This Week in DC Reviews - March 24, 2006 Archives
This Week in DC Reviews - March 24, 2006
Periodically, we will publish This Week in DC Reviews, a roundup of reviews of DC-area restaurants, with quick links to DC-area restaurant reviews and mentions from the previous seven days in blogs, magazines, and newspapers.
For a roundup of New York City restaurant reviews from NYC food bloggers and media, see This Week in NYC Reviews at A Guy In New York.
- metrocurean says that "the National Cherry Blossom Festival [has] plenty to offer the gluttons among us. Numerous area restaurants have created Japanese- and cherry-inspired dishes and cocktails in honor of the festival" ... including "a decadent bing cherry and dark chocolate brioche bread pudding with vanilla bean sherbet from Charlie Palmer Steak" .... and reports that "with the introduction of a new tapas and sangria happy hour," Taberna del Alabardero "is becoming more accessible to a larger--and potentially younger--crowd" ... "you can score a dish of marinated mussels with a creamy sherry vinegar and olive oil emulsion or a plate of grilled housemade chorizo for just under $4" ... web site, 1776 Eye Street NW, 202-429-2200 [Washingtonian | WaPo | food-plan | City Paper | openlist | Yelp | Gayot]
- Suburban Tasteland likes the "weekend Bolivian" at Tutto Bene ... and "always start off with a chicken saltena, which is basically the Bolivian version of an empanada" ... Bolivian menu, 501 N. Randolph Street, Arlington, VA, 703-522-1005 [Tyler Cowen | Washingtonian | WaPo | City Paper | openlist | Yelp | Citysearch] ... reports that Silesia Liquors is "a world-renowned purveyor of wine and spirits, helmed by one of the most generous and knowledgeable wine experts I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet" ... web site, 10909 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD, 301-292-1542 ... had lunch at Monocacy Crossing ... "Saute of Pork Tenderloin with Sage-Cider Sauce was a truly new experience. While I’ve enjoyed many a delicious marinade, none was so ever-present as this one" ... "Crispy Eggplant Napoleon with Grilled Vegetables and Tomato Cream [was] a delightful interpretation of my favorite oblong and oft-maligned vegetable." ... 4424 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD, 301-846-4204 [food-plan | Gayot] ... and writes that HazelSnooks, which "offers a number of vintage candy favorites, such as Sugar Daddies, Pixie Stix, Mary Janes, and, best of all, Wax Lips" ... "deserves more attention than just an obligatory blurb in the Alexandria Gazette Packet" ... "cinnamon glazed almonds and pecans have the potential for dangerous snacking" ... web site, 111 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA, 703-683-8343
- Le Cuvee Americain: The American Blend tried out Mark and Orlando's ... caesar salad was different: "They grilled and cooked an entire head of romaine lettuce. The cooked lettuce rested on a layer of dry croutons with dollops of caesar dressing on either side and little mounds of grated parmesan cheese. Surprisingly enough, the salad was actually quite good, and the grilling process imparted a completely new and different flavor to the lettuce." ... web site, 2020 P Street NW, 202-223-8463 [Washingtonian | WaPo | City Paper] ... had dinner at Belga Cafe, which "has been open a year now, so they were having a special four course prix fixe menu for $49, including some unusual Belgian beers and free souvenir beer glasses as an 'anniversary special.'" ... 514 Eighth Street SE, 202-544-0100 [Washingtonian | WaPo | City Paper | Don Rockwell | openlist | Gayot] ... says Zed's Ethiopian Cuisine is "alleged to be the only place the Ethiopean Embassy will use to cater their formal embassy events" ... "had a very pleasant evening at Zed's. The food was excellent and the service was gracious, efficient, and professional. Zed's is a great place for Ethiopean 'first-timers' as well as for those seeking a more elegant Ethiopean experience." ... web site, 1201 28th Street NW, 202-333 4710 [Washingtonian | WaPo | City Paper | Don Rockwell | openlist | Citysearch | Gayot]
- D.C. Foodies had dinner at Fogo de Chao ... "Rather than visiting the salad bar at the beginning of the meal, I'd recommend taking a break half way through the meal and having a salad as a palate cleanser" ... "The juicy filet was very good, as was the flavorful lamb (in either leg or chop form), which I thought was the best that Fogo de Chao had to offer. It was the most flavorful, tender and interesting by far. I also liked the bottom sirloin." ... (previous reviews: Tom Sietsema (TWIR, March 3, 2006), metrocurean (TWIR, January 20, 2006), Tom Sietsema (TWIR, December 16, 2005)) ... web site, 1101 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 202-347-4668 [City Paper | Yelp | Don Rockwell]
- Corinna Lothar declares that Cafe Saint-Ex is "A genuine neighborhood restaurant" ... "Even if you have to wait for a table, it's worth it for the food prepared by young chef Barton Seaver" ... web site, 1847 14th Street NW, 202-265-7839 [WaPo | City Paper | Yelp | openlist]
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March 24, 2006 08:08 AM Dining