This is an eyewitness report from the NowPublic member YankeeJim who was on the scene.
Lunch before the snow storm at Willow
I told Karl that I would try to get some photos of more recognizable scenes along the Potomac today, but then I learned that taking the Metro several stops away could be problematic if the snow started at 2:00 PM as predicted. It is now 2:40 PM and no snow, though it feels immanent.
However, Chef Tracy O’Grady is creative. First, her anchor specialty, flatbreads, is always excellent and so are her salads. Yet, there is something even more intriguing on the menu today, duck and chicken pot pie. I saw another couple enjoying the dish. But, I opted for a less hardy lunch of the old standby, flatbread and salad. The Caesar salad featured excellent Parmesan cheese and Spanish style anchovies. I also had an excellent glass of fruity chardonnay.
Because we had to walk back in the snow, I felt that we earned a Chocolate jamocha mousse cake for dessert. With the snow coming, I asked if they were going home. Chef Tracy said that she and her husband would be spending the night at a local hotel. That is dedication and why we remain devoted customers.
“It began with a wedding and continues with a menu that offers new interpretations on French and Northern Italian cooking. Willow restaurant opened its doors Friday, September 2, with the nuptials of its chef and co-owner Tracy O'Grady. She was escorted down the restaurant's aisle by her mentor and well-know Washington, D.C., chef Bob Kinkead, where she was joined in matrimony to Brian Wolken, the restaurant's Director of Operations. Willow's cuisine style is described as modern continental. O'Grady has combined the freshest American ingredients with classic French and Italian influences. Her innovative dishes, created in an artful, but straightforward manner are followed by decadent desserts, which also play to the styles of France and Italy.”
“What Snow? Restaurants & Bars To Stay Open in DC Blizzard » We Love DC
“WELOVEDC.COM - ‘winter wonderland’courtesy of ‘mofo’The Specials: I love these places for having the foresight to make it cheaper for everyone to eat and drink in the snow. Grade A. M Bar in the Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel (formerly Renaissance M Street) is doing Snow Day happy hour specials – $4.50 well cocktails all day Saturday and on Sunday for the game, they will have “MVP”…”
Oh yes, it is about the snow.
“Region rushes to prepare for another shot of winter weather
By Ashley Halsey III
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 9, 2010; 10:29 AM
Snowplow crews worked through Monday night and early Tuesday to try to open thousands of untouched neighborhood streets before turning to meet an ominous new winter storm."
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