Eats

Baby Wrote You an Xmas Letter

Chow, Baby
Dear Friends and Family,We had some sadness and some gladness this year. The sadness, of course, is that some of Chow, Baby’s faves closed down, among them Escargot, Fizzi, Jon’s Backyard BBQ, Sensational Tony’...


J-Walk on Down

As every city, county, and federal worker downtown probably knows, the grub at this tiny eatery is a steal.
Peter Gorman
Any diner with a menu that ranges from omelets to burgers and from Chinese food to Thai specialties has got to be suspect. The scope seems simply too wide for any restaurant to keep ingredients fresh.



Planning Way Ahead

Chow, Baby
A guilt-ridden Chow, Baby decided to tackle its “Places Readers Have Generously Alerted Me to, and I’ve Written Them Back with ‘Thanks a Lot, I’ll Definitely Go Next Time I’m in the Area,’ bu...


Turn-a-lot

Even road construction can’t stop Portofino’s operatic highs.
Jimmy Fowler
There’s a tall, twinkling Christmas tree in the middle of the dimly lit dining room of Portofino Ristorante in Arlington.



The Great Light North

Out on Western Center, Skillman Wok is the place for hearty, healthful Asian fare.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Now’s definitely not the time to get all calorie-conscious. ’Tis the season to be jolly, and by “jolly,” we mean “fat” and/or “pleasantly plump.”


Shadows and Mirrors

Chow, Baby
Chow, Baby’s psychotherapist father did his children a great disservice by teaching us, early on, about Jung’s shadow theory.



Fairy Tail

Almost too-good-to-be-true combos of powerful flavors lurk inside the Swanky Shack.
Jimmy Fowler
Inquiring minds want to know: Where’s the newest place to gather for weekend coffee klatches, leisurely breakfasts, handmade sandwiches, and a homey atmosphere that percolates with the same positive, renaissance vibe shared b...


Making Plans for Lanny

Chow, Baby
Chow, Baby’s been thinking more on that brilliant idea it had a couple of weeks ago, the one about Lanny Lancarte, honcho of the haute Lanny’s Alta Cocina Mexicana, opening a taqueria on the side. (Other wildly impr...



The G-Spot

In the chainland of Keller, an exquisite, local, American eatery opens.
Peter Gorman
Manny G’s just opened in mid-September and is already a welcome addition to fast-growing Keller, which has too many chain restaurants and not enough regular joints, places where the owners actually take pride in what they serve.


Revisitation Rights

Chow, Baby
Other than weight gain, heartburn, and permanently food-stained shirts, the only drawback to Chow, Baby’s job is that the constant hunger for the new and unusual means it rarely revisits old favorites.