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  1. Announcement of the opening of the Wardman Park Hotel, November 1918
  2. Lots of people out in Bethesda this past weekend, dining in the street, at actual tables! Encouraging to see!! They have blocked off some parts Norfolk Ave., and parts of Bethesda Row, so the restaurants can serve patrons at tables set up in the street at some distance from eachother. They are calling this 'Bethesda Streetery.' I think I would have used 'ReStreetraunt.' which explains why I am not in marketing. Be advised if you have been relying on curbside pickup at some of these restaurants, since you can no longer do drive-bys. (WhIch is how I stumbled upon the Streeteraunt.)
  3. We picked up a dozen salteñas from Silpancho's House to take to a party (we called ahead). Everyone enjoyed them. I liked them better than other Salteñas I've had in the DMV, mainly due to construction - they maintained structural integrity while eating, and didn't spill a drop of juice (not for lack of juice). I've had some practice by now, but saltenas can be filled with juice and will make quite a mess if you just grab them and chow down. These did not have olives with pits that I have uncomfortably discovered with others. The flavor was very good, the chicken was tastier than the beef to me. I haven't had Pan American Bakery's version, but I like them better than Pike in Arlington Bolivian companion was excited by the menu so we ended up getting a bit more stuff. We got several cuñapés, Boilivian bread with cheese. They were still good several days later after warming up in the oven, the insides were soft and cheesy, made for a nice breakfast. Sopa de mani and beef fricasé were good, but I'm more interested in spicy - they have saice as a special on some days, will want to go back to try their version It's out of the way for us, but would explore more entrees if we're in the neighborhood.
  4. Paid a visit to Pizza CS this week. Here is my Margherita pizza with pepperoni. Loved it. Rich tomato and a fantastic crust. Paired with a Jailbreak hefeweizen. There are no two words more delicious to say together than 'pepperoni cups.' I hope there are more pies like this in my future
  5. I haven't been to BK for awhile, since around the time it first opened. Mainly because it is usually packed whenever I'm in the neighborhood. The menu has changed a bit. They still have the chintan broth. The others are listed as typical miso/shoyu ramen, but I guess it is paitan? I had the chintan. Fantastic broth. For toppings, I did not get an egg, will have to remember to add that on. Corn is a default topping, I don't remember that from before, and it was a bit too much corn for me. They offer Toki on the menu, which I remember from before. A shot of Toki, neat, is a very nice aperitif for rich ramen broth, hard for me to resist, sometimes to my detriment
  6. I'm a new fan of Fish Taco. Tried out the Bethesda Row location - it's a nice large space including outdoor seating, enjoy it while the weather holds out We got blackened salmon tacos from the specials list, and some fish tacos from the regular menu. The signature fish taco disappointed. The texture was too soft, mo crunch and very little flavor. The blackened salmon tacos were fantastic though, went back for a second round of those. They were so good, I was summoned to pick up another order to go the next day. Working my way through the menu. The adobo chicken bowl is also very good. The carnitas and steak tacos are good, but I wish they had a salsa bar or fixings to add some flavor. Cholula and Yucateco on hand, which I like, but that only gets you so far. Also wish they had a freestyle or other fountain option - bottles only at this location.
  7. I have been curious about that place, but haven’t tried it. It seemed to have a surge of popularity this summer. More than once, I saw they had a guy out front just to manage the long line to get in
  8. I feel your pain, RBeats. But alas, it will probably always be thus. My strategy for coping has been to have a go-to in mind when we need to find a place to eat, temper my expectations, and be prepared to be flexible. District Kitchen has had stretches where we really enjoyed it, but can be unexpectedly slammed with conventioneers as noted above. Lately we like Umi for decent Japanese/Sushi. It's not at street level so the tourists overlook it I think. Better dining can be found a short trip to the north, south, or east
  9. Looks like Comet Ping Pong to me!! I think I've eaten hundreds of their wings. Come to think of it, they are my favorite wings in the area. Pro tip: If you only order pizza there, you can ask for a side of the wing sauce - great for dipping the pizza crust!
  10. Word in the neighborhood is that Arucola is closing at the end of the month.
  11. We went to check out Cielo Rojo, quite enjoyed it. My points of reference for Mexican I like in the area are Mezcalero, Taqueria Habenero, and Taco Bamba. "Fine Casual" is an apt way to describe this place I think. They have the kind of ordering system where you make your selections and pay at the register, and they bring your food to your table. The food is very good and seems like its made with a great deal of pride and care. I felt I was in a nice restaurant and had to to stop myself from trying to flag a waiter We had the queso fundido, carnitas, chicken, and mushroom tacos, and the pozole. The tortillas are house made and fantastic. The queso and tacos were excellent, but the pozole was polarizing - the menu says it is vegetarian, and I was hoping for porky goodness, but my dining partner thought it was interesting and had alot of flavor. Good house made sauces were provided to add, tasty but not adding heat. Side note - Victoria is my new go-to beer for mexican food, but its not widely available. A vienna style lager, pairs nicely with spicy food. Its on the menu but they were out. It's a pretty small space, and off the beaten path for us, but I can see heading out there again. They are a great addition to the community and wishing them success!
  12. I go to C&J in Tenleytown on the regular. It has been consistently good, but inconsistently great. On a recent visit, the pink sauce (sometimes called picante) tasted off - like it had been mixed incorrectly. Sometimes the order is confused as to the size of the yucca or composition of sauces, and they don't always have Inca Cola. Despite these hiccups the chicken has always been good. Previous devotee of Pollo Rico in Arlington and Wheaton - the pink sauce at C&J is what made me change. It's been a number of years, but I remember thinking the chickens at Pollo Rico were a little better/plumper, but the sauces were not as good as C&J. Also thought Pollo Rico's rapid assembly line ordering was a little hectic, but much more efficient.
  13. I still see the 'For lease' signs on the old Palena space when I drive by. When I saw new posts in this thread, I thought it might be coming back. A christmas miracle please?
  14. Visiting philly, and saw a sign for a DT coming soon, on Market St near city hall. Checked their web site, it won’t be their first Pennsylvania location. A dc taco chain going national? Kudos to them, wishing them luck!
  15. They have bialys at little red fox in DC on the weekends, sourced from Bullfrog they tell me. Never had one before, this thread inspired me to investigate. The onion in the middle seemed tiny compared to other bialys I see on the Google machine. I sliced and toasted it, it was good with cream cheese and smoked salmon, or just a little butter. I'll probably switch it up and get one of these instead of a bagel, if the batch looks good (with more onion!).
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