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Since I began this column in October 2011, I’ve dined on pigeon, sampled Tunisian street snacks, treated myself to booze-laden cupcakes, and more. I’ve expanded my waistline slightly; I’ve boosted my knowledge of intriguing local foods greatly. So I’m sad to file my final Eater’s Digest. I’m moving to Boston (making a return to my native […]

I never thought I’d write a column in praise of rutabaga, but it was hard not to after tasting it at Beuchert’s Saloon (623 Pennsylvania Ave. SE; 202-733-1384). As one of many veggie sides on the menu during the “farm American” restaurant’s soft opening (through March 15), chef Andrew Markert’s rutabaga mash ($6) is eye-opening. […]

Recently, a close friend from New York City came for a visit. We were planning our Saturday night out when she asked where we’d be able to eat a great meal in the early a.m. hours. “Home?” I replied. She unsuccessfully tried to hide her shock. Truth is, there’s not much good food available super-late […]

Sports-venue food in D.C. has improved tremendously over the seven-plus years I’ve lived here. If you know where to look these days, you can get a surprisingly great meal. Case in point: the Verizon Center (601 F St. NW; 202-628-3200), whose Acela Club floor has food stalls with unexpected items, such as “sloppy Janes” with […]

If the D.C. branch of Founding Farmers (1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202-822-8783) were personified, I think it would be the most popular kid in school (trendy, cool, but not always reliable). That would make Founding Farmers’ sprawling new sister spot, Farmers Fishers Bakers (3000 K St. NW; 202-298-8783), the overachiever. FFB, which opened in November, […]

Over the past 12 months, a big fear of mine came true: I put on a few pounds. I blame this job and its frequent temptations (sometimes requirements) to go out to eat. However, this year I also completed my fourth marathon — motivated in part by the realization of how often I’ve been eating […]

Matchbox’s new location on 14th Street NW (1901 14th St. NW; 202-328-0369) has much of the same menu as its three other local spots. It’s got the same 3.6.9 mini burgers ($9-$23) and the same creative, toppings-packed pizzas. But this Matchbox takes things to another level — literally. Two wood- and glass-walled booths with tables […]

It’s not often that you can consume a history lesson along with your steak dinner. That’s why I’m a fan of the Capital Countdown menu at Charlie Palmer Steak (101 Constitution Ave. NW; 202-547-8100). Each week through January, the restaurant is serving a dinner special ($28-$35) in honor of a president from the past 60 […]

When I eat out on ever-changing, of-the-moment 14th St. NW, I expect to have a good meal. What I don’t expect is to have a completely new food experience. The Drafting Table (1529 14th St. NW), which opened last month, has accomplished the unexpected. Its menu, full of great riffs on American fare, introduced me […]

There are two key candidates in this race: The first, a familiar entity with roots in Chicago. The other, a flashier, fancier, richer but virtually untested challenger. These are the two burgers competing for your appetite at BGR this election season — two of the many partisan-themed specials available now through Nov. 6 at local […]

It is a verifiable fact that, when presented with any part of a fish that still contains skin and is not cleverly concealed inside sushi, nine out of 10 individuals will be kind of grossed out. I am among that overwhelming majority. And yet here I am, about to tell you what’s so great about […]

Sometimes, trying to stay on top of food news — which always seems to mean filling up on fancy dishes — leaves me feeling extra-concerned about getting enough exercise. So I jumped on the chance to try a Pilates on the Patio class at Poste. Led by cheerful instructor Chauna Bryant, the class (10 a.m. […]

Old-fashioned, handmade sodas have been coming back in a big way the past few years at local restaurants. I’ve sipped and savored some great ones this summer, including the deeply spicy ginger beer at Arlington’s Green Pig Bistro (1025 N. Fillmore St.; 703-888-1920) and the refreshingly citrusy cherry yuzu soda at J&G Steakhouse (515 15th […]

There’s a certain reaction I usually get when I talk about the restaurant and takeout place in Falls Church called Meat in a Box (312 S. Washington St., 703-533-9070). There’s the sly grin. The throat-clearing. The awkward giggle. And the obvious questions: “Does it have anything to do with the ‘SNL’ song of, um, a […]

Even though fruits are obvious choices as dessert ingredients, they can work in savory foods, too. That’s why I was excited to try the six-course peach-tasting dinner menu ($38) that’s available at Station 4 (1101 4th St. SW, 202-488-0987) all month, in honor of National Peach Month. As someone who loves stone fruits, I was […]

I’m awful at making gazpacho, the quintessential cold summer soup made from ripe tomatoes. Mine, which I prepare in a small blender or food processor, always turns out too watery and pink. Having force-fed myself these mediocre mixtures (I hate to waste food!), I’ve grown blase about gazpacho in general, even from restaurants. Luckily, non-tomato […]

I almost wimped out when I ordered lunch two weeks ago from the Peanut Butter Jelly Time food truck. Fully aware that the menu included oddball options, I still spent a long time agonizing over whether to order a daring yet unappetizing-sounding sandwich, such as the ”PBJBLT” ($5; peanut butter, bacon, lettuce, tomato and red […]

I know Back Alley Waffles gets its name from its location in the back of an alley, but that fact bears repeating. Because I had a tough time finding the place, even armed with the address (1209 10th St. NW Rear). I came from M Street and walked north up 10th, keeping my eyes peeled […]

Until last week, I’d underestimated rhubarb. It had been in my life a long time, in the form of my mom’s addictive strawberry-rhubarb pie, but I’d tended to ignore it. When I’d eaten rhubarb, it was always in pastries, pies or cakes, and always paired with fruits that are more appealing. Why pay attention to […]

Washington gets a nod from “Man v. Food” host Adam Richman in his new Travel Channel show, “Best Sandwich in America” (Wednesdays at 9 p.m., beginning next week). The series pits 27 cities’ sandwiches against each other, in a March Madness-style bracket showdown. One victor will eventually be determined by Richman’s subjective taste buds. It […]

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