Food & Dining

11/22/2015 - 12:42pm
Owners of DC icon Ben’s Chili Bowl launched a fresh take on craft culinary cuisine at the grand opening of Ten 01 restaurant on Saturday. Located above the family-owned Chili Bowl site on the 1000 block of H Street NE, Ten 01 promises seasonal small plates and a kitchen devoted to recipes made from scratch.    “It’s another step in the evolution of the family,” said co-owner and family member Nizam Ali. “We love the Chili Bowl, but it's also great to... >>more
11/04/2015 - 8:42am
As cooler weather descends and the holidays sneak up on us, our pups will be getting less exercise and more treats. We can avoid adding winter weight and continue to show happy love to our dogs and cats. It is imperative to give healthy treats and to avoid choices that may be unsafe or even toxic.  A good place to turn is the local farmers’ markets, such as at Eastern Market. Many fruits are tasty and nutritious for pups. A few are not.  Sliced peaches are yummy and nutritious.... >>more
11/04/2015 - 12:00am
Expect fresh food and sultry notes to waft through the doors of Mr. Henry’s in the next few months. Renovations will add more than a new coat of paint and updated décor to the historical pub on the 600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. Worn down by years of deprivation and a rotting roof, the owners and managers of the 49-year-old restaurant invested in the much-needed facelift in mid-September, General Manager Mark Steele said. The building plans include sanding down the old wood bars... >>more
11/03/2015 - 9:45am
As we take our seats in the Rasmusen Theatre of the National Museum of the American Indian, at an event hosted by Smithsonian Associates, the lady beside me exclaims that the book she is carrying “weighs a ton” and slides it under her chair. The massive violet tome she’s referring to is the “Oxford Companion to Wine,” in its revised fourth edition. The “Oxford Companion” is an astounding achievement in wine education, an incredibly in-depth,... >>more
11/03/2015 - 9:20am
From the Bayou Bayou Bakery Coffee Bar & Eatery at Hill Center is in the news this month. On Veterans Day, Nov. 11 (all day), the neighborhood favorite will offer a 15 percent discount to all veterans and active military. Congrats to Bayou for being chosen for an Excellence in Historic Resources Design Award by the DC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Adaptive reuse/restoration of the circa 1860s carriage house, which once housed ambulance horses, was designed by architect... >>more
11/03/2015 - 8:42am
November can be a dreary time for many of us. The days are shorter and colder. The brightly colored leaves that dappled our cheery October sidewalks are now brown and crunchy and remind us of their need to be raked and bagged. While we can be reasonably assured the mosquitoes are finally gone for a few months, that minor respite is cold comfort for those missing fireflies, cookouts, and frosty drinks on roof decks. I sympathize with this sense of loss in theory but I can’t share the sense... >>more
11/03/2015 - 8:03am
In the last century, the Pillsbury Bake Off was among the few almost exclusively female domains, and from 1949 to 1994 only women claimed its grand prize of $50,000. But in 1996, the size of the prize jumped to $1 million — and guess what? The winner was a man. Playwright Sheri Wilner has a curiously brilliant ability to elicit layer upon layer of social conflict and political nuance from these bare facts. The result: Cake Off, a new musical premiering at Signature Theatre as part of the... >>more
10/05/2015 - 9:42am
Since its debut last summer, Romeo & Juliet Garden Café has upped the ante for Italian/Mediterranean cuisine. The prime corner space, vacated by the White Tiger, had lain fallow for two-and-a-half years. What a transformation! Guarding the newcomer’s entrance is a giant wine bottle, actually a wine cabinet. Like the monumental horse rearing over the wine rack, the bottle was gleaned from a rural antique shop. As we sipped Panzanello Chianti Classico and Anterra Pinot Grigio, we... >>more
10/05/2015 - 8:10am
The first time I landed in DC, I was moving from New York City – and it was 1990. Outside of living across the street from Eastern Market and getting to know the great family of vendors there, I was a little discouraged at my options for food – both for sourcing and eating out. If you’ve been living in a place like New York, there’s always somewhere you can find an ingredient or satisfy a hankering for dumplings at one in the morning. But today, I know a different DC,... >>more