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#251 Jeff Heineman

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 01:19 PM

Good news, Starting tonight i will donate $5 to the Yellow Ribbon Fund for every tasting menu we sell each weekend! That means you don't have to take advantage of the DR.com discount in order for me to give money away. You can pay the regular $36 tasting menu price and still support our injured service men and women. or you can mention your dealings with this site and have it for $30.

here's the menu:

 

Amuse Bouche

Swordfish Scalloppini, Grilled Grapefruit,Israeli Couscous, Basil 

Stachowski Brand Brat, Lemon-Thyme Potatoes, Mustard Sauce

Lamb Vindaloo, Sweet Potato, Crisp Shallot

Add any Dessert for $5 if you are still hungry

 

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eta - Free charcuterie at the bar tonight till 6pm  to kick off our new Charcuterie Program. Just so you know


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 07:58 PM

Oh damn, so wish I could have come tonight. FYI, I FULLY support the presence of the Strachowski brats. :)


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 03:53 PM

We will do a Tasting Menu this week, and it shall contain Meat. $30 if you tell us you are part of the Donrockwell world and , we will Donate $5 per guest to the Yellow Ribbon Fund.

le Menu:

Choucroute Garnie, Satchchowski Brats, Meats and Kraut (as our Oktoberfest draws to a close)

Potato Gnocchi , Meat sauce, House made Ricotta

Roast Chicken, Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding, Thyme Broth

 

You can always add dessert for $5 if you are not full. 


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 05:07 PM

This really makes me wish I lived closer- the DR dinner I had at Grapeseed was memorable- guess I'll just have to make do w/ Oktoberfest at Ft. Belvoir (w/ nameless sausages, but plenty of German beer, thank goodness). Thank you for supporting the Yellow Ribbon Fund, did anyone see the article in the WaPost about wheelchair lacrosse for wounded vets (9/25)? I thought it was interesting, my kids play, it's a pretty intense sport... I definitely couldn't play it.

Thank you, Jeff, for offering great food to DR members, & to supporting our veterans...

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 07:33 PM

After a bit of a hiatus I am bringing back a three course tasting menu this weekend. the break was due to putting a lot of new dishes on the menu so That's a good thing. 

this weeks tasting menu will be made up of things that i am putting on the Lunch menu as we Start Lunch Next Tuesday

Mention DR.com and get this menu for $30 and i will also donate $5 to the Yellow Ribbon Fund, please make a reservation.

 

Also if you are in Bethesda next week Tue-Fri I will be giving 50% off the lunch entrees. No strings attached. It would be nice if you got an app, but you don't have to.

 

Le menu:

 

Calamari Salad, Olives, Roasted Tomatoes

Korean Spiced Grilled Shrimp, Kimchee

MaPo Tufu Burger, Fried Rice

 

Dessert is $5 if you add it

 

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 11:55 AM

Mapo Tofu Burger? Be still my heart. Not sure if we can make it in this weekend, but seeing this on the menu has made my difficult week much better and has strengthened my resolve to visit shortly.  Incidentally, earlier this fall I broke the Yom Kipur fast with a tasting menu at Grapeseed and had a terrific meal!


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Posted 16 October 2013 - 04:14 PM

Here to try and still your heart

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 04:27 PM

Jeff, how long before you have the lunch menu online?

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 07:40 PM

I will send it to get online tomorrow. And yes, I will have my Long researched chili

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 01:49 PM

Le menu:

 

Calamari Salad, Olives, Roasted Tomatoes

Korean Spiced Grilled Shrimp, Kimchee

MaPo Tufu Burger, Fried Rice

 

It's not every day that Jeff Heineman personally cooks your dinner, but there he was on Saturday night, not just expediting but working the line, flipping our MaPo tofu burgers on the griddle.  Obviously, we were known to the house, having mentioned DonRocks when reserving our table, and Jeff was very gracious when bringing our food to the table.

