2016: The Leftovers

At the end of every year, most food writers and bloggers publish summaries: favorite chefs, restaurants, dishes, trends, events, etc.  I was planning to do the same.  But who needs another wrap up extolling the virtues of Pineapple and Pearls, Bad Saint, All Purpose, Tail Up Goat, Convivial, Hazel, Kinship, etc. etc.?  You can read […]

The Dabney: A Tribute to the Mid-Atlantic

When I created Been There, Eaten That 6 1/2 years ago, it was because I had a deep and yes, obsessive love for DC dining. This is long before “Bon Appetit” names DC “Restaurant City of the Year.”  In fact, at the time only a handful of restaurants were considered destinations for a truly exceptional […]

Indique: A Worthy Competitor

When you meet K.N. Vinod, co-owner and Executive Chef of Indique, it’s hard to imagine him as a fierce competitor. He’s a mild mannered man, who smiles easily and radiates with well-deserved pride about his restaurants, which also include Bombay Bistro in Rockville.  Chef Vinod appears on the Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay in an episode titled […]

All-Purpose: Crispy in Shaw

When my daughter got married recently, I was given the opportunity to say a few words at a pre-wedding dinner.  I was paralyzed at first, not knowing quite how to express my feelings.  Once I decide to capture my sentiments in the form of a food review, the words come to me more easily.  I […]

Preserve: Savoring Summer in Annapolis

As summer winds down, I feel a need to preserve precious moments from a season that has been far too fleeting.  A visit to Annapolis and the restaurant Preserve seems like the appropriate homage. The small restaurant with a window onto Main Street has a focus on “pickling, preserving and fermenting,” a concept that sustains itself […]

Kyirisan: Been There, Eaten That. Want More.

There are restaurants where I dine once, enjoy the meal, and then happily check the box.  I’ve been there, eaten that.  Others capture my attention and leap to mind when I respond to the frequently asked question:  “What restaurants do you like these days?” My newest response is Kyirisan in DC’s growing food mecca, Shaw. […]

Momofuku CCDC: The Heat is On

There was a lot of hububb when the well-known David Chang brought his highly-regarded Momofuku from New York to DC.  Momofuku CCDC, along with it’s bakery Milk Bar, attracted lines with hours-long waits for its renowned pork buns, ramen, and crack pie. Somewhat to my own surprise, I resist the hordes, telling myself I’ll wait […]

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