Week in Review – 7/26/20

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Every week that does not result in catastrophe for the dining world seems like a triumph at this point.  There was one notable closure locally, the neighborhood standout Coppi’s.  They promise to be back and considering all they have been through, we believe they will.   Out of town, Ludo Lefebvre’s high-end spot in L.A., Trois Mec, closed for good.  With that, let’s look at some of the other happenings on our site and in the world of D.C. dining.

Updates to the Dining Guide:

We added a few places at the beginning of the alphabet (purely coincidence):

Annie’s – Like Ben’s last week, a place not known for its food quality, but for the quality of its character.

Anafre – Alfredo Solis’s tribute to coastal Mexican cuisine.  We had take-out from there this week and it met the high standards we have come to expect from Solis.

Annabelle – A legendary chef moves into a historic spot. They had not quite settled in before the shutdown.  Hopefully they have a chance to ramp up.

Arepa Zone – Venezuelan street food, with the cornmeal pockets being the star.

Other News:

D.C. continues to limp along in terms of meeting metrics for true return to normal.  Do your part.  Wear a mask.  Also, if you are going on a run without a mask – stay off busy streets.

More places are adding a standard service charge, right as Danny Meyer abandons no-tip dining. We noticed this from Red Hen recently.

Mercy Me, the project spearheaded by Johanna Hellrigl and other notables took another step toward full service.

The guy behind Kushi is back with a Udon noodle, Soba spot in Adams Morgan.

Kinship and Iron Gate are back for sit-down service.


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