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Title: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on August 09, 2013, 01:43:38 pm
I have yet to go to Le Diplomate, but have read many wondrous things about it.  Anybody been?
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Post by: excontradiction on August 09, 2013, 01:47:40 pm
I also heard the other day about 100 Montaditos, coming soon to Arlington and Bethesda.  They'll be serving 100 different tapa-sized sandwiches.  Which is the best thing I've read all week long.

"Inspired in the atmosphere of a typical Spanish tavern, you will encounter a variety of traditional montaditos served on crunchy, freshly-baked Spanish rolls; filled with such typical Mediterranean ingredients as Serrano ham, Spanish tortilla, chorizo sausage and Manchego cheese; and seasoned with such traditional Mediterranean ingredients as olive oil, garlic, onions, lemon, tomato sauce and ali oli. "

http://us.100montaditos.com/food-menu
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Post by: excontradiction on August 09, 2013, 01:54:42 pm
Oh and I almost forgot!  I got the roasted cauliflower sandwich at G this week - it completely broadened my definition of sandwiches.  Or cauliflower.  Or something.  This thing is a work of art - Roasted Cauliflower with romesco, pickled vegetables, paprika on a crusty sesame roll.

In the same trip, I got (yes, yes, I had 2 sandwiches for lunch) their Spring Lamb - basically a cheffy gyro.  The lamb comes from Kapnos, next door, where they spit roast whole animals.  The shredded meat was tender, juicy and crispy.  Tzatziki had the right balance of tangy and creamy, and the fresh dill was a perfect topper.  Definitely worthy!  Ummm, don't try to eat this one while driving.  Trust me.

Next up is the (spit roasted) suckling pig sandwich with mustard greens, spicy apple mostarda and provolone....
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: chaz on August 09, 2013, 02:01:40 pm
Anybody been to BonChon?  The asian wing joints in NOVA?  Wondering if it is hype.

so

yay?  or nay?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Relaxer on August 09, 2013, 02:10:54 pm
I ate a can of soup in the saucepan while standing over the sink last night.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: dyecraig on August 09, 2013, 02:43:48 pm
Anybody been to BonChon?  The asian wing joints in NOVA?  Wondering if it is hype.

so

yay?  or nay?

no hype - worth the wait - get the whole bird - in C'ville, that is - call ahead
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Ardamus on August 09, 2013, 03:02:21 pm
Anybody been to BonChon?  The asian wing joints in NOVA?  Wondering if it is hype.

so

yay?  or nay?

no hype - worth the wait - get the whole bird - in C'ville, that is - call ahead

Maaaaaan, BonChon is pure crack cocaine. I swear to god you get chills and twitches once you don't get to eat there for a minute. Love that place.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: chaz on August 09, 2013, 03:32:52 pm
Anybody been to BonChon?  The asian wing joints in NOVA?  Wondering if it is hype.

so

yay?  or nay?

no hype - worth the wait - get the whole bird - in C'ville, that is - call ahead


Maaaaaan, BonChon is pure crack cocaine. I swear to god you get chills and twitches once you don't get to eat there for a minute. Love that place.
oH man...

so now the question is spicy or soy garlic?  or half and half?
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Post by: Bagley on August 09, 2013, 03:49:36 pm
Anybody been to BonChon?  The asian wing joints in NOVA?  Wondering if it is hype.

so

yay?  or nay?

no hype - worth the wait - get the whole bird - in C'ville, that is - call ahead


Maaaaaan, BonChon is pure crack cocaine. I swear to god you get chills and twitches once you don't get to eat there for a minute. Love that place.
oH man...

so now the question is spicy or soy garlic?  or half and half?


got the half and half and couldn't taste the garlic/soy after I had the hot ones... they are mighty tasty.  get the wings over the drumsticks or strips
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: chaz on August 09, 2013, 04:25:38 pm
ok, i'm in
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Post by: wml7 on August 10, 2013, 02:01:04 am
I need check that place out, all i hear are good raves about it, do tell us how it was.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on August 12, 2013, 09:46:53 am
Holy shit I made ice cream!

Crazy easy - no machine needed, better than anything you can buy:  Whip 1 pint of heavy cream to stiff peaks, fold in 1 can of sweetened condensed milk and freeze for 6 hours.

You add "chunky" ingredients (like chocolate chips, rice krispies, brownies, etc) to the SCM, and "flavor" ingredients (vanilla beans, peppermint extract, melted butter) to the cream before mixing.

I'm never ever buying ice cream again.  Ever.

http://www.kevinandamanda.com/recipes/dessert/easy-homemade-ice-cream-without-a-machine.html

Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on August 12, 2013, 10:12:33 am
After a week of restaurant food, it will be nice to get back to my own and my wife's cooking. First up tonight are my burritos. With Hill Farmstead from the growler.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on August 12, 2013, 10:19:46 am
I have yet to go to Le Diplomate, but have read many wondrous things about it.  Anybody been?

I haven't been, but two of my friends have and loved it.  Their photos were so pretty!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on August 12, 2013, 11:27:46 am
I have yet to go to Le Diplomate, but have read many wondrous things about it.  Anybody been?

I'm so tired of the 14th street scene and getting pretty darn close to tired of the H Street scene.

Is there any vetting process done for the restaurants that pop up on these streets or are they critically acclaimed just because they're there? I've had more shitty food on those strips in DC than anywhere else and all anyone does it talk them up... Bunch of over priced crap IMO.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 12, 2013, 11:46:45 am
dupont is worse.  every fag (im a fag so i say fag) will believe everything food they put in their mouth from dupont, including cocks, are the best food and cocks to put in your mouth, but they are not.  there are better cocks around town, so go put them in your mouth.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on August 12, 2013, 11:54:27 am
dupont is worse.  every fag (im a fag so i say fag) will believe everything food they put in their mouth from dupont, including cocks, are the best food and cocks to put in your mouth, but they are not.  there are better cocks around town, so go put them in your mouth.

I can name about three good restaurants in Dupont... if that. I'm not a fag though.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 12, 2013, 11:55:39 am
its ok . . . we all cant be fags.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: killsaly on August 12, 2013, 12:35:46 pm
food
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: imbecile on August 12, 2013, 12:56:01 pm
I have yet to go to Le Diplomate, but have read many wondrous things about it.  Anybody been?

I'm so tired of the 14th street scene and getting pretty darn close to tired of the H Street scene.

Is there any vetting process done for the restaurants that pop up on these streets or are they critically acclaimed just because they're there? I've had more shitty food on those strips in DC than anywhere else and all anyone does it talk them up... Bunch of over priced crap IMO.

Does H street even have a restaurant scene?  I've lived here for several years and eaten at just about every place on H street.  The only places I'd recommend to people are Ethiopic and Atlas Room.  There are a few other serviceable places, but nothing worth travelling over here for.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on August 12, 2013, 01:43:31 pm
I have yet to go to Le Diplomate, but have read many wondrous things about it.  Anybody been?

I'm so tired of the 14th street scene and getting pretty darn close to tired of the H Street scene.

Is there any vetting process done for the restaurants that pop up on these streets or are they critically acclaimed just because they're there? I've had more shitty food on those strips in DC than anywhere else and all anyone does it talk them up... Bunch of over priced crap IMO.

Does H street even have a restaurant scene?  I've lived here for several years and eaten at just about every place on H street.  The only places I'd recommend to people are Ethiopic and Atlas Room.  There are a few other serviceable places, but nothing worth travelling over here for.

A three to four hour wait for a restaurant like Toki on a Friday night = a scene to me.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: imbecile on August 12, 2013, 03:09:57 pm
I have yet to go to Le Diplomate, but have read many wondrous things about it.  Anybody been?

I'm so tired of the 14th street scene and getting pretty darn close to tired of the H Street scene.

Is there any vetting process done for the restaurants that pop up on these streets or are they critically acclaimed just because they're there? I've had more shitty food on those strips in DC than anywhere else and all anyone does it talk them up... Bunch of over priced crap IMO.

Does H street even have a restaurant scene?  I've lived here for several years and eaten at just about every place on H street.  The only places I'd recommend to people are Ethiopic and Atlas Room.  There are a few other serviceable places, but nothing worth travelling over here for.

A three to four hour wait for a restaurant like Toki on a Friday night = a scene to me.


Ohhh yeah, forgot about that place.  It has created a bit of a scene, granted.  Went once when it opened and have never been back because it's always a zoo.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: killsaly on August 12, 2013, 03:11:05 pm
I could not imagine waiting that long for a restaurant. 
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on August 12, 2013, 03:12:50 pm
I could not imagine waiting that long for a restaurant. 

Especially when its 2 blocks from Granville Moore!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: atomicfront on August 12, 2013, 03:15:24 pm
I could not imagine waiting that long for a restaurant. 

Hall hour is my limit.  Golden west is only place I eat that doesn't take reservations.  I
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on August 12, 2013, 03:23:56 pm
I'm guessing you've already crossed Little Serow off your list, then.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on August 12, 2013, 03:28:07 pm
I have yet to go to Le Diplomate, but have read many wondrous things about it.  Anybody been?

I'm so tired of the 14th street scene and getting pretty darn close to tired of the H Street scene.

Is there any vetting process done for the restaurants that pop up on these streets or are they critically acclaimed just because they're there? I've had more shitty food on those strips in DC than anywhere else and all anyone does it talk them up... Bunch of over priced crap IMO.

Does H street even have a restaurant scene?  I've lived here for several years and eaten at just about every place on H street.  The only places I'd recommend to people are Ethiopic and Atlas Room.  There are a few other serviceable places, but nothing worth travelling over here for.

A three to four hour wait for a restaurant like Toki on a Friday night = a scene to me.


Ohhh yeah, forgot about that place.  It has created a bit of a scene, granted.  Went once when it opened and have never been back because it's always a zoo.

I ate at Vendetta a few weeks ago and not exaggerating one bit, it was the worst meal I've had in DC. The burnt my gnocci... it was literally charred, how does that happen?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: killsaly on August 12, 2013, 03:32:17 pm
I could not imagine waiting that long for a restaurant. 

Hall hour is my limit.  Golden west is only place I eat that doesn't take reservations.  I

I have been meaning to eat there... I love it as a music venue, and have heard good things about the food (I usually eat before I leave my house so I never tried it).
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: stevewizzle on August 12, 2013, 05:29:16 pm
I could not imagine waiting that long for a restaurant. 

Especially when its 2 blocks from Granville Moore!

pro-tip. toki does takeout.

they also do reservations, me thinks.

granville moore usually has a wait, too.
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Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on August 13, 2013, 08:54:53 am
I could not imagine waiting that long for a restaurant. 

Especially when its 2 blocks from Granville Moore!

pro-tip. toki does takeout.

they also do reservations, me thinks.

granville moore usually has a wait, too.

yeah we get toki takeout every other week or so -- they do a really good job with their to-go packaging (separating broth from noodles & fixins)

and yes, H Street has a restaurant scene.

favorites: atlas rooom, toki, ethiopic, granville moore's
with the kids: argonaut, h & pizza, taylor

Union Market is amazing.  That is all.
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Post by: K8teebug on August 13, 2013, 09:07:27 am
I love that little wine bar, Vinoteca.  They have a great happy hour and really good food.
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Post by: imbecile on August 13, 2013, 10:29:21 am
I have yet to go to Le Diplomate, but have read many wondrous things about it.  Anybody been?

I'm so tired of the 14th street scene and getting pretty darn close to tired of the H Street scene.

Is there any vetting process done for the restaurants that pop up on these streets or are they critically acclaimed just because they're there? I've had more shitty food on those strips in DC than anywhere else and all anyone does it talk them up... Bunch of over priced crap IMO.

Does H street even have a restaurant scene?  I've lived here for several years and eaten at just about every place on H street.  The only places I'd recommend to people are Ethiopic and Atlas Room.  There are a few other serviceable places, but nothing worth travelling over here for.

A three to four hour wait for a restaurant like Toki on a Friday night = a scene to me.


Ohhh yeah, forgot about that place.  It has created a bit of a scene, granted.  Went once when it opened and have never been back because it's always a zoo.

I ate at Vendetta a few weeks ago and not exaggerating one bit, it was the worst meal I've had in DC. The burnt my gnocci... it was literally charred, how does that happen?

Ha, I've had a similar experience there; truely baffeling.  La Grenier was heavily hyped as well and dissapoitnted with novice mistakes lately as well.  I think I agree with you for the most part, there is lots of hype in the press everytime a new place opens.  Seems whoever wants H street to progress faster than it is and be seen as a real destination with a plethora of fine dining options, so there are contstantly new places opening and a flood of good press to follow.   

As a homeowner here, I wish these places were all great for obvious reasons (property value, ha).  But the fact remains, there's good neighborhood food here, but actual fine dining options or really good restaurants are very limited and it's a disservice to advertise the area as such at this point in time.

Oh well.  Has anyone tried Mitsitam cafe in the Museum of the American Indian?  I've been meaning to for the longest time, but it's elluded me.  Have always read good things, but never met anyone who's been.
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Post by: brennser on August 13, 2013, 10:32:37 am
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Oh well.  Has anyone tried Mitsitam cafe in the Museum of the American Indian?  I've been meaning to for the longest time, but it's elluded me.  Have always read good things, but never met anyone who's been.

