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 […]

Chicago’s Nightwood: Into the Woods

nightwood flourless chocolate cake

Venturing into unknown territory when it comes to dining usually gives me a thrill.  But when my companions consist of people with varying degrees of culinary curiosity, I try to exercise caution. Chicago’s Nightwood is the restaurant of choice for dinner with eight co-workers.  Nightwood is situated in Pilsen, a neighborhood not exactly known to tourists.  But the […]

Trapezaria: A Meal that Sizzles

Trapezaria lamb

I am not sure why the Fourth of July, a holiday about independence, also came to be about backyard barbecues. Many Americans spend the day consuming mass quantities of hot dogs, baked beans, barbecue chicken, and strawberry shortcake.  Since the theme is freedom, this year we decide to take the meaning in another direction and go […]

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