Restaurant Reviews

Cayote Grill & Cantina: Fairfax, VA

  • Taste: Good
  • Service: Good
  • Decor: Mix of contemporary and mexican design
  • Pricing: Average
  • Would we return? Maybe. The food tasted fine. It wasn’t as authentic as we had hoped it would be.

Me Jana: Arlington, VA

  • Taste: Excellent
  • Service: Excellent. The owner was extremely welcoming as was his staff. Top marks for service.
  • Decor: Contemporary mixed in middle-eastern elements.
  • Pricing: Above Average/Expensive
  • Would we return? Absolutely. It may rank as the best Lebanese restaurant in the area.

Againn Tavern: Rockville, MD

  • Taste: Excellent. The crab cake sandwich was light and tasty.
  • Service: Excellent
  • Decor: Contemporary/Pub-like
  • Pricing: Above Average/Expensive
  • Would we return? Yes

Two Amy’s: Tenleytown, DC

  • Taste: Average. But the pizza was wet and considering they use a light dough, the toppings kept falling off.
  • Service: Average
  • Decor: Contemporary
  • Pricing: Above average
  • Would we return? No. A major disappointment. Why on earth people rave about this place is beyond us. I’m tempted to call the manager and ask for a refund.
  • Alternative: California Pizza Kitchen

Cafe Bonaparte: Georgetown, DC

  • Taste: Nothing spectacular. My mince and vegetable crêpe was ordinary.
  • Service: Good
  • Decor: Classic
  • Pricing: Above average
  • Would we return? No. It might be a nice place to bring a date and have a drink at the bar. But space is limited. We were lucky to be seated at the window.

 Il Fornaio: Reston, VA

  • Taste: Good
  • Service: Good
  • Decor: Contemporary. The outdoor patio has a great view of the town square.
  • Pricing: Expensive. It’s a few tiers above your typical chain restaurant.
  • Would we return? Yes. This is the only east-coast location for the California-based restaurant.

The Rundown…

Courtesy of DC LibraryCommunity: Deanwood library opens today. DC’s public libraries have been going through a steady transformation courtesy of the well-respected Ginnie Cooper & Co. On the outset, her vision appears to make libraries a focal point of communities, and we think she has executed that vision perfectly with help from some talented architects.Courtesy of DC Library

Parking: D.C lifts meter limits after 6:30 pm.

Metro: What a novelty. Come fall, we might be able to rent a movie or buy something from a metro station.

Infrastructure:  The District will install free Wi-Fi hotspots in the Chinatown and Penn Quarter neighborhoods prior to the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, scheduled to arrive in D.C. July 11-15. In related news, Google is planning to build a fiber-optic network in select communities across the United States. For now, the company wants to reach at “least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.” Imagine, one gigabyte per second.

Dining: Againn Tavern, a younger concern to Againn, opens in Rockville on June 29.

Sport: USA vs. Ghana at the World Cup. LIVE on June 26 at 2:30 PM EST. DC is a passionate soccer city. Dan Steinberg covered the ratings for our win over Algeria.

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