Category Archives: Restaurants

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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Milan Bakery & Miss Doughnuts, Falls Church

Here’s your key to a successful visit to Milan Bakery & Miss Doughnuts. This tiny little strip-mall carryout bakery is a *Bolivian* bakery, and the doughnuts are being sold, I would think, so they can stay in business for the … Continue reading

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Mykonos, Reston

I’d been to Mykonos 1-2 times in the past (the last time I went, my young dining companion and I had gone ice skating first, and neither of us has skated in over five years). I called to make sure … Continue reading

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Gringos & Mariachis, Bethesda

Yesterday was supposed to be the first day for Gringos & Mariachis (see List of Restaurant Openings – 2014)), and although they still had their soft opening signs up, it was pretty well full, and I was fortunate to find a single bar … Continue reading

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Oriental Gourmet, Arlington

I’ve been enjoying #S28 on their carryout menu: Fish Fillet and Bean Curd in Hot and Red Bean Sauce ($13.45). While this might sound odd, it has the flavors (sans pork) of a very mild Ma Po Tofu – a lot of … Continue reading

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China Cafe, College Park

I called in a carryout order to China Cafe the other day a good thirty minutes in advance, and when I got there, was told it wasn’t ready yet. Okay, so I waited, and during that time I went back … Continue reading

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Artie’s, Fairfax

Before a long trip to Baltimore, my young dining companion and I had a Saturday brunch at Artie’s  Not having had any caffeine injections that morning, I started with my Diet Coke ($3, cheerfully refilled), while he wisely stuck with his usual … Continue reading

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