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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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Jack Rose

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July 6, 2011: Drinks at Jack Rose (on 18th St. near U St. NW) with one of my best friends. We had drinks and snacks up on the rooftop deck. I tried the veggie sandwich this time based on another friend’s recommendation. It was quite tasty. The veggies are grilled and topped with goat cheese. For a meatless sandwich, it’s quite hearty and satisfying. By the way, since my initial review, Jack Rose has opened up its first floor. For now, it’s only open Fridays and Saturdays and I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet. I’ll report back when I do.