Category Archives: Restaurants

The Dairy Godmother, Del Ray

(Read the Mar 5, 2012 Minibite here.) I was having a relatively rare hell-bent sweets craving the other evening, and had dinner (yes, dinner) at The Dairy Godmother, which was absolutely packed, with a line inside extending all the way … Continue reading

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Mussel Bar & Grille, Ballston

(See the Jan 23, 2011 Review here.) Once more to Arlington. The mussels were very good. The beer was good, although I’m pretty sure my first glass was not what I ordered. I had the opposite problem as agm: the … Continue reading

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Osteria da Nino, Shirlington

Osteria da Nino, not Samuel Beckett’s Tavern, is the best restaurant in Shirlington. First, let me add that I went back to Samuel Beckett’s Tavern for a late supper the other evening, and only the bar menu was available. Starting … Continue reading

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Buzz Bakery, Alexandria

I set up my workstation at Buzz Bakery, armed with a Large Americano ($3.30), fortified by a somewhat expensive Extra Shot ($1.00). Buzz uses Ceremony Coffee Roasters, based in Annapolis. Note that Ceremony, in addition to having their roastery in Annapolis, … Continue reading

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Sally’s Middle Name, H Street Corridor

I stopped by an empty Sally’s Middle Name at 5:30 on Monday evening, and had one of the very best meals I’ve had in a long time. First of all, it’s important to note that Sally’s Middle Name (SMN) was … Continue reading

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Bangkok 54, South Arlington

My disagreement about Bangkok 54 with local critics, as well as with many diners, goes back over ten years, and continues to this very day. At the risk of losing readership, I urge people who think that Bangkok 54 is a superior Thai … Continue reading

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Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastropub, Shirlington

(See the May 28, 2011 Review here.) I stopped into Samuel Beckett’s early Saturday evening, at a time when Shirlington Village was packed outside, but the crowds hadn’t yet made their way into the restaurants there – I took a … Continue reading

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Lost Dog Cafe, North Arlington and South Arlington

(See the Jan 30, 2011 review here.) Twice recently, I’ve had to eat lunch while working (I often do that anyway, but twice recently, I’ve *had* to). My assistant was going to Lost Dog Cafe, and I asked for a … Continue reading

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Tupelo Honey Cafe, Courthouse

First the good news.  These people know how to fry chicken.  Crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside.  No hint of grease. Now the bad news.  They need to hire decent management and train their employees. This … Continue reading

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Rappahannock Coffee & Roasting, South Arlington

My expectations of Rapphannock Coffee & Roasting were so low that it wouldn’t have taken much to exceed them. However, despite its flaws, Rappahannock is one coffee house that South Arlington or North Alexandria residents should be aware of. I … Continue reading

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