Week in Review – 12/22/19

Image: Katharine Hepburn in Christopher Strong (1933)

It was a light week for posting, coming down the stretch towards Christmas.  The news this week was also touched by sadness.  So in a reflective mood, we look back on the week that was.

Updates to the Recommended Restaurant List:


Brasserie Liberté – Several years ago Hakan Ilhan opened Bistro L’Hommage across the street from City Vista.  It was classic food, elaborate and very French decor, and a huge space.  I had a delightful meal at the bar one night when the bartender and I cracked open several Armagnacs.  Unfortunately, the place did not take.  Now he is back with a second go of an elaborately-decorated, cavernous spot serving classic French fare.  This time in Georgetown.  He aims to go a little lighter than standard-bearer Le Diplomate.  So far, so good!  Though the Armagnac selection is not as robust yet, or maybe he is on to me!


We did some minor updates to our review of Chloe based on a recent visit.  The original review was from March 2019.  We still think it is excellent.


We plugged our Neighborhood Wine Shop Guide on social media again (and we’ll plug it again here!).  Whether you are looking for a bottle to impress as a gift, a bottle for swilling at a party, or bubbly for New Year’s, we can help you find a great place to get it.


Doi Moi is going into a partnership with the Chicken + Whiskey folks with an eye to renovating and re-invigorating the bright spot on the corner.  Washington City Paper reports the space will be closed in the spring for renovations.  Ironically, when considering the format of Chicken + Whiskey, they want to integrate the downstairs bar better.

Two pieces of sad news.  Bob Kinkead, whose eponymous restaurant was a landmark for two decades, passed away this week at the age of 67.  Ken Nankervis, who bought A. Litteri last year passed away on Thanksgiving Day at 52.

Whatever you may be doing this week, we hope it is happy and relaxing.  Get back safe.  Then you can start thinking about where you are going to eat in 2020!

If you are sticking around DC and looking for suggestions on where to go for dinner, check out our dining guide.  We have more than 200 places that you can sort by cuisine, neighborhood, and/or rating!  In both MAP or LIST format.

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