Haute Plates - December 2017

A Few Somber Thoughts and a Restaurant Review

As I write this, I’ve learned that Mary Lou Christovich has died, and it is very difficult to be my normal flippant and irreverent self. I knew Mrs. Christovich and her husband, Bill, for as long as I can remember.…

The Critical Life

I read an interesting article in the Washingtonian last week titled, “Spies, Dossiers, and the Insane Lengths Restaurants Go to Track and Influence Food Critics.” The gist of the piece is that high-end restaurants in Washington, D.C. bend over backwards to…

Two Ends of the “Paired-Courses Dinner” Spectrum

  Stokehold, the restaurant in the Port Orleans Brewery, is one of my favorite new restaurants. I’ve written about the place before, but I’ve just learned that chefs Tim Bordes, Phillip Mariano and Jeremy Wolgamott are starting a series of three-course…

Waffles and Wine – Belgian Style!

  There’s a small shop off Magazine Street that is worth a visit. It’s Cloud 9 Bistro, and the reason you should check it out is the Belgian waffle. Specifically, the sort of Belgian waffle that they produce in Liège, Belgium. …