The Rye Bar has roughly a dozen ryes behind the 26-seat bar at any given time. Classic rye cocktails on the list get subtle twists: the Old(er) Fashioned uses an aged sherry instead of sugar, and the Manhattan, made with Dad's Hat Pennsylvania rye, Dolin sweet vermouth, Byrrh Quinquina, and housemade orange bitters, is aged in a 15 gallon barrel for six weeks to impart a subtle oaky funkiness that's proven to be extremely popular (Beverage director Will Rentschler went through his first batch of 250 Manhattans in a week).
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When sister restaurant, Farmers and Fishers, flooded with the rest of the Georgetown waterfront in 2011, it was sad news. But after over a year of repairs and retooling, the space reopened in November as the new Farmers Fishers Bakers.
If you're in need of a pie to bring to Thanksgiving dinner or just a quick fix, Pie Sisters and Dangerously Delicious Pies have you covered.
Thunder Burger bills itself as an "edgy, rock & roll dining experience" and in some respects, that's exactly what it does. From neon pink highlights to a gothic rock dungeon aesthetic (think metal-studded leather and mythical creatures) and an assortment of non-standard burgers (like elk and bison), Thunder Burger puts in a lot of effort to deliver on edge. But none of that really matters if the eponymous burger isn't any good. Thankfully, Thunder Burger delivers a solid burger that's not all flash.
It's easy to stick to the cobblestone-lined Georgetown bubble while in school here, but then you'd be missing out on so much of what D.C. has to offer. Here are some picks for the Hilltop and beyond.
Bourbon Steak's $19 burger may be expensive (you're in the Four Seasons, after all), but after your first bite, that buyer's remorse is gone.
These days, bacon appears a lot of places it probably shouldn't. Not so with the Flap Jack cupcake from Baked and Wired. It's one bacon augmentation that doesn't feel forced.
You'd be forgiven if your first thought when hearing mention of Georgetown's Bourbon Steak is... well... steak. But that's not what we're here to talk about today. It's about a bar snack at Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak in the Georgetown Four Seasons: the BBQ Pulled Pork Cupcake. A long time fan of Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay Biscuit (who isn't?), Executive Chef Adam Sobel created his own version with cheddar and scallion, despite the original recipe being a closely guarded secret, shaped it into a cupcake, and stuffed it with smoked pork shoulder.
Top Chef alum Mike Isabella's sophomore outing, Bandolero offers Mexican small plates in a dimly lit, Day of the Dead themed venue. Check out the suckling pig, queso fundido, and more dishes.
The much anticipated Stachowski Market & Deli opened last month in the old Griffin Market space in Georgetown. The Stachowskis have been offering their expert charcuterie at local farmers' markets, but now you can pick them up at their new brick-and-mortar location. The 4 MEAT Grinder is gigantic (the word meat is capitalized, after all). Filled with locally sourced salami, coppa, mortadella, and sopressata, it's an imposing sandwich.
I don't think I'd ever been to an eatery famous for its toast, but that's why locals and visitors crowd Toh Soon Cafe, a Chinese coffee shop (or kopitiam) occupying the better part of an alley off Campbell Street in the city of Georgetown.
Real Neapolitan pizza has finally come to Georgetown. Joe Farruggio's il Canale on 31st Street boasts an impressive wood-fired oven built onsite by Italian craftsmen. Though not quite in the same league as Orso in Falls Church or Pupatella in Arlington, il Canale certainly serves Georgetown's best pizza.
Photograph from georgetowncupcake.com After eight weeks, a team of four brave Washington Post souls completed a little thing called Cupcake Wars, where week-by-week they sampled any cupcake they could get their paws on inside the Beltway. The winner: the chocolate ganache cupcake from Georgetown Cupcake, a spot that's only nine months old but already sells cupcakes to cultish proportions (4,000 on Saturdays). Editor Joe Yonan—who I saw recently and miraculously looked exactly the same size—came up with a Ten Commandments of Cupcakes. Notable laws include: 1. Learn to walk before you run. Perfect the classic vanilla and chocolate cakes with complementary frostings before you step up to other simple combinations, and long before you try something like Summer Peach Meringue...
If it's Tuesday, it must be time for another review from Nick Solares. Nick is also the publisher of Beef Aficionado, his blog that explores beef beyond burgerdom. From left: Clyde's burger, Mr. Smith's. I spent a weekend in the...
Photograph from rpongsaj on Flickr This was scheduled to be a victory post. A list of spirited, ra-ra foods to be inhaled this weekend when Georgetown was crushing Kansas in the Elite 8. Not! Instead, a nostalgic tribute to all 7-2 of Roy Hibbert, Coach John Thompson's pinchable cheeks and us recently learning where the heck Davidson is. With a tear, and napkin ready, we say goodbye to the Hoya season with these campus favorites....