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  1. I'd definitely recommend checking out the new menu. We went last night. The place was busy but had a number of open tables, but when we walked in they said they were fully booked and welcomed us to sit at the bar. This is a recurring theme at Hazel (open seats; saying they're booked) and I never understand it. Anyway, we asked if the patio was open, and it was. They happily turned on the heatlamp because it was a bit chilly. That patio is such a great and lovely space, I'm glad to hear they're making better use of it with Hazelito. The food itself was very good. There were a few boring misses (e.g. charred cabbage), but we LOVED the chicken liver mousse on rye toast with citrus--though I love most things on rye toast. Still, it wasn't too livery and was well-executed. The made to order laffa bread was delicious. It comes out in a huge puff ala the scallion pancake at Peter Chang's, and we enjoyed all 3 of the sauces we ordered with it (catfish, carrot, and shug). Upon request, they gave us another piece of bread for free. Other highlights included the delicate gnocchi and beef tartare with turkish coffee mixed in (though it was a bit wetter than I would have wanted). Annoyingly the menu online hasn't been updated since March 16th, so I forget a few other items we ordered. Drinks were good (any negroni riff is good by me). Service was friendly and attentive. Overall, we left quite full for $60 per person including tax, tip and a drink each.
  2. I also was there last night and also agree that the carrots were undercooked. They've been undercooked in the past too. My cauliflower bowl wasn't great. The kale and potato taco is one of the 20 or best dishes I've had in DC (especially considering the price).
  3. We had a really great meal here Saturday with friends. The standouts were the mushrooms served in the form of linguini a la cacio e pepe, the incredibly savory chicken and snail lasagna, and my salmon, which was somehow super crispy on the skin, but basically raw below it. It came with cabbage and roe of some sort in a dill/cream/fishy sauce. Outstanding.
  4. I haven't posted much recently because I haven't had many meals that have been inspiring one way or the other. That changed last night. I went to Benito's Place by myself and had a delightful experience. The mole guerrero was a brilliant ruby red, with incredible depth and a lovely kick, accompanied by beans, rice and fresh tortillas. The pupusas were gooey and much lighter than most pupusas I've had in the area, which I've found to be mealy and dense. Service was lovely, space was quiet and friendly. All for $20 + tip. Highly recommended on a cold winter night or, really, any night. WaPo had a favorable write-up of it last year: Feb 13, 2018 - "Benito's Place Restaurant: a Fantastic Food Tour of Latin America" by Gabe Hiatt on washingtonpost.com
  5. What is everyone's favorite casualish bistro in Paris? I'm thinking something like Le Diplomate and Bistro Du Coin (but the real thing!). Thanks. --- Le Bistrot d'à Côté (Mark Slater)
  6. I went here a lot because I live a block away. Their "Cali Girl" sandwich used to be on delicious fresh milk bread with a great runny egg, until about a month ago, when it was on clearly delivered bread with an egg-mcmuffin type hard egg. Gross. I suspect when Marjorie left to St. Anselm the money went with her.
  7. Haven't been here since Chef Rubba left, but going Saturday. MAN does this menu look good though--love the creative uses of veggies.
  8. Happened to go here today for the first time in a while; I find that I go here during winter more often for some reason. But you're spot on: black rice with spicy chicken and veggies is a GREAT lunch. The noodles/soups I've had have been much worse.
  9. I just saw this comment, and it rubbed me as a unnecessarily snarky. What's wrong with opening a second location? Certainly it's better than a vacant space. And there's now easier access to good food downtown. And (hopefully) the owners make money from it. Turns out that restaurants aren't charities and, at the end of the day, the vast majority of them exist to make money. Do you have a job? Do you work for free or do you try to "monetize[ ] it as thoroughly as possible"?
  10. Had the falafel yesterday and thought it was great. A bit too heavy on the sauce that comes with it though. The balls themselves were freshly made and tasty. I have no idea why they insist on charging 75 cents for tiny thimbles of shug/harissa. They ask if you want them without telling you it's an upcharge, which I dont like. I'm excited that you can add falafel balls to any salad for only $1.75
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