Bibiana
Bibiana
  • Address:
    1100 New York Avenue, NW (Corner of 12th and H St)
    The corner of H St. and 12th
    Washington, DC 20005
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown
  • Cuisine:
    Italian
    Price: $30 and under

Bibiana

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bibianadc.com/
  • Phone: 2022169550
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; All Day Menu: Monday - Friday: 2:30pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Late Night Menu: Friday & Saturday: 11:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Nicholas Steffanelli
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th and H street
  • Public Transit: Metro Center is the closest metro stop, it is located at 12th and G street and our front door is one block away at the corner of 12th and H street.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer Valet parking for dinner only.
A word from Bibiana
Upon opening in September 2009, Bibiana instantly became one of Washington’s most popular hot spots.

Nick Stefanelli’s regional Italian fare features a variety of well executed small plates, antipasti and standouts including his whole roasted fish.

His cuisine helped earn Bibiana a glowing review and two-and-a-half stars from food critic Tom Sietsema of The Washington Post, and four stars from DC Modern Luxury critics. It also secured a place on Washingtonian’s list of the top one hundred restaurants in the nation’s capital. In June 2010 Bibiana was a finalist for “Best New Restaurant” and Nick Stefanelli won the “Rising Star Chef” from The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. In October 2010, Stefanelli was also announced as the winner of StarChefs.com “Rising Star” award and Bibiana was named to Esquire’s exclusive list of 20 “Best New Restaurants 2010.”

