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 […]

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 […]

Kinship: Feeling It

Kinship, the new Shaw restaurant from Chef Eric Zeibold, has an obvious mission that plays on its name. “Kinship is a feeling of being close or connected to other people.  Our menu is a reflection of what inspires us when we think about food.  We hope that our restaurant fosters camaraderie with the people you […]

Maketto: A Super Supper

Year-end lists are inevitable. Best movies, TV shows, books, podcasts, and of course restaurants. The restaurant lists stress me out, as they inevitably emphasize where I failed to dine this year.  One of the restaurants sitting high on my “to do” list has been the Taiwanese/Cambodian Maketto.  Maketto is owned by Chef Erik Bruner-Yang, who is […]

Convivial: Happy to Meet You!

con·viv·i·al kənˈvivēəl/ adjective (of an atmosphere or event) friendly, lively, and enjoyable Every restaurant should have a goal to be convivial. When it’s your actual restaurant name, you really need to live up to the moniker.  The new Convivial from chef/owner Cedrick Maupillier is on point…and then some. If you’ve been to Mintwood Place in Adam’s […]

China Chilcano: Standing Out and Making a Stand

With DC restaurants opening at a dizzying pace, it’s critical to stand out. China Chilcano, which opened in Penn Quarter this past January, has a multitude of merits that make it notable. It is one of the newest additions to Jose Andrés’ DC restaurant empire, which continues to grow. Andrés is one of DC’s most recognizable restaurateurs. […]

Florida Avenue Grill and Gypsy Soul: Southern Comfort

The winter months lend themselves to food that warms the soul.  Two of my recent dining experiences are as different as night and day, yet they each offer food from the south that is both hearty and comforting.  Gypsy Soul, in Northern Virginia’s Mosaic District, is a chance for Chef RJ Cooper to embrace Southern […]

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