Its very good but i think its hella expensive for "cafeteria food"
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Post by: stevewizzle on August 13, 2013, 06:15:36 pm
I could not imagine waiting that long for a restaurant. 

Especially when its 2 blocks from Granville Moore!

pro-tip. toki does takeout.

they also do reservations, me thinks.

granville moore usually has a wait, too.

yeah we get toki takeout every other week or so -- they do a really good job with their to-go packaging (separating broth from noodles & fixins)

and yes, H Street has a restaurant scene.

favorites: atlas rooom, toki, ethiopic, granville moore's
with the kids: argonaut, h & pizza, taylor

Union Market is amazing.  That is all.

i was impressed, as well.  i'm somewhat obsessed with dumplings, and they do fantastic takeout for them.

i'm very impressed with h & pizza. given the lines, a lot of others are too.

and yeah.  union market rules. not h st, though.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: stevewizzle on August 13, 2013, 06:18:23 pm
i've got another month left living in DC. what's everyones cant-miss joints?  not trying to kill my wallet, so think of little serow ($45 prefix) as my upper limit.

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Post by: killsaly on August 13, 2013, 06:24:06 pm
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Oh well.  Has anyone tried Mitsitam cafe in the Museum of the American Indian?  I've been meaning to for the longest time, but it's elluded me.  Have always read good things, but never met anyone who's been.

Its very good but i think its hella expensive for "cafeteria food"
I work across the street and have been meaning to check it out for the last two years... How expensive is expensive? (I tend to stick to the local deli or food trucks or brown bag it).
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Post by: excontradiction on August 14, 2013, 01:04:03 pm
i've got another month left living in DC. what's everyones cant-miss joints?  not trying to kill my wallet, so think of little serow ($45 prefix) as my upper limit.

Just off the top of my head -

Get a Chivito if you haven't had one, from Take Eat Easy.  I think Fast Gourmet still serves it too.
Go to Ben's Chili Bowl one last time.
Try the shank at Pig.  Make sure you get the spoonbread.  Must have the spoonbread.  As a bonus, head across the street and finish your night at ChurchKey.
Po Boys at Bayou are worth the trip.

Hmmm.  That's all I can think of for now.
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Post by: excontradiction on August 14, 2013, 01:04:42 pm
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Post by: stevewizzle on August 14, 2013, 01:40:25 pm
i've got another month left living in DC. what's everyones cant-miss joints?  not trying to kill my wallet, so think of little serow ($45 prefix) as my upper limit.

Just off the top of my head -

Get a Chivito if you haven't had one, from Take Eat Easy.  I think Fast Gourmet still serves it too.
Go to Ben's Chili Bowl one last time.
Try the shank at Pig.  Make sure you get the spoonbread.  Must have the spoonbread.  As a bonus, head across the street and finish your night at ChurchKey.
Po Boys at Bayou are worth the trip.

Hmmm.  That's all I can think of for now.

great ideas.  i've had the FG chivito, delicious, but pricey.  the cubano there is the real winner, IMO.

bayou in foggy bottom or bayou bakery in arlington? i recently found bayou bakery in arlington, and fuck me is that place great.
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Post by: excontradiction on August 14, 2013, 01:43:29 pm
Oh - never been to arlington.  I was talking Foggy Bottom.
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Post by: BrettnotBritt on August 14, 2013, 01:53:37 pm
i've got another month left living in DC. what's everyones cant-miss joints?  not trying to kill my wallet, so think of little serow ($45 prefix) as my upper limit.

Go to the bar at Corduroy and get the $30 prix-fixe menu.
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Post by: killsaly on August 14, 2013, 01:53:44 pm
Are they, "real" Po boys? Pressed or the fried style? (I ask as someone who spent most of the first 19 years of his life as a Louisiana native (and who still goes back once a year, and can be very critical of Cajun food from so far from the boot).
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on August 14, 2013, 02:01:58 pm
Eating a po boy outside of New Orleans is like eating a crab cake outside of Maryland.
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Post by: Bagley on August 14, 2013, 02:14:25 pm
Sliced pork and collards at Kenny's BBQ -Maryland Ave NE (formerly of Mount Pleasant,DC and Alexandria, Va)
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Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on August 14, 2013, 02:25:52 pm
Sliced pork and collards at Kenny's BBQ -Maryland Ave NE (formerly of Mount Pleasant,DC and Alexandria, Va)

I live a couple of blocks from Kenny's and really don't like it, especially the collards.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: killsaly on August 14, 2013, 02:27:46 pm
Eating a po boy outside of New Orleans is like eating a crab cake outside of Maryland.
Not quite true.  Not just for NOLA, though maybe that is the only place anyone here would go in that state.  You can get great food (and REAL po boys), in Baton Rouge, any of the small swamp towns, my hometown, etc. 
Louisiana is more than NOLA.

Same with muffulettas, jambalaya, gumbo, and the rest.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on August 14, 2013, 02:31:35 pm
Eating a po boy outside of New Orleans is like eating a crab cake outside of Maryland.

I've never been to NO (so I guess have never had the "real thing").  FWIW, the Washington Post guy says that if he can't make it to NO, he goes to the Bayou DC instead.
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Post by: Bagley on August 14, 2013, 02:33:54 pm
Sliced pork and collards at Kenny's BBQ -Maryland Ave NE (formerly of Mount Pleasant,DC and Alexandria, Va)

I live a couple of blocks from Kenny's and really don't like it, especially the collards.

Supposedly Obama's fave BBQ, for what it's worth

.....The clam/garlic pizza at Comet's great
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on August 14, 2013, 02:46:08 pm
Sliced pork and collards at Kenny's BBQ -Maryland Ave NE (formerly of Mount Pleasant,DC and Alexandria, Va)

I live a couple of blocks from Kenny's and really don't like it, especially the collards.

Supposedly Obama's fave BBQ, for what it's worth

he was there for some father's day event, but i hadn't heard that it was his "favorite"

everything there is really really salty.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: imbecile on August 14, 2013, 02:47:48 pm
Sliced pork and collards at Kenny's BBQ -Maryland Ave NE (formerly of Mount Pleasant,DC and Alexandria, Va)

I live a couple of blocks from Kenny's and really don't like it, especially the collards.

I'm with Hoya on this one. 

But.. i haven't found any bbq in DC that i really like.  It's just not the style i'm used to coming from the south.  When having a craving, i usually go with Rocklands, but they don't even have pulled pork and it's a trek, so meh.
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Post by: stevewizzle on August 14, 2013, 02:52:48 pm
rocklands serves delicious brisket.  standard (garden district) makes a worthy pulled pork sandwich. good price point, too.

but i'm sure someone can chime in and tell us that bbq sucks in DC in comparison to the south.  well, duh.
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Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on August 14, 2013, 02:58:59 pm
best BBQ i've had in DC is Blue Smoke at Nats Park - pulled pork sandwich + slaw is pretty awesome.
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Post by: K8teebug on August 14, 2013, 03:02:49 pm
Eating a po boy outside of New Orleans is like eating a crab cake outside of Maryland.
Not quite true.  Not just for NOLA, though maybe that is the only place anyone here would go in that state.  You can get great food (and REAL po boys), in Baton Rouge, any of the small swamp towns, my hometown, etc. 
Louisiana is more than NOLA.

Same with muffulettas, jambalaya, gumbo, and the rest.

I've been all over Louisiana and didn't have a bad meal anywhere...just using NOLA as an example.
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Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on August 14, 2013, 03:10:04 pm
speaking of NOLA, avoid TruOrleans at all costs.
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Post by: imbecile on August 14, 2013, 03:47:34 pm
rocklands serves delicious brisket.  standard (garden district) makes a worthy pulled pork sandwich. good price point, too.

but i'm sure someone can chime in and tell us that bbq sucks in DC in comparison to the south.  well, duh.

Agreed on the brisket at Rocklands being very good.  Also, the ribs.  I'll check out standard, thanks for the suggestion.
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Post by: Yada on August 14, 2013, 03:51:49 pm
A few of the food trucks have pretty decent bbq. Also, there's been a food truck in Bethesda for years prior to food trucks being cool that has pretty awesome bbq. It sits in the lot that has that random kind of flea market on the weekends.
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Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 14, 2013, 03:59:56 pm
i love city folks talking about the best bbq.  awesome.  come to the cuntry.  we have bbq you cant beat.  except nc.  and homemade coleslaw that will melt your fucking face.  no one beats that coleslaw.
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Post by: stevewizzle on August 14, 2013, 04:19:43 pm
^ close enough.
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Post by: killsaly on August 14, 2013, 04:57:54 pm
Eating a po boy outside of New Orleans is like eating a crab cake outside of Maryland.
Not quite true.  Not just for NOLA, though maybe that is the only place anyone here would go in that state.  You can get great food (and REAL po boys), in Baton Rouge, any of the small swamp towns, my hometown, etc. 
Louisiana is more than NOLA.

Same with muffulettas, jambalaya, gumbo, and the rest.

I've been all over Louisiana and didn't have a bad meal anywhere...just using NOLA as an example.
Cool, but it seemed like you were saying ONLY New Orleans, and dismissing any other place, which would include the rest of the state. 

Anyways, completely agree. Amazing food.
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Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 14, 2013, 05:54:46 pm
^ close enough.

move out of the city . . . hippie.   ;D
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Post by: K8teebug on August 15, 2013, 10:10:14 am
i love city folks talking about the best bbq.  awesome.  come to the cuntry.  we have bbq you cant beat.  except nc.  and homemade coleslaw that will melt your fucking face.  no one beats that coleslaw.

I have never been able to replicate the coleslaw I've eaten in NC.  So f'ing delicious.  My favorite BBQ state!
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Post by: K8teebug on August 15, 2013, 10:11:04 am
This thread is making me wish I still traveled a bunch for work.  So much fun driving an entire state in one week and eating at awesome places.
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Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 15, 2013, 10:27:02 am
i love city folks talking about the best bbq.  awesome.  come to the cuntry.  we have bbq you cant beat.  except nc.  and homemade coleslaw that will melt your fucking face.  no one beats that coleslaw.

I have never been able to replicate the coleslaw I've eaten in NC.  So f'ing delicious.  My favorite BBQ state!

two words . . . lauders coleslaw.  look it up.
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Post by: atomicfront on August 15, 2013, 10:39:48 am
This thread is making me wish I still traveled a bunch for work.  So much fun driving an entire state in one week and eating at awesome places.

I guess it depends on the state.  I have spent time in Nashville and Memphis and didn't find much worth eating. 
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Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 15, 2013, 10:42:41 am
uhh huh.  like i totally believe that.  i believe you enjoy saying that, more than actually believing that.  because that is always better than that.  that is of course, you believe that.
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Post by: slappy on August 15, 2013, 10:46:33 am
uhh huh.  like i totally believe that.  i believe you enjoy saying that, more than actually believing that.  because that is always better than that.  that is of course, you believe that.
Am I in the Matrix? ... Because I understand that.
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Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 15, 2013, 10:49:37 am
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Post by: atomicfront on August 15, 2013, 11:21:56 am
uhh huh.  like i totally believe that.  i believe you enjoy saying that, more than actually believing that.  because that is always better than that.  that is of course, you believe that.


I don't eat fried food and I don't like sweet tea.  And I don't eat mammals..  So there wasn't much in that state that I liked.  Well except the music.
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Post by: excontradiction on August 15, 2013, 11:47:46 am
I don't eat fried food and I don't like sweet tea.  And I don't eat mammals..  So there wasn't much in that state that I liked.  Well except the music.

Do you eat cephalopods (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2378775/Family-catch-eat-octopus-tentacles-Greek-vacation--second-specimen-rare-hexapus-found.html)?
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Post by: atomicfront on August 15, 2013, 01:02:02 pm
I don't eat fried food and I don't like sweet tea.  And I don't eat mammals..  So there wasn't much in that state that I liked.  Well except the music.

Do you eat cephalopods (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2378775/Family-catch-eat-octopus-tentacles-Greek-vacation--second-specimen-rare-hexapus-found.html)?

They were the first persons to ever eat one?  That is cool.  I was in Iceland and talked about eating Puffins and Whales but I never did.  Don't think I would eat a rare animal.
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Post by: excontradiction on August 21, 2013, 01:46:02 pm
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Post by: atomicfront on August 21, 2013, 01:50:35 pm
The local French Restaurant only has coq au vin occasionaly. I would go there every week if they had it all the time.  Coq au vin takes forever to make so I very rarely make it myself.  Is there anywhere that has it on the menu all the time.
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Post by: Yada on August 21, 2013, 01:52:45 pm
I've been sucked into the trap of 14th street this evening and trying Le Diplomate. We shall see if it lives up to the (over)hype.
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Post by: atomicfront on August 21, 2013, 01:56:54 pm
I've been sucked into the trap of 14th street this evening and trying Le Diplomate. We shall see if it lives up to the (over)hype.

