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Lori Gardner

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  1. Unconventional Diner will be perfect for you. Also All Purpose. Haikan. And check out Seylou Bakery.
  2. Hi all-I'm sharing my blog post about Julii. I did like the lamb very much- and the stuffed cabbage was a very pleasant surprise. I was not a fan of the duck. The chef says they have changed the preparation and are now serving crispy duck confit. "Julli: Stepping It Up on Route 355 in North Bethesda" by Lori Gardner on beenthereeatenthat.net
  3. I had a good meal at I'm Eddie Cano. I loved the fried zucchini- thin crispy, salty, strips. Couldn't stop eating them. The burrata was good too- I've had better- but this was decent. I had a pasta special with squid ink pasta and seafood. The seafood was a tiny bit mushy but the pasta- made in-house- was good. One of my favorite parts of the meal was dessert- salted caramel gelato. Stellar. It's the kind of place that I will go back to if the opportunity arises and I'm in the neighborhood. I'm not compelled to rush back, but I enjoyed the food and the retro Italian-American ambiance is fun.
  4. No one has ever paid me to eat anywhere although I occasionally attend media previews or events where meals are comped. When I write about those on my blog I acknowledge that fact. I paid for my meal at Julii. Because I know the chef- as I interviewed him for Jewish Food Experience- I provided him with some feedback on what I liked and didn't like. I plan to go back next weekend and will try the lamb. Again, I will be paying for that meal. I agree that prices are high here- but I think are comparable to City Perch. For a less expensive meal at Pike and Rose, I just ate at Nada and found the prices quite reasonable and the food is good.
  5. I ate there a couple of weeks ago and think it has potential. The salmon crudo was excellent. I've heard good things about the lamb but we were there early and it wasn't ready. I was not a fan of the roasted duck. But Sasha Felikson is a talented chef and I think it's a very nice addition to Pike and Rose.
  6. So glad to hear this. I really enjoyed SER but haven't been for quite awhile. I know there was a chef change at some point, so maybe why there's some inconsistency?
  7. Sorry to read about the experience funkyfood had at Gravitas. I ate here recently and wrote about it on my blog. My food was just as good looking as what was photographed for Eater, and nearly everything I ate was exceptional. My only quibble had to do with the fact that I ordered two similar dishes. My bad, but maybe the server could have mentioned it. But overall, I love what Matt Baker and his team is doing at Gravitas. I'm sharing my blog post here for anyone who is interested.
  8. We ate here last week- got the cold noodles, green beans, and Shannxi fish. I was so delighted to learn about this place, thanks to Tim Carman and his $20 Diner. It lived up to my expectations and cannot wait to return.
  9. Al Ha'Esh is one of the few kosher meat restaurants in the area. I have family members who keep kosher, and so we've been here numerous times. I think the food is good- my favorite dish is shishlik pargiyot (grilled dark meat). Lamb chops for $34 and ribeye at $31 are by far the most expensive items on the menu. The other dishes are far more reasonable (most around $14.99) and include an array of refillable salads. For kosher food, this place is a bargain.
  10. I agree that with the addition of the restaurants at The Line Hotel, Adams Morgan is now a contender for best dining neighborhood. I think it will be interesting to keep an eye on how The Wharf evolves as new restaurants open.
  11. Don, I was one of the people who named The Wharf as best dining neighborhood when asked by Warren Rojas. I'm sorry that I didn't say Shaw as well, because I do believe it has incredible restaurants. That said, I completely disagree with you about The Wharf. I've been to Kith and Kin, Del Mar (twice), and ate at Requin last night. All three restaurants were excellent. I am still thinking about the fantastic duck dish I had at Requin last night. These are not chain restaurants like the Inner Harbor- they are fine dining spots featuring accomplished chefs. The parking is a pain- the lot is expensive - but it is Metro accessible. But last night with frigid temps, it was such a pleasure to park in the lot and brave the elements for just a few seconds to get to Requin. There are many more restaurants yet to open at The Wharf- most from chefs with established restaurants in other parts of town. So I don't see this heading anywhere in the same direction as the Inner Harbor- which I agree does not have a single worthwhile restaurant. Here's my post about Del Mar (hope you don't mind me sharing it here) http://beenthereeatenthat.net/2017/12/del-mar/ Lori
  12. I'm a big fan of Al Ha'Esh. I've been here several times, partly because i have family members who are strictly kosher. The kebabs are quite good, but my favorite part of dining here is the array of fresh Israeli salads brought to the table, which are refillable. Israeli cuisine is gaining in popularity, and it's great to have a local spot that not only features Israeli food, but is kosher. Max's has become dingy and dirty over time, and so this is a lovely alternative.
  13. I haven't posted here in awhile, but I thought I would share my recent blog with my thoughts on Arroz. I enjoyed it immensely- lots of unique dishes and bright flavors. I do agree that it feels like a hotel restaurant and I think that one of the reasons is the bright lighting. I would like to see it turned down a bit. Anyway, here's my post, which I titled "Mem'ries."
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