Ask Tom: Rants, raves and questions on the DC dining scene

Nov 15, 2017

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

Find all of Tom Sietsema's Washington Post work at washingtonpost.com/tomsietsema.

Dear Tom, I was reading last weeks chat online and was struck by more than one respondant noting how much they enjoyed your work and used it for vicarious living because they have children, which means that they do not go out to a place you would review—assuming you are not reviewing any establishments that have slides and play houses contained within them. As a father of two girls (4 & 7), I can relate to the dread and fear that consumes any parent that might consider bringing a young child to a “nice” restaurant. What if their child is loud, messy, or bored? What if they cannot stay seated for over an hour? What if you have to change a diaper, nurse or otherwise care for the child? These realities are enough to cause most to decide never to venture out. Add to them, the looks of disdain from other diners and judgement from restaurant personnel, and well not dining out for the remainder of childhood seems like the only sane option. If this is just the simple reality and kids will not be brought to restaurants, when will they learn how to act in them? How will they develop an appreciaton for a variety of cuisines? How will they learn to accept great service? As a restaurateur and a parent, I am concerned with these questions. Precisely because of them, my wife and I created Field & Main to be family friendly. A number of our guests would rather leave their kids at home and enjoy the peace and tranquility of an adult night out and many do just that in the evenings. Instead of bringing the kids out on a busy Friday or Saturday night, may I suggest brunch as a great alternative. We offer brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. This meal time is less fussy, takes less time and has a lower price point. We offer smaller portions of pancakes and french toast at brunch for younger children. At dinner we offer a kids menu and on Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays, a “Family Dinner” is offered that feeds two adults and two smaller kids a salad and pork roast with two sides for $60. There are changing tables in our first floor restrooms as well as hooks to hang a diaper bag or a purse. We have a restroom with enough room and a chair where a nursing mother may feed her child with privacy. When the kids get restless, there is a drawing wall where all ages are encouraged to create a masterpiece or scribble out pent up energy. My hope is that families will consider dining out together and wanted your readers to know they are welcome at Field & Main. Cheers, Neal Wavra, Proprietor Field & Main Restaurant

Yet another reason to appreciate Field & Main in tiny Marshall, Va.: a drawing wall! I'll have to take advantage of it the next visit. And I can't tell you how many moms will be pleased to hear about a rest area with sufficient space to feed infants. 

 

Mr. Wavra makes some excellent points in his post. There are times and places parents (and other adults) might wish to be free of kids, but children need to experience hospitality away from home in order to become good restaurant guests. Some readers prepare their kids for such by play-acting at home before venturing out, so children will be comfortable in a setting that involves other than their own dining table. What are other suggestions? Send them my way and I'll post them here.

 

Good morning, everyone, and thanks for joining me for another dining chat. My review for this Sunday is the seafood-themed Siren, veteran chef Robert Wiedmaier's first new restaurant in DC in a decade.  I'm particularly fond of chef John Critchley's savory riffs on desserts, including  pumpkin brulee.

 

SHOW AND TELL: My colleague Tanya Sichynsky is collecting readers' stories of their most unforgettable dining or drinking experiences in D.C. Tell us the memory of the bar, the takeout joint, the four-star restaurant, the quirky dive that you love or loathe using this form. She may feature your story. Here's the link.

 

 

What's on your mind today? Share away.

 

Truth be told, whenever my husband and I go out for dinner, we inevitably start talking about "What Would Tom Do/Say About X Issue At This Particular Restaurant?" (We love your chats!) Last week, I had a question I thought I would finally submit because I don't know the correct answer. After dinner, we debated dessert but decided against it. I had gotten my second glass of wine somewhat late during the meal and had about 2/3 left of it to drink. As we told our server we didn't want dessert, my husband said, "Actually I would like a drink." She had a drink menu with her and so he started looking at drinks. He asked her where the ports were and she said (twice), "It's on the back." As it turns out, the ports weren't on the back and the restaurant (one of our favorites) had recently re-done their drink menu to only include wines and beers (why??). When they both realized this, the server said, "Well, there's a 10 year and a 20 year port." My husband said he'd take the 10 year port, and she later returned with it. When she was getting the drink, we debated the prices of the 10-year vs. the 20-year port and questioned how much our bill would be upped by the order. My husband felt that, when you order, the cost is on you (even if you weren't aware of the cost when you ordered). I said that if the port was $20+ then she should come back and give the price points of each, for full disclosure and then confirm the order. I would be pretty upset if I ordered something that ended up adding $50 to my bill when I would have gotten something less expensive if I had known the cost. Do you have thoughts on this? Fwiw, the port was $15.99, so it was an acceptable price to both of us.

