Week in Review – 9/5/2021

Image: Marvin Koner, Miles Davis in front of Cafe Bohemia, New York City (1956)

This week we focused relentlessly on promoting our visitor’s guide to Santa Barbara wine country with limited success.  As a result, there are no updates to the recommended restaurant list for D.C.  We will get back to D.C. food this coming week though, fear not our faithful reader.


EaterNY critic Ryan Sutton announced that they will not be bringing back starred reviews. A moved we applauded, but somehow in a way that was confusing.

Ashok Bajaj hosted Gene Weingarten for lunch at Bombay Club to be gracious and kind in explaining the joy of Indian food.  Weingarten is should be remembered did a whole story about Joshua Bell playing at the L’Enfant Metro entrance to see if people could recognize beauty in the mundane.  It is exactly this kind of openness that was missing from the Weingarten column about despising Indian food and dismissing it.

Related, the guy behind Restaurant Manifesto posted a piece called Restaurants Need To Stop “Killing With Kindness.”

It is always important to remember that the guys that started Sweetgreen were young business majors at Georgetown.  At least that is how we explain their frequent PR disasters.  CEO Neman claimed that obesity is the underlying problem for COVID: “Is there an underlying problem that perhaps we have not given enough attention to?”  Yes there is.  It is assuming that people successful in business are smart about anything other than selling products.

Read this in the City Paper for the story behind this line: “And one night, I got up to assure a drunk guy knocking on the front door that despite the lights in the window, the bar was not open. I just lived there. With some cats.”

Lori at Been There Eaten That fixes our pronunciation of Jônt.


Enjoy the hit of sweater weather.  It is a beautiful time to sit outside and dine.  If you are in Washington, D.C. or thinking about coming, be sure to check out our dining guide.  With 300 plus recommended restaurants that you can sort by cuisine, neighborhood, and current operating status (dine-in and/or take-out, etc.) in either LIST or MAP format.

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Stay cool, stay safe. Get the jab, bring proof and a mask.  Tip big and don’t be a jerk to the staff.