stickmoon Posted June 9, 2010 Share Posted June 9, 2010 Fellow Rockwellers, I’m moving away from DC in a few days, headed back to Amherst, MA where I lived for 7 years. I only lived here for 2 years, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. So much great food and drink, I’m sorry that it has to end so soon. I’ve written this narrative of my own personal “best of/favorite/memorable meals, bites, restaurants, people, and posts” that I want to post on the forum. Sure, it may be a bit self-indulgent, but I’ve really enjoyed it here, and I gained so much from this forum that it just seemed to make sense to share it with interested readers. With that said, this is in no particular order and as you’ll see, it is shaped by my own personal preferences, assumptions and limitations. I’ll start with my favorite bite of the previous two years. And actually it wasn’t a bite at all, more of a sip. I’m talking about the fabulous artichoke soup I had at Cityzen. My New Yorker aunt was in town for the Cherry Blossom Festival and we had such a memorable meal at the bar. Evilkim ordered the artichoke soup for her first course and I was able to snag two delicious spoonfuls. It was probably the best soup I’ve ever had. I just remember feeling like I tasted the essence of artichoke. It tasted more artichokey than artichokes. I’d love to know how Chef Ziebold made it…not because I could reproduce it – I surely could not – but because it was the work of a masterful chef at the top of his game. My favorite overall meal was at Proof. It was Halloween last year. I took the same aunt, who loves food as much as anyone on this board, to the restaurant for her birthday. We hit every course that night and ordered bottles of wine that are typically way out of my price range. I remember being so proud of what DC has to offer, she was so pleased with the food, setting, wine list…everything. One of the highlights was watching Mark Kuller walk around greeting diners dressed as Julia Child…no wait, actually, it was more of an impression of Dan Aykroyd’s impression of Julia Child. He stopped at our table and gave a hearty laugh and clanked glasses with my aunt. It was one of the most enjoyable meals of my life. Turning to beverages, Steve Warner of Eventide is my favorite bartender. This guy is a consummate professional. His seasonally-inspired drinks are creative and fresh, but I think he excels most at the classics. He showed me how good a manhattan can be and he makes the best sazerac I’ve ever had. Steve loves his work, and it shows every which way. Perhaps he is underrated because he doesn’t work in the District like some other excellent bartenders around town. My honorable mention goes to Gina Chersevani. When I first moved to the area she was at EatBar, a little local joint around the corner from my apartment. And there was this enthusiastic bartender with a love of spirits and a magnetic personality. I remember feeling like I had this little gem of a bar to myself. I was happy for her when she moved to PS 7, but darn, I missed her. That gnome’s water… what a perfect summer drink. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her with her own show about cocktails on Food Network. Full disclosure, I’m a sociologist. When I moved here I was finishing my PhD, something that requires a helluva lot of writing. I spent a lot of time in coffee shops (some may call it “camping out”…I call it working ). My favorite coffee shop, probably of all time, was and is Murky Coffee. I loved it because it was gritty, had great coffee, a lot of electrical outlets, good bagels and good music. Nick Cho may have problems with the financials, but he makes a terrific cup of coffee. For those who were never there, Murky had a kind of intellectual vibe that I really appreciated…an interesting mix of people. Sure, it was filthy and looked like it could implode at any moment, but damn, I felt like I fit right in. The first time I walked into Murky, they blasted The Arcade Fire’s album, Funeral, from start to finish…I sat down with the newspaper and knew this was the place for me. Northside Social is good, better in some ways, but it’s just not the same. Let me turn to this forum for a moment. My favorite writer on the site…that would be Waitman. Never met him, don’t know anything about him, but a number of his posts have made me smile (like this one) or even howl with laughter. One of the more entertaining threads on the site was about dress codes in restaurants…and after several days of back and forth, his inspired post just bowled me over. After all this time, I never met Don Rockwell. That’s ok. In a way, it’s fitting. He remains a mystery to me, which seems poetic and appropriate. Sure, I have sat at bars and imagined that Don is there at the same time, eating his way through the city. It even happened once at Guajillo, but I didn’t realize until I got home and it was too late. Don may be a ghost to me, but he is one hell of a writer...and by all accounts a great guy. Don – thank you very much for being our fearless leader. This board is a treasure, and you’re the reason it exists. There’s so much more I can say, favorite places I haven’t mentioned, some threads I really enjoyed, and fellow Rockwellers whom I’ve enjoyed getting to know through your posts. Although I am moving, I certainly plan to keep writing on the board but obviously not as much in the DC restaurants folder. What more can I say? DC – I’ll miss your food. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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