Mapping Georgetown: A Food Writer’s Fond Reflections

As we stroll about Georgetown’s exciting blocks we often wonder “who are all of these fascinating people”? Often, they’re moving past us at a nice clip on foot or riding a scooter, bike or skateboard. Sometimes, however, the people who make our village vibrant are the ones behind the scenes who entice us into the many varied and delightful restaurants and food establishments that make life so special here.

Today we serve up a savory Mapping Georgetown story from one such resident, Olga Boikess. She’s one of the primary food writers for The Georgetowner.


Food writer for The Georgetowner, Olga Boikess. Courtesy Olga Boikess / Mapping Georgetown.

Olga Boikess’s Mapping Georgetown Story:

Food writer, Olga Boikess, shared her map-story with us. Courtesy Mapping Georgetown.

I lived on Olive St a few doors from Julia Child’s “yellow house” – but decades after she lived there. Another food denizen – the founder of the long-departed Georgetown Bagelry – was a neighbor. He recounted bringing a vintage bagel-mixer to D.C. I don’t know if it was his use of malt in a traditional dough recipe, or some residual compound in the mixer, or my imagination, but I thought the bagels had the ‘New York’ taste I remembered from my childhood growing up in Queens.

I am a retired lawyer, formerly a partner in a boutique Georgetown law firm. As local editor, I wrote/edited Zagat’s Washington D.C. Area Restaurant Survey from its first edition in 1986, until Google sold the brand a few years ago, as well as Zagat’s hotel guides and other projects. My food and restaurant articles have been featured in Where Magazine, and other publications.

Thank you, Olga, for your kind and gentle way of enhancing all of our Georgetown experience! Your influence is priceless!

To learn more about the Mapping Georgetown project see

To submit your Georgetown recollections to Mapping Georgetown go to  or visit the Georgetown Public Library to pick up a physical map-story form to fill out.

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