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  1. This is a continuation of the List of Restaurant Openings - 2018 thread. Please write me if you know of any others!
  2. This is a continuation of the List of Restaurant Openings - 2017 thread. Please write me if you know of any others!
  3. Yes, I am very much looking forward to the new Turkish place. Apr 4, 2018 - "Istanbul Grill Expected To Replace Ballston Area's El Ranchero" by Bridget Reed Morawski on arlnow.com
  4. Stopped by Smoking Kow for a late lunch today. They opened earlier this week. The place is pretty small, with about four picnic tables to eat at inside. They didn't have wings, tacos or ribs today, which was too bad. I ordered the two-meat platter with pulled pork and brisket, along with barbecue beans and mac and cheese. I also tried all of their sauces. I believe they were: original, vinegar, mumbo, chipotle, and gold. I thought the pulled pork and the brisket were both good, though they didn't provide a lot of it for a platter. I also thought it strange that the brisket only comes chopped. It made me suspicious that they're trying to cover up something, because that's why I do when my brisket turns out dry. Of the sauces, I enjoyed the chipotle the most, especially with the brisket. I really enjoyed their barbecue beans. They're red and white beans with a vinegary sauce that has a lot of interesting flavor to it. Can't wait to try that again. The mac and cheese was creamy, fine, nothing to really write home about. Overall, I'll definitely give this place another chance. I think the transition from food truck to restaurant will probably give them some growing pains. The menus (and meat portions) seem more geared toward sandwiches, which makes sense for a food truck. Hopefully they'll have brisket slices and ribs in the near future.
  5. This is a continuation of the List of Restaurant Openings - 2016 thread. Please write me if you know of any others!
  6. There's a ramen shop called Ramen Factory 42 in Falls Church that's opening soon, in the mini-strip with Takumi in the former Smashburger location.
  7. Urban Hot Pot, which has a Facebook Page but no website yet, soft-opened last night in Twinbrook, right next door to Akira Ramen & Izakaya. It's a make-your-own hot pot restaurant, and appears to be family-friendly. Jul 24, 2007 - "Small Bites: Ramen and Hot Pot Coming to Rockville This Fall" by Joe Zimmerman on bethesdamagazine.com
  8. I tried out Meggrolls last night. It's in the former Five Guys space at 107 N. Fayette Street in Old Town. The space is pleasant -- navy and white, with a touch of dusty orange in the dining area, blond wood tables and chairs, and a bunch of framed '80s album covers in the dining area. Right now, they're open for dinner hours only, at 5:00, so they can get a feel for the flow. The menu is small, about a half dozen Meggrolls offered, plus some cole slaw variations, french fries, and chili, and the chalkboard advertises that pies are coming soon. The chalkboard also says that 1 roll is a good snack and 2 is a meal. Well, 1 roll and a side of slaw would be more than plenty of food for me; I did the 2 rolls (no sides) and it was a stretch -- remember, it's all deep fried. At $6.75+ per roll (sides are a la carte), taking the chalkboard's advice gets pricey pretty fast for what is, at its heart, tasty craft junkfood. The rolls are a cheeseburger, buffalo chicken, gyro, mac-n-cheese, and chicken parm. The rolls are expertly fried, and fried to order. I could see into the frying area and each chamber of the fryer was labeled for each type of roll so none of the flavors mingle. They're using some sort of iPad register system and it looks cute but I wonder how it's going to hold up over the medium term, let alone long term. Because it's done to order, and a small kitchen (one fry cook/roll splitter and one dressing the rolls at the pass, it can get backed up quickly and one even small order gone wrong can throw the whole thing into the weeds. Case in point, I was in a mini-rush of folks getting off work and arriving about 5:45, and was 3rd or 4th to order and 10th or 11th to get my 2 rolls, one of which was done many minutes (and several intervening pick-ups) before the other. The rolls were dark brown, crunchy, not greasy, and held up well to a 30 minute car ride home, but I certainly wouldn't recommend that sort of holding time. I tried the spicy buffalo chicken roll and the gyro roll. The chicken was a mild-to-medium spicy piece of chicken that appeared to have been pre-cooked in the spiced coating, then egg roll wrapped with a little something else inside the roll, deep fried and then split lengthwise and topped with a small celery stick and dressed with bleu or ranch dressing (I had the bleu on the side since it was a to-go order). I would have liked it a bit spicier and with more of a celery kick to it. The gyro was a spiced lamb patty, sort of like kofta, deep fried, split lengthwise and topped with (a very bland) tzatziki, shredded lettuce and halved grape tomatoes. I liked this one a little better than the buffalo chicken, but felt it was a bit out of balance with too much yogurt/not enough herbs compared to the lamb. The flavor of the lamb was good. I scraped off most of the tzatziki and ate it with the tomatoes instead, and a punch of fresh herbs and garlic would have done it good. Overall, it was a fun meal but I'd really put it in the category of a well-made junky treat and not something I'll eat very often.
