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  1. While I realize that this thread has been asleep for awhile, i just had to voice my displeasure with my lunch. I met a friend at Kyoto near Union Station/ SOBs and it is horrible. I had a box, nothing too hard, difficult, or fancy. Everything was oily and deep fried, even the pot stickers. Do they not own a steamer? They should be ashamed of themselves servingthat crap as "Japanese". Anyway, I smell like greese and now feel a tad bit better. Oh, the coke was good. (I know I've said it before but I like good coke and it's hard to find.)
  2. Banducci's at 2nd & F Streets NE is closed and construction's been ongoing for the past 6 weeks, inside & out. I spoke w/ the building owner (John) a few weeks ago. He says that a Roberto Donna protege (named Danielli?) is opening a rustic northern Italian restaurant. The chef also worked at Panache. The space is quite small. Looks like, as before, it'll be a counter downstairs and tables upstairs. Inside looks largely the same. They've torn out the overgrown bushes that used to seperate the patio from the first house on F St. Its paved and they've done other concrete work on the patio. From the look & sound of things, I'm not sure what will be so different from the old Banducci's business model. Its a small space with as much outdoor seating in the summer as he has upstairs year round. A website is up and also mentions catering. Interested to see what develops....
  3. Are you still alive?? By the way, have any of you heard that a new owner will be taking over the entire Union Station food court/circus/waste dump/superfund site? It's been reported in the Hill Rag and Voice of the Hill, but I can't find a link to either.
  4. I started my day in Restaurant Hell yesterday by dining at Union Station's America. I was seeing a friend off, and we decided to have lunch before her train to New York left. We chose America because it was what appeared to be a nice place, and it was near the gate to the Acela. I guess I should do a better job of checking out restaurants. I ordered the Cuban sandwich. It arrived having been microwaved. The bottom half of the roll was soggy, thin and falling apart. The center of the meat was cold. I ate two bites. My friend, who is used to eating in New York, wasn't impressed. Now I have to buy her lunch. In Manhattan. At a place of her choosing. You'd think that by now I'd learn. Wayne Rash
  5. I went for coffee the other day after dropping one of the cats off at the vet (poor baby had to have dental work done. I felt very guilty.) The cats go to Union Vet, so this meant that I was right across the street from Ebeneezer's Coffee. So, I got a nice latte there. Again, not quite as hot as I like, but it had a very nice flavor. I would get it again, although I would order it extra hot.
  6. Three times this past year I've decided to skip driving myself to the airport/train station and use a car service. Friends recommended Uber, but instead I called a friend of a friend who has his own little business: Ben Keller of Bavarian Limousine. Ben drives a nicely appointed BMW 750Li. He is punctual, courteous, and a very good driver, and provides bottled water, and coffee and snacks if you request it. I can't say if his prices are reasonable since I have no basis for comparison. But I can tell you this: "very good" is high praise from me. As a former professional security/high threat driving instructor, motorsports instructor, and amateur racing driver, I pretty much think all drivers seriously suck and should have their licenses revoked*. The fact that I trust someone enough to pay him to let me sit in the back seat while he drives should speak volumes**. *hyperbole **not hyperbole Ben Keller Bavarian Limosine facebook.com/BavLimo 202-630-8725 ben@bavlimo.com Elizabeth Miller
  7. I'm definitely a short-timer living in DC but I've lived across the street from Frager's for 2.5 years. Great place. Genuine, helpful people selling stuff their neighbors need. I admit to having debates over taking the trip up to Home Depot and it always came down to quality of life. Why waste your time in a car when you could walk down the street, talk to your neighbors and buy something from them--thereby increasing the quality of both of your lives. Think of the vendors of Eastern Market, the Tune Inn crew, and the staff of Frager's--some of the best, down to earth, people in DC. Shit happens to good people, but good people help each other out. Let's keep that going. Donald Caldwell
  8. I think I know the answer but I'm typing out loud anyway. We can take a few hours off for lunch on our anniversary next week but we can't stray far. He's in SW, I'm on Capitol Hill. I'm willing to go as far as 15th Street. I was going to suggest Sou'Wester but I remembered that Eric Ziebold is no longer connected to it. Central is an old favorite but is a little loud. If someone else asked me this, I'd say go to Proof. Except that he didn't like Proof. But I'm pretty sure that was immediately after it opened and I've been back several times and loved it. Am I missing someplace obvious or should we just go to Proof? Thanks!