I would go on Friday as that is Bouillabaisse day.  They don't have Coq au vin either.  What is wrong with the world?
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Post by: excontradiction on August 21, 2013, 02:10:45 pm
Save room for the grapefruit sorbet (so I'm told).
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Post by: kosmo vinyl on August 21, 2013, 03:06:58 pm
Mandalay in Silver Spring for Burmese food.  They have a DC one scheduled to one soon.  Very few Burmese restaurants out there, it's a mixture of Thai, Chinese and Indian flavors.  The Burmese place in Chinatown is good but Mandalay is better.
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Post by: kosmo vinyl on August 21, 2013, 04:15:35 pm
Was not aware of the fact that there are now Three more Burmese restaurants in the DC area. Two in NoVa and one in Gaithersburg.  For many years it was limited to places like DC and NYC.  But now I see Philly, Boston and other cities have Burmses eateries as well.  Regardless if you've never had it, the two I'be mentioned are worth seeking out, can't speak to the others.
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Post by: chaz on August 21, 2013, 04:19:25 pm
Only one I've eaten at is Myanmar in Falls Church.  Have no idea how it stacks up against the others, but it's decent.  It's been there a while.
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Post by: James Ford on August 21, 2013, 05:24:15 pm
This area needs a good Indonesian restuarant. Like the ones I ate at in Amsterdam last year.
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Post by: excontradiction on August 21, 2013, 05:46:20 pm
I could eat me some pancit!
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Post by: Yada on August 22, 2013, 12:43:36 pm
Le Diplomate lived up to the hype... quite the killer meal and a gorgeous space.
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Post by: Bags on August 22, 2013, 01:12:27 pm
Have lunch at higher end places, or eat that bar for dinner and get apps, etc. Fiola would be a great bar meal, lunch at Proof, Bibiana, Brasserie Beck (Beck is a great brunch, actually).

Zaytinya remains my fave.

i've got another month left living in DC. what's everyones cant-miss joints?  not trying to kill my wallet, so think of little serow ($45 prefix) as my upper limit.

Just off the top of my head -

Get a Chivito if you haven't had one, from Take Eat Easy.  I think Fast Gourmet still serves it too.
Go to Ben's Chili Bowl one last time.
Try the shank at Pig.  Make sure you get the spoonbread.  Must have the spoonbread.  As a bonus, head across the street and finish your night at ChurchKey.
Po Boys at Bayou are worth the trip.

Hmmm.  That's all I can think of for now.

great ideas.  i've had the FG chivito, delicious, but pricey.  the cubano there is the real winner, IMO.

bayou in foggy bottom or bayou bakery in arlington? i recently found bayou bakery in arlington, and fuck me is that place great.
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Post by: Bags on August 22, 2013, 01:34:44 pm
I think Le Dip lives up to the hype.  Amazing bread basket, great atmosphere, everything my party of four had was yummy.  One thing was a tad too salty -- can't remember what now.  But, the place is a marvel in terms of a well-run restaurant.  And that means a lot, that's your customer service.
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Post by: Yada on August 22, 2013, 01:45:52 pm
I think Le Dip lives up to the hype.  Amazing bread basket, great atmosphere, everything my party of four had was yummy.  One thing was a tad too salty -- can't remember what now.  But, the place is a marvel in terms of a well-run restaurant.  And that means a lot, that's your customer service.

Indeed... Can't say one bad thing about it really. I didn't realize there were already two of them in other cities which is kind of lame in my opinion, but oh well.
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Post by: Bags on August 22, 2013, 02:02:50 pm
There aren't other Le Diplomate's in other cities, but Stephen Starr, the restaurateur, is from Philly and has a whole host of restaurants.  Like a dozen in Philadelphia, a few in NYC and a few in Miami, I think.  So, it is part of this pseudo "celebrity chef" concept -- though he's not a t.v. personality, he's a well known entity.  Still, I'll take it.  A lot of medium places opening along that stretch...
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Post by: Yada on August 22, 2013, 02:16:30 pm
There aren't other Le Diplomate's in other cities, but Stephen Starr, the restaurateur, is from Philly and has a whole host of restaurants.  Like a dozen in Philadelphia, a few in NYC and a few in Miami, I think.  So, it is part of this pseudo "celebrity chef" concept -- though he's not a t.v. personality, he's a well known entity.  Still, I'll take it.  A lot of medium places opening along that stretch...

Gotcha... That's what someone was telling me last night that we were dining with and it didn't seem to make sense.

I've actually eaten at Dandelion before in Philly, pretty tasty as well.
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Post by: K8teebug on August 26, 2013, 09:12:34 am
I went to Farmers and Fishers Bakery for brunch yesterday and it was fantastic.  So much food, all really really good.  The Ramos Gin Fizz could have been better, but it's so hard to find that drink outside of New Orleans, that I was just happy to have the taste!
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Post by: excontradiction on August 26, 2013, 10:26:59 am
Oh wow - I've always wanted to go there....permission to live vicariously until such time?
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Post by: K8teebug on August 26, 2013, 11:32:21 am
Mandalay in Silver Spring for Burmese food.  They have a DC one scheduled to one soon.  Very few Burmese restaurants out there, it's a mixture of Thai, Chinese and Indian flavors.  The Burmese place in Chinatown is good but Mandalay is better.

LOVE this place.
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Post by: K8teebug on August 26, 2013, 11:35:20 am
Oh wow - I've always wanted to go there....permission to live vicariously until such time?

sure.  Definitely go there.  Ah-maz-ing. 
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Post by: Seth Hurwitz on August 26, 2013, 01:12:24 pm
Le Diplomate is an amazing thing...the food is great, the management, and the bread is best I've had in U.S.

Bon Chon is great but candy...I prefer Cheogajip...also Korean fried chicken but a different concept

I can't deal with waiting in lines for food...I find the next spot, but it doesn't mean the place didn't deserve it
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Post by: BrettnotBritt on August 26, 2013, 02:02:48 pm
If you're a fan of Peruvian chicken, my vote goes to Sardi's in Beltsville. The chicken is so ridiculously moist and juicy, and you get THREE different kinds of sauces!
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Post by: chaz on August 26, 2013, 02:13:36 pm
If you're a fan of Peruvian chicken, my vote goes to Sardi's in Beltsville. The chicken is so ridiculously moist and juicy, and you get THREE different kinds of sauces!
I've been going to Super Chicken in Falls Church on 29.  It's really close to my house and very cheap, and they don't act like weirdos when you ask for extra sauce.  I require lots of mild sauce with my fried yucca. Very good chicken.

Used to go to Crisp and Juicy regularly but they've fallen off.  And they are sauce stingy.
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Post by: K8teebug on August 26, 2013, 02:16:32 pm
Must have many dipping areas!
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Post by: Yada on August 26, 2013, 02:19:12 pm
El Pollo Rico FTW!
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Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on August 26, 2013, 02:21:11 pm
If you're a fan of Peruvian chicken, my vote goes to Sardi's in Beltsville. The chicken is so ridiculously moist and juicy, and you get THREE different kinds of sauces!
The Chicken Place on Rt7 by bailey's x-roads is my local favorite
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Post by: eros on August 26, 2013, 02:29:20 pm
Anybody been to BonChon?  The asian wing joints in NOVA?  Wondering if it is hype.

so

yay?  or nay?

no hype - worth the wait - get the whole bird - in C'ville, that is - call ahead

So there's a BonChon not too far from my office.  I had to run out in that area on a lunchtime errand and figured I'd swing by to see what it was about.  I go up to the bar, order 10 wings, and the guy tells me it will be about 35 minutes.  Wut.

Didn't have that kind of time today.  I walked out feeling stupid and dejected.   :-\
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Post by: Seth Hurwitz on August 26, 2013, 02:34:13 pm
Anybody been to BonChon?  The asian wing joints in NOVA?  Wondering if it is hype.

so

yay?  or nay?

no hype - worth the wait - get the whole bird - in C'ville, that is - call ahead

So there's a BonChon not too far from my office.  I had to run out in that area on a lunchtime errand and figured I'd swing by to see what it was about.  I go up to the bar, order 10 wings, and the guy tells me it will be about 35 minutes.  Wut.

Didn't have that kind of time today.  I walked out feeling stupid and dejected.   :-\

that does mean they make it fresh
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Post by: Seth Hurwitz on August 26, 2013, 02:35:24 pm
If you're a fan of Peruvian chicken, my vote goes to Sardi's in Beltsville. The chicken is so ridiculously moist and juicy, and you get THREE different kinds of sauces!

Chicken On The Run in Bethesda for charcoal rotisserie latin

wow...what a secret

well it was I guess
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Post by: eros on August 26, 2013, 02:36:44 pm
Anybody been to BonChon?  The asian wing joints in NOVA?  Wondering if it is hype.

so

yay?  or nay?

no hype - worth the wait - get the whole bird - in C'ville, that is - call ahead

So there's a BonChon not too far from my office.  I had to run out in that area on a lunchtime errand and figured I'd swing by to see what it was about.  I go up to the bar, order 10 wings, and the guy tells me it will be about 35 minutes.  Wut.

Didn't have that kind of time today.  I walked out feeling stupid and dejected.   :-\

that does mean they make it fresh

Made to order apparently.  But 35 minutes seems a bit excessive even for wings.
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Post by: eros on August 26, 2013, 02:38:08 pm
Anybody been to BonChon?  The asian wing joints in NOVA?  Wondering if it is hype.

so

yay?  or nay?

no hype - worth the wait - get the whole bird - in C'ville, that is - call ahead

So there's a BonChon not too far from my office.  I had to run out in that area on a lunchtime errand and figured I'd swing by to see what it was about.  I go up to the bar, order 10 wings, and the guy tells me it will be about 35 minutes.  Wut.

Didn't have that kind of time today.  I walked out feeling stupid and dejected.   :-\

that does mean they make it fresh

And it wasn't really a complaint.  Just me being disappointed because I didn't know the deal.
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Post by: BrettnotBritt on August 26, 2013, 02:42:08 pm
Chicken On The Run in Bethesda for charcoal rotisserie latin

wow...what a secret

well it was I guess

I'm a big fan of Chicken on the Run, and I think it's better than nearby Don Pollo. I got Crisp N Juicy from Tenleytown recently and it was just meh.
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Post by: slappy on August 26, 2013, 05:23:15 pm
Empanadas, anyone got a place better than Julias or Panas in DC?
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Post by: dyecraig on August 26, 2013, 06:25:06 pm
El Pollo Rico FTW!
and Anthony Bourdain sez so
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Post by: stevewizzle on August 26, 2013, 07:11:10 pm
Empanadas, anyone got a place better than Julias or Panas in DC?

this isn't much of a help since i haven't had them, but dupont farmers market every sunday has an empanadas stand that seems very popular.
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Post by: James Ford on August 26, 2013, 07:12:58 pm
Do any of y'all find yourself cooking better food than most restaurants, making going to restaurants kind of pointless? I mean my wife makes better Mexican food than almost any Mexican restaurant I've ever been to. And she's a white chick from Chicago.
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Post by: Vas Deferens on August 26, 2013, 07:36:28 pm
any good but cheap korean (even take out)...i love Adam Express in Mt. Pleasant but looking for other
places.
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Post by: kosmo vinyl on August 27, 2013, 07:47:58 am
Do any of y'all find yourself cooking better food than most restaurants, making going to restaurants kind of pointless? I mean my wife makes better Mexican food than almost any Mexican restaurant I've ever been to. And she's a white chick from Chicago.

Will Killjoy appear in your obituary?
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Post by: James Ford on August 27, 2013, 08:33:22 am
Doubt it. Though I listened to Minor Threat and Fugazi in an earlier life, i'm not related to Ian.

Do any of y'all find yourself cooking better food than most restaurants, making going to restaurants kind of pointless? I mean my wife makes better Mexican food than almost any Mexican restaurant I've ever been to. And she's a white chick from Chicago.

Will Killjoy appear in your obituary?
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Post by: Yada on August 27, 2013, 08:44:30 am
El Pollo Rico FTW!
and Anthony Bourdain sez so

I was not aware of that, I just know it's about a mile from my house and the best!
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Post by: Yada on August 27, 2013, 08:49:10 am
Do any of y'all find yourself cooking better food than most restaurants, making going to restaurants kind of pointless? I mean my wife makes better Mexican food than almost any Mexican restaurant I've ever been to. And she's a white chick from Chicago.

Depends on the food...

Am I going to make a killer bowl of Ramen better than Toki/Ren's? Absolutely not.

Am I going to make a rack of ribs or a steak better than some $40 options in the city? Quite Possibly.

Am I going to produce the same fine dining experience out of my home that you would experience at a place like Tosca, Fiola, Volt, Palena, Le Diplomate (all some of the better places we've dined in the last six months to a year). Absolutely not.
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Post by: James Ford on August 27, 2013, 09:00:10 am
I agree to some extent. Neither of us makes Indian food as well as Rasika. Or as good as any Indian restaurant for that matter. So if we want Indian better than James Ford following a recipe, we're forced to get it elsewhere.

Still, I'm not a fan of dealing with slow service, making shitchat with servers who too often get the bill wrong, or having to eat in a room full of strangers. Call me strange I guess.

Do any of y'all find yourself cooking better food than most restaurants, making going to restaurants kind of pointless? I mean my wife makes better Mexican food than almost any Mexican restaurant I've ever been to. And she's a white chick from Chicago.

