Caruso’s Grocery

Image: Pork Chop Last Updated: December 2021 Current Status: Open for sit-down service. Overview: Caruso’s Grocery serves up a revived take on the American mid-century version of Italian restaurants.  It not only brings to mind places with straw-covered wine bottles, chicken parm covered in red sauce, and Louis Prima playing, it is a recreation of […]

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Crazy Aunt Helen’s

Image: Cajun Shrimp with Brie creamed corn. Last Updated: September 2021 Current Status: Open for lunch/brunch and dinner Wednesday to Sunday. Overview: This is old-school, American-style comfort food with suggestions of culinary showmanship.  Pork chops, roast chicken, brisket are the type of mains you will find.  Running the kitchen is Mykie Moll, who worked as […]

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La Collina

Image: Bucatini “Cacio e Pepe” Last Updated: September 2021 Current Status: They are open Thursday to Sunday, 5:00 to 9:00 pm.  Take-out and delivery are available. Proof of vaccine or recent test required to dine inside. Overview: La Collina sits next to its sister restaurant The Duck and The Peach and even share the same […]

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The Duck and The Peach

Image: Eponymous. Last Updated: September 2021 Current Status: Open Weds-Sun.  Day café from 9:00 – 3:00.  Dinner at 5:30.  Ample outdoor seating and spacious indoor seating.  Take-out and delivery also available. Overview: The Duck and The Peach is back-to-back with Italian neighborhood spot La Collina, and they share the same kitchen and chef and owner […]

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Mangialardo’s

Image: G Man in hand. Last Updated: September 2021 Current Status:  Open Mon-Fri 9:00am-2pm. Overview:  There is near unanimity about Mangialardo’s.  It is a D.C. institution.  The sandwich to get is the “G Man” that is a classic Italian sub. The other subs to get are whatever you want because they will all probably make […]

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Slice Joint

Image: The camera did not eat first. Last Updated: August 2021 Current Status: Walk-up counter service open for lunch and dinner in the Roost complex. Overview: Really good (NYC-style) pizza.  Square ones too. That is the bottom line. There is other background information that might be useful, but the fact is a really good NYC-style […]

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Leni

Image: Chicken Paprikash Caesar with side of pickled eggs in the mix. Last Updated: August 2021 Current Status:  The counter service stall in The Roost food hall is open for breakfast and lunch from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Overview: Richmond-based chef Brittanny Anderson (who acquitted herself well on Top Chef 2021) has focused on […]

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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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