 

That said, the food stood on its own merits, and the tasting menu was a fun way to experience three very different dishes.  The calamari salad, with a generous portion of squid, evoked pleasing Mediterranean flavors.  My mother, who is Korean, loved the authentic gochujang flavors in the grilled shrimp, which were well balanced with sweetness from brown sugar.  

 

My favorite dish of the night was the MaPo tofu burger, which had real heat but also a subtlety and refinement from the ground mushrooms and bean sprouts one doesn't usually encounter in Chinese restaurant renditions.  I only wished for a softer bun for the "burger" and probably would have been just as happy with rice as an accompaniment. 

 

A very enjoyable evening out.  



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 12:10 PM

I loved when your Mom asked me which gochujang I was using, as if I can read Korean.
i use the one in the yellow tub with the picture on it

If anyone cares, we are now serving Lunch. And this week All Entrees are half price.
that is a really good deal, for what it's worth

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 02:22 PM

I care that I can't get down there for it. :(


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Posted 26 October 2013 - 12:11 PM

I care that I can't get down there for it. :(

Sorry too late now. Lunch was well received, but is now just regular and fairly priced. If you come down and plead your case about being out of town or whatever, I might still have a deal. if you bring a sample wine, I will have a deal.
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Posted 26 October 2013 - 04:01 PM

Had an outstanding lunch this week, made doubly outstanding by the 50% off entrees deal.

 

We started with Jeff's "long researched" chili. While I still disagree with him about the appearance of the kidney beans, they were not plentiful and the chili (and grilled cornbread) were outstanding.

 

Jeff brought out a taste of the "ma po tofu burger". Outstanding flavor and texture - there's no tingle from sichuan peppers, and the heat level is certainly tamer than at Joe's or Jin River, but if I'm going to eat vegetarian I'm ordering this.

 

We split the moules frites and KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) sandwich. The mussels were perfectly cooked and plump, and the thai-style sauce called for a spoon when the shells were all gone. Loved the fries - crisp all the way through the meal, and salted just right. The KFC sandwich was basically Bon Chon on a bun. Again, I'd personally prefer a bit more kick in the spice, but there definitely was some heat there. A nicely dressed salad finished the plate.

 

Entrees ran about $10-$14 - very reasonable for what you get, and the portions are enough that you don't need an appetizer to fill up. Probably a good thing for my budget and waistline that I'm not right around the corner during the work week...



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Posted 27 November 2013 - 02:43 PM

In case anyone is staying in town this weekend Grapeseed will be celebrating Black Friday with a

Half Price Wine Weekend
Friday and Saturday all wines are 1/2 Price. Even at lunch on Friday
Bottle or Glass, doesn't matter.

This just cannot be combined with any other discounts.
Reservations would be nice but not required, we wont run out of wine.

If you are not in town, have a nice trip.

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 04:24 PM

Immense thanks to Jeff and the whole Grapeseed crew for the fantastic surprise dinner party we threw for my mom's 70th birthday this past weekend. 

 

Cliff notes:  awesomeness, beg Jeff for the arancini if they aren’t on the menu, go to Grapeseed now either way.  Lobster, oxtail and short ribs.  Brioche bookends.  Wine.

 

Details:  I asked Jeff to put together a tasting menu for 9 and here is what we had.  I don’t know which of these are on the current menu but here you go…

 

1st course:  Lobster Slider, paired with Bouchaine Chardonnay.  One of the only pre-requests I made for the menu was a New England themed course, as this party was extended family with great memories of vacationing together in Maine.  The slider was a smaller version of a lobster roll, on a beautiful buttery brioche roll.  Anyone who has been to Freddy’s knows chef kills it with lobster, so this was exceptional as expected.  Notable comments from around the table were “oooooh” and “just the right amount of mayo, I usually don’t love lobster rolls because of the mayo” and “is there a little Old Bay in there? (IS THERE JEFF?)  I’m not a great lover of chardonnay but appreciate it when appropriately paired, and this one was.

