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First Impressions: The Washington Post‘s Tom Sietsema pays a visit to H Street NE newcomer Smith Commons: “Our early experience? Duck leg confit finds flabby fowl, and the tough steak is upstaged by its golden french fries. Paper-thin slices of beef carpaccio dressed with arugula followed by scallops on a puddle of creamed corn make for better dinner memories; the seafood benefits from a sweet-hot dusting of gingerbread.” But Tom says he likes the interior space so much he wants to move in! [WaPo]
Post-Game Review: For the most part, restaurants didn’t advertise much during the Super Bowl on Sunday. Denny’s didn’t buy air time this year and Pizza Hut “pulled its spots at the last minute.” [SmartBlog on Restaurants]
Love is in the Kitchen, Sort of: Hey, Valentine’s Day is coming up quickly, meaning that it’s time to start rolling out appropriately timed features along the theme of love and romance! Here’s Kelly DiNardo‘s series of interviews about making a relationship work with a stressed-out chef. Says Amy Brandwein of Casa Nonna: “Even when I’m dead tired, we talk for an hour or more at the end of the day.” [WaPo]