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  1. 11 points
    What a fantastic meal we had here on Friday evening. Compliments to @Tom Power and to @Mark Slater for amazing food and a great wine pairing.. It was seafood heavy - snapper bisque, lobster with grits, big eye tuna, crispy snapper (I had told them I don't eat beef), but there was some bison, too. It's very fresh, great ingredients, thoughtful preps. As mentioned above, the soups are to die for. I'm not a wine expert, but the group LOVED the pairings - everyone seemed to have a favorite - he picked some great light reds for the wines, and I really like that. I also think that it's great that the reds aren't served warm, like seems to happen at a lot of places. The service here is top notch - I felt like a VIP. I'm not posting photographs, because like Don's above, they don't come out great in the room we were in - the lighting is just not ideal for a food pornograph. And I'm not detailing everything, because I think the thread covers the hits very well. Finally, as far as why this place isn't packed every night - i.e. I got a prime time Friday reservation a week in a few weeks inadvance from Open Table. It's not the location - it's in a pretty good area. It's obviously not the food - the meal was fantastic. It's not the wine list - I mean, heck, we were pretty blown away at the price point we were at (I think it was a $55 pairing). Not sure exactly what it is. I guess it's not "novel" or "innovative" and it seems like the newer places that are hot in DC are ethnic, innovative (and I don't mean that in a positive or negative way), have a 'celebrity' chef. For whatever reason, just making great food at a fair price with great wine in a handsome dining room that you can easily have a conversation in isn't enough ... It sort of reminds of Chez Billy Sud (I mean of it being excellent but not really talked about) - great food, great wine, great service - but seems underappreciated. Here was our menu with pairings (Thanks, Mark for sending this!) Cremant de Bourgogne, Charles Duret Snapper Bisque Montagny Premier Cru "Les Jardins" Chateau Carey-Potet 2013 Lobster tail with heirloom grits, Soubise with Lobster Roe Anjou Rouge, Domaine Rousset-Moulier 2014 Crispy Red Snapper with Celery Root Chowder and Smoked Olive Oil Bourgogne Rouge, Domaine Comte Thibault Liger-Belair 2015 Rare Big Eye Tuna, sushi rice with Hijiki and sesame vinaigrette Chateau Bellevue, Lussac-Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2009 Bison strip with Rutabaga gratin and Vegetables Selection of Corduroy's Dessert Banyuls Reserva Domaine La Vielle Tour Tokaji 5 Puttonyos, Royal Tokaji Wine Company
  2. 7 points
    So I see there hasn't been a lot of posts on Le Diplomate in recent years and I too have made the mistake of not going there in a long time. I fixed that problem last weekend and you should too. The place is still packed but for good reason - great quality food, service, and huge portions. I was lucky and noticed a last minute opening for a reservation for an early dinner and we jumped on it and rushed over. Really excellent experience. The staff was very friendly and nice to our 2 young kids. Cocktails were good but leaned toward more classic then innovative. I had their riff on a French 75 and my wife had the vodka based one - hers was better. The bread basket is still really great - I loved that nut and cranberry bread. The good bread continued with a really nice cheese course appetizer - the goat with the spiced honey and marcona almonds went especially well with the blueberry nut toasts that came with it. The applesauce like spread in the middle of the cheese plate was ok but all 3 cheeses we had were very nice. The kids shared the half roasted chicken which is not only cooked nicely with moist meat and crisp skin but has a really flavorful pan sauce (went great with fries dipped in it). We subbed the mash potatoes that come with it for the excellent haricot vertes coated in butter. Perfectly crisp flavorful beans indulgent with butter - hmmm. My wife's main was the huge steak frite. The steak was charred nicely and cooked to a perfect medium rare. She really enjoyed it. It comes with a whole huge plate of fries enough for 4 people. I opted for 2 appetizers for my entree which was completely over-ordering. The apps are really large and depending on which one you get, 1 could be an entree. My luck - I ordered 2 large ones. The salt cod brandade whipped with mashed potatoes and served warm in a skillet with a baguette was very good. I saved the best for last and really loved the mushroom tart. It is basically a mini-pizza but on flaky tart crust spread with truffles, topped with small rustic mushrooms and heavily sprinkled with cheese. It was divine. I could eat this once a week. We were stuffed and skipped dessert but it was tempting. It was a pretty reasonable price too since I had the most amazing leftover lunch of the second half of my 2 apps the next day. So if you haven't been or haven't been in a while and like French bistro - head back again soon. The only word of caution is be prepared to have an awkward conversation with your kids when they see the naked lady photos in the bathroom.
  3. 5 points
    He hasn't logged on here in years (since he moved to MI, probably), but the Amit interviewed in Tim's article is our own @xcanuck.
