Monthly Archives: April 2011

Pizzeria Orso, Falls Church, VA

(See the February, 19th, 2011 Review here.) Having just had two very, very good dinners at 2 Amys, I was curious to try Pizzeria Orso again – I had not yet been after the (unceremonious) departures of Edan Macquaid and … Continue reading

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Market Salamander, Middleburg, VA

Today was a very special day, shared with a very special person, and for lunch I found myself driving east on RouteĀ 50 through Middleburg. Every time I do this, I think I’m going to go to Upper Crust bakery, but … Continue reading

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2 Amys, Cathedral Heights

(See the March 27, 2011 Review here.) It was a looong wait for a patio table at 2 Amys – a four-top was lingering, and we were relegated to the bar while we waited for them to <Terminator>GET OUT</Terminator> (there … Continue reading

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Black Market Bistro, Garrett Park, MD

Black Market Bistro gets my vote as “Best Restaurant in Garrett Park.” Then again, I’m pretty sure it might be the only restaurant in Garrett Park. No matter – it’s a wonderful place, and understandably overlooked in the online restaurant … Continue reading

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Tachibana, McLean, VA

My young dining companion and I wanted sushi the other night, so we stopped into Tachibana – a restaurant that I often use for carryout lunch, but rarely for dine-in dinner. We walked into a packed restaurant, and who spots … Continue reading

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Ruffino’s Spaghetti House, Arlington, VA

Ruffino’s Spaghetti House opened in 1975. It closed for renovations last September, and stayed closed for about six months, but it’s now reopen once again. The last time I’d been to Ruffino’s was in the 1990s. I vaguely remembered it … Continue reading

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Bourbon, Adams Morgan

After a mob-scene launch party at Fiola, my friend and I took off for Adams Morgan where we met Bill Thomas and Jake Parrott at Bourbon – he was doing a television segment on Bourbon (the drink, not the restaurant), … Continue reading

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Vidalia, Downtown

(See the January 23, 2011 Review here). Five of us got together at the bar of Vidalia, sequestering the table nearest the kitchen, and drinking and noshing on a mish-mash of bar snacks and share plates. There was so much … Continue reading

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CityZen, Southwest

On Monday, April 18th, CityZen held a fundraiser to benefit the victims of the Japan tsunami disaster. It was a gala affair which featured a brief, moving speech given by Japan’s ambassador to the U.S., Ichiro Fujisaki. There was both … Continue reading

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Present, Falls Church, VA

When it first opened, Present was terribly overrated by the major publications in this town. It was never great to begin with, and after several weeks (perhaps several months), each of my visits seemed to get a little more gloppy. … Continue reading

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