 

2nd course:  Arancini w/ Braised Short Rib, Pecorino, paired with Pertinance Nebbiolo.  This dish was voted number one by the crowd.  We actually voted.  Some of us are nerds.  I don’t know if it’s on the menu but if it’s not, it should be.  And if it is, you should go get it right now.  This was also my favorite wine, and pairing, of the night.  There were no sounds in the room--other than forks hitting/scraping plates--for the duration of this course.  Perfectly brown and crispy but not at all greasy outside crust and great depth of meaty flavor in the stuffing.  Fingers were used to scoop up the last smears of tomato sauce.  One partygoer noted that arancini is somewhat like kibbeh (form, not flavor) which is true but I had not considered.  I should note that there were two of these on each plate, and they were roughly the size of tennis balls. 

 

3rd course: Choucroute Garnie w/Bacon, Ham, and Brats, paired with Scarbolo Cabernet Franc.  This was one of 2 courses I pre-approved, and I did so knowing that there might be some sauerkraut haters in my group.  Well, the fat parts of a pig changed minds once again, as this sauerkraut was spiked with bacon and ham, not to mention the big old Stachowski brat snuggled up to it with a couple of roasted potatoes.  The sauerkraut was cooked just right, a little bit of crunch left, and the multiple pork products were all top notch. The whole thing had a smokiness to it that worked well with the wine.  A couple of our group were starting to feel full and staring down at two more courses, so a lot of this went home in boxes (and reheated nicely I might add, as I swiped one of these from the lone sauerkraut-hater-holdout).  As my family’s representative of the Clean Plate Club, I did my duty and savored every bite.  

 

4th! course:  Filet Mignon, Oxtail Ragout, Horseradish Mashed Potatoes, paired with Saint Cosme Crozes-Hermitage.  Jeff put short rib and oxtail on this menu.  Psychic?  Lest you think this massive meal was getting too heavy, the mash was light and fluffy with just a touch of horseradish.  It acted as a second sauce; the perfect bite was getting all components on the fork at once.  I won’t venture a guess as to what goes into the braise for the oxtail, but the result was strongly beefy flavor with a slight sweetness that would be good on almost anything—a cracker,  a stale piece of wonderbread, just on my spoon—but on top of a nice chunk of med rare filet?  Well that’s a good fit too.  In fact I think filet should always have oxtail with it to make up for the lack of effort the loin performed in life.  I enjoyed the pairing

 

Dessert:  Brioche French Toast w/Vanilla Ice Cream & Balsamic Strawberries, paired with Big Cork Late Harvest Vidal Blanc.  Bookends of Brioche, nice.  Mercifully portioned!  Although stuffed, everyone destroyed this in three or four bites because it was so good.  Crispy and creamy and the strawberries providing the acid to cut the richness.  I am not a big dessert person but wish more were like this.

 

We were in the wine room, which is a really nice setting for a group this size, and gave us at least the illusion of privacy when we belted out a stirring rendition of Happy Birthday to You! 


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Posted 19 December 2013 - 09:13 PM

Thanks for the kind words above, Dave. It was fun on my end, too.

In the For What it's Worth Department we are starting our New Butcher Block  menu tomorrow December 20th.

 

This is a new section of our menu that will feature A la carte steaks and similar fare at an accessible price. It will a tight little menu through this year and then really grow in 2014. Starting tomorrow I have Filet, Teres Major, A Kick ass 28 day Dry Aged New York Strip and a grilled Spatchcock Chicken for two. A Dry aged Pork Chop will be ready next week I am trying to bring a great steak Selection to Bethesda without people having to pay the stupid prices Steakhouses charge.

 

As we Kick this off we are pairing up some wines to go with these steaks for Half price this weekend. We have picked out a Cab Franc, a Carmenere, a Crozes hermitage and a Juicy California red,to offer for Half Price. 

 

Also, for DR.com folks we will do the steaks for 20% off as well. No reservations or anything required. Just say "Hi" when you are here I will run these specials through Christmas Eve to start this program off right.

