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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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Daily Bread: Georgian Bread and Cuisine Reviewed

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Writing about food can get dull sometimes. This town? You’ll run out of ways to describe the crudo real quick. The toast with artisanal spreads. […]

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Right Here, Right Now: Walnut Street Cafe Reviewed

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Walnut Street Café is supposed to be a Very Big Deal. When it was first announced, people spoke about it like it mattered. Like it would mean something, one way or another. Everyone breathlessly speculated about how it would fit into the neighborhood, our scene. What it would bring with it (beyond, you know, food),…

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Out Of The Clear Blue Sky: Maison 208 Reviewed

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Photo by Will Figg

Upstairs, in the second-floor lounge at Maison 208, everything is a disaster. Beautiful, sure. With the retractable roof peeled open in a way that seems to defy possibility and the room’s pale colors and decorative birdcage chandeliers all arranged like something out of an unreleased Wes Anderson short, it looks lovely. The most Manhattan-as-designed-by-someone-who-has-only-ever-been-to-Los-Angeles space imaginable. The most sleekly modern in a city that wears modern like an ill-fitting pair of shoes.

AT A GLANCE


Maison 208
208 South 13th Street, Midtown Village

CUISINE: French-inflected New American

PRICES: $$$$

ORDER THIS: The pork belly, ...

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9 new restaurants to try around Washington

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

As summer continues to sizzle in Washington, the dining scene feels as hot as ever. Here are nine new restaurants to check out, vetted by Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema. Mola The owners of Nido are doing the same thing for Spanish food in Mount Pleasant as they did for Mediterranean fare in Woodridge. In […]

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New Blood: Little Fish Reviewed

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Little Fish / Photo by Ted Nghiem

This is what you have to ask yourself before coming to Little Fish: Is paying $15 for a single bite worth it?

AT A GLANCE

★★★
Little Fish
746 South 6th Street, Queen Village

CUISINE: Seafood

PRICES: $$$

Order This: The menu is nearly all fish and changes almost nightly. But it’s tough to go wrong.

Okay, it’s actually two bites—two bits of lobster tail meat, perfectly poached, buttery and soft, with shiso and tiny, adorable slices of lime, set on rounds of feuille de brick pastry dough as thin and light ...

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Obsession: Love & Honey Reviewed

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Fried chicken is the star at Love and Honey

There’s something about fried chicken that speaks to the obsessive streak in certain people. Like barbecue, like soup dumplings, fried chicken is one of those things that dedicated eaters can spend a lifetime cataloging, going further and further afield, chasing after some sweet and mythical epitome like all their breath and future happiness depend on it.

And those who cook it? Particularly among those who do it for a living, fried chicken becomes not just a food—not just an edible object whose preparation requires a certain set of discrete steps—but a ...

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A Room With A View: Dae Bak Reviewed

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

On a steamy Wednesday afternoon, I eat steamed mandoo dumplings with metal chopsticks and pork soondubu with a raw egg bobbing in the center, poaching slowly in the chili-spiked tofu broth. On the big flat-screen hung at one end of the room, the Food Network is showing an old episode of Pioneer Woman. She makes some cheap-jack garlic bread mounded up with cheese while I pierce the yolk of my egg and watch it leak yellow into the stew, while a radio somewhere plays Fleetwood Mac and tables of locals mix with high-school kids filtering up from the stalls downstairs, ...

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Great Expectations: Co-Op Reviewed

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Here’s the thing that bothers me most about Co-Op, the restaurant inside the new Study hotel in University City. When I sit here and try to remember what the place looked like, I can’t. I can recall grayness and brownness, an open, airy, sunlit space with the same raw wood and metal that exist in almost every other restaurant in town of a certain era — signifiers of modernity, so ubiquitous now in their application as to be invisible—and, somewhere, a large painting of a rooster.

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★★★★
Co-Op

20 South 33rd Street, University City

CUISINE: ...

