Logan Circle’s Pearl Dive almost made the cut. (By Matt McClain for The Washington Post)
You may wonder why a particular establishment didn’t rate last week. Some of the contenders slipped in quality. Some were in transition. Other candidates piqued my interest but weren’t as convincing as some of their peers — the restaurants I ultimately served up. Follow the links for a taste from some of the many auditions:
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
Praline Bakery & Bistro
Weaned on a beige buffet a la “Fargo” in Minnesota, Tom Sietsema is the food critic for The Washington Post. This is his second tour of duty at the Post. Sietsema got his first taste in the ‘80s, when he was hired by his predecessor to answer phones, write some, and test the bulk of the Food section’s recipes. That’s how he learned to clean squid, bake colonial cakes and distinguish between nutmeg and mace.