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Post in Bistro Sancerre, French Bistro and Steakhouse on Duke Street, near King Street Metro, Old Town
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Me: Fois Gras terrine - Interesting but layers of Foir Gras and, I believe duck confit. The accompanying baguette slices were more like soft bread with no crusty crunch. Again interesting. Wrapped with leek which added color but a not of flavor, red wine gelee and pickled veggies.
Grover: Onion soup. The standard that sets the tone for the rest of the meal. Nice presentation, salty soup. If you could overlook the overly-generous use of salt, the broth was nice. Doesn't rise to the level of the Onion soup at Del Ray Cafe, but (minus excess salt), acceptable.
Me: Wagyu beef Ordered "rare towards medium rare" and delivered as ordered. Good pink to red center and well cooked. That's the good part. The not-good part was the "sauce" which had a tendency to overpower the taste of the beef. Accompanied by an interesting stack of shredded cabbage and mushroom on a pastry circle.
Grover: Pan roasted Monkfish. Bone-in Monkfish was very well done (no, not overcooked, prepared very well). I didn't manage a taste but Grover did a commendable job of demolishing it. Accompanied by a similar stack of veggies on the above described pastry circle. Mostly ignored but the carrots that topped it were interesting.
Grover had the Lemon cake(?). This was a number of cubes of lemon cake and a scoop of lemon sorbet. Actually quite good.
General observations: The staff is a mix of new-to-dining and seasoned servers. At times it felt as if we were at a soft opening. Used utensils and glassware were removed promptly but the pacing was somewhat erratic. I'm not sure I'd call this a bistro, the menu reads more new American rather than French bistro. Incidentally, the host/manager spoke impeccable French (possibly the most authentic French item in the house) .
We both had a glass of Prosecco and I had appropriate wine for the terrine (a Sauterne) and beef (a California red). The bill before tip was $170. Will we go back? Certainly. One visit does not make a reliable opinion, it's only a fleeting impression. I would like to see Bistro Sancerre succeed because I personally see the promise of some good things coming. Not quite there yet, but (I hope) just over the horizon.
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BTW, at least around here, they have food trucks that can be rented to cater for special occasions. Our friends had the Habit truck serve at their wedding!!! <swoon>
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Novo Restaurant & Lounge is a wonderful place for brunch. I can't speak to any other time, but we really enjoyed our meal there. The menu is a California-American with a few fusion (pan-Asian, Mexican) accents here and there. The food doesn't sound particularly exciting, and it's not exactly reinventing the wheel (in fact, the fusion accents feel a bit dated), but what we had was fresh, pretty, well-prepared, and served by warm and friendly people. What takes the experience up several notches, however, is the setting. The inside is nice, upscale bar-ish, but back patio overlooks the creek from high up, is surrounded by trees and is far away from the street. The patio also has ample umbrellas, heaters, and lights as appropriate. There were families below, walking by and playing in the creek, and we were sitting in the fresh air on a warm, sunny deck, with a morning cocktail in hand. It was one of the more relaxing meals of my life (haha, sure it helped that I was sans kids for the first time in forever, but still...). We had both the savory and sweet crepes, and they were both hearty portions with very tasty fillings (and it didn't feel at all repetitive that I had crepes twice! I don't recall the specific fillings but the change weekly anyway), and a salmon? I think? Benedict. I recall the overall experience quite fondly and would definitely go back (even with my kids!).
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They began by serving us some Italian bread with an olive oil and basil dip. For the first course we shared the “Local Flounder ‘Braciole.’” It was delicious. For my second course I had “Heritage Bone In Pork Chop.” (In spite of this description in the menu there was no bone in the serving I received.) It was excellent. They have a good selection of wines to go with the meals—mostly Italian, as one would expect. We had a bottle of J. Hofstätter 2016 Gewürztraminer which was very nice.
I was with a group of three and all of us were extremely happy with our meal. If you are in the Charleston area, and have time to drive to the Isle of Palms, you should not miss having a meal at the Coda del Pesce.
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The only difference was we got a burger to split after the amazing duck - we were starving going into dinner and both have big appetites so this was somehow feasible fullness wise. This was the best burger I've had in a while - the beef patty is made from trimmings from the aged dairy cow ribeye used in their large format steak course so it had a ton of flavor on it's own, and it was really well balanced with the quality cheddar, miso brined pickles and whatever the special sauce was (was a little tipsy at this point). The duck would be my most recommended item but I enjoyed everything I tasted minus the mushrooms which weren't bad but underwhelming. Will add my Instagram post pictures once I have that ready.
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Downstairs I sat down at Ton Ton Ramen (after wandering around indecisively with so many interesting choices) and had a nice tonkatsu ramen and a few yakitori (Japanese sausage and pork belly; both were just okay). This was good--the broth was creamy and filling.
I ended my adventure at Five Daughters bakery, with a nice selection of cupcakes and croissant donuts (one of which is sitting in my hotel room for later-night consumption.
I don't know how the local Atlantans feel about this place, very newly developed, but I enjoyed the food and would happily return.
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Post in Tom and Ray's, Main Street in Damascus - Diner (with Great Sausage Patties) Open Once Again, Since 1960
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New location, same folks:
"Tom & Ray's Family Restaurant Reopens in Damascus" by Sam Merrill on mymcmedia.org
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- Scallop crudo - this was a very good dish - though the "sauce" could overwhelm the scallop if you weren't careful in terms of loading up a spoon / fork. Refreshing and light.
- Beef Tartare - I really like beef tartare and this rendition, while not mind blowing, was solid. The oyster sauce was interesting as were the black garlic chips.
