Maple & Pine Restaurant

Maple & Pine Restaurant
(Inside the Quirk Hotel)
201 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
804-340-6050
https://www.destinationhotels.com/maple-and-pine-restaurant

American | $$$

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Maple & Pine is in the trendy Quirk Hotel in downtown Richmond.

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Sitting on the end of the bar you get a peak at a portion of the kitchen where dishes are finished.

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The bread is fresh baked in house.

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Braised Leek & Oyster Mushroom Fondue, with Gruyere and French Baguette.

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Pork & Shrimp Dumplings, Shiitake Mushrooms, Dashi, and Charred Scallions. The appetizers are all amazing. Chef David Dunlap has created beautifully flavorful appetizers with which you can make a meal.

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For my entrée I chose the Braised Beef Short Rib Strudel with a Sweet Potato Puree, Pickled Cabbage, and Beef Jus. The braised short bib just melts in your mouth. The strudel gave each bite a delicious crunchy taste.

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My wife had the Black Pepper Cavatelli, Porcini Cream, Beech Mushrooms, and Parmesan. The porcini cream and parmesan was heavenly.

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I am a big chocolate fan so this looked like a no brainer. Chocolate Ganache, Peanut Butter Foam, Bourbon Caramel, with Maldon Sea Salt.This was crazy good and as fine a dessert as I have had. If you have even the slightest fondness for chocolate you don’t want to miss this one.When it comes to flavor think Reese’s Peanut Cup on steroids.

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My wife’s dessert was the Vanilla Almond Cake, Blueberry Compote, Anise Whipped Cream, and Cardamom Ice Cream. To be honest I was so focused on my own dessert that I didn’t notice or taste my wife’s dessert. I take her word that is was excellent.

Chef David Dunlap, formerly at The Ashby Inn, has created an awesome menu of unique flavorful dishes that are suitable for almost every palate. If you live, work, or visit Richmond treat yourself to a special dinner at Maple & Pine. Reservations are recommended especially on weekends.

Mike Isabella’s First Restaurant, Graffiato, Is Closed

The restaurant allegedly owes back rent Mike Isabella’s seven-year-old flagship restaurant Graffiato has shut off its lights for good, marking the latest piece of bad news for the troubled Top Chef alum. A source inside the restaurant group told Eater that Italian-inspired Graffiato is “indeed closed.” A Popville tipster noted the 130-seat restaurant was locked on Tuesday night during dinner service hours, with no explanation posted on the door.

Source: Mike Isabella’s First Restaurant, Graffiato, Is Closed

Armand’s in Silver Spring Has Slung Its Last Chicago-Style Pizza Pie

Silver Spring stalwart Armand’s Chicago Pizzeria has closed after nearly three decades in business, reports Bethesda Magazine. An Armand’s employee confirmed the closure of the 29-year-old pizzeria to Eater D.C. The spot was beloved for its Chicago-style deep-dish pizza.

Source: Armand’s in Silver Spring Has Slung Its Last Chicago-Style Pizza Pie

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

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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