Friday, March 30, 2007

Food For Thought

We really prefer to shoot out of town rather than in Chicago. In town you just want to finish the job and get home, but on the road the mundane activities of life are gone- no dog walking or telephones to answer- and there is no rush to get back to the hotel. You focus more on the work and frankly spending more time on the job and thinking about the job is only beneficial. I know we have done lots of good work in airport lounges, hotel lobbies and rides to and from the hotel. Of course another benefit of working on the road is per diem. In addition to my writing and directing duties, I also scout for restaurants.

I have three simple dining rules.

1) Never eat at the hotel. Sorry Jim, but we are in another city, let's explore.
2) Never eat at a place that advertises the cuisine in their name. So no, Macaroni Grills, Spaghetti Warehouses, Pizza Huts (who thought adding the word Hut would class it up?) and with apologies to my sister, no, Olive Gardens.
3) There must be a bar.

Actually, that's default rule 1. We learned that lesson one rainy night when I made a dash across a 4 lane highway in Camden, NJ to Bob's Liquor Barn to get wine. Our restaurant of choice was BYO, who knew?

So from time to time on this page I am going to share some of our favorite eating cities and restaurants. And to our clients who read this, we stay within budget, or put it on our own tab. We are going to start the tour in Washington D.C. and work our way south down Connecticut Ave. from about the Zoo to DuPont Circle.

1) The Lebanese Taverna.
2641 Connecticut Ave. NW. Great food. You can make a meal on appetizers alone. I like the Chicken in a Bag. A roast chicken in a paper bag. We were there the night of the second Gore/Bush debate when Al Gore decided "Lock Box" was not the grabbing voters the way he thought.

2) Bistro du Coin.
1738 Connecticut Ave. Authentic French Bistro. You know it is good because a lot of authentic French people go there. A very reasonably proced wine list. We had a Cote du Rhone for only a few dollars more than Bob's Liquor Barn's prices. It must have been a great place to see the World Cup finale, until the head butt.

3) Pesce.
2016 P St. NW. A destination restaurant for us. (And since it is the Italian form of the word, it doesn't break rule #2.) Fish like you have never had it before. A small restaurant, make a reservation and let them take care of you. Everything is good and the menu changes daily.

Please add your comments and suggestions.



John said...

Sounds like good fair, Peter. If I were in the area, I'd probably hit the fish joint. Enjoy reading your posts!

Anonymous said...

the pizza hut sit down restruants were all the rage in the 80's Peter...but maybe I don't think so much about class when it retains to food seeing as though I am broke and will eat anything.

PeterH said...


Thanks for reading. The MI restaurants I know are all in the Lakeside/Harbert area. Redamaks in New Buffalo? Where about are you?


PeterH said...


I have been trying to get the department to pop for craft services for my class, but Bruce says no. You have to wait until you are in the I.P. class.


Dwacon said...

Currently working on some screenplays while doing some various tasks in the mid-Atlantic region... to pay the bills until the next big meeting with Tom Cruise!

Iris said...

Very intersting point about your simple dining rules. Cheers.


strunny said...

i was thinking those kabobs look really good! just randomly saw you, think we in the other same community. i'm new on mybloglog and it's a little crazy but interesting...i have some filmmaker friends too so i'm always interested in learning more. :) have a good weekend!

PeterH said...


Thanks for looking. Those Kabobs were lifted from a TV commercial we made for Weber Grills.

Stay Tuned.