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The Cook's Books

The Cook’s Books: Chef Cedric Maupillier, Mintwood Place

Hi, loyal Eat the District readers! Today we’ve got the first installment of The Cook’s Books, a new ETD feature where we ask DC chefs for three cookbooks they’d recommend for young home cooks, along with a recipe they’d like to highlight from one of the books. We came up with this idea when we realized that many people (including us!) have no idea where to start building a cookbook collection, and thought who better to ask than DC’s chefs! We’re kicking this off with Chef Cedric Maupillier, chef at Mintwood Place, one of DC’s hottest new restaurants (and recent dining destination of the Obamas).  

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The Morning Roundup

The Morning Roundup 09/19/12

One fantastic deal this morning!

Must-buy: Oh man. You know how we feel about El Pollo Sabroso. Today’s Scoutmob for $5 for $10 just makes a trip to their Columbia Heights location even better. Make sure you don’t miss this one!

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Mailbag: Fancy Sushi Dinner!

Sorry for the slow pace of posts recently: all the moving-associated activity has left us little time to try new places and write about them! Today, we’ve got another edition of the Mailbag, and one with a subject close to Eat the District’s hearts: Sushi!

I am looking for a great sushi restaurant in DC to take my boyfriend for our six month anniversary – any suggestions? Asian fusion works too, just would like great sushi on the menu! Somewhere nice, upscale, modern, somewhere we can dress up a little, preferably close to downtown.

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The Morning Roundup 09/5/12

Fifty-fifty: Today’s Groupon deal of $10 for $20 at Chakra Cafe in Alexandria is all-around just eh. Eh location for most of the district. Eh-looking menu with eh reviews online. And an eh deal at only $10 for $20. Not bad enough for an all-out avoid, but definitely not a must-buy, this is a deal to get only if you frequent Alexandria.

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Bargain Bites

The Greek Spot

It’s a well-worn cliché, whether you’re buying a house or opening a store: it’s all about location, location, location. But when I think about The Greek Spot, located on 11th street just north of U Street, it’s one of the first things that comes to mind. For all that U street has to offer, there are less counter-service restaurants for a quick, cheap bite of food than you’d expect, and The Greek Spot fills this hole with large portions of gyro, souvlaki, and falafel. Whether you’re catching a show at the 9:30 Club or DC9 or are late meeting up with some friends at the bar, The Greek Spot is in the perfect location for you to stop by and fill up.

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The Morning Roundup 08/21/2012

Maybe I’m just feeling indecisive this morning, but while both of these deals are definitely worth a look, neither rose to that must-buy level.  Here’s what we got for you.

Fifty-fifty:  Just like last time Fujimar offered a deal, I find myself really tempted to pick up today’s Groupon for $40 for $20 and go try the Latin/Asian fusion menu at this Penn Quarter restaurant. Though the promise of fresh, delicious seafood makes this worth it for anyone who’s been waiting to make the trip and wants a few dollars off, $40 won’t get you a meal for two, keeping this deal from being a must-buy.

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Mailbag: Parents in Town

My parents are coming to town this weekend, and I’m looking for a good restaurant for dinner on Friday night. Last time they were here, we ate at Founding Farmers, which was very well received. We’re pretty open to a variety of cuisines, and it can be a little pricey but not too extravagant. I work by Farragut West and live in Crystal City, so pretty much anything in the south half of DC and anywhere in Arlington is fair game.  Any recommendations? Thanks!

I have plenty of recommendations! First off, again, there’s always Micah’s mother’s excellent guide to eating the District with parents.

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The Morning Roundup 08/09/12

Theme of the day: restaurants we’ve featured before on The Morning Roundup. One deal gets better, one deal loses some value, and one deal is so similar I’m just going to copy and paste.  Here’s what we got for you today.

Must-buy: Today’s Groupon is $12 for $26 Boston-import The Upper Crust in Dupont Circle, and if you’re craving some good pizza this is one you shouldn’t miss.  This deal has a bit more going for it than the $10 for $20 one Micah gave a fifty-fifty in April; with $26, you’ll easily have enough food for 3, maybe 4 people, as this should cover or come close to covering both a pizza and one of their calzones.

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The Morning Roundup 08/07/12

Only one deal so far this morning, but it’s a great one.  We’ll keep you posted if anything else rolls in.

Must-Buy: Considering its free, the words “must-buy” seem incorrect, but you know what we mean: today’s Scoutmob deal for a free beer at SOVA is as good as it gets. Known primarily as a cafe, SOVA serves beer, wine, and cocktails as well, and they’re looking to give some beers away.  Why would you pass up that chance?

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Mailbag: Adams Morgan Business Lunch Edition

Only one question to answer today.  Keep sending them in!

Courtesy of Yelp

I have a client near the Woodley Park metro station who recently had a big work accomplishment, and I want to take him out to lunch to celebrate. Where in the area do you recommend?

The way I see it, there’s three main things going on here. 1: location is important, since you don’t want the client to have to leave the area. 2: this is both a celebration and a business affair, so you want to pick a place that will impress.  3: you’re eating with someone you probably don’t know that well, so it’s best to choose something on the safe side.

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