Olde Towne Inn head chef and owner Donnell Long has delighted diverse clientele with his exemplary culinary skills, from Michael Jordan to U.S. Senator Vance Hartke. After graduating top of his class from the Washington Culinary Institute, he catered for prestigious events and groups including the Washington Mystics, helped establish the Stonefish Grill, and has recently appeared on the Wendy Williams Show and as a guest chef at the Social Safeway in Georgetown.
At Olde Towne Inn, Chef Long serves American fare with sophisticated flavors. Notable menu items include the Hawaiian barbecue rib eye, a double-cut Virginia pork chop, and seafood fettuccine with fresh scallops, shrimp, and crab. During brunch, patrons can go savory with catfish and cheese grits or sweet with Belgian waffles drizzled with honey butter. Live jazz bands color both the Sunday brunch and dinner Wednesday-Friday with soulful sounds and rippling melodies that can muffle the sounds of rumbling bellies.
Sowing the seeds of garden-fresh deli fare, Nature's Table Cafe has sprouted 75 locations in 10 states since its founding in 1977. Health-conscious menus bloom with vegetarian and gluten-free dishes alongside classic sandwiches filled with roast beef and grilled chicken breast. Cheesy paninis melt under the heat and meaningful glances emanating from a hot press, while more modest wraps conceal Mexican-, Mediterranean-, American-, and Thai-style fillings. Suffused with the essence of jasmine, rice bowls offer bellies a refreshing salad alternative, though Nature's Table Cafe's salad selection draws in loyal taste buds with fresh veggies and surprising combinations of grilled chicken, fruit, and chèvre cheese. Catering services unfailingly fill bellies at office parties, family get-togethers, and black-tie duck soirees.:
A product of longtime best friends and entrepreneurs Lonnie Moore and Mike Malin, whose The Dolce Group has launched successful eateries across the globe, Ketchup reinterprets childhood favorites in a sleek, contemporary atmosphere. Diners saunter through a space alive with a red, white, and black color scheme, relaxing in curvy, red banquettes or futuristic-looking chairs designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The tabletops and slatted room dividers boast comic-book-style pop art, ready to transfer onto any on hand Silly Putty, and the walls talk with whimsical portraits of ketchup and mustard bottles holding hands and Heinz bottles fading into clouds of pointillism.
Meanwhile, in the kitchen, chefs spin memories of Shake ’n Bake and macaroni washed down with Kool-Aid, creating gourmet masterpieces. Lobster finds its way into mac ‘n’ cheese, and hot dogs benefit from Kobe beef—both in the dog itself and in the chili on top. And there are plenty of options when it comes time for french fry dipping. Ketchup flavors such as root beer, ranch, and chipotle pay homage to the restaurant’s moniker, livening up Angus burgers topped with market-fresh heirloom tomatoes and Irish cheddar cheese. Moore and Malin's jazzed-up comfort food has even caught on at a sister location in Saudi Arabia, and the duo is opening another site in Istanbul, Turkey.