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Bibiana reviews from OpenTable diners
167 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (89)special occasion (67)romantic (46)notable wine list (45)great for lunch (38)neighborhood gem (33)good for groups (16)hot spot (8)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (7)great for outdoor dining (7)great for brunch (3)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Scrumptous food and wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Amazing Italian! Delicious black truffle Rizzuto that paired well with the house Cabernet.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jose Manuel Magallanes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great place to dine!... kind people and excellent menu (specially desserts!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We were really excited about Bibiana, but the food was forgettable at best and overly salty or garlicky at worst. I called the next day to inform the manger that we were disappointed in our meal and her response was basically that we should have said something at the time, but we were there for a special occassion and didn't want to make a fuss, especially since we weren't picking up the tab. I selected Bibiana after reading great reviews and now know that this restaurant is totally missable.
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  • Second Time and Not Disappointed
    Cidalise
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband and I ate here a number of years ago when we were visiting DC and I decided to return. We were not disappointed. The food was delicious, the service commendable and the atmosphere delightful. My friend had the cod and raved. I had a surf/turf special that was very good and the gnocchi was amazing. My only "complaint" is that the choice of meat dishes is somewhat limited. Would have loved some kind of veal....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian Primo Morden
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent choice and expect absolutely fantastic modern style. Must rivioli, Fresh Fish, tomato salad
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I went for restaurant week and with the exception of the dessert, which was fantastic, the food was underwhelming. The staff were very helpful and friendly however.
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  • Wonderful
    TheNiteTrip
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Went during restaurant week at 800p. Nice ambiance - dim lighting with candles. Food was excellent. 4 course option. Best fish I've been served in a restaurant. Pasta was great. Service was excellent. Recommendations were thoughtful and thorough. Drinks were excellent. Very attentive staff that made our celebratory dinner very special. We splurged for a special occasion and this was the place to do it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Felt rushed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We dined here for restaurant week and felt somewhat rushed in our dinner. The food was delicious and would certainly recommend it. We were only given the special restaurant week menu however which was a mistake on the restaurant's part as we may have ordered something additional off the regular menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friendly Manager
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We happen to be there during restaurant week in DC. The manager made sure that with every step of our dining...things went great, checked on our apps, our entrée and deserts. Very caring person and knew his job very well. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Taste of Tuscany
    JCparty
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We enjoyed a birthday celebration during Restaurant Week. Our guests raved about the Polpetta and Calamari appetizers followed by the slow roasted pork and baked eggplant entrees. I enjoyed the seared skate which was delicate and nicely balanced by the caponata, very fresh. There is a nicely selection of wine. Finally, the wait staff was attentive and knowledgable in helping us sort out the menu options. We had a lovely evening and would definitely return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent lunch: value and quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I had a 3-course lunch here for the first time last week and thought it was excellent. Definitely one of the best business lunches I've had in DC in the past two years. I will definitely be returning.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • letsdineout
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Beautiful contemporary setting, option to dine in or out, attentive wait staff, delicious grilled vegetables and meatball appetizers, our grilled sausage entree was a bit too salty; you might want to select something else as there are many options; would have liked a second yummy profiterole for dessert. This was a very pleasant dining experience and we look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Ambience not so much the Food
    Denise
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I attended Bibiana's during restaurant week for dinner as I received a recommendation, however I was disappointed in the appetizer and entrée portion of my 3 course meal. The bread and dessert were great, but I wish I enjoyed my appetizer and entrée more. I had the Calamari for my appetizer and the Cod entrée. I did however eat what I could from the appetizer and entrée as I selected each dish. Unfortunately the dishes were not palatable for me, however someone else may have a different opinion. For the Entrée it was more of the garnishes and sides that were not the best. The Cod fish itself was actually good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Lunch
    ddeeds
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Went here for lunch during Restaurant Week. Seated outside immediately. Wait staff and management were very attentive and knowledgeable of the menu. The food is simple, amazing, and flavorful. It got better as each course progressed. I will definitely come back for both the food and the service.
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • quick business lunch
    quicklunch
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We arrived for our lunch reservation and were seated immediately. Because we were on a tight time schedule we needed to be served quickly. Food was great as was the service. We were never rushed, but had a great business lunch in the limited time we had.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed with Restaurant Week
    foodie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The Restaurant Week dinner menu was disappointing. I would suggest Bibiana not to participate, since it obviously has put almost no thought or heart into it. Calamari appetizer was good enough, but the roasted eggplant dish was a slap-dash affair. Pistachio cake was dry, even with cloyingly sweet ice cream on top, so I could only have one bite and no more. I was embarrassed to have recommended Bibiana to friends, and to talk up the restaurant.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Floor Manager
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Food was excellent. Pork shoulder did not require a knife. Peach desert heavenly. Tomatoes, yes tomatoes were incredibly fresh and juicy variety. Serving staff was great. But that floor manager as so on point! No details of the dining experience was overlooked. What more can you wish from any restaurant. One of the best!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Buon Appetito
    Tuckinalex
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food was superb and although it as Restaurant Week, we were not treated as second class citizens as some restaurants do during Restaurant Week. We had a wonderfully knowledgeable server who was friendly and attentive without overdoing it. 3-courses for $20.14. Starters: a Caprese salad, very fresh burrata, basil, ripe tomatoes, as it should be; the other was a grilled Antipasta Misto. I had Parmesan Risotto which was perfectly cooked. My guest had the best dish....grilled calamari stuffed with potatoes and served with squid ink and balsamic reduction. To die for. Dessert was a Cioccolato cake and a peach dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Home Run!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Have been to Bibiana several times now and Bibiana never ceases to deliver consistently wonderful food. Since soft shell crabs are in season now, they have been on the regular menu and Bibiana's soft shells are the best I've had anywhere--very nicely seasoned, crisp, and accompanied by roasted artichokes and asparagus! The lobster risotto was also fabulous--the al dente risotto was beautifully topped with the whole lobster meat out of the shell. Then came a special dessert--thinly sliced pickled green tomatoes and chopped cherry tomatoes with a blackberry sorbet and fresh blueberries. It sounds weird, but it was fantastic! I would rate Bibiana one of the top restaurants in DC for both creativity and consistent quality of the dishes.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LaurelCanyon2