  9. Tomorrow is the opening day for Suna, a restaurant located in the heart of Eastern Market. We offer two tastings, a 4 and an 8 course, priced at $48 and $78. Beverage pairings are also available. We are trying to create our own unique dining experience and would really like to have the support of DC, and everyone on DonRocks. If you want to make a reservation please call 202-450-4585. Our website is www.sunadc.com.
  10. Couldn't find a thread for Cafe 8 so...here goes. Cafe 8 occupies the old Ellington's on Eighth and they have done a great job of redoing the space, creating 3 seperate but interlocking dining areas...a place that you hope will survive, because it's friendly, reasonably priced and, well, as we all know, Capitol Hill can always use better dining options. Unfortunately, my small sampling last night was mediocre at best. First the highlight: The red lentil soup was darn tasty on a chilly and rainy night, hearty with a little kick of pepper. Served luke warm, but still good to the last spoon. Middlelights: We went with a sampler of 3 mezze, hummus (dull, needed more life, lemon, garlic, tahini something!), spinach and feta puree thing (again, dull, lacked salt), baba ganoush was the best of the three with a nice smoky flavor. Lowlights: The bread/pita...they serve fluffy style pita and our first batch was either stale or it was reheated in the microwave because after a couple minutes it had that hard around the edges quality you get when you reheat bread products in the microwave. Our second batch was hot and soft. I'm not going to give up on the place and would like to sample more of the menu...with some tweaking of the seasoning all three meze would have received a rave review...but the seasoning sucked.
  11. I love this community. One of our members has offered to give an exclusive tour of the Capitol for donrockwell.com members, Saturday, February 9th, at 11 AM. The tour will be geeky, comprehensive, and will take approximately 2 hours. Here is the initial post (please read carefully about the restrictions): And the follow-up: I could tweet this, and it would sell out tonight. But I'm not going to because I want it to be limited to our loyal members. Just chime in here, and your spot will be reserved. Yes, well-behaved children are welcome, but keep in mind it's a two-hour tour. (Gilligan's Island was only a Threeeeeeeeee-hourrrrrr tour!)
  12. Dangerously Delicious Pies is coming to DC, opening very soon at 1339 H Street (next door to H St Country Club). They had hoped to open before Thanksgiving, but have not quite yet finished everything. Thanksgiving pies (apple, pecan, pumpkin, and sweet potato) are available now via telephone order at (202) 398-PIES. I haven't been to the Baltimore location, but I hear they are very popular, and they get some serious love in the dr.com thread on Pies. Here's what "thelistareyouonit" has to say about them:
  13. I was brousing on the Kickstarter website and noticed this DC chef attempting to raise funding for a new Capitol Hill neighborhood restaurant. Here is the link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1021957720/roses-luxury?ref=category Still thinking about making a donation, TSchaad
  14. Catering was an area that I worried about when we were planning our wedding. Thanks to this website, many of my friends / family think I have a better knowledge / understanding of food than I actually do , but it was important to me to have at least "good" food at my wedding. Looking back, we are now just about 2 weeks away from our wedding and one thing has been consistent in our chats with all of our guests has been: "the food was awesome!". Well Dunn catering made that happen. We were fortunate that Jen's maid of honor is a corporate event planner here in DC and when we first started talking about potential caterers, she had recommended Well Dunn to us. We wanted to do something a little different with our food and we wanted to ensure it wasn't the standard "wedding food". From the minute we walked into their show space (right near Eastern Market) I was impressed with the creativity both in the food as well as their design (although to be frank, I cared way more about the food than the linens / plates...my now wife on the other hand developed an unhealthy obsession when it came to the type of chairs, plates, etc). Yulia Poukalova was our point of contact and she was willing to work with us to create a menu, from passed apps