Nido: A Place to Nest No Matter Where You Live

When an establishment is described as a “neighborhood restaurant” and I don’t live nearby,  I’m not quite sure whether I’m supposed to dine there. Do they not want outsiders or are they saying the food doesn’t warrant a commute?  Food for thought. Nido, in the Woodridge area of northeast DC, calls itself a “unique neighborhood bistro […]

Oval Room: A Quiet Elegance

Fine dining is a luxury often reserved for special occasions.  But now and again, it’s a a worthwhile indulgence to visit a white tablecloth restaurant. Dinner at The Oval Room in DC provides an opportunity to enjoy a level of cooking that is top notch.  Nearly as exciting is the pleasure of conversing with dining companions […]

Naples Ristorante E Pizzeria E Bar: Shopping Around for Pizza

Long before I was known as a food-obsessed diner, I had a passion for shopping.  These days I spend more time shopping for restaurants than I do enhancing my wardrobe. Therefore, shopping for food and clothing in one fell swoop is a dream come true for a multi-tasker like me. I hear positive buzz for […]

Barrel and Crow: Chicken Worth Crowing About

Bethesda’s Barrel and Crow is many things. It’s a shining star among the multitude of decent, but not so exciting Bethesda restaurants.  It’s a place with a rustic/hip ambiance that is becoming commonplace in DC, but is still unique for the suburbs.  But above all, it’s a destination for incredible fried chicken. In fact, I think […]

NYC: An Uplifting Upland

How do you select a restaurant in New York City, not too far from the theater district, that satisfies 12 to 14 women with varying tastes and interests? Answer:  it’s not always easy.  When it’s time for my annual NYC trip with friends, I research, ponder, research some more, and then hope for the best. […]

SER: Simple, Easy, REALLY Good

How can I best sum up my feelings about SER, the new Ballston restaurant featuring Basque cuisine?  It’s simple, easy, and real.  Which is a good thing, since that’s the meaning behind the moniker. The cuisine at SER is based on authentic family recipes from Executive Chef/co-owner Josu Zubikarai. The food isn’t fancy, but the ingredients and […]

China Chilcano: Standing Out and Making a Stand

With DC restaurants opening at a dizzying pace, it’s critical to stand out. China Chilcano, which opened in Penn Quarter this past January, has a multitude of merits that make it notable. It is one of the newest additions to Jose Andrés’ DC restaurant empire, which continues to grow. Andrés is one of DC’s most recognizable restaurateurs. […]

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