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We’re halfway through the calendar, so it’s time to check in to see how accurately Young & Hungry has predicted the 2011 food scene so far.
OUT → IN
Burgers → Hot Dogs Verdict: No. No new specialty dog shops have opened yet—just a cart called Frank—but Shake Shack is now in Dupont. It sells both. In terms of notoriety, though, the Shack Burger probably trumps the Shack-ago Dog.
Where the Obamas Eat → Where Sam Kass Eats Verdict: No. With Obama’s slaying of Enemy Number One, and just a day after his killer White House Corespondent’s Dinner speech, all eyes still follow the first couple. Or is that old news? Whatever, Mrs. O still looks amazing.
Jose Andrés in D.C. → Jose Andrés Everywhere Verdict: Tie. Jose is back again in the national spotlight by winning the outstanding chef award at last month’s James Beard Awards. In fact, he’s so magical that he helped 60 Minutes win an award for its show about him. According to Twitter, Miami is next on his radar. But not before he opens America Eats Tavern in the space currently occupied by Café Atlántico (R.I.P.).
H Street’s Food Identity → Wheaton’s Food Identity Verdict: Undecided. Anyone know what’s up with Wheaton?
Michael Landrum Doing Meat → Michael Landrum Doing Salads Verdict: Undecided. When is this finally opening?
Food Trucks → Food Trucks Buy Store Fronts Verdict: Yes. Mobile munchie moguls District Taco and Sauca have both established brick-and-mortar locations in the burbs.
Photo by Darrow Montgomery