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Had prawns and fish of the day, whiting, for lunch today. The fish was kinda fishy, and oil soon pooled on the wax paper lined tray. I only ate half of the fish. I took a picture after I decided the fish was not up to their usual goodness. The prawns were not so greasy, thus much better.

Funny you should mention this. I eagerly tried out their new location a few months ago and had a similar experience. Fries were still good though.

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Had prawns and fish of the day, whiting, for lunch today. The fish was kinda fishy, and oil soon pooled on the wax paper lined tray. I only ate half of the fish. I took a picture after I decided the fish was not up to their usual goodness. The prawns were not so greasy, thus much better.

I had the whiting there earlier this year. The batter has changed at the new Eamonn's (not sure about the old location) - it's thicker, and more caramel colored. Because it's physically thicker, it retains more oil (and heat). Although I prefer the old batter, there's a tempura-like appeal to the new one (the problem is that it's not tempura, and eating an entire order takes a good 20-30 minutes (the fish arrives *very* hot) - thus, the pooling on the paper as the minutes tick by).

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The batter has changed at the new Eamonn's (not sure about the old location) - it's thicker, and more caramel colored.

I thought so but couldn't be sure since it's been a long time from my last visit to the Old Town location.

To reflect the comment below, had I known before hand, I would not have bothered to drive to Eamonn's.

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I had the whiting there earlier this year. The batter has changed at the new Eamonn's (not sure about the old location) - it's thicker, and more caramel colored. Because it's physically thicker, it retains more oil (and heat). Although I prefer the old batter, there's a tempura-like appeal to the new one (the problem is that it's not tempura, and eating an entire order takes a good 20-30 minutes (the fish arrives *very* hot) - thus, the pooling on the paper as the minutes tick by).

The problem is that the new batter reminded me of Arthur Treachers. The old recipe made Eamonn's someplace I went out of my way for. The last meal I had didn't compare to the fish and chips at Hunter's Head or Ford's Fish Shack.

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I went to Eammon's during my recent DC/Alexandria visit and had the fried Cod with rose-marie sauce. This was my third Eammon's visit in five years, and I wasn't disappointed. Perhaps I didn't notice the change in batter from my earlier visits, but I still felt it was nicely fried and tasty. I'm not a conoisseur by any means, but I enjoyed it.

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Little man and I went last night. He was concerned because he heard his first restaurant-related rumor that this place might close if more business doesn't pass through. So, by request, we went.

We had lots of fun playing Battleship there--I really like how they have board games available. The food was great as always (fish crispy, not fishy tasting, large portions, et al.), but the rumor is partially right. We were there for about almost 2 hours, and only three tables and one carry out came in, including us. I know it is a Tuesday night, but even TNT side was visibly forlorn.

Then I inquired further, and frankly, many of the Pike businesses aren't doing well, even RedRocks, apparently. I think only Tacqueria and Lost Dog are doing well.

So, how can we as a community or the area try to help? I really like the fact that this area is building up and it is close by my new place.

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Little man and I went last night. He was concerned because he heard his first restaurant-related rumor that this place might close if more business doesn't pass through. So, by request, we went.

We had lots of fun playing Battleship there--I really like how they have board games available. The food was great as always (fish crispy, not fishy tasting, large portions, et al.), but the rumor is partially right. We were there for about almost 2 hours, and only three tables and one carry out came in, including us. I know it is a Tuesday night, but even TNT side was visibly forlorn.

Then I inquired further, and frankly, many of the Pike businesses aren't doing well, even RedRocks, apparently. I think only Tacqueria and Lost Dog are doing well.

So, how can we as a community or the area try to help? I really like the fact that this area is building up and it is close by my new place.

I had drinks at T.N.T. Bar last week - the cocktails there are wonderful, and the setup behind the bar is a bartender's dream.

I'm happy to organize a dr.com event if anyone is interested. Other then letting them know we're coming, no special arrangements would really need to be made with the restaurant. This could also easily qualify as a $20 Tuesday for those not wishing to imbibe.

$20 Tuesday Happy Hour at T.N.T. bar? I miss the old get-togethers at Corduroy et al (and yes, we can do Baby Wale as well).

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Was in today for the first time in several months and agree with several upthread about the new batter. Very thick, darker, heat and oil retentive and kind of gets in the way more than enhancing for me.  Cracked most of it off and pushed it to the side. Noticed other tables doing the same. It's just too much.  Wish they'd go back to how it was before.

