Tico: Toying with Tacos and Tequila

Tico Striped Bass

After two visits to Tico I’m still talking about the tasty tacos, tantalizing tequilas, and tender tongue.  In fact, the Latin-influenced Tico is now on my regular rotation of restaurants. If I’m going too heavy on the alliteration, blame it on Tico chef/owner Michael Schlow.  The chef, who brings Tico to DC from its Boston location, […]

Cleveland: Momocho- Unconventional Mexican Cuisine

tuna taquitos

Cleveland’s dining scene has been heating up in recent years.  There are a host of interesting restaurants to explore, and an expanding roster of talented chefs for the city that is widely known as home to Iron Chef Michael Symon.  This is good news for the thousands of people who will descend on Cleveland for […]

Crane & Turtle: A Winner in Petworth

Crane & Turtle mackerel

If you live in the DC area and haven’t heard about  Crane & Turtle, the new restaurant in the Petworth neighborhood, I’m fairly certain it will be on your radar soon enough.  It emerges amid a flood of new DC restaurants this past spring and summer, so it can be easy to get lost in the […]

The Shack: A Drive for Excellence in Staunton

the shack pork

It is 4:30 on a Friday afternoon.  My husband and I are waiting to get into a restaurant that opens at 5:00 and does not take reservations.  It’s not the first time we have set aside concerns about eating dinner so close to lunchtime.  Hello, Rose’s Luxury and Little Serow.  But we’re not in DC. […]

Macon Bistro & Larder: C’est Bien, Y’all

Macon Bistro shrimp and grits

The new Macon Bistro & Larder in Upper Northwest DC exemplifies fusion.  The restaurant’s name is inspired by two cities named Macon, one in Georgia and one in France.  The concept fuses a traditional bistro with a larder, where products can be purchased for take-home enjoyment. The decor blends vintage light fixtures with high tech industrial touches.  Even […]

NYC: David Burke Fabrick – Cut from a Different Cloth?

david burke interior

Last week Eater posted an  item entitled “Here’s What Every Trendy Restaurant Menu Looks Like.”  It makes me laugh even though many of the satirical items on the menu actually appeal to me. Painterly plate of beets and goat cheese. I order this on a regular basis.  An unconventional riff on brussels sprouts. I’m in.  Eight olives […]

Maine Ingredients

Burning Tree bombolini

Sometimes in a marriage roles are reversed.  This is the case when I suggest to my husband that we plan a get-away in Maine this summer.  I am seduced by a Maine travel poster showcasing a beautiful outdoor vista. My husband exclaims that he’s always wanted to visit Portland because it’s a “foodie” destination.  That’s usually […]

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