I'm a big believer in the No Surprise rule. Even if your husband didn't ask for the price, the server should have provided that information as a courtesy, ahead of serving him the drink.  Nothing like a big extra expense to mar an otherwise fun night out, right?

Hi Tom, What do you think makes some restaurants thrive over time and others decline? I've been to a number of places in recent months that opened roughly 10 years ago. They were all great when they opened! But since then, they seem lackluster. Poor service, less inventive menus, quality of food not quite there. Although, despite this some stay quite busy, so maybe they're just resting on their laurels. In your experience, what allows some restaurants to stay on top of their game for the long haul? Not everywhere can be Inn at Little Washington, so what's the secret for the more everyday places? Thanks!

Probably the single most important indicator of a long life for a restaurant is consistency, a factor that includes cooking but can rely just as much on a sense of hospitality and convenience (proximity to one's home or office, parking accessibility, ease of reservations, etc.)  

 

A good example of consistency is the long-runnning Obelisk in Dupont Circle, whose chef-owner Esther Lee, has been in the kitchen for years.  The look, the style and the fixed price script are basically unchanged from when Peter Pastan launched the standard bearer. 

Hi, Tom, I have had the recipe for your mom's World's Fair Cake on my 'to-do' list since I saw a story about it in the Post. I made it several weeks ago for a friend's birthday. It was a total hit - such a beautiful cake and so festive. But, why the name World's Fair Cake? Now, this is my question. My husband has been in the hospital or rehab since mid-April. He is not coming home yet, but I do have him scheduled for a 'night-pass' so we can celebrate our anniversary. His rehab hospital is in Montgomery County and I would want to stay close. I know most restaurants are handicap accessible, but I would also like a restaurant where tables are not on top of each other. He loves good French or Italian food. What do you recommend? By the way, I don't need a restaurant with good desserts. I'm making your mom's WFC and taking it back to the rehab hospital for my husband and I and the wonderful staff to enjoy.

My mom, a former public health nurse,  will be tickled to hear that her cake, which I wrote about in a salute to her cooking two ears ago, is reaching a wider audience than just her family.  I wish I had more background on the name; even my mom doesn't recall why she calls it the World's Fair Cake. 

 

Some background on why it's so popular, though: No other dessert in our Worthington, Minn., household could compete with the colorful high-rise constructed with four rounds of buttermilk chocolate cake sandwiched with four flavors of fresh whipped cream. The fantasy starts with pale green whipped cream flavored with vanilla and crushed pistachios and is followed by soft yellow whipped cream touched with almond. The third whipped-cream layer, tinted pink, crackles with bits of peppermint candy in the filling. Finishing the top of the cake is whipped cream spiced with cocoa and cinnamon. The confection is a little fussy to make, but gets better with time in the refrigerator. 

 

Here's the recipe.

 

As for your restaurant question, Bistro Provence in Bethesda is probably your best bet for French cooking and Il Pizzico in Rockville is likely to hit the spot for an Italian appetite.  Full confession: I haven't visited either in awhile and am open to posting other options.

 

 

Tom, over the last two months I have visited both Arroz and Requin at the Wharf. While my dinner guests and I were served exceptional food at both meals, we found the service to be shockingly bad. I sat without water at Requin for 25 minutes. A manager noticed and informed me she would make sure to get us a refill, which then didn't happen for another 10 minutes. I was particularly shocked to experience this at Mike Isabella's two new restaurants after your Arroz first bite focused specifically on the service. Arroz and Requin at the Wharf had food that should have left me hungering to come back and try the rest of the menu but in a crowded city full of restaurants serving share plates the service just can't stand up to the competition.

Sitting without water for a long time sounds more like a minor annoyance than "shockingly bad." Did something else happen to leave you with such an unfortunate impression of both Arroz and Requin? Details, please. 

