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  1. Sunday my wife and I stopped by Primrose for their first night open to the public to check out what has to be by far the biggest restaurant opening in our new neighborhood by Sebastian Zutant, formerly of Proof (in the glory days), Red Hen, and All Purpose. Much like Red Hen, this was a delightfully designed little neighborhood restaurant, with a homey feel and lovely lighting and decorations (check out the bathrooms). Service was touch and go, which is to be expected on an opening night, but everyone was very pleasant and accommodating. The food was nice, if unspectacular, and the wine list an eclectic mix of French producers who I had never heard of before. The menu is very small, with 3 plates of charcuterie, 4 apps, and 5 mains (2 that can be shared). My wife had the steak, which was a nice griddled version cooked very well and accompanied by very thick fries, which were the least French thing that we had all night. I went with the Bourguignon, which was a bit overcooked and less saucy than I like, but pleasing nonetheless. Don't sleep on the Salade Verte, which is a simple heaping mound of mache and paper thin radishes with that salad dressing that you get (and love) in every restaurant in France that serves green salads but I never actually hear the name of since you don't get a choice of dressing when you dine out over there. Congrats to Sebastian and his wife on what should be a very successful effort in Brookland!
  2. Fat Fingers began operating last week with a soft opening at 8213 Georgia Ave. in anticipation of its grand opening, tentatively scheduled for August 19. The restaurant features comfort foods such as several types of cheesesteaks, burgers and other sandwiches, pizzas, half smokes and hot dogs, three salads, fish sandwiches, a crab cake, and side dishes such as mac and cheese: https://www.sourceofthespring.com/business/fat-fingers-begins-operating-plans-aug-19-grand-opening/
  3. ARLnow reports (in a sponsored post) that Tupelo Honey Cafe will be opening at 2000 Clarendon Blvd* on June 1st. The post states they're hiring for a variety of positions. Tupelo Honey is a regional (NC, TN, FL, GA, and now VA) chain based in Asheville. According to their website "We serve fresh, scratch-made, Southern comfort food re-imagined." I haven't had the chance to try it out, but have several friends who are big fans. It'll be nice to have another dining option in Courthouse. * The info on the company website says 1616 N. Troy Street.
  4. Water for Chocolate is an ever-popular brunch spot in Upper Fells Point. It's a pretty tiny neighborhood cafe that reportedly gets very crowded on weekends. When I went for a Thursday lunch, it was pretty quiet. The menu is full of classic comfort food staples with some slightly elevated touches, like shrimp and parmesan grits, risotto fritters, and mac & goat cheese. I had the Italian sausage meatloaf with jalapeno cornbread and roasted seasonal vegetables, and finished with sweet potato bread pudding. Everything was prepared excellently, and the portion sizes were substantial. Definitely a spot that deserves all the popularity it gets.
  5. Two recent references got me thinking about the Celtic House Irish Pub and Restaurant in Arlington. First it garnered publicity via this publication that weighed yelp reviews for Irish bars around the nation and ranked Celtic House FIRST as an Irish bar on which to celebrate St Patrick day. (Wahoo!!!!) Laugh or snicker if you like but in its slightly more than 2 years of operating Celtic House has numerous and tremendous reviews on Yelp and a variety of other review sites, the vast majority of which rate it highly. Secondly I thought of Celtic House after reading this post which suggested that a great way to learn soccer is simply to watch on TV or attend games. Certainly there are dozens of bars around the region that feature soccer. Celtic House is one and includes local United Games. It gets a good soccer watching crowd. Honestly I like one of the owners. He's a great Irish bar operator and before that was an Irish barman in NYC, deep experienced in other aspects of the restaurant business and to add to the authenticity he is Irish. On the food side it does a great job of various comfort foods, the chicken pot pie, stews, and burgers are all above average if not down right excellent. The staff is amazingly friendly--its an honest to goodness Cheers type of place. If you start going regularly you will be warmly treated and become part of the "gang". Its simply a tremendous neighborhood bar/pub with significantly above average food for that type of establishment and one of the friendliest places you will find.
  6. Tom mentioned that the chef and pastry chef of Oya had left. Does anyone have any more information? Was there a mass exodus? Where did the chef go? Will there be other changes? Although I had high hopes for the place, it seems like it is being micro-managed to death.
  7. This isn't my favorite cuisine so I can't say that I've tried many of the Czech (or Czech-ish) places in the area, but I have been to Korzo on 5th Ave in Bklyn a number of times to drink or to eat or to attend one of their live jazz concerts & I've liked it. It's a laid back place with an unassuming, non-pretentious vibe. You might want to try it.
