Reality Bites: Albi, RASA, Hatoba, Coconut Club

NOTE: Coconut Club is Closed Until Spring 2021 It’s fitting that as the temperature rises, more people are dipping their toes into social distancing with friends and family, shifting from grocery delivery to actual grocery shopping, and planning their return to restaurants as DC announces a plan to allow for outdoor service beginning today. I’m […]

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 […]

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 […]

Emilie’s: SAVE THE BRANZINO! (Closed)

Note: Emilie’s Closed in 2020 It begins innocently enough. It’s my first visit to eat at Emilie’s, the new restaurant from Chef Kevin Tien on Capitol Hill. Visions of fried chicken are dancing in my head. I’ve heard raves about the deep-fried bird which is accompanied by ranch dressing and a hot sauce made from fermented […]

Mama Chang: A Religious Experience

As my husband heads to synagogue, which he does every Saturday morning, I sit at my kitchen table with my own version of worship. I take a deep breath and think back on my week. What did I accomplish at work? What did I read, listen to, or watch that has made an impact on […]

Commonwealth Indian: Beauty & the Beast

Before it even opens, Commonwealth Indian on Old Georgetown Road attracts my attention.  The restaurant stands out, with its name emboldened on a bright red background that spans across the building. It’s an alluring addition to the growing list of restaurants at Pike & Rose in North Bethesda. All too often my restaurant visits feel […]

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