Look! The New York Times has plugged new keywords into its book of D.C. Dining Mad Libs for its latest assessment of how we're eating. Let's see what they came up with this time, in a piece that proclaims "the future of dining in Washington, D.C. has arrived."
For decades, Washington’s dining scene has been made up mostly of two kinds of restaurants. There are the expense-account steakhouses and hushed white-tablecloth hotel dining rooms catering to the political class with money to spend. At the other end are the cheap ethnic restaurants dotting the city and its outlying suburbs. Local restaurants like those in Philadelphia or Charleston, S.C., where the stroller set settles in with the small-batch-bourbon-swilling groovesters for some solid roast chicken, were as rare as bipartisan budget bills. While those other cities were becoming known as food towns, Washington seemed to miss out.
Hey, that sounds familiar! Probably because every single New York Times story that aims to compliment the "new" D.C. dining scene begins with a diss. The New York Times is like a sleazy pick-up-artist, "negging" a pretty girl at the bar before he asks for her number.
2009: "Mr. Obama’s status as a frequent restaurant-goer is some good news for the Washington dining establishment, which has lingered in the shadows of bigger cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago."
2010: "Time was that the streets radiating out and down from K Street in Washington — hallowed ground for lobbyists and image-makers — were a fusty culinary landscape of white tablecloths, blue blazers and standard steakhouses."
See? With that in mind, we've created a new game. Every time the New York Times writes about D.C. dining from now on, you can pull out this D.C. Dining Story bingo card and mark off the terms, themes and phrases you'll find below. They've all made (in many cases, multiple) appearances in New York Times dining stories about D.C. throughout the years, and if history is any indication, we're pretty sure they'll be used again.