Monday, July 09, 2007

News 'N Notes - Restaurant Edition

It's an all-restaurant Monday:

- I have a hobby (OCD symptom) of proofreading the menu of any restaurant I dine at. I finally got around to trying Taste of Morocco for the first time this weekend and I must say that this restaurant has earned a place in the pantheon of misspelled menus. Even "coffee" was spelled incorrectly. Twice. However, the pièce de résistance was not revealed unto me until I made my dinner selection and closed my menu. Remarkably, the name of the restaurant (and the country from where the restaurant's cuisine originates) was misspelled on the menu's leather cover:



They obviously attempted to cover up the "A" with a sticker, but the decal had since been worn away or peeled off. I can only imagine the series of events that led to this error. Perhaps it was made in Italy, where "Marocco" is the correct spelling for the country...

(FYI the food - at least what I ordered - was good and I did enjoy the restaurant's decor and atmosphere.)

- It appears that the interior of what was formerly Rodeo at 8229 Georgia Ave is being renovated in preparation for the arrival of another restaurant. Unfortunately, there aren't any clues as to what will be taking Rodeo's place. There is an orange stop work order sticker affixed to the door, but the portion of it on which the business name is written has mysteriously been torn off. If anyone has any knowledge of who's moving in there, please let me know.

UPDATE: Reader JH alerted me to this post on the donrockwell.com message boards which indicates that the restaurant opening in this space will be called Nicaro. It is to be headed by former Tabard Inn chef Pedro Matamoros and will serve "American nouvelle cuisine". Here's another source that references Nicaro along with some nicknames for areas of Silver Spring that I've never heard before. "NoCo"?.

- Alberto's Pizza, which currently has a location in Dupont Circle, is opening up a restaurant on Georgia Avenue near the Beltway entrance (map), essentially right across the street from Armand's - another Chicago pizzeria.



10 comments:

nikki said...

I also enjoyed my meal at the "Marocco". My husband and I tipped the bellydancer $1 when she jingled by (as other diners were doing), but then felt pretty crappy when the woman at the table across from us slipped a fifty under the waistband of her pouffy pants.

Sligo said...

Ouch. My cheap ass didn't tip a thing. I plead ignorance.

baj said...

alberto's must be doing well b/c they just opened one up in admo too.

brent said...

I stopped by the Rodeo space a couple weeks back (before the stop-work order, which I noticed last week); asked the workmen inside what was coming (I could see they were putting in a bar and shiny hardwood floors -- they said, "a restaurant," and then shooed me away. Maybe it's a chain and they're afraid of the usual neighborhood opposition. Even worse, maybe its a steakhouse or sports bar -- anathema to many of the neighbors! :-)

Thayer Avenue said...

Is it wrong that I got sort of creeped out by the belly dancer?

Sligo said...

Is there a dancer there always or just evenings/weekends?

nikki said...

I don't they are open for lunch anymore unless you call and make a reservation. Everytime I walk past there during the day, the lights are all off.

Anonymous said...

I used to work across the street from the P St. albertos--I gained two pounds just smelling the fabulous pizza each time I walked past. We've had terrible service at Armand's the last two visits (they refused to give us our correct order last time) so we've been anxiously awaiting albertos' debut. Is there an open date yet?

Anonymous said...

The sign store logo is still on the front of Alberto's window so I would guess a couple weeks yet. I agree Armand's could use competition.

Anonymous said...

The belly dancer isn't as creepy as the overly loud Middle Eastern-Eurotrash techno club music that accompanies her.

Is it just me, or is it tacky and offensive to put the tip in her waistband? She's not a stripper, after all.