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  1. Having been underwhelmed by both Sushi-Zen and Endo Sushi, and having perused the boards but not finding any moderately priced, non-fancy sushi, but nonetheless wanting takeout sushi tonight, I figured I'd post and give it a shot. Any suggestions? Takeshi seems to be stronger on the ramen front than the sushi front.
  2. Just stopping by to chime in that Reren is often the dinner stop when my wife and I are going to an event at Sixth & I. We've enjoyed some things more than others, but I don't recall ever being dissatisfied with something.
  3. I was in NO for a conference a couple of weeks ago, and snuck away for a few good dinners to offset corporate conference food. Herbsaint was definitely our top meal. We haven't been to NO in quite a while - two visits ago, our best meal was at Root, with August as our second best (yes, Root was that good, too bad it's now gone). Didn't make it to Elizabeth's for breakfast this time around, sadly. I also got lunch delivery to my hotel from Juan's Flying Burrito, which was pretty good.
  4. About 35 years ago, I got to spend 8 months working with Eliot Coleman (one of the deans of organic farming), and I am sad that the discussions haven't changed very much. I'd support a red meat tax, but I can afford to pay it.
  5. Just got back from the little brick-and-mortar on Sycamore St. I've lived in Arlington for 25 years and somehow had never been in this general area - not a hotbed of activity, but I would gladly return for the moist brisket and bean sides. I got a platter with sides of the grits with jalapeno (not spicy, whether by design, heat-defective jalapenos, or ??) and the texas caviar (basically black bean and corn salad, which had nice tang to the dressing). The brisket was moist as advertised, with a helpful but not overbearing fat cap, tasted terrific and I am now very, very full after being very, very hangry. If the meat from the truck is better, then I'll be following that truck anywhere.
  6. That looks far more fun than a government financial management conference...
  7. Heading down for a conference tomorrow through Wednesday and just wanted to say thanks for the recent recs. I'll likely be eating a fair amount of conference food 😑 but will get at least a few good meals out of it!
  8. If you're interested, or know of someone who's interested, you can contact Mariam Raz Razavi on Facebook, or I can connect you if you prefer that route. Feel free to DM me; I don't know any details about the positions, but Raz is a longtime friend and good egg.
  9. Just to add to the "what do you buy at Costco" part of this thread...there are two of us + one pup, and we have a good amount of storage space: - nuts (as mentioned above, great deals, have to freeze or refrigerate most of the bag, we got a full-size standup freezer years ago for free through Freecycle and that's been one of our best finds, ever; - packages of feta; - coffee for during the week when we just want caffeine (they have big bags of Peet's on sale regularly, and bags of Mayorga and not-completely-overroasted Starbucks); - household goods when on sale, like big boxes of tissues; also, Kirkland TP and paper towels; - dental chews for the pupper, which are basically candy and I should probably search for something else; - ground beef, prime-cut meat; - frozen shrimp, though who knows where they come from; - prescriptions for the pupper. Well-priced and if you're just picking up the prescription(s), you only need to stop there, you don't need to go through the war zone of the registers. Given that Pentagon City is my closest store, that's a huge bonus.
  10. This feels a little ghoulish, but just about everything from Kapnos Taverna in Arlington is being auctioned off here at Rasmus Auctions. So if you need a giant pizza oven, or several sconces, they're here! On another note, seeing all of the equipment and organizational items, as a restaurant consumer, not someone in the business, makes me realize to a small extent just how much goes into opening and running a restaurant.
  11. Lots of the new condo/rental developments in the corridor have yet to fully stock up with residents, so I'm guessing that the Ballston Quarter establishments are hinging their fortunes on the not-quite-finished buildings. Though that potentially may not help with the lunch crowd. Also, the failure of the Rixby building next to the new Marymount buildings may be a harbinger of things to come (or of poor building management, or...who knows?). OK, enough rambling.
  12. 5 years later: we drove down this way to test drive a car (it was way out of our way, but a nice day for a little road trip). Afterwards, we stopped in here, and the food is still delicious. They had shrimp on the ceviche tostada, which was the highlight along with the bean & cheese pupusa, with some crispy bits of cheese. The tacos were also flavorful and filling - I got a carnitas, an al pastor, and a carne asada (which was somewhat tough, but these tacos are $2-3 each, so I'm not complaining). We got two orders of posole intending to provide one to the gentleman hanging out in the parking lot with no particular place to go, but he disappeared by the time we were leaving, so we have two orders to try out for lunch tomorrow. The road into this strip mall is horrific, as is the parking situation. Brace yourselves.
  13. Excellent dinner here last night. We had an early reservation (5:15) before the show, and made remarkable time getting there from DC, so we walked in the door at 5, they seated us shortly after that in the beautiful bar with a fire going in the fireplace. We had views of the Sagamore distillery on one side, and the harbor on another. Our server was an old-school sort of guy, started out a little formal and gruff, and by midway he was smiling at us and our enjoyment of the food. Cocktails were a Penicillin for me (Sagamore Spirit Rye, ginger, lemon, honey, jasmine, McCarthy’s Single Malt, and a garnish of candied ginger, yum) and a Winter Crush for Yoyogrrrl (Sagamore Spirit Rye, passion fruit, orange, lemon, club soda), which she liked but switched to get the Penicillin for a second drink). Starters were the wood-grilled choptank oysters (the topping was a bit granita-like and the Hatch chilies were not discernible in taste), with a small squeeze of lime over them, and tuna poke with macadamia nuts and nori, which doesn't seem to be on their online menu. We loved both of these, and the portions were just enough to make us want more of each. The poke benefited from the nori, surprisingly, as nori usually seems like just a textural add in non-sushi dishes. The fried chicken and rockfish have already been written up, so I'll keep it short. The crust was pretty thick for our chicken, too (maybe for people who like to eat some skin, but not all of it?) but my goodness, that chicken was well-cooked. Super moist inside. The rockfish was also beautiful. The grits were creamy, the smoked cherry (?) tomatoes had a satisfying pop, and I ate nearly all of it, figuring we could - and did - take the chicken with us. We didn't have time for dessert before the show, so no report on that. It took forever to get out of the garage attached to the Hippodrome so we called it a night after the show, rather than returning for dessert. I'll post our Woodberry brunch writeup in that thread, and we do still give WK the edge, but I don't think anyone could go wildly wrong with either restaurant right now.
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