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A Sandwich a Day: Prosciutto and Fresh Mozzarella at The Italian Store in Arlington, VA

A Sandwich a Day James Boo 3 comments

The Italian Store—Arlington's eminent Italian importer-grocer-pizzeria-deli—has a reputation for good food that takes the form of a half-hour wait in line. As we've reported before, the sandwiches are worth the time (or at least an advance phone call for pickup). More

Ray's Hell Burger Closed Due to Dispute with Landlord; 'Free' Burger Giveaway at Ray's to the Third

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 6 comments

Washington D.C.-area favorites Ray's Hell Burger and neighboring Ray's Hell Burger Too closed yesterday due to a dispute between restaurateur Michael Landrum and his landlord, Colonial Village Shopping Center, reports ARLnow. More

A Sandwich A Day: The Roma at The Italian Store in Arlington, VA

A Sandwich a Day Brian Oh 11 comments

A little ways down Lee Highway, away from the more high-profile Arlington hot spots—like Michael Landrum's expanding stable of "Ray's" restaurants—is The Italian Store. It's a smallish Italian grocery and deli where, if you're willing to brave the often 30+ minute waits during peak hours and cadre of well-meaning but inattentive young men behind the sandwich counter, you'll be rewarded with one of the best Italian subs in the D.C. area. More

5 Places to Order Last-Minute Thanksgiving Pies in the Washington, D.C. Area

Sweets Abbey Becker 1 comment

Rather than let you pick up a sub-par pie at the grocery store, we've put together a couple of D.C.-area bakeries that'll take your order for last-minute pies that you can be proud to deliver to your host on the biggest eating day of the year. More

Coffee Bean Review: George Howell's Terroir and Barismo in Massachusetts

Drinks GreenwayBarista 1 comment

Finding a fantastic local roaster can be a tough chore in the sea of specialty and non-specialty grade coffee roasters out there. But if you live in or around Boston you're in luck: The coffee community has been growing rapidly and two local roasters in particular seem to be spearheading the movement. Like-minded yet extremely different in selections, George Howell's Terroir in Acton and Barismo out of Arlington offer intelligent and thoughtful coffees in the Northeast US. More

Obama Treats Russian President Medvedev to Lunch at Ray's Hell Burger

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 15 comments

A little over a year ago President Obama ate lunch at Ray's Hell Burger in Arlington, Virginia, with Vice President Joe Biden. Today Obama returned to Ray's for lunch with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, says The New York Times.... More

Dear Slice: Northern VA/DC Notes

Slice Adam Kuban 5 comments

Reaching in to the Slice mailbag, we've got some tips from the D.C. area ... Adam,Just a few items I thought worth noting.1. Aside from Pizzeria Orso, in other Northern Virginia/D.C. pizza news, the couple behind Pupatella, a Neapolitan pizza cart you mentioned a couple years ago, finally opened their full restaurant a couple weeks ago. It is also called Pupatella, and I've been twice now, and while they are still getting the operation in order, the pizza I had most recently was fantastic. Probably better than 2 Amys, which is their only real D.C.-area competition (the others are mediocre... More

Bovine Bliss Found at Ray's Hell Burger in Arlington, Virginia

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 19 comments

Ray's Hell Burger 1725 Wilson Blvd, Arlington VA 22209 (map); 703-841-0001 Cooking Method: Grilled Short Order: Juicy, flavorful burger lives up to expectations. It now has a spot on my list of favorite burgers. Want Fries with That? There... More

Obama Brings More Business to Ray's Hell Burger

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After getting a visit last month from President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, Ray's Hell Burger in Arlington, Virginia, has had a bit of a pick-up in business. In an interview with TMZ.com, owner Michael Landrum says... More

Quote of the Day: Listen to the People, Joe

A Hamburger Today Adam Kuban 8 comments

"I was at Ray's for this—I spoke to Biden briefly, asked him what he was going to get. When he said he was getting a burger with Swiss, I pushed hard for him to add the mushrooms, which is probably... More

Obama, Biden Eat at Ray's Hell Burger

A Hamburger Today Adam Kuban 18 comments

"No, we gotta pay for it. See all these people here? They'll write about it if we don't pay for it." Photograph from apium on Flickr President Barack Obama and veep Joe Biden had lunch at Arlington, Virginia's Ray's Hell... More

