City Paper is not for tourists
Frozen Tropics has the best pics from the H Street invasion of Bobby Flay‘s sweater vest and distressed jeans. Mr. Charred Poblano was in town Wednesday to tape an episode of Throwdown, his show on Food Network, where he “surprises” real chefs who think they might be getting their own show, only to have to stand there in front of the cameras and feed Flay’s ego. Sweater Vest took on Granville Moore’s exec chef Teddy Folkman and his moules and frites. The taping actually took place at the Argonaut, complete with Flay taking a call when he was supposed to be bringing it (Endless Simmer has the evidence). ES also dropped a few nods to the home team that sound suspiciously like a spoiler alert:
Though audience members have been asked not to reveal the outcome of the throwdown, I can say that I found Teddy Folkman’s blue cheese and bacon mussels to be plump, juicy and flavorful, and his frites were crisp, salty and coated in a delicious blend of herbs like tarragon and thyme.The yellow tomato and truffle aioli that he provided for dipping was amazing, though Folkman admitted that the expensive ingredients would preclude him adding it to the menu anytime soon.Bobby Flay’s mussels, true to form, were served in a broth that featured coconut milk, green chiles and tons of butter.They were tasty, but seemed smaller and less tender than Folkman’s.And although Flay’s roasted poblano (naturally) dipping sauce was delicious, the fries themselves were disappointingly plain – more like fast-food fries than Belgian frites.
DC Foodies say the show is set to air in May or June.