 

Jeff

 

*it is truly a joy to have Spatchcock on the menu at last, I hope it sells well


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Posted 20 December 2013 - 11:52 AM

This sounds great Jeff



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Posted 21 December 2013 - 01:43 PM

It went well last night, so far so good


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Posted 21 December 2013 - 03:19 PM

Thanks for the kind words above, Dave. It was fun on my end, too.

In the For What it's Worth Department we are starting our New Butcher Block  menu tomorrow December 20th

This is a new section of our menu that will feature A la carte steaks and similar fare at an accessible price. It will a tight little menu through this year and then really grow in 2014. Starting tomorrow I have Filet, Teres Major, A Kick ass 28 day Dry Aged New York Strip and a grilled Spatchcock Chicken for two. A Dry aged Pork Chop will be ready next week I am trying to bring a great steak Selection to Bethesda without people having to pay the stupid prices Steakhouses charge.

 

As we Kick this off we are pairing up some wines to go with these steaks for Half price this weekend. We have picked out a Cab Franc, a Carmenere, a Crozes hermitage and a Juicy California red,to offer for Half Price. 

 

Also, for DR.com folks we will do the steaks for 20% off as well. No reservations or anything required. Just say "Hi" when you are here I will run these specials through Christmas Eve to start this program off right.

 

Jeff

 

*it is truly a joy to have Spatchcock on the menu at last, I hope it sells well

 

This sounds like something I would be interested in



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Posted 13 March 2014 - 11:51 AM

Apparently, people here on DR.com haven't seen some of our lunch specials. So, I will post for the folks who are in Bethesda Tues - Fridays.

The special is $10 each day (as is our burger, but that is another story). The Special changes each day. 

Today is Fried Chicken.

 

 

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 03:36 PM

Jeff has a great $10 lunch deal. Today was fish and chips (or Fish and veggies in my case). Just perfect, two generous portions of fried fish, veggies and a housemade sauce. I also the poached calamari salad ($8) that is simple, flavorful and wonderful.

 

Lunch is a great way to try Grapeseed out, then come back for dinner... Jeff Heineman is a very talented chef and a allaround great guy. Go say hi and introduce yourself.


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Posted 25 March 2014 - 12:30 PM

Starting today at lunch we present the Chacarero Sandwich. Those  who have had it in Downtown Crossing in Boston will recognize it immediately. I don't know much about the Chilean bread, so going from memory I made a bun using English Muffin dough. Pretty nice, It is now the burger bun, too. The sandwich has Carne Asada, Avocado, Muenster, Green Beans, Tomatoes and Hot Sauce, $7.50 at Lunch

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 09:06 PM

This is quite the sandwich, i could go on and on about it, but it is best to go in and see/taste it for yourself.

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 07:14 AM

The fried chicken (Thursday lunch special) is awesome.  When I had it, it was served with a sweet and peppery sauce on the side, a scoop of mashed potatoes and gravy, and a nice salad of asparagus, peppers, and pickled onions.  Excellent quality and quantity for only $10.  There were no other customers in the restaurant the whole time I was there.  :(


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 06:50 AM

The fish and chips (Friday lunch special) are awesome.  Both components perfectly fried.  Served with coleslaw and tartar sauce.  Excellent quality and quantity for only $10.  I would write "There were no other customers in the restaurant the whole time I was there", except there was one other - my husband.  Seriously, what's wrong with people?  Although Jeff did say he was slammed the two previous days.


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Posted 07 April 2014 - 12:58 PM

A little shamelessness here. It's our anniversary! It's been 14 YEARS since we opened our doors.

 

We have had a lot of wonderful people come through our doors, both guests and staffwise. It is thanks to them I can still call myself a restaurant owner after 14 years.

 

It would be nice to have some visitors on such a momentous (the big one - four!) occasion,

So, since this place is only open today because of our fricassee and Filet dishes (and a few Pharmaceutical Companies)  Tonight only you can get our most popular appetizer & entrée at their original price. 

Wild Mushroom Friccasee, Truffled Polenta $8 (now $13)
Filet Mignon, Oxtail Ragout, Horseradish Mashed $26 (now $38).

 

34 bucks for a taste of Grapeseed circa 2000.


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