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  1. Made a 24 hour detour to stop in Izakaya Wa to say hello. Located in a part of Houston that was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey, apparently it had closed for several months. Thankfully, it is reopened, and I am so envious that I cannot go more often. The place was packed, inside and out, young and old, etc. The food is more interesting than the drink IMO, but the prices are reasonable to this DMVer. Kubokawa-san is no longer behind the sushi bar (it can be physically grueling, and is when you are a perfectionist like he is) but oversees all things food. It's funny that it bills itself as a tapas spot, but yes, there are many sharable plates. I went for some seared sashimi, fried vegetables, kinpira, and some special grilled smelt. It is a bright, cheery, friendly spot and I can't imagine you could "order wrong" here.
  2. So, a week or so ago we went and saw their DOC designation was revoked. Serenity now! Didn’t stop us from ordering their killer vegetable pizza.
  3. The website says Bread is now available for sale starting at 8am. I am a fan of this place, and look forward to exploring more. Their bread is definitely an acquired taste, but damn, the Einkorn loaf I got was really distinctive.
  4. When people talk about sneaking in Starbucks because the coffee there sucks . . . The coffee there must suck! is serving lousy coffee (does it come with free refills?) a way to discourage squatters?
  5. And . . . closed. Sign says to visit them in Foggy Bottom, their only location now.
  6. Jan 23, 2018 - "A Tribute to Terasol ...." by Stephen Samuels and Joanna Pratt on foresthillsconnection.com " Over the last 14 months we all have had to deal with the hate and ignorance of those who attacked us through calls, texts and life-threatening emails but were humbled to see the outpouring support of our neighborhood. We didn’t close because of their attacks as I would never want to give them the satisfaction. Yes, it was difficult to constantly be attacked for no other reason than hate and ignorance… at Terasol but also in our daily lives. Receiving an email stating you will be hurt in the worst of ways and sooner than you think shakes you. But our team – and we – stayed strong."
  7. That would be my #1 option (YMMV) in Cleveland Park, then. Great news for Cleveland Park!
  8. I will check Jubilee out. 2 Amy’s can take on non traditional flavor profiles is all. I had a delicious amaro ice cream last month. It is a nimble ice cream program there, they don’t commit to any flavor from what I can tell.
  9. Finally made it to Jeni's. It is excellent ice cream, and that is all you really need to know. Dolcezza, 2 Amy's, Trickling Springs, Pitango -- very different styles. Getting a scoop at the 14th Street location really beats my experience of buying a $8 pint at Whole Foods, which had some freezer burn and had a totally different texture. Ditto for Dolcezza and Trickling Springs, at times. But for ice cream in DC, instead of trying to rank them on quality, it's more style. I would create the traditional-experimental spectrum as Trickling Springs, Pitango, Jeni's, 2 Amy's, Dolcezza
  10. That hard boiled egg on the sandwich looks really good, lately I've been getting the grey yolk at a number of places, all four dishes look terrific!
  11. In a conversation with a friend, we realized that we disagreed on what what we consider cheap eats or expensive fare, in terms of what we feel the baseline case should be. He thinks it is the Silver Diner, I think it is Clyde’s. I’m sure others would name Applebee’s, or even the Cracker Barrel, or 2 Amy’s, Matchbox, or even the Capitol Grille. Any place you think sets the standard for what is a reasonable eat, of a reasonable quality and cost?
  12. DaRiv18

    Good Standard for Price, Quality, and Value

    The litmus test for distractingly great food is whether it would make JoeH moan. "A signature dish of a Great restaurant is one which literally causes your mouth to open, to uncontrollably exclaim "Wow" when it is served. To deeply inhale its enthralling effluvia, to moan after savoring its first taste, to breathe heavily and evenly after swallowing the first orgasmic bite. "Vanilla roasted Maine lobster with Jonny cakes and a Chardonnay butter sauce" is such a dish. Live lobster is roasted and shelled then the lobster meat is sautéed with chardonnay butter, lobster stock is added and then reduced down with caramelized sugar. All of this is plated on top of several Rhode Island Jonny Cake discs with the sauce drizzled around and over. Simply, a Great dish worth of The Inn nearby or The Fat Duck, the three Michelin star and one of England's two best restaurants near the home of Sue Maragos, Frank's wife and partner who together open Foti's. Sue moved here five years ago from her home near the Cotswolds, apprenticed at The Inn and now with her husband has moved onto a national stage much sooner than either of them may have anticipated."
  13. This wasn't my experience at all, it was very relaxed. Are you talking about the music or the clientele?
  14. I've been to the Morris three times, always alone, and I can expect a decent cocktail there each time. They got the classics down, it is a cheerful locale, and I would rather meet a friend there and catch up than geek out alone on the drinks. Their experiments there, that I have witnessed, are pretty remedial and are more recipe-chasing than it is exploring a certain style or developing a process. My impression. It is also on a challenging block where all neighbors are having a hard time driving traffic their way, so hopefully that gets taken care of sooner than later. Once the Apply flagship arrives, and that office across the street gets filled, maybe they will be cooking with gas. But, for now, they are a bit too expensive on the happy hour side and not really distinctive enough for the exclusive set. They should aim for the latter.
  15. Bev's (EcoFriendly) $12 breakfast there is a steal, if you don't factor in the medical consequences. An egg fried in pig fat. Biscuit and gravy. Heirloom grits. Shredded pork. And a slice of bacon. I can't remember everything on it. It was seasoned aggressively and absolutely delicious. A southern breakfast for sure.
  16. I went this past Saturday like at 6:30ish by myself, it wasn't empty, but I did not see people really waiting for tables, either. The dining area is hard to evaluate from the bar area . . . there are chest-high walls that separate the two spaces. Not sure if it was busy or not. It had a very relaxed vibe there.
  17. I really enjoyed my dinner here. "Entrees" are $13-18 each, but the suggestion is three entrees. I probably should have ordered a noodle dish, because I've had sweetgreen bowls that left me fuller than the three plates I ate: the seared maitake (the celery root fritter almost stole the show), the wood roasted carrot, and the smoked chioggia beets. Veggies just don't fill ma belly! That said, every dish was terrific. Not sure if the beets or the maitake won the night for me, a toss-up. Cocktails were very, very good. People-watching there was interesting to me: a really cool crowd, diverse as to race and age, no obnoxious tables, mostly it looked like friends at the bar. Service at the bar was gracious, informed, and friendly. [Even though the address is 600 H Street NE, there are about 8 businesses with that same address, including Whole Foods. I think FR is Suite 7 or something . . . main point, it is located much closer to 7th and H than it is 6th and H.]
  18. DaRiv18

