Chef Five Bites: Todd and Ellen Gray

Today's edition of chef eats is a double dose from local food advocates and co-owners of the temporarily out-of-commission Equinox , Todd and Ellen Gray. Metrocurean was sad to hear the news, all the way in Asia, that Equinox suffered a bad fire Dec. 18. The Grays hope to reopen in mid February, and according to the web site, they are taking reservations starting Feb. 22. Wishing them a speedy and painless rebuild!

Here are Ellen Gray’s bites:

1. Ginger salad at Spices

2. A dozen mixed oysters at Old Ebbitt Grill

3. Hummus and pita bread at Lebanese Taverna

4. Falafel at Amsterdam Falafelshop

5. Chocolate and espresso buttercream cupcake at Buzz Bakery

And chef Todd Gray’s:

1. Any kind of mussels from Brasserie Beck

2. Buttermilk brined fried chicken at Market Salamander

3. The Chic P salad with whole grain bread at Sweetgreen

4. Chocolate salty oat cookie at Teaism

5. The rainbow roll at Spices

Previous Chef Five Bites: Cathal Armstrong, Dani Arana, David Guas, Josh Short, Michel Richard, Haidar Karoum, Ryan Morgan, Shannon Overmiller, Anthony Chittum, Jonathan Krinn & Jon Mathieson, Victor Albisu, Vatche Benguian, John Snedden, Nicholas Stefanelli, Travis Olson, Brian Robinson, Cliff Wharton, Alex Bollinger, Massimo Fabbri, Daniel Bortnick, Rob Weland, Olivier Perret, Dennis Marron, Dean Gold, Mike Isabella, Bryan Voltaggio, Geoff Tracy, Bart Vandaele, Rodney Scruggs, Clayton Miller, Alex McCoy, Steve Mannino, Will Artley, Kyle Bailey & Tiffany MacIsaac, Santosh Tiptur, Barton Seaver, Glenn Babcock, Antonio Burrell, Claudio Pirollo and Mickael Cornu, Wesley Morton, Scott Drewno