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Buddha Bar DC

With locations spanning the globe – from Kiev, to Sao Paolo, to Dubai and more, the illustrious Buddha Bar finally has a home in DC.  Although its location is a bit of a stretch – in the up-and-coming neighborhood down near 5th and Mass – its brand has elicited quite a response from the DC […]


An old friend who used to live in DC was in town the other day for a few days and apparently had begun craving the Matchbox sliders as his plane landed on the tarmac so insisted I meet him at the venue, located in Chinatown.  Although I had ordered takeout from Matchbox in the past […]

Rocket Bar

It’s been a little while since we at DC City Blog reviewed a bar so it was fortunate that a work function took  me to Rocket Bar this past week.  Like most other cities, DC has some pretty clear social divisions that manifest in the different venue circuits that people in DC choose.  Rocket Bar is clearly […]


Acadiana is the Louisiana-inspired offering from the restaurant group which gave us TenPenh, DC Coast and Ceiba. Just thinking of Southern cooking whets my appetite and chef Jeff Tunks delivers a good interpretation of contemporary New Orleans fare. Acadiana is located by the new Convention Center at 901 New York Ave. NW. Cost – $$ […]

Brasserie Beck

Brasserie Beck is a Belgian / French restaurant located at 1101 K Street NW.  It is a fairly trendy place and can fill up on both weekday and weekend evenings so I would advise calling ahead and making reservations. Cost – $$$ Service – C+ I wasn’t terribly impressed with the service at Brasserie Beck.  […]


Even though the actual development of Proof took a couple of years, the concept was brewing in owner Mark Kuller’s mind for far longer. The attorney turned proprietor (although he still does some legal work on the side) has always enjoyed fine dining, wine and company so it was just a matter of time until […]


Zaytinya is a Turkish/Greek/Lebanese restaurant with a good bar scene located at 701 9th St. NW in Penn Quarter. Cost – $$ Service – B The wait staff are usually very good at making recommendations and educating first-timers on mezze etiquette. A good waiter will bring your order out in waves to ensure food is […]