Depends on the food...

Am I going to make a killer bowl of Ramen better than Toki/Ren's? Absolutely not.

Am I going to make a rack of ribs or a steak better than some $40 options in the city? Quite Possibly.

Am I going to produce the same fine dining experience out of my home that you would experience at a place like Tosca, Fiola, Volt, Palena, Le Diplomate (all some of the better places we've dined in the last six months to a year). Absolutely not.
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Post by: stevewizzle on August 27, 2013, 09:29:25 am
Still, I'm not a fan of dealing with slow service, making shitchat with servers who too often get the bill wrong, or having to eat in a room full of strangers. Call me strange I guess.

you've sat at one or two bars in your life time, isn't this the same case with bars/bartenders?

personally, i enjoy just sitting my ass down, getting tons of delicious food and drinks put right in front of me, having a feast, and having to do little/no work.
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Post by: hutch on August 27, 2013, 09:31:52 am
Still, I'm not a fan of dealing with slow service, making shitchat with servers who too often get the bill wrong, or having to eat in a room full of strangers. Call me strange I guess.

you've sat at one or two bars in your life time, isn't this the same case with bars/bartenders?

personally, i enjoy just sitting my ass down, getting tons of delicious food and drinks put right in front of me, having a feast, and having to do little/no work.

pffft..don't even take James FOrd seriously.. he is C H E A P and just keeps coming up with ways to rationalize it..
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Post by: James Ford on August 27, 2013, 09:39:27 am
You're a lazy, lazy man.  ;)

Getting a draft beer is far less hassle than dealing with service for an entire meal...so I'll sacrafice....still I'd rather have a beer at home.

To me nothing beats the satisfaction of enjoying something that I myself have created. You don't get that sense of accomplishment at a restaurant.

Still, I'm not a fan of dealing with slow service, making shitchat with servers who too often get the bill wrong, or having to eat in a room full of strangers. Call me strange I guess.

you've sat at one or two bars in your life time, isn't this the same case with bars/bartenders?

personally, i enjoy just sitting my ass down, getting tons of delicious food and drinks put right in front of me, having a feast, and having to do little/no work.
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Post by: James Ford on August 27, 2013, 09:43:16 am
It's called making sensible life decisions.

DC seems to be full of couples who put their kids in daycare all day long so that they can earn two salaries to be able to afford  fine dining and babysitter fees.

I'm not one of those people.


Still, I'm not a fan of dealing with slow service, making shitchat with servers who too often get the bill wrong, or having to eat in a room full of strangers. Call me strange I guess.

you've sat at one or two bars in your life time, isn't this the same case with bars/bartenders?

personally, i enjoy just sitting my ass down, getting tons of delicious food and drinks put right in front of me, having a feast, and having to do little/no work.

pffft..don't even take James FOrd seriously.. he is C H E A P and just keeps coming up with ways to rationalize it..
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Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 27, 2013, 09:43:52 am
You're a lazy, lazy man.  ;)

Getting a draft beer is far less hassle than dealing with service for an entire meal...so I'll sacrafice....still I'd rather have a beer at home.

To me nothing beats the satisfaction of enjoying something that I myself have created. You don't get that sense of accomplishment at a restaurant.

Still, I'm not a fan of dealing with slow service, making shitchat with servers who too often get the bill wrong, or having to eat in a room full of strangers. Call me strange I guess.

you've sat at one or two bars in your life time, isn't this the same case with bars/bartenders?

personally, i enjoy just sitting my ass down, getting tons of delicious food and drinks put right in front of me, having a feast, and having to do little/no work.

i think you only love the satisfaction . . . of telling us all about it.
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Post by: Yada on August 27, 2013, 09:49:27 am
Bottom line... If the food is amazing and the service is above average, dining out is one of my favorite pastimes.

The problem with DC unless it's an ethnic joint is that there are few and far between good meals where you and a partner can dine for under $50.
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Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 27, 2013, 09:51:22 am
move out of the city . . . hippie.
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Post by: hutch on August 27, 2013, 09:51:30 am
You're a lazy, lazy man.  ;)

Getting a draft beer is far less hassle than dealing with service for an entire meal...so I'll sacrafice....still I'd rather have a beer at home.

To me nothing beats the satisfaction of enjoying something that I myself have created. You don't get that sense of accomplishment at a restaurant.

Still, I'm not a fan of dealing with slow service, making shitchat with servers who too often get the bill wrong, or having to eat in a room full of strangers. Call me strange I guess.

you've sat at one or two bars in your life time, isn't this the same case with bars/bartenders?

personally, i enjoy just sitting my ass down, getting tons of delicious food and drinks put right in front of me, having a feast, and having to do little/no work.

i think you only love the satisfaction . . . of telling us all about it.
l

this. is. it.
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Post by: excontradiction on August 27, 2013, 09:57:33 am
Do any of y'all find yourself cooking better food than most restaurants, making going to restaurants kind of pointless? I mean my wife makes better Mexican food than almost any Mexican restaurant I've ever been to. And she's a white chick from Chicago.

To your point, no.  Often I will try to cook at home what I've eaten in a restaurant.  Like that time I had bacon jam on a (restaurant) hamburger.  I was like, oh damn, then I was like, how hard can this be?  Then I went home and made bacon jam.  This was four years ago, and it still gets talked about.  Though I never did make a second batch...hmmmm
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Post by: Yada on August 27, 2013, 09:57:38 am
move out of the city . . . hippie.

ewe mad bro?
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Post by: James Ford on August 27, 2013, 09:59:28 am
Aren't you the guy who drinks CHEAP shit beer by the case?

Still, I'm not a fan of dealing with slow service, making shitchat with servers who too often get the bill wrong, or having to eat in a room full of strangers. Call me strange I guess.

you've sat at one or two bars in your life time, isn't this the same case with bars/bartenders?

personally, i enjoy just sitting my ass down, getting tons of delicious food and drinks put right in front of me, having a feast, and having to do little/no work.

pffft..don't even take James FOrd seriously.. he is C H E A P and just keeps coming up with ways to rationalize it..
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Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 27, 2013, 10:00:18 am
move out of the city . . . hippie.

ewe mad bro?

bahhhonsense
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Post by: hutch on August 27, 2013, 10:03:52 am
Aren't you the guy who drinks CHEAP shit beer by the case?

Still, I'm not a fan of dealing with slow service, making shitchat with servers who too often get the bill wrong, or having to eat in a room full of strangers. Call me strange I guess.

you've sat at one or two bars in your life time, isn't this the same case with bars/bartenders?

personally, i enjoy just sitting my ass down, getting tons of delicious food and drinks put right in front of me, having a feast, and having to do little/no work.

pffft..don't even take James FOrd seriously.. he is C H E A P and just keeps coming up with ways to rationalize it..

yeah but I don't pretend it tastes better dude! :)

The way I look at it I can only afford to by the nicer beer once in a while...but I don't sit around saying I'm drinking cheap beer because its as good which is what you're doing with restaurants...and I dont' tell people that drink better beer that the shit beer is as good or that its sensible to drink the shit beer.. its just more affordable and of that there is no argument.
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Post by: James Ford on August 27, 2013, 10:05:53 am
I do enjoy eating at home more than dining out. Why is that so difficult for you to grasp?

Aren't you the guy who drinks CHEAP shit beer by the case?

Still, I'm not a fan of dealing with slow service, making shitchat with servers who too often get the bill wrong, or having to eat in a room full of strangers. Call me strange I guess.

you've sat at one or two bars in your life time, isn't this the same case with bars/bartenders?

personally, i enjoy just sitting my ass down, getting tons of delicious food and drinks put right in front of me, having a feast, and having to do little/no work.

pffft..don't even take James FOrd seriously.. he is C H E A P and just keeps coming up with ways to rationalize it..

yeah but I don't pretend it tastes better dude! :)

The way I look at it I can only afford to by the nicer beer once in a while...but I don't sit around saying I'm drinking cheap beer because its as good which is what you're doing with restaurants...
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 27, 2013, 10:07:15 am
cosumerization is this country james.  i had to consume, just to have this to be able to tell you that.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: slappy on August 27, 2013, 10:17:35 am
You're a lazy, lazy man.  ;)

Getting a draft beer is far less hassle than dealing with service for an entire meal...so I'll sacrafice....still I'd rather have a beer at home.

To me nothing beats the satisfaction of enjoying something that I myself have created. You don't get that sense of accomplishment at a restaurant.

Still, I'm not a fan of dealing with slow service, making shitchat with servers who too often get the bill wrong, or having to eat in a room full of strangers. Call me strange I guess.

you've sat at one or two bars in your life time, isn't this the same case with bars/bartenders?

personally, i enjoy just sitting my ass down, getting tons of delicious food and drinks put right in front of me, having a feast, and having to do little/no work.

i think you only love the satisfaction . . . of telling us all about it.
l

this. is. it.

Winner, winner, Peruvian chicken dinner!
Also it's not hard to make vegetarian Mexican food.
Guarantee she can't make an Al Pastor taco like Taqueria Distrito Federal or sushi like Taro or Kaz.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on August 27, 2013, 10:24:26 am
I do enjoy eating at home more than dining out. Why is that so difficult for you to grasp?

Aren't you the guy who drinks CHEAP shit beer by the case?

Still, I'm not a fan of dealing with slow service, making shitchat with servers who too often get the bill wrong, or having to eat in a room full of strangers. Call me strange I guess.

you've sat at one or two bars in your life time, isn't this the same case with bars/bartenders?

personally, i enjoy just sitting my ass down, getting tons of delicious food and drinks put right in front of me, having a feast, and having to do little/no work.

pffft..don't even take James FOrd seriously.. he is C H E A P and just keeps coming up with ways to rationalize it..

yeah but I don't pretend it tastes better dude! :)

The way I look at it I can only afford to by the nicer beer once in a while...but I don't sit around saying I'm drinking cheap beer because its as good which is what you're doing with restaurants...

if you had left it at that it would have been fine..but you had to tell us the food you eat at home is as good as the food at the restaurant...

and face it dude, part of the reason you "enjoy" eating at home is because you sit around thinking how much money you saved and how much smarter you are than everyone else...

Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 27, 2013, 10:28:50 am
saving money = smart

spending money = fun

making enough money where you can do both  =  the point of being alive
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on August 27, 2013, 10:32:21 am
can you dickbags not ruin this thread?

(https://sphotos-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/q92/1238341_10153203991545038_1695537518_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 27, 2013, 10:41:15 am
i wonder, what dog, tastes like.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on August 27, 2013, 10:44:14 am
i wonder, what dog, tastes like.

santorum
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: slappy on August 27, 2013, 11:27:08 am
i wonder, what dog, tastes like.
I wonder what dickbags taste like?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 27, 2013, 11:35:38 am
jokes are for laughing.  but think what you want.  and what exactly is a, dickbag?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on August 27, 2013, 12:21:50 pm
i wonder, what dog, tastes like.
I wonder what dickbags taste like?

ask walky.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 27, 2013, 12:28:09 pm
yes, but what is one.  is it a dick or is it a bag.  or a bag of dicks.  or the ball sack bag of the dick.  now ive gone and all ruined this thread.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: imbecile on August 27, 2013, 01:27:51 pm
yes, but what is one.  is it a dick or is it a bag.  or a bag of dicks.  or the ball sack bag of the dick.  now ive gone and all ruined this thread.

I was pretty sure it was a condom.  But after reading that, i'm not so sure..
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on August 27, 2013, 02:06:37 pm
<img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_nWJeGP9BjQ/UGXWmoA6rCI/AAAAAAAADOg/iQ91h_7R5Oo/s1600/spotted-dick.jpg" width="50%" height="50%"/>
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 27, 2013, 02:18:55 pm
oh to think what that picture was.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: slappy on August 27, 2013, 02:20:58 pm
yes, but what is one.  is it a dick or is it a bag.  or a bag of dicks.  or the ball sack bag of the dick.  now ive gone and all ruined this thread.

I was pretty sure it was a condom.  But after reading that, i'm not so sure..

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/1aa65c2cda/louis-ck-suck-a-bag-of-dicks-from-standupfan (http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/1aa65c2cda/louis-ck-suck-a-bag-of-dicks-from-standupfan)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 27, 2013, 02:33:33 pm
classic.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on August 27, 2013, 02:58:54 pm
I'm telling you the food my wife and I cook is better (and healthier) than most restaurant food. Are you saying the food you cook is not as good as restaurant food?

I will also tell you that Sweetcell homebrews a better IPA than at least 95% of all commercially brewed IPA's.

I do enjoy eating at home more than dining out. Why is that so difficult for you to grasp?

Aren't you the guy who drinks CHEAP shit beer by the case?

Still, I'm not a fan of dealing with slow service, making shitchat with servers who too often get the bill wrong, or having to eat in a room full of strangers. Call me strange I guess.

you've sat at one or two bars in your life time, isn't this the same case with bars/bartenders?

personally, i enjoy just sitting my ass down, getting tons of delicious food and drinks put right in front of me, having a feast, and having to do little/no work.

pffft..don't even take James FOrd seriously.. he is C H E A P and just keeps coming up with ways to rationalize it..

yeah but I don't pretend it tastes better dude! :)

The way I look at it I can only afford to by the nicer beer once in a while...but I don't sit around saying I'm drinking cheap beer because its as good which is what you're doing with restaurants...

if you had left it at that it would have been fine..but you had to tell us the food you eat at home is as good as the food at the restaurant...

and face it dude, part of the reason you "enjoy" eating at home is because you sit around thinking how much money you saved and how much smarter you are than everyone else...


Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on August 27, 2013, 04:36:13 pm
I'm telling you the food my wife and I cook is better (and healthier) than most restaurant food. Are you saying the food you cook is not as good as restaurant food?

I will also tell you that Sweetcell homebrews a better IPA than at least 95% of all commercially brewed IPA's.

I do enjoy eating at home more than dining out. Why is that so difficult for you to grasp?

Aren't you the guy who drinks CHEAP shit beer by the case?

Still, I'm not a fan of dealing with slow service, making shitchat with servers who too often get the bill wrong, or having to eat in a room full of strangers. Call me strange I guess.

you've sat at one or two bars in your life time, isn't this the same case with bars/bartenders?

personally, i enjoy just sitting my ass down, getting tons of delicious food and drinks put right in front of me, having a feast, and having to do little/no work.

pffft..don't even take James FOrd seriously.. he is C H E A P and just keeps coming up with ways to rationalize it..

yeah but I don't pretend it tastes better dude! :)

The way I look at it I can only afford to by the nicer beer once in a while...but I don't sit around saying I'm drinking cheap beer because its as good which is what you're doing with restaurants...

if you had left it at that it would have been fine..but you had to tell us the food you eat at home is as good as the food at the restaurant...

and face it dude, part of the reason you "enjoy" eating at home is because you sit around thinking how much money you saved and how much smarter you are than everyone else...



cook, me? you must be out of your gourd...

 ;D

I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old with special needs..... feeding them to the best of our abilities is what we do... I make a mean all natural organic chicken a la crock pot.....got one crocking right now in fact..
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on August 28, 2013, 09:45:01 am
Chicken On The Run in Bethesda for charcoal rotisserie latin

wow...what a secret

well it was I guess

I work 1 block from here so I had to try...and it was really good!
I agree this is much better than Don Pollo (they just have a better location)

Also getting lunch for less that $8 in Bethesda with 2 sides is next to impossible...so added bonus
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on August 28, 2013, 10:29:23 am
Chicken On The Run in Bethesda for charcoal rotisserie latin

wow...what a secret

well it was I guess

I work 1 block from here so I had to try...and it was really good!
I agree this is much better than Don Pollo (they just have a better location)

Also getting lunch for less that $8 in Bethesda with 2 sides is next to impossible...so added bonus

It's not Peruvian, but I'm a sucker for Nando's Chicken.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on August 28, 2013, 10:40:52 am

It's not Peruvian, but I'm a sucker for Nando's Chicken.
Have wanted to check that one out too...looks good and I'm going hot
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on August 28, 2013, 10:50:03 am

It's not Peruvian, but I'm a sucker for Nando's Chicken.
Have wanted to check that one out too...looks good and I'm going hot

I basically bathe in the medium hot sauce.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: BrettnotBritt on August 28, 2013, 01:01:38 pm
I recently made pizza using dough and sauce from Vace. Holy crap. I have always bought their pizza but making it with their ingredients is more fun and half the price (cost less than five bucks). Threw it on a pizza stone and let it cook in the oven for awhile. Outstanding.

In short, I'm never buying Trader Joe's dough again.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: stevewizzle on August 28, 2013, 01:05:30 pm
what is vace?  i've always done TJs dough, because it's super fucking cheap.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on August 28, 2013, 01:09:42 pm
I recently made pizza using dough and sauce from Vace. Holy crap. I have always bought their pizza but making it with their ingredients is more fun and half the price (cost less than five bucks). Threw it on a pizza stone and let it cook in the oven for awhile. Outstanding.

In short, I'm never buying Trader Joe's dough again.

I used to do that all the time when I lived in DC, amazing doing it that way. I actually love their Italian Cold cut subs too, maybe the best in the city.

I'm a big fan of Marchone's Deli now in Wheaton. That's where I get my dough when we make homemade pies.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: BrettnotBritt on August 28, 2013, 01:18:35 pm
what is vace?  i've always done TJs dough, because it's super fucking cheap.

Really good Italian store in Cleveland Park and Bethesda. They make some killer (and inexpensive) pizzas and subs, plus they sell fresh dough, cheese, meats etc, although the best Italian sub I've had is definitely at A Litteri. That place is a DC institution.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: atomic on August 28, 2013, 01:23:46 pm
Do any of y'all find yourself cooking better food than most restaurants, making going to restaurants kind of pointless? I mean my wife makes better Mexican food than almost any Mexican restaurant I've ever been to. And she's a white chick from Chicago.

Maybe you guys should open up a restaurant.  There are restaurants I think I can do better than and there are restaurants that do better than me.  I try to eat stuff that isn't readily available in the local grocery stores when I go out.  Like some weird european fish or something that takes for ever to make like Coq au vin.

Plus ladies like to be taken to fancy restuarants from time to time. It is more than just the food. 
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on August 28, 2013, 01:38:24 pm
We've discussed that possibility, but I'm lazy and office jobs are easier. Also, we're both financially conservative and our office jobs are much less of a financial risk than any kind of restaurant endeavor. Plus, we actually like our jobs we have now.

So we'll just stick to cooking for ourselves and friends. :)



Do any of y'all find yourself cooking better food than most restaurants, making going to restaurants kind of pointless? I mean my wife makes better Mexican food than almost any Mexican restaurant I've ever been to. And she's a white chick from Chicago.

Maybe you guys should open up a restaurant.  There are restaurants I think I can do better than and there are restaurants that do better than me.  I try to eat stuff that isn't readily available in the local grocery stores when I go out.  Like some weird european fish or something that takes for ever to make like Coq au vin.

Plus ladies like to be taken to fancy restuarants from time to time. It is more than just the food. 
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on August 28, 2013, 02:22:42 pm

It's not Peruvian, but I'm a sucker for Nando's Chicken.
Have wanted to check that one out too...looks good and I'm going hot

I basically bathe in the medium hot sauce.
Man that was good and not priced too bad either
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: slappy on August 28, 2013, 04:17:35 pm

It's not Peruvian, but I'm a sucker for Nando's Chicken.
Have wanted to check that one out too...looks good and I'm going hot

I basically bathe in the medium hot sauce.


Man that was good and not priced too bad either

If you went Extra Hot, wait 'til it comes out. Fire in the hole.  ;D
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on August 29, 2013, 08:41:52 am

It's not Peruvian, but I'm a sucker for Nando's Chicken.
Have wanted to check that one out too...looks good and I'm going hot

I basically bathe in the medium hot sauce.
Man that was good and not priced too bad either

tread with caution there... I had a pretty crazy addiction to that place for close to a year which then transformed into be having a collection of all of their hot sauces and basically eating it on everything in sight.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 29, 2013, 12:22:22 pm
what . . . were you in prison at one time?  do you play spades too?  i was in prison once, for a day, and it was interesting.  and rehabs and looney bins.  people who are locked up, do two things.  they eat everything with hotsauce, and play spades.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: ggw on August 29, 2013, 01:49:49 pm
Bonchon is to chicken wings as Walter White is to meth.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on August 29, 2013, 02:02:31 pm
There is one down the street from my work and I have yet to visit it!  Is it really that good?

Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on August 29, 2013, 02:05:15 pm
There is one down the street from my work and I have yet to visit it!  Is it really that good?



If this is in reference to Nando's... yes, yes it is.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: imbecile on August 29, 2013, 03:23:57 pm

It's not Peruvian, but I'm a sucker for Nando's Chicken.
Have wanted to check that one out too...looks good and I'm going hot

I basically bathe in the medium hot sauce.
Man that was good and not priced too bad either

tread with caution there... I had a pretty crazy addiction to that place for close to a year which then transformed into be having a collection of all of their hot sauces and basically eating it on everything in sight.

Agreed with everything above; Nando's is pretty awesome.  I usually go for the hot. 
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on September 09, 2013, 01:55:50 pm
Dined out at two restaurants this weekend.

Kapnos - Mike Isabella from Top Chef's new place on 14th and W. We sampled close to a dozen dishes and only one was not well above average. I'm not a fan of Graffiato so I was quite impressed with this Greek spot. If you're a fan of Zatinya, you'll love this place and you can tell his past experience of working there heavily influenced this menu.  I'll give it a solid A. I'm sure it will turn into a mob scene sooner than later.

Obelisk - Wow... what a let down. My partner and I went there for my birthday on Saturday night and after years of wanting to check that place, we left pretty underwhelmed.

The pre dinner anti-pasta wasn't paced well at all and were pretty disappointed in over half of the offerings. The Primi course was outstanding and some of the best pasta I've had... the kicker was the Secondi. First, there were only three options and we both went with a white fish that was littered with bones. I asked the waitress about and she said this particular cut it's normal to find bones, definitely a first for me.

Anyway, way overpriced... only a decent atmosphere... won't return.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on September 09, 2013, 02:26:12 pm
sounds like you should have skipped the fine dining and had pizza and bottle share beer.  ;)
Dined out at two restaurants this weekend.

Kapnos - Mike Isabella from Top Chef's new place on 14th and W. We sampled close to a dozen dishes and only one was not well above average. I'm not a fan of Graffiato so I was quite impressed with this Greek spot. If you're a fan of Zatinya, you'll love this place and you can tell his past experience of working there heavily influenced this menu.  I'll give it a solid A. I'm sure it will turn into a mob scene sooner than later.

Obelisk - Wow... what a let down. My partner and I went there for my birthday on Saturday night and after years of wanting to check that place, we left pretty underwhelmed.

The pre dinner anti-pasta wasn't paced well at all and were pretty disappointed in over half of the offerings. The Primi course was outstanding and some of the best pasta I've had... the kicker was the Secondi. First, there were only three options and we both went with a white fish that was littered with bones. I asked the waitress about and she said this particular cut it's normal to find bones, definitely a first for me.

Anyway, way overpriced... only a decent atmosphere... won't return.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on September 17, 2013, 03:48:51 pm
Toki Underground now takes reservations.  ;D

I'll be dining there tonight.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: stevewizzle on September 17, 2013, 03:57:38 pm
Toki Underground now takes reservations.  ;D

I'll be dining there tonight.

enjoy, that place rules.

i'll be hitting up little serow friday.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on September 17, 2013, 05:09:46 pm
Any restaurants worth checking out near IOTA? I don't' venture to VA often and catching a show there in a few weeks.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: stevewizzle on September 17, 2013, 05:35:27 pm
Any restaurants worth checking out near IOTA? I don't' venture to VA often and catching a show there in a few weeks.

i always eat at galaxy hut and have a few good beers and bar food before iota shows.  comfort food, more or less. but i really dig that place.

lyon hall is pretty killer for eats, and not too far.  good beers, too.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on September 17, 2013, 05:45:53 pm
I'm down for some gastroenterological banter. Colace or polyethyline glycol, who ya got?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on September 17, 2013, 06:28:29 pm
Fireworks Pizza does very good pizza and excellent draft list....within walking distance.

Any restaurants worth checking out near IOTA? I don't' venture to VA often and catching a show there in a few weeks.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on September 18, 2013, 10:01:06 am
thanks folks!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on September 18, 2013, 12:16:45 pm
P.S. Toki is like crack. Even though I just ate there last night, I could eat there again right now.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on September 18, 2013, 12:22:42 pm
i know this is dumb . . . but what, in your opinion, is the best restaurant that has graced dc?  my pick goes right to asia nora, now long gone, and what a sad day that was.  once you went there enough, and keep telling them how much better they are than nora each time you visit, and boy were you in like flynn with the entire staff and owners.  oh my, indeed.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: stevewizzle on September 18, 2013, 12:29:53 pm
P.S. Toki is like crack. Even though I just ate there last night, I could eat there again right now.

what'd you get?  my usual is a half-dozen steamed dumplings, the masumi veggie, add a soft egg and siracha, and a bottle of sake. shared of course.

their special bowls are also always incredible.  their tan tan mien comes to mind, it's other worldly, but only pops up on the menu once or twice a month.

fuck i want it now.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on September 18, 2013, 12:34:50 pm
P.S. Toki is like crack. Even though I just ate there last night, I could eat there again right now.

what'd you get?  my usual is a half-dozen steamed dumplings, the masumi veggie, add a soft egg and siracha, and a bottle of sake. shared of course.

their special bowls are also always incredible.  their tan tan mien comes to mind, it's other worldly, but only pops up on the menu once or twice a month.

fuck i want it now.

my mouth is currently watering.

I had the classic with pork belly + siracha add on, pan fried dumplings, and pickled cucumbers... and two Taiwan beers.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on September 18, 2013, 01:24:08 pm
What's the scene at Toki on say, a Wednesday at around 7pm?  Line out the door?  Ghost town?  Reservations a must?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: stevewizzle on September 18, 2013, 01:32:29 pm
What's the scene at Toki on say, a Wednesday at around 7pm?  Line out the door?  Ghost town?  Reservations a must?

ill defer to more recent patrons but monday through wednesday i've been able to put my name in, and 45 min-1 hr later after having a beer downstairs i get a text seats are ready.  2 people only.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on September 18, 2013, 01:33:37 pm
jesus christ . . . am i the only mother fucker who hasnt heard of or been to a, toki?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on September 18, 2013, 01:40:24 pm
What's the scene at Toki on say, a Wednesday at around 7pm?  Line out the door?  Ghost town?  Reservations a must?

