Week in Review – 1/19/20

Image: Jean Patchett in a Dior gown and cape, Washington, D.C. (1951). via We Had Faces Then.

These week we did some housekeeping on the site, updating some review already posted.  We added one place and did not remove any from our recommended list of D.C. restaurants.  Read on for that and more news from the dining world.

Changes to the Recommended Restaurant List:


The Imperial – This bright, big-windowed spot at 18th and Florida is doing serious cocktails, interesting wines, and tasty food.  We think it is worth taking a walk to check out.  But you will probably want to make a reservation first.

Review Updates:

Centrolina – We revised in light of recent visit.  It is still excellent, but the space has been redone to push the market over (and out of direct sight of the dining room) and open the bar area.

Nina May – We updated to include Lori’s take, from Been There Eaten That.

Brasserie Liberte updated to add Tom’s review.


Hanumanh, the Shaw spot serving whimsical cocktails and serious Lao food is back into its original digs after an extended period of renovation.

Paul Bocuse’s restaurant in France lost its three-star status from Michelin.  Bocuse was a legend, so eyebrows were raised.  On the other hand, it seems like Michelin is losing its mojo even in the homeland.

The comment period closed for the proposed increase in tariffs on European “luxury” goods. If they go into effect, it would impact wine, cheese and other products.

One slightly catty entry this week to take note of that the healthy lunch specials at the Fiola family of restaurants are no longer called “Maria’s Menu.”  They are now Wellness and Balance menus.


If you’ve read this far, you should keep going. Check out our dining guide. There are more than 200 recommended restaurants listed.  You can sort by cuisine, neighborhood, and/or rating!  In both MAP or LIST format.

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