, just like anybody else

Skipping town to go on some far-flung dining adventure is a luxury most working chefs cannot afford. But hospitality professionals have to eat, too, right?

Eater polled members of the restaurant community about the tried-and-true places they race off to for must-have meals. Some provided rather elaborate eating agendas (stay tuned.)

For this installment, Eater focused on spots within an hour drive from the District.

Restaurants Local Chefs Escape to Right Around D.C.
[Esra Erol]

Road Trip Week archive.

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Fun and Quirky Father’s Day Deals

Source: Eater DC

From free entrees to bottomless bourbon cocktails

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18, and lots of restaurants are in on the action. Unlike Mother’s Day, where deals are flowing with flowers and mimosas, for dad’s day, restaurants are cashing in on dad’s frugality, no care for calorie counts, and laziness (lots of spots are open late).

Here are some of the best deals in town:

For a free meal…

At All Set Restaurant & Bar (8630 Fenton St., Silver Spring, Md.) dad gets a free meal with the purchase of any entree (of equal or greater value) after 4 p.m. ...

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Get All-Day Breakfast, Bourbon Shakes at the Hilton Brother’s Southern Diner 

Source: Washingtonian Food

Washington’s diner boomlet has ushered in a series of new-wave spins on the American classic, including a vegan diner (Fare Well), an upscale diner (Community), and Ari’s Diner, which doubles as an Italian trattoria come evening. The newest addition: Crimson Diner, a Southern eatery from brother-restaurateurs Ian and Eric Hilton (Chez Billy Sud, Brixton, American […]

Get All-Day Breakfast, Bourbon Shakes at the Hilton Brother’s Southern Diner ” was first published on Washingtonian.

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Maso, Chix Quietly Vacate D.C

Source: Eater DC

The District’s down a pair of fast-casual eateries

A couple of fast-casual restaurants have called it quits in recent weeks, leaving D.C. diners with one less smoothie/sandwich shop, as well as erasing a Latin-style chicken option.

DOWNTOWN—Two-year-old sandwich/salad/smoothie stand Maso (1145 19th Street NW) hung it up June 2. “We want to thank you for your loyalty and support all this time … We’ve seen the same faces every day and this made us feel part of the community,” management wrote in a farewell note tacked to the front door. The sign off mentioned the “possibility that we will ...

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Cava Throws Crazy Bash to Test New Foods

Source: Eater DC

The first “Late Night Test Kitchen” was something else

Rapidly expanding Cava had a pretty unconventional way of teasing out its summer menu: throwing a secretive late-night bash at its Shaw location.

On June 14, the fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant shut down at 9 p.m. and transformed into a nightclub of sorts; curtains dropped to black out windows to the street, while a bouncer manned the door with a strict invite-only list on an iPad.

Once inside, a corner bar doled out drinks spiked with new juices scheduled to officially debut on Monday, June 19. A pop-up grocery store allowed guests ...

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7 Places to Drink (and Eat) Activated Charcoal Around DC

Source: Washingtonian Food

Black-colored foods in the world are few and far between: black beans, black sesame, black garlic, squid ink pasta. But in recent years, a whole host of other foods in striking black and gray hues—ice cream, lattés, pizza, tea, juice, and more—have taken over Instagram. The culprit? Activated charcoal, made from burnt coconut shells processed […]

7 Places to Drink (and Eat) Activated Charcoal Around DC” was first published on Washingtonian.

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Where to Eat and Drink in Baltimore

Source: Eater DC

Make the most of any swing through Charm City

There’s more to this waterfront city than picking blue crabs and draining frosty Natty Bohs.

Any food tour of Charm City should also include decades-old Greek and Italian establishments whose immigrant communities left a lasting impression on the culinary landscape. Their contributions, combined with an abundance of fresh local seafood from the Chesapeake Bay, gives the city a unique dining sensibility.

“There’s a strong sense of identity, which is good to be a part of,” said restaurateur Andrew Carmellini of New York-based NoHo Hospitality Group. He opened Italian steakhouse Rec Pier ...

