I love popup shops. I secretly make love to tacos. How can I resist? In anticipation of Mike Isabella’s new Bandolero restaurant in Georgetown he’s continuing with the popup tasting menu trend by taking over Tackle Box in Cleveland Park. It’s a little pricey at $65 for a taco tasting menu (plus extra for drinks), but I have high hopes. You can make reservations at CityEats.com.
Cinco de Mayo party, FTW!!!
- There will be seatings between 6pm and 10pm* on the following dates:
- Thursday, April 19 – Saturday, April 21; Tuesday, April 24 – Saturday, April 28; Tuesday, May 1 – Friday, May 4
- A special all-day Cinco de Mayo party will take place starting at 12pm on May 5 and will continue into the early hours of the morning. This is a walk-in party that will be open for the public to enjoy, and Bandolero will not be taking reservations for the event. Food will be served a la carte.
Ever had a problem getting a reservation at Rasika? Well hopefully that’ll be less of an issue now that they’re opening a second location in the West End according to the Washington City Paper’s Young and Hungry blog. The restaurant will be located at 1177 22nd Street NW. Delhi-belly on!
Who says DC isn’t a foodie city? Ok a lot of people but it’s getting better, really! The James Beard Foundation seems to think so, because several DC establishments and chefs have been nominated for their 2012 Restaurant and Chef awards. In case you don’t know of the awards, they’re basically the Oscars of food. Here’s the full list of nominees nationwide.
Here’s the list of DC nominees according to eater.com:
Best New Restaurant: Fiola, Little Serow
Outstanding Bar Program: Columbia Room, PX
Outstanding Chef: Frank Ruta (Palena)
Outstanding Pastry Chef: Tiffany MacIsaac (Birch & Barley)
Outstanding Restaurant: Marcel’s
Outstanding Restaurateur: Ashok Bajaj (Knightsbridge Restaurant Group)
Outstanding Service: Restaurant Eve
Outstanding Wine Program: CityZen, Restaurant Eve
Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional: Greg Engert (Neighborhood Restaurant Group)
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic: Cathal Armstrong (Restaurant Eve), Tony Conte (The Oval Room), Scott Drewno (The Source), Johnny Monis (Komi), Peter Pastan (Obelisk), Vikram Sunderam (Rasika), Bryan Voltaggio (Volt)
Ok chef Jose Andres is pretty crazy…
But I will say his vision for the new and improved Jaleo in Chinatown looks pretty friggin awesome
Not bad DC, not bad at all.
The full list is here. While Citronelle had a strong showing on the list (top 10!) I’m somewhat perplexed about how Ben’s made it on there. We’re not trying to hate on a DC institution, but is it really in the same class as the others?
The list is somewhat questionable anyway based on some other rankings on there (for ex. Commander’s Palace in NOLA is ranked higher than Cochon and August!). But hey, everybody’s entitled to their opinion!
And the winners are:
#83: Ben’s Chili Bowl
#35: Inn at Little Washington
Men of DC: get your primal instincts on. There’s just no way there can be too many barbecue restaurants in a city. DC’s still got a southern mentality (or at least it would seem so if you’re from the Northeast). So the emphasis on BBQ is noticeable.
We’re lucky to have restaurants like Hill Country, Smoke and Barrel, Capital Q, and (maybe best of all) Urban BBQ in Rockville. Now we’re lucky to have a local favorite reopen on March 1st: Standard. They’ve been closed since December 5th, 2011, but they’re back! Can’t wait until a day when the weather’s nice so we can hang out in their courtyard. It really feels like you’re in somebody’s backyard during a summer cookout.