Restaurant Reviews

Reviewed Restaurants
(*very good)
(**absolute favorites)

Austin, Tex.
*24 Diner (American/Breakfast)
*Bar Congress CLOSED (cocktail bar)
**CU29 (cocktail bar)
*Garage (cocktail bar)
*Guero's Taco Bar (Mexican)
*Iron Works BBQ (Barbecue)
*La Condesa (Mexican)
*Lamberts (Barbecue)
*Stubb's (Barbecue)
*Taco Joint (Tacos/Breakfast)
Taco Shack (Tacos/Breakfast)

Dallas, Tex. (and surroundings)
Ella's Southern Kitchen (American, West End)
Jorge's Tex-Mex Cafe (Mexican/Tex-Mex, Arts district)
La Duni (Latin, Northpark shopping center)
*Le Bilboquet (French, Uptown)
**Lockhart Smokehouse (Barbecue, Plano, Tex.)
*Meso Maya (Mexican, Downtown)

New York, N.Y.
Becco (Italian, Theater District)
*The Black Ant (Mexican, East Village)
*Blue Hill (American, Greenwich Village)
Bouchon Cafe (European, Midtown)
*Commerce CLOSED (Italian and American, West Village)
DB Bistro Moderne (American/French, Midtown)
*Death & Co (Cocktail Bar, East Village)
*Eataly (Various, Madison Square) (second visit)
Empellón Cocina CLOSED (Modern Mexican, East Village)
*Empellón Taqueria (Mexican, West Village)
*Hearth (American, East Village)
*Juliana's Pizza (Pizza, Dumbo/Brooklyn)
*Kat & Theo CLOSED (American/European, Flatiron)
L'Amico (Italian, Chelsea)
*The Library at the Public (Pub/Italian, Noho)
*Lupa Osteria Romana (Italian, Greenwich Village) (second visit)
**Mayahuel CLOSED (Cocktail Bar and Mexican small plates, East Village) (second visit, focusing on food)
**Ma Peche CLOSED (Asian fusion, Midtown)
*The NoMad (American, NoMad/Flatiron)
**Posto Thin Crust Pizza (Pizza, Gramercy)
*Spring Natural CLOSED (American, Soho)
*Tía Pol (Spanish, Chelsea)
*Timna CLOSED (Middle Eastern, East Village)
**Vezzo Thin Crust Pizza (Pizza, Murray Hill)
*White Street CLOSED (American, Tribeca)

Portland, Ore.
*Clyde Common (Modern American, Downtown)
**Gruner CLOSED (German, Downtown)
**Little Bird CLOSED (French bistro, Downtown)

Rehoboth Beach, Del.
**a(MUSE.) CLOSED (Contemporary American)
Back Porch Cafe (American)
*Bramble & Brine CLOSED (American)
*Cabo CLOSED (Modern Mexican)
*Corner Grille CLOSED (Breakfast/Greek)
**Dos Locos (Tex-Mex) (second visit)
**Espuma CLOSED (Modern)
*Nicola Pizza (Pizza)
*Papa Grande's CLOSED (Tex-Mex)
*Pig + Fish CLOSED (American)
**The Royal Treat (Breakfast, Ice Cream)
*Salt Air (American) (second visit)
Zebra Ristorante CLOSED (Italian)

Santa Fe, N.M.
Blue Corn Cafe (Mexican)
Cafe des Artistes (Eclectic)
The Plaza Cafe (Southwestern)
*La Plazuela (Mexican)
*Secreto (Cocktail Bar)

Washington, D.C. (and surroundings)
Guide to DC Mexican Restaurants
**Aggio CLOSED (Italian, Friendship Heights)
**All-Purpose (Pizza, Shaw)
*America Eats Tavern CLOSED (Modernist American, Penn Quarter)
*Arcuri (Pizza/Italian, Glover Park)
*Ardeo + Bardeo CLOSED (American, Cleveland Park)
Baby Wale (Eclectic, Shaw)
Bandolero CLOSED (Modern Mexican, Georgetown)
*Beefsteak (Vegetable-focused fast casual, Foggy Bottom)
*Blue Duck Tavern (American, West End)
*Bread Furst (Bakery, Van Ness)
**Buck's Fishing and Camping (American, Chevy Chase)
*The Carving Room (Sandwiches, Mount Vernon Triangle)
*Casa Luca REBRANDED (Italian, Downtown)
*China Chilcano (Peruvian/Asian, Penn Quarter)
**Comet Ping-Pong (Pizza, Chevy Chase)
*Convivial (French/American, Shaw)
*Coppi's Organic CLOSED (Italian, Cleveland Park)
**The Dabney (American/Southern, Shaw)
*DBGB Kitchen and Bar (American/French, Downtown)
*Del Campo CLOSED (Steak/South American, Downtown)
Diego CLOSED (Tex-Mex, U Street)
District Kitchen (Eclectic, Woodley Park)
*District Taco (Mexican, Metro Center)
*Espita Mezcaleria (Mexican, Shaw)
*Family Meal (American upscale diner, Frederick, Md.)
*Fat Pete's (Barbecue, Cleveland Park)
**Fiola (Italian, Penn Quarter)
*Ghibellina CLOSED (Italian, 14th Street)
**Graffiato CLOSED (Italian, Chinatown)
**Jaleo (Spanish, Penn Quarter)
*Kangaroo Boxing Club CLOSED (Barbecue, etc., Columbia Heights)
*Le Diplomate (French, 14th Street)
*Macon Bistro & Larder (Southern, Chevy Chase)
*Masala Art (Indian, Tenleytown)
Merzi CLOSED (Fast-Casual Indian, Penn Quarter)
**Mintwood Place (American, Adams-Morgan)
*Mitsitam Cafe at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (Native American, The Mall)
*Momofuku CCDC CLOSED (Asian/Noodles, Downtown)
**Muchas Gracias (Mexican)
Nora CLOSED (American, Dupont Circle)
Osteria Elisir CLOSED (Italian, Downtown)
*Oyamel (Modern Mexican, Penn Quarter)
**Palena Cafe CLOSED (Italian/American, Cleveland Park)
*The Partisan (American, meat-centric, Penn Quarter)
The Pig (American, pork-centric, Logan Circle)
*Range CLOSED (Eclectic, Friendship Heights) (second review)
**Rasika (Indian, Penn Quarter)
*RedRocks Firebrick Pizzeria (Pizza, Columbia Heights)
*The Riggsby (Retro American/Continental, Dupont Circle)
Ripple CLOSED (Farm-to-Table, Cleveland Park)
*Roofer's Union (American, Adams Morgan)
*Rosa Mexicano CLOSED (Mexican, Friendship Heights)
Second State CLOSED (American, Dupont Circle)
*Sfoglina (Italian, Van Ness)
**Shouk (Middle Eastern vegan, Mount Vernon Triangle)
Silo (American, Mount Vernon Triangle)
*The Source CLOSED (Modern Chinese, Penn Quarter)
*Table CLOSED (French/Italian, Shaw)
*Tail Up Goat (American, Adams-Morgan)
*Thally CLOSED (Modern American, Shaw)
*Tico (Latin American, 14th Street)
*Tupelo Honey Cafe (Southern, Arlington, Va.)
*Zaytinya (Mediterranean/Middle Eastern, Penn Quarter)


  1. Thanks for the restaurant recommendations. As a fellow DC food blogger, I look forward to comparing notes!

    1. Yes! Me too. Your quest sounds really cool. Love that Comet Ping Pong is an exception.