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  1. coincidentally (ironically?) Carroll used to be the head chef at the Eric Ripert restaurant 10 Arts in the Philly Ritz, which she later left to venture out on her own after Top Chef. We did get to eat there while her original season was airing and quite enjoyed the food. I will disagree with your premise that Graffiato wasn't the hottest restaurant in DC at one point in time. When Isabella was a runner up on the All Stars season of Top Chef he made a pepperoni sauce for one of his finale meal dishes that had the judges (particularly Gail Simmons) swooning. And when it opened it was to considerable hype, particularly because the sauce was on the menu. It was very difficult to get a table for weeks/months.
  2. Tom Sietsema's Reviews

    Well, even though none made the arbitrarily listed top 10, all are still 4 stars so he's still high on them. Did LS get upgraded to 4 this year?
  3. Tom Sietsema's Reviews

    Gotta be Komi, Little Serow or Rasika
  4. Asheville, NC

    Glad you liked it. The good thing is you can go next door to Catawba Brewing and they'll text you. I find they way overestimate wait times. Usually they'll tell us 1 hour+ and we get the text before we finish our first beer. We went Friday night around 6:30 and there was no wait, which was shocking to me.
  5. Asheville, NC

    12 Bones is fine but our favorites are Buxton Hall and Bonfire. Took my mom to the former last night and she loved it. They do Eastern NC style whole hog and she is someone who grew up on that end of the state going to the little shacks and getting cheap, excellent 'cue. Buxton is decidedly hipster and much more expensive than anything you'd get in Eastern NC, but damn, it's great. The BBQ hash is one of my favorite things in town -- they cook down the trimmings, head meat, etc and the pork livers until it's a smooth stew and serve over rice. Great cocktails and desserts too. You'd never find booze in a true NC BBQ shack, just sweet tea. But we're in Asheville. Bon Apetit named it a top 10 best new restaurant in America last year which is damn impressive for a BBQ joint. Bonfire does the more wholistic approach to 'cue with brisket, sausage, ribs, chicken, etc. Buxton and Biscuit Head are our two definite places to take out of towners. We've got friends visiting next weekend and you can bet we're going to both.
  6. Solar Eclipse, August 21 2017

    Eater just named JC Holdway in Knoxville as a top 12 best new restaurant in America. And there's always Blackberry Farm. I'm in Asheville and we're supposed to get 99.6% darkness here, but I'll be out of the country. Plenty of great dining options here, but hotels might be scarce as they've been hyping this all year.
  7. I guess Pete Wells read my post and agreed with me:
  8. I don't understand why all of the critics have written pieces critiquing the meal, including Tom Sietsema. It's my understanding that generally when a restaurant is reviewed, it's for the reader to then determine if they would like to go visit the place themselves. But if you're a DC-based reader of the Post, it's virtually impossible to try out this pop up for yourself. Even when Tom reviews out of town/foreign restaurants, the assumption generally is you can plan a trip around a meal at a place he writes about. But this Noma pop up will be gone pretty soon, and even if you did happen to be going to the Yucatan while it's there, the chance of snagging a table has to be nigh impossible, no? It just kinda reeks of "hey, check out this place I got to go on someone else's dime."
  9. Japanese Street Food

    Was Kushi not considered an izakaya?
  10. 2017 James Beard Awards

    Congrats to Mark Furstenberg, winner of the Outstanding Baker award!
  11. I really hate when people don't write down an order. It's inevitable they will forget an item or some kind of modification you make to a dish (no onion, sauce on the side, etc.). Or they'll come back to the table before entering it into the computer to double check: "You wanted the x, right?" "No, I wanted the y." When they do get your order correct, am I supposed to be impressed you remembered it all? I'm not. I just want the food I ordered, and would prefer you write it down to ensure accuracy. You can't control the kitchen, but I'd like to at least know the order was entered correctly.
  12. Their two best wins in recent memory (PSG and this) were due purely to heart and not tactics. I tried streaming this match yesterday and after about 40 different streams crapped out on me I gave up around the 87th minute, resigned to a tie. Then I forgot to check the final score and got a text an hour later from a friend. I was very pleasantly surprised. What a goal for Messi to get his 500th.
  13. My mom told me she and my aunt's family went last week and got the family dinner. My aunt has been a few times and is a fan of the brisket, but apparently what they served that day was old and dried out. She brought this up to the waiter and apparently Mixon himself brought out a massive plate of fresh brisket for them.
  14. Copenhagen, Denmark

    I obviously have a lot of reading up to do, but I will be there for a weekend in mid-June following a work trip to Helsinki. What's one can't miss fine dining destination? Unfortunately, Noma just served its last meal at the old location and will be relocating later this year, so that's out. We will try to do one blow out dinner, and the others will be more reasonable.
  15. My wife got her initial approval yesterday and we were able to find back-to-back appointments in Charlotte on 3/28, which is not a bad wait.