Montgomery County Restaurants that Snap, Crackle, and Pop!

Every now and again an advertising slogan takes hold and lingers there for decades. We Try Harder. A Diamond Is Forever. Can You Hear Me Now? And then there is Snap! Crackle! Pop! featuring three cartoon characters who promote Rice Krispies. I am reflecting on Montgomery County’s recent increase in independent, casual restaurants when the catchphrase comes […]

Nina May: Happy as a Clam

“Are you content?” The server at the new Nina May in Shaw glances at our party of four with anticipation and a smile. We have chosen the “Chef’s Choice” concept, and the question of contentment is key.  For $39 you permit the chef to determine what he’ll cook for you, after the server ascertains food […]

2019: The Year in Review – Survey for Eater DC

I was delighted to participate in Eater DC’s 2019 year-end survey of local food writers and bloggers. Crafting my responses provides me an opportunity to reflect on a year of dining, and hopefully to provide ideas and insight to others. In reading the collective responses, you’ll find many shared opinions, but also some stark differences. […]

Blue Duck Tavern: ‘Tis the Season

Here’s something cool about Blue Duck Tavern, located in the Park Hyatt in DC’s West End. Even in frosty weather, you can sit outside in their Fire Garden with heaters and blankets providing additional warmth. A hot toddy or mulled wine is the consummate warm-up to dinner. Blue Duck Tavern strikes me as a fine […]

Mintwood Place: Reunited (2019)

You know those old friends you don’t see very often, but when you finally get together the camaraderie and warm, fuzzy feelings come rushing back? This is how I feel when I make a long overdue return visit to Mintwood Place in Adams Morgan. Mintwood Place is a French-influenced bistro that has been popular with DC […]

PLNT Burger: Newly Planted in Silver Spring

by Lori Gardner for Jewish Food Experience The motto for the new vegan PLNT Burger, which opened recently in the Whole Foods in downtown Silver Spring, is “Eat the change you wish to see in the world.” It appears on the T-shirts worn by the fast-casual restaurant’s staff, signage, menu, website and Instagram page. PLNT Burger […]

Capital Food Fight 2019: A Win for All

Chef Marcelle Afram took home the top honor on November 6 at the DC Central Kitchen’s signature fundraising event, Capital Food Fight. Battle # 1 featured a cook off between Kyoo Eom of Dirty Habit against Afram, in which Aram took the round. Battle #2 featured Adam Greenberg of Coconut Club going head-to head with Johanna Hellrigl […]

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