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A Southern-inspired—and pork-free—menu at hookah bar Nomad Grill

Posted by / Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Nomad Grill Herndon

Photo courtesy of Nomad Grill.

By Mia Finley

Fusion takes on a whole new level as chef David Conn takes over the kitchen of Herndon’s Nomad Grill. Here, Southern classics meet North African and Moroccan spices in a hookah bar setting.

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Clarity, a clear winner

Posted by / Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Clarity restaurant in Vienna

Double the beef: A single plate includes two beef preparations: raw and roasted marrow. Photo by Jonathan Timmes.

Clarity brings fine food and fun to Vienna.

Words by Stefanie Gans  Photos by Jonathan Timmes

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Hungry for Linkage: Should Virginia take credit for the local crab phenomenon?

Posted by / Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

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By Mia Finley 

Apparently all Maryland crabs are born in Virginia, says Gov. Terry McAuliffe. [Politifact]

New York’s Mu Ramen announces pop-up in Burke next month. [Eater]

Barboursville Vineyards and Linden Vineyards make it on a countrywide best wineries list. [The Daily Meal]

Yet to open in Clarendon, The Brew Shop hosts a beer tasting event. [Twitter]

Tickets on sale now for Corcoran Brewing Company‘s IPA Festival. [Corcoran Brewing]


Social media scout: 3 food deals (plus one cooking contest) for this week

Posted by / Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Photo By Joshua Resnick /

Photo By Joshua Resnick /

By Mia Finley

We’re plugged in with Twitter, Facebook and Instagram updates, so why not take advantage of restaurants offering local deals via social media? 

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Opinion: Calling ethnic food ethnic is fine by me

Posted by / Monday, July 27th, 2015

Hoi An, Vietnam

Scenes from Hoi An, Vietnam / Photos by Ann Hsu Kaufman

By Ann Hsu Kaufman 

Earlier this week, the Washington Post ran “Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’” by Lavanya Ramanathan, claiming the term “ethnic,” when describing food, is somehow derogatory, selectively applied to the “most foreign, often cooked by people with the brownest skin” and that “you might as well be remarking disdainfully about [immigrants’] clothes or skin color.”

She points to second-generation immigrant chefs cooking in sleek, consciously decorated restaurants as every bit as ethnic as the unpolished, basic eateries dotting strip malls in the suburbs. 

While Ramanathan might have a point—we shouldn’t always be looking to low-rent, simple home cooking as “authentic” only because of its basic, no-frills surroundings or low price tag—I don’t agree with her claim that the term “ethnic food” has a negative, slightly racial bias to it.

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Hungry for Linkage: Pregnant Kim Kardashian offered free burgers and milkshakes from Wayback Burgers

Posted by / Monday, July 27th, 2015

Is the obesity epidemic on the decline?

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By Emily Cook

Is the obesity epidemic on the decline? [NYT]

Fredericksburg‘s Sandwich Invitational draws 13 local chefs and sandwich-flavored popcorn. [Fredericksburg]

Do we all have a sixth … taste? [WaPoP]

Reston‘s Red’s Table will open the third week of August. [Reston]

Wayback Burgers is offering Kim Kardashian free burgers and milkshakes for the remainder of her pregnancy. Can someone start a campaign to pressure Wayback to give all pregnant women free food? [Eater]


Hungry for Linkage: Should there be a hot dog emoji?

Posted by / Friday, July 24th, 2015


Courtesy of Jody Fellows

In honor of National Hot Dog Day (it was yesterday), Nathan’s Famous launched a campaign for a hot dog emoji. [FB]

And today’s fake food holiday: National Tequila Day. Find specials at Fuego Cocina y Tequileria. [info]

Will the fact that there aren’t really any almonds in almond milk stop the drought-fury over almond consumption? [Salon]

The best burgers in Virginia. [Thrillist]

Beer and yoga, officially a thing (not just in Virginia). [Well+Good]


The Barbecue Issue is now online + Eat brisket with mooing in the background

Posted by / Thursday, July 23rd, 2015


Today I ate brisket with mooing in the background.

A video posted by Stefanie Gans (@gansie) on


By Stefanie Gans

I think I pitched something like “The Fried Foods Issue!”

I pitched a lot of ideas last year, but ultimately we ended up with barbecue dominating the July issue’s slot, although Northern Virginia isn’t known for smoked meats.

As a food professional, I remain open-minded at the table. But me as a person, I have preferences. Barbecue isn’t one of them.

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Hungry for Linkage: Fast-casual Mezeh Mediterranean Grill and steakhouse DC Prime opened this week

Posted by / Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Free mango salsa at California Tortilla

Photo courtesy of Olga Lyubkina/

By Mia Finley

Free mango salsa at all California Tortilla locations. [California Tortilla]

Trinity House Cafe hosts Loudoun’s Farm-to-Fork kick off event tonight. [Facebook]

Mezeh opened Monday in Crystal City. [ARLnow]

DC Prime, a steakhouse in Ashburn, also opened this week. [Eater]

Instagram maps out food capitals of the world. [WaPo]


Mobile dining: 5 new food trucks roaming the scene

Posted by / Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Smoking Kow BBQ

Photo courtesy of Smoking Kow BBQ.

By Mia Finley

Updates from the food truck scene. 

Truck: Smoking Kow BBQ
Opened: April
Roams: Ballston, Rosslyn 
Follow: @SmokingKowBBQ

Find owner Dylan Kough serving up mac n’ meat, either brisket, pork or chicken over mac and cheese with caramelized onions, garlic and jalapeno peppers. There’s tacos too, with what Kough says is “truckmade” tortillas, sauces and sides. Also for sale is Smoking Kow’s signature spice rub barbecue sauces in chipotle, original and mambo barbecue sauces. / Smoking Kow BBQ

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