Tag Archives: Tom Sietsema

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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Here’s Another Look at How Far Restaurants Go to Trick Influential Food Critics

Source: Grub Street NY

Hell hath no fury in fine dining like an executive chef with a one-star review. The Washingtonian has published a long profile of critic Tom Sietsema, less about him as the Washington Post‘s 17-year food critic than as the enemy in restaurants’ midst; it traces the craziest things …

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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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D.C. Finally Has a Nobu, and It’s ‘Already the Most Pretentious Restaurant in Washington’

Source: Grub Street NY

Faraway places like Cape Town, Ibiza, Manila, and Dallas all have their own Nobus, but the nation’s capital has somehow been without one for 23 years. That changed a few weeks ago when the Kardashian’s favorite sushi chain opened its newest outpost in the city’s upscale West End. …

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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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These are Tom Sietsema’s top 10 new restaurants in Washington

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

For the second time, Post food critic Tom Sietsema has included a list of his top 10 new restaurants in his Spring Dining Guide. “It was tough to keep the ‘best new’ list to just 10 restaurants this year,” Sietsema says. “To make the cut, a restaurant had to be cooking something special, adding value to […]

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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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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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12 Washington restaurants you probably haven’t tried yet

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

12 Washington restaurants you probably haven't tried yet

Need a little help deciding which newcomers to the Washington dining scene deserve your attention? Here’s a roundup of recommended options that have been recently visited by Post staffers. Ottoman Taverna Both the food and decor are evocative of Turkey at this stylish retreat. It’s the third Mount Vernon Square neighborhood restaurant for restaurateur Hakan […]

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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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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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Tom Sietsema’s 2016 Fall Dining Guide, by the numbers

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Tom Sietsema’s dining guides aren’t static lists. Twice a year, The Post’s food critic puts together a collection of the places you should visit. While the spring guide revisits previously reviewed eateries, the fall version features his top picks for the best of the best. So who’s in? Who’s out? Who gained stars, and who lost […]

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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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8 new restaurants you should try right now

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Need help wading through the never-ceasing string of new arrivals to the D.C. area dining scene? These are eight spots vetted by Washington Post writers that are worth your time and money. Casolare Chef and restaurateur Michael Schlow’s fifth local dining room is in the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel. This one focuses on coastal Italian fare, particularly of the […]

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11 new restaurants you should try right now

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

The Washington dining scene continues to grow at an almost dizzying clip. Which newcomers are worth visiting? We’ve rounded up some of Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema’s most recent reviews and previews. These are the 11 spots you should visit now. Kyirisan: Tim Ma’s first restaurant in the District is an expression of his Chinese heritage […]

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Founding Farmers Counters Tom Sietsema Slam With “Everyone Is Entitled to Their Own Opinion” Defense

Source: Washingtonian Food

A day after Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema pounded Founding Farmers with a zero-stars review, the popular mini-chain chose not to defend what he called its “unpleasantly mouth-puckering” pickles, the mushroom loaf that led him “to believe salt must be a vegetable,” or the “swamp posing as shrimp and grits.”

READ ALSO: The Seven Best Lines from Tom Sietsema’s Epic Founding Farmers Slam

No, Founding Farmers went with a defense familiar to anyone who’s frequently challenged on the factual basis of their opinions: “In regards to the Washington Post review, everyone is entitled to their own opinion,” the local ...

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The Seven Best Lines from Tom Sietsema’s Epic Founding Farmers Slam

Source: Washingtonian Food

They are exceedingly rare, but the days when Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema bestows exactly zero stars on a restaurant are a little like Christmas. So many delicious zingers to uncover! And today, with his assessment of faux-bucolic behemoth Founding Farmers, we got a new entrant into the Starless Wonder Club. To put that in perspective, even “ATM with a dishwasher” Mussel Bar and “threat to our nation” La Tagliatella merited a 1/2 star.

Herewith, our seven favorite lines.

-“Whoever penned the epic menu, invariably sticky from fingers other than my own, apparently didn’t want to leave a soul behind.”

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The most scathing restaurant reviews Tom Sietsema has ever written

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema bestowed the unenviable honor of a zero-star review upon Founding Farmers, the perpetually bustling Foggy Bottom restaurant. Ouch. (It had previously earned one star in 2009 and a half star in 2012.) It joins the select fraternity of restaurants to which Sietsema has awarded less than a single star, which is the […]

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Tom Sietsema’s 2016 Spring Dining Guide, by the numbers

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Tom Sietsema’s 2016 Spring Dining Guide is here. In this year’s roundup, The Post’s food critic revisits 20 previously reviewed restaurants and also ranks his 10 favorite new restaurants of the previous year. [2016 Spring Dining Guide] We’ve analyzed and re-analyzed the guide in search of interesting facts and patterns. Here’s what we found: 0 […]

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The top 10 new restaurants in the D.C. area

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

So many great places to eat debuted in Washington over the past year that Tom Sietsema decided to rank them. Here are his favorite newcomers. The complete 2016 Spring Dining Guide publishes Wednesday. 1. Pineapple and Pearls. Aaron Silverman, the genius who raised the bar for relaxed dining at the no-reservations Rose’s Luxury on Capitol Hill, […]

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6 new restaurants to try in April

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

It’s difficult choosing a dinner spot with so many new additions to the D.C. food-and-drink scene, but Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema has dined at these six restaurants recently, and you should follow suit. [Tom Sietsema answers dining questions Wednesday at 11 a.m.] Kinship Chef Eric Ziebold’s return to the D.C. dining scene is a rousing […]

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How Other Businesses on Barracks Row Feed Off Rose’s Luxury’s Popularity

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

Line at Roses

It took an hour and 15 minutes on a recent Saturday for everyone in the epic line outside Rose’s Luxury to make it to the host stand. Needless to say, more people were turned away for a later seating than not.

From my perch on the patio at Molly Malone’s, I watch a middle-aged couple walk past me to the bar. A few groups of women head to Lola’s next door. Meanwhile, a handful of others approach Rose’s, see the line, stop dead in their tracks, and spin in the opposite direction. And then there are those who go ...

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How Other Businesses on Barracks Row Feed Off Rose’s Luxury’s Popularity

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

Line at Roses

It took an hour and 15 minutes on a recent Saturday for everyone in the epic line outside Rose’s Luxury to make it to the host stand. Needless to say, more people were turned away for a later seating than not.

From my perch on the patio at Molly Malone’s, I watch a middle-aged couple walk past me to the bar. A few groups of women head to Lola’s next door. Meanwhile, a handful of others approach Rose’s, see the line, stop dead in their tracks, and spin in the opposite direction. And then there are those who go ...

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