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had to go to alexandria last night for other reasons; flipped a coin for dinner and went to the Majestic. A nicely spicy seafood stew, and a four-cheese ravioli were delicious. As was the French 76. The chard was a bit of a disappointment- I guess I've just imprinted on Coppi's chard and ricotta. No room for dessert, sadly. Service was uniformly great- friendly, earnest, and unobtrusive.

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For lunch, a tuna-salad sandwich at Le Matin de Paris. Now open 24 hours on weekends, making it a legitimate alternative to Yechon if you're not up for an extended meal at 2 AM.

Dinner at Mio:

Duo of hamachi, ceviche & grilled chop, lemon sorbet, jalapeno

Beef carpaccio del 'Maestro,' quail eggs, preserved mushrooms

Foie-gras ballotine, honey-huckleberry sauce, corn bread

Pan seared veal sweetbreads, sun-choke, toasted hazelnuts

Cuttlefish stew

Smoked potato gnocchi, young goat ragout, grilled chop, parsley sauce

Duo of roasted lamb rack and leg, smoked potato, thyme roasting jus

Pineapple carpaccio, Butterscotch pot de creme, and Mascarpone nougat

1993 Niellon Batard-Montrachet

2002 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard

And, of course, the most important meal of the day: breakfast.

A large black coffee at Naceur Negra's coffee cart, on H Street between 22nd and 23rd, just off the north side of GWU's Kogan Plaza. If you don't know about this place, you should - he's there Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 6 PM.

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A Strip, a Cattleman, and a Squealer at the Hen House on the long stretch of Route 40, west of Frostburg in Garrett County.

Several people now have asked me whether or not I was kidding when I wrote this.

Nope!

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Grand tasting menu last night at Vetri. Holy $@#$, that's good. If you know you're going to be in Philly two months from now, you could do worse than grab a res.

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Late lunch at Bobby's Crabcakes. Burger, fries and mac n cheese. Herbie was the same cheerful self. The counter staff isn't quite as cheerful or helpful. Damn those fries are good. The mac was too blue for me but I could see the appeal.

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Several people now have asked me whether or not I was kidding when I wrote this.

Nope!

Can you blame them?

While driving through Nevada I stopped off at the Hen House. After the Strip, I took a walk on the wild side with a Cattleman, and then splurged on a Squealer. You only live once...

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Gordon Biersch, because sometimes you have to do things for the sake of a relationship. (This person I was with doesn't like Bobby's because the crabcakes are too spicy.) It wasn't as thoroughly wretched as I expected, but it wasn't good, either.

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Gordon Biersch, because sometimes you have to do things for the sake of a relationship. (This person I was with doesn't like Bobby's because the crabcakes are too spicy.) It wasn't as thoroughly wretched as I expected, but it wasn't good, either.

Or sometimes you do things for sake. Why I continue to read the word "sake" as the drink 'sake' is a question I do not have the answer to now. I will ponder that.

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Eamonn's--the small cod was great as usual, the fries were perfectly cooked and nicely crispy. The batter sausage was a bit off, with a somewhat strange texture (almost chewy) that existed between the outside layer of crispy batter and the inner sausage. It could have been the sausage casing, but I hadn't encountered this before with the batter sausage. The taste was as usual, so it's a minor quibble.

The deep-fried Milky Way is good, but I now know that I am a deep-fried Snickers person.

Unlike most times I've been to Eamonn's, it wasn't very busy last night.

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conference down at the JW Marriott, hadn't thought ahead about lunch, ended up at Blue Point (in the Warner Building) because they could seat us. I think the space hosted a brew pub previously. Had an incredibly disappointing lobster roll - dry, tastless SLICES of what they said was lobster. Was supposed to be in a garlic mayo, didn't taste either garlic or mayo. Good fries, though.

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Lunch at Eamonn's - a large cod, a cod sandwich, a large fries, and a fried Snickers. I'm telling you - these fries dipped in the curry sauce make one of the best potato curries I've ever had. Also, it was nice to see the unfailingly pleasant Clinton Terry (which reminds me that I'm long overdue for a return trip to PX).

Dinner at Ariana Kabob House in Fairfax, which just opened its doors two nights ago. I'll make everyone a deal: If someone goes and gets the Bolawni (a homemade pastry stuffed with potatoes, scallions, leeks, etc., baked in a clay-oven - $4.95), and doesn't like it, I'll send you five bucks in the mail. First person who starts a new thread and can honestly say they didn't like it, gets it.

