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  2. When I was at Clemson (in Pickens County, SC), people would joke about the town of Ninety Six, which was just beyond the town of Due West. Among dubious tales of cow tipping (which I'd become convinced that I'd done (I hadn't)), there was the etymology of Ninety Six, which was supposedly named because it was 96-miles from Atlanta - I don't know how this urban legend ever got started, but it's false: Nobody seems to know how Ninety Six got its name. Fast forward to Ted Williams' final at-bat, in which he hit a home run. In a newly found, color film, I freezed the shot of Williams' home run trot: In the picture are Williams, Brooks Robinson, and third base umpire Cal Drummond, from the town of Ninety Six, SC.
  3. weezy

    Dining in Alexandria

    I know there's a twisty little intersection to cut across 1 over to DelRay from Potomac Yard -- comes in by Swing's Coffee. Once you learn that route, you'll have all those choices. Also, by car you'll be near Rustico. And Crystal City / Pentagon Row are close, too (Lebanese Taverna, the Afghani place on 23rd St, etc.)
  4. Ericandblueboy

    Dining in Alexandria

    Because he'll gut you with his sushi sashimi knife and feed your entrails to the god of fortune. In addition, he'll serve you some fishy congee instead of ramen.
  5. Second Al Dente’s post. Claudia and I have eaten here twice in the last month. I also had the Crispy Chicken Breast and was equally impressed. We also ate off the bar menu one night with equally nice results. Hidden gem in the Vienna area.
  6. DaveO

    Cafe 44

    I used to attend meetings at a conference room on an upper floor at Canal Square. The Potomac River views were mesmerizing. Assuming the food was half way decent I'd go there just for the views. They are that good and rare in this area.
  7. Escoffier

    Dining in Alexandria

    Nasime is NOT and never will be a "sushi place". Sashimi? Yes. Sushi? NOPE! (and never let the chef hear you say Nasime is a "sushi place". )
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  9. We stopped in for dinner last night and were generally pleased. We arrived at about 8:15 and only about 6 tables were occupied. Our server seemed busy closing up shop, but she was generally available when we needed her. I started with the Burnt Romaine Heart ($11) with avocado, feta, grilled onions, tomatoes, and green garlic chimichurri vinaigrette. I liked where they were going with this, but I think the raw garlic flavor and spiciness magnified the acidity of the vinegar making it too intense. I also had the Crispy Chicken Breast ($20) with prosciutto, fried eggplant, peas, Fontina cheese, and Marsala mushroom sauce. The chicken was a generously-sized breaded cutlet underneath the other tasty ingredients but it was swimming in the sauce. The flavors were great as long as I could keep a forkful from becoming saturated. We shared a side of Broccoli Frito with Pickled Pepper Aioli and Parmesan ($8). I think this was the best overall dish-- the broccoli had some crispy crunch that worked nicely with the aioli. All in all, a pleasant enough experience, I just think they need to tighten up the execution a bit. Two apps, two entrees, and a martini came out to $100 less tip.
  10. ktmoomau

    Dining in Alexandria

    So reading this thread I am a little trepadatious (my spell check says this isn't a word, is this really not a word?) of what my new dining scene will be once we move to Potomac Yard. I work in OT and know the dining scene here, and am happy to pick up some Vietnamese or Thai right by my office to take home, I eat in Del Ray a lot already. I cook all the time and love to cook. Our normal Mexican place in Arlington is Taqueria Poblano, so that will carry over, Lost Dog will still deliver to us and I like Cheesetique. And I know that we won't have the same options as Arlington, but we can visit some of our old haunts with not a bad drive. BUT where would one go within a reasonable driving distance, order delivery or etc to get Indian food, Chinese, a good chicken place, etc, etc. Not the high end stuff, but more the everyday type of things one might want. What are your go-tos?
  11. Hubby and I went to the Falls Church location while running a marathon of errands after I just got out from the gym and was starving- we got the regular gyro (not the one with fries inside, but the combo with fries). Hubby hadn't been before, I normally run my Falls Church errands without him. We both think this is one of the best gyros in the area. I might have polished off the entire thing, which I rarely do. I had to laugh the ordering system went down (for all of three minutes) and the young girl behind the counter made writing paper tickets for things seem like something out of the dark ages that just could not be done. She was very nice, just a little flustered without technology, we giggled a little to ourselves later at our table.
  12. curiouskitkatt

