Kyirisan: Been There, Eaten That. Want More.

There are restaurants where I dine once, enjoy the meal, and then happily check the box.  I’ve been there, eaten that.  Others capture my attention and leap to mind when I respond to the frequently asked question:  “What restaurants do you like these days?” My newest response is Kyirisan in DC’s growing food mecca, Shaw. […]

Momofuku CCDC: The Heat is On

There was a lot of hububb when the well-known David Chang brought his highly-regarded Momofuku from New York to DC.  Momofuku CCDC, along with it’s bakery Milk Bar, attracted lines with hours-long waits for its renowned pork buns, ramen, and crack pie. Somewhat to my own surprise, I resist the hordes, telling myself I’ll wait […]

Pineapple and Pearls: Fusing Fine Food and Fun

About halfway through our meal at Pineapple and Pearls I offer these words of wisdom to chef/owner Aaron Silverman to express how I feel about his new restaurant: “HOLY CRAP.” It’s hard to be articulate when your mind is in the midst of being blown. We are seated at the counter, only a few feet […]

Espita Mezcaleria: Holy Mole

DC restaurant-goers are scurrying around the city right now, trying to keep up with openings and pop-ups. It’s not an easy feat. It requires patience, fortitude, and often a tolerance for the highest level on the decibel meter.  A visit to Espita Mezcaleria in Shaw is a test on all three counts. But the payoff […]

Clarity: I Can See Clearly Now

To many Montgomery County dwellers, traveling to Northern Virginia to dine is akin to visiting a different country. While a passport isn’t necessary, it does require pre-planning and a willingness to travel over the American Legion Bridge just for fun. It’s not something to be taken lightly.  Since traveling for food is one of my favorite […]

The Source: An Inspiring Journey

One of my favorite sources for Chinese food is not really a Chinese restaurant.  It’s The Source, a Wolfgang Puck restaurant, where Executive Chef Scott Drewno exhibits a finesse for creating Chinese dishes such as dumplings, roast duck, and steamed buns.   Since my last visit to The Source, there has been a renovation to […]

Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana: Chef Tosses Aside Fine Dining for Pizza

When Chef Tony Conte decided to leave his post at DC’s upscale Oval Room and open Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana, Darnestown got lucky.  Really lucky. The Chef hung up his fine dining toque last year and is now tossing up pizzas, salad, and appetizers in a lovely, but small, no-reservations restaurant in a strip mall. As a Montgomery […]

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