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  1. Back in April, I got the "Parma", one of the Italian cold cut subs, and found the standard sub roll that was used was pretty subpar. I didn't find the meats compelling either. The most recent time before that was probably 10 years ago, and , in a moment of deja vu, realized that I had the same reaction back then. Most of the Town of Vienna raves about them, though. If Santini's put about 10% more meat on their "Godfather" it would unquestionably run circles around the Italian subs here. (I prefer the Godfather as is over the Parma, but the bread-to-meat ratio is slightly high.) I haven't been to The Sandwich Shop, but used to frequent Chase. When it opened, the TSS menu prominently featured Boar's Head meats, which I figured I could buy at several local supermarkets and make the sandwiches myself. Or do restaurants have access to some premium grade of Boar's Head?
  2. Bier Mi is a great list of breweries within an approximately 100 mile radius of my address (in Vienna, VA), but very few of the listed breweries actually deliver "to my location." One that does, Ocelot Brewing, from out somewhere near Dulles Airport, has been my go-to. (NRG Provisions would be another go-to if I lived in their delivery radius). Ocelot has some good IPAs, a nice Italian Pilsner, and everything they make is at least above average. Free delivery, $70 minimum order, and they deliver all the way East to Alexandria, but only in Virginia. Ordering is done through a link on their Facebook page, which takes you to a document that might be a Google docs form. Order before Noon on Wednesday for delivery on Thursday or Friday. You enter your order, and they call you to obtain payment information. (I would provide some kind of link, but I simply don't know how...) IMPORTANT EDIT: I just went to make my order for this week, and their Facebook page says that DELIVERY IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED (my guess is this will turn into "permanently") as they figure out how they will address Phase 2 operations that will start soon. They do not have any outdoor capacity, so they stayed with pickup and delivery up to now. It was definitely great while it lasted!
  3. Mama Chang or Taco Bamba (this is in the strip mall right across from the Patriot Center).
  4. Reported a little over a week ago: https://www.alxnow.com/2020/02/13/old-hat-gastropub-is-official-at-former-king-street-blues-in-old-town/
  5. Catherine Douglas Moran of tysonsreporter.com is today reporting that Urbano 116 (original in Old Town Alex.) is going to open in the Brine space at Mosaic this summer.
  6. Dominion Wine and Beer in Falls Church is about as good as they get in Virginia (Norm's in Vienna being my sentimental favorite)! A good number of out-of-state breweries do not distribute in Virginia, which puts the stores at a disadvantage relative to DC, but some progress is being made. In DC, Craft Beer Cellar on H St. near Union Station has had a pretty diverse selection, but I haven't been in a while.
  7. There is a Circa at Navy Yard near Nats Park, and I believe I heard that an Open Road would launch somewhere in that area by next Spring.
  8. There used to be a donut place in that building, and maybe something even before that. They have pizza by the slice at least at lunchtime (the only times I have ever been) and they do a decent job of not overcooking the slices in the reheat process. Many options available by the slice as well. Two slices is way more than enough for a hearty lunch!
  9. Will crushed it at Pizzeria Orso in his time there, I have high hopes for this new place!
  10. You don't say what style of sandwiches you used to get at Taylor Gourmet, and if the Nats don't advance, this will be useless information, but inside Nats Park, at the Caviar storefront (next to Haute Dogs in the free-standing building in left field), Grazie, Grazie! has been operating there lately (at least the last week of the season and the three playoff games). This is the operation started by one of the founders of Taylor Gourmet, whose name escapes me. The offerings are limited to a Chicken Parm sub and the "8 + 1", an Italian cold cut sub that seems to be the same as the "9th Street" (8 + 1 = 9) on the Taylor menu. Risotto balls with marinara are also available, and maybe one or two other small things. The 8+1 is $11, a bargain for ballpark prices, and tasted exactly like I remember the 9th Street tasting. Both times I ate there, the lines were considerably shorter than most other concession lines. Here's hoping I get to buy another one at the park next week! (Maybe this is a better fit for the Eating at Nationals Park thread, so please move if desired) P.S., I think I saw that a Grazie, Grazie! had opened at the Wharf, as well.
  11. Subscribed, and looking forward to next Thursday's episode!
  12. Even more strange is that one of the syrups (raspberry being the other) traditionally used is fairly bright green in color, and is referred to as "Woodruff", which is some sort of herbaceous plant. I am not sure I have seen anyone trying to replicate that (unless maybe with hibiscus?) in the Berliner Weisses and Goses currently on the market. ETA-In the "good old days" when Greg Engert had his attention more focused on Rustico, and actually tended bar there, they usually had a Berliner Weisse on tap, and he had the requisite raspberry and woodruff syrups on hand to serve with it.
  13. I haven't been, but DC Steakholders, from what I read in some story a while ago, is a food truck setting up a retail location (cheesesteaks) and keeping the frozen custard equipment running to serve FDB custard products.
  14. A new location of this place is supposed to open at the Wiehle Avenue Metro Station in either late 2019 or early 2020. Same with Matchbox. Pupatella is to take over an existing Pizza Hut within a couple hundred yards of that Metro station, I think late Fall or by the end of the year. Things are taking a turn for the better in that area on the food front.
  15. Yeah, I don't get it. I never noticed a drop off in quality, but definitely noticed a drop off in size of crowd when I would go in. It seemed like the initial crowds of late-20s to mid-30s dwellers of nearby apartments gradually gave way to more families occupying the booths, with the bar crowd being almost non-existent. I didn't go frequently (maybe 4-5 times a year), but will miss it. Where I want to go next is where several people commenting on the linked article go, those who posted statements along the lines of "not impressed."
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