Who says DC doesn’t have good food?

James Beard and Top Chef Bryan with chicken

Its been a good month for snacks in the District. First, news that Top Chef is coming, and now the James Beard nominees have been listed! The nominees are (thanks DCist): 

  • José Andrés, the small plates king (of Zaytinya and  Jaleo and Café Atlántico and Oyamel) for Outstanding Chef of the Year
  • Johnny Monis of Komi for Rising Star Chef of the Year
  • Amanda Cook from CityZen (in the Mandarin Oriental) for Outstanding Pastry Chef (finalist)
  • Bryan Voltaggio of Volt (Fredrick, MD), Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve (Alexandria) and Peter Pastan of Obelisk (DC) versus Philly folks (boo) for Best Mid-Atlantic Chef

Wonderful, no? Though I must admit, despite being a blogger, I have been to basically zero of these restaurants. Mostly because I make no money and am lazy. I have been to Zaytinya once and recall it being delicious, but god help you get a table on a weekend. They don’t take reservations. Yes, one of THOSE. 

I have also been to Eamonn’s Dublin Chipper, which is basically a poor(er) man’s Restaurant Eve, also done by Cathal. Eamonn’s serves fish and chips and beer. It’s motto is “thanks be to cod” and its located right on the main drag of King Street in Old Town Alexandria. A convenient pun restaurant, that serves food like this: 

 

Like a moth to a flame. I went immediately and it was DELICIOUS. And last but not least there is Bryan Voltaggio. Bryan is the un-tattooed brother from Top Chef that cooked excellent food but was just SO BORING in terms of personality. Remember him? He was boring and winning but then started losing to his moody younger brother and became boring-angry for a bit, which was a little more interesting, until he ruined it by accepting his brother’s victory without malice and leaving looking happy. That’s him with the chicken. One of many livestock poses from Volt’s website, like this: 

Bryan Voltaggio in dramatic pastoral scenes

I know, I know. A bit Amish priest with a side of awkward sauce. But cut him a break, his food is nominated for a James Beard and we aren’t all gifted in pizzazz. Anyways. READERS, if any of you have gone to these restaurants please comment! I do love snack insights and let’s be honest, when am I going to go to Komi? 

(Oh and apologies for the article being old, I wrote this post last week and forgot to publish it!!!)

2 thoughts on “Who says DC doesn’t have good food?

  1. No matter how much people in the district try to convince themselves that the food scene is really turning around, it’s not. It is still a swamp full of over priced food that might be good, at best, but does not merit the prices or hype.

  2. Pingback: Best of DC winners and some DCspy opinions | i spy things DC

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