  4. 5 points
    Few things first - 1) Safety - Mexico as a country is very, very unsafe .. for Mexicans. Americans do run into some crime there, specifically pickpocketing. However, murders of Americans are rare. Mexico city, however, is a pocket of 'relative' safety with murder rates somewhat higher than NYC (which has become quite a safe city), but lower than St. Louis, New Orleans, Atlanta, Baltimore, or Detroit (to name some comparatively unsafe cities). I think you take similar precautions as you do anywhere - don't search for drugs or prostitution, try to take registered cabs or Uber, don't get inebriated far from your hotel, avoid areas that are known to be unsafe, and don't talk to unsavory people that may come up to you. 2) Transportation - this is a BEAR. Traffic is like large Asian cities - relentless and non-stop unless early morning or late night. We did not even try the public transportation, because it's relatively inexpensive to take certified taxis - the pink and white ones or Uber. Most rides within the city cost between $30 and $60 pesos, which is $1.70 to $3.25 USD. In high traffic areas, they come relatively quickly but may not be able to reach you because of all the one way streets, and they can't call you because you have an international number. So, we got 'dropped' several times. 3) Location - because of transportation, this is crucial. Central locations include La Condesa, Roma, and Polanco. You're 1 to 5 miles from everywhere... but 5 miles can take 40 minutes, easy. So, when you are trying to go to further out locations, you may have long journeys mid day (like the Coyacoan Market, which we didn't get to b/c it was going to take so long). 4) Street food - is so omnipresent from 7am til after midnight. You can have be full for somewhere around $1 to $3 - like stuffed. It's safe, people don't really get sick like in other countries, and it's very high quality. I think you can eat at these stands the entire trip and not go wrong - for savories, sweets, fruit juices/shakes, and desserts. But, it's probably nice to mix in some fine dining, too. Landed mid day, and took a taxi to the city at 1.15pm and it took 45-50 minutes to get to our hotel (Hotel Marquis Reforma). The same trip took us 15 minutes yesterday early AM. We dropped our bags and took an Uber to fancy restaurant number one - Fonda Mayora, and we didn't have a reservation. It was Thursday, so no issue - we sat at the bar and ordered. We got some ceviche, soft shell crab tacos, and roasted pork with a yellow mole. Not conventional/tipico, but very beautifully plated and delicious. With a few drinks, the whole meal was around $30-40 (I think, because she would not let me pay for anything). After, we walked around the neighborhood and though stuffed, we ran into a street stand serving birria (roasted goat or sheep), and I crushed one of those. 40 cents USD!! Amazing. In the evening, we went to downtown/Centro to the Torre Latinoamerica. To go to the top and avoid paying the fee, just ask to go to the restaurant instead of the observation deck. You get a beautiful panoramic view of the city, but have to buy a drink, of course. The food actually didn't look bad, but we were stuffed. We finished there and walked over to a craft beer bar/gastropub called La Hilaria and had a drink there. Then, I really wanted to try pulque - a fermented agave drink that has become quite popular with the hipsters, though older folks have drank it forever. We went to La Cueva to try it, a neat bar in an alley downtown. It's milky but not dairy, thick, viscous, and lightly alcoholic (I think around 3-4%). You buy it by the half liter or higher increments (some people had 2 liter mammoths on their tables). I liked it, sister did not. We were pretty exhausted and decided to go home, and while walking to the main street, we ran into a lady selling 'esquites' which is like elote, but it's off of the cob. It's served with cheese, crema (mayo), chili powder, lime. Very creamy, and very good. $1 USD. And because I'm a glutton, when the tamale guy passed on his bike, I got one of those and ate that at the hotel - 80 cents USD! Not a big tamale guy - I mean they are pretty good, but nothing I needed to have another one of. The next morning, we planned to go to the pyramids at Teotihuacan. We had breakfast at a local spot in La Condesa that had a sign that said "Tacos Guisados" on it, but I don't think that was the name. We had chilequiles and coffee. The traditional morning coffee in DF is cafe de olla, which is coffee with cinammon. It's pretty tasty. The chilequiles were different than I expected, b/c the tortilla chips are in liquid and softened already, so there isn't that crispiness that I expected, but it was still fantastic. On the walk back to the hotel, there was a taco stand that was quite popular, and I couldn't help but get some al pastor. It was delicious - and the salsas can be very spicy. There was one that I pointed at, and the guy just said "no, muy pica" and pointed to a different one that burned my mouth. To get to the pyramids, you can take a public bus and I talked to some Americans that did that with no issue. This costs around $5. My sister decided we would get a tour guide/private driver and that was substantially more, and with our limited time I think it was a good call. Just ask your hotel the morning of, and they should be able to figure something out. I'm not sure if you could Uber there and back, because it's a bit remote. It took 45 minutes to get there, and wow! These are beautiful and interesting, with so much history. They were built pre-Christ and weren't in the greatest shape or much of a tourist site, until probably the '60s - '70s. They did substantial renovation and are continuing to do so. On a Friday morning, it was quite busy, and I heard on the weekends it's a zoo. We spent a few hours there, and then went to the Basilica de Guadalupe in the north end of DF, the site of the miracle of Juan Diego. Very neat, though the modern basilica next to the original one leaves a bit to be desired in terms of architecture. After this, sis had found this seafood joint - El K-Guamo - which has various locations in the Centro. This place blew my mind - fresh, fresh seafood and a fun atmosphere. We a had a mixed seafood tostada and a mixed seafood quesadilla (which is not our version of a quesadilla - this is called a 'gringo'; this is a folded over tortilla stuffed with good things - but does not always include cheese, interestingly). Both were incredibly tasty. They offered a cracker with ceviche as a starter, gratis, and that was awesome, too. Per usual, after this meal, we walked around and were seduced by another taco stand. This was a carnitas joint, and they chopped up tasty pig parts. We LOVED this - it was crispy and tender, fatty and meaty, and just perfect. And, then of course, we had to get dessert, so we went to the churro place that my sister had wanted to try - El Moro. It's freshly made and with a chocolate sauce, and is good as you think it will be. We had to go back and lay down, haha. The evening plan was to go to a Lucha Libre show (Mexican wrestling with those crazy masks!!), and prior to that we stopped by a very happening place called La 20. It's a chain, huge mezcal / tequila list, and is very scene-y. Not what we had in mind, but it was recommended by a family friend and our concierge, so we checked it out. It's fine - you felt like you were at a snazzy tequileria in Chicago or something. Nothing I'd go back to, but you if you are of gentle stomach and not quite so adventurous, it's still fairly legit and many locals go there. We didn't have tickets to the show, so we took an Uber there hoping to get them at the box office, as was recommended on many blogs. Scalpers typically sucker me, and it happened here - a friendly canelo haired gentleman had 2 tickets in the 10th row for $250 peso ($13 USD) each, and we were a bit concerned about them being fake. He actually walked us over to the ticket guy who scanned them as real, and we paid the man. What a scene inside! Groups of friends, many tourists, people on dates, and many, many families were there. it's a spectacle - people yelling PUTO and CULERO!! when the wrestlers come out, choregraphed fights and jumps and violence ensued, with the good guys winning some times, but the bad guys winning, as well. The beers flow freely and cheaply, and they have many people selling different snacks (American style nacho and cheese, Doritos, tortas). We stayed for a bit over half (1.5 hour) and then tried to get home. We had a lot of trouble getting a car/taxi - so ended up walking for a bit, found a cantina with live music. It was a hoot, but we were exhausted and finally got a taxi home. The next day was to be our big meal, so we had a light breakfast at a famous bakery - Panaderia Rosetta - we went to the Roma Norte location and had a few different pastries - one figure 8 with cheesy filling and and a guava roll. Both were flaky and perfect. We took a long stroll in this area, stopping at some galleries, and being teased by incredible street food - it was barbacoa day (Saturday) and so many people were serving it with that fantastic consomme, but we held firm until our big lunch which was at Pujol in the Polanco area. Note that there is a new location, but the Uber app seems to take you to the old one (happened to another couple we met), and so if you try to go then just put in the address, not the name. This meal was an absolute pleasure. It's a 6 course feast - 4 you choose, and 2 are chosen for you. The first course was 'street food' and was a mini gordita plus baby corn roasted with a tasty sauce (should not have asked what was in the sauce, because there were definitely ants). The next four dishes were yoooge! This was not 6 small plates. Any 2-3 would have been fine for lunch, so by the time we got to the lamb chops and the duck (that was probably the best course) we could not imagine having any more. And then, yet, there was more. They had this great mole - two concentric circles of it - one was in the middle and made fresh that day, and the circle around it was the same mole, but cooked every day for the last 5 years! It was much darker and earthy but not very 'bright' or spicy. Separately, the fresh mole tasted brighter and spicier, but they tell you to try both and then to mix them up. Mixed, it was fabulous - it mellows the newer one and infuses the older one. Loved it, but were so stuffed. And, yet, there was still another course. They asked us to go outside and enjoy dessert on the terrace, and though it was a way for them to increase turnover, it turns out to be some 'forced socialization' with guests, as they seat you with others. There is a pre-dessert (pulque ice cream palate cleanser), whatever you chose (I got roasted pineapple), and post-dessert (churros!). This was not an inexpensive meal - without drinks the pre-fixe menu is a little over $100 USD, and drinks are not cheap. But, well worth it, up there with Gaggan in terms of international tasting menus. Tragically, we could not make it for barbacoa, as she was just too full. We planned on just hanging at hotel and "Knocked Up" was on, so that was no problem for me. But, the cable went out, and we add a little bit of energy so we walked over to a cocktail bar that everyone on the internet talks about - La Clandestina. It was too crowded, so we were taken to the bar next door which had similar drinks and the same kitchen. We both had tasty Mezcal cocktails, and they gave us some Oaxacan cheese gratis, b/c the drinks took forever. It's just string cheese, never order it. And that was all, folks! What an incredible send-off by my sister - celebrating the end of my long and illustrious bachelorhood. She is the sweetest, kindest, and most thoughtful person I know. I couldn't be blessed more. She is one of my best friends, my most enthusiastic fan, and supportive of me always. She thinks about me all the time, about me being happy and healthy, and worries about me like a mom would, and yet she's 8 years younger than me. I had to hide tears as I left the taxi in the morning on Sunday, and I just hope that we can still keep taking these trips until we are two old fogies... Love you, Sheena!
