Around the BLOCK

The Farmhouse Revisited

I’ve always been a fan of Chef Michael Foust, owner of the Farmhouse. He’s involved in the community and always strives to support local farmers. After an outstanding dinner there last month, it occurred to me that I had not weighed in on the Farmhouse since it started serving dinner several years ago. We were […]

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Trezo Vino Wine Bistro

Trezo Vino in Park Place has a new menu that I recently had the opportunity to sample. We were treated to a five course dinner, which we enjoyed from start to finish, though some dishes definitely stood out. We started with grilled muskmelon with fennel, arugula, feta, mint and balsamic vinaigrette. I’ve grilled watermelon and […]

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Central Michel Richard Washington DC

At the end of a long weekend of eating substantial meals in DC, my son and I were not up for another one. Yet we certainly wanted to enjoy another evening together and we had to eat, right? We had previously made a reservation for Central Michel Richard, and though it has its fair share […]

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Westport Cafe and Bar

Westport Cafe and Bar is a new player on the Westport scene, but unlike most of its neighbors on the block, its emphasis is as much on the food as the drink. Blanc Burger’s orange and white motif is out– the space now has a distinct French cafe flair, with white subway tiles on the […]

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Five Bistro in St. Louis

Five Bistro is an anomaly. It’s in on the Hill, the cozy Italian section of St. Louis, yet it’s not an Italian restaurant. It does share a common trait with many of its Hill peers however, in that is family owned and operated, with a strong emphasis on service. Joe and Bonnie Devoti manage the […]

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Ris–Washington D.C.

I go to DC periodically and enjoy hitting the trendy spots about town. On my last visit, I had delightful meals  at two bistros, Ris and Central Michel Richard. Ris is in Foggy Bottom, right near Trader Joe’s and George Washington University. Chef Ris Lacoste is in the kitchen, for the first time in her […]

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Cafe Europa

I was delighted when Andy Atterbury and Gwyn Prentice took over Cafe Europa in the Crestwood shops last year. I love the location, and was excited to see what their chef Nathan Feldmiller would do with the menu. He had turned heads with Circe on 39th St., so I had high hopes. The restaurant is […]

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Oak 63 Bistro

My lunch at Oak 63 had a rather inauspicious beginning. I had heard how great the Reuben sandwich and French fries were, and I wanted to give them a try.  There was no Reuben to be found on the menu (at least the day I was in), and French fries were only available to those […]

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