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Taste of Chaplin’s

In Events, Food, Fun, Review, Shaw by RUNINdc

Shaw has a new hot spot — a romantic ramen shop in a Charlie Chaplin themed bar.  The decor is quaint and old worldsy with ornate pillars and gilded mirrors as well as a fantastic  mural of charlie Chaplin. The color scheme is dark with grey walls and a painted bar done in midnight. The music is loungy and loud enough …

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Fat Pete’s Eat, Live & Die BBQ

In Food, Review by RUNINdc

at Pete’s is a hidden gem nestled in Cleveland Park at the former Pulpo space.  With the loss of Palena and Dino’s, it sure is great to have a new mainstay uptown. At Fat Pete’s the cooking is slow and methodical. The Texas style wood-fire smoker which can hold 1,000 lbs of meat cooks low and slow at 250 degrees. …

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Taste of Meskerem

In Adams Morgan, Food, Review by RUNINdc

Best Ethiopian food I’ve ever had, and best Ethiopian dining experience ever — and I’ve visited Addis Ababa in the past. Visited Meskerem at a Bookalokal dinner. We had a couple mixed veggie orders, and also a couple of meat dishes. The presentation was amazingly beautiful and the atmosphere was warm and friendly. “Food was ultra delicious,” said Yoomie Huyhn “Love, …

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Ford’s Fish Shack

In Food, Food Blogger, Review by RUNINdc

by Kristen Lane I recently had the pleasure of dining at one of Ashburn’s more catchy dining establishments, Ford’s Fish Shack. A favorite to the local crowd and always said to be one of the best restaurants in town, I was very excited to try them out for dinner. Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted and taken promptly to our …

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Carmine’s Food Bloggers’ Dinner

In Food, Food Blogger by RUNINdc

by Anna Quayle & Kaitlyn Smith Going to an event at the Verizon center? If you have a big group, Carmine’s is the perfect place to go to enjoy an amazing family-style Italian meal. It’s like sitting in your grandmother’s dining room eating a home cooked meal, except its 20,000 ft2 and has a secret service entrance. Carmine’s has a rich decor …

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Dino’s Grotto

In Food, Food Blogger, Fun, Review, Shaw by RUNINdc

Dino’s Grotto is located along the happening U Street Corridor at 1914 9th Street NW in DC. Touting itself as a Rustic Italian Restaurant it definitely is that, and more. They offer great Happy Hour Specials every day at price points of $4, $6 and $8 which include excellent house wines and prosecco, and if you are peckish they have …

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PR Flacks @ The Gryphon

In Bar, Beer, Dupont Circle, Events, Food, Fun, Happy Hour, Review by RUNINdc

Located on Connecticut Ave Nw. In DC right around the corner from the Dupont Circle Metro, The Gryphon is a restaurant and bar with an old world sense of style. Sporting black walls, leather sofas, gilded mirrors, mounted bull’s heads and antler chandelier. This location is impressive in size and scope for sure and was easily able to host two …

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Ambar-licious

In Barracks Row, Food, Food Blogger, Review by RUNINdc

From its modern, yet rustic decor, to its expertly crafted menu, Ambar gratifies all the senses. There are a lot of restaurants to choose from just off the Eastern Market metro stop, but if you haven’t been to Ambar, you’re missing out.Since this was my first experience with Balkan cuisine, I didn’t know quite what to expect, but trust me when I say …

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El Centro, D.F. GT

In Food, Georgetown, Mexican, Review by RUNINdc

The decor was very rustic with lots of rich gnarled, and salvaged wood as well as metal tubs and spigots instead of sinks in the bathroom. Most interesting still is the fact that instead of a mirror between the male and female bathroom there is nothing but sinks. It took me a good moment to realize it was open to …

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Alba Osteria – a Review

In Food, Italian, Mt Vernon, Review by RUNINdc

From the moment I stepped foot in this large and ultra modern restaurant on the corner of I St and 4th St NW, I was impressed with the decor, with the service and definitely with the food. The patio seating was impressive as well, unfortunately for me it was raining the day I visited. Inside there are these beautiful stained …

