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  1. We've also tried it a few times over the last few weeks, and have been really happy. The Bing are great, filling and flavorful. The bao for us are a bit more mixed; we like the juicy pork and the veggie, but found the fancy beef to be somewhat unbalanced, with too much onion (and perhaps white pepper) in the mix. The shredded potato salad is awesome, and the seaweed salad is solid.
  2. We were blown away by takeout from Happy Gyro on Saturday evening. The gyro was great, according to my wife, and my celery root reuben (v 3.0) was outsize and interesting. I understood the reuben-(esque?) overtones, I think, with (perhaps?) braised, corned celery root stepping in as the 'meat'. The sides were similarly fabulous, the corn/orzo/carrot/halloumi salad delicious, as was the gigante beans/spinach dish. Pizza next time, I expect, but we had to start with gyros and that reuben, and are very happy that we did.
  3. We picked up sushi from Taro last night and it was fantastic. The process was smooth, with curbside pickup operating with extreme efficiency. And the sushi was phenomenal. From the 'roll' portion of our order, the plum-shiso was a highlight, as was the shrimp tempura. All of the nigiri that we tried were perfect cuts--not too big--and the rice was exceedingly high quality. But the surprising element of our meal was the takeout drinks--we ordered beers and sakes, and the prices were very, very low, with very little to no markup. From the sake menu, the Tamagawa Time Machine was a very nice
  4. Wonderful takeout last night from the Rockville location. To my surprise, the highlight of the meal was the vegetarian delight with rice; served in a carryout container it looked, honestly, bland. But it was really, really delicious. The potstickers were as good as always, the turnip pastry as well, and the beef wraps fell apart a bit on the ride home but were flavorful and fun to eat. We have so many good options for interesting food, and this remains one of the best.
  5. We picked up from A&J Rockville on Saturday night, and it was as great as always. The potstickers were a favorite, as always, as were the noodles with ham in the sesame sauce. The sliced pork in bean sauce made a great breakfast the next morning on a tortilla, with some sauteed sweet peppers. Great food that transports well.
  6. We ordered Easter dinner from them, and it was solid and comforting. The leg of lamb was very nicely seasoned and perfectly roasted, the lemon potatoes delicious, and the spanakopita and tiropita really good. The horiatiki salad was also great--two huge triangles of feta on top for dissolving into the salad. We finished with the Galaktoboureko--a nicely modest and filling end to a truly homestyle dinner. We'd happily do this again.
  7. The burgers made it home with no problem, and were still a bit warm so we didn't worry about reheating them (and once we sat them on our plates, they were gone very fast...) We've had the duck at the restaurant, and would have ordered it as well but it was sold out for the day. The Rugbrød was three nice slices of dense rye bread, served with a brown miso spread and a butter (maybe flavored?). I thought that we would have them at breakfast the next day, perhaps underneath some poached eggs, but the rugbrod didn't survive the night. 😏 My wife loves this bread, and for us any order fro
  8. We picked up a few burgers (really good) and an order of rugbrod. It was an easy transaction and worked out great for us. We'll be back for more.
  9. We did a 'staff's pick' board of charcuterie and were pleased, combining it with a nice bowl of olives, and bleu cheese, a semihard cheese, and a soft cheese. The crispy chicken wings were perfectly cooked and good quality, but I agree that they were under seasoned. It wasn't clear what the plan was with the boar ribs--not really smoked, with a lightly sweet, very lightly flavored sauce. More boldness would have been great for both. Service was good.
  10. I like barbecue, but for me the best BBQ I've ever had was an order of the lamb ribs at Jack Stack in Kansas City. They were definitely bbq lamb ribs, and not grilled, but at the same time not as bbq'ed as some of the other cuts. (I went back again and thought I should try the crown rib. It was good, but I should have ordered more lamb ribs...)
  11. Perhaps an off-night, but I was underwhelmed by dinner at San, for which I had high hopes. There were a few nice dishes, but nothing really spectacular. A 5-course tasting menu, with a two-course add-on, made for a long night. Perhaps the problem lies in the concept--all courses, save the bread course, were designed to be served only in bowls, and to only be consumed with a spoon. Even writing that seems somewhat goofy. The service, on the other hand, was practically flawless, a great combination of professionalism and friendliness. It made me want to like dinner more than I ultimately di
  12. A second visit to Toshiro confirmed to me how interesting it is. Again, a 7-course tasting menu with some of the same ingredients as I had in November--duck was again a prominent player, as were scallops, Jerusalem artichokes, and carrots--but new preparations and a wealth of interesting flavors and combinations. Starting the evening off with a bergamot/champagne aperitif was bold and for some at my table a bit too much, but we quickly slid into the amuse bouche--4 of those, I think--before jumping into the full menu. As before, the wine pairings were challenging and transformed by the dishes
  13. Dinner at Toucan Brasserie was very good. I shared a seafood tower of clams, mussels, oysters, crevettes, crevettes-grises, and some other shelled treats. Beautifully prepared; I think (but am not positive) that the mussels were raw, or exceedingly lightly steamed; the texture was unique and not entirely to my taste, but interesting nonetheless. I continued the theme with the chipirones (octopus) in a Spanish sauce with pea shoots. Perfectly prepared. Service was deliberate but friendly. This place is definitely worth a visit; in the beautiful Ixelles neighborhood. Lunch at Be Bo Bun wa
  14. Louisville I didn't have a hot brown, but having experienced it before I didn't mind skipping it on this short trip. Dinner at Buck's was a bit of a happy trip back in time; the dining room is well-cared for, but feels like a bit of an artifact from the early 1990s. Dinner was very good, though; a wedge salad not over-dressed, a duroc pork chop that was perfectly prepared, and grits and Brussels sprouts that made sure you knew you were in the south (at least sort-of). Dinner at 610 Magnolia was splendid; we were in their private dinner space across the street from the main resta
  15. Breakfast here was delicious: a ham and cheese biscuit was plenty, but I couldn't resist also having a glazed donut. spongy, sweet goodness. The coffee is good, too. This place was humming today, and efficient, delicious operation. I would happily go here everyday; if only I could...
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