Tom, I'm stuck in DC next week for work, so will be doing Thanksgiving solo for the first time. I'd prefer somewhere that I can dine at the bar or counter (rather than taking up a table.) And I'd like to keep it to $100 or less including a glass of wine (or two - it's a holiday!) Open to a traditional Thanksgiving menu or something exotic. Any suggestions on where to head for dinner? Thanks!

The following restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving and feature bars I would be happy to belly up to for the feast: Central Michel Richard near the Trump International hotel, DBGB in CityCenter, Le Diplomate on 14th St. NW, Osteria Morini in the Navy Yard, tthe new Succotash in Penn Quarter and Woodward Table downtown. Here's hoping one of the above will welcome you next week. Good luck!

Hi, Tom. My friends and I (thought we) had reservations and Kith and Kin on Sunday night. When we showed up for our 6:30 reservation, the hostess "couldn't find" it. She was unwilling to seat us because they were fully booked, and the best she grudgingly offered was that we could wait until 8 to see if another party no-showed. A 90-minute wait for only the possibility of a table didn't work for us so we left hoping to go somewhere else, but all of the restaurants at the Wharf were booked. I realize that we should have brought a copy of our reservation (but who does that?), but what is the protocol in these situations? I have to say that I was pretty unimpressed with how unaccommodating the hostess was. It doesn't make me want to try Kith and Kin again.

Mistakes happen, although there's no upside to a hostess "grudgingly" offering you a later time.

 

Partly because I use so many different names when I dine out, I'm likely to print out my reservation confirmation before I head out for dinner. But I realize I'm in the minority there.

 

Were you offered a chance to dine at the bar? That would have been a nice save.

Aghh. On a plane last week, the flight attendant gestured to my tray and asked, "You still workin' on that?"

Nooooooooooo! Not even at 30,000 feet is the question acceptable!

Last Sunday afternoon, my wife and I went to brunch with a friend at a Great American Restaurant in Virginia. Just after we ordered, a family with two children (ages estimated as two and three) arrived and were seated at a table adjacent to us (even though the restaurant was not crowded). One of the children started to scream loudly and the other started to run up and down the aisle. Eventually, the father took the screaming child either outside or to the rest room and returned about five minutes later. The child quieted somewhat but still screamed periodically. When one of the children dropped several plates on to the table, we decided that conversation was not possible and left our table. We discussed our experience with an assistant manager on our way out of the restaurant. By the way, our table was near a servers stand so the servers were aware of the situation. My question to you is: what should we or the restaurant staff have done to address this situation? Please note that besides our group, two other tables adjacent to the unruly children were occupied. Thank you

Parents are responsible for their charges. If one of them starts screaming, the little lungs have to be removed from the situation until they calm down. And under no circumstances should a child be allowed to roam a dining room unattended -- not with hot food, busy waiters and sharp knives in the mix. 

 

Had I been you, I would have raised the question with a supervisor and asked to be relocated. At that point, the manager should have also let the parents of the problems know that free-roaming children pose a safety (as well as a comfort) risk. 

 

This is the parent's job, not the restaurateur's job. Teaching children good manners at the dinner table at home is the best way of making sure they behave in restaurants. Cooking a variety of foods is how you expose them to different cuisines. Other than that, if you have a 1 - to - 5 year old, get a babysitter.

Spoken like a true ... mom or dad?

Hello Tom! On Saturday night, I had dinner at a popular restaurant with my good friend, her work colleague, and her work colleague's significant other (SO). When we first arrived, the service was terrific and we had our main server plus others stop by throughout the evening to give us attention. As the evening wore on, the restaurant became packed and the service slowed, but nothing out of the ordinary (to me). We were lingering and chatting, occasionally ordering more plates here and there, and enjoying the evening. As we were finishing, our server stopped by and our guest's SO stood up and began berating her, saying she was terrible at her job, that service was awful, and that she had better bring the check ASAP. I was mortified. The server was very embarrassed and began profusely apologizing. As she walked away, she looked like she was about to cry. After a moment of shock, I got up and followed her, and reassured her that her service was terrific, that our guest's complaints do not reflect the rest of the table, and that she should ignore him. She collected herself and thanked me, and I tried to reassure her once more. When the check came, I gave her a 30% tip and wrote "thank you" on the receipt. Is there anything else I should have done?

Yeah: Omit the bully from any future restaurant dates.

