There's nothing quite like smashing stainless steel balls against a plastic Death Star in a Star Wars pinball machine, whilst listening to Tears for Fears and drinking a $4 Virginia IPA. Welcome to Player's Club, an 80's (70's & 90's?) inspired arcade bar that recently opened up on 14th Street, where else.
I'll admit to being an 80's kid but I'm going to go out on a limb and say 80's Britain and America were not the same. I don't recall as much wood paneling, questionable leather, and rust orange carpet and wallpaper (although my first car was rust orange, thanks for the life lesson, dad) as did the owner's of Player's Club; the Hilton brothers, from such fine U Street establishments as Marvin and Brixton. Read More
Instantly, you're drawn to the decor of Mi Vida, a recent addition to The Wharf and the lone Mexican restaurant at the development. It's the "tree of life" that will grab your attention, towering over the foyer of the restaurant with its vibrant colored flowers, an indicator of what to expect throughout the rest of the dining room, from the artwork to the glassware and dinnerware.
You’ll have to forgive me, this post comes to you without photos of any food. It took me a good two minutes at a candle lit table to realize I wasn’t going to get a decent photo, and my friends had already dug into their meals before I could get a shot of their plates (I might be one of those pesky blogger people but I’ll never use a flash at a dinner table, and no amount of LED light was going to make a plate of brown food desirable). Instead you’ll have to settle for pictures of cocktails and the aforementioned tree. Read More
A day doesn't go by without someone asking me for a restaurant recommendation or what's new in the city. I do still keep up with restaurant news—I regularly receive and read press releases, I connect with restaurants and food friends on social media and I eat out way more than the average person should—so I have a pretty good base to give an informed response. It's still a little baffling to be asked as often as I do, I haven't blogged in well over a year, somehow being a food blogger has stuck.
I started blogging back in 2007, I'd never written anything outside of school or the workplace before. It was intimidating and created anxiety—how would I be received, who was I to talk about a subject I knew little about, why read me when there are hundreds of other great writers out there—but at the same time it was fun and something I could learn from, grow from. And justify my restaurant habit. Read More
Cocktails and fried chicken. I’ll say that again, cocktails and fried chicken, that’s the gist of the menu at Service Bar, one of the latest spots to open up in the U St/Shaw neighborhood. Despite its size, SBDC packs a punch, a menu of drinks that isn’t overwhelming, with detailed ingredients and icons for each drink to let you know if it's carbonated, strong or even which glass it will be served in, perfect for those of us wanting to avoid the coupe, yes I’m that guy. Read More