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Deep Fried and Overstuffed: Puyero Reviewed

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

When you’re staring down the barrel of a pabellón arepa stuffed full of braised beef, black beans, and plantains like caramel, nothing else matters. You’re zoned in like you’re defusing a bomb because, from the looks of it, it’s all about to burst—the seams of the cornmeal bun holding it together, yes, but barely. And that’s how it should be. That’s how arepas often come: comically overstuffed.

AT A GLANCE

★★★★
Puyero

524 South 4th Street, Queen Village

CUISINE: Venezuelan Street Food

PRICES: $

SNAP JUDGMENT: With the fast-casual explosion happening right now in Philly, Puyero brings to town ...

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The New Gold Standard: Goldie Reviewed

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Photo by Michael Persico

At Goldie, Cook and Solo’s new project on Sansom Street that’s situated above their charitable deli, Rooster Soup Co., the kitchen is an assembly line, turning out falafel, french fries, tehina milkshakes and … that’s it.

AT A GLANCE

★★★★
Goldie

1526 Sansom Street, Center City

CUISINE: Israeli-American

PRICES: $

SNAP JUDGMENT: Add Goldie to your summer playlist immediately. You won’t regret it. Just remember that there are often lines, so plan accordingly.

RECOMMENDED: The coffee and chocolate tehina milkshakes are amazingly good, the french fries are some of the best in the city, ...

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On Island Time: Poi Dog Reviewed

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Poi Dog/Official

Until recently, Philly had only one real option when it came to Hawaiian food: the Poi Dog truck run by partners Kiki Aranita and Chris Vacca. But now there’s also … well, now there’s the Poi Dog brick-and-mortar location, also opened by Aranita and Vacca.

AT A GLANCE

★★
Poi Dog

102 South 21st Street, Center City

CUISINE: Hawaiian

PRICES: $

SNAP JUDGMENT: Cheap, fast, fun and as casual as flip-flops in church, the new Poi Dog is perfect for an edible quick trip to the islands.

RECOMMENDED: Come here to learn the joys of musubi and ...

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Do You Believe In Magic: Palizzi Social Club Reviewed

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Photo courtesy Jason Varney

You know it’s open when the neon is on, glowing gently in the window of a rowhouse on 12th Street just off Passyunk Avenue. You know you’re in the right place when you see the door with no knob, the buzzer, the little window with the eyes behind it, and hear the voice asking if you’re a member.

This is the Filippo Palizzi Club, chef Joey Baldino’s experiment in a very intimate, very social, very (sorta) private kind of dining.

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★★★
Palizzi Social Club
1408 South 12th Street, South Philly
No phone

CUISINE: ...

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10 new restaurants around Washington to check out now

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Trying to break out of a dining rut? Want the scoop on which new restaurants are worth visiting? Here’s a roundup of your best bets, as vetted by Washington Post staffers. Voltaggio Brothers Steak House: Brothers and former “Top Chef” rivals Bryan and Michael Voltaggio are collaborators at one of MGM National Harbor’s flagship restaurants. “Not only […]

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What We Need Right Now: Veda Reviewed

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

It started with the naan. With that crisp bite and barely risen chew, its weirdly rustic Rorschach shapes and delicate, lacy swirls of golden-brown clarified butter. The naan— that’s what won me over.

Admittedly, I already liked Veda a lot. From the minute I sat down, the minute I smelled it. But that naan? That’s what cemented it. So simple, so utilitarian and so right. I want it every day.

But caring so much about naan is pointless, I know. Naan is everywhere in Indian food. There isn’t an Indian restaurant anywhere that doesn’t offer one or two or 12 ...

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Next Big Thing: Res Ipsa Reviewed

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Photo courtesy Res Ipsa / Facebook

“So, how was dinner?”

I get this a lot. Obviously. Life that I live, things that I do, people I know, it’s the most common question I hear. Or second most, maybe, behind You want another drink? or What’s that stain on your shirt?

“So, how was dinner?” From friends, colleagues, editors, 10,000 servers, my mom. Always the same. And seeing as how it’s my actual job to answer precisely that question all the time, you’d think it would be easy. That I’d always have a fast and ready answer.

