Ok kids. The Best of DC results are in. Now, last time some DC results were in (i.e. my James Beard post), I thought I would get all bloggery and say “hey readers, let me know your thoughts!!” You know, because that’s what blogs do.
Yeah. You all failed. Basically, none of you commented except for empire state elitist who did not comment on the restaurants at all and instead talked about how much DC food sucks. Way to snark up the comments section. ANYWAYS, learning from my mistakes, I have highlighted some of the Best of DC winners, MY thoughts, and could effing care less if you comment. take THAT…
Just as a heads up, my 10 beloved readers, TOMORROW (April 1st), Urbana in Dupont Circle is giving away 300 bagged lunches to promote its new lunch menu. The lunch bags will come with a pulled-pork/Parmesan sandwich, a dilled pickle, a bottle of water, and a chocolate-chip cookie.
Lunches will be given away starting at 11:30am and its first come, first serve. Get there in time! Thanks for the tip Chrissy!
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!!!)