Making Peeps from Scratch: Interview with Chef Brian Robinson

Erin Zimmer 8 comments

Homemade Peeps (and a flamingo and shark for good measure) at Restaurant 3 If you took a nap, worked-out twice, built a hospital, and still had all the time in the world, would you then consider making Peeps from scratch? It just doesn't seem like a priority list topper, but hey. Chef Brian Robinson of Restaurant 3 in Arlington, Virginia, went for it. All week until Easter Sunday, he's treating his dinner guests to the beady-eyed confection. We had a little chat with him. First thing's first: Why?! I always loved Peeps as a kid, but as an adult and chef, I just can’t get past all the random ingredients on the label. It's a marshmallow! Let’s leave it... More

Ray's Hell Burger Featured in Washington Post's 2008 Fall Dining Guide, Plus Video

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 3 comments

Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema features Ray's Hell Burger in his burger recommendations for his 2008 Fall Dining Guide. He also recommends Palena, Central Michel Richard, BGR: The Burger Joint, Elevation Burger, and Good Stuff Eatery. Washington Post... More

Espresso on Ice Is Not OK, and Other 'Restaurant Policies'

Erin Zimmer 32 comments

Photograph from Greencolander on Flickr Just outside Washington D.C. in Arlington, Virginia, local mini-chain Murky Coffee will not serve espressos on ice. “I’m sorry...it’s against our policy.” According to Murky Coffee, diluting the espresso will compromise the integrity of the coffee, and that's "not cool," as one barista told an agitated customer. "Touching a waitress’s chest is not okay. Pouring the coffee onto the floor instead of the cup is not okay." But according to blogger Jeff Simmermon behind And I Am Not Lying, requesting ice should be okay. Once the skirmish reached popular blogs, Murky Coffee owner Nick Cho responded, arguing for the "craft of coffee." While Starbucks or another corporate coffee chain might serve the ice without flinching,... More

Eats for D.C. iPhone Line-Waiters

Erin Zimmer 1 comment

In anticipation of D.C.-area geeks going gaga over the new iPhone 3G by camping out before it comes out tomorrow at 8 a.m., our own Erin Zimmer gives her picks near the Arlington, Virginia, Apple Store. View Larger Map Last year, there was talk of an Apple store opening in Georgetown but since that never happened and Washington, D.C. proper still doesn't have a store, a close alternative is in Arlington, Virginia. El Pollo Rico: For juicy rotisserie chicken head to El Pollo Rico. The half chicken is a worthy investment—easy to nibble in line and worth a couple meals. The fries aren't anything special here but get a face-lift when dunked in the spicy green sauce. Disclaimer: El Pollo... More

Naples-Style Pizza Cart in Arlington, Virginia

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Photograph courtesy of the Pupatella pizza cart. Melissa McCart (Counter Intelligence) writes about a type of street cart you don't often see, a Neapolitan pizza cart. It's in Arlington, Virginia's Ballston neighborhood: Enzo Algarme and Anastasiya Laufenberg weren't kidding when they said they know pizza. The name of Ballston's new Pupatella Food Cart—pupatella is slang for doll in Naples—is a reference to Algarme's grandmother who inspired his love of cooking. Although they've only been open a week and are making do with a standard oven as opposed to the wood-burning one that's becoming the standard in the area's top... More

White Chocolate and Cinnamon Babka?

Erin Zimmer 5 comments

And it has streusel crumbles on top? Hm, Zabar's doesn't have that one in stock now—or ever. But D.C.–based online bakery ShoeBox Oven does. Since pickin's are slim in the District, babka-wise, ShoeBox wants to become the missing Babka Buff. Sure, the Jewish delis out in the Maryland suburbs sell a good standard loaf, but within city limits, selection is limited to Dean and Deluca's one location. Krishna Brown—the aproned, and more oftentimes overalled, lady behind ShoeBox—has been experimenting with recipes lately. At first, people told her babka and danish doughs were interchangeable. But Brown flat-out disagrees. "That's like comparing cat and man," she says. "They may have the same blood, brain and skin, but are completely individual creations." Brown... More

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