Around the BLOCK

Rasika–Washington, DC

Often touted as the best Indian restaurant in America, getting a table at Rasika is now a little easier thanks to a second location in the West End. We went to the original, which may not be as chic and modern as the newer spot, but the menu is almost identical at both so we […]

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Zaytinya in Washington, DC

Jose Andres has done it again. The celebrity chef based in Washington DC owns several restaurants around the District, and I’ve now eaten at all of them with the exception of Minibar (though my son and his girlfriend went and took lots of pictures so I have experienced it vicariously).  I had heard fabulous comments […]

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Mintwood Place

Mintwood Place is one of the most interesting restaurants I’ve been to in a long while. Very casual, but the food is serious and oh so good. I was not surprised to learn that the Chef is a semi-finalist for a James Beard award and that he recently nabbed honors as Best Chef Food & […]

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Vidalia–Washington DC

Vidalia has consistently made Washingtonian’s list of the Top 100 restaurants in the DC area, and is usually in the top ten. Its cuisine is more mid-Altantic/Southern, of the sort you’d find in Charleston. It has a lovely dining room and, fortunately, not a loud one, so conversation is easy. We had a wonderful server, […]

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Ceiba–Washington DC

Ceiba is one of several restaurants owned by Jeff Tunks in Washington, DC, the most well-known of which was the now shuttered Ten Penh and my favorite of the group. Ceiba has a Latin American theme and you can choose to sit in the bar or lounge and have appetizers, or enjoy a full dinner […]

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The Source DC–revisited for brunch

The Source is a Wolfgang Puck fine-dining establishment, and I had an exceptional dinner there a couple of years ago. This time we tried the Dim Sum brunch. Scrap your image of rolling carts, this is basically an Asian version of Spanish tapas. We weren’t sure how many dishes to order, but our server said […]

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Kinkead’s in Washington, DC

Kinkead’s has been around for decades, but it shouldn’t be overlooked. It is consistently on all the top restaurant charts, deservedly so. I made a return visit there recently, after too long of a drought.The multi-level restaurant has multiple personalities, depending on where you sit. There is a casual cafe on the lower level, a […]

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SEI Restaurant–Washington DC

To say that SEI restaurant in Washington, DC is a sushi restaurant doesn’t do it justice. Yes, it has some pretty terrific and beautifully prepared sushi. But what makes this Penn Quarter gem glitter beyond its white and amber decor is the inventiveness of the small plates on the menu. Building a meal around these […]

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Tabard Inn–Washington, DC

The Tabard Inn has long appeared on “Best Brunch” lists in the DC area. In fact, it’s one of those places where you need to call a month in advance to insure a reservation. I made that call and was rewarded for my efforts with an 11:30 am Sunday reservation (Saturday brunch is also served). […]

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Acqua Al 2 in Washington, DC

Acqua Al 2 has come to Washington, DC. Its owners know a thing or two about what constitutes authentic Italian cuisine. Started in Florence, Italy, the restaurant’s only other  North American outpost can be found in San Diego. Acqua Al 2 took over a charming little space in the up and coming Eastern Market section […]

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