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  1. I just spoke with him and he said his fiancee's been in recent contact with Ristorante Piccolo as well. But I see they just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, so... 😬 I suggested an off-the-wall idea in booking a riverboat if they really wanted a view with their reception. I'd also found CUT Above at the Rosewood Hotel, but that's an outdoor bar and there's no guarantee it still won't be horrendously frigid come the end of March. I just told him about Chez Billy Sud.
  2. First, I'm not asking for myself, but rather a good friend of mine. He's looking for: " restaurants in Georgetown that might be good for a 20-22 person wedding party, either semi- or full-private room. We've been looking at all the places on Opentable, but haven't found anything really suited - a view would be preferable. Bunch of restraunts have gotten back to us, but nothing really hitting the right notes yet. What venue springs to mind with Georgetown, decent view, and semi-private room? " When he was asked which of those three criteria - private/semi-private room, view, and Georgetown - he would be the most comfortable with sacrificing, he chose the private/semi-private room. He *wanted* Sequoia, but his wedding's at 2pm and Sequoia won't seat them until 6pm. He said he's looked into Fiola but balked a bit at the pricing. Any assistance or steers would be much appreciated. The wedding is happening on March 29th. EDIT: To add to the criteria: "windows are a priority, I've been told"
  3. Neisha and Rango's will likely take more of a hit than BJ's, simply because BJ's has plentiful covered parking and direct access *from* said parking, which is a rarity for a restaurant in Tyson's Corner that isn't inside a mall. I keep meaning to try both of them, especially Rango's seeing as Tequila Grande is on borrowed time in Vienna, and I never get around to it. It's funny, though - whenever I mention *any* GAR restaurant to someone in this area I get either a passively complimentary ambivalence or a straight out "it's a GAR chain restaurant, **** that place." Almost never any in-between, and I've even seen more than one person be completely oblivious to the fact that a restaurant *is* part of the chain, and turn into a frothing speaking-in-tongues lunatic once they figure out it is. A moderate handful of people surveyed, most popular answer on the board is..."the menus are way too similar between restaurants." 🙄 If I had to levy a single critique of Patsy's, it's the lack of chicken tenders on the menu, and also the fact that Silverado is by far the best value of all of them because they give you free chips and salsa, and it's *good* chips and salsa. Too bad it's in a wholly unattractive strip mall in the middle of a really confusing cluster of roads in Annandale. --- Great American Restaurants, Inc. (weezy)
  4. They've also opened a third location in Leesburg/Landsdowne. Like the South Riding location, it's larger and takes reservations/call-aheads. The address for the third location is: 19308 Promenade Drive Leesburg, VA 20176
  5. I'm hoping to get a chance to check out Howlin' Rays next week in LA. Evidently so long as you're on line by 7pm, you still get served.
  6. The only time I was ever enthusiastic to visit a fast food restaurant in Europe was when my family lived in Sicily from August of '91 to September of '93 and as a kid it was my only chance to sate my craving for a Big Mac since the closest one to eastern Sicily at the time was in *Naples*.
  7. This place - good though it may be - is kind of a NOVA Xerox'ed version of Howlin' Rays in LA: http://www.howlinrays.com/menu/
  8. Had some business in the Reston/Herndon area and decided to set aside some time to try this place. Wooboi, did they underestimate demand. Even at ~11:15am, fifteen minutes after they opened, the line was already quite long (but not out the door). The good news is, despite having just one register, the line moves pretty quickly. The *bad* news is, seating inside the place is quite limited, and invariably with lunch crowds, you're going to get large(r) parties corralling tables together and making the problem worse. If you feel like chancing it, the to-go boxes are nice enough that eating in your car would be doable. As for the chicken - I liked it. It's pretty clear they brine their breasts/tenders, since the chicken has the internal look of a CFA breast - no stringiness here. I had a Level 2 sandwich and a Level 3 tender (to taste), and I'm glad I went that way, even though I'm sure I could've handled a Level 3 sandwich just fine. The strip mall/general vicinity this place is in is an unholy grouping of a lot of diet-killing eateries. There's a Gelato shop/cafe within spitting distance, a vegetarian Indian restaurant right next door, an Amphora Bakery next to that... ...too bad they only keep M-F hours, but they're going to do plenty of business from the businesses within walking distance. They'll have another location open in no time, most likely. Oh, and one other thing to keep in mind. On the glass in front of the prep area, they mention that their chicken is prepared with pork products (they don't elaborate as to how), so it's decidedly *not* Halal or Kosher.
