Category Archives: Restaurants

Ghibellina, 14UP

(See the July 26, 2013, Review here.) Ghibellina seems to always be crowded, and justifiably so. The other evening, I was able to get the last bar seat, and had a fantastic dinner. This is not at all specific to … Continue reading

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Sweet Rice, Falls Church

Kudos to Sweet Rice for delivering last week right after we got pounded with 6-8 inches of snow. They not only delivered, they delivered ahead of schedule, and the food was hot and *good*. Wild Pork ($10.95) and Gang Gai ($10.95) were both as good … Continue reading

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The Liberty Tavern, Clarendon

This is the first full meal I’ve had at The Liberty Tavern since Chef de Cuisine Miljohn Dimaano replaced Liam LaCivita (Matt Hill, who recently left Range, has assumed the Executive Chef role for this restaurant group – which includes … Continue reading

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Palena Cafe, Cleveland Park

(See the September 5, 2011, Minibite here (yes, it was a play on Dalí) and the March 13, 2011, Review here.) As things seem to be shifting eastward, from Cleveland Park towards 14UP, Palena and Palena Cafe become ever-more valuable to the … Continue reading

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Cowboy Cafe, Arlington

(See the May 10, 2011, Review here.) I was on my way to Arrowine, and the allure of Cowboy Cafe’s sign called out to me: “Hot food, cold beer,” it said. There was an open parking spot right there, I … Continue reading

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Sur La Place, Palisades

The other evening, I’d driven to Et Voila, only to encounter a full restaurant with no space at the bar. Not wanting to drive any more, I simply walked across the street to a moderately empty Sur La Place. I’d … Continue reading

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Bistro Vivant, McLean

(See the October 2, 2012, Review here.) I haven’t seen any reviews of Bistro Vivant since Katie Busch replaced Ed Hardy as Chef de Cuisine, and luck happened to put us in McLean right around dinnertime. On a chilly Thursday, … Continue reading

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Casa Luca, Downtown

What does a restaurant maggot do when the entire town is flocking to Fiola Mare, trying to get the opening scoop? He goes to Casa Luca. Although Casa Luca has raised prices since it opened – in some cases by … Continue reading

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Byblos Deli, Cleveland Park

I stopped by Byblos Deli today, and was instantly struck by the age-old dinginess of the place. Honestly, I’m surprised this restaurant is only ten years old – the last time I had this feel was in China Cafe in College … Continue reading

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Bethesda Curry Kitchen, Bethesda

If anyone finds out where Anil Kumar landed, can they let us know? Anil Kumar is now at Bethesda Curry Kitchen, right across the street from Grapeseed, which opened on Tuesday, February 11th. On this very cold evening, the nearly … Continue reading

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