  5. 5 points
    The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm has been on my list of places to try for quite awhile. I enjoyed Tarver King's cooking at the Ashby Inn and enjoyed it even more at Patowmack Farm. What a beautiful location, great service, wonderful flavor combinations! Currently they have three RDV wines available, by the glass. My group enjoyed the RDV Friends & Family and Rendezvous (sorry, but I do not recall the vintages). Per one of the waitresses, this is for a limited time only, and is because they will be having an RDV dinner 22 March. I inquired and there are still reservations available for the RDV dinner. I definitely want to return and try their Sunday Suppers and brunch. The outline of last night's menu, as borrowed from their website, with the details that I can recall (maybe I should take notes!). The first two courses were good but it was the last seven courses that impressed me. Snacks seed bread & cashew butter burdock root and a few other items Trading With The Piscataway Tribe “Cream of Mushroom Soup” this soup was delicious as was the croissant that came along with it Sea Scallop wonderful combination of textures and flavors “Bait Fish” included a small piece of fish on a skewer Sunflower this course contained lamb (from a solar powered farm), sunchokes, sunflower seeds, and a few other components Digestif lemon posset, Fernet-Branca gelée, sorrel Cheddar and Apples butter cake, quark, ice cream, dehydrated apple chip, pickled apple and finish with Sweet Little Bites caramel, lemon(?) & fennel pâte de fruit, mini cake, toffee with chocolate ganache
  6. 5 points
  7. 5 points
    I had dinner at Corduroy two weeks ago - you're going to see why I've had it ranked in Bold since day one. We ordered a really nice bottle of 2008 Bourgeuil, but if you can get pairings, so much the better. These were from the tasting menu - I wasn't going to post them because they don't represent just how good (and ample) the dishes were. We were also so stuffed that we waved the white flag despite having more courses coming (one dish (not pictured) was taken home, and we would have had another coming had we not surrendered). Note: I was with a first-timer, so I specifically requested the Lobster Bisque and the Big Eye Tuna to be thrown into the mix. People forget that Tom Power was Chef de Cuisine at Citronelle in Baltimore, and I'm pretty sure he once worked with Gerard Pangaud (Gerard specifically told me that he thinks Tom is a great cook). And you can bet your bottom dollar that he'll be working the line, too - you can call to make sure he isn't on vacation, but as many times as I've dined at Corduroy (30 maybe?), I don't ever remember not seeing him there. I wrote this over 14-years ago.
  8. 4 points
    After meeting Mark Dedrick for corndogs (as in, National Corndog Day!) and college hoops at the local watering hole, I decided to check out some new places on the strip of my old hood. Some fried oysters at Po Boy Slim. A rum old-fashioned and some pickled okra at Hill Prince. And finally, dinner at SMN. Started of with fried oysters, which were delicious. Next, grilled duck liver over a leaf salad, with macerated cherries. Duck livers seem to be twice as big as chicken livers. Again, delicious. Main course was a pillowy potato gnocchi in pork headcheese sauce, topped with microplaned Parmesan. Incredibly light, this was like eating pork cotton candy. Finally, had an apple crisp with vanilla ice cream. I probably had no business eating all of that, but hey, it's been a tough month! This is my favorite spot on H Street NE proper, still.
  9. 4 points
    Chef @Tom Power whips up magnificent soups! When I used to serve at Corduroy, I used to describe the cauliflower parmesan soup as a cozy velveteen blanket on a chilly winter day. Delish.
  10. 4 points
    Congratulations are in order! Winner of the Open Savoury Company category at the World Pasty Championships in Cornwall, England.
  11. 4 points
    hello don rockwell community! my name is tina, and i’ve taken over the social media interface for 2amys, hopefully in an informative, helpful way. (e.g., posting pics as often as possible on insta/fb, and keeping the website updated with all available menus, etc) a teeny bit about me: i worked for peter at obelisk for 18 yrs as his DR manager. what an amazing job that was!!! i learned to cook passably by osmosis, dealt with a wide variety of ppl both on the industry/consumer side, and had a ball the whole time—even when i was weeded within an inch of sanity. bc of this long term relationship, i (mostly) understand the quirks/awesomeness that 2amys presents. i will try to answer your questions (or get answers if i don’t know), convey your beefs, pass along your compliments...any/all things. look forward to getting to know you!
  12. 4 points
    i loved the tete de moine when we had it about six weeks ago; the honey was truffled, which added a lovely earthy element, and the hazelnut puree underneath was nicely salty. (p&p has always done well with plated cheese courses.) it was one of the best dishes of the night, along with the beet beggar's purse, the abalone, and the fennel sorbet. i've always enjoyed p&p, but the last few meals haven't left us quite as impressed as the first few, for no reason that i can clearly articulate. but looking at my list of favorites from our january meal, maybe the answer is that the dishes are very delicious but lack the wow factor that i want to call something a truly amazing dish? cheese, truffled honey, and salty nut flavors are a great combination, but also not unusual. same with the pasta: beets, caramelized onions, egg yolk, and cheese make for unctuous delight, but not wonder. in contrast, a recent celebratory dinner at komi was the best meal i've had there in recent memory, and affirmed komi's place as my favorite fine dining restaurant in dc.
