2016: The Leftovers

At the end of every year, most food writers and bloggers publish summaries: favorite chefs, restaurants, dishes, trends, events, etc.  I was planning to do the same.  But who needs another wrap up extolling the virtues of Pineapple and Pearls, Bad Saint, All Purpose, Tail Up Goat, Convivial, Hazel, Kinship, etc. etc.?  You can read […]

The Dabney: A Tribute to the Mid-Atlantic

When I created Been There, Eaten That 6 1/2 years ago, it was because I had a deep and yes, obsessive love for DC dining. This is long before “Bon Appetit” names DC “Restaurant City of the Year.”  In fact, at the time only a handful of restaurants were considered destinations for a truly exceptional […]

Proof: Souped Up for Fall

As temperatures fall, restaurants are adapting their menus to reflect the season.  I am invigorated at the apples, sunchokes, sweet potatoes, squash, and brussels sprouts that are popping up everywhere in various shapes and forms. And while many are appalled by the proliferation of pumpkin-flavored everything, I am captivated by the smell and taste of the […]

Indique: A Worthy Competitor

When you meet K.N. Vinod, co-owner and Executive Chef of Indique, it’s hard to imagine him as a fierce competitor. He’s a mild mannered man, who smiles easily and radiates with well-deserved pride about his restaurants, which also include Bombay Bistro in Rockville.  Chef Vinod appears on the Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay in an episode titled […]

Policy: There’s No Debate

As a frequent restaurant-goer, I often have an internal debate over where to dine.  My policy is generally to intersperse meals at hot new places with visits to those that stand the test of time.  This includes Policy, a restaurant that’s been part of the 14th Street corridor since 2009, before it was the bustling […]

All-Purpose: Crispy in Shaw

When my daughter got married recently, I was given the opportunity to say a few words at a pre-wedding dinner.  I was paralyzed at first, not knowing quite how to express my feelings.  Once I decide to capture my sentiments in the form of a food review, the words come to me more easily.  I […]

Hazel: Lamenting Lost Leftovers

It was a wail that could be heard around the office.  Fortunately it was late and there weren’t many people around. I forgot to put my leftovers from Hazel in the refrigerator, and the bag had been under my desk for hours.  I considered the contents:  duck sausage and crispy chickpea tofu with Szechuan lamb sauce.  The […]

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