Tom Sietsema

Food criticWashington, D.C.

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The Post food critic on his strategies and philosophy of restaurant reviewing.

  • Aug 27, 2014

Ocopa features freshly made seviche and pisco drinks in a space that’s about to double in size.

  • Aug 22, 2014

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

  • Aug 20, 2014

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

  • Aug 20, 2014

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

  • Aug 20, 2014

Tarver King helps take Patowmack Farm to the next level.

  • Aug 20, 2014

First Bite: At least three draws to Passion Food Hospitality’s new spot, near Verizon Center.

  • Aug 19, 2014

A tour of some top restaurants in the Finnish capital, and a foraging trip to boot.

  • Aug 14, 2014

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

  • Aug 13, 2014

Penn Quarter pioneer still offers a perch for private deal-making amid the bites.

  • Aug 13, 2014
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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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