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  1. I will keep my eyes peeled as I inch my way up the Pike on my next pizza run. Not only are their pies great, everyone in the shop is so nice -- whether they're patiently taking a long phone order, when you come in for pick up or when you're eating in. Fond of Frankly, too -- it's not the same, but we're lucky to have better pizza around these days.
  2. My co-worker asked me for recommendations on an inexpensive but good sushi place between work (downtown DC) and her apartment (Woodley Park). She generally goes to Umi in Woodley Park but says she ends up spending more than she'd like there ($25) and is looking for other options. I am not familiar with the options on that side of town and could only think of Kotobuki in the Palisades or Momiji in Chinatown. Is there any other place I can recommend to my co-worker? I want to keep my reputation as the office guru of DC restaurants. Thank you!
  3. I'm going to be bringing some take out this Sunday evening to some friends who've just had a baby. I live in DC and they live in the rough triangle formed by 395, Route 1, and Route 7, whatever that's called. I'm willing to go anywhere to get the food, provided I can park nearby and get it to their house in a reasonable amount of time. For example, I've thought that getting sandwiches from Stachowski's would be reasonable, because I could easily hop on Rock Creek Parkway and make it to my friends' place in about 20 minutes. The only catch is that the new papa has a nut allergy and is a bit of a picky eater, ruling out seafood centric-stuff or some of the more exotic ethnic choices. Other than that I'm just looking for a few ideas I may not have thought of yet. Thanks!
  4. Hey guys. In a real situation here. I'm staying for a few nights at the Inova Fairfax Hospital on Gallows Rd, right near the Mosiac District. Can anyone recommend some delivery/take-out options near me that will travel/reheat well? There's no way I'm eating this hospital food. I notice Elephant Jumps, for example, is near me but I've only ever had experience dining in there. Does any of the food from their "serious authentic Thai food" menu reheat well? I loved the Gang Hung Lay when I ate there but have no idea how it would handle even the shortest of drives. Anyway, all suggestions are welcome!
  5. Next time you find yourself near Suitland and you're wanting some good seafood at very reasonable prices, go find Food for Life Cuisine on Suitland Road. I've made two visits and I'm amazed at the amount of food you get for the price. Oh, and it's good, too. Today I'm enjoying the whiting nuggets (about 8-9 large nuggets for $6.00) and hushbabies (10 large puppies for $3.50; not sure why they're called "babies"). Good hushpuppies can be hard to find around here, but I found some! Looks like they mainly have whiting, tilapia, and salmon. They also have some chicken items and burgers, southern style sides, desserts, and carrot fries (which I have yet to try). You get two sauces with your order, which I believe are made in-house. I'd post a link to their website, but for some odd reason I'm having trouble pasting here. You can copy and paste this: fflcuisineonline.com.
  6. I'm surprised this humble restaurant tucked into a nondescript strip mall in Owings Mills hasn't been talked about. Richard Gorelick of The Baltimore Sun wrote about it when it opened it 2011: It's quickly become our go-to for good and inexpensive Mediterranean takeout. Full review here.
  7. Zora, I just had a #10 ($3.75) at the replacement for Song Que - it wasn't quite the same, featuring huge pieces of raw white onion and raw jalapeí±o. That said, it probably had the best baguette of any banh mi I've had in the immediate area, so all is not lost - I picked off the onion and jalapeí±o and enjoyed it very much. As silly as it might sound, I didn't even get the restaurant's name, but it has the same structure and format. However, my beloved coconut water (the best I've ever had that wasn't ultra-fresh or didn't cost more than $10) was ... gone from the refrigerator case! I suspect a lot of the previous workers are remaining here, so it hasn't changed as much as you might think, yet.
