There was some interesting restaurant news yesterday. Did you hear that the Neighborhood Restaurant Group is set to take over the Yola space after it closes later this month? Or that there will be three local chefs competing on the next season of Top Chef?
It was also Wednesday, which means Post food critic Tom Sietsema held his weekly chat. Among the topics he tackled: who is currently serving the best paella in the city. From the Q&A :
Tom, thanks for all your indispensable advice over the years! I've got a quick question- I've never had paella and I'd like to try it out. Where's the best paella in the area? I'm in Loudoun County but I'll head to DC or MD for an excellent meal. Thanks!
A: Tom Sietsema
The best paella around is the one served at Jaleo in Penn Quarter. And now through Sept. 30 is the ideal time to check out the Spanish classic: The restaurant is celebrating its 10th annual paella festival with variations including black pasta with octopus.
Read on for more — from birthday dinner suggestions, to last night out before baby eats, to the plea to ban the word “foodie” — in the always-engaging chat with Tom.