DIRT Ballston: Talk DIRTy To Me

There is a lot of growth in Ballston at the moment, particularly when it comes to casual (fast, fine, or counter) dining options. Add DIRT Ballston to your list, because you’re going to want to get DIRTy.

Sababa: Cool Collaborations

If there is one ingredient that is woven consistently into the food at Sababa, the one-year old Israeli restaurant in Cleveland Park, it’s tahini. The creamy sesame paste that is akin to peanut butter is a common ingredient in Middle Eastern dishes and is a staple in Israeli cuisine. Ryan Moore, executive chef at Sababa, […]

Kaliwa: Common Bonds

I like Kaliwa with its jumble of Southeast Asian dishes. It’s a restaurant rooted in tradition and the spirit of sharing, and the potential to create bonds between cuisines and its diners.

Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill: Countless Options

If you haven’t been to Georgetown to dine recently, it’s time. There is a crop of new restaurants to explore, including Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill overlooking the C&O Canal. The restaurant takes over the space once belonging to Sea Catch, which was a Georgetown mainstay for more than 30 years. Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill is […]

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 […]

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