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  1. To be honest, I was never impressed by Landrum’s restaurants, all good concepts that faded away. At Rsy’s And at Hellburger, I always felt that there was something missing. People who I took to Ray's complained that there was a strong feeling of being rushed. Considering the failed businesses, good for a bit and then gone, there needs to be a fuller analysis of why these concepts failed.
  2. While I am feeling somewhat nostalgic about eating options in the Twin Towers, I remember when I moved to Rosslyn in the early 1980's, that complex had a restaurant called New York, New York which closed in a few years after I moved to Rosslyn. Although I was young then and, therefore, had no basis for comparison, it reminded me of what a typical Manhattan eatery was like with a break menu of surf and surf, something like I imagined Toots Shor's or Jack Dempsey's must have been. The closest that my fading memory can come to describing something similar would be Joe's, the Miami transplant on fifteenth street near the White House.
  3. I went over to the Twin Towers to The Great Eatery, the buffet and sandwich place, and they posted a sign that August 31 would be their last day after ten years. Although I think the cause is mainly the movement of various businesses on the Mall level due to the expansion of the WJLA empire, I am sorry to see it go, particularly as a similar buffet place at the Rosslyn Metro Center closed several months ago. Now, aside from a sandwich shop on the street level, a fairly large complex has no interior dining options. There are still food trucks along Wilson Boulevard and assorted take out places in the block across Wilson, but it is sad when a business closes that was at least convenient.
  4. I took my teen-aged goddaughter there before a basketball game at what used to be the Verizon Center. She was more in awe that it was a Mike Isabella place because she had heard of Mike from some cooking show that she occasionally watched. I have also been to his Greek place, both the Ballston and Bethesda branches, and they were just OK. It leads me to believe that my goddaughter, being a college student, may have hit it on the head: it was considered better than it was because Isabella popped up on television. If you want an economic response, it was like the Ray's The Steaks franchise in developing a name, over-expanding, and paying the price eventually.
  5. I have lived in Rosslyn for thirty years and note that, during that time, we lost Tivoli, Tom Sarris, and the China Garden. I even remember early on that there was a very pleasant restaurant called New York, New York in the Twin Towers. You would imagine that with the residential towers sprouting up down here that there would be some better dining options for dinner. I do note that a brief Circulator ride takes you to Georgetown and even as far as DuPont Circle. By the way, Mi Jana is fine but it is one of the few dining spots at Court House.
  6. Rosslyn has many fast casual lunch places and very few dine in places. For dining, you have to go up the hill to Pierce Street to Barley Mac, Kona Grill, and Quinn's or go further to Clarendon to Ambar, Lyon Hall, or Liberty Tavern. I should note that Nando Peri Peri that opened in Rosslyn doesn't carry my favorite chicken livers.
  7. The price of the dish is eighteen dollars. If I remember correctly (I also had two Black and Tans), there were three large pieces of fish plus the fries.
  8. I am not a complete expert on fish and chips but I do recommend a fairly new bar in Rosslyn, Quinn's on the Corner, located at the corner of Quinn Street and Wilson Boulevard in Rosslyn. I would you could call the batter fluffy and it certainly not dried out like the fist is in many other places. The only negative I can give to Quinn's is that the chairs are high.
  9. McDonald's reopened in Rosslyn opposite the Metro after being closed for a number of years due to construction. Of particular interest is that it has automated ordering via touch screen, something apparently existing in one other part of the chain. I tried it last Sunday after coming home from a sports event. I should not that, although I am computer literate, the touch screen method, particularly the need to double back to order more than one of an item, was not that easy for the first time. I did order two McChickens and one small fries to go and skipped the credit card swipe to pay at a counter, I waited for five minutes to pay cash and was sent to another line to wait for my order. This took about fifteen minutes and struck me as interesting unless the chain is trying to get out the bind of being fast food. Fortunately, with the new buildings we should be getting other small chain places such as Sweetgreens and Nado Peri Peri as alternative choices.
  10. It would also help if the web site showed the menu. It did not on the Boss site nor on Open Table. I think that the place is capable of being successful considering the large number of well-heeled visitors to DC who might like the ambiance. We just have to know that it is there.
  11. This is a new restaurant which appears to be under the Warner Theater. Although it boasts a Pennsylvania Avenue address, although that esteemed Avenue is a block further south, it is actually located at Thirteenth and E, NW, with the entrance on Thirteenth. You go down a nice flight of stairs into a well-decordated room. I took my goddaughter there last week and the fifteen year old enjoyed a clam chowder that was actually full of clams. I opted for the fried chicken that the Post food critic had recommeded. I liked the chicken very much as did goddaighter who had one of my pieces and pronunced it as better than Joe's where she had chicken last month. She finished off with chocolate chip cookies and milk and, when she had one cookie left, they put it in a neat little box for her to take home. I will go back, of course, and I do wonder why these new restaurants are not reviewed more frequently. Boss is a nice place and certainly better than Chef Jeff's across the street. Perhaps the entrance is too hard to find.
  12. My comment on I-270 related more to the people who were out at Camp David for business relating to the President and who now didn't have to stay in the neighborhood because they had access to a high-speed highway. I do remember when we had to take 355 out there from the DC suburbs because it was faster.
  13. I was there for the first and last time last summer, one for the regular buffet, one for the seafood buffet. It was a pleasant enough place where the food was slightly above cafeteria level and it was a nice ride out in the country. I can remember when we would ride out to Peter Pan in Urbana braving the long waits for the everything you can eat meal of steak or seafood and then only all the vegetarbles you can eat. I also remember when Sam Eig had a buffet restaurant out in Gaithersburg which was a fun drive. I wonder if 270 killed Cozy because the Secret Service agents and other types had a road to ride to find better food. I do hope that Barbara Fritchie's in Frederick is still there.
  14. I had an early dinner here on Wednesday with my fifteen-year-old goddaughter who was delighted with the way that the waiter poured her Diet Coke into a glass. We shared a Caesar Salad, which we found to be bland, and calamari which we finished easily. I asked for anchovies and received two smallish ones in a metal cup. I had fish and chips which were fine while goddaughter had a quite large portion of fried chicken, which the Post critic raved about as a sleeper dish, of which she ate one-and-a-half pieces, taking the rest home for her dog (the half) and herself (the rest). The place is an old bank and has large rooms and is reasonably quiet. The waiters wear tuxedos covered by a butcher apron although no dress code applies to the customers. I would go back to try the chicken for myself although the beef and seafood may be more expensive that I would wish.
  15. I was there on Friday night. I had the corned beef bisket with vegetables which was a good-sized portion which was easy to cut with even a fork. My companion had the trout which she claimed to enjoy. The place is huge and seems to accommodate all types of people and, importantly, seems to be rather quiet and conversations can actually be held calmly.
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