Turkish Restaurant Week

Turkish culinary culture is renowned for its diversity of resources, fresh ingredients, and variety of recipes that were influenced by Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Experience Turkish cuisine, one of the most diverse and most delicious culinary cultures of the world, at an award-winning culinary event, Turkish Restaurant Week. Read More Three course lunch… Read More

Cherry Picked Restaurant during the Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Picks highlights the metro area’s vibrant restaurant scene. Participating restaurants highlight creative spring menus throughout the Festival. The program is offered in conjunction with Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington. HAVING A HARD TIME PICKING JUST ONE CHERRY PICKS RESTAURANT TO TRY? Check out the Taste of Spring Cherry Blossom Food Crawl on Saturday, March 31… Read More

Announcing Michelin’s 2018 Bib Gourmands for D.C.

It’s Michelin time again in Washington, following last year’s inaugural guide. While the wait is on to see if any D.C. restaurant will earn the top honor of three stars this time around, the Bib Gourmands are out today. This is Michelin’s list of more affordable restaurants “that offer excellent food at a reasonable price.” Bib Gourmand restaurants… Read More

Cooking with Como: Taste of Turkey

WASHINGTON – Chef Ilhan Erkek takes us on a tour of Turkish cuisine as he introduces us to the ingredients that take the culture’s food to the next level. Erkek, the executive chef of Ottoman Taverna, shows us the secret to making a fantastic stuffed grape leaf, which is a party favorite in Turkey and simple to make…. Read More

Michelin announces its first D.C. honors: the Bib Gourmand list of affordable restaurants

D.C. restaurants are anxiously awaiting the Oct. 13 release of the city’s first-ever Michelin Guide, but 19 of them received good news today: Michelin announced its Bib Gourmand list, a rating of the best cheap-eats in the city. Bib Gourmand restaurants have been deemed a good value by Michelin inspectors, who frequent them “when dining off the clock,” said a press release. These… Read More

7 New Happy Hours to Try Around DC

Everyone loves a bargain, which is why happy hours are so popular. After all, why not drink and eat at your favorite watering holes when deep discounts are on tap? Here are eight new happy hours to check out, offering everything from Miller Lites to cocktails on tap — all on the cheap. Alta Strada When: 11 PM–1… Read More

Washington, DC New Menu Report: 7/27/16

Get ready for cocktails from Turkey, centuries old Madeira, Rieslings, and summer sippers made with fresh fruit The Republican Convention is over and amidst the historic Democratic Convention celebrations, the nation’s capital has plenty of ways to celebrate right here. Our food scene has changed dramatically in the last eight years, a fact confirmed by… Read More

Washington, DC New Menu Report: 8/24/16

Burgers, booze, and more booze are on the menu in the District this week Burgers and booze take center stage in the District this week and if you love local beer, spicy rye spirits, and hip cocktails, you can indulge at three fantastic venues. Turkish food and political cocktails are on the edge of Chinatown… Read More

Gear Up For Election 2016 At These Bars

With Election Day a little more than two months away, here are some star-spangled specials The first presidential debate isn’t until late September, and there’s one way to cool off during this heated political season: drink. As election season gets into full swing, expect this list to be updated with details on viewing parties with… Read More

Ottoman Taverna Debuts Politically Themed Cocktails, Perfect for Polling the Future President

Guests Can Have a Little Fun This Election Season with Two Tasty Cocktails, and Learn About Their Own Life’s Predictions with Complimentary Turkish Coffee Readings Turkish-born restaurateur Hakan Ilhan is pleased to debut two new election-themed cocktails at his newly opened restaurant, Ottoman Taverna, located at 425 I Street, NW, Suite #107. Prepared by Beverage Director Angel… Read More

Ottoman Taverna Serves Turkish Cuisine

Turkish-born Hakan Ilhan’s Ottoman Taverna, 425 I St. NW, Suite #107 in Mount Vernon Triangle, opened at the beginning of May, serving classic dishes that incorporate traditional cooking techniques to pay tribute to the flavors of Ottoman cuisine. The Ottoman Empire ruled a large swath of Eurasia for hundreds of years. Instead of forcing its… Read More