  13. 4 points
    We had a nice evening and a great meal at A Rake's Progress over President's Day weekend. We got the reservation a couple weeks in advance, but they were very flexible when we called the night of to see if we could eat a bit earlier. I'm a huge fan of Woodberry Kitchen, so I've been excited for Spike's DC restaurant to open. A Rake's Progress is more formal than Woodberry, but maintains much of the family feel. The staff seems to buy in to what Spike is doing, which is a big part of what I've always enjoyed about my visits to Woodberry Kitchen. We started with 1/2 dozen Chesapeake Oysters, which are served with miniature bottles of cocktail sauce, mignonette, and hot sauce. The oysters were decently sized and very good. Next was the ham board with 3 different types of aged ham, arranged from oldest to youngest. I wasn't taking notes and it has been a couple weeks, so I don't remember exactly what was served. It was delicious and the small sweet potato biscuits, gougeres, and peach jam served with it were fantastic. Next we ordered the Bacons & Greens (aka Greens & Bacon) from the Small Plates section. Our server explained that the dish's name was an homage to the poem "Bacon and Greens" by Bakus Huntington. This dish involved kale, pork belly, and pork rinds with pot liquor poured over the plate at the table. I would highly recommend ordering this if it's on the menu. We shared the Kilt Salad with a hot bacon mustard dressing, served with an egg and crisped ham. It's brought and presented tableside and then taken to a central station to be tossed. The salad was more than enough for two to share. The salad was slightly overdressed, but very enjoyable. Finally, we finished with a Pork Porterhouse, supplied by Parts & Labor in Baltimore. The meat was very good but to my surprise the star of this dish were the sides. The whipped sweet potatoes and grilled brussels sprouts may have been the best bites I took all night. As many have noted, the dessert menu is quirky and endearing. We opted to skip dessert, but they brought us a very miniature cake since we were there celebrating a special occasion. I can't find a drink menu online and didn't snap a photo, but I had a rum punch that featured the verjus they're using as a citrus substitute, which was ok. The second cocktail I had was made with egg whites and fish peppers--it had some spice to it--fantastic. I so wish I remembered more details but will update this if I find a drink menu! Overall, I really enjoyed my first visit to A Rake's Progress. The prices will probably keep it from being a frequent destination for me, but I'll certainly be back and may have a new favorite place for a special occasion meal. I'm very curious to eat at the bar where the food is a bit simpler and more affordable.
  14. 4 points
    Inspired by TrelayneNYC: Spare ribs braised in marinara served on fettuccine. OMG. So good. Accompanied by a pear and Gorgonzola salad and roasted zucchini. I did not post pictures because my presentation would never live up to the standards of my Don Rockwell colleagues… But that inspiration created a beautiful meal. MMy best friend, who cooks for me, and I cook for her, said this is one of the best meals I've ever made for her. SCORE!
  15. 4 points
    I read the Bethesda Magazine article and re-read this thread. I've come to the conclusion that the main reason this restaurant will likely fail is due due to a poor concept and what appears to be below-average food. Not due to a bad review from Tom Sietsema. For what it's worth, the majority of the comments below the Bethesda Magazine article agree with my opinion. I'm of the belief that if a restaurant puts out good, creative food at a fair price point, it is more likely to succeed. That is the primary driver. Can an early review affect the outcome of success? Absolutely. These guys should concentrate on the food and prices and stop complaining about something they can't control (or maybe could have if they made good food?). The thing that I have not seen mentioned in the thread is though these brothers are by definition a family business, they have four restaurants in Bethesda. They are seasoned veterans and not some poor first time start-up. Bold Bite has been successful enough that they have opened two more in DC. 202 Donuts is always busy and is ranked highly. They also just opened TacoArepa in Bethesda. They look like they are making money hand and foot. These guys were not born yesterday and know how the game is played. Family business? I'd call it family chainlet. Looking at the menu of R Family, the cornerstone is "sizzle plates" of either salmon, chicken or steak with one side for $17-$20. Given that many us can probably make something similar for 1/3 the cost, this is not going to fly with the public, who want to go out for something unique and not something they can make at home. And when the long-time food critic says the food isn't even that good, well, shame on them. I understand that Tom is not perfect and his reviews have a lot of sway. But I don't think his reviews are the main driver on whether a restaurant succeeds or not in the vast majority of cases. He has reviewed many restaurants over the years in the first month or two of operation that have received stellar reviews. When you are open and charging full prices, you are ready to be reviewed. That these experienced and successful restaurateurs are whining because of a poor early review is a deflection of blame and disingenuous.
  16. 3 points
    Came to suburban Detroit to plan wedding stuff with my family, and after gorging ourselves at Loui’s Pizza (Detroit Pizza is real, people! Give it a shake), we got home and while eating sis’ delicious pecan bars for dessert, we threw on episode 1 of “Ugly Delicious” which focused on pizza. It’s Chang, a food writer, and the chef at Lucali’s looking at pizza in America and abroad. Very cool show, thoughtful, the pace is not frenetic and jokey like Bourdain or the new Rosenthal show (which is awesome, too). Chang comes of very “real” and instead of a “too cool for school” vibe, he’s more like me - he’s a “liker”, not very arrogant, and open minded. The chef plays the foil, trying to define things that don’t need defining, and the writer is the go between. Chang created Lucky Peach, and it was a publication for true food nerds. This show has the same elements. It’s not brash. It’s filmed “soft”. It’s very enjoyable. Starting episode 2... he likes quesadillas more than tacos. WTF?? I need to hear more...