  8. And the neighborhood joints keep coming! Brookland's Finest in WaPo Main menu Brookland's Finest FINALLY opened this past week at 12th and Jackson. From the guys who run The Pug and Solly's. We went for drinks at the soft opening last Sunday, drinks on Saturday night, and finally back for food yesterday for dinner. The space is pretty nice inside. Not huge, but maybe 6-7 4-tops and a row of 10ish 2-tops along a side bench. The bar is decent-sized, and there's a roll top to the outside with 6 additional bar seats. Once the patio is populated it'll seat about 20 I think. They're also very family-friendly - plenty of high chairs and booster seats, stroller parking outside, coloring books and crayons, etc. Great news for us since we live 3 blocks away and have a one-year old! The menu looks pretty good, but we were hoping it would be slightly cheaper (kids' meals for $6-8 seems like a lot...and all the sandwiches are $12+). Also no HH We started with the Crispy Brussels Sprouts Chips (sea salt, lemon, dill cream sauce - $4), which were addicting. A pretty good sized bowl of leaves that we think had been flash fried. Our daughter loved the dipping sauce. This would be an easy thing to order on every visit. Then we split the Colonel Burger (certified Angus beef, pickled onions, tillamook cheddar, apple wood smoked bacon, brioche bun, tempora onion rings - $14) and Baltimore Style Pit Beef Sandwich (certified Angus beef, tiger sauce, pickled ramps, brioche bun, hand cut fries - $14). Despite being overcooked beyond the requested medium, the burger was pretty tasty. The brioche left a lot of butter/grease on our hands, but was a good compliment to the burger in both flavor and not being overwhelmingly bready (it's nice to let the burger and toppings shine over a dense and dry bun). There were two GIANT onion rings served alongside that were kind of meh. I'd prefer smaller and crispier onion rings instead. The pit beef sandwich was good as well, but not outstanding. Probably should've gone with a non-beef for one of the sandwiches, but the manager talked us into this one. The fries, however, were excellent. Piping hot and crisp and obviously fresh cut. Overall I probably wouldn't travel out of my way or across the city to hit it up, but I'm certainly happy to have it a 5 min walk from my house.
  9. Soupergirl is located on M between CT and...18th st NW, this little take-away place just opened a few weeks ago. Some of you may recognize Soupergirl b/c she's been selling at local farmers' markets for years. Her food is all virgin (my short-hand for local, organic, eco-friendly, ect). Plus she's vegan and kosher. In my eyes the vegan thing is a huge downside. I love meat. All kids of protein. I digress. The menu consists of maybe 6 fresh soups every day and they offer free tastes. She has Gazpacho (or did earlier this week). There's also pre-packaged salads of both the veggie and grain varieties. Some of her soups are served both warm and cold. I've had a wonderful soy veggie soup and a fabulous quinoa salad that I added shrimp to once I got home. Excellent. Didn't really need the shrimp but I thought: why not? Give it a try; I think you'll like it.
  10. Not really sure where to put this...North East is pretty far north of Baltimore and for those of us from the DC area, the relevant feature is the proximity to an exit from I-95. The Port House Grill is one of those places that: - Has a smallish menu of standard American fare (salads, burgers, sandwiches) - Yet seems to take great care with each element on the plate - Is casual and affordable These things make it perfect for families, travellers, etc who don't want Burger King but also don't want a full, formal meal "process". It reminds me a bit of a somewhat less ambitious version of Family Meal sans a waitstaff on the floor. For instance - the fries are fresh cut and nicely seasoned. They aren't as heavy on the salt and seasonings as Family Meal. The potato salad is likewise fresh (the diced onion still had snap), goes light on the mayo and comes with a sprinkling of seafood seasoning (which I LOVE on potato salad). I enjoyed the portabella mushroom burger, served with a zucchini/squash filling on a brioche bun. My wife had the chicken sandwich, and the kids had quesadillas. The folks are nice. You might say the downside is the layout - a square room with about 12 tables and a counter at the back. You order, pour your own soda and sit and wait for the food to come, a la Noodles and Company. But...if you're travelling and want a decent meal but not a long wait for the waitstaff to take your order and bring your check- this is the ticket. Note that the online menu is pretty accurate in terms of what they offer but I think the in-store prices are a higher than what you see online. Not much, but a little.
