Happy Monday

[ 1 ] April 4, 2011 |


Finally a week that brings me back to a sense of normalcy.  Monday’s used to be reserved for telling JKGF readers about the best places to go for happy hour.  We’re back on that and this week we reopen with an unusual suspect in an uncommon territory for a DC resident.  Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Phillips Seafood on Rockville Pike.  Total day/night difference between this Phillips and the one on the Southwest waterfront.  I expected this visit would teach me a little more about seafood and the like but I did not expect to stumble upon a $4 happy hour that runs from 4 pm-7 pm, Monday-Friday. Unimpressed?  Well, this is the part that made me raise the brow…happy hour is all day on Sundays.  A Sunday happy hour is unheard of in most of these parts.


My love of all things lobster is what essentially sent me up Route 355 in addition to seeing familiar faces such as Girl Meets Food and Lunching in the DMV.  It was a pleasant surprise, however, to meet Chef Mente ‘Arra’ Lawson whose food journey has taken him everywhere from a chef stint at Madison Square Garden to studying under the late great Jean-Louis Palladin.  After this meeting the Monday lobster special seems that much more enticing…and it doesn’t hurt that it’s within the budget, $19.99…

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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  1. Valerie says:

    I work with Chef Arra and have gotten to see and taste his creations. Not only do they look wonderful but the taste is amazing on the dishes he creates. My hat off to you Chef Arra. You are the man!!

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