Del Ray Pizzeria recently opened Reserve 2216, which has a Southern flair, and now the same owners want to bring more Southern dishes to Del Ray with the long in the making new joint called ‘Stomping Ground’, which is located at 2309 Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray.
Via Gut Check
“You can do Southern food without being gravy-laden,” says Nicole Jones.
Jones, the creative force in the kitchen at Stomping Ground, an upcoming, Southern-style restaurant opening in Del Ray next month, wants to debunk the myth that all Southern cooking is mac and cheese and fried chicken. Jones says she plans for “healthy Southern recipes with Southern ingredients based in Southern tradition.”
Having spent her formative years in Georgia, Jones had always been interested in Southern cooking. Jones attended night classes at L’Academie de Cuisine and apprenticed as a line cook at D.C.’s Blue Duck Tavern before pairing up with Del Ray Pizzeria owners Sean Snyder and Erik Dorn for Stomping Ground. “This all happened in a weird series of events… I was there enjoying some nachos and a server said they were looking for a chef at a biscuit house.”
After an interview and a tasting, Jones committed to cooking for Stomping Ground. “This is my first time with a kitchen of my own… it’s exciting,” says Jones, who is paired with pastry chef Heather Roth, a former contestant on “Top Chef: Just Desserts.”
The name Stomping Ground is in reference to the familiarity and hyperlocal community feel that Jones wishes the restaurant to emote. “We want it to be the kind of place that you could go in your neighborhood and eat on a regular basis… it’s a synonym for your local neighborhood.”
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