This post has been updated.
Post food critic Tom Sietsema’s weekly chat is always a must for restaurant recommendations, dining etiquette and news on the latest comings and goings in D.C. area kitchens. It’s also frequently good for a laugh. From this morning’s Q&A:
Q: RATS AT LAURIOL PLAZA
Last Tuesday night I had dinner with friends at what I thought was one of my favorite restaurants in D.C. We were celebrating a friend’s birthday and sitting on the patio. Near completion of our meal, one of my dinner partners screamed “RODENTS” and two rats were running our way, and we all tried to run away, get up in chairs, etc. My leg got caught in a chair and I fell onto the ground and am a bit sore. I just called the general manager, Jose Belloni, who showed no interest because he says we were sitting outside. Our check was sizable and I am outraged at the disregard. Does anyone know the owner? Is this a Department of Health Issue? Where would I report something like this? Is this legal? What steps should I take to effect change?
A: TOM SIETSEMA
Um — don’t go back to an outdoor restaurant? I have to side with the GM on this one. I’m no fan of rodents with my margaritas, either, but this is the District of Columbia and you opted to eat al fresco. What, exactly, did you expect the restaurant to do?
in Adams Morgan on 18th Street? What is happening to this city?