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John William G

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  1. My wife and I have been enjoying meals at Chez Francois several times a year for the last 10 or 15 years. I have never understood the horrible reviews it sometimes gets. There are occasional dishes that are not up to their usual standards, but as a whole I have always enjoyed my meals there. I think one reason I like it is the same reason some people hate it: It’s the same old thing. No new dishes, no brand new menus, just the same old wonderfully prepared classic French dishes. We had lunch there yesterday. I had onion soup, a simple salad, Rainbow Trout Filet (with toasted almonds, and lemon brown butter) and hazelnut cake for desert. Their onion soup is still first rate, prepared as it should be prepared. The trout dish was delicious. Here is a photo of the trout dish (sorry for the photo’s poor quality): For those of you who have never been to Chez Francois, I urge you to forget the reviews you see in places like the Post and try it for yourself.
  2. As the article says, there is not much of an overlap between these restaurants and the restaurants with the best food. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/05/us/politics/washingtons-fund-raising-hot-spots.html?action=click&module=Top Stories&pgtype=Homepage
  3. I was not surprised to see this on “Nextdoor Digest”: “Hi All!! I want to thank all of our customers for your patience in working through our transition. I appreciate all the helpful feedback! We have determined that our original menu is the best fit for our customers and neighborhood! There will be some changes since we usually change our menu in the fall. We will still be offering our lunch specials and our Happy Hour will remain the same with reduced drink specials and $7 appetizers. Thank you all for your loyalty! Terri Fox Owner Foxfire Grill”
  4. I am not familiar with the restaurant:Impossible people, so I went to the Foxfire yesterday to see how they had changed it. I was not very impressed. On the inside they had added some panels to the ceiling, and to some of the walls. I assume that in addition to the looks they wanted to reduce the noise level. I don’t know how successful they were with the noise level, but I was not impressed by the looks. The also changed some of the seats to look like swings—i.e., they had cords running from their sides to the ceiling. I thought they were silly looking, but some people may like them. My wife thought the overall appearance was improved. Then came the menu: Other than drinks there were only 10 or 12 items on it! Now that was a change. Our waitress said that there would be additional items latter, but that was all for now. I tried the coconut shrimp appetizer ($10.00), then a “loaded wedge salad”($8.00), and ended with a “French Onion Burger” ($18.00) In other words I tried about 25% of their menu. The shrimp were strange, to me. They were fried, sitting on a very thin slice of pineapple, with small pieces of pineapple all around. I didn’t find the combination of fried shrimp and pineapple to be very tasty. The salad was good. The burger was served with barbecued flavored potato chips, which I liked. The burger itself was served on a very large bun, maybe two inches think. I had to cut off half the bun before I could enjoy the burger. It was not bad, but nothing special.
  5. It is bread, brie, crisp apples, and onion jam. And it was delicious.
  6. Since no one has made any guesses about my "Where did I dine?" I'll give a hint: It was at a very popular Northern Virginia location of a DC area restaurant chain.
  7. The Foxfire Grill, on the Little River Turnpike, in Alexandria. I had never eaten there until recently, but have had several good meals in the last month.
  8. Here is a photo of he last meal I had at Mama's Fish House:
  9. In Maui I have had several excellent meals at Mama’s Fish House in Kuau Cove. Not only is the food good, but views around the restaurant are beautiful.
  10. That’s it. The beignets were very, very good. The caramel sauce did not appeal to me, but the other added a nice taste to them.
  11. They are beignets. The sauces were "salted caramel" and "bailey's crème anglaise."
  12. I’m sorry about this. That was at L'Auberge Chez Francois, as was guessed. I thought I had posted a “yes” to that guess, but I don’t see it.
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