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TNT has lowered the price of its cocktails.  Most of the home grown ones are $10.  They are as delicious as ever and certainly worth it in my opinion.

I didn't eat at the other Eamonn's enough to notice a change in the batter, but I still really like it.  As I have mentioned previously, the curry sauce is awesome on the chips. They are also serving paninis during lunch now.

This place really needs to see more traffic.  Please go visit.   It is a great place to go in the Columbia Pike neighborhood and we would very much like for it to stay that way.

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Little man and I went last night. He was concerned because he heard his first restaurant-related rumor that this place might close if more business doesn't pass through. So, by request, we went.

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Look at this sign I saw at Eamonn's Columbia Pike today.  Society Fair coming to the Eamonns location.

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Look at this sign I saw at Eamonn's Columbia Pike today.  Society Fair coming to the Eamonns location.

This is correct, and I've verified it myself. TNT will remain. Society Fair will replace Eamonn's in February (my initial impression is that this is a very thoughtful and wise decision). At some point in the future (not anytime soon), look for Eamonn's to open in DC.

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I think this is a smart choice. I don't live too far away, and while I might not travel over there for a bunch of very tasty fried food often, I would travel much more often if it was a bit more society fare-ish, which I stop into a lot.

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Long overdue in writing this, but we went for our first visit May 5. Easy to remember the date so far out since every Mexican place was lined up out the door and we were the only ones in Eamonn's. The short of it all is that the food was disappointing. I see some earlier posts that the batter formula was changed for a more caramelized appearance. I actually think ours was burnt/overcooked. My wife ordered since I was a little late getting there, and she got the cod and shrimp for sure and the other fish I think was the basa. The fish were both good and decent portions, though not filling to the point I usually feel full after eating that much fried food. The shrimp, however, were reminiscent of Long John Silvers, though a little bigger. Fortunately my daughter liked them and ate most of them, sparing me. Chips were good, but again nothing to make a special trip for.

Place was so dead at one point the entire staff went outside while we were finishing up our meal. When they came back in I joked that  I helped myself to a couple more pints of Guinness.

One plus was the music, heavy on 80's music. I hadn't heard Camouflage's That Smiling Face in a couple decades.

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Great story! And it isn't going unnoticed.

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The armstrongs should give that employee a raise!

Yes, and the public should be aware that this type of leadership comes directly from the top, i.e., from the Armstrongs.

(Sorry to pre-quote you.) :)

That's my story guys.  :)

PS - My brother is a physician, and he once told me that it's surprisingly common for young males in their early-mid 20s to go to the ER, thinking they're having a heart attack, when (after all the tests have been performed) they're having a mega-panic attack. I should know - it happened to me once, too, about 25 years ago when I woke up with tachycardia (I did a 360 going 70 mph on a rain-slicked street driving myself to the ER at 2 AM). In my case, it turned out to be a benign reaction to medication, but man was I disoriented and scared.

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The armstrongs should give that employee a raise!

No kidding. Unfortunately I didn't get his name :(

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Hey, there was only one guy manning the counter at that time of day.  They'll be able to figure it out :)

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4 hours ago, curiouskitkatt said:

Just received a press release stating that Todd Thrasher will not be renewing the lease for PX. The speakeasy will be closing shop on July 27, 2019.

Likewise, Eamonn's is closing on Jul 27.

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Yikes!  Is this a catastrophic (near) total collapse of an empire or a planned reduction of the footprint?

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19 hours ago, Bart said:

Yikes!  Is this a catastrophic (near) total collapse of an empire or a planned reduction of the footprint?

https://dc.eater.com/2019/7/17/20697735/px-speakeasy-bar-closing-alexandria-old-town

I think they changed focus to the Wharf (can't blame them, it's new and hot).  The Armstrong's also still have Hummingbird which wasn't mentioned here, as I am not sure it was part of EGFG.  I think the rise of boutique cocktails everywhere probably took a hit on PX as being special, and people want new and different, so I can't blame him for not renewing the rent, when he has a giant space to manage.

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On 7/17/2019 at 3:22 PM, Bart said:

Yikes!  Is this a catastrophic (near) total collapse of an empire or a planned reduction of the footprint?

I suspect both Px and Eamonn's had a common lease, or something close to that - they're closing the same day, and don't forget, you can walk from Px down a "secret staircase" to Eamonn's - it may be a single space, like Doi Moi and 2 Birds 1 Stone, or Destination Wedding, or whatever is there now.

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