Monthly Archives: May 2011

Masa 14, U Street Corridor

There was but one mission: to drink. Masa 14 has amazing happy hour deals, and they run weekdays until 7 PM. Everything at happy hour on this day was only $4. We arrived at 6:04, and made the most of … Continue reading

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Surfside, Glover Park

“Wow this place reminds me of Jettie’s,” my friend said as she walked into¬†Surfside for the very first time. I’ve never heard one bad thing about Surfside, the wildly popular California-tinged semi-fast food Mexican restaurant which seems to be constantly … Continue reading

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Chubby’s Southern Style Barbecue, Emmitsburg, MD

I last went to Chubby’s several years ago, and remember really enjoying their ribs, but I didn’t remember all that much else. I’ve been in touch with owner Tom Caulfield on-and-off (he’s a member of donrockwell.com), and he wrote me … Continue reading

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Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastropub, Shirlington, VA

It wasn’t so long ago that Shirlington was a quaint little strip with one really good restaurant (Carlyle Grand Cafe), and a few lesser ones. Now, that strip is still quaint, but Carlyle is a shadow of what it once … Continue reading

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PS7’s, Verizon Center

(See the December 9, 2010 Review here.) Every time I’m at PS7’s lounge, I tend toward the flatbreads and sandwiches; this time, I forced myself to go “main course,” just to see what this crew is up to. Gina Chersevani … Continue reading

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Pupatella, Arlington, VA

(See the January 31, 2011 Review here.) All hail the new King of Pizza in the Washington, DC area. I’m coming right out and saying that, as of late May / early June, 2011, Pupatella is the best by far, … Continue reading

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Medium Rare, Cleveland Park

(See the March 27th, 2011 Review here.) When Medium Rare first opened – even before it first opened – I expressed to myself a quiet concern. I had questions about whether a restaurant serving essentially one thing only – steak … Continue reading

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Ulah Bistro, U Street Corridor

Ulah Bistro has several things going for it: a wood-burning pizza oven, a great view of Ben’s Chili Bowl, and a solid beer program. As I sipped my draft of Bell’s Amber Wheat ($5.75), I decided to create a highlight … Continue reading

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Bistro Cacao, Capitol Hill

It was a perfect night to dine on a patio, and picking Bistro Cacao – sandwiched between a packed La Loma and Cafe Berlin – was an obvious choice for my French house guests (especially since I hadn’t been since … Continue reading

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Blue 44, Chevy Chase

It was the day of the donrockwell.com picnic, and after spending an afternoon feasting on 18 different types of pork, I wanted a light dinner. Blue 44, with its strong influences from Pittsburgh, isn’t the type of restaurant that a … Continue reading

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