The Ultimate Dining Guide

14 01 2009
Photo thanks to dps on Flickr

Photo thanks to dps on Flickr

Thank GOD our friends over at The List Are You On It are indeed on it, as usual. They’ve compiled what has to be the ultimate inaugural dining guide, detailing specials and events at restaurants and bars across the region. There are plenty of $44 dinner specials, but some places are pulling out all the stops–I love Proof’s idea to have Alice Smith perform on Saturday for the late night dinner crowd, and plans for extended hours over at Taberna del Alabardero. Deliciousness!


Washingtonian’s 2008 Dirt Cheap Eats

12 01 2009
Image Courtesy Washingtonian Magazine

Just in time for inauguration, Washingtonian Magazine has released its latest Dirt Cheap Eats list, covering DC, Maryland and Virginia. The list features meals at 61 restaurants for $15 or less per person. There are plenty of places on here I love, and many more I’m dying to try. Some personal favorites on the list include Good Stuff Eatery on the Hill and Eammon’s in Alexandria.

(Image Courtesy Magazine)

Hungry Anyone?

8 01 2009

If you haven’t been to DC, you may not know what an incredible dining town it is these days. Everyone from famed chef Michel Richard to Top Chef veteran Spike Mendelsohn has put down roots at restaurants around town, and the result is delicious meals in every price range. With bars and restaurants planning to stay open until 5am you should have plenty of chances to eat well, all over town, and I have a few tips to make it easy to do:

  • Get an account if you don’t already have one–its the fastest way to see what restaurants have availability. If you are looking for a certain time and its not available, try giving the restaurant a call before giving up–in many places only a portion of the seats are online, so you might get lucky calling. Open Table has a good list of restaurants with special inaugural menus from the 19th through the 22nd, including $44 specials for multiple courses so check it out.
    • There are many excellent restaurants near the Mall, White House and Capitol (Central, TenPenh, Good Stuff Eatery, Equinox to name a few), but the goodness doesn’t stop there. Venture uptown a bit to Palena in Cleveland Park, or get a half smoke on U Street from Ben’s Chili Bowl, one of DC’s true institutions. And if you can, check out Ben’s new sister restaurant next door called, ahem, Next Door, for a meal prepared by Hell’s Kitchen winner Rahman “Rock” Harper. All are Metro accessible.
      • If money is no object for the ultimate mean, eat incredibly well for a good cause. Put down $500 and you could be one of 80 dining at the masterful hands of Alice Waters when she creates a meal at the Phillips Collection on Jan. 19th. According to the New York Times special guests include Michael Chabon, Anna Deavere Smith and Maya Lin. And the best news? Since its a charitable event, $350 of the ticket price is tax-deductible. Cha-ching! Tickets available at, although there is nothing on the site yet. If you’re interested check back or call the Phillips.

          DC residents, have other suggestions from our out of town guests? Share!

          Extended Bar Hours: Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

          21 12 2008

          Half of DC is ecstatic and the other half is scared of its mind now that the City Council bars and restaurants will be open until 4am from Jan. 17-21 for the inauguration. I personally think its going to be a great opportunity for local businesses to recoup money lost due to the economic downturn, although I am a bit concerned that the Metro won’t be running just as late. So if you’ll be here and plan to be out, please take public transportation or a taxi, and be careful!

          Check back soon for more info on places around town to eat and drink for all those extra hours, and in the meantime, check out the reviews on Yelp for some hints on where (and where not) to go when you get to town.