Little Pearl

Image: Amuse with a twist. Last Updated: January 2023 Overview: Reflect upon the bite.  Each bite. One at a time.  In some cases, the dish might evolve even as you are eating it.  The crème fraiche atop the potatoes with trout roe will become more liquid.  The creaminess will fade to firm piece of potato […]

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Il Piatto

Image: Chicken Parm. Last Updated: January 2023 Overview: One of the more unlikely sources for good Italian comfort food is a couple blocks from the White House, in an area traditionally dominated by power dining spots.  Il Piatto serves up classics like chicken and eggplant parmigiano, fettucine Bolognese, and fried calamari.  It does them with […]

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Week in Review – 1/22/2023

Image: Paris (1928). Unknown photographer. Dear Gentle Reader, it is time for our recap of activity on our site and other dining news. This week we check in on two spots that took long hiatuses in the wake of the pandemic but we are glad to see back. There is lots of local dining news, […]

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St. Arnold’s

Image: House specialty. Last Updated: January 2023 Overview: St. Arnold’s is a great, low-key bar south of Dupont that also happens to serve up some pretty good mussels and frites to go with the Belgian beer on tap.  After a frighteningly long hiatus, they came back to life largely unchanged (though the chances of a […]

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Week in Review – 1/15/2023

Image: Alfred Hitchcock serving tea to MGM Mascot Leo the Lion (1957). Little activity on our site this week, but some interesting news about how the dining industry may be the most vulnerable sector still in the overall economy – both nationally and in D.C. And of course, Noma closed. And maybe just as a […]

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Opal

Image: Not going hungry at Opal – Salmon, Pork Chop, Squash, Mushrooms. Last Updated: January 2023 Overview: Opal is a sibling restaurant to Nina May.  Like Nina May it focuses on seasonal and fresh cooking, using a variety of techniques that roughly fall under the New American moniker, though Opal is more open to sourcing […]

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Week in Review – 1/8/2023

Image: Robert Doisneau, Isabelle Huppert (1985). Dearest Gentle Reader, we have returned from the holiday break with a packed update for you. Along with a recap of activity on our site from just before Christmas through this week, there is also other D.C. dining news of note. Plus, nationally and internationally some big economic trends […]

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Irregardless

Image: Short Rib Bourguignon. Last Updated: January 2023 Overview: Beverage preferences go through phases.  After the swings toward cocktails and craft beers, wine is coming back.  At Irregardless, it is the motivating and organizing force.  The focus, though not exclusively, is on Virgina wine. It is paired with New American cuisine that draws heavily on […]

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