  9. This is a continuation of the List of Restaurant Openings - 2015 thread. Please write me if you know of any others!
  10. This is a continuation of the List of Restaurant Openings - 2014 thread. Please write me if you know of any others!
  11. This is a continuation of the List of Restaurant Openings - 2013 thread. Please write me if you know of any others!
  12. This is sparked by a thread in the help wanted forum. This thread will report on dates for restaurant openings. Opening dates may be for soft openings.
  13. I ask our members to post copies of opening menus (which can often be downloaded in .pdf format, screen-shotted, or simply snapped with an iPhone) - this, for historical purposes. It can be a fascinating thing to watch the menus change, both in terms of price and format (imagine an opening menu from Komi - you would not recognize the restaurant, and it would be a valuable piece of history that is forever lost unless Johnny has one thrown into his desk drawer somewhere). I would *love* to have an opening menu from every single restaurant in the DC area - can you imagine how valuable that would be twenty years from now? Not "valuable" in terms of money; just in terms of history. Note that merely linking to the menu on the website is not enough - websites change constantly. The menus are obviously the restaurant's property, so I also ask our members not to do this without the restaurants' permission.
  14. Following in the footsteps of Oldest Restaurants In The Area and Auld Lang Cuisine: If any history student at a DC area college wants to do a research paper on this, I'll give you control of this thread. It would be fascinating, useful, and meaningfully historic. May as well use this as your home base because you've got oodles of resources and people that will help. We could put in old photos and everything. Write me. Downtown (Farragut West) 800 Connecticut Ave. The Oval Room (?-) -> Auberge Franí§ois (Original L'Auberge Chez Franí§ois ?-?) Georgetown 1303 Wisconsin Ave. Paolo's (1993-) -> Stoupsy's Cafe (?-?) -> Little Tavern (?-Late80s) 2917 M St. Unum (Early 2012-) -> Mendocino Grille (Pre2005-02/2011) -> Gepetto (?-?) 3333 M St. Sweetgreen (Original Location 2007-) -> Little Tavern (?-?) Cleveland Park 3309 Connecticut Ave. Ardeo + Bardeo (?-Present) -> L'Escargot (1971-1976) -> Pouget (?-1971) 811 --- Adams Morgan 1762 Columbia Rd. Super Tacos & Bakery (Spring 2008-Present) -> Tacos Pepitos II (Before July 2006 - Spring 2008) Ballston 4301 N. Fairfax Dr. Willow (?-Present) -> Gaffney's (?-?) -> Bistro Bistro (?-?), Schlotzki's (?-?) North Arlington 5731 Lee Hwy. Asian Kitchen (07/2010) -> Tap & Vine (10/2008-02/2010) -> Milan (11/2007-08/2008) -> Charley Horse Grill, (Owned by Cowboy Cafe ?-10/2007) -> Pho Vietnam 75 (?-?) -> Pizza Hut (?-?) 5900 Washington Blvd. Lebanese Taverna (1979-Present) -> Athenian Taverna (?-1979) --- North Bethesda (North of Bethesda Metro) 4936 Fairmont Ave. - Relic Restaurant & Lounge (03/2009-11/2013) -> Yin Yankee (05/02/2007-09/2007) -> Fairmont Bar & Dining (?-?) -> El Torito Mexican Grill (?-?) -> Bistro Asiatique (?-?) South Rockville (Between White Flint and Route 28) 12256 Rockville Pike - Chef Geoff's (09/12/2012-12/31/2015) -> Againn (06/2010-05/2011) -> Houston's (1980s?/1992-12/21/2009) Downtown Silver Spring (Silver Spring Metro, AFI Theater) 8624 Colesville Rd. Kitchen Thai (formerly Zensai Sushi, 11/2013 - 08/2015) -> Stage Burger Lounge (03/2012 - 08/2013) -> Sabroso Grill (09/2008 - 02/2012) 8113 Georgia Ave. Pacci's (04/30/2010-), Polonez (?-?) Wheaton 2404 University Blvd. W BeClaws (09/24/15-) -> Dusit (?-11/2012) Resources: "Culinary Historians of Washington" on chowdc.org "History in Prince George's County, Maryland" on history.pgparks.com "Not So Long Ago: Wisconsin and N" on georgetownmetropolitan.com
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