Over the course of the summer I think I will start putting out restaurant, wine, food, and cheese reviews. This will be from places I have been before or just recently been, along with stuff I eat or drink with friends.
Just the other day (July 7, 2008) a few of my web geek friends and I went to the grand opening of the new Capitol Hill burger place Good Stuff Eatery, which was created by Chef Spike Mendelsohn who was on Season 4 of Top Chef and his family.
There was definitely a crowd that gathered for the grand opening, partially because folks wanted to see Spike and the rest like myself wanted to try his food that they had only seen on TV.
We got there about 7:15 PM and was directed by Spike’s dad of where to go to get into line to place are order. Once in line it moved along fairly quickly. They had a bunch of signs out asking to take it easy on the staff since they were still in training. They had three different cash registers open to keep things flowing. Once you ordered you were told to go to the end of the counter to see Spike.
We stopped to see Spike and he took our receipt and gave us one of those blinky buzzy restaurant things. This probably had to do with the fact that there were like 20 or 30 other people waiting for their food. The wait did not seems that long,even though it was about 30 minutes before one of my friends got his meal and then myself and one other guys was an additional 10 minutes. This made for a grand total of 40 minutes. I figure that Spike would rather people have to wait for the hand made burgers than get one that was not up to par.
The food was really good and well worth the wait. I had the “Spikes 5 Napkin” burger same as Justin Thorp. Who said “I had never had a burger with a fried egg on it before”. The burger was cooked just perfectly, had the right amount of cheese and sauce. Then sunny side up egg on top of the burger was a great surprise.
I just purchased a few domain names that I would like to use with your help to create a local DC food review blog. The types of places that I would like to review are the local joint that has character and really good food, staff, wine, cheese, local bakery, etc. I am normally looking for the cheap and inexpensive type of places, not the high end expensive ones.
If you would like to help create or be part of the blog/website please leave a note.