WASH January 2011 : Page 73

20 b e st of f o od 11 2 “It’s stIll top-secret, but don’t be surprIsed to fInd a spIcy new restaurant In the west end by summertIme...” –ashok baJaJ, RestauRateuR and owneR of Rasika, bibiana, aRdeo+baRdeo and thRee otheR dc venues, on Plans to exPand his eMPiRe. 7 New KID oN The BLoCK What do you do when you own the most proTtable restaurant in town? You open another—fast! fie Clyde’s restaurant Group is launching a 35,000-square-foot eatery in the former Borders space on 14th Street—in part to capitalize on the business they turn away from old ebbitt. fie unnamed two-story space, set to open in fall 2011, will feature a classic American menu and room for practically everyone. GoNe fIShIN’! Todd Gray has an appetite for construction! fie equinox chef spent 2010 rebuilding his obama-favored eatery. In 2011, he’ll launch Todd Gray’s Watershed , serving clam chowder, oyster po’ boys and cajun-spiced catTsh in the new NoMa ’hood. 3 BurGer MANIACS helpers will be busy in 2011. Look for openings from celeb chefs and local burger bigwigs. “My favorite thing to eat is a cheeseburger,” says Bobby flay, who will open Bobby’s Burger Palace on K Street in spring. Top Chef ’s blazing richard Blais will Tnally lauch his Flip Burger Boutique in Penn Quarter this spring. Logan Circle gets an esteemed outTt with the launch of Standard Burger . And Passion food will open Burger, Tap & Shake on washington Circle. 6 Haute hamburger 4 5 ITALIAN STALLIoN bobby Flay image by noah kalina. Virture Feed & grain image by meshelle armstrong. oysters courtesy oF black restaurant grouP. fie man who brought the magic to Teatro Goldoni is bringing his modern Italian touch to Penn Quarter. In spring, chef enzo fargione tapped design Trm Grupo7 to create Elisir , a palace of pasta perfection, Tuscan ffiavors and all the Barolos you can sip and savor. whAT’S IN STore “It’s all about the fun for us. Picture the perfect lunch, brunch and night scene,” says Cathal Armstrong of Virtue Feed & Grain , his new old Town spot, open in spring. PeArL worLD fiis summer, Jeff Black expands his urbane empire with Logan Circle’s Pearl Dive Oyster Palace , a sassy seafood spot on 14th Street. fie spot-on space? It’s upstairs at Black Jack, a pub-style space for brews and boccie! 8 9 BACKflALLeY BITeS Get ready for a 24-course feast in a secret spot! okay, so it’s not a very big secret, but former vidalia chef r.J. Cooper is busy planning the spring opening of Rogue 24, his tasting-menu extravaganza serving two dozen bites in a new Blagden Alley space. 10 KoreAN CrAZe! Anyone who’s tasted Chef Yesoon Lee’s spicy-savory $11 Korean omelet brunch at Mandu will ip their bibimbop once the restaurant’s bigger, bolder new venue opens in Mount Vernon Triangle. “Gun bae”—Korean for cheers! fie Atlas District keeps getting better and hotter! Chef frederik De Pue launches his three-tier culinary destination Smith Commons as an unpretentious restaurant and public house, serving American comfort food (devour the duck leg conTt) and a few Belgian favorites, along with classic cocktails and 40 craft beers. It’s the h-Street haunt you’ve pined for. 11 uNCoMMoNLY GooD Jan/Feb 2011 | | 73

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