Around the BLOCK

Nashville–Rolf and Daughters, City House and the Southern

Nashville is making a name for itself outside of the music scene, with an increasing number of farm-to-table, casual and innovative restaurants. While recently in this fun city for a wedding, I had trouble deciding which of them to try. These are the ones I settled on (I skipped Husk because I have been to the original […]

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D.O.C.G. Enteca by Scott Conant in Las Vegas

D.O.C.G. in Las Vegas is a winner. Extremely appealing in decor with a very contemporary yet comfortable vibe, the food is equally enticing. The space is long and narrow, with brick walls and a wood-burning fireplace in the open kitchen at the end. The menu is all Italian, but goes beyond pizza and pasta, delving […]

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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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Coopers Hawk Winery and Restaurant

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant is the new kid on the Plaza, taking the space previously occupied by 810 Zone. Fortunately, no remnant of the former tenant remains. CHW executed a total redo and introduced a new concept in the process. Walking into the building, one first encounters a retail store. I was a little […]

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The Jacobson

The Jacobson, the Crossroad’s newest hip restaurant, shares space with Lulu’s Noodle shop. Both occupy the old A.D. Jacobson Heating and Plumbing Company building. It’s a very cool space with glazed cement block walls, a mix of high and low tables, secluded boothes and plenty of bar counter seating. Some of the cocktails come in […]

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The Boot

Walking into the Boot is such a pleasant experience. Someone will quickly greet you and guide you to your table while you look around and take in the very charming interior. The side walls are brick. Old wooden ladders hang sideways and their rungs are interspersed with flower vases. On one wall sits a painting […]

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Pasta with Ramp Sausage

On my first visit to the Local Pig, I selected a variety of items to try, including freshly homemade ramp sausage. Made with pork, it had flecks of the green vegetable in it. For those who are unfamiliar with ramps, they are similar to wild onions and have a garlicky flavor.  I decided to cook […]

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Locanda Verde–New York City

Locanda Verde has been on the map for quite some time. This charming Italian hot spot in Tribeca is owned by Andrew Carmellini, who just added The Dutch to his resume. Securing a reservation for dinner is no easy task, so rather than eat super early or late, we opted for brunch. Tables started filling […]

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Fiola DC

Though Fiola is new to the DC dining scene, its chef/owner Fabio Trabocchi is not. The James Beard award winner is back after leaving the area to run Fiamma in New York’s SoHo.  Before that, he ran the kitchen at Maestro in Tyson’s Corner. It’s safe to say DC diners are happy that he has […]

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Jasper’s Restaurant

A group of us went to Jasper’s on a recent Saturday evening, and the place was hopping! Every table was full, but we had made an early reservation and were able to secure a booth for six. It was comfy and conducive to conversation. I had not visited the restaurant in years other than to […]

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