Why Mount Pleasant is a Treasure Chest for D.C.’s Home Cooks

After picking out a cookbook at Bold Fork Books, head to the neighborhood's new and seasoned markets for ingredients.

In just a few D.C. blocks you can gather all the international ingredients you’ll need to prepare a meal that will wow your friends. Pandemic pivots and the opening of a food-focused bookstore have helped make Mount Pleasant a fun place for novice and expert home cooks to shop. So too have the long-standing, immigrant-owned […]

Feeding Arriving Afghans Was an Easy Decision for Lebanese Taverna Family

During a pandemic that's pushed restaurants to the brink, the Abi-Najm siblings still support causes close to their big hearts.

When word came that thousands of Afghan refugees would be landing at Dulles in late August after their country fell to the Taliban, World Central Kitchen mobilized to make sure those reaching the U.S. after a harrowing journey would be greeted with a hot meal. The nonprofit’s first call was to Grace Abi-Najm Shea, one […]

Reveler’s Hour and Other Restaurants That Didn’t Receive RRF Grants Are in Jeopardy

"People just aren’t eating out the same way they were pre-pandemic."

Jill Tyler, Bill Jensen, and Jon Sybert own two restaurants in Adams Morgan. Tail Up Goat is poised to see the other side of the pandemic while the future of Reveler’s Hour is far more uncertain. The reason has little to nothing to do with Tail Up Goat’s Michelin star. Unlike its sister restaurant, Reveler’s […]

Thirsty Crow, Makan’s Sister Sports Bar, Reopens Tomorrow

The sports bar and lounge serving Southeast Asian food and cocktails is in Columbia Heights.

Catch a game at Thirsty Crow once the sports bar reopens Sept. 9 in Columbia Heights. Instead of standard pub grub like wings and onion rings, fans will find a tight menu of fiery Southeast Asian fare from Chef James Wozniuk and his business partner Lukas Umana. The bar is located below its sister restaurant, […]

Judges Quit, Chef Speaks Out After Social Media Stir Over Korean Cooking Contest

The K-Food Cook-Off scheduled for later this month included Gogi Yogi managing partner Daniel Kramer as a judge.

A Korean cooking contest planned for later this month in Tysons Corner was upended over the long weekend. A false and offensive statement on promotional materials for the K-Food Cook-Off claiming there’s “a lack of Korean restaurants in the DMV area” generated criticism on social media. Organizers attributed the language to Gogi Yogi managing partner […]

Dim Sum, French Cocktails, and Magnum Wines Star at Bar Chinois

The bar from Chef Tim Ma, Margaux Donati, Dean Mosones, and Mark Minicucci hopes to open this month in Mt. Vernon Triangle.

Later this month you’ll be able to order a magnum of Champagne to pair with shu mai and other traditional dim sum treasures at Bar Chinois. The bar replacing Prather’s on the Alley in Mount Vernon Triangle hopes to be a neighborhood hang and boisterous brunch spot. While Bar Chinois is a joint venture between […]

A Pilot Program at the Mount Pleasant Library Lets You Check Out Seeds

Share a Seed and Friends of the Mount Pleasant Library team up to launch a seed library on Sept. 11.

You’ll soon be able to check out seeds from the Mount Pleasant Seed Library. And unlike with most library materials, you get to keep them! The seed library pilot program, launching Sept. 11, encourages District residents to grow their own food. It’s a partnership between the Friends of the Mount Pleasant Library and Share a […]

Thirteen Indulgent Fried Snacks to Try in Greater D.C.

Treat yourself to conch fritters, duck croquettes, a latke doughnut, vegetable tempura, and pakora.

If you’re craving something crunchy or salty, turn to some of the best fried snacks in the D.C. area. The chefs behind them take their cues from everywhere from the Bahamas and Trinidad to Iraq, India, and Italy. None of them are French fries, but potatoes still get a lot of play. Batter up. Conch […]

Four D.C. Restaurants Join Forces on a Sandwich Fundraiser for Afghan Refugees

The Belly Full pop-up serves sandwiches from CHIKO, Bammy's, Albi, and Grazie Grazie and runs this Thursday through Sunday.

Select the special sandwich at Grazie Grazie this Thursday through Sunday and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to KindWorks’ efforts to help resettle Afghan refugees, many of whom fled their country after it fell to the Taliban earlier this month. Thousands of evacuees with uncertain futures are arriving in the U.S., including at […]

I Lived in a Bar For Six Months In Exchange For Watching the Place and Its Two Cats

When the pandemic cost me my job and apartment, the owners of The Public Option in Langdon Park took me in.

Last October, while commiserating with friends about the pandemic and lamenting what may still be the end of the world, I mentioned that I would soon be losing my job and my apartment. One of my friends, local brewpub owner Bill Perry, a man not unfamiliar with non sequiturs, then asked if I like cats. […]


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