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Le Diplomate 7/15/2013
Acclaimed Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr has brought a taste of France to Washington, DC. In only a few months, "Le Diplomate" has established itself as the newest "it" restaurant. The wait for a reservation is long, but worth it. At Le Diplomate, one is transported to a Parisian café through an ambience that is classic, avoiding cheesy Parisian stereotypes. There was no more festive day than Bastille Day to try out the restaurant's brunch for the first time. Mimosas and rich French brewed coffees were a given. The strawberry-elderflower French toast was fresh, light and airy, with just the right amount of butter and flavoring. The bacon was crispy, if a bit overdone. Also receiving strong reviews were the omelets and the side potatoes which were salty, cooked and flavored to perfection. Le Diplomate has been receiving rave reviews from critics throughout the city. Since an establishment can't be judged on its brunch alone, I will certainly have to make a return visit. You know, for the sake of NTF readers, but of course.
Tash 3/5/2013
Tash, a new Persian-Middle Eastern restaurant on Barracks Row, recently opened to rave reviews. It’s easy to see why everyone loves Tash and to understand the long lines that formed at 8 p.m. on a recent Friday night. The chef certainly does not suffer from the learning curve that comes with many new restaurants. The menu boasts a variety of unique meat and vegetable dishes and dressed up appetizers at a very reasonable price. Happy hour is excellent, with half off virtually everything, including specialty cocktails, until 6:30 p.m.. As for dinner, the pita bread was thin, hot, and crispy, perfect for dipping in a smooth and smoky baba ganoush, adorned with pomegranate seeds. The saffron lemon chicken was flavorful, cooked to perfection, with a yogurt sauce and tabouleh on the side—a meal that is filling, but leaves you wanting more only because it’s just that good. There’s always time for a return visit, but make sure to call in for reservations. This place is, without a doubt, catching on quick.
Millennium Biltmore Hotel 4/13/2012
The Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles is one of the more unusual "finer" hotels. The hotel's lobby is absolutely gorgeous, with classic European architecture and an ornate ceiling reminiscent of a Parisian palace. The guest rooms are spacious, with a non-working fireplace for decoration. However, the bathroom, including its fixtures, remind one of an elderly grandparent's house, certainly in need of updating. When my travel plans changed and I asked the desk shortly after arrival to shorten my stay by one day, I was able to do so, but was told only this one time! The next time I visited, I was told that this infraction would already be "noted in your file." For a hotel with such beauty and class, this warning, plus the $40 per night parking cost turned me sour on the 'Bilt. There won't be a next time.
Olazzo 1/21/2012
Olazzo is a classic Italian restaurant, featuring all the staple dishes of a traditional Italian meal. The meal starts with hot and crusty bread. The waiter shows off his flair in pouring olive oil and balsamic vinegar as a dip. Salad is included as a starter to the meals. From fettucini alfredo to lasagna bolognese to eggplant parmesan, Olazzo offers familiar favorites in this cozy downtown Bethesda location, as well as at another location in Silver Spring. Owned by two Italian-American brothers, Olazzo offers quality ethnic food at an affordable price, making it a stand out choice.
V-Note 1/21/2012
V-Note is an organic wine bar and restaurant on the Upper East side that offers fresh and flavorful ingredients in a bright and welcoming space. The mushroom scallops and potato crisps, made with trumpet mushrooms, taste precisely like actual fresh-from-the-ocean scallops, perfect for a non-vegan shellfish allergy sufferer. Also delicious is the mushroom lentil ravioli entree, filled with chickpeas, smoked egglant and lentils in a shiitake-tahini cream sauce, topped with herbed greens. Ingredients like seitan, pine nuts, lobster mushrooms, pumpkin and sage mean V-Note is eclectic, never boring, hitting just the right note every time.

Kara Deniz's Radars Le Diplomate
Le Diplomate: Stephen Starr's First Foray Into DC
7/15/2013 Restaurants, Logan Circle / U Street — Acclaimed Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr has brought a taste of France to Washington, DC. I...

Tash
DC's Tash
3/5/2013 Restaurants, — Tash, a new Persian-Middle Eastern restaurant on Barracks Row, recently opened to rave reviews. It's...

Olazzo
Cozy Italian In Downtown Bethesda
1/23/2012 Restaurants, Downtown Bethesda — Olazzo is a classic Italian restaurant, featuring all the staple dishes of a traditional Italian mea...

V-Note
Organic Wine Bar & Restaurant On The Upper East Side
1/23/2012 Restaurants, Upper East Side (Lower) — V-Note is an organic wine bar and restaurant on the Upper East side that offers fresh and flavorful...

Cava Mezze
On Tapas In Arlington
11/3/2011 Restaurants, Clarendon — Cava Mezze opened in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington to much fanfare over the summer. There...

Submitted Listings

New York
V-Note Taste of health.

Washington DC
Cafe Istanbul A tasty taste of Turkey.
Cava Mezze Mediocre Mezze
Current Boutique Not your grandmother's closet!
Embassy of France Francophiles take note. Great events with French wine of course.
Le Diplomate France Meets U Street.