  17. 3 points
    I picked up carryout the other night before the impeding storm. I noticed that the Filipino spot next door was closed and that there were building permits posted in the windows. I asked the person who helped me at Big Wang what was going in and he said that they were taking over the space and were essentially doubling their size (which is already on the large side). He said they will be open in about 2 months and will have an expanded menu.
  18. 3 points
    Just FYI, but we were there 2 nights before Simul. We also went for the tasting menu, but other than some ingredient overlaps (and the bisque), we had a completely different meal than they did, and different pairings as well. The core menu at Corduroy may be static, but when you get the tasting menu, which is a steal at $70 for 5 courses, you definitely get a different experience.
  19. 3 points
    We stuffed ourselves Friday night for $100 pp. We had (i) scallop carpaccio, (ii) ankimo, (iii), chu toro sashimi, (iv) tuna nuta, (v) grilled intestine, (vi) ara yaki, (vii) chicken meatballs, and (viii) yakitori (not pictured and I didn't try it). Everything I tried except the scallops were reallly delicious. I thought the scallops were way too thick to be called carpaccio, and I just didn't like the flavors of these particular scallops. They also mislabeled intestines as tripe. Of the two pieces of intestines I tried, one was really chewy, while the other was really nice. If I had to pick 1 tuna dish, I'd pick the tuna nuta over the chu toro, probably because I love shiso and the miso sauce was fantastic. Also can't go wrong with ara yaki if you like to gnaw on fish bones. ETA: Apparently, in Japanese, it's listed as intestines but it was mistranslated in English.
  20. 3 points
    Little Caesers played the odds... And lost (although it's likely the insurance company and the local employees).
  21. 3 points
    A few friends and I went to check out The Block last weekend. Overall, fun atmosphere, lots of choices and good food. We got there at 11:45 on a Sunday and by noon all seats were taken. Lots of people also just stopping in to get something to go. We tried pork belly buns (good, but the pork could have been a bit more tender), chicken nuggets (deliciously crispy and spicy), chicken rice (my favorite), poke (didn't try this one but everyone else was impressed), Thai tea boba (I'm a sucker for this anywhere, but this was a very good version), and ice cream (good stuff, especially the coconut). The ice cream place does donut sandwiches, but we were too full. I like the anachronism of this place in its location. Our country would be much better off if abandoned stripmalls everywhere were converted to Asian food halls.
  22. 3 points
    I'm having the DC Dining Guide completely revamped, from top to bottom, for the first time ever. We've made it down to Shaw, and I was struck by how many restaurants have closed in recent times: Mockingbird Hill, Shaw Bijou, Drift on 7th, Eat the Rich, 1905, Southern Efficiency, Thally, not to mention older closings such as Dickson Wine Bar, Mr. P's Ribs and Fish, Axum, and Table. Yes, there's Convivial, and also three of those closures were essentially one Ruppert/Brown restaurant - still, things don't seem quite as heady as they were just a few years ago. It's largely intuitive, but I'm on this stuff about ten hours a day, and I'm just "sensing" less activity, and that sense was bolstered last night by the reality of the Dining Guide. This is why I voiced my post in the form of a question, rather than a statement. Still, other than Convivial, I don't see any restaurant in Shaw that I would run to; I think Mount Vernon Square (or, West Convention Center - whatever you want to call it) is the most intriguing area in DC right now - granted, that could be considered "Shaw South," but it's also pulling downward from U Street, and eastward from Logan Circle, and arguably includes Convivial. I think the Marriott Marquis might be tugging things a bit to the West: I think Tom Power is something of a Warren Buffett when it comes to DC real estate - I thought he was insane for sinking so much money into that townhouse, but right now he's batting 3-for-3 in real estate ventures. I try to keep my personal feelings out of things like this, but I'd be lying if I said that in this non-inflationary economy, I didn't think a real estate correction was coming - if it comes, things will retreat towards blue-chip areas, and West Convention Center, supported by the Marriott Marquis, is about as blue chip as it gets right now - investors and restaurateurs know this. But to answer your question succinctly, I wouldn't have even written this post if the spate of recent Shaw closures wasn't pointed out to me last night, during the Dining Guide update. I haven't been sitting around pondering this. Plus, it's impossible not to notice the long-term, downward trend in Restaurant Openings (thanks to cheezpowder). The 2013 list didn't even begin until March 1st, and even with that, there has been a five-, going-on six-year downward trend. No, the list isn't "official," but it's as close as you're going to get without scouring city records, and it includes both suburban VA and MD. What she has done has been nothing short of remarkable. One thing I've noticed over thirteen years doing this is that restaurant activity has been a very reliable leading indicator of things to come. For those into technicals (I don't pretend to understand them), we may have hit a double top in 2015 and 2018 - only time will tell.
