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Call Your Mother’s Ongoing Expansion is a Boon to More Than Just Bagel Lovers

The growing regional brand is boosting the bottom lines of local farmers, sausage makers, and bread bakers.

Call Your Mother could have gone with average eggs for its sought-after breakfast sandwiches, but a taste test steered chef and co-owner Daniela Moreira in another direction. “We tried one egg from a normal distributor and one from Earth N Eats farm and the difference was incredible,” she says. They even made her a little…

Two Ethiopian Pals Are Running Bars at Neighboring Haute D.C. Hotels

Engidawork Alebachew and Kalkidan Lemma met studying engineering in community college.

A pair of Ethiopian immigrants met at Northern Virginia Community College in 2017 and became fast friends. Their sisters were already closely acquainted, possibly even from their childhoods in Ethiopia. Engidawork “Engi” Alebachew, 36, was studying bioengineering while Kalkidan “Kal” Lemma, 30, was gearing up to specialize in mechanical and aerospace engineering. Two years into…

Eight Appealing New Additions to Our D.C.-Area Sandwich Guide

Picnic season is approaching. Plan accordingly.

A new year brings a bounty of new sandwiches worthy of being included in City Paper’s sandwich guide. If New Orleans is on your mind with Mardi Gras approaching, there’s a muffuletta waiting for you. Also find out about a secret off-menu chicken parm, a memorable meatball sub, a Japanese-style fruit sando, and a butcher…

Andra ‘AJ’ Johnson is Still Hellbent on Boosting Black Ownership in D.C.

Her advice for budding entrepreneurs: “Be good to your people. Ask for help. Collaborate as much as possible. Stick to your vision.” 

Andra “AJ” Johnson set out to write a game-changing book spotlighting Black culinary talent and addressing cultural neglect in the hospitality industry in 2018. As a general manager and partner at a Chevy Chase restaurant at the time, she was fed up with flipping through listicles in local food magazines and not seeing anyone who…

Bowser Lifts Vaccine Mandate, Stunning Most and Disappointing Many

Mandate reversals spark quick backlash from residents to restaurant workers, with potential political impacts.

D.C.’s vaccine mandate for crowded indoor spaces lasted a month, giving it a shorter lifespan than most house flies. The sudden change has diners, politicians, and restaurant workers scratching their heads.  Mayor Muriel Bowser’s move to end the mandate, effective Tuesday, took much of the District by surprise, especially considering that Feb. 15 was supposed…

Testing Testing One, Two, Three Times a Week

D.C. restaurants with fewer staff than they need to operate at full strength grapple with testing to stay open.

At Baan Siam, rapid at-home testing kits for COVID-19 are as readily available for staff as Singha beer is for customers. The Thai restaurant in Mount Vernon Triangle began ordering tests in bulk on Dec. 10, when they first heard about the omicron variant. Now, whenever an employee feels sick or a bit tired they…

Meet the Chef Who’s Been Quietly Repping D.C. on Reality TV Shows

Chef Martel Stone once worked at Kith/Kin and now has his first executive chef job at The H Restaurant.

You should know the name Martel Stone. The executive chef at The H and former executive sous chef at Kith/Kin has established a stellar reputation locally for his culinary expertise. Lately he’s made a national name for himself with successful appearances on cooking competition shows. And it all started with an omelet. A friend cooked…

New Middle Eastern Brunch at The Green Zone Belongs on Your Radar

The Adams Morgan cocktail bar delves into fun and filling Middle Eastern breakfast food paired with pomegranate mimosas.

Chris Francke has wanted to serve breakfast food at his Middle Eastern cocktail bar since it opened in Adams Morgan in 2018. He talks longingly about the restaurants in Lebanon dedicated to dishes that are all permutations of chickpeas, fava beans, and eggs. He’s half Iraqi, but has family in Beirut and visits often. Late…

Local Veterans Find Comfort in the Structure and Creativity of Professional Cooking

“It’s a big deal for me. I can go do whatever I want now. Cooking is a whole new creative level for me.” 

Content warning: This article includes descriptions of suicidal ideations. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call 1(888)7WE-HELP for local assistance or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255. When D.C. resident Ronald Reaves was medically discharged from military service in 2004, he struggled to find a path forward while coping…

As You Are Bar Gets Green Light From ANC 6B, Targets March Opening

Commissioners unanimously approved the queer cafe, bar, and dance floor’s settlement agreement at an emotional Tuesday meeting.

As You Are Bar is on track for a March launch on Barracks Row. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B members voted unanimously to approve a settlement agreement Tuesday night. The ANC will not protest the business’s liquor license, which would have resulted in a hearing and delayed the project’s opening date to a point that would…

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