Ariana does not yet have a beer and wine license - the best way to try it for now might be the $8.95 lunch buffet, served M-F 11-3.

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In the last week:

Proof - Amazing. Went with a largish group, and tried most everything. Favorites: the pate on the charcuterie board, the foie gras, and the gnocchi. Oh wait, and the Tuna. Cannot wait to return. Also ordered far too many bottles of wine to remember exact details.

Stoneys - after a long 12-hr day of volunteering at a breast cancer charity wedding dress sale event (just don't ask), all I could handle was a Stoney's burger. Medium Rare. Delicious.

Chix - Tried the Peruvian chicken, roasted sweet potatoes, and rice and beans. Oh, and the fruit water. Loved it all. This is definitely going to become a regular. And, while the chicken is not quite up to my old favorite in VA, it's much closer. Previous comments on the skin were correct, it needs to be a bit crispier. But, must say, the flavor was all there.

On the Fly BBQ cart - Was craving Mac-n-cheese for lunch, but this did not hit the spot. Not very cheesy tasting, and very oily. Would not get again.

Kanlaya - Good thai food. And they deliver to my office. My favorite is the Pad See Ew, which I accidentally had to order again.

Cakelove - For some reason, I decided to try their cupcakes again. I don't know why. They are still dry and tasteless.

St. Ex - Went for brunch. Eggs Benedict were fine, but the potatoes were so oversalted that I literally could not eat them. +1's quiche was good, but the salad was ALL frisee, and he did not care for it. Plus, the coffee was far too bitter. Almost burnt tasting. Will not be returning, and will just head to Bar Pilar next time.

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A great dinner with friends last night at Rasika.

A cucumber basil rickey (a nod to the beautifully warm weather) helped ease me into the menu.

We went family style on the starters -- the standout for me was the water chestnut bezule, they were like spicy pakoras with crisp refreshing centers.

My main was the bison chili roast tenderloin -- very flavorful and tender -- it was more like a braise, sliced like flank steak and served in a ragout with tomatoes, onion and chili peppers. This went well with Kingfisher lager, which helped (along with our shared order of raita) cut the heat.

For dessert, I split gulab jamun with the missus. It was fresh and tasty as the last time, but my favorite still is the cardamom ice cream that comes with it.

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Zola for dinner - lamb meatball sliders - I would go back to get those again. Also had scallops.

Pizzeria Paradiso (Georgetown) for dinner - individual sized marguerita pizza with pepperoni.

Brasserie Beck for brunch - chicken waterzooi (I've never had that dish before so wanted to give it a try). Husband got the waffle with bananas foster. His round waffle came pre-separated into quarters, but oddly, only came with 3 quarters. It looked like another table also got 3 quarters so seemed to be intentional.

Mamma Lucia's (College Park) for lunch - penne with sausage - came with a layer of grease pooling on the bottom of the container.

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Last night we met friends at Fireflies in Del Ray. We split a salad and a meat lover's pizza. The special salad was good but not great, but I think they do a quality pizza. It was particularly good last night. Nice thin crust, cooked perfectly, IMO. I love that I can walk to this place as well. It was packed last night at 6:30 - I've never been asked if I had a reservation there before - but they are starting to have music on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

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Yesterday, a serene and delicious lunch at 2941: excellent take on crab cakes, super delicious and generous Wiener schnitzel, marvelous service, elegant QUIET atmosphere.

Last night, the usual frenetic late night action at Bistrot du Coin. Fava bean and smoked duck soup. Yum.

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Bar Pilar for drinks, love the Viking beer; Cork for a feeding frenzy through the menu, two orders of the steak with brussels, the roma tomatoes are a must, chicken liver didn't wow me, duck was delicious, fries were great, chicken was moist, kale had great texture and flavor, sunchokes were okay, love that goat cheesecake, GM's hospitality was outstanding; Coppi's for cool atmosphere and thin and crunchy pizza, pancetta is thick sliced and fantastic here, on pizza and in salad, zabaglione is now chocolate flavored and I miss the original.

