World traveling food critic Tyler Cowen gives D.C.’s new Georgian-themed restaurant a whirl and decides it’s “a must,” calling its offerings “subtle, diverse, and combine some of the best ideas from eastern Europe, Persia, Russia, and the Middle East.” He suggest going nuts in the small and cold dishes sections, and the “best” khachapuri — a classic Georgian dish — is the one stuffed with spinach. Another recommendation: dumplings filled with meat. He wasn’t blown away by the larger dishes, and compared to other Georgian restaurants in NYC or Berlin, it’s “not above average” (though “the average is decently high,” he adds). The people watching is also on point, but one con is Supra’s not that affordable.
Rock Creek Kitchen
Washington Post writer Maura Judkis visits Wheaton’s new Southern comfort food eatery, which she says could benefit from “an infusion of flavor and a little more style.” Its prices are pretty reasonable — $7 baskets of hush puppies, and biscuits and gravy for $6.50 — and nothing costs more than $17.50. Another plus: its portions are huge. Not much has changed, decor wise, from its former life as a steakhouse, and she says the space looks like the “lobby of a Hampton Inn” with generic sailboat paintings on the yellow walls. Dining wise the mac and cheese is “nothing special,” and a bowl of chicken and dumplings is “oddly bland.” Judkis applauds her cheery server, who offered a free dessert since one entree came out at a different time than another. Chef John Arnold’s grandmother inspired the menu, and one dish that “hits the right notes” is the bean-and-rice starter dubbed hoppin’ John.
Top 10 Meals In Northern Virginia
Northern Virginia Magazine restaurant critic and dining editor Stefanie Gans wraps up the year with her top 10 meals of 2017. Her picks range from rolled ice cream at La Moo Creamery to a housemade biscuit stuffed with egg and cheddar and crispy bacon at Cowbell Kitchen. There’s also talk of salty, crunchy fried chicken at Taiwan Cafe, and dinner at French-themed La Fromagerie.
FROM THE BLOGS: Been There, Eaten That visits outgoing Tapabar in Bethesda (it’s closing next month), while BYT drinks in the new pop-up vodka soda bar at DC9.