to mains and a plated desert, that was everything we had hoped for. After deciding on a menu she conducted an incredible tasting. From a wine perspective she actually pushed us to work with Ace Beverage on our own as it would save us some money and allow us to have full contract of the wines / booze / beers which was much appreciated. Yulia has a bright and bubbly personality that is infectious and truly helped me get through the times where my wife was pouring over which glassware and plates to use while I was in a corner staring off into space In their show space (its basically an open townhouse) they were able to set up a table and my wife was able to work with multiple colors / textures / plating options. She was extremely pleased with the result (as was I when I walked into the reception space...it was perfect). Additionally as we got closer to the reception, Yulia was extremely helpful in providing advice on how / where to set up the bars / tables / etc in the venue. I always felt that she was offering advice or good counsel, vs "telling" us what we needed to do. On the day itself, Yulia and her team truly enhanced the experience of our reception. They literally had one server whose sole job was to find my wife and I and ensure that we were eating, had a drink, etc. After all the stories of folks who didn't have the chance to eat b/c their reception was such a whirlwind, it was appreciated. Another piece that they really were exceptional at was the pacing of the food. Again, we were always told that most couples end up not eating b/c they're working the room. Yulia made sure that we ate and had time to move about the room while others were being served. I even had people come up to me and say how nicely paced the meal was. In terms of the food itself, this was our menu: -Passed Appetizers (cocktail hour): goat cheese and carmelized onion tartlets, lobster cake with papaya mayo, pig in a blanket over a shot of beer, fig and prosciuto crostini, duck over a pear chip - Cup of butternut squash soup with bourbon pistou alongside a pear and gorgonzola salad - Passed Assortment of Breads - Braised short ribs over risotto cake served with leek wrapped green beans or fall vegetable baklava over lemon scented orzo - Pumpkin Creme Brulee The best compliment I can pay Yulia and the team from Well Dunn is that everything was as delicious when served for 110 guests as it was when we sat down just the 3 of us for the tasting. The fact they were able to deliver on both scales was impressive and I would highly recommend Well Dunn (Yulia in particular) for someone looking not only for a wedding caterer but for any large scale event. http://www.welldunn.com/ Dave Hofman
  15. Except that they're selling their fucking burger for almost $10 now. A dive bar burger for $10-- jeeeeeeezus. I live about 5 blocks from Jimmy T's and still have never gone. Perhaps I'll swing by for lunch tomorrow.
  16. A good friend of mine, Jamie Gallagher, recently left the Marine Corps and has started a personal training company, Origin Fitness. As you might imagine, Jamie specializes in the "boot camp" type training and, really, who else would you want to run boot camp but a Marine? However, unlike the drill sargent stereotype, Jamie is an extremely nice guy and I'm sure would be happy to help you with nearly any type of training. If you're looking to get into shape and to do it properly, I highly recommend giving Jaime a call.
  17. The new name now appears on the outside (Lola's Barracks Bar and Grill--named for the new owner's late mother) but it does not appear to be open for business yet. At least there was no sign of activity when I peered through the windows yesterday in the early afternoon. It looks gorgeous on the inside. Lots of dark wood. There are cool little lamps all the way down the bar. The lamps were on, but that was the only sign of life (at that time of day anyway).
  18. So, as a new occupant of the Hall of States, I just received a call from a friend who asked if I had heard the great local dining news. According to his "sources" La Colline will be shutting down sometime next week and replacing it will be..... Johnny's Half Shell This may also may explain the LA Times article last week about business being down. While I am happy for a new dining destination, I also have my doubts that it's another JHS, but what do I know. Anyone able to verify either way?
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