This sophisticated and inviting establishment is the hatchling of master restaurateur and rhyme master, Chef Geoff Tracy. He’s built a menu with great latitude, covering a wide variety of dishes served throughout the day. Sunday brunch features classic egg dishes such as steak and eggs (NY strip, sunny-side-up eggs, and golden Yukon hash, $18.95) and lunchier sandwiches like Lia’s burger with tomato, pancetta, sautéed onion, and provolone ($10.95). Take a lunch break to the Mediterranean with a big salad ($13.95–$16.95) such as the crispy calamari caesar (with tomato, prosciutto, scallions, and grana padano) or a feta, black olive, tomato, and pepperoncini pizza pie ($12.95). Check out the hours each menu is offered here.
The Zen-inspired décor of Bambu creates the perfect atmosphere for an Asian food tasting frenzy. Diners at Bambu can sample sushi at one of two bars in front of an exposed kitchen, or can opt to sit in the bamboo-colored dining area and choose from a range of Chinese, Thai, Japanese or fusions dishes. There is a full range of entrées, plus plenty of noodle, rice and soup dishes. All dumplings, sauces and spring rolls are homemade, and beef, fish and veggies are fresh as can be. Open for dinner and lunch, the daytime crowd can enjoy Bento boxes for around $10, filled with a featured entrée, soup, salad, a California roll and rice.
In French, sur la place translates to "on the square," and it's also an evocation of a popular song of the same name by Belgian musician Jacques Brel. To further remind diners of their eatery's Belgian roots, owners Loren and Peter Gomes display pictures of the famous Grand Plaza of Brussels on their wall, as well as a replica of the plaza's iconic Manneken Pis statue and a framed lock of Jean-Claude Van Damme's mullet.
Executive chef Samuel Encarnacion helms the duo's kitchen, infusing complex flavor profiles into a menu brimming with more than 20 varieties of mussels and classic Belgian dishes such as steak frites and flemish stew. These authentic entrees populate tables in a dining room studded with exposed-brick walls, tomato-red drapes, yellow accents, and shelves hoisting up more than 30 varieties of Belgian beer.
The décor of the pint-sized Asian take-out restaurant, with its mismatched walls and counters, may not be the definition of luxury, but Chen’s Gourmet’s huge selection of Chinese and Vietnamese-inspired favorites brings locals back to this Palisades neighborhood carry-out time and again. The owner has even developed a tasty vegetarian meat substitute, which is seasoned to resemble everything from chicken or beef to pork or seafood. Therefore, even vegetarians can sample kung pao chicken, Hunan shrimp or moo shu pork. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., lunch boxes include a beverage, fried or steamed rice and an entrée. There is a small eating area on the patio for those who don’t want to bring their boxes back home or to the office.
Belgian restaurants are muscling into the Washington dining scene in a big way. Mussels and frites can be found in just about every neighborhood, and some of the better restaurants also sport additional Belgian treats. Chef Claudio Pirollo started his career by being named “Best Young Chef in Belgium” and his cooking success continues at his Palisades neighborhood bistro, Et Voila. The restaurant boasts top-of-the-line Belgian flavors like steamed mussels and pommes frites, carbonnade à la flamande and lapin à la bière. Even the atmosphere smacks of the old country, the soft, off-white walls are all decorated with posters featuring local cartoon hero Tintin, and the long and narrow dining area features a classic pressed-tin-tin ceiling.
Ever since Addy and Ruth Bassin founded the company back in 1952, MacArthur Beverages has introduced American consumers to the finest European wines and spirits. The firm's brokers deal directly with wine merchants and n?gociants in Europe and America to bring their clients the best bordeauxs (their specialty) and other wines at competitive prices. MacArthur Beverages also stocks hard-to-find craft brews and top-shelf scotches, whiskies, cognacs, and brandies.
The company has set a number of milestones throughout its long history, including setting the world record in 1977 for paying the highest price ever for a single bottle of wine?$14,450 for an 1806 Chateau Lafite Rothschild?and unearthing the discovery that wine is just really old grape juice.