  23. 3 points
    Google how to eat Banh Xeo before you order one. In short, you're supposed to cut up the Banh Xeo, wrap it in lettuce with herbs, and dip in sauce. It makes a world of difference in flavor. If you just eat the Banh Xeo like an omelette, it's pretty bland. I haven't found a way of eating it neatly yet. You will need lots of lettuce, so I ask for extra. Some restaurants charge you for extra lettuce. Banh Xeo is one of my favorite Vietnamese dishes.
  24. 3 points
    Don Rockwell peeps! Tonight is Fried Anchovy Bones Night. It is beyond delicious: deep fried, crispy, salty, anchovy heaven. If you've never tried this cheap bar treat ($4), you really, really should brave the crowds and get in here. Also out of the (different) fryer: Carciofi alla Giudia. See the video clip of them bouncing away in oil on our Instagram page. Wait, that's not all! It's also Tuscan Steak Night: 28oz of 3 week dry aged sirloin served with spinach and potatoes for $35. I'll just leave this right here...
  25. 3 points
    Was able to grab a quick lunch today based on a friend's recommendation. The Espositos is located adjacent to the entrance to Fairfax HS, directly across the street from PJ Skidoos. If you are looking for a very casual approach to fresh Italian food, try it. The owner welcomed me to their restaurant when I arrived and and took a moment to thank me when I left. The server was great and recommended the Chicken Francaise, I got a side of spaghetti with meat sauce so I could try their fresh pasta. The chicken (2 thin breasts) was extremely flavorful, as was the sauce. The side pasta with meat sauce was good by itself. She offered me their house, spicy (but not too much), olive oil with a basket of fresh bread - also another nice complimentary touch. Atmosphere is nothing special, as I mentioned before, it is very casual. The people were nice, food was excellent and I will be back.
  26. 3 points
    My time in Delhi was all too short, and I didn’t have time to even scratch the surface of India. That said, I enjoyed two wonderful meals at restaurants our host recommended. The first was Delhi Durbar and the second was Gulati. The food in both places was incredible—the names of most dishes we’re familiar to me, but the flavors and spices were much more pronounced, and the preparation was better than any other Indian restaurant I’ve tried (USA, UK, Australia). I also learned that I could order a dosa for breakfast in our hotel, and that was outstanding as well. The hotel food was generally excellent, but the pricing was at least triple the cost of food served in the external restaurants I tried. I will post a few pictures after I reduce the size of the files. Edit: pics posted on Instagram. Look for #dontockwelldotcom hashtag
  27. 3 points
    So I did not see this (Voltaggio Brothers Steakhouse) listing and figured it may help those when planning a visit to the area. Reservations here non-existent two weeks out so we did the next best thing and got there about 4:45 (they open at 5 PM), and scored a table in the bar area. If you are OK eating in a "lounge" type environment it is fine; chairs are cushy and tables are low. The wait staff was attentive, but not overbearing and knowledgeable. My only gripe was it took about 30 minutes to get our drinks (mixed and wine, so nothing complicated) when we got there, but after that the food from salad and apps to dinner was timed properly without issue. Caesar Salad (interesting twist with the anchovy hushpuppies) Beefsteak Tomato Heart Salad Oysters Rockefeller - Since they were green the presentation was inspiring, but flavor was excellent) Parker House Rolls and Cheddar Biscuits - if you remember the Parker House rolls from CitiZen, they are not that good, but good in their own right. Filets - Wagyu beef was very flavorful. Scalloped Potatos We did not have dessert as we were catching a show and ran short on time. I would go back, when we have more time - plan on spending ~$100/person with a drink.
  28. 3 points
    I had wanted to try Linda's Cafe for a while, and so today we went. I have this little counter diner in my hometown, and this was the Arlington version in a good way. I got Linda's omelette, it was a decent omelette, homefries were really crispy which I love, and toast. It wasn't a revelation, but it was good, just what I wanted. Hubby had a turkey club and deemed it almost as good as his absolute favorite turkey club, which is pretty big for him. I agree it did look great. The fries with his sandwich were great. I saw the burger at another table and I am going back to try that. I can't wait to take my Mom to the Arlington version of Englander's.
  29. 3 points
    Dinner menu for six for March 4, 2018: Assorted crackers Cheese plate (smoked Gouda, cheddar cheese, goat cheese) Marinated olives Deep-fried anchovies Lamb tagine with Castelvetrano olives and saffron Couscous with aromatic vegetables (celery, carrot, onion) and currants Harissa Preserved lemon Braised green beans and broccolini with anchovy, Meyer lemon and rosemary Homemade chocolate ice cream for dessert
  30. 3 points
    We had drinks Saturday night at the bar and asked as I had not had any luck getting a reservation. We were told that the Hotel holds a certain number of reservations for guests. They release them at 4:30 each day so suggested if we wanted a day of reservation, we should try after 4:30.
  31. 3 points
    Hi! I am Mandy Delk. My husband, Mitch, and I are food lovers. We have thoroughly enjoyed witnessing the tremendous growth of the dining scene in DC over the past 27 years since moving from NYC. Although we count many in the food industry as friends, we are simply two people who love good food. Clearly we have a lot to learn, as we had never heard of Don Rockwell until we met a lovely couple at the bar at 2 Amy's and started comparing "favorite" spots. We owe them! Looking forward to learning more from all of you!