Grateful, they take reservations now through CityEats, so I'd try that first.

However, if you show up on a Wednesday at 7pm, you'll prob. wait an hour or so, just hang at The Pug downstairs.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on September 18, 2013, 01:50:12 pm
What's the scene at Toki on say, a Wednesday at around 7pm?  Line out the door?  Ghost town?  Reservations a must?

Grateful, they take reservations now through CityEats, so I'd try that first.

However, if you show up on a Wednesday at 7pm, you'll prob. wait an hour or so, just hang at The Pug downstairs.

:) thanks!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on September 18, 2013, 01:55:39 pm
jesus christ . . . am i the only mother fucker who hasnt heard of or been to a, toki?

I heard they opened up a new Applebees by your house Walky, enjoy!  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on September 18, 2013, 02:06:39 pm
yum . . . slutty bartenders and all you can eat wings.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on September 18, 2013, 03:01:27 pm
Nandos for lunch!

I may just make this my food thread walky.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on September 18, 2013, 03:03:09 pm
everyone, needs a thread
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on September 19, 2013, 08:57:13 am
Going to Founding Farmers in the burbs this weekend for our 10 year wedding anniversary.  Anyone else been?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on September 19, 2013, 09:09:42 am
Going to Founding Farmers in the burbs this weekend for our 10 year wedding anniversary.  Anyone else been?

The one off 270?

Yup... pretty good. My only complaint with that place is the menu is TOO big. I'm not kidding, there are probably 50 options.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on September 19, 2013, 09:13:32 am
Congratulations, we celebrated our 10th earlier this year at Rasika West End.

Though home cooking would have been better.
 ;)
Going to Founding Farmers in the burbs this weekend for our 10 year wedding anniversary.  Anyone else been?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on September 19, 2013, 09:20:51 am
Congratulations, we celebrated our 10th earlier this year at Rasika West End.

Though home cooking would have been better.
 ;)
Going to Founding Farmers in the burbs this weekend for our 10 year wedding anniversary.  Anyone else been?

You can cook better Indian than Rasika?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on September 19, 2013, 09:27:13 am
No, I can't.

But I'm a more pleasant server than the cocky/surly Eastern European guy we had.

Congratulations, we celebrated our 10th earlier this year at Rasika West End.

Though home cooking would have been better.
 ;)
Going to Founding Farmers in the burbs this weekend for our 10 year wedding anniversary.  Anyone else been?

You can cook better Indian than Rasika?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on September 19, 2013, 09:28:19 am
We just celebrated 18.  I made braised short ribs and polenta ;D
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on September 19, 2013, 09:39:30 am
Congratulations, we celebrated our 10th earlier this year at Rasika West End.

Though home cooking a different server would have been better.
 ;)
Going to Founding Farmers in the burbs this weekend for our 10 year wedding anniversary.  Anyone else been?

FTFY
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on September 19, 2013, 09:42:46 am
Going to Founding Farmers in the burbs this weekend for our 10 year wedding anniversary.  Anyone else been?

The one off 270?

Yup... pretty good. My only complaint with that place is the menu is TOO big. I'm not kidding, there are probably 50 options.

thanks everyone.  Yup, that one.  That is our complaint so far too.  We don't know what to pick!

It's nice not to worry about a hurricane coming this week :)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: BrettnotBritt on September 19, 2013, 11:06:41 am
No, I can't.

But I'm a more pleasant server than the cocky/surly Eastern European guy we had.

Congratulations, we celebrated our 10th earlier this year at Rasika West End.

Though home cooking would have been better.
 ;)
Going to Founding Farmers in the burbs this weekend for our 10 year wedding anniversary.  Anyone else been?

You can cook better Indian than Rasika?

Heh, that dude was our waiter when we went too. Odd fellow, but the food was incredible.

Also for Founding Farmers, I'm a big fan of the ahi tuna salad. I typically order that or their meatless bacon burger - it's surprisingly tasty.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on September 19, 2013, 11:10:42 am
I think big menus can be a blessing or a curse.  If a restaurant tries to do too much and doesn't do anything well, that's a huge problem.  If there are too many excellent options, that's a wealth of choices and a pretty good bet I'll be coming back.

Hope you enjoy!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on September 19, 2013, 11:12:38 am
No, I can't.

But I'm a more pleasant server than the cocky/surly Eastern European guy we had.

Congratulations, we celebrated our 10th earlier this year at Rasika West End.

Though home cooking would have been better.
 ;)
Going to Founding Farmers in the burbs this weekend for our 10 year wedding anniversary.  Anyone else been?

You can cook better Indian than Rasika?

Heh, that dude was our waiter when we went too. Odd fellow, but the food was incredible.

Also for Founding Farmers, I'm a big fan of the ahi tuna salad. I typically order that or their meatless bacon burger - it's surprisingly tasty.

I've had that tuna salad there before as well but it had SOOOO many red onions in it I could hardly eat it.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on September 20, 2013, 04:11:14 pm
i'll be hitting up little serow friday.

Looking forward to reading your impression!  I just read that Doi Moi gives it a run for its money...
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on September 23, 2013, 10:50:53 am
Founding Farmers was awesome!  I had the fried chicken and waffles with mac and cheese (which gave my favorite mac and cheese at Southside 815 a run for its money...but Southside is still my favorite.  Unless I can go to Cochon in NOLA).  Had the bread with dipping areas and warm cookies for dessert.  Husband had the ahi tuna salad and liked it.  Thought the presentation was a little bit strange, but it was tasty.

Loved their cocktails. 

And I thought it was priced really well.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on September 23, 2013, 10:51:40 am
 :) :) :) Awesome!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: atomic on September 23, 2013, 11:13:51 am
I went to Cinghale's on Saturday night.  Started off with the Arugla salad then the Duck Lasanga, and for my entree I had Bronzini with potatos and for desert I had Tiramisu.  My wife had some squid ink spaghetti with perwinkless and squab as her entree.   The food was pretty good but I don't know it was worth the price.  I still prefer Sotto Sopra for Italian and it is cheaper. 
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on September 23, 2013, 11:21:09 am
Sounds great!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on September 23, 2013, 01:54:37 pm
There is one down the street from my work and I have yet to visit it!  Is it really that good?



If this is in reference to Nando's... yes, yes it is.

Thanks for this recommendation.  There's a Nando's next to my hotel for MCM.  I like plain chicken and mashed potatoes before a marathon and this looks like it will fit the bill!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on September 23, 2013, 02:02:15 pm
There is one down the street from my work and I have yet to visit it!  Is it really that good?



If this is in reference to Nando's... yes, yes it is.

Thanks for this recommendation.  There's a Nando's next to my hotel for MCM.  I like plain chicken and mashed potatoes before a marathon and this looks like it will fit the bill!

I have to add that since this recommendation was posted I've been 3 time and seriously love the hot sauce the smother all over it.  The spicy green peas are great too.  The spicy stuff may not be the best for a marathon....
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on September 23, 2013, 02:03:58 pm
Yeah, I have to eat their more boring food.  Maybe I'll go back after the race for the spicy versions!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on September 23, 2013, 02:10:27 pm
Founding Farmers was awesome!  I had the fried chicken and waffles with mac and cheese (which gave my favorite mac and cheese at Southside 815 a run for its money...but Southside is still my favorite.  Unless I can go to Cochon in NOLA).  Had the bread with dipping areas and warm cookies for dessert.  Husband had the ahi tuna salad and liked it.  Thought the presentation was a little bit strange, but it was tasty.

Loved their cocktails. 

And I thought it was priced really well.

Any issues with the amount of red onion in the dish? I easily could've just had a bad chef the night I had it.

Also re: Nandos... I may have posted this earlier in the thread, but they now sell the hot sauce at Giant, Safeway, Target, etc. Prepare to eat their hot sauce on EVERYTHING.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on September 23, 2013, 02:21:28 pm
nope.  Red onion amount just fine.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on September 25, 2013, 03:52:36 pm
Slumming it this evening at Daikaya instead of Toki.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on September 25, 2013, 03:59:23 pm
Are you trying to get all of your dining experiences in before the kid comes?

Slumming it this evening at Daikaya instead of Toki.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on September 25, 2013, 04:01:02 pm
Are you trying to get all of your dining experiences in before the kid comes?

Slumming it this evening at Daikaya instead of Toki.

Friend in town from LA, but yes... better live it up while I can!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on September 26, 2013, 11:37:22 am
Casa Luca for a work lunch today... i'm starving.

The pastas look killer.

http://www.casalucadc.com/casaluca/assets/File/Lunch%209-26.pdf

Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on September 26, 2013, 11:39:04 am
i have not eaten food for two days.  just because.  it hurts.  dont do it.  but i feel alive.  but i always feel alive.  sometimes i do weird things.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on September 26, 2013, 11:39:59 am
i have not eaten food for two days.  just because.  it hurts.  dont do it.  but i feel alive.  but i always feel alive.  sometimes i do weird things.

Sounds like a terrible idea. I've been eating too much this week, but I run daily.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on September 26, 2013, 11:41:42 am
it is.  anger induced.  laziness accomplished.  it is amazing how your body makes you feel for not eating two whole days.  ooh, what a rebel.  there are people starving to death everyday . . . but im about to have convulsions over here after only two days. 
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on October 02, 2013, 09:43:08 am
Went to Toki Underground last night and enjoyed it.  Had the cold tofu, seafood dumplings, pork dumplings, and vegetarian ramen.  Can't wait to finish my ramen for lunch today!  Bonus was their kick ass music.  First time I've ever heard the Wrens at a restaurant.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: atomic on October 02, 2013, 09:55:20 am
Doesn't anyone go to restaurants in Baltimore? 
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on October 02, 2013, 10:13:27 am
I used to all the time, but these days I tend to stick to Howard County and sometimes DC.  My favorites in Baltimore are Koco's and Pappas for crabcakes (but I'm favoring Pappas these days), Hamilton Tavern for burgers, and I loved the pasta at Chingale.  I used to go to Pazo all the time, but haven't been there in a number of years.  Also really like the tapas at Adela.  Been meaning to go to Peter's Inn for a while now, but have never really gotten there.

Stand out meal lately has been at Food Market in Hampden.  And I keep waiting for Paulie Gee's pizza to open, but their ovens were damaged in transit this summer.  I continue to stalk their facebook page.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: atomic on October 02, 2013, 10:45:53 am
I used to all the time, but these days I tend to stick to Howard County and sometimes DC.  My favorites in Baltimore are Koco's and Pappas for crabcakes (but I'm favoring Pappas these days), Hamilton Tavern for burgers, and I loved the pasta at Chingale.  I used to go to Pazo all the time, but haven't been there in a number of years.  Also really like the tapas at Adela.  Been meaning to go to Peter's Inn for a while now, but have never really gotten there.

Stand out meal lately has been at Food Market in Hampden.  And I keep waiting for Paulie Gee's pizza to open, but their ovens were damaged in transit this summer.  I continue to stalk their facebook page.

The food in Howard County is really awful.  Other than Indian I don't know that I have ever had a good meal there.

 I have only been to Pappas once and it was after the kitchen was closed but I did hug the entire kitchen staff. It was in my hugging phase. 
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on October 02, 2013, 11:16:00 am
You haven't been to the right places.  Sushi Sono rivals the best of sushi restaurants. Alot of people also love sushi king, but sono is my favorite.   Judge's Bench has some of the best wings I've ever eaten (my friend liked them better than Anchor Bar).  Frisco has a great tofu burrito when you're in the mood for tex mex.  Victoria has a terrific (if messy) burger, poutine, and brunch menu.  Plus there's Canopy pit beef, little taco stands in laurel, ellicott city, and columbia which rule. 
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on October 02, 2013, 11:16:55 am
and for indian, mango grove.  I've heard good things about this other place over by Wegmans, but haven't been there yet.

Oh, and the sandwiches at Bon Fresco.  On freshly made bread. 
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on October 02, 2013, 11:19:31 am
And venarri's pizza and that other pizza place over by harris teeter on guilford (the name escapes me).  AT first when I moved here, I thought there was no place to eat, but there is some really fabulous food here!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: bearman🐻 on October 02, 2013, 11:35:33 am
You haven't been to the right places.  Sushi Sono rivals the best of sushi restaurants. Alot of people also love sushi king, but sono is my favorite.   Judge's Bench has some of the best wings I've ever eaten (my friend liked them better than Anchor Bar).  Frisco has a great tofu burrito when you're in the mood for tex mex.  Victoria has a terrific (if messy) burger, poutine, and brunch menu.  Plus there's Canopy pit beef, little taco stands in laurel, ellicott city, and columbia which rule. 

