Urbano 116: A Fight to the Finish

Wrestling may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about inspirations for a Mexican restaurant in Old Town Alexandria.  But the theme, referred to as Lucha Libre in Mexico, fits well at the new Urbano 116.  The restaurant is edgy and raucous, and you’ll probably find yourself fighting over the […]

Delina Eritrean Urban Kitchen: Pass the Injera Please

Food is so much more than what’s on your plate.  It can also be a revealing glimpse into history and culture. Delina Eritrean Urban Kitchen, a recent addition to Bethesda, is a prime example.  Delina is named for the 10-year old daughter of restaurant owners Abraham and Martha Melles. Martha serves as Executive Chef, alongside […]

Q by Peter Chang: Heat Wave

I’m enveloped in a blanket, thankful that I don’t have to go out in the frigid cold. My mind wanders back to a meal I had weeks ago at Q by Peter Chang. And if I was willing to brave the cold, I would venture out to Bethesda where the venerable Chef Peter Chang and […]

Julii: Stepping It Up on Route 355 in N. Bethesda

The first time I see Sasha Felikson he is on the porch of Doi Moi grilling ribs and chanting: “Jewish boy cooking pork!” It’s during the 2017 Dine-n-Dash event to benefit World Central Kitchen.  I am amused and intrigued.  Who is this crazy guy? I wonder.  As it turns out, he was the Executive Chef […]

Maydan: A Countdown

6:10 pm:  Sunday evening. Car ride en route to Maydan- the Middle Eastern, deservedly lauded, restaurant located in an alley near 14th Street and Florida Avenue, NW. 2nd visit for my husband and me.  1st visit for our dining companions. They are VERY excited.  Their enthusiasm reignites mine. Concern: will the restaurant live up to […]

K Town Bistro: Duly Noted

As someone who writes about restaurants, most of the time my friends let me pick where to dine.  But every now and again it’s only polite to let someone else take the reins. Even so, I’m taken aback when a friend rejects my restaurant suggestion and makes a reservation for our party of six at K […]

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