Tom Sietsema

Food criticWashington, D.C.

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Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema entertains your dining questions, rants and raves.

  • May 27, 2015

FIRST BITE | Unfortunately, his Bar Civita adds to the neighborhood’s underwhelming options.

  • May 22, 2015

Should reviews include a ‘light check’? Should Americans be more welcoming of dogs, like the French?

  • May 21, 2015

Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema entertains your dining questions, rants and raves.

  • May 20, 2015

Food critic Tom Sietsema's series continues in the City by the Bay, where inspiration abounds.

  • May 19, 2015

Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema entertains your dining questions, rants and raves.

  • May 13, 2015

Tom Sietsema revisits 14 restaurants. Which are better than ever, and which are the worse for wear?

  • May 13, 2015

2.5 stars | After taking a turn for the casual, Bertrand Chemel hits refined notes once again.

  • May 13, 2015

2.5 stars | The bucolic property serves dishes that are every bit as attractive as the surroundings.

  • May 13, 2015

2 stars | Polished service and stylish surroundings can’t elevate food that is often merely satisfying.

  • May 13, 2015
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About
Weaned on a beige buffet a la “Fargo” in Minnesota, Tom Sietsema is the food critic for The Washington Post. In thinner days, he was a critic for Microsoft Corp.’s sidewalk.com and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer; and a food reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. 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.

Ask Tom

Every Wednesday beginning at 11 a.m., I take questions, comments, rants and raves from Washington Post readers for an hour. Think of the late-morning food chat as an amuse bouche before you head out for lunch

Got an etiquette dilemma? Want to know where to celebrate a raise, how to register a complaint in a restaurant or where to eat in San Francisco or Paris or even Washington? Bring ‘em on! If you can, send your questions ahead of the Ask Tom chat; questions sent in advance give me more time to research them if I must. Here’s the LINK.
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