  11. Haven't used these "Help Needed" threads much in the past but thought to give it a try today. I'm going to be in NYC later this week and will have about two hours free after a meeting to get to Penn Station and a train back to DC. Will be in Midtown (either central Midtown or Midtown East). Where would people recommend stopping to get some great takeaway to have for dinner on the train later since, well, can't stomach the fare that Amtrak sells? Can be most any cuisine but something that will stay for a few hours that can be boxed/packaged up. Hoping for something especially good, interesting (doesn't have to be a restaurant; maybe a great food market of some kind?). Would need it to be east of 8th between 50th and 30th. Here's hoping. And, Thank you!
  12. Any good recommendations for decent chinese take out in vicinity of Old Town/Shirlington? Got a hankering for cantonese-Americanized veggie fried rice, general tso's, etc. Thanks!
  13. I was bitter when my cousin transferred from a hospital in the Little Korea/Eden Center corner of the earth and moved to some corner of Alexandria/Mt. Vernon that as far as I know has little to offer in the way of dinner, but I suppose her spine is more important than my stomach. At any rate, any help you can provide in terms of casual sit-down and decent carry-out will be helpful in helping me get my priorities back in order and making the vigils of the various visiting relatives (adventurous eaters, all) more tolerable. Note that, even though it is located on Mt. Vernon Avenue, Cheesetique (which might be a little fancy for these purposes) is about 20 minutes away from Inova Mt. Vernon, which is near Ft. Hunt Park. On the other hand, the quickest route from DC to the hospital seems to be down rout 1 through or near Del Ray and Old Town, so any quick pick-up spots with decent parking in those areas will be appreciated, as well. Thanks. She is expected to be OK, by the way.
  14. Vaso's is opening a 2nd location soon. "Vaso's Kitchen Preparing New King Street Location" by Drew Hansen on patch.com -- [sorry about the tweets guys; I hadn't had my coffee yet.] (Glad you had such a nice time, SeanMike - nobody deserves one more than my good friend.)
  15. Victor Albisu's Taco Bamba opened yesterday in Falls Church/Tysons. It was a rough opening day. When the wife and I arrived at about 7PM the air conditioning was not working and their expediter was doing double duty dealing with the AC techs. We tried six tacos between us, Lengua, Tripas, Suadera and Pastor. All of the fillings were excellent, especially the tripe. The Pastor was not made on a rotating spit and suffered for not being quite crispy enough on the exterior. The flavorings on all the other meats were excellent, better than anything I have had in DC. The house made salsas that were served with the tacos were also excellent. We did not try the tamales, but if they are as good as the ones sold in his mother's store next door, then they are very good. The biggest disappointment were the tortillas. They were flour instead of corn and were not house made. My wife, the Arizonan, seeing the packaged soft tacos opted for the crispy tacos which were made from masa and they worked better than the soft flour ones. For me, the result was like having great pastrami on wonder bread. I hope they get a better supplier for the tortillas. I also prefer to dress my own tacos with, depending on the type of taco, cabbage, raddish, cilantro, onion or peppers. The tacos came pre-dressed though they did have small cups of diced raddish available. With opening night jitters, we ended up missing part of our order, but that is par for the course for any opening night. I am going to work my way down the menu and give them a chance to work out the kinks. As a former Miami resident, I am looking forward to trying their Torta Cubana and I hope they take a shot at another MIami favorite I miss Lechon (whole roasted pig). All things considered, I am very happy Victor Albisu has saved me a trip to Maryland to get a taco
  16. Stopped by WTF for lunch and was very impressed. We had the grilled corned beef sandwich with coleslaw and the duck confit reuben with purple slaw. Both were large, somewhat messy (in a good way) sandwiches with good quality meats. The kale and fontina empanada (they call it something odd like hand roll) on display by the register looked good and I'm so glad we shared one as an app. It was excellent! tasty flaky but solid crust and fresh ingredients. The array of desserts was really tempting but my better half helped me resist. I highly recommend this place.