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[Does anyone care if I split some of these posts into individual restaurant threads? There's so much good, solid information in these posts, and I don't want to see it be buried forever in this thread. If anyone doesn't want me to move their posts, would you please PM me and let me know? Otherwise, I won't be moving them all, but I'll be moving some. They're just too good not to be captured for posterity and easy-access. Thank you! Rocks]

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A broken leg and an empty pocketbook have been keeping us at home since mid-February with just a few exceptions -- Dino for the boar, once to Eamonn's, once to Lickety Split, Rasika to celebrate with friends -- but all was not in vain. My parents are coming to town this week, and we will be blowing every penny we've saved by not going out on...going out :) I won't possibly be able to report on all our dining experiences here, but in the spirit of the thread, we'll be eating at Eve for Tripewriter's birthday dinner, followed hopefully by the Px (we've warned the rents that they may want to nap that afternoon!), then unfortunately Mrs. K's Toll House (a special request by my uncle -- who doesn't like anything. Period. So how could we refuse?) for a miniature family reunion, followed by The Majestic for Sunday dinner -- yay!, then Monday it'll be Eamonn's (do you have any idea how hard it has been to stay away from Eamonn's this long in anticipation of our visit with them?!), and dinner at Proof -- parents' treat! Tuesday we're finishing their trip with a bang with a visit to the Mendocino Grille (see above note about Eamonn's). I simply cannot wait. My mouth has been watering for over a month in anticipation of this visit! This must be what it's like to be DonRocks ;)

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Dinner last night at Cork: Tom Brown's molasses-y rum +Velvet Falernum=terrific rum punch. I think I just did the equivalent of admitting I have a wine cooler addiction.Chicken liver pate that I dream about to the extent that today I a) considered buying a can of liver pate in the canned food aisle at whole foods and B considered making Richard's chicken faux gras. Why would I do that when I can go out to get it without seeing the sticks of butter and vats of heavy cream?

Early Sunday evening at Cork was a respite. I've never been when it's quiet.

Lunch at Sticky Fingers: Vegan hot dog. Latte with soy milk. Mint N'Oreo. My first vegan meal ever. And I sat next to a monk.

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Weekend in NYC--

Friday at Kun Jip in NYC: Kalbee, Barley bibimbap and Steamed Pork Belly with Oyster Kimchi

Saturday Lunch: Joe's Shanghai for soup dumplings followed by lots of hot tea to help the drainage down my system so that all that pork fat can make its way down.

Saturday Dinner: Tory's Tottos for awesome small Japanese dishes and robatayaki--and then off to Sakagura for some more. I strongly recommend both places. Sakagura even has a sake sommelier.

Sunday Brunch: Park Avenue Spring--the word was that GW was there. Too many secret service running around the place. Decor was inspiring and the food was above average.

Sunday Dinner: Dimitri's on 3rd and Catherine in Philly for best Mediterranean food ever! (we were there last weekend too).

Whheww....after all this and 4 lbs, back to the grind at work.

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Flew to Chicago this morning. Lunch at Marche, just returned from an early supper at Topolobampo, one of our favorite three restaurants in the country. And Rick Bayless was actually in the kitchen today, not off galavanting for PBS. 8;) Incredible as always.

BTW, stocked up on the Frontera bottled sauces. What was formerly sold as "Roasted Arbol Sauce" is now being labelled simply "Red Pepper Hot Sauce," but the sauce itself is unchanged.

Crofton on Wells tomorrow, Roy's on Friday, MK Saturday, home Sunday to fast for a week... 8;)

-- Larry

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This afternoon, a rich double espresso and dry, mealy Sacher Tort amid all the beautiful people at Leopold's in Cady's Alley, Georgetown. Disappointing since I had fond memories of their pastries from my previous visit a year or so earlier. What's the consensus on the food and desserts here?

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Brunch at Whitlow's this morning with a friend. I really enjoyed my spinach & mushroom omelet with home fries & bacon. Nothing overwhelmingly amazing, but a nice tasty meal for $7.95. My friend had the lox & bagel plate which looked okay...boring toasted bagel, decent amount of lox, but the tomatoes were SAD. I'm really looking forward to summer produce!

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Good night last night.

Got to Cork right at 5pm, first one in the door. Enjoyed the calamari and rock shrimp with a side of the lemony, garlic fries. Washed it all down with a nice white Burgundy, can't remeber the bottle. Friends were very much enjoying a 5 cheese selection, but none for me.

Then off to PX for a My Wife's Manhatten, then moved on to the new "Six Weeks and Counting" mmmm so orange-y. Decided to close with an "(Erik's) Irish Flip" cause, well it's my favorite drink there and possibly anywhere.

Ended the night at The Majestic. Tried a new Malbec/Merlot blend from NZ, 51% malbec, 49% merlot. Very smooth and went quite well with a couple of the steaks, as well as both of the pasta specials (mushroom and 3 cheese ravioli; tagliatelle with cauliflower and some other good stuff). Added a side of the green beans with bacon and carmelized onions and finished with the Swiss Chocolate ice cream.

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