Entries tagged with “Arlington”.


By now it’s likely that pretty much anyone who has ever gone elbows-deep in drawn butter at the Quarterdeck has heard that the historic crab-feast venue is closing due to failed lease negotiations.  The story broke with the folks over at TBD and has been expanded upon by the Washington Business Journal and ArlNow, who have printed an excerpt from Lou Gatti’s email to the Radnor/Ft. Myer Heights Civic Association.

Here at Capital Spice, we were eager to find out more about what would become of one of our favorite places to bring out-of-town guests, so we reached out to Haig Paul, the property owner, for comment.  He was unaware that word had gotten out, but he was willing to go on the record with us about what the future holds.  According to Mr. Paul:

“There is a change coming.   We’re still in the process of lease negotiations, so I can’t go into too many details at this point.  The only thing I know for certain is that a restaurant will remain in operation in some form [at 1200 Fort Myer].”

When I asked if the new restaurant would represent a fundamental change away from Quarterdeck’s most popular offerings, Paul didn’t seem to think so.  “The Quarterdeck is a niche type restaurant – it’s unique with a very steady and loyal clientele.  I would like to see it continue in its current format.  It won’t become something radically different.”

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Not long after we made the move to Alexandria, we got a call from our friends Itty Bitty Betty and the Bacon Terrorist.  They were inviting us out for Ethiopian at Meaza – taking full advantage of my recent conversion from injera-phobe to kitfo enthusiast.  They’ve been in the ‘burbs longer than we have, so we took them up on the offer.

But we had our doubts.  After all, we’ve had some pretty darn good Ethiopian along 9th and U Streets.  What could a place on Columbia Pike show us that we hadn’t already loved at the likes of Etete, Dukem and Gondar at Almaz?

As it turns out, Meaza had plenty to offer, and the food was only part of the package.  Sure, we worked our way through a feast of epic proportions, which is not unusual when ordering as a group at Ethiopian restaurants, as we’ve learned.  But we also marveled at a restaurant of similarly oversized capacity and some of its unexpected amenities.  And we made a note to pay another visit when the attached cafe, market and butcher shop are open.

An Ethiopian experience worth the drive to <gasp!> Falls Church after the jump. (more…)

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