Win Free Lunch for a Year from Rōti Mediterranean Grill in DC

Chicken Rōti Sandwich from Rōti Mediterranean Grill
Chicken Rōti Sandwich from Rōti Mediterranean Grill

 by Becky Sauer


Rōti Mediterranean Grill is opening its first location in Washington, DC, just down the street from the White House. To celebrate its arrival in the nation’s capital, the restaurant will award one lucky person a free lunch every day for a year. Rōti’s menu will include a variety of fire-roasted meats, pitas, couscous, falafel, kebabs, salads and composed Mediterranean plates, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free items. The reasonably-priced menu offers plenty of options to keep the winner—and the rest of us—coming back again and again.


Visit our Washington DC Restaurant News page for details on how to enter the contest, and also check out our Restaurant Reviews, Culinary Events and Washington DC Wine Dinners.

Our Spring 2010 Wine Newsletter is Here!



Raise your glass to a warmer season with help from our Spring 2010 Wine Newsletter!



Our Top 10 Brunch Wines are the perfect complement to a mid-morning meal and our list of Top 10 Wines Under $10 features ridiculously affordable vinos. Take lunch to the countryside with the Picnic Time Meritage Wine and Cheese Tote or learn about Malbecs from Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2010.




We also have reviews about sake, port, El Gardo Anejo Tequila, Woodford Reserve Seasoned Oak Finish Bourbon and more. Cheers!

Sable Kitchen & Bar Opens in March

Atwood Café's Heather Terhune will craft the seasons-inspired menu at Sable Kitchen & Bar.
Atwood Café's Heather Terhune will craft the seasons-inspired menu at Sable Kitchen & Bar.

by Jennifer Olvera



It’s the time of year when Chicagoans desperately look for a reason to think spring. Showy gastro-lounge Sable Kitchen & Bar offers just that, rolling out on March 24 in Kimpton’s soon-to-open Hotel Palomar.



Chef Heather Terhune—a veteran of Atwood Café in the Burnham Hotel—has developed a seasonally minded opening menu, which relies heavily on local farms and purveyors. Well-versed in both sweets and savories, Terhune expects to serve crisp, fiddlehead-topped flatbreads spun from 00 flour and homemade, boiled soft pretzels with smoked Wisconsin cheese fondue and whole grain mustard butter.




The kitchen will have plenty of Staub cast-iron cookware handy for dishes like steak frites and mussel frites, though Terhune is quick to note she won’t be locked into a single concept.


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Baconfest Fattens Up Chicago

Big Jones will be one of several Chicago-area restaurants serving up bacon-themed treats.
Big Jones will be one of several Chicago-area restaurants serving up bacon-themed treats.

by Jennifer Olvera


Do you love bacon like we do? Because we really, really love bacon. Fortunately, Chicago chefs do, too, and many of them are gathering for the porcine extravaganza known as Baconfest on April 10, beginning at noon.


The seemingly endless number of participants—from The Bristol and Big Jones to Longman & Eagle, Chalkboard, Province and Eve—will fashion dishes (some of them quite edgy) to elevate one of life’s greatest eats.


Bacon-makers and bacon-entrepreneurs will hawk wares, plus there will be oodles of bacon-inspired activities, spirits and culinary and cultural events revolving around… well, you know.

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Zoom into ZUMA

EPIC hotel in Miami, Florida
EPIC hotel in Miami, Florida

By Becky Sauer


The much-anticipated opening of ZUMA Miami in the EPIC hotel has been scheduled for May. This modern Japanese sake and tapas bar from chef Rainer Becker has proved to be a big success overseas—reservations at the original Zuma in London are still in demand eight years after its grand opening. Expect casually elegant contemporary Japanese pub grub, sushi and sashimi, and a selection of 40 different sakes.


For more on the Miami/South Florida dining scene, check out our Miami Restaurant News, Restaurant Reviews, South Florida Culinary Events and Wine Dinners.


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