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Clarendon Food Crawl

In Arlington, Asian, Clarendon, Food, Food Blogger, Mexican, News, Review by RUNINdc

 What a treat! You simply can’t beat five lovely restaurants in the heart of Arlington for only $40 per person. A play on those fun Pub Crawls that seem to be happening everywhere these days, the Clarendon Food Crawl, took lucky participants on a culinary tour of Ireland, Italy, Mexico & El Salvador, the Mediterranean, and Asia. Hosted by RuninOut and …

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Crios Modern Mexican in DC

In Dupont Circle, Food, Food Blogger, Review by RUNINdc

We’re always on a quest for good Mexican in DC. Not Salvadoran. Not Chipotle — I want my tacos served with a smile. We were lured to Crios Modern Mexican Restaurant by $4 margaritas and beer and 2 for 1 Tacos. We were met by a large group of young professionals. Love networking events — the evening appeared promising. I …

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Best of Berlin

In Capitol Hill, Food, German, Review by RUNINdc

by Richard Barry Zee Germans. They do some things (most things) well and not by accident. Soccer, automobiles and any kind of meat dish are all examples of exacting German accomplishment. Capitol Hill’s Café Berlin keeps strong the German tradition of gourmet carnivorism by offering a menu of beef and pork that would make a butcher blush. Forewarning: You are …

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Roofer’s Union – a Review

In Adams Morgan, Food, Food Blogger, Review by RUNINdc

Roofers Union is a relatively new watering (and feeding) hole located at 2446 18th St. NW in DC in the building that used to be occupied by The Reef.  And if you haven’t been, you need to get there stat. The renovated inside is far from the dive bar vibe of the previous establishment. The decor is casual, simple and …

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First Down Hosts Wing Eating Contest for Habitat for Humanity

In Arlington, Ballston, Charity, Food, Fun, Review by RUNINdc

First Down Sports Bar has 40 flavors of wings, both traditional and boneless.  The wings are thick, crispy and perfectly sauced. So when First Down decided to host a Wing Eating Contest Fundraiser, we knew we had to observe. The USGBC National Capital Region Emerging Professionals hosted the event to raise $2,000 to support 30 volunteers for two days of training. …

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Ben’s Chili Bowl Opens at DCA

In Arlington, Crystal City, Events, Food, Fun, News, Review by RUNINdc

On Wednesday, July 23rd, Ben’s Chili Bowl celebrated the opening of the historic D.C. restaurant’s first ever airport location.  “Ben’s Chili Bowl is an iconic part of Washington, D.C.’s rich culture,” said Jack Potter, President and CEO of Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. “It is fitting to have Ben’s at the airport, welcoming travelers and giving them their first taste of …

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Chinese Banquet at Ming’s

In Chinatown, Food, Fun, Review by RUNINdc

RUNINOut and Bookalokal were treated to a culinary adventure  featuring some of Ming’s brand new signature dishes.  With the new menu rolling out this summer, Michelle Tam wanted to introduce her special guests to the Szechuan cooking and impress her with her new dishes. “The food and service was amazing,” says Jackie Woodbury, Bookalokal’ss DC City Launcher.  “We were extremely …

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Noodles Plan to Upsell Customers

In Food by RUNINdc

Noodles & Company will start adding free-floating servers who will visit tables to see if guests would be interested in purchasing more food, dessert, coffee, even beer or wine. The server will then bring the extra items to the table and charge the customer. Noodles expects an increase of 3 percent in same store sales.

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Taan Noodles Finally Closes

In Closing, Food, News by RUNINdc

Almost a year ago to this day, Taan Noodles tweeted that it had closed it doors for good.  That was a bit premature and Taan immediately reopened with a new chef, Michael Than. Taan which opened in October 2011 was known for its sake, steam buns and okonomiyaki, a Japanese-style cheese pancake. But Taan always played second fiddle to the renowned  Sakuramen …

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Taste of Tara Temple

In Food, Fun, Review by RUNINdc

  Upon entering Tara Temple, you are immediately greeted by a majestic row of tori gates transporting me to a foreign, exotic land. Once you enter the dining room, you are taken back by the look and feel of a cool and comfortable lounge, perfect for drinks and cocktails. Tara Temple is known for its Pad Thai, and also its …

