Spoken English: The Last One Not Standing

It’s one thing for a restaurant to have no reservations. But no seats?  My first reaction when I hear about Spoken English, DC’s new standing room only restaurant, approaches horror. I’m not opposed to standing in line to get into a restaurant.  Been there, done that.  But to dine standing up is another matter. BUT- […]

Akira Ramen and Izakaya: Dances with Noodles

In today’s food-obsessed culture, Japanese noodles inspire passion and devotion. Ramen is a big deal. An annual event in DC- Ramen World– is singularly dedicated to this once under-appreciated dish.  A focus on various types of noodles, broths, and toppings can distinguish one restaurant from another, and trying to decipher all the options can make […]

Ellē: A To-Do About Toast

I love to-do lists.  I maintain them for work tasks, home errands and projects, tv to watch, movies and plays to see, people I want to connect with, and most importantly restaurants where I want to dine.  The glee I experience from crossing an item off any of my to-do lists is insanely disproportionate to […]

Honeygrow: A Fine Example of Fast-Casual

There is a fast-casual restaurant boom at the moment, and I am cheering as new options pop up all over the DC area.  Honeygrow opened recently on Rockville Pike, and immediately won me over with a focus on healthy, local, quality ingredients.  Founder Justin Rosenberg started Honeygrow in Philadelphia just over five years ago, and there […]

Chloe: Take a Seat

Dinner at Chloe, the new restaurant from Chef Haidar Karoum (formerly of Proof, Estadio, and Doi Moi), leaves me with the feeling that I am missing something.  It isn’t the food.  I thoroughly enjoy everything I eat.  It isn’t the service. The wait staff is competent and quite pleasant.  It takes me some time to […]

The Lafayette: A Brunch Prescription

I don’t think I’m alone in being particularly stressed out lately. Most people I know live their lives at an incredibly hectic pace, with little down time. Our ability to access news and information 24-7 adds to the anxiety. My go-to stress-reliever typically involves a restaurant meal.  There is nothing quite as relaxing as brunch […]

Unconventional Diner: An Unconventional Dinner

We had just finished our appetizers at Unconventional Diner when a nearby table was presented with a celebratory cake spewing forth sparklers from the center. Adding to the drama, the lights in the entire restaurant dimmed.  A very nice touch, I thought. Diners clapped at the spectacle, and waited for the staff to resume normal […]

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