Agreed on Sushi Sono. Been years since I've been, but it's awesome.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: stevewizzle on October 02, 2013, 06:41:26 pm
Went to Toki Underground last night and enjoyed it.  Had the cold tofu, seafood dumplings, pork dumplings, and vegetarian ramen.  Can't wait to finish my ramen for lunch today!  Bonus was their kick ass music.  First time I've ever heard the Wrens at a restaurant.

supposedly currated by geographer (or geologist? i forget) from animal collective
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: stevewizzle on October 02, 2013, 06:47:00 pm
i'll be hitting up little serow friday.

Looking forward to reading your impression!  I just read that Doi Moi gives it a run for its money...

a little late on this.

this was, hands down, the best meal i've had in DC. seven courses, all pre-fix, all presented homestyle, varying from sweet to sour to extremely spicey.  the steep $45 pre-fix meal was met with relatively cheap prices for wine and beer ($6 craft beers), the service was on point, the ambiance was great, and it was just overall a very unique experience.  the whiskey pork ribs and the sour fruit/dried shrimp dished were out of this world.  i left the restaurant ecstatic and so incredibly full. 

we had a group of four, one of my friends waited for an hour from 5pm-6pm to put our name in.  the earliest time-slot we could get in was 10pm! it was worth the wait, but i recommend having a party of 2 or less, as they can accommodate smaller groups much easier.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: bearman🐻 on October 03, 2013, 09:37:10 am
i'll be hitting up little serow friday.

Looking forward to reading your impression!  I just read that Doi Moi gives it a run for its money...

a little late on this.

this was, hands down, the best meal i've had in DC. seven courses, all pre-fix, all presented homestyle, varying from sweet to sour to extremely spicey.  the steep $45 pre-fix meal was met with relatively cheap prices for wine and beer ($6 craft beers), the service was on point, the ambiance was great, and it was just overall a very unique experience.  the whiskey pork ribs and the sour fruit/dried shrimp dished were out of this world.  i left the restaurant ecstatic and so incredibly full. 

we had a group of four, one of my friends waited for an hour from 5pm-6pm to put our name in.  the earliest time-slot we could get in was 10pm! it was worth the wait, but i recommend having a party of 2 or less, as they can accommodate smaller groups much easier.

I've been here twice and really, really enjoyed my meals here too. The second time I went I thought it was even better. Here's a little secret...they'll let you buy an extra portion of whiskey ribs to go for like $12 I think (suject to availability). The next night I took the ribs off the bone and made a bahn mi at home with cucumber, daikon radish, cilantro, shredded carrot, chiles, napa cabbage slaw and a dressing I made with lots of stuff like ginger, honey, lime, etc. It was insanely good.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on October 03, 2013, 10:09:14 am
i'll be hitting up little serow friday.

Looking forward to reading your impression!  I just read that Doi Moi gives it a run for its money...

a little late on this.

this was, hands down, the best meal i've had in DC. seven courses, all pre-fix, all presented homestyle, varying from sweet to sour to extremely spicey.  the steep $45 pre-fix meal was met with relatively cheap prices for wine and beer ($6 craft beers), the service was on point, the ambiance was great, and it was just overall a very unique experience.  the whiskey pork ribs and the sour fruit/dried shrimp dished were out of this world.  i left the restaurant ecstatic and so incredibly full. 

we had a group of four, one of my friends waited for an hour from 5pm-6pm to put our name in.  the earliest time-slot we could get in was 10pm! it was worth the wait, but i recommend having a party of 2 or less, as they can accommodate smaller groups much easier.

I've been here twice and really, really enjoyed my meals here too. The second time I went I thought it was even better. Here's a little secret...they'll let you buy an extra portion of whiskey ribs to go for like $12 I think (suject to availability). The next night I took the ribs off the bone and made a bahn mi at home with cucumber, daikon radish, cilantro, shredded carrot, chiles, napa cabbage slaw and a dressing I made with lots of stuff like ginger, honey, lime, etc. It was insanely good.

my mouth is watering.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on October 03, 2013, 10:12:09 am
Here's a little secret...they'll let you buy an extra portion of whiskey ribs to go for like $12 I think (suject to availability). The next night I took the ribs off the bone and made a bahn mi at home with cucumber, daikon radish, cilantro, shredded carrot, chiles, napa cabbage slaw and a dressing I made with lots of stuff like ginger, honey, lime, etc. It was insanely good.
umm...I'll take one of those if your taking orders, sounds awesome :o
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on October 03, 2013, 10:31:54 am
the belgian pizza at the hamilton is delish...i had no idea what belgian pizza was but this one comes with mussels
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: stevewizzle on October 03, 2013, 12:11:41 pm
I've been here twice and really, really enjoyed my meals here too. The second time I went I thought it was even better. Here's a little secret...they'll let you buy an extra portion of whiskey ribs to go for like $12 I think (suject to availability). The next night I took the ribs off the bone and made a bahn mi at home with cucumber, daikon radish, cilantro, shredded carrot, chiles, napa cabbage slaw and a dressing I made with lots of stuff like ginger, honey, lime, etc. It was insanely good.

that's a good use of the ribs, the banh mi idea.

$12 a person? those ribs are so fucking incredibly good, i would do this in a second.

listen to this man people.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: slappy on October 03, 2013, 04:38:17 pm
I've been here twice and really, really enjoyed my meals here too. The second time I went I thought it was even better. Here's a little secret...they'll let you buy an extra portion of whiskey ribs to go for like $12 I think (suject to availability). The next night I took the ribs off the bone and made a bahn mi at home with cucumber, daikon radish, cilantro, shredded carrot, chiles, napa cabbage slaw and a dressing I made with lots of stuff like ginger, honey, lime, etc. It was insanely good.

How much for one rib?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNQRqAoT-2c (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNQRqAoT-2c)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on October 03, 2013, 04:45:59 pm
fuck the cup, pour it my hand for a dime.  one of the best lines, ever.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: BrettnotBritt on October 03, 2013, 08:41:13 pm
Little Serow was the tits when I went last year. From the food to the service to the ambiance, I loved every part of it. And yes, those ribs are amazing. We went on a Tuesday and were able to get a table for four around 8. Those were the days....
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on October 10, 2013, 12:06:14 pm
I go to the Birchmere for the food. Anyone else?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on October 11, 2013, 11:27:09 am
Five Guys vs. Shake Shack.

Imma go with Five Guys.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on October 11, 2013, 01:48:13 pm
My wife went to my kid's school today to have lunch with my daughter. (Parents are encouraged to come have lunch with their kids.) She brought vegetarian pad thai in a plain white styrofoam container purchased at our local Thai restaurant.

She was reprimanded by the school lunch lady for "bringing in outside food. This place is like a restaurant, you wouldn't bring McDonalds into Mike's" (Well actually I wouldn't be caught eating at either of them). So apparently you can bring your own homemade or store purchased pre-packaged corporate food into their "restaurant", but not food prepared by a third party. (?)

She also said that they have the kids washing the tables (isn't that the job of the custodian/lunch lady?), so when my wife took my daughter to stand away from the table while that was being done, she was further reprimanded by the lunch lady , "You're supposed to remain seated at the table at all times."

No wonder why my wife wants to home school our kid.

Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: chaz on October 11, 2013, 01:51:59 pm
My wife went to my kid's school today to have lunch with my daughter. (Parents are encouraged to come have lunch with their kids.) She brought vegetarian pad thai in a plain white styrofoam container purchased at our local Thai restaurant.

She was reprimanded by the school lunch lady for "bringing in outside food. This place is like a restaurant, you wouldn't bring McDonalds into Mike's" (Well actually I wouldn't be caught eating at either of them). So apparently you can bring your own homemade or store purchased pre-packaged corporate food into their "restaurant", but not food prepared by a third party. (?)

She also said that they have the kids washing the tables (isn't that the job of the custodian/lunch lady?), so when my wife took my daughter to stand away from the table while that was being done, she was further reprimanded by the lunch lady , "You're supposed to remain seated at the table at all times."

No wonder why my wife wants to home school our kid.


We are taking a good look at home schooling as well.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on October 11, 2013, 02:05:23 pm


She also said that they have the kids washing the tables



the horror! what is next? will they have to flush their own toilet? isn't there an attendant for that?? you know the guy who gives you a paper towel to dry your hands with...
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on October 11, 2013, 02:16:41 pm
Did you know any normal kids that were home schooled when you were a child?

 
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: stevewizzle on October 11, 2013, 02:17:14 pm
My wife went to my kid's school today to have lunch with my daughter. (Parents are encouraged to come have lunch with their kids.) She brought vegetarian pad thai in a plain white styrofoam container purchased at our local Thai restaurant.

She was reprimanded by the school lunch lady for "bringing in outside food. This place is like a restaurant, you wouldn't bring McDonalds into Mike's" (Well actually I wouldn't be caught eating at either of them). So apparently you can bring your own homemade or store purchased pre-packaged corporate food into their "restaurant", but not food prepared by a third party. (?)

She also said that they have the kids washing the tables (isn't that the job of the custodian/lunch lady?), so when my wife took my daughter to stand away from the table while that was being done, she was further reprimanded by the lunch lady , "You're supposed to remain seated at the table at all times."

No wonder why my wife wants to home school our kid.

i got a good laugh finding this in gastronomical banter.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on October 11, 2013, 02:20:42 pm
My wife went to my kid's school today to have lunch with my daughter. (Parents are encouraged to come have lunch with their kids.) She brought vegetarian pad thai in a plain white styrofoam container purchased at our local Thai restaurant.

She was reprimanded by the school lunch lady for "bringing in outside food. This place is like a restaurant, you wouldn't bring McDonalds into Mike's" (Well actually I wouldn't be caught eating at either of them). So apparently you can bring your own homemade or store purchased pre-packaged corporate food into their "restaurant", but not food prepared by a third party. (?)

She also said that they have the kids washing the tables (isn't that the job of the custodian/lunch lady?), so when my wife took my daughter to stand away from the table while that was being done, she was further reprimanded by the lunch lady , "You're supposed to remain seated at the table at all times."

No wonder why my wife wants to home school our kid.

i got a good laugh finding this in gastronomical banter.

Yeah, we need a new thread for children's education. Don't want to fuck up one of three good threads on this here board.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: chaz on October 11, 2013, 02:23:25 pm
Did you know any normal kids that were home schooled when you were a child?

 
I don't recall knowing any home schooled kids when I was little.  But I know quite a few now ranging elementary - high school.  Nice, normal kids.

Does not belong in this thread so sorry for the diversion, but homeschooling really isn't as weird and isolating as many people think it is.  There are tons of co-ops, and many home school kids participate in public school sports...some even attend "specials" (PE, art, music) at whatever their elementary school would be. 
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on October 11, 2013, 02:29:36 pm
If we can blabber on about overpriced DC restaurants, we can blabber on about school cafeterias, can't we?


My wife went to my kid's school today to have lunch with my daughter. (Parents are encouraged to come have lunch with their kids.) She brought vegetarian pad thai in a plain white styrofoam container purchased at our local Thai restaurant.

She was reprimanded by the school lunch lady for "bringing in outside food. This place is like a restaurant, you wouldn't bring McDonalds into Mike's" (Well actually I wouldn't be caught eating at either of them). So apparently you can bring your own homemade or store purchased pre-packaged corporate food into their "restaurant", but not food prepared by a third party. (?)

She also said that they have the kids washing the tables (isn't that the job of the custodian/lunch lady?), so when my wife took my daughter to stand away from the table while that was being done, she was further reprimanded by the lunch lady , "You're supposed to remain seated at the table at all times."

No wonder why my wife wants to home school our kid.

i got a good laugh finding this in gastronomical banter.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on October 11, 2013, 02:42:32 pm
If we can blabber on about overpriced DC restaurants, we can blabber on about school cafeterias, can't we?



you're one to talk.. on the beer thread you don't want me talking about beer that doesn't meet your standards but on the "gastronomical" thread you want to talk about cafeteria food? please get yourself out of this one houdini
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on October 11, 2013, 02:47:03 pm
If we can blabber on about overpriced DC restaurants, we can blabber on about school cafeterias, can't we?


My wife went to my kid's school today to have lunch with my daughter. (Parents are encouraged to come have lunch with their kids.) She brought vegetarian pad thai in a plain white styrofoam container purchased at our local Thai restaurant.

She was reprimanded by the school lunch lady for "bringing in outside food. This place is like a restaurant, you wouldn't bring McDonalds into Mike's" (Well actually I wouldn't be caught eating at either of them). So apparently you can bring your own homemade or store purchased pre-packaged corporate food into their "restaurant", but not food prepared by a third party. (?)

She also said that they have the kids washing the tables (isn't that the job of the custodian/lunch lady?), so when my wife took my daughter to stand away from the table while that was being done, she was further reprimanded by the lunch lady , "You're supposed to remain seated at the table at all times."

No wonder why my wife wants to home school our kid.

i got a good laugh finding this in gastronomical banter.

you brought up homeschooling, you should've kept it to the veggie tofu pad thai your wife brought into the café.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on October 11, 2013, 02:54:49 pm
tastee freeze has the best fucking double cheeseburgers . . . ever.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on October 11, 2013, 02:55:51 pm
I guess I should have realized it's not cool to bring up gastronomical banter  pertaining to children in an audience of hipster doofuses.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on October 11, 2013, 02:57:21 pm
I guess I should have realized it's not cool to bring up gastronomical banter  pertaining to children in an audience of hipster doofuses.