Oldest daughter of a large family, aunt and godmother. I know all the lines even though I've never been on stage. There are certain ages between which little ones will just be miserable at a restaurant (newborns to nine months, fine. After that, wait until they're at least six.

Thanks for following up. Your "resume" gives credence to your advice, but let's remember not to paint all pint-sized diners with the same brush.  I've met some awfully well-behaved young children over the years.

Hi Tom. The family and I will be in Toronto next Thursday and Friday, and I’m looking for some dinner suggestions. Price is not an issue but my 17 year old is not a fan of Italian and my husband does not like Thai. A quality wine list with thoughtful desserts would be a plus. We are staying downtown at Yonge and Dundas. Thanks!

  My go-to restaurant source up north is Alex Baldinger, a former WP colleague who recently penned this dispatch from Toronto for Bon Appetit. 

Hi Tom, You took my question last week about whether or not to get the tasting menu at Fish, and said to write back since reports about the new restaurant have mixed. Here's how it went: We were seated promptly near the bar. Service was okay - the waiter was pleasant without being too chatty, but we refreshed our own water for most of the meal (not a big deal, the bottle was on the table, but it seems to irk some of the readers). There was a bit of a rush when our drink orders were taken - my husband, in passing, said he'd be having the steak. The waiter said that the steak needed to come to room temp, it might be 45 min, could he put it in now? We agreed - and didn't realize until after we opened the menus that there were two beef options, and we'd almost certainly just signed up for the the $70 one rather than the $30 one. It's likely that's the one my husband would have ordered anyway, but he grumbled a bit. I did get the tasting menu, on the principle that we probably wouldn't be back soon and I wanted to try as much as possible. The shrimp and grapefruit cocktail, shrimp and grits, kale salad and salt cod fritters were fantastic! The seared sea scallop was tasty. I'm not a big fan of oysters or clams, so I can't really speak to those dishes. The salmon was okay. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing that made it stand out. The Brussels sprouts were VERY LOUD - salty, sweet, oily, aggressive - and I couldn't eat more than a forkful. They came out towards the end, too, where lighter fare would have sat more easily. The Atlantic beach pie was actually delightful, and my skeptical Jersey shore husband, without having read anything about it, said that it did taste like the sea. Husband liked his steak and potatoes, but wasn't really sure it was a $70 steak, you know? He had the banana caramel custard dessert. I assume it was good, as he didn't offer me a bite (which he usually does)! We enjoyed our meals and don't regret the splurge, but didn't exactly leave wowed, either. The two shrimp dishes really stood out for me, but otherwise we didn't feel it lived up to the pricetag. As a $150 dinner, it would have been amazing; at $300, it was okay.

Thanks for following up! Much obliged. And you described the experience in such a way that I felt I was right there with you for the meal. Let's hope the staff at Fish by Jose Andres see this post and act on some of your criticisms. 

I wonder if the SO 1) had drunk too much alcohol by the end of the meal; or, 2) was pulling some sort of "racket" by trying to get at least part of the meal "comped." I agree that the person should never again be included in your group -- and wonder if the work colleague will soon demote SO to Insignificant Other.

If the original poster could address those questions, we'd be grateful. Did you see any of this coming, for instance?

Just wanted to thank the poster who reassured the server and tipped her 30 percent. After reading all the whining about minor issues on this chat, you have renewed my faith in common human decency.

(Nodding in agreement at my desk.)

The poster was talking about kids, but it's applicable to any situation with loud neighbors. It's important to ask to be moved before you're on your last nerve. Just politely say "I'm sorry, we're not able to have a conversation here - could we have another table?" Unless the place is packed, you'll be accommodated. If it's packed, I'd say "I'm very sorry but we'll have to eat elsewhere."

Good advice. I think it's also incumbent on the staff to monitor noisy guests. As in: "We're glad to see you enjoying yourselves tonight, but if you could keep it down a bit, we'd appreciate it."

Hi Tom, I have been a big fan of yours for a while now and recently I had a chance to put your advice into action. I went to Ambar, a place I normally love, and had an awful experience. The food was as good as always, but the service was shockingly bad. It took 45 minutes and two complaints to get two small plates and when they finally came she rudely placed them on the table and walked away without saying a word. At first my dining companion just wanted to leave and write up a bad Yelp review, but I remembered your advice of talking to manager and decided to give them a chance. Mr. Hayes was wonderful and really turned around a bad experience. I would like to thank Ambar for taking our complaints so seriously and you for the advice. I definitely encourage readers to talk to restaurants when there is an issue. Some may not do anything, but the ones that are worth it will do everything that they can to improve your experience.

