Category Archives: Penn Quarter


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A Peek Into Minibar

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Tonight Jose Andres opened up Minibar and Barmini to the masses. And by the masses, I mean those of us who find the concept of dropping $225 for a meal (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity) rather foreign. It’s Minibar’s 10th anniversary. To celebrate, they held […]

Taylor Gourmet Sandwiches Elicit Moans of Rapture

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Don Draper — or more likely Harry Crane — would have been thrilled to film my co-workers and me for a Taylor Gourmet commercial.  We were the perfect “Mad Men” TV campaign: a multi-racial group spontaneously erupting with sounds of ecstasy as we dug into […]

Is Absolute Noodle Worth a Visit? Absolutely.

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What’s the hotter trend in D.C. right now, ramen or “fried chicken and donuts”? And when will some daring restaurateur open an eatery that combines all three? In Penn Quarter, Daikaya has been generating buzz for its ramen bar and izakaya. One street over on […]

Party in a Bowl: Ramen at Daikaya

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Much has changed in the week and a half since I ate at Daikaya.  The weather has nudged warmer (sort of), and the restaurant has since opened its second-floor izakaya. I’m guessing what’s stayed the same are the lines queuing up for a taste of […]

Ella’s Meatball and Leek Pizza

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As I’ve said before, a city can never have too many pizza restaurants. Bring it on — the more pizza, the better.  The Penn Quarter/Chinatown area has some good options, from Matchbox to District of Pi.  It’s not mind-blowing, pizza-of-the-gods stuff, but you’ll leave satisfied. […]