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This $3 falafel sandwich is one of the best cheap meals in Washington

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

How did you most recently spend $3? Your morning cup of coffee? A single macaron at Ladurée? A totally unsatisfying vending machine purchase? Here’s something better to consider for next time: The falafel sandwich at the recently opened Falafel Inc. in Georgetown. The neighborhood where money seems to disappear as easily as the air you exhale is […]

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Tom Sietsema Says Salt Line Is a Beaut

What the critics are saying this week

Salt Line

Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema gives Long Shot Hospitality’s nascent New England-themed seafood stop across from Nationals Park a first bite and thinks chef Kyle Bailey knocks it out of the park. “Restaurants with postcard vistas, outdoor patios and serious drinks don’t come along every day, and this one is a beaut.” Oysters are aplenty; some rare ones include Rochambeau from Virginia, and Moonrise from Rhode Island. Nashville hot soft-shell crab with griddled white bread, pickled green tomatoes, and black-garlic honey is “delish,” while uni is the star in a pleasing portion of bucatini. Other best bets include onion rings and French fries made in-house. Bust out the Instagram app for the fluffernutter milkshake (a “boardwalk fantasy”), but skip the trout almondine, and fried clam bellies with too much breading. [WaPo]


Sietsema gives the tiny 20-seat Japanese restaurant in the heart of Old Town Alexandria 2.5 stars, or good/excellent. He raves over chef-owner Yuh Shimomura (n alum of Kaz Sushi Bistro and Sei in Washington) and his daily-changing tasting menu (five courses for $48). He “typically shops at two or three markets a day for his evening performances,” notes Sietsema. One night, the “Tokyo-style tuna tartare” was garnished with crisp asparagus and displayed on a green floor tile with upturned edges. Expect sashimi to include a bounty of colors and flavors. Good luck snagging a seat at the slim spot, Sietsema warns. [WaPo]

Gus’s Fried Chicken

WaPo’s Tim Carman ventures over to Gus’s Fried Chicken in Greenbelt, Md., and he instantly feels at home at the Tennessee-based chain, equating the experience to a backyard social where employees feel like neighbors. As for the food, the main event features “unfailingly moist” chicken and crisp skin that’s fried in peanut oil (he notes there are no substitutions for allergies). The sides are sweet, which is a tactic to balance the hot chicken. He’s not sold, though, and thinks nothing will satisfy like the chicken. Those interested in road-testing the place for themselves are encouraged to go with the greaseless fried okra or the fried pickles, he says. “Paired with a Natty Boh tallboy, it’s fried-on-fried on fantastic.” [WaPo]

La Fromagerie

Northern Virginia Magazine’s Stefanie Gans thinks it’s “easy to find charm” at this neighborhood restaurant in Alexandria. Take the “lovely” pappardelle dish, made fresh with wheat berries ground into flour. There’s also a “sumptuous cut” of lamb, cooked sous vide. French wine is flowing with some unusual biodynamic varieties. There’s usually a dark chocolate pot de creme on the menu, which she describes as better than mousse or pudding. “It’s simple and striking, like most everything else here.”

FROM THE BLOGS: BYT gives Shaw newcomer Capo Deli a first look, while Bitches Who Brunch head to Community in Bethesda, Been There, Eaten That heads to Silver, and Hungry Lobbyist eats at Cuba Libre.


20 Essential Richmond Restaurants

Source: Eater DC

Get to know this Southern gem

No way to sugarcoat it: the drive down chronically congested I-95 South to Richmond, Va., is probably going to be a nerve-wracking experience. But suck it up, because a weekend spent in this charming capital city is well worth enduring some stop-and-go traffic.

It feels like a friendly small town, but Richmond residents take tremendous pride in the bustling food scene, which has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. In 2013, the Richmond Times-Dispatch puzzled over the transformation in the city’s arts, shopping and restaurant landscape, writing, “These exquisite creatures are ...

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DC Needs More NYC-Style Bodegas and Delis Like This One In Eckington

Source: Washingtonian Food

When Yong Kon and Yon Sun Ko were ready to retire after 35-plus years of running their Eckington corner store, they faced a few options. The husband-and-wife owners could sell the two-story building that houses Yang’s Market to one of the many developers transforming the Northeast DC neighborhood, or perhaps to an ambitious restaurateur who’d […]

DC Needs More NYC-Style Bodegas and Delis Like This One In Eckington” was first published on Washingtonian.

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Sequoia Is Back in Business, But Without Its Typically Jam-Packed Patio

Source: Eater DC

Expect a mid-to-late summer opening

Tourist-friendly standby Sequoia quietly re-opened its spacious interior on June 11 — but the iconic outdoor patio won’t be ready in time for the annual July 4th fireworks show that lights up the nation’s capital each summer.

“As of now, we do not have a definitive date … we are shooting for mid-late summer,” Andrew Pascal, special projects coordinator at parent company Ark Restaurants Corp., told Eater in an email.

For now, the heavily redesigned 400-seat interior is open for dinner (see its seafood-heavy menu below). There’s a main bar on the ground level, a ...

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