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  1. I go to Cucina 24 on my way to Tail of the Dragon twice a year. I sometimes put together a group (not lately for some reason) and pick one of those 4 restaurants. There's also Capells on 9 near the center of town (and Curate actually) but it was somewhat disappointing. I really like the Asheville variety of food. If you're a BBQ fan, try Luella's on Merrimon St or 12 Bones Smokehouse on Foundy St. Never disappointed with either of them when I'm in that BBQ mood.
  2. Zynodoa is excellent and now they have opened a seafood restaurant on the main street. Blue Point Seafood. Excellent food and service. The next time you're in Asheville, try both Table and Cucina 24. One is new American and the other Italian and not difficult to determine which is which. I get to that area at least twice a year and have never been disappointed at either. Curate and Tupelo Honey are both excellent. Asheville's a small town with a huge restaurant scene.
  3. Since we moved about 6 years ago, we don't get to Atlantis much any more. It was once our Friday night "let's get something to eat because it's been a long day" restaurant. One time I could have named all of the servers for you and would probably still recognize the Friday night regulars by sight. After the move, it just sort of fell by the wayside.
  4. Generally I call ahead, ask if Jonathan is in the kitchen and is so, then go. After being seated, I ask for 4 courses with paired wines. I don't look at the menu, I simply ask that the courses Jonathan would feed his mother if she were to be dining be served. Hasn't failed yet.
  5. Over the last 5 or so days, we have managed to eat in the following: 1. My Fucking Restaurant: don’t be put off by the name. The chef/owner worked at a lot of restaurants until he could open his own a, thus the name. One of the absolute best restaurants we’ve dined. Small on the outside and buried away in Calle Nou la Rambla and only open Thursday to Sunday and only for dinner. Food is fresh every day and very well done. We had toast with cheese rubbed with tomato, Iberico ham, burrata with iberico ham, and shrimp with potato. 2. The La Boqueria Bar: in the heart of La Boqueria ma
  6. We ate at Choong Man Sunday evening for Red Hot whole chicken. Great radish, excellent chicken. (I know this sounds like a commercial for Choong Man, but it is really good).
  7. Our current favorite is Choong Man chicken located behind Gom Ba Woo. We generally do the spicy whole chicken which is cut in that peculiar Asian way (watch for bones in strange places) and served with copious amounts of napkins. It's damn fine chicken. For a bit more casual (if that's possible with KFC ), try Cheogajip on Evergreen Lane. Tucked away in a office building and a bit hidden, the spicy popcorn chicken is one of our favorites as well. (Note the "spicy" trend here). I prefer my spicy a bit more spicy than Grover but the spicy here is a fair compromise.
  8. Nasime for Japanese but make sure you have reservations. 8 seats at the open kitchen, tables for about 10 (better be friendly) and one private room that will seat 8 in a pinch). Menu varies every day so I have no idea what you'd eat. Prix fixe of $55/per person for 4 courses one of which will be sashimi. Excellent food.
  9. I'd check with my network people first. They will sometimes block websites "accidentally". Because WaPo is now using Amazon Web Services (AWS) along with about 300 million spammers, they may have blocked the IP address block for AWS. (incidentally, policy at most Fed agencies (not that you necessarily work at one) is that internet access can be blocked for any reason at any time Your firm (or the network people) may feel they have the same right).
  10. It's definitely a crap shoot. Surprisingly, some of the best kimchi we've bought and eaten was made by a Latina lady at Super-H in Fairfax. It might be that she had a 할머니 (Korean grandmother) to show her how it was done initially. We found a kimchi we really liked at Lotte on Braddock Rd. Unfortunately, my Korean comprehension is limited to verbal so I couldn't (can't) read the label to tell you who made it, but it's exceptional. Nice crunchy pieces of Napa cabbage, excellent sauce preparation. Sometimes it pays to take a chance and pay a few bucks if you end up with something you really
  11. Try Jinga brand. The radish is good, my personal favorite is the cucumber kimchi and of course Napa cabbage. Not sure what particular "flavor" you're looking for (or missing) but kimchi as a rule is not overly spicy but a good blend of tastes with some heat. You should be able to find Jinga in almost any Korean market but I know for sure it's at Super H-Mart in Fairfax and Lotte on Braddock Rd (outside the beltway) and H-Mart on Heritage Drive in Annandale. Kimchi is a lot like drinking coffee. After 4 or 5 days, the one you bought is the one you prefer. 😀
  12. The end of an era. I ate at the first Ray's the Steaks two days after it opened. Landrum was (is?) a man who had a vision. He had one hell of a good run. Thank you Michael for all the years of RTS, it will be missed.
  13. After what seems like an interminable wait, Whiskey & Oyster has opened in the John Carlyle neighborhood in Alexandria. Grover and I have now made two visits and, after a bit of a shaky start has now become much more organized. A large room separated by large dividers into three distinct areas. The bar is large, well organized and has a "booze conveyor" over head with lots of selections of various liquor. The second and third sections are a somewhat private area with one section in front of the open kitchen and the third section close to the seafood is prepared. Speaking of seaf
  14. I've taken a number of out-of-town guests to Vermilion and they have raved about the food and the service. You might have been there during the transition but the food (and the menu) are all Thomas's now and quite good.
  15. Grover and I went last weekend. We walked over and entered from the Duke Street side. This is a very long, somewhat narrow entrance that is used as a Gallery to highlight art. From cursory glance, mostly portraiture. There is a private dining room on the left as you go towards the Hostess stand. Entering from the Duke Street side you get to tour the whole restaurant. Very nice room but somewhat confusing from that entry point. From memory, the food: Appetizer Me: Fois Gras terrine - Interesting but layers of Foir Gras and, I believe duck confit. The accompanying baguette slice
  16. We were there about a month ago. Service and SoonDooBoo were as good as always. We had to help the two nice ladies who were sitting beside us through proper preparation but once they got the idea, they were off and running.
  17. Bajaj has decided that NoPa should now become a Mediterranean restaurant so he's going to rename NoPa Olivia. Olivia, with a rustic Mediterranean menu, will replace NoPa Kitchen at 800 F St., N.W. in January. An announcement from Bajaj’s Knightsbridge Restaurant Group said Olivia’s menu will be inspired by the flavors of Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Tunisia, Italy, Greece and beyond, paying homage to the flavors and recipes from the Mediterranean and North Africa. Nopa executive chef Matt Kuhn will remain in charge of the kitchen, and recently spent time traveling throughout the coasta
  18. I'd be happy too but there are so many already on the internet and in social media who are ahead of you that I wouldn't have time to correct them all as it stands now.
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