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Odd Flavors are Worth the Hype

Odd Flavors are Worth the Hype

★★★★★ $$$ At just 20 past 4 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, still 40 minutes before Rose’s Luxury opened its door, a line of well over 30 people had already formed in front of the neighborhood favorite in Eastern Market. Among the string of restaurants along the Barracks Row, this[Read More…]

by November 21, 2014 0 comments Food & Drink, Guide - Top, The Guide
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Co Co Sala is a restaurant with something for everyone. Chocolate lovers will appreciate the establishment’s beautiful desserts like the onyx, a plate comprised of mousse, creme brulee, and a rich brownie.

Lavish, Original Dishes Impress

★★★★★ $$$$ While there is no shortage of bakeries advertising their expertise in chocolate products, few restaurants would do the same — after all, patrons walk into a dinner spot expecting, first and foremost, decent savory dishes. However, Co Co. Sala markets itself as a chocolate-themed dining destination, and it[Read More…]

by November 14, 2014 0 comments Food & Drink, The Guide
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Brasserie Beck is the place to go for delicious mussels and impressive brunch. The chicken and waffles plays up the traditional Southern classic by substituting in crispy Belgian waffles and jalepeno maple syrup

Quality Eatery Impresses with Brunch and Seafood

★★★★★ When it comes to seafood, opinions can be divisive. For those enchanted by seafood, mussels can be especially irresistible. Brasserie Beck is one such establishment in this category. The restaurant is one of many in Washington, D.C., that specializes in making mussels. The French brasserie was opened by Robert[Read More…]

by October 31, 2014 0 comments Food & Drink, Guide - Top, The Guide
Seafood  Restaurant Jazzes Up Southern Classics

Seafood Restaurant Jazzes Up Southern Classics

★★★★★ $$$$ It is not uncommon for cuisine distinctions to become over-generalized — the diversity of food found from region to region within a given country is rarely appreciated. Therefore, Spanish cuisine is equated with tapas, while Catalan food is neglected; Japanese cuisine is equated with sushi, while Okinawan food[Read More…]

by October 17, 2014 0 comments Food & Drink, The Guide
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Old Europe offers hearty, authentic dishes such as delicious cheese spatzel.

German Eatery Impresses with Hearty Dishes

Old Europe 2434 Wisconsin Ave. NW ★★★★★ $$$ Ever since I was young, I have had a penchant for meat dishes – they just seem far superior to fish and vegetable fare. And if there is any country that knows how to cook meat well, it’s Germany. I had German[Read More…]

by October 3, 2014 0 comments Food & Drink, Guide - Top, The Guide
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If you’re looking for a solid Chinese restaurant for take-out or a night with friends, look no further than Sichuan Pavilion. The Dry Stirred Green Beans were a surprising standout, perfectly seasoned and very authentic.

Despite Doubts, Asian Dishes Achieve Authenticity

Personally, I’ve been extremely reluctant to step into a Chinese restaurant in Washington, D.C., fearing I would find inauthentic dishes and decor. In my defense, I wasn’t in charge of picking the location for my latest friend reunion, which turned out to be K Street’s Sichuan Pavilion. As I walked[Read More…]

by September 26, 2014 0 comments Food & Drink, Guide - Top, The Guide
Lauded Restaurant Rocks the Entree, Other Dishes Fall Flat

Lauded Restaurant Rocks the Entree, Other Dishes Fall Flat

There are several neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., that are known for their concentration of restaurants: Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan and even Georgetown. Foggy Bottom, on the other hand, is a hidden gem. Given its geographic location, specifically its proximity to George Washington University, there are of course plenty of national[Read More…]

by September 19, 2014 0 comments Food & Drink, The Guide
Steaming Entree Impresses Despite Fondue Flop

Steaming Entree Impresses Despite Fondue Flop

★★★☆☆ $$$$ As a foodie and devout cheese lover, I used to lament the fact that I hadn’t tried fondue. However when I was in Shanghai this past summer I visited a Japanese occidental cuisine restaurant that specialized in fondue. With melted cheese and white miso, this Japanese rendition was[Read More…]

by September 12, 2014 0 comments Food & Drink, The Guide
DC Hot Spot Tempts With Quality Indian Gourmet

DC Hot Spot Tempts With Quality Indian Gourmet

★★★☆☆ $$$$ Every city known for great food has a handful of restaurants that are considered “must-gos” — one cannot be labelled a foodie without trying these restaurants. In Washington, D.C., there are several such places, one of which is Rasika. Located in Penn Quarter, Rasika is famous for its[Read More…]

by August 29, 2014 0 comments Food & Drink, Guide - Top
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One of the spreads served at Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant.

A Taste of Ethiopia

For me, the quest of restaurant exploration has become a journey of discovery — one of exotic cuisine types, unique usage of herbs, and previously unknown flavors. Being a foodie is a blessing, for it has cultivated in me a curiosity that emboldens me to step outside my comfort zone[Read More…]

by August 22, 2014 0 comments Guide Columns