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  1. The first floor is the Mongolian Restaurant where they serve the Hot Pot. Second floor is the Chinese Restaurant (where the dimsum is served).
  2. There was just the two of us ladies and we didn't want to stuff ourselves. We got the turnip/radish cake (lu bok go) which was surprisingly good. We also had shrimp and chive dumpling which was pretty good but a bit bland. Finally we had egg tarts which were some of the best I've ever had. I would definitely go back there and try other things if I was in the neighborhood like I was yesterday (for the Travel Show at the Convention Center).
  3. Could it be because it was St. Patrick's Day and the usual customers were out and about with the wearing of the green? I was at dimsum at Tony Cheng's for the first time (not bad by the way) yesterday at 12:30, also pretty empty.
  4. I usually order the Gambas al Ajillo during happy hour. Sometimes it is excellent, sometimes chewy and the garlic is burnt. We went there for Restaurant Week last month and the meal was terrific. I had turnips appetizer which was unusual but satisfying. We both had snapper filets for the entree which were delicious. For dessert, husband had flan (which he loved although not a dessert person) and I had some chocolate mousse thing which was good but I was hoping to have the advertised churro with chocolate sauce which was not available that evening. I was impressed but unfortunately the snapper is not available on their regular menu. Oh well.
  5. Good to know about the Crystal City location. I went there about 8 years ago and thought it was terrible. Never went back. Now I may give it another try.
  6. 😭😢😰Boo hoo. I really liked the pizza here. Luckily I've found other good places like Wiseguy, Pupatella and Pete's aPizza.
  7. I am curious why you think that. When I reserve online, I don't mind that it is Resy or Yelp or Reserve. Are some patrons loyal to OpenTable for some reason? Maybe they are familiar with the process and/or get points?
  8. I went for the first time a couple of weeks ago to Cafe Bonaparte in Georgetown and thought their onion soup was excellent. I've been disappointed at onion soup at: Cafe Tatti, Le Chat Noir, Mussel Bar. The onion soup at La Madeleine was better than those 3 restaurants.
  9. Anybody know what is going on with this restaurant? I walk by it all the time and it has been closed since August and it is still closed. How can a restaurant temporarily close for 4 months? Here is the latest article about it: "After Brief Hiatus, Ballston's Stageplate Bistro Plans To Reopen next Month" by Alex Koma on arlnow.com
  10. Based on DaveO's recommendation, we went here for dinner tonight. Wow! Delicious burgers. Even my picky husband liked his burger. The bacon was made fresh and the blue cheese was good too. French fries nice and crispy. The service wasn't the greatest, but for those burgers I can suffer a bit. We'll be back!
  11. I like Mon Ami Gabi in Reston Town Center. When we stay at the Dulles Marriott overnight for a park and fly, we eat there for dinner. From the website looks like they serve weekend brunch as well as lunch. It's sort of a French version of Carlyle Cafe.
  12. What do you make of this strategy? "Stageplate Bistro Closes Temporarily in Ballston, with Plans to Re-Open this Fall" by Melanie Pincus as arlnow.com
  13. I've been here a couple of times. OK, it's not Pupatella, but it is a pretty decent Neapolitan-style pizza. You pick your own toppings (like Chipotle, etc.) and they put it in a 1000-degree oven. They have a ridiculous loss-leading promotion: "Monday Tuesday & Thursday All Day, Unlimited Topping 10" Pizza For $5.99" I guess I'm supportive of them because it seems like an Indian family's franchise. I've seen the father and his 2 children working there. Maybe I'm just imagining this. The place is always empty-ish when I am there so I don't know how long they will last. It's a mystery to me why they are not more patronized. I'll have to do my best and go there more often. BTW, they have a delivery promotion via Grubhub if you are interested, but I don't know how well these pizzas fare with delivery. I think they need to be eaten there.
  14. We tried them a couple of times (long ago, right after Hsian Foong closed). I liked it (esp. beef/broccoli) but my husband didn't like it. Don't remember why and he probably doesn't either. Perhaps we ordered the lemon chicken which we loved at Hsian Foong and it was not good. I think it is time to give them another try. Thanks!
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