Week in Review – 11/22/20

Image: Couple walking in London (1954). During the past eight months there has been a strange tone in the local press covering the dining scene. While not ignoring the catastrophic impact on the industry, there has been a breezy veneer to the piece. “Check out this cool pop-up!” “The best places for takeout!” “Dr. Fauci’s […]

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Week In Review – 11/15/20

Image: Bruno Bernard. Sophia Loren, Berlin Film Festival, ca. 1958. With the bite of COVID returning, now we will remind you the following words of wisdom with emphasis: BUY A LOT OF STUFF FROM RESTAURANTS YOU LOVE RIGHT NOW. It might make the difference between survival and closing. Also tip big and wear a mask. […]

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Week in Review – 11/1/20

Image: Alfred Eisenstaedt, Italy, 1932 We here at 17 Degrees follow the D.C. food scene pretty closely, but damned if we can explain what is going on. There are places that are opening right as the city girds for winter and COVID cases rise. The closures are easier to explain. The fundamental rule remains the […]

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Week In review – 10/25/20

Image: André Kertész. Café du Dôme, Winter Morning, Paris, (1928). There are parallels between the change in seasons and the restaurant world. Like the plants that fade after summer, there are restaurants that are being pulled out by their roots. There are some that have hopefully taken preparations to get through the coming winter frost. […]

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Week in Review – 10/4/20

Image: Carole Lombard – 1940 Two of the stand-out, high-end spots in D.C. came back to life this week. We ate at a restaurant for the first time and the combination of fear and sympathy for the wait-staff may deter us for another 6 months, especially as the outdoors become less hospitable. There was a […]

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Update – 9/27/20

Image: Champs Elysees, Paris on a warm Easter Sunday, April 03, 1934. After a bit of a hiatus for the last month or so, we are back. There is a lot of news in the D.C. dining world, much of it grim. We have updated our list of recommended restaurants, mostly to note closings or […]

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Week in Review – 8/16/20

Image: Humphrey Bogart in a publicity photo for High Sierra (Raoul Walsh, 1941) via We Had Faces Then. We took last week off because…well sometimes we run out of steam.  Apologies to both our readers.  This week we added to our list and saw more signs of life.  But ominous omens continue to lurk.   Read […]

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Week in Review – 8/2/20

Image: Jeanloup Sieff, Le Café de Flore (c) (1975). There was more news out and about in the dining world than on our site this week.  Let’s get to it. Restaurant Status Updates: Brothers & Sisters – This place reopened in the lobby of the Line Hotel.  It operates in conjunction with the Cafe Spoken, […]

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