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  2. Frank is quietly (and happily) working with Ashok.
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  4. Anyone know how Frank s next thing s evolving? I am impatient.
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  6. By virtue of work location, I am occasionally exploring the Food Court at Ballston Quarter. First general observation is that the Food Court at Ballston Quarter is not your father's food court. There are lots of very enticing options, and it's more of a Food Hall. Copa was our destination today, and it did not disappoint. I asked the server about other locations, and it turns out this is the only one, but there is an ownership connections with La Tasca. Makes sense, since there is a distinct Spanish flair to the dishes at Copa. I had the Serrano ham with Manchego cheese sandwich, and it was delicious. I would easily order it again. I chose the salad instead of the fries, and instead of the standard mixed greens grabbed out of the Sysco bag, the salad was a nicely composed Bibb lettuce with vinaigrette. Companion had the beef skewer cooked perfectly medium rare with a mound of Spanish rice and grilled eggplant. Copa was a pleasant surprise, inside a food court that itself is a pleasant surprise.
  7. This place is closed and the sign has been removed. Not sure when it happened but pretty recently.
  8. On the wall oven, based on my recent experience, do not go for the Wolf double electric. Ours is about to have its SECOND control panel replacement after installation in March. Each time has involved a week's wait for a service call and at least another week's wait for the part. The folks at Wolf are very pleasant, but one more failure and I will be asking for a refund plus costs to install a replacement for this very expensive oven.
  9. This update on the thread has me "voting" for the Cuban Club at Earl's in Arlington. OKAY!! It is not a Cubano. OKAY!! much is switched. Regardless it has all the elements of the Cubano with different and in my experience far better ingredients that I get from any of the Cubans I've had over the last few years. It is a superb and robust large sandwich for $10 and is superior to anything I've tried of recent memory.
  10. You've probably read this exchange: Room Service: "Morny. Ruin sorbees" Guest: "Sorry, I thought I dialed room-service" Room Service: "Rye..Ruin sorbees..morny! Djewish to odor sunteen??" Guest: "Uh..yes..I'd like some bacon and eggs" Room Service: "Ow July den?" Guest: "What??" Room Service: "Ow July den?...pry,boy, pooch?" Guest: "Oh, the eggs! How do I like them? Sorry, scrambled please." Room Service: "Ow July dee bayhcem...crease?" Guest: "Crisp will be fine." Room Service: "Hokay. An San toes?" Guest: "What???" Room Service: "San toes. July San toes?" Guest: "Uhh... I don't think so" Room Service: "No? Judo one toes??" Guest: "I feel really bad about this, but I don't know what 'judo one toes' means." Room Service: "Toes! toes!...why djew Don Juan toes? Ow bow singlish mopping we bother?" Guest: "Oh, English muffin!! I've got it! You were saying 'Toast.' Fine." Yes, an English muffin will be fine." Room Service: "We bother?" Guest: "No. Just put the bother on the side." Room Service: "Wad?" Guest: "I mean butter...just put it on the side." Room Service: "Copy?" Guest: "Sorry???" Room Service: "Copy...tea...mill?" Guest: "Yes. Coffee please, and that's all." Room Service: "One Minnie. Ass ruin torino fee, strangle ache, crease baychem, tossy singlish mopping we bother honey sigh, and copy....rye??" Guest: "Whatever you say." Room Service: "Tendjewberrymud." Guest: "You're welcome."
  11. absolutely -- and unless something's changed recently, the full dinner menu oughta be available at lunch, too
  12. Let me be the first to welcome you to the forum. You will find a wealth of information here, and looking forward to your contributions.
  13. Hi everyone. I'm Steven, just discovered this site and figured I had to sign up! I love great food and great drink, no matter what the price point or location. I can't cook to save my life, so I leave that in the hands of great chefs. You guys look like you have a wonderful community here. I look forward to being a part of it!
  14. I'll be in with my wife for a date night tonight and am already looking forward to some tasty softshells (and wine, always wine).
  15. King Street Blues was a LONG time coming though... But I agree a lot of closures of restaurants, there is a lot of new stuff opening and moving around though (Chop Shop, Urbano, the German place I haven't tried yet, Misha's moved to King, etc). My personal theory is that if you think about it 2009-2010 the rents likely were very low as that was major recession, I can see a lot of rent negotiations during recession years being quite difficult to hammer out.
  16. I wonder if they are putting their stuff up for auction like they did before... they have some super cute bistro chairs and stuff.
  17. you know, as i think about it, there's enough on those quick lunch options they would eat: patatas bravas/croquetas pollo/gambas or pollo al ajillo/helados.
  18. jaleo would work for dinner but their shorter lunch menu is harder for our boys--we'd have to pull a lot of stuff out of any sandwich they got. those $20 quick lunch sets do look tempting though...
  19. https://dc.eater.com/2019/7/17/20697735/px-speakeasy-bar-closing-alexandria-old-town I think they changed focus to the Wharf (can't blame them, it's new and hot). The Armstrong's also still have Hummingbird which wasn't mentioned here, as I am not sure it was part of EGFG. I think the rise of boutique cocktails everywhere probably took a hit on PX as being special, and people want new and different, so I can't blame him for not renewing the rent, when he has a giant space to manage.
  20. Mr. BLB and I went last night. The salmon collar and blue crab eggs were the winners of the night, along with the grilled broccoli. The Swiss chard was too salty and they removed it from the bill. For mains we had the pork porterhouse and the flatiron. Both were prepared well. I think we would happily go back and do more appetizers and sides and skip the mains though. We walked around union market because we arrived early. It’s such an interesting collection of options. And even after the worst of the storm was over, it took us forever to get home to upper MoCo
  21. Fair enough. I think they'd really like Bantam King--no reservations, but usually no (or short) wait. And close to the mall. Fried chicken for those who don't want ramen.
  22. seki doesn't do reservations for groups of 4. and i'm not chancing a wait with the kids after a long day of museuming.
  23. alas, we are only there from aug 12-16 (leaving the morning of the 16th). currently: daikaya izakaya on night 1, laos in town on night 2. will figure out nights 3 and 4 soon, or maybe just night 4: it may well be the case that we will order enough food at laos in town to bring it back to our hotel for night 3 (our room has a kitchenette).
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