Michelin Guide D.C. 2020 – Thoughts

Over the last two weeks Michelin has announced its 2020 guide star restaurants for D.C. and its Bib Gourmand selections.  After a couple days to mull it over, I have some thoughts.  For reference, here are the Michelin star restaurants (Bib Gourmands at the bottom of the post).  In parenthesis is our site rating for […]

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Week in Review 10/6/19

Image: Fred Astaire, 1939. It was a light week of action on the site, but a big news week for the D.C. dining scene. Here is your recap of the week that was. Updates to the Recommended Restaurant List: Removed: Little Havana – Alfred Solis said he would give his well-regarded Cuban spot 6 months […]

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Week in Review – 9/21/19

Image: Frank Sinatra in High Society (1956) This week we added, we subtracted, we multiplied the people that like orange wine and we divided past from present at a new Italian spot in an old Italian spot spot. Updates to the Recommended Restaurant List: Added:  Gravitas – This post-industrial, New American Ivy City spot is […]

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Washington Post Restaurant Critic Replaced by A.I.

Photo:  Washington Post Food Section New Hire? The rise of artificial intelligence (A.I.) has led some to fear the consequences, one being the fear we won’t be able to tell the difference between things done by a computer and a real person.  Now we have a test case! It looks like the Washington Post tried […]

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How Can You Tell If It Is Love?

Picture:  “Hello Lover.” Focaccia at Leonti, New York.  From The New Yorker (by Eric Helgas). A post in which we pause a moment to marvel at a restaurant critic overcome by affection for the subject of a review.  Despite the fact it has little practical value for me as an eater, I routinely read Hannah […]

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Flagging: Time to End Star Ratings?

Picture: 19th Century U.S. Navy Commodore Broad Pennant.  A rank flag without stars. In his most recent review – a glowing take on Rooster and Owl – Washington Post chief restaurant critic Tom Sietsema reminded us that he tends to low-ball new restaurants when awarding stars.  Last month, I wrote a post, “Time to Suspend […]

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