You may not know them all, but you’ve probably benefited from their work. When it comes to getting juicy tidbits about an amazing upcoming roof deck or a quirky art opening, you can count on these experts (along with the Going Out Gurus, of course) to spread the news. Through blogs, Web sites, e-mails and a radio show, they share the insights and recommendations that keep their followers plugged in, too. Read on to find insider tips from these tastemakers: the restaurants, events and deals they count among their personal favorites.
Dan Silverman, 37
Editor and founder of Prince of Petworth
Google a new restaurant/store/bar opening, and you’ll likely find a post from Dan Silverman’s Web site (www.princeofpetworth.com). The neighborhood blog he began in November 2006 became his full-time gig last September. Silverman is known for being first to announce news — such as the upcoming Tryst Diner in Columbia Heights — and he does it by walking five miles a day checking out the D.C. streets.
On his calendar for months: Trampled by Turtles at the 9:30 Club (April 20 at 8 p.m., 815 V St. NW, 202-265-0930, www.930.com. Sold out). “I just recently came across them, and I’m totally addicted. Don’t let the name throw you off. . . . It’s a very upbeat, folky, country, bluegrass [style].”
Debut he’s looking forward to: The restaurant Izakaya Seki (1117 V St. NW). “It’s coming into a small rowhouse space that used to be a barber shop. They’re having an extensive renovation, and the chef is this old-school Japanese chef. I have a feeling it’s going to be a small intimate space. I’m dying to see how it turns out.”
Avoiding the tourist hordes: “This new bar that opened up in Bloomingdale called Boundary Stone (116 Rhode Island Ave. NW, 202-621-6635, www.boundarystonedc.com). You go there, and it’s the real-deal, authentic bar with a jukebox. [There are] just very laid-back, very friendly people. [A] real neighborhood spot.”
People-watching perch: The U.S. Botanic Garden’s Bartholdi Park (Independence and Washington avenues and First Street SW, www.usbg.gov/gardens/barthodli-park.cfm). “It’s just incredible. You see everything from politicians to tourists to regular folks.”
When he has amorous aspirations: “If you’re looking for a newer place — it’s a little bit louder — try Mintwood Place (1813 Columbia Rd. NW, 202-234-6732, www.mintwoodplace.com). It is just terrific. Maybe better for a first date. Going to Little Fountain Cafe (2339 18th St. NW, 202-462-8100, www.littlefountaincafe.com) on a first date is like a little like saying ‘I love you’ on a first date. If you don’t want somebody to be overwhelmed, if you just want to say, ‘You’re good looking,’ you can have a good time there.”
Leo Schmid, 28
Editor of Thrillist: D.C.
Since joining the Thrillist team (www.thrillist.com/dc) in August 2010, Leo Schmid has been making his readers come off as hip dudes, thanks to his daily e-mail of local happenings from zombie runs to beer academies.
On his calendar for months: Baltimore Rock Opera Society’s “Valhella: The Ragnarokkoperetta” (May 11-20, Autograph Playhouse, 9W 25th St., Baltimore, www.baltimorerockopera.org, $12-$17). “They came through at the H Street Festival last year, and they were GWAR meets Italian opera. They were awesome: completely decked out in heavy metal gear. They reminded me of the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie ‘The Running Man.’ ”