- Mushroom - pictured in the post above, its a beautifully constructed dish and the mushrooms were really tasty - that said, I feel like 26 dollars was a bit excessive for what you get on this front. Additionally, I think "yolk fudge" isn't totally the way I'd frame that component of the dish. While delicious - I thought it a bit of a curious classification.
- Duck - Order this. I thought it one of the better renditions of duck that I've ever enjoyed. Its also a LOT of duck - my wife and I were pretty stuffed after making our way through it.
- Bay Ice Cream - for whatever reason, I seem to like Bay leaf in cream components (I've enjoyed Bay whipped cream as well) - who knew. This was fine - but I probably didn't need more food at this point since I was relatively stuffed.
We paired the meal with a really nice "winter" rose that was balanced with the food we ordered and rang up for about 60 bucks. I had a glass of a nice italian orange wine at the bar (which had some nice funk to it) - and their by the glass list ranged from 14-20 a glass which seems to be the norm these days.
All in all - I'd recommend going here. Reservations were easy to come by, the staff was gracious (though our waiter seemed to be on the greener side? There was a pretty long gap from when we received menus and when he returned to get us drinks - but serve was fine from there on out) and as I said above - I liked the refined food in a casual setting vibe.
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Entrees came out 30 seconds after the appetizers. I hate that.
The Mapo Tofu was a greasy mess and the flavors just didn't have that Szechuan peppercorn zing that it had in Joe's heyday. Dan Dan Noodles were overcooked to the point where they fell apart when I tried lifting them with chopsticks. The beef in the Pad Thai (I know, I know, but my 9 year old wanted it) tasted and smelled gamey. Even the freakin' tea put me off.
Joe's Noodle House could challenge and reward my taste buds in the past and I'd often push beyond my comfort zone for a taste of intestine, kidneys, and blood. That stuff is still on the menu, but I can't possibly order it. I don't trust that kitchen anymore.
The italics gotta go!
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We enjoyed the Tuesday okra special -- a stew of okra, beef, tomato, garlic, cumin, coriander -- plus the Raouche platter, plus the chicken kabseh, plus the hummus special and tabbouli. All were quite good, even after travel time from Merrifield to Springfield. The Raouche platter is a skewer of lamb kabob, a skewer of chicken kabob, and a skewer of kafta, over a bed of rice, with grilled onion and tomato. Their rice is delicious, a nice pilaf cooked with cardamom and cumin.
Their concept of the daily special is a good one. One of mama's special dishes, prepared each day. Tuesday is the okra stew, which was excellent. On Wednesday there is stuffed grape leaves (warak enab) and stuffed squash, and on Saturdays there is stuffed cabbage (malfouf). Markers are on my calendar for these days.
Where does it rank in Kibbee Nayee's notional Middle Eastern rankings in the DC area? Well, I still have Me Jana at no. 1, and Lebanese Taverna (tie between the original location in Arlington and the Tysons Galleria outpost) at no. 2, but it might be in my top 5. It compares favorably with Mediterranean Gourmet Market in Franconia.
Post in Monty's Steakhouse, Owner Mandana Montazami and Chef Marco Camacho at Old Keene Mill Center in Springfield - Closed Jan 12, 2019
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We turned off our lights at West Springfield on Jan. 12, 2019. Thank you and everyone who helped Monty's serve our wonderful community for the past seven years. Our decision to close was not taken lightly but the business was no longer sustainable (for personal as well as professional reasons). We are working on Phase II and will keep you posted with our progress.
Once again, thank you, Don Rockwell, and the greater Springfield/Burke community and friends who supported us even before we officially opened in 2012.We will miss you greatly.
Khash, Donna, Chef Marco, and the Monty's Ambassadors.
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The purpose of the backstop is to prevent a hard border in Ireland for fear of reigniting violence.
The first car bomb in about 20 years exploded at night in front of a courthouse close to the border on Jan 19.
The EU said to May tonight, don't bother, no chance, and the Irish government is not as they say "best pleased".
Westminster today voted down amendments that would have sought an extension of time for negotiations, and would have prevented a no deal crashout, which everyone says they are against. Go Figya.
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To start, we got one of our favorite dishes from Arlington, the Dry-fried Eggplant and the Half Duck. The eggplant was fried and spiced to perfection, this would be an awesome snack to have at my Super Bowl party this weekend. The duck was what we were hoping it would be and far superior to the one that I had at Peking Gourmet Inn. Well prepared and plated, this was unctuous without being fatty and greasy, served with lovely light pancakes and fresh, crisp cucumbers and green onions alongside 2 sauces. This is up there with Proof's preparation, leaning more to the traditional, and really delicious if a bit expensive.
Already feeling a bit full and satisfied, we realized we overordered even prior to the Double Cooked Pork Belly, Grandma's Country Style Chili Chicken, and Stir Fried Snow Pea Tips. The pork belly has been a favorite in the past in visits to Arlington, and while this version didn't disappoint, it didn't have the level of heat that it has had in the past. I would still order this again, but it was the least popular dish at the table. My wife loved the chicken, which came with a 4 pepper rating on the menu and was way too spicy for my taste. The snow peas tips were initially as just a way to add some green to the table, might have my favorite dish all night. Garlicky, bitter, and well cooked, these were soft but still had bite in their spines and complemented everything that we had perfectly. A lovely dish that I left wanting to make for myself at home.
This wasn't a cheap meal and has to be one of, if not the most, expensive Chinese restaurants in the area, but it was right in our wheelhouse.
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also this [excerpt: "The geographical title “Dover” was tacked on to the true sole because the English town of Dover could supply more fish for London’s Billingsgate market than any other fishing village. But, despite its name, Dover sole is caught in other places. This flatfish ranges from the Mediterranean to the North Sea and is usually found in shallow waters."]
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Great value at Happy Hour, will come back.