Image: Boris Lipnitzk, Tea at the Ritz (Paris 1925).
Over the weekend the infection rate for D.C. took another dip, and we are tantalizingly close to being at a rate that would justify relaxing the rules. We here at 17 Degrees have been in favor of caution, but with the numbers pointed in the right direction and the vaccination rate increasing, it is hard to justify holding back now on increased indoor dining capacity. Which is why we are ramping up our work on the site. So let’s take a look at the week in review for the site and some D.C. dining news.
Changes to Recommended Restaurant List:
Beau Thai: It is the better than mere neighborhood favorite neighborhood favorite in Mt. Pleasant and Shaw.
Dauphine’s Opens: The team behind the Salt Line built out a space from scratch in the old Washington Post development building. For the first time in a long time there was pure excitement about a restaurant opening. We are excited to try it.
The Commodore Reopens: The location is new but the diving suit remains.
While restaurant owners keep putting their foot in their mouths about how unwilling people are to work for them, one of the cited reasons – unemployment benefits – is not exactly a churning engine of payments.
Doing good by eating well: A number of local Asian American Pacific Islander chefs banded together for a coordinated campaign to raise money and awareness for anti-racist causes in response to a tragic increase in violence against the community.
Finally, for the local food scene one of the biggest news was no news. On Friday, in response to what could be charitably called a tone-deaf op-ed by the Washingtonian publisher, the whole staff did a virtual walkout on Friday. Talk about a 360 review.
If you are ready to dine-out – inside or outside – then check out our dining guide. We have been doing our best to keep tabs on the current status of the 300 recommended restaurants we list.
Stay safe, be patient, be cool.