    Dining in Lancaster

    I may also add, a trip to Lancaster is not complete without stopping in at this coffee nook. I love coffee, and the folks at Passenger make it their job to love it too without sounding rehearsed. They are well versed in all their offerings in both coffee and tea. I don't think I have been to a store front quite like the Passenger. It is conveniently located right across from the Lancaster Central Market.
  13. Considering the scale of the problems at the Eden Center- it could be the Mom and Pop places leases are coming to an end and they are venturing elsewhere too, not sure, but they did have a big lawsuit regarding the plumbing and other unresolved issues and I can't seem to see what happened with that case.
  14. ktmoomau

    Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Last night I used the really good tomato and lettuce I got from the Farmer's Market to make a really stellar BLT. That is just one of my favorite summer sandwiches, I could eat it almost everyday.
  15. I was just checking to see which restaurants are available on Reserve, and I saw Napoli Pasta Bar. The website states: First-time restaurant owner, Antonio Ferraro, came to Washington from Vico Equense, a city of Naples, Italy, in 2006. After many years managing some of the finest Italian restaurants in the District, he's now realizing his dream of opening his own to bring the flavors of the Sorrento Coast to Washington. This place is just too out of the way for me to wreck my diet for without knowing about its quality. Anyone been?
  16. You were absolutely right about clarity. Small but great selection of happy hour beverages and nibbles. Victor is a gem of a bartender and I can't wait to go back for a proper cocktail. We sat at the bar at 6:15 and the place was slammed by 7pm.
  17. Made a 24 hour detour to stop in Izakaya Wa to say hello. Located in a part of Houston that was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey, apparently it had closed for several months. Thankfully, it is reopened, and I am so envious that I cannot go more often. The place was packed, inside and out, young and old, etc. The food is more interesting than the drink IMO, but the prices are reasonable to this DMVer. Kubokawa-san is no longer behind the sushi bar (it can be physically grueling, and is when you are a perfectionist like he is) but oversees all things food. It's funny that it bills itself as a tapas spot, but yes, there are many sharable plates. I went for some seared sashimi, fried vegetables, kinpira, and some special grilled smelt. It is a bright, cheery, friendly spot and I can't imagine you could "order wrong" here.
  18. I cooked some poultry sous vide yesterday, so last night was hot Italian turkey sausages, done sv and then seared in a cast iron skillet, over red quinoa and steamed broccoli.
  19. All seems fairly new but Pinea is closing: Jul 2, 2018 - "Exclusive: W Hotel Plans $50 Million Renovation" by Rebecca Cooper on bizjournals.com
  20. Marty L.

    New Orleans, LA

    I asked for you (Thursday evening), but you had been on the early shift! The (female) bartender, whose name I unfortunately can't recall, was terrific--in addition to mixing a great sazerac, she gave me (warranted) reassurance that the kitchen wasn't resting on its laurels w/r/t some of the old stand-byes (the gumbo, the duck, the banana tart), i.e., that they wouldn't disappoint. She was right, on all three scores.
  21. frogprince

    New Orleans, LA

    Say hi next time 😎
  22. curiouskitkatt

    Dining in Lancaster

    I would reccommend Barbaret Bistro on King St. The Chef served a few years at the renouned Le Bec Fin. It’s truly extraordinary to have a classically trained French chef in Lancaster, and we are fortunate to have him. For something unusual, I also recommend this Trinidadian spot. It usually is only open for dinner, but have revised their hours for the summer. I hope you have some time to factor in a visit to the Lancaster Central Market as well. A stroll through this building houses the finest of goods Lancaster has to offer. If there is something in particular you are interested in, let me know. Happy to help! More than Amish, kat
  23. [FYI, it was my hope that this community would always be a reprieve, an escape, from the ugliness of reality, but both the mass shootings, and the totalitarian regime that is taking shape, have made me question the importance of everything I've ever done. If I wasn't in so much physical pain, I could come up with a solution, but for the time being, there isn't much I can do, except to watch our ship sink. Don't ever forget this: Mockery probably makes people feel better at the moment, but it only serves to minimize the danger of our situation. Always remember that 60 million people voted for this person, and also that Genghis Khan, for example, was almost certainly neither intelligent, nor well-educated: It doesn't take brains to be a dictator; only guns, and a reckless disregard for humanity. How many people have given up their lives for "our country," and why isn't one, single person doing it now? This traitor will only relinquish power at gunpoint - logic and reason no longer apply: Fight back, fight back hard, keep fighting back, and then fight some more.]
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