Week in Review – 6/27/21

Image: Marilyn Monroe interviewed by columnist Earl Wilson. Photo by Sam Shaw. Activity on our site remains at a good clip.  We added three places to our D.C. dining guide this week.  It should also be noted that no places have closed for a couple weeks.  That does not mean they are out of the […]

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Tiki on 18th

Image: Bicol Express Last Updated: June 2021 Current Status: On the main stretch in Adams Morgan is a sports bar called The Game.  The co-owner/bartender there, Jo-Jo Valenzuela, is from the Philippines and when they opened he cooked Filipino food to supplement the traditional bar fare.  It caught on, so they took the space above […]

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Compass Rose

Image: Pre-pandemic shot. Last Updated: April 2021 Current Status: Rose Previte’s original world streetfood spot keeps going like the little engine that could.  Now it has expanded outdoor seating options for dine-in that include a steetery designed like a Eurail car.  They take reservations. They are also doing take-out and delivery.  On Saturdays, there is […]

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Bistro Bis

April 2021 Current Status: The last restaurant standing in Jeffrey Buben’s collection does very good French food at the base of Capitol Hill.  If you wrapping up a day near the Mall, and looking for something a little nicer, this spot might work.  They are open and doing dine-in, take-out and delivery. Gift Cards Summary: […]

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Cranes

Image: Patatas Bravas Last Updated: February 2021 Current Status: Chef Pepe Moncayo’s inventive fusion of Spanish and Japanese cuisine (he calls it Spanish Kaiseki) opened in a giant space right before the pandemic took hold.  It has hung on into 2021 without giving up on the edgy cooking.  They are doing dine-in (with outdoor space), […]

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Glover Park Grill

Image: Chicken, greens, Farro Last Updated: August 2021 Current Status: NOTE: Schlow and Johnson are no longer associated with the restaurant. It appears to be run by the hotel. Judgment suspended as to whether it is any good. Boston-based restaurateur Michael Schlow converted the space that was serving Italian under the moniker Casolare into a […]

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Stellina Pizzeria

Image: A Slice of joy. Last Update: January 2021 Current Status: Stellina opened in spring 2019, the product of Lupo Verde alums.  It may have been luck that the focus of its cuisine became a primary food group in the pandemic.  It garnered rave reviews early on and there is no sign of fall off.  […]

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Annabelle

Last Updated: 7/25/20 Current Status: Annabelle is a new restaurant with a lot of history behind it.  It occupies the spot once held by pioneering Restaurant Nora.  In the kitchen is a local legend Frank Ruta.  In one pre-shutdown visit, it was still settling in.  But this is a serious place doing serious food. Currently […]

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