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  1. I miss that place. It was the first and only restaurant I've ever really been a regular at, back in my single/Capitol Hill days. I loved eating at the tiny bar looking back into the kitchen. Used to eat the mussels all the time, occasionally getting the great rabbit or hangar steak if I had some extra money. Gotta go back there at some point.
  2. Same experiences here. Started out strong, but when I went there a few weeks ago the mini-burgers were incredibly dry despite being cooked pink, and the pizzas were all tasteless.
  3. I hope you're right, but I've been there many, many times...and it's never felt/looked like this.
  4. Anyone know what's going on with Ray's? Had dinner there a few days ago, and the place feels like they have given up. The nicer of the two dining rooms is closed off and looks like it's being used for storage, boxes are piled up on the host station, and the website is now bare bones, and reads, "please enjoy the internet without us." It felt like the place was about to shut down. Which is a shame, because we had a typical excellent meal...the filet, strip and bavette were all wonderful, the crab bisque delicious and filled with lump crab, and the bill was still drastically lower than we'd see at any fancy steakhouse. I sincerely hope this isn't the end for Ray's the Steaks.
  5. Funny you should ask... "At Spoken English, Step Right up and Mingle" by Tom Sietsema on washingtonpost.com
  6. Translation: If it doesn't conform to what my idea of what a pizza is, no one should be able to enjoy it.
  7. Chef Tien had a good run on Iron Chef Gauntlet...fun to watch him. Should make it even harder to get in.
  8. mtureck


    Another vote for Ray's...the only really exceptional burger I've had in quite some time.
  9. I found the article odd. "To select Wawa for lunch in the District, you must stubbornly overlook far superior destinations, including Bub and Pop’s, Sundevich, Taylor Gourmet, Smoked and Stacked, Beef ’N Bread, Duke’s Grocery and more" That's like saying it's silly to go to Domino's when there's Two Amy's and Pizza Paradiso around. Sure, but that's apples and oranges. Not to mention, most of those places are far away. I don't think anyone has ever had a conversation where they were deciding between Wawa and Smoked and Stacked. To me, Wawa is much better than Subway, has a really big selection, and is quick and convenient. It's never going to replace Bub and Pop's for me, but that's not what it's there for. I'm very happy to have Wawa.
  10. I'm there at least once a month, but only on weekends. Best Indian buffet I've had in the area. I like that it leans towards the meat-centric, although they always have some good veggie dishes as well.
  11. mtureck

    Tom Sietsema's Online Chat

    I guess we're just masses of ignorant fools that don't understand Indian food. Or just people who like different food than you.
  12. I understand your reasoning, but it still feels like piling on a small family owned space. Tapa Bar goes out of business, and you immediately pan their new restaurant. Maybe it's partly the knowledge that their downtown Bold Bite just closed as well that makes this seem needlessly cruel.
  13. I asked the same question in the comment section of the preview...his answer: "The previous restaurant in that space, TapaBar, from the same ownership, was a solid, two-star restaurant. I was a fan. Readers might be curious how the follow-up is. I know I was." I agree with the rest of you...no reason to publish that preview.