Fall Favorites: Poca Madre, Fancy Radish, Himitsu, Bresca, Gravitas

“Without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, and moribund.” Anthony Bourdain When asked about my favorite DC restaurants, I consider those that get my heart pumping.  I seek out innovation, favoring restaurants where the featured cuisine or concept is a starting point for the chef […]

Call Your Mother: This Deli Thinks You Should!

by Lori Gardner for Jewish Food Experience Like many Jewish families, the Danas ate bagels nearly every Sunday morning. And for as long as Andrew Dana can remember, his father Jon—whom he fondly describes as “bagel-obsessed”—talked about opening a Jewish deli. Jon Dana is an attorney who never found the right time to make his […]

Pappe: Brotherly Love

It’s difficult for me to specify one cuisine as my favorite, but if push comes to shove -and I hope it doesn’t- I must declare Indian for the win. There is a richness and a depth of flavor that is all-encompassing, regardless of regional variations in spices and ingredients. I’m delighted to see a proliferation […]

Spark at Engine Co. 12: Firing Up Caribbean Cuisine

It’s an Instagram photo of chicken wings that prompts me to add Spark at Engine Co. 12 to my restaurant to-do list.  Chicken wings are my Kryptonite.  Show me a good photo of chicken wings, and I’ll show you a food obsessed blogger who can’t wait to get her hands on those babies. Spark is […]

Gravitas: A Beautiful Palette for the Palate

Food and art are well-suited companions. Dinner at the new Gravitas in Ivy City reminds me of how much I appreciate the pairing. The dining experience at Gravitas begins with a blank canvas. The diner controls the experience by selecting a tasting menu consisting of 4, 5, 6 or 7 courses (priced from $78-$110).  Then […]

Silver: An Encore

When I wrote about Silver last year, I incorporated the show tune “Getting to Know You” into my post.  This is because my visit coincided with the Tony Awards, and it seemed fitting. This post can be considered an encore. As a quick synopsis, Silver is the more sophisticated sister of Silver Diner.  Executive Chef Ype […]

The Oval Room: Test Kitchen Tuesdays- Where the Chef Plays With His Food

The Oval Room is a serious restaurant. This Ashok Bajaj restaurant has a dining room that skews formal, and luxurious ingredients such as caviar, truffles, and foie gras often woven into the modern American dishes.  It is known for attracting DC power players and is well-positioned as a business or special occasion dining destination. Helmed […]

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