• 26Jan

    Until recently, I was not a burger person. At least not beef burgers. Turkey and lamb, sure, But that all changed when I had Bourbon Steak’s burger. Thick, juicy, and delicious, this burger is like nothing I’ve had before.

    Tucked into the Four Seasons in Georgetown, Bourbon Steak is better known for expense account dining. But their “Business At Bourbon Steak Over Burgers” special (weekdays, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., at the bar) provides a taste of their fantastic offerings. It’s not cheap, but for $22, you get a burger, fries, a non-alcoholic beverage, and a cookie. Not a bad deal at one of the city’s swankest eateries.

    You can choose from steak, lamb, turkey, veggie, and salmon burgers. I like to stick with the oak-fired prime steak, medium, with cheddar, lettuce, and tomato, and a side of fries. This burger is huge and super filling. The meat is of excellent quality. The truffle-Parmesan duck fat fries are crisp and I usually can’t finish them. Being that this is Bourbon Steak, upgrades are available, such as a foie gras add-on. I’ve not done that, but I did order the mac and cheese recently. It was good, but a bit too creamy for my taste. And way too filling. The cookies are always fresh, and it you go in the summer, it’s actually an ice cream sandwich, which I prefer. If you’re looking to stay within budget, you can get a dealers choice beer for $5. I’ve never been disappointed in that beer.

    Service is impeccable and friendly. The bar can get busy, especially on Fridays, but some days it’s quiet, and you can relax with your burger and beer. It’s not an every day lunch, but when you can, try it out and you’ll be happy you did.

    -LEM (Lia)


  • 08Jun

    By Guest Blogger LMB

    The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington feted its own on Sunday night at the 2010 RAMMY Awards, the annual gala to celebrate and recognize excellence in the regional restaurant and food service community.  The theme “we’ll always have … restaurants” (a take-off on the Casablanca line “we’ll always have Paris”) suggested dress of ‘40s glamour, and the crowd did not disappoint.  From Zoot suits and white dinner jackets to pin curls and fur stoles, much of the crowd got into the fashion spirit of the times.

    But the night was not about the clothes.  It was about the food.  And winning.  This year, the RAMW changed the format for the event, again held at the Marriot Park Wardman Hotel.  While last year’s affair included a four-course seated dinner during which awards were handed out, this year’s program began with cocktails and passed hors-d’oeuvres, followed by the awards themselves presented in a theater style set-up, and ended with a dinner reception replete with four buffet stations, several open bars, a dessert buffet and a dance floor with a live band.  Attendees seemed to prefer the new set-up, where awards were given out quickly (each honoree was instructed to keep his or her comments to 30 seconds), and then the merriment and celebrating could begin in earnest.

    FOX 5 Meteorologist Sue Palka was the Mistress of Ceremonies again this year.  She rocked the ‘40s glam look and wittily kept the program on time.  Scott Drewno from The Source by Wolfgang Puck won the coveted Chef of the Year award.  Nicholas Stefanelli of Bibiana won the Rising Culinary Star award.  Birch & Barley, which won both Best New Restaurant and Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene, was the site of the unofficial after-party.  And in the new category of Beverage/Mixology Program, PS7’s took home the prize for mixologist Gina Chersevani’s skill with spirits.

    After the awards were handed out, the crowd swarmed the ball room for food and drinks, and eventually for dancing.  Over 1500 guests attended the event including politicians (D.C. Council Chair and Mayoral Candidate Vincent Gray was seen boogieing on the dance floor), Ambassadors, and, of course, the food world glitterati.  The four food buffet stations were sponsored by Australia, Chile, Mexico and Virginia, and each of the nominated mixologists created a cocktail for the event.  Guests dined on Moroccan spice rubbed lamb chops with harissa yogurt and lemon mint couscous and sous vide Australian wagyu shortrib as well as Tasmanian heritage red square cheese at the Australian table, grilled chicken pebre with a Chilean berry compote as well as a salmon, scallop, rockfish and shrimp ceviche from the Chilean station, Virginia oysters and Virginia Chesapeake Sting Ray Filet wrapped in Bacon, as well as mac & cheese with chocolate Virginia bacon, and chirlorio burritos, cream and chipotle shrimp and avocado soup courtesy of Mexico.

    At midnight, when the band stopped and the lights came on, many revelers were still enjoying the evening.

    Here’s the entire list of 2010 RAMMY Award Winners:

    RAMMY Honorary Award
    The Monocle on Capitol Hill

    Joan Hisaoka Associate Member
    ProChile/Wines of Chile

    Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award
    Bob Madigan

    WHERE MAGAZINE Visitors’ Choice Award
    The Capital Grille

    Power Spot
    BLT Steak

    Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene
    Birch & Barley-Churchkey

    Neighborhood Gathering Place
    Cork Wine Bar

    Your Favorite Restaurant (determined by an online/newspaper ballot)
    Co Co. Sala

    Restaurant Employee
    Adolfo Cajchon – Lead Food Runner, Seasons

    Restaurant Manager
    Mark Politzer – Bourbon Steak

    Upscale Casual

    Rising Culinary Star
    Nicholas Stefanelli – Bibiana

    Best New Restaurant
    Birch & Barley

    Pastry Chef
    Anthony Chavez – 2941

    Wine Program

    Beverage/Mixology Program

    Fine Dining Restaurant

    Chef of the Year

    Scott Drewno – The Source by Wolfgang Puck

  • 27May

    Dining in DC is hosting a POLL to ask readers who they think the winner of the 2010 Rammy for Best New Restaurant will be.

    So which of the five finalists for Best New Restaurant is your favorite restaurant?

    Which restaurant do you think will win?

    In order to be eligible for the category of ”New Restaurant” a restaurant must have been opened between December 1, 2008 and November 30, 2009 and has already distinguished itself as a pacesetter in food, beverage and service. The Rammy 201o finalists for New Restaurant are:

    • Bibiana
    • Birch & Barley
    • Bourbon Steak
    • Eventide
    • Inox

    Enter the POLL here.

    PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT about WHY it is your Favorite and WHY You want it to win!

    If the restaurant that you voted for wins, you will be automatically entered into the drawing to win a dining Gift Certificate from the Winner! Good Luck!

    -Lisa Shapiro

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