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  1. Washingtonian "Best Restaurants" Issue

    Very odd. Fiola Mare was #1 a few years ago.
  2. Tom Sietsema's Online Chat

    Ugh, the noise complaints. We get it. Maybe I'm young and just don't care.
  3. Ah, I guess you've never heard of the unfortunately named Stinky's Fish Camp, a well-regarded seafood restaurant in Walton County, a rather ritzy string of beach towns in the Florida Panhandle. I grew up near there and my mom still lives in nearby Seaside (the town where they filmed The Truman Show) and she says it's great, and definitely is one to trust when it comes to great food.
  4. National Chains

    Last time I went to a Cracker Barrel was after we went skiing at White Tail a few years ago. Stopped at one in Frederick. It was funny because a) a guy from South Africa in our group said the food reminded him of home and b.) my friend (now brother-in-law) was very confused that even though the menu said mains came with two vegetables, items like mac and cheese, fries, etc. were listed under vegetables. He had to ask the waitress if those counted or if they literally meant you could only get actual vegetables.
  5. Not sure why you compare it to IPAs, as it's really not. Not even a pale ale. Maybe more hop-forward than your standard ale, but I wouldn't really call this a hoppy beer. How do I know? My wife loves it and she hates anything hoppy.
  6. Spaniards love an aioli on just about anything. When I studied abroad my host mother made paella once a week and served it with mayo on the side.
  7. I think they're big on the MD Eastern Shore as well. I recall Andrew Zimmern eating them I think during his Baltimore show.
  8. Winston-Salem, NC

    And before him it was Ed Witt, formerly of 701 and The Partisan
  9. I've eaten at several of his restaurants and all were excellent. Had wanted to go to Shaya for the longest time and actually had recommended it to people (just based on internet hype) and all universally loved it. Besh always conjured up a folksy, genuinely nice guy persona as someone who had spent his whole life in New Orleans and was determined for it be seen as more than a place for gumbo, Mardi Gras and Bourbon Street. He was a finalist in the first season of Next Iron Chef, losing to Michael Symon. Based upon everything I knew about him, this was shocking. But based on everything I know about the restaurant industry from reading memoirs and through my brother-in-law who cooks in some of the best kitchens in Charlotte, it's not. Will be very interesting to see the ripple effect this has across the country, as I would suspect many big names are shaking in their boots (I know of none, but just speculating). Moral question: should I get rid of his cookbooks I own? Am I wrong to still want to cook from them?
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. Tom Sietsema's Reviews

    Gotta be Komi, Little Serow or Rasika
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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