  8. Just to add: if looking for a good Austrian place instead, Cafe Katja in Manhattan has always been good when we've gone. As for the beer halls, the Bohemian Beer Hall has always been a great big outdoor place to drink & used to be pretty much the only place of its type in NYC. Now, there are many outdoor beer halls, including a decent one attached to the New Prospect Hall in Bklyn (the catering place that does the tv commercial "we make your dreams come true") so its not so special anymore. And the food is just not anything other than a good way to soak up the beer. I'm not sure about the Istrian Sports Club in Astoria. It may be worth a look as well. I'll just sit here and live vicariously while you do the field work.
  9. Not sure if there is a separate thread for Vintage, so here's a small review: We had a nice meal here a few weeks ago. The hotel dining interior is decorated in architectural antique-store distressed shutters and wall coverings - not cluttered but...you'd better like distressed things The colors are 50 shades of white. Our waiter was excellent, on point. Appetizers: the pretzel bites were kind of bland, the deviled eggs were fine...the standouts were the hush puppies and the buffalo blue chips - housemade chips with mild buffalo sauce and blue cheese crumbles, very nice and light. Main: I had catfish which was nicely breaded and cooked nicely though mildly spiced. It was served on a bed of really delicious corn, almost in chowder form (kind of creamed corn I suppose) and topped with "southern chow-chow" made of beans and its REALLY sweet. I suppose the mild catfish was nice relative to the tangy sweetness of the chow-chow. The main portions were all quite large - the chicken and waffles included a mountain of chicken piled on! Chef Stephanie Wilson was recently nominated for the MD restaurant association's 'chef of the year award.' I had not been to the Mealy's incarnations (despite my posts about Mealy's) but I'd go back to Vintage. They seem to be pretty popular.
  10. SoBo Cafe has been mentioned a few times in various threads dating back to 2006, but it's high time it gets a listing of its own. SoBo is, to me, the perfect neighborhood restaurant, offering elevated comfort food at an affordable price. For lunch, they offer various soups, salads, flatbreads, and sandwiches, that are all well-balanced, filling, and delicious. I'm a fan of the smoked salmon salad and the BLT on a biscuit. For dinner, you can get some incredible deals during happy hour (5-7 pm) at the bar or outdoor tables. A few select appetizers, like Mac-N-Cheese and mussels, are roughly half priced ($4-$5), and 2 or 3 could easily constitute a meal; I'm not sure if they are smaller than the full-priced versions, but the portions are plenty generous. And you certainly won't break the bank if you go with the regular entrees, the most expensive of which sits at $24. Most of the food is pure comfort (burger, chicken, steak, salmon), expertly prepared but with just enough of a twist to keep things interesting. The one dish that got me off my lazy behind long enough to write this review was the Mushroom Stuffed Chard with quinoa, beech mushrooms, herb spätzle, and porcini jus. Visually, this isn't much to look at, resembling two oversized dolmades in a thin layer of brown soup. But my first bite instantly invoked (and I don't say this lightly) two dishes I recently had at Kinship - the torchon of white mushroom, for how deliciously meaty I never knew mushrooms (and quinoa!) could be, and the Kinship stroganoff, for the rich heartiness of the entree, as well as the spätzle/mushroom pairing. The chard was wrapped around a mixture of minced mushrooms and quinoa, which gave the sensation of a light and fluffy vegetarian meatloaf. The flavors were rich, mushroomy, and meaty, not particularly subtle but incredibly satisfying. This was so much food and so filling that I could barely finish my plate, and at just $16, may be my greatest enjoyment to dollar cost ratio in recent memory (I also started with a $6 bowl of very good carrot soup and some bread with incredible whipped butter). I have yet to leave room for dessert, but I have high expectations for one of these days. For a more than fair price, you can get real food prepared with expertise and care. It's no wonder SoBo Cafe has been going strong for the past 10 years and counting.
  11. Has anyone tried Red Rooster? I'm wondering how large the portions are and how the fried chicken compares to what the Ray's empire puts out locally. Thanks!
  12. Okay, I love making a variation on Lulu's simple, thin lentil soup w lots of garlic and croutons, aged a day. Italian version with chesnuts and pancetta, yum. Deborah Madision's lentil minestrone is a delicious change, though I wish I could find a new source for the tiny pasta stars that made it special. Whenever I am cold and need only a little something to tide me over, a cup of curried lentil soup from Teaism is just the thing. In the mood for something new, I am asking you all for suggestions. It has to be vegetarian. No mushrooms, no wine; kid-friendly. I have Le Puy, Beluga and a handful of little brown Spanish lentils. Shallots, leeks, garlic, onions, parsley, carrots, sweet potatoes, Parmesan rind, celery dot dot . Plan is to spoon leaves of baby spinach in when serving.
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