DataLensDC was started in the summer of 2015 by Kate Rabinowitz, lover of all things data and District. She lives in a cozy Capitol Hill carriage house where she enjoys data mining, board games and wandering the city. Kate created to DataLensDC to present data-driven views of the character, trends and hacks of the ever-changing District.
Guilty pleasure confession: One of my favorite shows is Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. If you’re uninitiated it’s a show where 90’s emoji Guy Fieri visits restaurants around the country. I can’t be sure what it is exactly – how Fieri bleaches only the inner bit of his goatee or unironically uses phrases like “that’s killer!” and “off the hook!” – but if I’m in a hotel room there’s an 85% chance that show is on.
After an embarrassing number of hours spent with Food Network however, I’ve become disappointed with how rarely Guy Fieri visits my city. Across 22 seasons Guy Fieri has been to DC only four times. And it’s not like he hasn’t been in the neighborhood. He’s been to fifteen Baltimore restaurants and visited Virginia Beach, a city two-thirds the size of DC, seven times. So what’s Guy Fieri’s DC problem?
For one, he’s not visiting the best of the DC dining scene. The average Yelp rating for DC restaurants he’s visited is 3.625, lower than most other cities he’s visited and lower than the overall DC restaurant average Yelp rating.
But I think there’s more to it and the lack of Diner, Drive-ins and Dives visits actually reflects a few things about the DC food scene. Much of the show is dedicated to community favorite cheap eats, mom and pop diners, and cultural food institutions. DC frankly doesn’t have a high proportion of any of these due to it’s more transient population and traditionally more of a focus on lawyers who lunch as opposed to casual cheap eats.
That has been changing as more people stay in the District longer and a more vibrant food culture takes hold through food trucks like Puddin’, cheap eats like Fast Gourmet and nationally acclaimed spots like Rose’s Luxury.
Of course this isn’t to say DC lacks great food. As Maggie Criqui shows, Guy Fieri’s unending restaurant enthusiasm doesn’t exactly hold up to Yelp. And on the upside, at least we know for sure Guy Fieri won’t be opening one of his infamous restaurants here anytime soon.
Want to take a tour of the spots Diners, Drive-ins and Dives has visited in the area? Check out the map below:
Technical notes: Data and graphics shown are based off Restaurants of Diners Drive-ins and Dives by Maggie Criqui, which was presented at great local group DC Hack and Tell. You can find complete code for this post on my github page.
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You are cordially invited to the Embassy of Austria for a thrilling evening with Mozart. What a better way to spend Christmas and Hannukah! Our full orchestra and lead singers, some of whom sing at the Met, will appeal to teens as they begin their journey to the classics! We expect to be sold out soon…..
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Under the Gracious Patronage of H.E. Petra Schneebauer, Ambassador of Austria
Julien Benichou, Conductor
Kevin Short as Figaro
Manna K. Jones as Susanna
Stephen Powell as Count Almaviva
Laquita Mitchell as Contessa
Anna Kelly as Cherubino
Maggie Polglaze as Barbarina
John Gibney as Bartolo
Leah Heater as Marcellina
Christopher Jon Hartung as Antonio & Don Curzio
Narration provided by Robin Phillips
Embassy of Austria
3524 International Court NW
Washington, DC 20008
Doors Open/Cocktails 6:30 pm
Performance including Intermission 7:15 pm
Wine Reception with Heavy Hors d’oeuvres 9:15 to 10:30 pm
Box Seats $250
Orchestra Reserved $150
Seniors (over 65 years old) Unreserved $80 [sold out]
Students with ID $50
Come solve a crime that took place in Takoma Park 130 years ago!
HouseMouse Books and Vintage is excited to announce the debut of Escape the Bookshop II, our new limited-run escape room experience. Escape the Bookshop II is a unique group puzzle game that is based on a real crime that took place in Takoma Park around 130 years ago. It is designed and created by HouseMouse to be played in our atmospheric little bookshop. This is not your typical corporate escape room and makes for a memorable evening out with friends or family!
Bookings are now open for game dates in January through April 2024. The game generally takes place Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM but special arrangements can be made upon request. It is designed to be played by a group of 3 to 6 people (ages 16+) and lasts for one hour. No prior escape room experience is needed to enjoy the game.
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