Archive for October 2, 2015

Tom Sietsema’s top 10: Little Serow is No. 4

Tom Sietsema’s top 10: Little Serow is No. 4

Source: Washington Post Food Section

It’s not surprising to find this semi-secret, no reservations northern-Thai restaurant by Johnny Monis (he also cooks for Komi next door.) Little Serow has been deemed one of the best restaurants in Washington, D.C., for several years now and a particular favorite for those with a preference for spicy dishes. The restaurant’s $45 family-style price tag per person may not seem like a cheap price tag for some but with eight or so courses included is definitely one of the best bargains in D.C.

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Are You Gonna Eat That? Lengua de Pato at China Chilcano

Are You Gonna Eat That? Lengua de Pato at China Chilcano

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

Duck tongue marinated in a mixture of Peruvian aji panca chile pepper and olive oil is one of the featured appetizers at Jose Andres’ China Chilcano, the Peruvian fusion restaurant in Penn Quarter. Lengua de Pato, it’s called, is skewered with Cape gooseberries and served with chimichurri and roasted potatoes. The result is a smoky and citrusy meat with a texture similar to that of clams or mussels.

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The Twelve Best Burgers In The D.C. Area

The Twelve Best Burgers In The D.C. Area

Source: DCist Food

What makes a burger great? Is it the meat, the bun, the toppings that come with the burger and the bun? Or is it the sauce? The debate can go on and on but ultimately, it’s how each component mixes well together isn’t it. It’s all about proportion and in a city like Washington, D.C., where burger joints are almost as ubiquituous as lobbyists, picking the best one can pose a challenge, but here they are regardless. This list is inclusive and has both fast food types to those found in gourmet steakhouses.

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8 Dark and Stormy Cocktails You Should Be Drinking Now

8 Dark and Stormy Cocktails You Should Be Drinking Now

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

The weather turned for the worse today with colder north winds and rain, not to mention a hurricane poised to hit the East Coast this weekend. If you aren’t a fan of this weather, it’s very easy to feel let down. So for a little bit of pick me up, try one of these dark and stormy cocktails. 

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“Mount Rainier is finally getting a beer garden with sit-down restaurant!”

“Mount Rainier is finally getting a beer garden with sit-down restaurant!”

Source: PoPville

The neighborhood city of Mount Rainier in Maryland will be getting a sit-down beer garden soon. Bird Kitchen & Cocktails will be a 50-seat restaurant with an additional 25-seat sidewalk cafe and a 25-seat beer garden in back. The owners hope to turn it into a quintessential neighborhood spot, even encouraging participation in a form of a survey on what beers to put on tap.

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​Ted’s opens in Maryland, Alexandria gets a new wine bar and downtown D.C. loses another restaurant

​Ted’s opens in Maryland, Alexandria gets a new wine bar and downtown D.C. loses another restaurant

Source: Washington Business Journal

Ted’s Montana grill makes its way to Maryland when it opens a location in downtown Gaithersburg. It will be the restaurant’s third in the area. The new wine bar in Alexandria called Sonoma Cellars finally opened yesterday offering guests American-made wines and light meals from chef Bernard Henry. Finally, Oya, a downtown restaurant in D.C.’s Penn Quarter shut its doors, following Ceiba and McCormick & Schmick’s nearby.

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Taste of Georgetown Dessert Contest Details

Taste of Georgetown Dessert Contest Details

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

It might be pouring rain outside but the Taste of Georgetown will continue on and its dessert eating competetion will also take place. Diabetics need not apply because the contest will include eating a four-pound cake from beloved bakery Baked & Wired, macarons from Olivia Macaron, and applie pies from Pie Sisters. Remember to bring your bib because it will definitely get messy. For details on how to enter the contest, check the link below.

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‘Misunderstanding’ Caused Temporary Cat Café Closure

‘Misunderstanding’ Caused Temporary Cat Café Closure

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

It was only a matter of time before the Department of Health (DOH) would rear its head and sort out potential health issues with D.C.’s cat cafe Crumbs & Whiskers. The Georgetown shop was issued a total of nine citations including the lack of a D.C.-certified food-protection manager on duty that caused the place to shut down for a couple of hours. Owner Kanchan Singh and her team were able to rectify the issues and immediately reopened within hours.

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“Dacha seems to be in very big trouble with ABRA”

“Dacha seems to be in very big trouble with ABRA”

Source: PoPville

Shaw beer garden Dacha appears to be en route for a major showdown with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) for it’s summer beer garden. The charges brought indicated that the aforementioned garden was a “substantial change in operation without board’s approval.” Hearing is set for October 21.

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Which city does vegetarian better, D.C. or Baltimore?

Which city does vegetarian better, D.C. or Baltimore?

Source: Washington Business Journal

Where are the vegetarian restaurants in Washington, D.C., and does Baltimore have better offerings than the nation’s capital? Those are the questions that’ll be answered on today’s feature article in honor of OpenTable’s World Vegetarian Day and the beginning of Vegetarian Awareness Month. Have a look at the results below.

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Where to Find the Best Pizzas Around DC

Where to Find the Best Pizzas Around DC

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

In a constantly changing city like Washington, D.C., you’ll find that restaurants come and go and because of the turnover, it’s almost imperative to review and examine the restaurants in the city and its surrounding area more than once per year, especially for such a popular food item like pizza. So even though we just shared the best pizzas around DC earlier this year, here’s an updated version for this new season.

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Tom Sietsema’s top 10: Inn at Little Washington is No. 5

Tom Sietsema’s top 10: Inn at Little Washington is No. 5

Source: Washington Post Food Section

It’s not surprising to see this longstanding restaurant land a spot in Tom Sietsema’s Top 10 Fall Dining Guide. The Inn at Little Washington has been a favorite among the Washingtonian elite as well as the District’s food critics alike. One of the best restaurants not only in D.C., but in the country, this heavenly eatery led by chef and owner Patrick O’Connell more than deserved its no. 6 spot.

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The Source Refreshes With A Hot Pot Table And New Menu

The Source Refreshes With A Hot Pot Table And New Menu

Source: DCist Food

Wolfgang Puck’s The Source reopened after almost a month-long renovation. The newly redesigned restaurant now has a custom made hot pot table, suitable for a party of four. The table has a hallow center carved to put a tub-full of hot broth where guests can dip in their favorite meats, seafood, and vegetables.

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Costa Brava Closes in Bloomingdale – Burgers and Cocktails Coming?

Costa Brava Closes in Bloomingdale – Burgers and Cocktails Coming?

Source: PoPville

 

The small neighborhood restaurant Costa Brava in Bloomingdale appears to now be closed. The eatery suffered a tragic loss this summer when one of its owner Doug Brown drowned in the Chesapeake Bay. The place had no menus posted anywhere and according to a PoPville reader had “no signs of life.” There are rumours that it will be replaced by a burger and cocktail bar. 

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Sweet Leaf Looking to Open Second Ballston Location

Sweet Leaf Looking to Open Second Ballston Location

Source: ARLnow

Another Sweet Leaf is about to open a second location in Arlington. This new branch will also be in Ballston (800 N. Glebe), just 10 minutes walk from the original location on 650 N. Quincy Street. Sweet Leaf serves coffee, breakfast, sandwiches and salads and focuses on natural, tasty and affordable meals in a fast-casual environment.

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