  17. Read about a new place on Chowhound. Can't find a website or even their operating hours online. Does anyone know if they do brunch or when they open on weekends? Yelp reviews indicate they do brunch but don't open until 11:30. It kills me that all the places that do northern Chinese brunch other than A&J don't open until 11 or later.
  18. In 2006, Rebecca Roberts hosted an hour-long radio show at WETA in Shirlington called "The Intersection." On one of the episodes, she interviewed Tony Bourdain for the first half, and me for the second half - I was discussing "neighborhood restaurants." (I have the hour-long program saved on a CD somewhere, and will be happy to upload it in case anyone wants to listen - WETA has since switched to an all-classical format (plus, I was their restaurant blogger, earning all of $40 a week for my time), so I can't imagine they'd care). I remember one question I stumbled on was when Rebecca asked me to name one restaurant that I thought typified what a neighborhood restaurant is - one really good example. My mind raced like a slot machine, thinking about all the neighborhoods around DC, before finally settling down and coming back to my own. When that happened, I thought of it in about two seconds: "Thai Noy," I said. For all the times I've lauded Thai Noy over the years, it is *amazing* that it doesn't have its own thread on donrockwell.com. I remember the summer of 2011, when I drove four teenage kids 600 miles back from Indianapolis, only to get tantalizingly close to home on I-70, and to find out that my main artery back to Arlington, I-270, had been *shut down* north of Germantown. I cut down U.S. Route 15 through Point of Rocks, only to run into a particularly nasty thunderstorm, struggling to even see, then eventually dropping off the four kids (which itself took an extra hour), limping into my house, pouring myself a gin and tonic, and collapsing onto the couch after about the 12th hour. When I laid there, unperturbed, for about 30 minutes, and began gaining my strength back, I knew I was too tired to go out anywhere, and it was pushing 9 PM. I wanted comfort food, and so I called Thai Noy for carryout. For two different reasons, I didn't want to go out on Tuesday and Wednesday nights of this week, and was also craving comfort food both evenings. On Tuesday I was exceedingly sleep-deprived, and on Wednesday, I was upset over losing one of our members. And so I had back-to-back carryout dinners at Thai Noy. Tuesday evening, I ordered two of my stalwarts: Emerald Curry with Chicken ($14.00) - Sauteed, sliced chicken in spicy [not that spicy] green curry sauce with green veggies, purple Thai eggplant, and fresh basil. Keng Ped Yang, ($18.95) - Boneless, roasted duck cooked in red curry and coconut milk, pineapple, tomatoes, basil, and green and red peppers. Both dishes were just as they are at least 80% of the times I'm here: very good to excellent. Thai Noy will rarely leaving you shaking your head in awe, but it will come through as "very good to excellent" nearly every time. The prices are high, but the portions are quite large, and they don't skimp on proteins. No MSG is added to any of the dishes because they don't need it. A couple other dishes I regularly get here are Eggplant Basil or Tofu Basil (both vegan, and both satisfying), and Beef Penang. I've also been known to get Tom Yum Gai, an order of steamed rice, and when I get home, I dump the rice into a bowl, and pour the Tom Yum Gai on top of it. The starch in the rice thickens the broth and makes for a very satisfying, hearty bowl of soup. The papaya salad here is spicier than the norm, and is very good with the Keng Ped Yang. I walked in to pick up my order on Tuesday night, and the gentleman (the owner?) working the register recognized me, saying, "You come in here regularly, don't you." I replied, "Yes, I've been here about 30 times before." He then added, "Yeah, I recognize you because you get a lot of the same dishes." Well, I guess that's the comfort food aspect, but it got me thinking, why not expand my horizons the next time I order? So the next night, I did it again, and got two dishes I've never gotten before: Shrimp Chu