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  1. Another victim of the pandemic, this time a classic (although admittedly I was never that big a fan) - Amphora has closed in Vienna. It was already well established when I moved here in 1995.
  2. Bazin's in Vienna has them on the menu routinely as a starter.
  3. Thanks for the reminder. I haven't been to the Italian Gourmet in years, probably since Chase The Sub/The Sandwich Shop opened. Based on today's experience alone, the sandwiches are quite good but not great. I'll probably stick with The Sandwich Shop as my first choice but will include this one in the mix to sample more of their wares.
  4. We've done carry-out from Clarity pretty much once a week since this all started, having been to the restaurant the week before everything shut down. The smoked and grilled stuff has been wonderful and the composed meals were actually a great deal. Fortunately for the restaurant but unfortunately for us, they are now putting more emphasis on the parking lot restaurant so the carry-out offerings are more limited and no longer as good a value. The smoked items are still worth getting. We almost went to the parking lot restaurant this week for my wife's birthday but it's only a six course ta
  5. There may well be specials in the future. Right now the menu is somewhat in flux. The menu might be "boring" but it's basically what I expect at a bistro.
  6. Desperate for something good after a week of really bad wine at a bad resort, we decided to try somewhere new to which we could bring our own bottle. We decided to try the recently opened Parc de Ville in Merrifield. This is a self-titled French Bistro and Wine Garden from the owners of Chez Billy Sud, located in the ill-fated former Gypsy Soul and Requin space. While they've tried to give it a slightly more bistro-ish feel, the space doesn't look much different from its days as Requin. While the menu is still in a little bit of flux relative to what is on the website, things were hand
  7. Northern Virginia Magazine is reporting that Trummer's will reopen after renovations "sans 'on Main' with a new menu for a rotisserie-themed, upscale-casual, family-friendly restaurant." That sounds like a press release but I'm not really sure what it means. Anyone have more information?
  8. Honestly I had never heard that (so I guess for me at least the "quietly" is accurate). If that was the criteria for the award, then bravo.
  9. I've lived in this area for 41 years and worked downtown for 35 of those years. Annie's has never come up in a food discussion, I've never been tempted to eat there and nobody with whom I've dined has ever suggested going there. What exactly makes this a James Beard American Classic?
  10. Patricia Murphy's was my first "fine dining" experience. We had moved from Yonkers to Rockland County in 1962 (talk about rural) but went to Patricia Murphy's once a year in the mid '60s for a "special" dinner. I moved to DC in 1978 for law school. My first real fine dining experience (and the first time I spent over $100 for a couple for dinner) was at Cantina D'Italia, which I definitely could not afford. I still remember that meal (and my date, who has been my wife for over 35 years).
  11. I've been to Roda - good stuff across the board. You'll enjoy it. (Sorry for the thread drift.)
  12. Interesting that you say that. Rioja is generally my fallback as well.
  13. I like well planned micro-lists and really dislike the massive volumes at some places (I went to Bern's several years ago and, while there were some great finds, I would still be there if I didn't just pick something). Mark's comment highlights the two big issues for me, though. I don't want some trendier than thou wine list that has nothing to do with the food. I don't care if the sommelier likes orange wines or can get Trousseau from the Jura or Arinto from the Azores if it does not go well with what is coming from the kitchen. On the other hand, I don't want a list that just cat
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