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  1. Never had a saltena but it appears to be an empanada. Pupusas are flat like a pancake and cooked on the griddle, think of a lightly stuffed fat tortilla. Empanadas are baked or fried, thicker pastry type crust, more stuffing, meat pie shape.
  2. Did you try them out? I love the ones at Little Deli formerly My Las Delicias, also also in Beltsville. Haven't had better.
  3. I went to one of their soft open family style events and it was great. One of 6 people found it mediocre but everyone else thoroughly enjoyed.
  4. Wapo found it. It's such a terrible location for most people but hopefully the students are supporting it. "This New, Fast-Casual Shop Serves the Gratifying Chinese Wrap that Beats Anything from Chipotle" by Tim Carman on washingtonpost.com
  5. From the owners of Northwest in College Park, this place is essentially Cava or Chipotle with awesome tasting Chinese ingredients, made into a "burrito" in a pancake or as a rice bowl. I can't find a website but this Diamondback article describes it pretty well. "College Park's Latest Chinese Restaurant Has Build-Your-Own Meals" by Julia Lerner on dbknews.com My lunchmates and I covered 3 proteins and 6 "side" ingredients, and other than general agreement we would skip the raw garlic next time, all were tasty. I had lamb, spicy sauce, eggplant, and bean sprouts. The lamb here is "lamby" (don't say gamy) much like it is at Northwest; I don't know what cut but it's awesome. They also have a Jones Soda fountain, which I haven't seen before. I don't drink much soda but Green Apple Jones from the tap? Sure.
  6. Banal question but I am always curious about the answers of critics. What's your favorite sin food? As specific as possible, like what is your favorite hot garbage fast food item like a Big Mac? And hey Don have you had the fish noodles at Grace Garden? If that's not great Chinese I don't know what it is.
  7. Just tried this place. Absolute star for me was the adobo wings. Crispy and bursting with flavor. Sisig was nothing like the description in Sietsema's review--he called it fiery. It was still delicious, but not spicy at all. The lechon itself was glorious too. Lumpia were perfectly crispy but the filling was pretty bland. I just learned I am working nearby a few times per month, so I will definitely work through the menu. Tons of tantalizing dessert options I didn't notice until after I had paid. Edit: turns out the vinegar comes on the side for the sisig if you get carry-out. I still wouldn't call it fiery but I get it now. And it's even more awesome. Edit2: an hour later, there is significant though diminishing burn in my mouth long after eating. Still not fiery. But I find that from his reviews, TS's limits for spice and heat are rather low compared to mine, so I get why he would call it that. Delicious, satisfying dish.
  8. This evidently won't be popular here , but declining admissions don't surprise me. I looked into it a decade ago, and a big tuition for a certificate to qualify for a 20K job most prep cooks are already qualified for seems like a tough business model. I had fun at the recreational classes I took though.
  9. The karahi, which are the "stews for two" I ignorantly noted above, are great. And the bread here is phenomenal. And I am typically reluctant to get chicken, especially when lamb and goat are on the menu, but they have the best chicken kabob I have ever had. Combination of excellent marinade and great ovens, I would guess.
  10. So the Chat Samosa here is addictive. Cut open a samosa and top with chickpeas, tomato/onion/cilantro, and green sauce.
  11. Just had a feast there. Thanks for all the info in this thread. Order-ahead stuff was a mixed bag but overall worth it. The whole fish with rice powder was probably the standout of the meal. Tea smoked duck was good, and unique, but not mind-blowing. The purses had a mix of reviews. I preferred the broth and the baby bok choi more than the purse itself. Finally had the amazing fried eggplant. Sweeter than expected but awesome. Braised pork belly with mui-choy I realized I had had before, and while good, it doesn't come close to the same dish at Chinatown Express by verizon. Loved the tendon, also a repeat for me, some can't do the texture so more for me! seasonal veg was a simple dish of chive blossoms and was an unexpected hit. Fish noodles never fail and we should have had 2 orders for nine people, and left out the only relative disappointment, the pepper and salt pork chops. Nicely fried and juicy but not a lot going on. I realized it's much closer to my house than I thought, so I will be back soon and often. More fish and fish noodles in my future. I wish they served beer.
  12. Has anyone tried any of the order-days-ahead dishes other than the tea smoked duck? Planning a group outing here and wondering what else to get if any of those.
  13. Evidently this is now named Little Deli and Cafe but the owner/manager/cashier is the same person and the tacos and pupusas are still awesome.
  14. So, did the chicken thing. The chicken itself was good bordering on very good, and plenty of food. The pancakes and garnishes were nonsense. Some found the sauce on the korean style a bit too sweet and 5/7 preferred the Maryland style. Was it worth 135? I don't know. Maybe. I was full and happy for <100 including a cocktail and some wine, which seems a relative bargain in DC. But the bowl with 4 whole carrots, some lettuce, radishes, basil and mint leaves was basically untouched and I have no idea wtf we were supposed to do with it. I think the worst thing that I saw was 12 bucks for fernet. I don't know what the DC wholesale price is but that has to be 800% markup unless they are pouring you a soup bowl of it.
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