Entries by Alex Thompson

Cuba Libre’s New Menu Is Amazing

I’ve never been to Cuba, but I imagine the sights, sounds and certainly tastes are pretty close, if not spot on, to Cuba Libre, located in DC’s Penn Quarter neighborhood. The restaurant and bar recently launched a brand new menu, featuring dishes and cocktails that take diners to the real roots of Cuban cuisine, coupled […]

Renowned Mixologist Jeff Bell Takes Over Columbia Room

The insanely creative mind of world-renowned mixologist Jeff Bell (of NYC-based speakeasy PDT) and the culinary prowess of executive chef Johnny Spero combined forces this week for a two-night takeover of epic proportions at the James Beard Award-nominated Columbia Room in Washington, DC. Bell, whose stardom in the mixology world is rightfully earned, paired his […]

Northern Virginia’s Winery-Brewery Hybrids

Vineyards in Northern Virginia have become a haven for Washingtonians to get away from the hustle and bustle of the weekly grind. The wide open countryside, outdoor picnic spreads of charcuterie and cheeses, and regional wine varieties go perfectly with the need to slow down after a long week. But, what do you do when […]

What’s for Dinner Tonight? Meal Kit Delivery Services

Meal kit delivery services have become increasingly popular over the last few years, with more than a dozen companies now offering Americans a variety of options to deal with the age-old question, “What’s for dinner?” According to consumer research company Packaged Facts, meal kit delivery services have grown into a $1.5 billion market since 2012, […]

Ripple Launches New Prosciutto di Parma Menu

Cleveland Park restaurant gem Ripple celebrated the launch of their new prosciutto di parma menu yesterday with a tasting of Executive Chef Ryan Ratino’s innovative new spring dishes, featuring a world-famous ham. The menu, available through the end of May, uses only prosciutto di parma; one of the few hams awarded the elite Protected Designation […]

Patio Opens at Fogo de Chão Tysons

Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão opened its newest location in Tysons Corner back in January, and now, the popular restaurant is ready for outdoor happy hour season with the opening of its massive patio and Bar Fogo menu offerings. Located on the ground floor of the premier 1775 Tysons Blvd. office tower, Fogo de Chão’s […]

Welcome to the Neighborhood, Baba

Baba is the hidden gem that Arlington has been waiting for. Situated on a busy corner of Wilson Boulevard in Clarendon, Baba is tucked away from plain sight, but that is part of its charm. The Balkan-inspired café and restaurant, from the same owners of neighboring Ambar, has an intimate 56-seat basement area, with a […]

Nothing Foul About The Bird

A good friend of mine was in town last week, and when I asked if he had any preference on dinner locations, he responded, “Anywhere new and different.” As a big fan of The Pig in Logan Circle from the EatWell DC restaurant group, I had wanted to try out their newest concept, The Bird, […]

Central Celebrates Chef Michel Richard’s Birthday

On Tuesday evening, close friends, family and foodies gathered at Central Michel Richard on Pennsylvania Avenue for a special celebration honoring the late French chef’s birthday. Known for his creativity and genuine passion for bringing something different to the average diner, Chef Michel Richard playfully fused traditional American and French cuisine at Central Michel Richard, […]

Takoda: More Than a Rooftop

Anytime a trendy rooftop bar opens in DC, it gets buzz, because let’s face it – everyone wants drinks with a view. At this time a year ago, when Takoda opened in Shaw, it was the talk of the town, with its unique industrial decor rooftop beer garden and stunning all-around views of the District. […]