  9. So it seems I've been ~shanghaied~ into writing a new thread (for the first time in a while ), I decided to give this place a try tonight with a friend. The space itself is nice - very resplendent of Bonchon's decor - right down to the same slippery floor tiles. Their HVAC system certainly works well, as it was almost chilly in the restaurant. Notable annoyances of the space were: NASCAR on TV (it was NBCSN, but still) and Korean pop/rap playing at a volume that noticeably impeded conversation. I don't mind music I can't understand (I've lived abroad), but when it's at a volume that makes conversation difficult (it wasn't painfully loud, just 'too noticeable'), that's something different altogether. A nice touch was after we'd ordered, they came out with a plate of ~6 free tenders glazed in their soy garlic sauce as an "on the house" appetizer of sorts. Their product is much more enjoyable and 'meatier' than Bonchon's boneless offerings, retaining enough juiciness that it isn't like trying to eat leather if left to sit for more than ten minutes. As for an entree, I ordered their spicy garlic sauce while my dining companion ordered their "snow onion" chicken. The Spicy Garlic was "just spicy enough" for me, and by the end, my eyes were slightly watery and I had that phenomena where everything that touched my tongue reactivated the latent spice. The "Snow Onion" chicken (in tender form) is a mass of pre-cut tenders smothered in a white garlic-based sauce and *buried* underneath a bed of slightly-pickled onions. You go 'bib-less' at your own peril in trying to eat it with a nice shirt on (makes you wonder if there's a reason they opened so nearby a laundromat). They also talked up (and down) their "Tikkudak," which they said has a 'smokier' taste that some either prefer or dislike. Not exactly a stirring recommendation - and it also sounds like it would increase preparation time, as it's cooked twice - both fried and oven-baked. There were a few negatives, which might just be chalked up to it being a new place: 1) The serving staff were very disorganized and a bit scatterbrained. Anyone who's been to the ABC Canteen knows it's *not* a large space - at all. To get refills, and I desperately needed mine to curb the heat in my mouth - I had to bring our glasses up to the bar and have them refilled. They also didn't know off the top of their heads if they had iced tea (they do, unsweetened). One of the servers spent the majority of her time on her phone and/or laptop in the back (so in addition to the music, our dining experience was punctuated by the default Verizon ringtone multiple times). Granted, it wasn't very busy, but it still was a bit of a put-off, even though she wasn't our server. 2) The food was brought out one entree at a time, in a slightly haphazard manner. Our surprise "on the house" Soy Garlic tenders came out first, followed about 5-10 minutes later by my friend's Snow Onion entree, then another 5-7 minutes later by my Spicy Garlic plate, and finally, the curly fries we'd ordered to be the 'appetizer' of sorts (not knowing we were going to get free tenders) came out last, when both of us were on our last legs hunger-wise. I found myself having to practically choke a few fries down at the end of the meal simply to feel as if I was getting some value out of the five dollars the side cost. It's kind of funny - every "KFC" place in the area has a caveat against it: Bonchon has spotty quality but nice decor/seating, BB-Q in Falls Church has a tasty product but an unattractive setting (not to mention you having to know it's there to know it exists at all), and this place has a tasty product and 'okay' decor/surroundings, but service that leaves a bit to be desired. No one's gotten it quite right yet.
  10. Yeah, I tried "Oh George!" on the underside and wasn't impressed for the money paid. The service was good and the space itself was nice, though.
  11. Looking at their menu, it seems this place is more "fast froo froo casual" than a formal restaurant like Ford's.
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