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  1. This location was my only exposure to their product, and I found it boring and flavorless. One of my coworkers really liked it so I just stopped going to lunch with them unless location was known in advance. So this is good news for me.
  2. I visited Kogi Underground last night. I love Honey Pig more than I love most of my family, but I was hoping this would be good enough, since it's much closer to my house. And indeed it was. In some ways it was better (being able to hear your dining companions, for one), although i think overall HP will remain supreme. Spicy pork belly was the star, chadol a close second, mussels were a little weird, and everything else was very good. It's all you can eat with a choice of 2 menus (20 dollars, or 24 for premium, which includes all of the 20 dollar and a handful of other things). The main difference I noticed on the 24 dollar menu was the premium steak (literally a nice piece of steak) and shrimp options. While those were both good, I think I would do the 20 dollar in the future, there are so many choices. That said if you had a hankering for eating a shitton of steak, it would be a good way to go.
  3. Oh man thanks for the research. Love the K&K on New Hampshire and just assumed this was an expansion. I guess that's why they changed the name. I think Thai at Laurel is very good, and they deliver. You can order right through the website rather than Grubhub or similar, and they really appreciate it. None of the pho places in Laurel are worth much, and it's definitely worth the drive to Beltsville for the broth at Pho 88. Anyone tried the new KBBQ in the newish laurel center where Thai is? --- Kogi Underground (Pool Boy)
  4. New bright signage confused me today at lunch (we wondered if it had gone out of business and been replaced), as it now says something along the lines of "Korean lollipop chicken" and has Korean characters too. There is a small Dae Rae Won sign next to the door, and the menu is the same, and branded Dae Rae Won. At any rate that got us to try the chicken, which was sublime. I think the black bean and noodle dish is just not my thing, though I have no doubts it's still prepared the way it's supposed to be. The spicy seafood noodle soup was great though, better than the versions offered at other nearby Korean spots. The chicken is vastly superior with Bon Chon, which has never done much for me.
  5. Upon finding our Ren's was not open until 5, had a mid-afternoon lunch/dinner at the Pike and Rose location. Hard to find tucked into the corner, but surprisingly full (no wait, but not really any open tables either). Thick noodles were great, thin were meh. Seaweed salad was a surprising star. The Tonkatsu black was fine and came with a full egg, but I was shocked to discover the (don't remember the name of the dish) one with half chicken half pork broth was excellent, more flavorful than the pure pork broth. Gyoza were on point.
  6. I just called, they are open. The website has a message saying Mr and Mrs Li no longer own it. No clue about the presence of fish noodles.
  7. Just got back from the College Park one. Really delicious. Go for lunch now before the kids are back; so much easier with route 1 and in-restaurant traffic.
  8. 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.
  9. Did you try them out? I love the ones at Little Deli formerly My Las Delicias, also also in Beltsville. Haven't had better.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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