    Classic French Omelette - How To Make One?

    https://www.thedailymeal.com/eat/chef-jacques-pepin-youtube-omelette this video captures my angst of 2009!
  19. Stopped by today, it was closed. A chalkboard inside was titled Temporary Hours, but everything under that heading had been erased. Edit: maybe it is closed on Sundays now. I don’t recall that before.
  20. Well, this is awkward. I walked by Kitty's Saloon yesterday, only to see it had closed, and just now found out it closed back in September. A friend of mine liked the place to get a burger and watch a game, so while it wasn't my first choice, it certainly wasn't my last choice, either. It was a four year run. They called themselves "contemporary redneck" but I can't for the life of me recall any memorable dishes. Ah, whiskey. It was a clean and comfortable space, a bit rustic. I understand there were some code issues, but they were not apparent to me.
  21. Boundary Road hosted a pop-up this past Sunday night, and SMN just killed it. I am really looking forward to the opening. Chef Sam had a couple other guys helping him out for the pop-up, including Chef Brad at BR and Chef Erik from TU/Maketto. They offered about 7 small plates and 2 desserts, my friend and I ordered the entire menu. Braised goat in a smoked pepper raita was the standout for me, as was the poached sablefish with escabeche. Veggies were also a large focus of the menu, I particularly liked the pan roasted radishes. Desserts were also excellent, a carrot and orange ice cream SCOOP (not quinelle) with a maple pizzelle, and a flourless almond cake in pear compote. Plateware was thoughtful, similar to R'sL. Pickles and acid play a consistent theme in the dishes, but always playing a complementary role to the main ingredient. The fingerling potatoes in pork fat, for example, look just like little sausages served over the sauerkraut, that dish worked really nicely for me as well. Currently, H Street NE has a couple of excellent restaurants, a smattering of fine ones, and a deluge of okay places. With the almost concurrent opening of SMN and Maketto, I hope that more venues with focused concepts will try to hang a shingle in the neighborhood, and help create a brand of thoughtful restaurants on the strip.
  22. Mark Dedrick recommend that I check this place out, and so I stopped in for round on St. Patty's Day afternoon. It was fairly packed at 5pm, with young professionals, but a very relaxed and chill vibe. They may have the broadest selection of interesting spirits on H Street NE right now, based on a cursory scan of their shelves. I ordered a neat rum, and later turned it into an old-fashioned. A side of Gordy's pickled okra to snack and cleanse my earlier fried meals. It is nicely designed and a cool spot. I can tell they are going to be very successful and are catering to a more sophisticated crowd. Of the non-cheesy establishments on H Street that I have liked over the years, this one though lacks that H Street NE grit that I kinda dig, though. Even Maketto is fun and hipster urban, whereas Hill Prince doesn't feel like it is "representin'" any particular community. That said, all of their snack and beverage offerings look fantastic, service was friendly and efficient, and my drink was well made. I am not sure if I would run into neighbors here, if I was still in the neighborhood, but I would go fairly often.
  23. I never knew this place had an upstairs bar. And that's where I sat. Ordered a Dark 'N Stormy variant as well as a basket of fried oysters. Pleasant, nothing fancy, which is exactly what I want sometimes. I ate more of the fries than I had previously authorized myself to eat, they seemed fried in peanut oil. I will be back when I'm in the mood.
  24. Closed as I walked by. Also, Micho's on 5th (similar concept, I understand Micho used to be part of the Shawfel team) has been closed since Thanksgiving.