You don't say whether this is the DC or Arlington branch of the Balkan restaurant. Regardless, thanks for piping up at the restaurant instead of online, then sharing your success story with fellow chow hounds. 

A long time ago, when my two boys were 2 and 6, I was reading aloud a children's book in which a truck driver went to a diner, then paid for his meal and returned to his truck. My older son asked, "How come he paid for his food AFTER he ate it?" I realized they'd only ever been to fast food restaurants. So soon after that, I took them to a diner. They were well behaved, as I recall.

Thanks for the good laugh.

Original poster here! Thinking back on it, the SO made a few snide remarks to the person who removed empty plates from our table earlier in the evening but it didn't register as a warning sign. By the evening, we all had 2-3 cocktails so I agree his outburst may have been alcohol-induced (personally I become happier after a few glasses, but recognize that others have a different reaction to alcohol).

Gotcha. What a bummer to end the night on such a bad note.

It's not just the young ones who are a problem; it can be the ill-mannered older ones as well. I can't abide seeing them glued to devices; I've even seen parents set them up with a portable video screen and ear buds, while their sad grandparents watched with dismay. But as you noted, it begins at home. Families need to dine together at a table, and a table devoid of electronic entertainment and diversions (phones and TV especially). Then they get to go out for a test run. Those are the children who will succeed with their employers and in-laws, down the road. The others become the ones who are "done working on that." Sadly, too many parents today never ate at a table and learned manners either, not even for Thanksgiving.

Terrific observations and suggestions.

 

Not long ago, I was in a restaurant where everyone at a nearby table was preoccupied with an activity other than the sharing food, which would have been super-sad had the mother not been quietly reading and the father wordlessly playing miniature chess with his young son.

Hi Tom, I'd like to give a shoutout to Jose Andres for his amazing efforts down in Puerto Rico. We live in a very small world, and I appreciate Jose doing everything he can to alleviate the suffering down in this AMERICAN TERRITORY (don't even get me started). He is down there sweating over stoves, and we should all patronize his businesses to show support. He is an American hero.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Jose Andres is the best ambassador Spain has ever had in the U.S. 

I always need and want a glass of water before drinking anything else - wine, coffee, cocktails - and always ask for water at the first opportunity when seated in a restaurant. Sometimes I have to ask a few times; I am patient for about 10 minutes and then get up with my water glass and head to the server station with the water pitchers. I smile and say, I really need some water, thanks, and would take a glass right there if offered one. However, most servers/managers look on in shock (horror?) and say, "we'll be right over". I don't really care if they don't like it because I don't think I should need to ask more than twice. I am low-key and almost apologetic and don't make a scene. Is this totally out of line on my part?

If you are relating this correctly -- immediately asking for water, then waiting 10 long minutes for it -- I think you're OK taking matters into your own hands. Does this happen a lot, though?

We took my granddaughter to restaurants often when she was under six. (Her favorite: salmon filet in a potato crust). Her sister, on the other hand, was way too restless - the proverbial aisle-runner. Guess which one played in the orchestra, and which one plays basketball.

Hahahahaha. I can guess which granddaughter *ate* better, too!

Dear Tom. I enjoy your reviews, guides and chats. The problem being how to make a decision when one's options are not reviewed (or recently reviewed). As an example, I live in Alexandria and often don't want to venture far from home. We live close to Del Ray and options along the lines of Evening Star, Live Oak, DRP, and RTs come to mind. What would you suggest as resources when "gold standard" reviews are unavailable?

In your neck of the woods, I'd rely on the suggestions from Northern Virginia or Arlington magazines, whose reviewers -- Stefanie Gans and David Hagedorn, respectively -- I trust.