Chee, ($16.95) - Sauteed shrimp in chu chee curry paste, coconut milk, served on steamed vegetables. Wild Boar Basil ($14.95) - Pork loin stir-fried with mushrooms, bamboo shoots, eggplant, green peppercorns, in a Thai spicy sauce. And both dishes were as good as my usual go-tos, the shrimp in particular having an extremely generous amount of shrimp in the dish. Sandwiched between Lost Dog Cafe and Lebanese Taverna, it's easy to see why Thai Noy gets forgotten, but it shouldn't. It's a lovely, reliable neighborhood Thai restaurant, and may just be the single restaurant where I've eaten the most of number times during the past year or so. Always good, sometimes excellent, almost never anything more than that. It defines what a "neighborhood restaurant" is and should be. Try it sometime - you'll thank me! I should add that I'm initializing Thai Noy in Italic, and ranking it #2 in the North Arlington section of the Dining Guide (which doesn't include neighborhoods such as Ballston, Clarendon, Courthouse, or Rosslyn), right behind Layalina, and I could just as easily flip these two around and have Thai Noy ranked #1.
  19. This is kind of a scattershot post-wish I was at Sou'wester now having BBQ, but I'm not-I'm thinking about Chinese takeout, because my daughter had a bunch of friends over the other night & it seemed the easiest thing to do was order in Chinese food. So, if anyone wants to weigh in on this, do you have a favorite local Chinese takeout (or dine-in) place? What dishes do you order (especially for a first time order, to check out the kitchen) & how many people are you generally trying to feed? It seems like most places I've lived, it takes a little while to find a good spot, & sometimes, you have to compromise. For example, my kids like the food at another place that's just far away enough to not deliver, but sometimes the convenience of delivery outweighs the (perceived, because I don't notice much difference) food quality. Also, I tip differently for takeout, delivery, & in the restaurant service, how about you guys? Not trying to start any flame wars, I am curious to know if what I do is normal. Also, what do you do with all the leftover packets of soy, & if they include it, duck & mustard sauce?
  20. So, I just moved over to Ballston Park, and I'm exploring my new neighborhood. I live right behind a number of places including Ravi Kabob #1 and Eastern Carryout. One of the managers for the complex suggested Eastern Carryout. Having had some issues today getting to work, I was stuck running late and decided to just grab something fast from there. Being starving, I decided to grab a few things - after all, this place is literally spitting distance from my front door, and I wanted to know if it'd be worth my usually-hungover Chinese food cravings. A "small" wonton soup is $1.65. It is easily a pint or more of soup with five wontons floating in it (that I've found so far). The broth is dark but not as rich or complex as I'd like, but not bad. There's a plethora of green onions diced up and floating in it, plus some chewy bits of unidentifiable meat (the best kind of meat!). A steal at that price, really. Whoa. Steamed dumplings ($5.25) come with eight of them. They're not the plump doughy ones I expected - instead, they're more of what I'd associate dumplings from a Thai or Vietnamese restaurant. Still, they're not bad at all, just way more than I expected. They don't stint on the filling. The lunch special "chicken with garlic sauce" ($4.75) is mammoth. There's probably solid two pounds of food in here, and most of it ain't the fried rice (which has a texture and feel to it that reminds me almost more of couscous or something, it's kind of weird but it's not bad). There's a nice spice to it, but not overwhelming, though overall it's spicy but not complex. If I was sick, this would be a MONEY dish to break up the congestion while not overwhelming my stomach. In the end? No, this is not great food. But it ain't bad, and holy crap there's a lot of it! I'm thinking the sodium or MSG must be high in this, because I'm guzzling my accompanying beverages (Coke Zero and water), so keep that in mind. But I cannot complain about the price!