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The appetizers were okay, but both of our main courses had to be sent back. My pasta was a gelatinous mess. I have to say the waiter did suggest I have something else. I should have listened to him. I would not recommend this restaurant, unless you just went for drinks.
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  • Excellent
    Matt
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    After a long day in the city we were really looking forward to some good food and Bibiana did not disappoint. Our server was polite, prompt, and informed regarding the dining menu and wine list. The food was creative, well executed, and delicious. If you enjoy italian food and wine, you really can't go wrong here. It's located a short walk from the National Mall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • BarbVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    outstanding black pasta with crab..everyone in our party was impressed with the food.
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  • Very mixed experience
    Foodie1960
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Had to send my main course back to the kitchen because it was too salty, a waiter dropped a tray of glasses, and I was double charged for a drink, which I only caught by luck. They were kind enough to take my dessert off of the bill and to offer a Liquour as an apology, but I think I must have been served the cheap lemon cello, as it was harsh and not very good tasting. I am quite certain there are better restaurants in town!
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  • Very fine, indeed!
    myotrevs
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Having moved out of DC, I come downtown less that I used to and had not been to Bibiana for 2 years. The wine list is expanded and less expensive than many; extensive too and arranged geographically...very nice! The four of us sampled one another's plate...all delicious! We are coming back, soon too! The food seemed more sure handed than I recall, really a treat! P.S. because of the (nice) weather we sat outside, so ambience was noisier and the service slightly less attentive (just because of geography) than had we been inside. Still, a 5-star experience!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The section of the restaurant we sat in was freezing. Great presentation but food was mediocre. We had a new server that was too shy to attend our table as we would have expected For example we had to ask for a drink (pre dinner cocktail)
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Romantic anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My husband and I visited Bibiana for the second time for our anniversary this year. Five stars! The service was excellent - attentive and personable without being overbearing. The food was fabulous. The ambiance was perfect for such a romantic occasion. We love Bibiana and plan to go back for future special occasions!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed Bibiana
    discerningtaste
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Bibiana is a wonderful restaurant and I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Northern Italian fare
    Carmine
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great pasta selection, great service, nice selection of wine, great espresso! Would definitely go back! Must try the squash blossoms!
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Most authentic Sicilian
    termini
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Bibiana' cibo is consistently superb. The young chef from Sicily and the osteria are surprisingly underrepresented in the Washington, DC scene. The most authentic Italian osteria in DC by far!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Excellent
    EatinoutinDC
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food and service were both very good, close to excellent. Three of the four of us ordered the fixed-price "tomato special" for $35, and were very pleased with the quality of the cuisine served. I noticed that the portion served of the one diner for the main course was substantially more copious than the main course of the fixed-price special, but I thought the amount served was fine. I would accent the quality of the cuisine and the service, plus the excellent ambiance. Also, the bathroom is really nicely decorated!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inventive well prepared food
    SRDuncan
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Inventive ingredient combinations, selections suitable for meat eaters and vegetarians. Gluten free pasta also available. Service was attentive and well informed. Dessert is a must.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Despite the reviews, for those prices I expect near perfection. My beet salad was both over and under cooked (hard and mealy beets). A fellow diner complained to the manager about the "fishy" taste to his lobster risotto and nothing was done about it. Just disappointed! Everyone else likes their meals just fine.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too salty
    taddiner
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food was good but the chef has a heavy hand with using salt. I sent the soup back and asked that they please make sure that the remainder of the courses be less salty. The remainder of the courses were less salty than the soup but still too salty. I would hesitate to come back because of the salt.
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    notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We dined at Bibiana on our first night in DC and had a momentous experience! Great food, wine, atmosphere and the staff is extraordinary!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great Food
    terpahmego
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    One of the best restaurants I have been to in quite a while. The rock fish, Rabbit and flank steak was ridiculously delicious. Everyone in our party of 4 was impressed. The waiter recommended a delicious wine and the the food and service was top notch. The menu is creative and a nice change from the often unimaginative offerings at some expensive restaurants. The food presentation was equally impressive. I highly recommend Bibiana.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We're one of those couples who eat out when we're just to tired to cook, about three times a week, at places where we expect good food, fair value and a quiet ambiance so we can talk. We'd been to Bibiana before, even taken our adult kids, so were surprised when on this visit the food was really not tasty. Husband's sweetbread appetizer was fine but the sauce so tart it tasted off. My soft shell crab was awful, the crab was moist but it tasted strongly as if it had been sauteed in old grease. Ugh. We both had the rabbit and were underwhelmed, cooked moist but the flavors not anything you'd want to come back for. Wish we'd gone to Tortino -- better food, warmer service. We will not be back - too expensive for it to be that off.
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  • Great Birthday Lunch
    acmendVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I recently had lunch at Bibiana with my parents to celebrate my birthday. Even with the World Cup playing at the bar, the waiter was very attentive and friendly. It wasn't too noisy - a woman next to us was reading a book while eating alone and on our other side was a large group having a business lunch. I ate the risotto and it was absolutely delicious. The lobster was tender and cooked perfectly while the risotto was very creamy. Definitely a great dining experience and I would be happy to eat there again.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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  • Second visit: still great
    MimiVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We have enjoyed two great meals here. They serve classic yet inventive modern Italian cuisine. All ingredients are top quality.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • we will go back...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    it was wonderful from beginning to end - welcoming staff, attentive and caring service, elegant ambience and creative, well executed menu
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    WhitAm
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Outstanding restaurant which continues to make delicious food
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    fit for foodies
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