  32. 3 points
    @MichaelBDC received a very generous gift card to Pineapple and Pearls for Christmas and we wanted to use it before prices went up. We were able to snag a reservation for the bar on the one Saturday in February they were open. In an attempt to contain costs (the gc did not cover the full amount), I did the wine pairing while Michael sipped on a glass of wine. The meal was nearly perfect and lived up to the hype (and price tag). A few pictures of the menu and most aesthetically pleasing, but not necessarily the best, dishes are below: The very good and creative chip & dip was a fun and flavor-filled way to start the evening. The abalone panda cotta with royal ossetia caviar was my absolute favorite dish of the evening. Beggar's Purse with Egg Yolk & Gold Leaf. Pasta was made with beets and the liquid underneath was parmesan broth. This was @MichaelBDC's favorite course. Cheese course. You could hardly tell. Incredibly rich. We had originally wanted to go for my birthday but Pineapple and Pearls wasn't open that evening so I made the reservation for a week later. We went out on my actual birthday anyway so this was a second celebration of sorts. We were so stuffed at this point, we ended up taking half the cake and the chocolates home with us.
  33. 3 points
    Liz is one of the finest humans on earth and was truly a pioneer in Del Ray. She will be missed. And, fortunately, the custard hasn’t missed a beat.
  34. 3 points
    Modern Israeli for the win The restaurant will be called Sababa. Looks like it will be more in line with the casual-er Bindaas model.
  35. 3 points
    Exactly, this is key. Go straight through to one of the cutters (I tend to go to like #5 or 6). Too many people either mill around by the door confused, or settle for one of the tables with servers.
  36. 3 points
    I will take this a sign to have my 44th at Le Bernardin this year! Happy Birthday to me!
  37. 3 points
    we got dinner at the bar last night. Everything was great (the hostess even scouted out two seats for us when it was full) but two main observations: the drinks here are much better than they used to be and that chicken is not only still by far the best roast chicken in DC, it's also on the very short list of best dishes in DC.
  38. 2 points
    I'm heading to JTNP in a couple of weeks. Good tips! We are planing one longer hike up Ryan Mountain and several of the shorter loop hikes. looking forward to it!
  39. 2 points
  40. 2 points
    Woo Lae Oak is good, Han Gang depends on what you like to order IMO.. Honey Pig just seems overly marinated, you can't enjoy the flavor of the actual meat...used to be very good but as it popularized something about it changed
  41. 2 points
    Pleasant dinner at Addies last night. Both Addies mussels and fried Oysters were as good as I remembered. Also shared seared scallops and an Addies salad, both very good. Overall one of the better places in Rockville/Potomac/Call-it-what-you-want area. Very large place, I hope they get a good lunch crowd so they stay in business as I am sure rent is high and build out wasn't cheap.
  42. 2 points
    I never knew this place had an upstairs bar. And that's where I sat. Ordered a Dark 'N Stormy variant as well as a basket of fried oysters. Pleasant, nothing fancy, which is exactly what I want sometimes. I ate more of the fries than I had previously authorized myself to eat, they seemed fried in peanut oil. I will be back when I'm in the mood.
  43. 2 points
    Bun Bo Hue is best Vietnamese soup, hands down. How about... Pho Tha Win??
  44. 2 points
    This website is a fantastic read - it's fun, because you can go to a specific year, and see concise write-ups about the year's highlights: "Timeline of Computer History" on computerhistory.org
  45. 2 points
    And then there is always a return to one of the more inventive women in music. Goodness knos there are mor enow thanks to the likes of Kate Bush, Laurie Anderson and others that preceded those experimenting and putting themselves ot there for our collective benefit.
  46. 2 points
    I love the Taverna Market, perhaps more than the restaurant (although the restaurant is great to be able to eat something interesting and good even with picky eaters). I like picking up stuff there, the hummus is so much better than grocery store, the stuffed grape leaves are great and I love those beans in tomato sauce- I have tried to replicate these and I just haven't yet.
  47. 2 points
    Is a hamburger place really a must visit anywhere? Like you travel to DC, and though there is so much SE Asian, Ethiopian, Indian, as well as new American, Ray’s is a must? 100% disagree. Unless a guest has been to this city 20 times, and has tried .. well just start with a bunch of the Eater 38... and doesn’t want anything original, interesting, or challenging... yes, would consider a burger place. I can just imagine a friend coming from LA or Portland or Chicago ... “You’re taking me to a burger place???” Probably would hit me in the gnards and then get on their phone and find a decent place to go. Guys... it’s a hamburger. It’s a hamburger. (And... wonder what it’s like being a woman working in his joints ... love supporting that)
  48. 2 points
    US gold in curling and now this? We're rounding into form.
  49. 2 points
    Old Glory American Pale Ale was (at least recently) contract-brewed by Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company - I know The Tombs uses/used Budweiser American Ale, and J. Paul's uses Old Dominion. There's your Georgetown-based, contract-brewed, custom-label, beer esoterica for the day.
  50. 2 points
    I went last night, it was absolutely mobbed and even with reservations we had a 30 minute wait for a seat. Food was delicious. I will miss the crab bisque, and all the other good food!