Food News Review: Citronelle Closes, Oprah Eats at District Commons, Local Toques (Maybe) on “Top Chef”

Plus: Tasting Subway’s vegan sandwiches and a LivingSocial speakeasy.

By: Jessica Voelker

Eel-and-hamachi mosaic at Citronelle, which was forced to close this week due to water damage. Photograph by Renee Comet.
A Damper on Fine Dining: Tweetin’ Tom Sietsema shares the news that Citronelle and host hotel the Laytham will be temporarily closing thanks to water damage. [Twitter]

Red State Steaks: Eater DC has a photo tour of the new DC steakhouse from Dallas chain Del Frisco’s. [Eater DC]

Lunch With the CommonersOprah Winfrey, BFF Gayle King, and some other people dined at District Commons on Thursday—the restaurant wouldn’t share menu details, but King was more forthcoming, tweeting: “@DistrictCommons it was DELICIOUS too! Chicken for me . . . @Oprah recommends the tilipia [sic] and salad.” [Twitter]

Top Chef Gossip: Are DC chefs Bart Vandaele and Jeffrey Jew among the cheftestants currently shooting in Seattle? [WCP]

So You Don’t Have To: A writer at the Washington Post returns to the sandwich chain that turned her off fish forever to try its new vegan sandwiches. [WP]

Then There Is This: LivingSocial is debuting a password-protected speakeasy. [WCP]