Archive for July 19, 2011

Restaurant review: First look at Blackbyrd Warehouse

Blackbyrd Warehouse, the most recent venture from Eric Hilton (of Thievery Corporation) and his brother Ian, gets my seal of approval.  The Hilton brothers also own Marvin, Gibson, American Ice Company, and Eighteenth Street Lounge.   Man, I really hope they make it one day.  Poor guys . . .

Restaurant review: Standard (14th & S St. NW)

standard

I had dinner at Standard today.  Yes, it *may* have been a bad idea to try a place with predominantly outdoor seating on such a sweltering day as today.  I figured I could sweat out the calories as I was ingesting them. (Clever, yes?)  Had I not thoroughly enjoyed my pulled pork sandwich, fried pickles, and Weihenstephaner Hefe-Weissbier (I cut and paste that one), I may have complained.

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Restaurant review: Isabella’s Graffiato is pretty damn good

Damn you, Isabella.  Damn you.  I hate to say it, but nice job with Graffiato (6th & G NW).

Why do I hate to say it? I’m conflicted.  Like others, I thought you were too arrogant during your first season on Top Chef.  Then, you made me a fan when you returned to compete in Top Chef All-Stars.  It was clear to me that you had come back a much more focused and humbled chef than your previous Top Chef-self.  In other words, you kicked some Top Chef ass.  I followed pre-opening reports about your restaurant and asked myself: Would Graffiato be worth the hype?  Then, I got frustrated because I couldn’t get a reservation and I just resigned myself to answering “no” to that question.

Right.  So, where was I? Ah, yes.  Damn you, Isabella.  Damn you.  I’m no longer conflicted.  I can openly and confidently say: great job on the food and the ambiance.  I will be back.

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Blackbyrd Warehouse

July 19, 2011: My friend, who wants an official nickname since he’s made multiple appearances on my blog, shall heretofore be called “Triple X.” So, Triple X, ahem, accompanied me to Blackbyrd Warehouse tonight. Dollar oyster specials all night was music to our ears. I like this new endeavor from the proprietors of Marvin. Cool vibe. We’ll be back soon!


Restaurant review: Lost Society lost me

Lost Society is great for drinks and a view but doesn’t distinguish itself in terms of cuisine.

Courtesy of Lost Society

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