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Chloe Reopens for Takeout, Bringing Back an Essential Mix of Mediterranean and Vietnamese

Plus, industry experts forecast the future of restaurants

Caramelized cauliflower from Chloe is now available for takeout
Caramelized cauliflower from Chloe is now available for takeout
Scott Suchman/For Chloe

Pho-brined chicken is back

Yesterday Haidar Karoum reopened for takeout and delivery at Chloe, the essential Navy Yard restaurant that represents the chef-owner’s decades of of experience in D.C. kitchens with a mix of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Southeast Asian dishes. The chef’s Lebanese roots and love for fish sauce are apparent in go-to dishes like bronze, caramelized cauliflower that’s topped with tahini, mint, and toasted pine nuts, or spice-roasted chicken that’s brined in a pho broth, air dried, and served with Vietnamese greens and nuoc cham for dipping. Call 202-313-7007 for takeout, or use the Caviar app for delivery.

Karoum, who worked as a sous chef under pioneering organic chef Nora Pouillon before heading up kitchens at Proof, Estadio, and Doi Moi, is one of several prominent names to recently reemerge a month after the coronavirus pandemic led D.C. to enact a dine-in ban. This week also saw the return of iconic French cafe Le Diplomate in Logan Circle, Jeff Buben’s Bistro Bis in Capitol Hill, and Martin’s Tavern in Georgetown.

In other news...

  • In Ivy City, luxe tasting menu warehouse-turned-comfort food delivery kitchen Gravitas is halting its takeout operation with hopes of welcoming back customers soon (dining rooms off-limits in D.C. until at least May 15). [Popville]
  • Unfortunately named Happy Endings Hospitality in Northern Virginia has a new takeout and delivery service that sends out Cajun food from Chasin’ tails and Vietnamese staples from its Rosslyn food hall. Check out the menu, and order here. [ARLnow]
  • Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema mourns restaurants (with the go-ahead from a grief expert) while reflecting on their importance to society and musing on their future for the newspaper’s Sunday magazine. [WaPo]
  • Both Washingtonian and Washington City Paper give a gamut of restaurant industry voices a platform to forecast how COVID-19 will change the the business. [W; WCP]
  • Like restaurant’s all over the country, Rockville’s Urban Bar-B-Que is fighting to get a break from its landlord, which tells the Washington Post the tenant had acted unprofessionally before the coronavirus crisis. [WaPo]
  • Granny and the Boys, the delightful house band for Bloomingdale dive Showtime, put on a stoop concert in Mount Pleasant. [DCist]


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