Open City

I’ve been slacking off with blogging due to a busy schedule, but I’m finally getting around to reviews of places I visited more than a month ago. I’m starting off with a cool spot from my trip to Washington, DC. Located right down the street from my hotel, the Marriott Wardman Park, Open City is… Continue reading Open City


Graffiato has gotten plenty of hype since opening in 2011 and, for the most part, lives up to it. Located in Washington, DC’s Chinatown — across the street from the Verizon Center — it is chef Mike Isabella’s first restaurant since departing as executive chef at Jose Andres’ Zaytinya. Isabella, of course, is known from… Continue reading Graffiato


Sustainable, organic, local… some of the buzzwords that get tossed around by restaurants these days. I guess I should care. And, to some extent I do, particularly when I see how it affects a restaurant’s dishes. Ripple is a good example of a menu evolving daily based on available ingredients. They have some mainstays, but… Continue reading Ripple

RFD Washington

After dining at Jaleo we made our way here for drinks and got a table right away. The beer list is impressive. The best thing I tried was probably the Dogfish Head barleywine…bold, yet smooth, with a subtle after-taste. RFD is a decent place to hang out and drink, but it’s LOUD. If you’re sitting… Continue reading RFD Washington


The best thing about eating at Zentan was meeting the couple seated next to us. They insisted on us trying their order of the 19 ingredient slaw after seeing how big the order was. That dish turned out to be the best dish of the night with its multiple textures and flavors. They also recommended… Continue reading Zentan