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Been able to try a couple of the recs on this thread (thanks again gang!):
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The more I have thought about this, the more I believe that the "no" campaign was misleading astroturf by corporate interests, aided by some successful employees who have learned to navigate the current system well and who feared what their bosses might do to them in a new system, all targeted at the worst impulses of prosperous pseudo-liberal DC.
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Avoid eating on the River Walk in general.
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Todd Kliman opines: "Those cocktails that’re overpriced rn at $14? Soon enough they’ll be going for $18.And you’ll be lucky to find apps below $16 at anywhere decent. Entrees? $36-$40 easy. Initiative 77 is gonna make restos even more a place for those with $$$ ..."
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Over the past couple of visits, as it was nearing closing time (about 20 minutes before advertised close), I noticed that the Vienna location will turn off their gyro rotisseries, and when you order either the Plaka or Chicago gyro, they will either slice the meat off of the spit, or it may have already been sliced off, and then they throw it on the flat top to reheat/finish cooking. 
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We usually end up at the Falls Church location but have been to both ….. try the gigantes.  Top notch eating.
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What ever they are doing, I dig it. I like how they have infamous Chefs through out the country, as well as local favs "pop" in and cook for the night. My inaugural stop at Chiko was when Sheldon Simeon was in town to lend his influence and cooking chops in the kitchen in the "After Dark" series.  I was hoping to snag a seat at the Chef's counter, but couldn't find anyone to be my +1. It all worked out for the best though. I happen to engage with chatty locals, and convinced a couple to dine with me in order to take advantage of the most the menu had to offer. Waiting in line wasn't so bad considering spam musubi was being passed out to everyone anxiously waiting.  A final bill of $80, this included 3 cocktails, provided an  absolute delicious feast. The most memorable bites were the little neck  clams. One would expect these to be served warm, but oh no, they were served chilled. Briny, spicy, fresh. What an incredible value at $3! Oh, can we talk about that furikake compound butter? So good. 
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More from the City Paper:

"The debate over Initiative 77 isn’t necessarily over. Because of its unique relationship with the District, Congress has a chance to interfere with the measure during its 30-day review period for D.C. legislation. (Both the House and the Senate would have to adopt what’s known as a concurrent resolution disapproving of the initiative to kill or amend it, and it’s unclear whether a sufficient number of members would support such a move.)
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The best delivery option in South Arlington - by *far* - is Thai Square. In fact, this is about the only restaurant that I get delivery from these days. 

If you want something satisfying, but somewhat healthy, try the Sukiyaki, Thai Style ($15.50) - it's very lightly oiled (not greasy at all), and almost surely wok-fried. Cellophane noodles with shrimp, scallop, squid, chicken, cabbage, celery, and scallions - I don't know many people that wouldn't like this dish.

Thai Square delivers in a 3-mile radius for a $2 fee (minimum order $20 - the Tom Yung Koong soup is super-healthy also, with a vinegary, slightly sour tomato-based broth - if you're feeling guilty because of eating fatty foods, this soup will cut right through it (at least mentally).

Fried foods here can be your Kryptonite (the deep-fried duck is ridiculously good), but you can also order from Thai Square pretty much without dietary worry (the possible exception being salt).
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Chiko will be expanding , and opening up a location in San Diego. Expansion way beyond the Beltway. Congrats to the the "The Fried Rice Collective.
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Normally have great experiences at Frankly, but last time (about a month ago) we ordered carryout since there were no large tables available. Walked back from the park to pick it up and our order somehow vanished.
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Ate at the Vienna location last night.  It is added to my "living in Tysons 2x week" rotation.  The place was packed, service was gracious and the food was well flavored and a good value.  I had the Chicago platter and it was excellent.  My wife had the lamb kapama which was OK though she would order something different next time. Add a 1/2 priced bottle of wine as Happy hour goes to 9pm on Tuesdays and it was a great bargain.  Very Tasty
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I'm not particularly busy lately so I've been watching lots of "football" and working out, which allows me to go eat out even on a Monday night.  I checked out the Mosaic Bartaco.  It's not Mexican food.  They're also pretty small, and individually pretty cheap. 
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Just wanted to say that I've been back to Frankly's a handful of times now and I love the joint. The staff is always friendly and I've yet to have a pizza I didn't thoroughly enjoy. 
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OpenTable says it is permanently closed and no longer on their reservation network.  I drive by once or twice a week and that seems consistent with my observations.
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The bloom maybe off Rose's vaunted line waits. 
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Running total of restaurants opening this year:  66
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Fish soup
Steamed garden vegetables with butter, salt and pepper
Fresh fruit for dessert
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For lunch today, we had






Green salad with tomatoes and homemade ranch dressing
BBQ chicken
Baked potatoes with homemade bacon bits, chives, shredded cheese and sour cream
Homemade peach ice cream

 
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China Live is supposed to be the San Francisco version of Eataly except it's Chinese, and I have to tell you that Eataly doesn't have anything to worry about.

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The prices are about what you might expect...


These were just "ok". Soup dumplings, six for $11.


Peking duck, a quarter duck portion. The pancakes were actually dough pockets and way too thick. Not memorable, for $14.


Crispy chicken, served with rice and chile paste. I think we ordered wrong. It was just plain old roast chicken with crispy skin. I could have had that at home. 

I know we can get better in SF - it's just that I had heard so much about this place, and we were sorely disappointed. Oh well...
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Soft opening Rockvllle today, 3pm. To the best of my knowledge this has not been announced publicly...they were pasting a handwritten sign on the front door a few hours ago when I was driving through the plaza.
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Right now is an exceptional time to dine at Bresca.  
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Ugh. I wished I'd scanned this thread before I ate there on Wednesday. Chicken tinga tacos were tasty enough, but ruined by waterlogged lettuce and tomato. And the "mojito" was horrible. It was basically rum and flat soda with some perfunctory mint leaves floating at the top. Really made me wish I hadn't missed my flight and could've eaten somewhere respectable at DFW per the original plan. 😒
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My friends had dinner and lunch buffet there when it first opened and loved it so I was eager to try it.  I went about a month ago with my friend for lunch buffet on a Monday at noon. 
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My friend and I had lunch their on Friday.  On the whole very good and I will be back for dinner once they get their liquor license. 
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