The 16th biannual Washington, DC Restaurant Week is taking place until August 22, and will feature over 200 of the area’s finest restaurants and a variety of cuisines. Top restaurants include Dino, Blue Duck Tavern and Bourbon Steak, which is located at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC. Guests can choose between 3-course lunch and dinner meals, priced $20.10 and $35.10, respectively. Beverages, tax and tip are not included. Online reservations are available. Visit www.washington.org/restaurantwk for more information.
Restaurant Week Boston started yesterday, and runs through Friday, August 20, and then next Sunday through Friday August 22-27. The 10th annual Restaurant Week boasts more than 200 participating restaurants throughout Boston, Cambridge and neighboring suburbs. I’m delighted to see some of my all-time favorites on the list: Cambridge’s Rialto, B&G Oysters in the South End and the historic Ye Olde Union Oyster House.
Lunch and dinner options include 2-course lunches for $15.10, 3-course lunches for $20.10 and 3-course dinners for $33.10. Prices exclude beverages, tax and tip. Among the many cuisines that Boston’s Restaurant Week has to offer are fine French, Argentinean and Italian fare. The city is encouraging the use of locally grown ingredients and will be recognizing restaurants that use them in their menus. For more information, visit www.bostonusa.com/restaurant-week.
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While I am traveling in France it came to my attention that Caché Restaurant & Lounge in Santa Monica, CA, has closed. The news did not really surprise me. A few weeks after it opened a little over a year ago, I had a rather unsatisfactory meal there, as did the other three guests at my table. Others I respected also did not recommend it, despite its fabulous pedigree on paper. Brothers Greg and Colin Strause and developers Steven Lee and Richard Chacker had partnered with chef Josiah Citrin, chef/owner of Mélisse, one of GAYOT.com’s Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. since 2006, and chef Nyesha Arrington, Citrin’s protégée who had worked at Mélisse and Robuchon in Las Vegas. But the results on the plate were not what it should have been from such a top team.
Who knew Angelenos had such affection for buttercream? Opening day crowds packed into the new Magnolia Bakery on Third Street on Saturday, July 17. Employees hustled to keep the pastry cases full of the famous pastel-colored cupcakes. Customers grabbed free samples from trays offered by cheery staff as they waited patiently in the line that snaked the entire length of the shop. But it wasn’t all about cupcakes. There were mini cheesecakes, bars and layer cakes, too.