Requin:  No Snap Judgements

Jennifer Carroll, chef/partner of Requin in the Mosaic District of Northern Virginia has been on Top Chef.  I really don’t want to start my post this way, as I imagine she is ready to get past this as a definer. But as far as I’m concerned, there really is no getting around it. Carroll’s first […]

Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbecue: This Little Piggy

When it comes to dining out, I am hardly deprived.  I eat at fine dining restaurants, fine casual restaurants, fast casual restaurants, ethnic restaurants, and everything in between.  A void in my dining repertoire is barbecue restaurants. I actually get a pit in my stomach when I think about it. The invitation to dine at Myron […]

Himitsu: Turning Up the Heat

If you are at all plugged in to DC restaurants, Himitsu is on your radar.  It’s been on mine since it opened in November 2016.  After one too many conversations where I had to sheepishly admit I hadn’t yet dined here, I was forced to forego my reticence over the no-reservations policy and just get […]

Tredici Enoteca: Checking Out Brunch

There was a time when dining in a hotel restaurant was something you did when you were out of town and actually staying on the premises. Prices were typically elevated, and food quality not necessarily on par with cost. The stigma attached to dining in a restaurant that can be accessed through a lobby is […]

Fogo de Chão: Dreams Do Come True

I don’t dream about food, which is odd because I think about food all the time when I’m awake.  But there are meals that put me in a dreamlike state, which is actually better because the tastes and sensations are genuine.  Fogo de Chão is where my meat fantasies become reality.  Wait…you don’t fantasize about […]

Shouk: All Shook Up

It’s midnight.  I should go to bed. But there’s something nagging at me, and it’s keeping me from calling it a night. I shuffle down the stairs, open the refrigerator door and peer into a leftover rice bowl from Shouk.  The container of cauliflower, asparagus, arugula, za’atar, and tahini would make for a satisfying lunch […]

Stable: My Slow and Steady Ascent

When I first peruse the dinner menu at Stable restaurant, I feel… neutral. This is perfectly natural, as Stable is a Swiss American restaurant. It’s my husband’s birthday, and the one time during the year when the choice of a restaurant is solely his. I don’t relay my ambivalence over a menu that includes dishes […]

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