Hi Tom, thank you for having these weekly chats. I’m starting to watch it religiously. We own a small family owned restaurant in northern Virginia and my question to you is how would you handle a yelper that wants to strong arm you to get what they want? I’ll give you an example. We had a guest that walked in on a Friday night without a reservation and demanded a table. Keep in mind that we had a large sign outside saying “ reservations only until 845 pm”. We had about ten guests at the door that had reservations and were waiting to be seated. This man just bulldozed his way through all these polite and patient guests that were waiting to be seated and approached me to tell me “I need a table for 5” . I told him that it’s 730 and do not have any tables until 830ish 845 and would love to take them at that time. The man asked me are you sure, then pulled out his phone and showed me the yelp app like a thief going to the teller and quietly showing his concealed weapon in order to rob the bank. At this moment I told him again that “I’m sorry but unfortunately I will not be able to take him in right now” he said to me “if you don’t take me in right now, I will destroy your online reputation”. I said to him “go ahead and do what you have to do” and sure enough 10 minutes later he bashes us on yelp. He never experienced our hospitality, service, or food but destroyed us on yelp. I spoke with Yelp about this and they gave me some sort of a weird reply “ that we rely on our community to rate local businesses” . This is just one example. We have dozens more. So, how do you think we should handle a yelper that uses Yelp as tool to get what they want?

Yet another reason not to trust group "think" on review sites. You never know if someone has an axe to grind. 

 

Stories such as yours make my blood boil. I think you handled the bully well, both in person and afterwards. But Yelp's response sounds lame. I'd love to hear how other restaurateurs have handled similar negative "reviews" on the forum.

 

It's almost noon, however. Time is up. Let's readdress the matter next week.

 

For a very special occasion dinner, would you do Metier or Kinship, given that there are some limitations among the 5 diners - one doesn't eat any meat or poultry, one doesn't eat any fish, and one is selective about the types of fish and meat she eats. The two more gourmet diners (no pork though) have dined at Kinship and really liked it.

I vote for Kinship, because its selections are more varied than the tasting menu offered in the underground Metier.  (The latter restaurant is definitely accommodating, but your group sounds as if it might be better off upstairs.)

I think the chat format needs a revamp, Tom. Each week is 1. Bougey whines about stuff no one should really care about; 2. You breathlessly printing each new piece of praise for the Inn, or Jose Andres, or All Purpose (we get it, they’re good, you’ve been telling us this for the past 100 weeks); 3. Obviously trolling emails, largely because of 1. and 2.; and 4. Much-too-long reader reviews followed by a “Take a bow _____.” This chat could be so much more but is increasingly falling into irrelevancy. You’ve stated multiple times how it is only as good as the readers, but I have to think your custodianship could be improved as well.

Uh, duly noted!

 

But please keep in mind, Jose Andres has a lot of restaurants in the area, and not every post about them here has been "breathless." Also, every week brings participants who are fresh to this forum; some repetition is inevitable. I do the best I can to address the largest number of questions and topics. Would it make you feel better if I put a cap on "take a bow?" I do like to share raves as well as rants from readers.

I have read this now a few times, what exactly is the issue/complaint? I dine with my finance who often will stop eating for a good ten minutes and then resume eating take another break, repeat. How else is a sever supposed to know when it is time to clear the table? Personally, I like the question as it moves along the dinner, e.g., "yes I am done with dinner, now I would like to see a dessert menu"

The question "Are you done working on that?' is the one that a lot of readers seem to dislike.  It sounds a little crass. The better way to put it is "May I take your plate?'

Such as, "this is the person who bulldozed past a long line and demanded a service we clearly do onot provide, while threatening to destroy us on Yelp"?

Love it!

and not to put it at all, when the diner has fork halfway to mouth.

Yep. Agreed.

with chatter who wants "revamp" -- if s/he's tired of repetition, time to go away for a while. Those of us who read you every week always find something worth saving.

Take a bow, Gentle Reader. (No, wait, please don't! Someone is apt to scold me again!)

 

Hey, bottom line: I learn from you all. Thanks for joining me today and let's meet again before Thanksgiving next Wednesday. Ciao for now.

In This Chat
Tom Sietsema
Tom Sietsema has been the Washington Post food critic since 2000. In leaner years, he worked for the Microsoft Corporation, where he launched sidewalk.com; the Seattle Post-Intelligencer; the San Francisco Chronicle; and the Milwaukee Journal. A graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, he has also written for Food & Wine, Gourmet, GQ, Travel & Leisure and other national publications. In 2016, he received an award from the James Beard Foundation for his series identifying and rating the "10 Best Food Cities in America" the previous year.
Recent Chats
  • Next: