G by Mike Isabella : Gee Whiz the Tasting Menu is Gratifying

Mike Isabella’s name is in lights at Nationals Stadium.  He appeared on season six of “Top Chef” and was runner up on “Top Chef All-Stars.”  He is often a featured chef at fundraising events around town, and this summer will appear on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef Duels.”  Not to mention, he is chef/owner of a growing […]

Minibar: It’s Sensational

” One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” Luciano Pavarotti, as quoted on a wall in Minibar.  If any restaurant follows this credo, it’s Minibar. There is a great deal of eating involved, but it is so much more […]

Maple Ave Restaurant: Full of Surprises

My obsession with restaurant research generally yields positive results.  But I must admit, it’s exhilarating when I stumble upon a restaurant and have a stand-out meal.  Maple Ave Restaurant in Vienna, Virginia takes me by surprise with its diverse menu, bold flavors, and low-key vibe. Maple Ave Restaurant (MAR) isn’t exactly a sleeper.  It is […]

Zentan: Mission Accomplished

Zentan has been on my restaurant wish list since reading a Washington Post review from Tom Sietsema last September. “Zentan’s new chef brings a little more spark” is good news. Prior to that, Eater DC lists Zentan in their “New Chef Heatmap:  Restaurants Worth a Revisit.” I haven’t dined at Zentan since March 2011, and am […]

Kapnos: Mike Isabella Hits a Home Run

Most people I know can talk about players on DC sports teams with great familiarity.  Sure I’ve heard about National’s players like Ryan Zimmerman and Stephen Strasburg, but beyond that I am fairly clueless. On the other hand, I am happy to discuss local chefs with confidence.  My knowledge retention may be slipping with age, […]

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