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Dining To Distraction: The Washington Post‘s Tom Sietsema is getting ready to review two restaurants with “sound levels over 100 decibels. That’s like eating to jackhammers.” Any guesses? [@tomsietsema]

NIMBYs Watch Would-Be Hip Strip Newbie: In Columbia Heights, some neighbors are concerned about the parking, noise, late-night crowds, and your usual garden-variety development issues. [PoP]

New York vs. D.C., Part ?: The Feast went to New York to compare how D.C.’s iteration of the tasty burger peddler Shake Shack stacks up to the Big Apple original. Rachel Tepper concentrates on comparing the food, which, of course, makes perfect sense. But there’s an aesthetic argument that should be made, too. And Y&H would have to say that the aesthetics of the original, verdant Madison Square Park location beats D.C.’s location on the concrete-dominant corner of Connecticut Avenue and 18th Street NW. [The Feast]

Favorite Places: If you ask Mike Isabella what his favorite restaurants in D.C. are, here’s his answer: “Top restaurant is the Source. You’ve gotta get the dumplings. Central for the fried chicken. And Toki Underground. I love ramen noodle soup.” [Washingtonian]

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