From the existence of flavored vodka, to the sudden non-existence of Kinkead's, check out what inspired excessive frown-emoticons by DC's food and drink contingent this year. Will Artley, Executive Chef at Pizzeria Orso "Seeing one of DC's most influential restaurants close -- Kinkead's. I had the honor of working for Bob back in the day and I'm really sad to see this culinary institution removed from the DC dining scene." Rob Yealu, Chief Mixologist at The Federalist "That we didn’t do more savory/ vegetable-based cocktails. It’s something we wanted to do when we opened but we didn’t want to come out of the gate too aggressive with our cocktail list. Since then I’ve just been playing around with different ideas but not really finding something I wanted to put on a menu. Expect that once fresh veggies come in next year." Wes Morton, Executive Chef at Art and Soul "My biggest disappointment for this past year has to be the inconsistent play of my beloved LSU Tiger Football team. We were preseason #1 and were picked to make it to Miami this year for the BCS Championship. Oh well, we always have next year. GEAUX TIGERS!" Missy Frederick, Editor for Eater Washington DC "I haven't been huge on the food at El Chucho (underseasoned, etc.), though I enjoy the drinks and the vibe. And the rooftop!" Jonathan Fain, Bar Manager at Bar Pilar "Any flavored vodka, any flavored whiskey, iPhone 5." Teddy Folkman, Executive Chef/Owner of Granville Moore's "I was about to have a huge event at Granville's (which we will try for this year) and 3 weeks out DDOT pulled the plug on it. We invested a good chunk of change into it but luckily all the items were able to be cancelled or consumed." Jade Aldrighette, Bartender at The Passenger "Missing a lot of awesome punk rock shows and not going to Little Serow enough (I went six times)."
Year-end let-downs... hooray!