The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

00240

If you happen to be traveling the world soon and need a list of great restaurants we present this year’s top 50 from The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy. Leading off in first place is Chef Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy. If you can get a table figure on $288 per person for a 10 course tasting menu. Six of the fifty restaurants are here in the United States. The top U.S. restaurant in 12th place is Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY.

1. Osteria Francescana (Modena, Italy)
2. El Celler de Can Roca (Girona, Spain)
3. Mirazur (Menton, France)
4. Eleven Madison Park (New York City)
5. Gaggan (Bangkok)
6. Central (Lima, Peru)
7. Maido (Lima, Peru)
8. Arpege (Paris, France)
9. Mugaritz (San Sebastian, Spain)
10. Asador Etxebarri (Axpe, Spain)
11. Quintonil (Mexico City, Mexico)
12. Blue Hill at Stone Barns (Pocantico Hills, New York)
13. Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico)
14. Steirereck (Vienna, Austria)
15. White Rabbit (Moscow, Russia)
16. Piazza Duomo (Alba, Italy)
17. Den (Tokyo, Japan)
18. Disfrutar (Barcelona, Spain)
19. Geranium (Copenhagen)
20. Attica (Melbourne, Australia)
21. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée (Paris, France)
22. Narisawa (Tokyo, Japan)
23. Le Calandre (Rubano, Italy)
24. Ultraviolet (Shanghai, China)
25. Cosme (New York City)
26. Le Bernardin (New York City)
27. Boragó (Santiago, Chile)
28. Odette (Singapore)
29. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen (Paris, France)
30. D.O.M. (São Paulo, Brazil)
31. Arzak (San Sebastian, Spain)
32. Tickets (Barcelona, Spain)
33. The Clove Club (London, UK)
34. Alinea (Chicago)
35. Maaemo (Oslo, Norway)
36. Reale (Castel Di Sangro, Italy)
37. Restaurant Tim Raue (Berlin, Germany)
38. Lyle’s (London)
39. Astrid y Gastón (Lima, Peru)
40. Septime (Paris, France)
41. Nihonryori RyuGin (Tokyo, Japan)
42. Ledbury (London, UK)
43. Azurmendi (Larrabetzu, Spain)
44. Mikla (Istanbul, Turkey)
45. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (London, UK)
46. Saison (San Francisco)
47. Schloss Schauenstein (Fürstenau, Switzerland)
48. Hiša Franko (Kobarid, Slovenia)
49. Nahm (Bangkok, Thailand)
50. Test Kitchen (Cape Town, South Africa)

Landlord Sues Mike Isabella for $715,000 in Back Rent and Fees

Problems just keep piling up for DC Chef Mike Isabella’s company. Isabella’s landlord at Mosaic District is suing the restaurateur for $715,000 in unpaid rent and penalties going back three years. His Mosaic District restaurant Requin closed earlier this year.

Source: Landlord Sues Mike Isabella for $715,000 in Back Rent and Fees

Oak Stone Craft Pizza & Bar

Oak Stone Craft Pizza & Bar
1000 Valley Ave.
Winchester, VA 22601
540-450-5262
https://www.oakstonepizza.com/

American | $$

March 04, 2018 at 0433PM

The restaurant décor has that standard pizza place vibe. We arrived around 5pm on a Sunday evening and the bar section was already hopping. Most the tables in the restaurant were filled when we left about an hour later.

20180304_165608

My wife tried the Crispy Fried Oysters with creamed Spinach, Curry Aioli, Black Salt, and Lemon. She really loved them.

IMG_20180304_170854_013

I decided on a Bacon Wrapped Meatball Sub on a Baguette with Mozzarella, Marinara, and House Chips for my entrée. The Meatball had a great taste complimented by the bacon flavor. I would order this again for sure.

IMG_20180304_165459_612

As a side I ordered the Mac Daddy Mac & Cheese with Morbier, Asiago, Gorgonzola, and Parmesan Cheeses. I am always a little cautious about ordering Mac & Cheese made with some many different cheeses. Often the balance is not right and one cheese creates the dominate flavor making you wonder why all the others are in the dish. Here the cheese combined to create a smooth pleasant flavor blend. I especially like it was served in a cast iron square mini server which keeps food warm through the meal.

20180304_164542

My wife was very happy with the Baby Wedge Salad with Smoked Gorgonzola Dressing, Bacon, Tomato, and Crisped Onions.

20180304_172844

I had the Butterscotch Bread Pudding with Whipped Cream. My favorite dessert anywhere is butterscotch pudding. This came in as a close second. Served warm, it is worth a trip to Oak Stone Pizza just for the dessert and coffee.

Menu1

My wife had the Warm Apple Tart Topped with Cinnamon Ice Cream and Caramel. The tart was baked nicely with a wonderful flaky crust.

Yelp reviews are positive with a 4.5 stars rating, many saying the restaurant is often very busy. They take reservations for parties of 6 or more and wait times can exceed an hour during peek weekend times. Our waiter was nice and checked on us often. Expect Chef and owner Patrick Dinh to continue with a fun solid menu. Dinh had been the Executive Chef at Tuscarora Mill in Leesburg for more than 20 years. He knows quality dishes and has a winning staff here. Oak Stone Craft Pizza is a welcome addition to the struggling Winchester restaurant scene.

Battle Escalates Within D.C. Restaurant Industry Over Tipped Minimum Wage Vote

One side predicts peril for the D.C. restaurant industry. The other is fighting for justice for marginalized workers. This is an excellent article from the Washington City Paper on tipping and the low wage restaurant industry.

Source: Battle Escalates Within D.C. Restaurant Industry Over Tipped Minimum Wage Vote