Week in Review 10/6/19

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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:


Little Havana – Alfred Solis said he would give his well-regarded Cuban spot 6 months more to see if it would work.  Apparently he couldn’t make it work, so he is converting it to Mexican.


Karma Modern Indian – The bright, open space a couple blocks off the beaten path of Chinatown, is doing some great work.  It deserves to be mentioned along with other standouts like Rasika and Bombay Club.


The big news is that Michelin announced its star restaurants this week.  Don Rockwell had this on-point insight: “Having just dined in a (legitimate) 3-star restaurant this evening, I have a message for both Michelin and Washington, DC: You’ve got some work to do – both of you.”  We will be posting longer thoughts on the Michelin announcement soon.

Doi Moi had a bad week.  First, it lost its Bib Gourmand status.  Then it lost it chef, Johanna Hellrigl, who announced she was leaving for a new opportunity.  Eater reports she’ll get another executive chef position.  Hellrigl’s #2 recently departed to take over the kitchen at Pom Pom (formerly Himitsu).  The current team under Hellrigl will step up to cover.

Former Himitsu Chef Kevin Tien has been doing preview dinners at his new place, Emilie’s.

La Cosecha, the large hall of Latin food and other goods, opened.  It is located in the Union Market complex.

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