AT A GLANCE

★★★
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11 restaurants around Washington to try right now

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

There’s an uncertainty that comes with trying a restaurant for the first time, especially if the place is new. No need to fret about these spots, though — they’ve all been recently visited by Post staffers, who have given them the seal of approval. The Smith There’s something for everyone at this (loud) dining room near […]

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Aiming For The Middle: Cinder Reviewed

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

I go to Cinder on a gray afternoon, looking for comfort and distraction, and find it at the bar—two giant TVs showing football on one side, talking heads silently shouting about sports on the other. It’s quiet because I’m there between services—too late for lunch and too early for a meal to reasonably be called dinner—but I’m not alone. A two-top in the corner is occupied, as are a couple tables on the floor. At the bar, some beer nerds are taking advantage of owner Teddy Sourias’s unapologetic ode to the newest retro-fad among drinkers: cider. Sourias already has BRU, ...

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Alpha And Omega: Scarpetta Reviewed

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Photo courtesy Briana Louise Photography

Along the arc of a graph reading “Why Is My Restaurant Not Good?,” two opposite mistakes hold down either end of the bell curve. On one side, you have a good concept crippled by poor execution. On the other are bad ideas masked by a talented, passionate crew trying like hell to fight its way out of a losing situation. Between these two points falls every other reason for a restaurant to go bad: terrible food, awful service, a coked-up owner snorting away the profits, rats, that weird smell, location, location, location. But existing with ...

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Alpha And Omega: Scarpetta Reviewed

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Photo courtesy Briana Louise Photography

Along the arc of a graph reading “Why Is My Restaurant Not Good?,” two opposite mistakes hold down either end of the bell curve. On one side, you have a good concept crippled by poor execution. On the other are bad ideas masked by a talented, passionate crew trying like hell to fight its way out of a losing situation. Between these two points falls every other reason for a restaurant to go bad: terrible food, awful service, a coked-up owner snorting away the profits, rats, that weird smell, location, location, location. But existing with ...

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The restaurants Tom Sietsema loved the most in 2016

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Post food critic Tom Sietsema awarded almost 120 starred restaurant ratings in 2016. They ranged from the absolutely dismal — remember Founding Farmers? — to the totally scintillating. Many of these spots have also caught the eye of the larger food world. Bon Appétit’s crowning of Bad Saint as the second-best new restaurant in the country has […]

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7 restaurants you should check out this weekend

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Eating out requires a certain amount of time and money. So where should you commit these valuable resources? Here are seven recently reviewed restaurants that have been approved by our critics. Central Founding chef Michel Richard passed away this summer, but his protege, David Deshaies, is more than capable of producing his own wow factor at the […]

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Our First Impressions of Three New Alexandria Restaurants

Source: Washingtonian Food

Live Oak

1603 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria; 571-312-0402

Former Fiola executive chef Justus Frank teams up with a pair of restaurant vets for this ode to Charleston—complete with artfully scripted chalkboards and a twinkly side porch—in Del Ray. Despite the folksy look, prices reach just north of neighborhood-restaurant territory. (Most entrées are in the high $20 range.) Frank’s most satisfying plates are riffs on low-country cuisine rather than straightforward interpretations: tangy collards transformed into tender bundles of tortellini, crisp pork cheeks done up with Buffalo sauce and blue cheese, and a mushroom-stuffed loin of lamb that wouldn’t be out of place ...

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Why Tom Sietsema chose All-Purpose as his No. 1 restaurant in Washington

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Last year, Post Food critic Tom Sietsema chose Rose’s Luxury as his No. 1 restaurant in his annual Fall Dining Guide. You wouldn’t be alone if you expected Aaron Silverman’s ever-popular Barracks Row restaurant to repeat the performance when it came to revealing this year’s top pick. But — surprise! — Sietsema has settled on a […]

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8 new restaurants you probably haven’t tried yet

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Want to know which new D.C.-area restaurants are worth your time and money? These fresh eateries get the nod of approval from The Post’s critics. Afghan Bistro “Afghan Bistro has fewer than 50 seats, and word of mouth has helped fill them,” says Post food critic Tom Sietsema. Don’t be fooled by the restaurant’s location in an unassuming Springfield […]

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