• 14Aug


    Cy and I recently had a wonderful meal at The Gryphon, which is under new management and part of the same group with Lost Society. The menu and decor have been updated. They now have a nice raw bar.

    The cocktails we tried were excellent (and well-designed), including:

    • Aphrodite’s Kiss: Absolut Vodka, Absolute Vanilla Vodka, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and lavender syrup.
    • Chimera Flame: Tanteo Jalapeno Tequila, Lime Juice, Cointreau, St. Germaine, simple syrup, Dekuyper Razzmatazz, and a splash of soda.
    • Centaur Kick: Jack Daniel’s Hoey, Dekayper, Triple Sec, and a splash of sour mix.

    Our overall favorite dishes were the:

    • 20 Ounce Dry-Aged Ribeye (although we didn’t enjoy the funky tasting “marrow butter” that was smeared on it). The ribeye is aged 28 days and is served with Chimichurri. I gnawed on the bone! They age their own steaks in a room that you can look into in the back of the restaurant.
    • Prosciutto Wrapped Monkfish, a wonderful combination of texture (the fish was firm and the ham was crispy), saltiness, and flavor.
    • Kale Sale, which had great texture and included Balsamic Dressing, Sunflower Seeds, Currants, Dried Pineapple, and Aged Gouda.
    • Crispy Pork Belly, served with a fried egg, house habanero hot sauce, and cilantro oil.
    • Striped Bass Ceviche, served with lime, orange, grapefruit, cilantro, and red onion.
    • Tuna Tar Tar, served with chili dressing, pickled watermelon rind, and lotus root. Cy was all about this one.
    • Crispy Fried Oysters, with Worcestershire, Smoked Maple Hot Sauce, Cilantro.
    • Desserts (although I leaned towards the Flourless Chocolate Tort, and Cy leaned toward the bread pudding). These are the only two desserts on the menu.

    There is currently a deal for The Gryphon on Living Social. Gilt City has a deal for brunch for 2 there.


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    Disclosure: From time to time, we are given free items, meals, or entry to events.

  • 13Sep

    In my inbox.




    Using ingredients from Dupont Circle’s FRESHFARM Market come up with an empanada that will represent our neighborhood!

    You may develop a recipe or simply list your preferred ingredients; please limit your recipe to four main ingredients per entry. Drop the recipe at Panas, 2029 P St. NW, or email your entry to order@panasgourmet.com, subject Duponada.

    The deadline for entries is September 24th . On Sunday October 3rd , a panel of distinguished food writer/bloggers will select the TOP THREE entries.

    During the week of Oct 4-8, the top three recipes will be served at Panas, Gourmet Empanadas, where customers will vote for their favorite.

    The winning recipe will be announced at Panas Gourmet Empanadas on Sunday, October 10. The Duponada will be added to the menu at Panas and proceeds from its sale will go to benefit the Dupont Circle Citizens Association.






  • 24Jun

    This just appeared in my inbox.




    Free empanadas from 11 am – 1 pm to mark opening day

    Empanadas, the favorite Latin American treat, come to Dupont Circle June 25 when Panas Gourmet Empanadas opens at 2029 P Street NW.  To mark the opening day owner Federico Garcia Lopez will offer one free empanada from 11 am until 1 pm.

    Panas specializes in Latin fusion gourmet empanadas, the crescent-shaped turnovers, stuffed with a variety of well-seasoned meats, vegetables, spices, fruits, and sweets. Signature recipes are inspired by the Latin Fusion cuisine; a culinary concept that combines traditional and modern gastronomic techniques with different ingredients from across the Americas.

    The term “panas” is a unique abbreviation for the word empanadas. Coincidentally, the term “panas” also means “friend” or “buddy” in several Latin American countries, which is befitting to the Panas concept of friends coming together and eating empanadas.

    The 1,100 square-foot restaurant is tiny with just 13 seats and bright with a mustard colored wall highlighted with green field turf. Serving in-restaurant, carry-out and delivery the Panas menu includes $2 empanadas ranging from meat, pork, chicken and ham filled delicacies like the Chipotle Steak with shredded sirloin steak, onion and chipotle sauce to vegetarian selections like the Popeye with sautéed spinach, onions, raisins and goat cheese. Side salads with a Latin flair are also on the menu – the primavera with red pepper, corn, cilantro and black beans is a favorite as is the jicama salad with lettuce, mango and carrots.

    PANAS GOURMET EMPANADAS 2029 P Street NW, Washington DC 20036

    202-223-2964 Open 7 days, 11 am – 11 pm, M-Sat; 11 am-9 pm, Sun. Free delivery!


  • 14Apr

    Dolcezza Artisanal Gelato wants to give you free gelato, smoked pig, and music on the 25th at the opening of the Dupont location.  250 pounds is a  LOT of pig! 🙂



    What: Complimentary Gelato and a 250 lb. Smoked Pig Offered at Dolcezza Artisanal Gelato’s Grand Opening Party on April 25th

    Complimentary and open to the public, Dolcezza plans an energetic event to celebrate the opening of its new Dupont Circle gelateria

    Dolcezza Artisanal Gelato celebrates the opening of a third DC-area location in Dupont Circle by hosting a Grand Opening Party for the public on Sunday, April 25 from noon to 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy complimentary gelato, live bluegrass music by Olivia Mancini and complimentary smoked pork from Bev Eggleston with Eco-Friendly Foods.

    Dolcezza’s newest Dupont Circle gelateria is a chic space outfitted in Argentine antiques, featuring a gelato bar, a unique V60 Pour-over Coffee Bar and well crafted coffee program. The new gelateria will feature Dolcezza’s signature farm fresh, hand-spun gelato in unique flavor combinations, and will use the new location to expand its well-crafted coffee program.


    • Dolcezza Artisanal Gelato
    • Eco-Friendly Foods
    • Olivia Mancini

    WHEN: Sunday, April 25, 2010

    12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

    WHERE: Dolcezza – Dupont Circle (in the parking lot)

    1704 Connecticut Avenue NW

    Washington, DC 20011

    About Dolcezza

    Dolcezza is an artisanal gelato company with three gelateria locations in the Washington, DC area in Bethesda, Dupont Circle (opening April 2010) and Georgetown. Dolcezza combines Argentina’s long tradition of artisan gelato production with innovative flavor combinations and seeks to craft an exquisite dessert with a conscience. Most of Dolcezza’s ingredients are hand-picked at local farms and gelato is hand-spun every morning. Husband and wife ownership team Robb Duncan and Violeta Edelman squeeze citrus fruit, melt chocolate, infuse fresh herbs, grind whole spices and roast nuts, using their own hands, every step of the way. Dolcezza also operates a wholesale program and creates personalized flavors for over 60 DC area restaurants. Dolcezza’s gelato is now available at DC area Whole Foods stores.

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