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Lyon Hall – Mussels & Donuts

In Food, Fun, Review by RUNINdc

If you come to Lyon Hall, you must have the mussels. They are literally out of this world!!  Perfect for two to share although I could easily consume it all by myself, if no one was watching. The sauce is rich, buttery, and oh so Heavenly!  You need a lot of bread to dip soak it up, or else I might …

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Four Sisters Clarendon – Third Time’s a Charm

In Asian, Food, Fun, News, Review by RUNINdc

Clarendon doesn’t have many choices for authentic Asian.  Last year, we wrote off Rien Tong after several not too stellar episodes with bland food and rude service. So when Four Sisters moved into Clarendon, we had to roll up our sleeves and flex our tastebuds. Four Sisters is a long running family owned business that originated at the Eden Center and  Merrifield Town …

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Noelia Metro Center — First Look

In Food, News by RUNINdc

Finemondo sold the business to Kaiser Gill and the venue has magically transformed to Noelia, a 238-seat space Italian restaurant. Gill tapped former Sette Osteria and Cafe Milano chef Carmen Piazza as the restaurant’s executive chef. She has designed a menu of “modern, Italian comfort food,” said Gill. The 6,000-square-foot restaurant also includes a 1,400-square-foot dance floor so the restaurant can transition …

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Cafe Paradiso

In Food, Italian, Wine by RUNINdc

If you want fabulous Italian cuisine and terrific wine in a quaint and cozy spot, then look no further than Woodley Park’s majestic Cafe Paradiso. Walk inside, you are greeted by a friendly staff and modern decor. The restaurant is spacious, capable of handling a large party and on this unseasonably cool summer day, the patio was a big winner. …

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DC Communicators Happy Hour

In Fashion, Food, Fun by RUNINdc

For the last several years, military Public Affairs Officers held a monthly social in Crystal City, VA.  Starting with Vapiano, the group decided to invite all communicators (Gov, Non-Gov, Corporate, startups) This event held at Vapiano was a smashing success   The event is hosted by Suzette K from Navy Public Affairs

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Duffy’s Gets a D

In Bar, Beer, Food, Irish, Review by RUNINdc

Duffy’s is good for what it is.  It’s ideal to get bar food and drink beer.  The place is known for its wings, but when I took a bite, I quickly realized it’s definitely not the best in the city. In fact, it’s not even close.  The tots also weren’t amazing. Some were soggy and too salty. it’s a good …

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Medaterra Raises $1,200 for Philippines Relief

In Charity, Events, Food, Fun, Fundraiser, Happy Hour, Lebanese, Mediterranean, News, Review, Wine by RUNINdc

Medaterra Raises $1,200 for Philippines Relief Medaterra, a Middle Eastern restaurant in Woodley Park, raises $1,200 for Philippines Relief fund The tragedy of Typhoon Haiyan has left us heavyhearted,” said Angela Aly, owner. “Everyone was very giving and happy. My staff was commenting how every table wanted to donate to the Red Cross,” said Owner Angela Aly. Here is a …

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St Paddies Day @ Irish Channel

In Bar, Beer, Chinatown, Events, Festival, Food, Fun, Irish by RUNINdc

Back in the 1600’s, the Catholic church created St Patrick’s Day to commemorate Christianity’s arrival in Ireland — boy has the holiday evolved over the years. Today, St Patrick’s Day is a week long event featuring several Irish bands and specials.  During the week our beloved Brian Gaffney, Peter Baker and Aine Doherty performs. On Sunday, the Channel participates in …

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Rien Tong – Tasteless & Rude

In Asian, Food, Food Blogger, Review by RUNINdc

Rien Tong is a Thai Sushi shop in the heart of Clarendon.  It’s perfectly located since there’s a dearth of good Asian restaurants this side of Arlington. I’ve visited several times over the year and got a mixed reaction.  Sometimes the service was fast.  Other times, I would have done better just going to Whole Foods. The food is ok,  but …