I guess you should have realized it's not cool to bring up crappy schools in a thread re: food.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on October 11, 2013, 02:58:31 pm
I guess I should have realized it's not cool to bring up gastronomical banter  pertaining to children in an audience of hipster doofuses.

Cafeteria food belongs on the "gastronomical" thread?

do you want people to start talking about the new spicy wings at mickey dees, asshat.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: stevewizzle on October 11, 2013, 03:42:18 pm
I guess I should have realized it's not cool to bring up gastronomical banter  pertaining to children in an audience of hipster doofuses.

you could of at least told us what the cafeteria was serving.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on October 11, 2013, 04:08:20 pm
I guess I should have realized it's not cool to bring up gastronomical banter  pertaining to children in an audience of hipster doofuses.

you could of at least told us what the cafeteria was serving.


BOOM
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: bearman🐻 on October 11, 2013, 04:22:53 pm
Per Wikipedia:

Gastronomy is the study of food and culture, with a particular focus on gourmet cuisine.

That must be one bomb-ass cafeteria to make the cut. Sloppy foie gras? Beluga loaf? Salisbury bottarga?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on October 12, 2013, 05:00:06 pm
Pizza. My daughter refuses to eat it because "it has too much cheese on it." Figures, the girl has been going to Pizza Paradiso happy hours since she was a baby.  ;D

I guess I should have realized it's not cool to bring up gastronomical banter  pertaining to children in an audience of hipster doofuses.

you could of at least told us what the cafeteria was serving.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on October 12, 2013, 06:02:33 pm
I guess I should have realized it's not cool to bring up gastronomical banter  pertaining to children in an audience of hipster doofuses.

you could of at least told us what the cafeteria was serving.


BOOM

youre really liking that BOOM i gave you, arent you?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on October 14, 2013, 11:45:20 am
Top Chef New Orleans is killing me.  Can't wait to get back there and have dinner!  Going for one night to New Orleans sucks, but it's better than nothing!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on October 14, 2013, 12:45:10 pm
I guess I should have realized it's not cool to bring up gastronomical banter  pertaining to children in an audience of hipster doofuses.

you could of at least told us what the cafeteria was serving.


BOOM

youre really liking that BOOM i gave you, arent you?

LOVIN IT!    ;D
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on October 14, 2013, 01:34:58 pm
Making cassoulet today (well, and yesterday)...exhausted and I've still got 5 hours of cooking left!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: stevewizzle on October 14, 2013, 08:36:16 pm
Pizza. My daughter refuses to eat it because "it has too much cheese on it." Figures, the girl has been going to Pizza Paradiso happy hours since she was a baby.  ;D

I guess I should have realized it's not cool to bring up gastronomical banter  pertaining to children in an audience of hipster doofuses.

you could of at least told us what the cafeteria was serving.

you know who serves a mean elementary-school style pizza?  that late night place, marios, in arlington.

also, i haven't had one good slice of pizza since i've moved to seattle and it's depressing. although i'm happy that pizza in the slice exists here (hi walkie).
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on October 14, 2013, 08:50:10 pm
now look what you did . . . all i can think about is freaking pizza by the slice, now.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Unsanity on October 15, 2013, 03:51:32 am
Mario's....that place is still open? It is like school pizza! I remember there being no bathroom haha. My dad used to to there like 40 years ago.

Gimme The Broiler pizza anyday! My dad loved that place too, even though he refers to it as the "Gag and Vomit"
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on October 15, 2013, 08:28:51 am
I revisited a pizza place I used to go to in college recently with a friend of mine and the owner was a total jerk and we both recalled why we stopped going there. Incidentally, my friend still had the high score on an arcade game in the restaurant and started a comic misadventure to attempt to purchase and transport said arcade game without it losing power and thus him losing his high score. It was a crazy weekend with several colorful characters.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on October 15, 2013, 09:36:45 am
Wasn't that a movie?  NO...it was a Seinfeld episode!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on October 15, 2013, 09:41:36 am
Making cassoulet today (well, and yesterday)...exhausted and I've still got 5 hours of cooking left!

An excellent first attempt, based on the reactions around the table.  I had to make some substitutions that compromised the quality a bit...number one being having to use butter instead of duck fat.  Also, I didn't use the quality/cuts of meat that would have blown this over the top...maybe I'll blow my next cash award to try it forealz.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on October 15, 2013, 03:57:54 pm
You can buy duck fat at Wegmans!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on October 15, 2013, 04:16:20 pm
Who had Nandos for lunch? This guy!

(http://img1.uploadhouse.com/fileuploads/18531/18531201588838c2dec9c0f3439159c696ee4f1f.jpg)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on October 15, 2013, 05:17:32 pm
You can buy duck fat at Wegmans!

you want something really good.  truffle oil from wegmans.  use it your popcorn popper.  oh, my, god.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: radley17 on October 15, 2013, 09:37:03 pm
You can buy duck fat at Wegmans!

you want something really good.  truffle oil from wegmans.  use it your popcorn popper.  oh, my, god.

Culinary fun fact: Almost all truffle oil contains zero truffle...it is a synthetic product
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on October 15, 2013, 10:18:56 pm
You can buy duck fat at Wegmans!

you want something really good.  truffle oil from wegmans.  use it your popcorn popper.  oh, my, god.

Culinary fun fact: Almost all truffle oil contains zero truffle...it is a synthetic product
It does if you spend enough.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on October 16, 2013, 08:44:33 am
I have truffle salt from paris that is soooo good on popcorn.

Does anyone have any recommendations for good Italian food near Arlington/Crystal City?  I want to eat at nando's, but everyone else wants pasta before MCM.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on October 16, 2013, 10:09:07 am
You can buy duck fat at Wegmans!

you want something really good.  truffle oil from wegmans.  use it your popcorn popper.  oh, my, god.

Culinary fun fact: Almost all truffle oil contains zero truffle...it is a synthetic product
It does if you spend enough.

here it is, and not that bad.


http://www.enjoyfoiegras.com/menu/truffles/da_rosario_truffle_oil.html
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: ggw on October 16, 2013, 10:24:29 am
I like Il Radicchio in Rosslyn for spaghetti.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on October 22, 2013, 09:05:21 am
Good eats in Bawlmore, near Ram's Head?

Who's got em?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on October 22, 2013, 09:47:03 am
We went to Alewife the night before the Baltimore Marathon. Good eats and great draft list.

Though I bet you want something closer and more fancypants.


Good eats in Bawlmore, near Ram's Head?

Who's got em?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on October 22, 2013, 09:59:06 am
We went to Alewife the night before the Baltimore Marathon. Good eats and great draft list.

Though I bet you want something closer and more fancypants.


Good eats in Bawlmore, near Ram's Head?

Who's got em?

Good eats =/= fancy pants.

And one mile is close enough.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on October 22, 2013, 10:07:52 am
Near Ram's Head, head over to Harbor East.  chingale, pazo, lebanese taverna...lots of choices.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Nigel Tufnel on October 22, 2013, 10:21:52 am
Good eats in Bawlmore, near Ram's Head?

Who's got em?

Joe Squared Pizza is basically right next door to Rams Head, and they're not bad.

Hersh's has better pizza and a pretty good beer list, but they might be just outside of the 1 mile radius.  There's free street parking at Hersh's if you can find a spot.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on October 22, 2013, 10:28:58 am
thanks folks!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on October 22, 2013, 10:53:47 am
It's near Lexington Market, so in an area that Walky might fear getting shot in. For the record, we didn't get shot, so that makes it safe.

We went to Alewife the night before the Baltimore Marathon. Good eats and great draft list.

Though I bet you want something closer and more fancypants.


Good eats in Bawlmore, near Ram's Head?

Who's got em?

Good eats =/= fancy pants.

And one mile is close enough.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: atomic on October 22, 2013, 11:00:57 am
I went to The Thames Street Oyster House (Fells Point) on Friday for lunch.  They have 15 different types of Oysters on the Raw Bar.  I picked 3 types to eat which were all tasty.  Had a pretty good Mahi Sandwich with cucumber salad.  Dessert wasn't the best.  Decent beer selection
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: atomic on October 22, 2013, 11:02:34 am
Near Ram's Head, head over to Harbor East.  chingale, pazo, lebanese taverna...lots of choices.

I spent 260 bucks for dinner for 2 at Cinghale the last time I went so I doubt that is a choice for pre-gaming Rams Head. Good food though. 
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on October 22, 2013, 02:14:06 pm
I went to The Thames Street Oyster House (Fells Point) on Friday for lunch.  They have 15 different types of Oysters on the Raw Bar.  I picked 3 types to eat which were all tasty.  Had a pretty good Mahi Sandwich with cucumber salad.  Dessert wasn't the best.  Decent beer selection

They also have a kick ass lobster bisque when it's on the menu.

Chingale doesn't have to cost that much!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on October 22, 2013, 02:26:56 pm
I went to The Thames Street Oyster House (Fells Point) on Friday for lunch.  They have 15 different types of Oysters on the Raw Bar.  I picked 3 types to eat which were all tasty.  Had a pretty good Mahi Sandwich with cucumber salad.  Dessert wasn't the best.  Decent beer selection

They also have a kick ass lobster bisque when it's on the menu.

Chingale doesn't have to cost that much!

Yeah, looks like atomic went out like a baller at Chingale, definitely looks affordable and delicious.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: atomic on October 22, 2013, 02:33:10 pm
I went to The Thames Street Oyster House (Fells Point) on Friday for lunch.  They have 15 different types of Oysters on the Raw Bar.  I picked 3 types to eat which were all tasty.  Had a pretty good Mahi Sandwich with cucumber salad.  Dessert wasn't the best.  Decent beer selection

They also have a kick ass lobster bisque when it's on the menu.

Chingale doesn't have to cost that much!

Yeah, looks like atomic went out like a baller at Chingale, definitely looks affordable and delicious.

Well the 4 course Dinner menu is 62 a person.  Then I got a 60 dollar bottle of wine and then I still was thirsty and I let the waiter recommend a glass of wine which was probably a msitake.  With tip  and tax 260.  And I would like to mention that 60 dollars is one of their cheaper bottles  of wine.   You would have to pay at least 45 bucks for a bottle of wine.  That would still set you back 217 dollars with 20 percent tip. 
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on October 22, 2013, 02:48:00 pm
Casunsei
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Sausage
Filled Pasta
Parmigiano, Butter, Sage
................................
........
16

That's all you need to eat there.  it's so delicious.

And you can always get a glass of wine and have more drinks other places.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on October 22, 2013, 04:57:34 pm
or you can eat so many chicken mgnuggets . . . you actually throw up.  like me.  hot mustard comes back out the best, as throw up.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on November 15, 2013, 11:57:06 am
Birch and Barley... what a great restaurant.

It's nice to see a restaurant in the city still serving great food multiple years after it opened. I had an amazing dinner there last night, decent beer as well!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: stevewizzle on November 15, 2013, 01:00:47 pm
Birch and Barley... what a great restaurant.

It's nice to see a restaurant in the city still serving great food multiple years after it opened. I had an amazing dinner there last night, decent beer as well!

was just reminiscing about how good their brunch is, as well. 

for dinner, i once went there and sat way back at the kitchen bar, and the chefs just kept putting food samples in front of us. it was fantastic, when it came to actually ordering, all we could do was split a flat bread.  dinner and drinks ended up being like $30 for two of us.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on November 20, 2013, 04:58:41 pm
Has anyone been to the Satellite Room yet by the club?

Should I expect it to be an absolute mob scene prior to a show?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Unsanity on November 21, 2013, 03:35:00 am
Has anyone been to the Satellite Room yet by the club?

Should I expect it to be an absolute mob scene prior to a show?

Maybe if the show is sold out. I went there a few times between sets (at non-sold out shows) and had no problem finding seats. They got boozed up milkshakes!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on November 21, 2013, 10:08:47 am
Has anyone been to the Satellite Room yet by the club?

Should I expect it to be an absolute mob scene prior to a show?

Maybe if the show is sold out. I went there a few times between sets (at non-sold out shows) and had no problem finding seats. They got boozed up milkshakes!

Diapers provided?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on November 21, 2013, 10:12:35 am
Has anyone been to the Satellite Room yet by the club?
Been a few times.  Went Monday before the Sky show, but that show was a bunch of underage kids...so understandably no one was at the Satellite room.

After the Alt-J show we went there and ended up hanging with the band who showed up to get some drinks (used to be some times at the Velvet lounge the acts would show up after shows....now so many options down there don't think that happens much any more)

If you smoke (cigs that is) it is nice as they have an outdoor area with heat lamps, so you can have your drink and your smoke at the same time
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on November 21, 2013, 10:13:36 am
They got boozed up milkshakes!
Those milkshakes are really good...only sampled one, but I'd get one on the next visit
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on November 21, 2013, 10:51:48 am
I bet your cigarettes kill you faster than the Papa John's my daughter insisted on last night.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on November 25, 2013, 12:13:54 pm
Satellite Room... Extremely mediocre food (at least the wings/quesadillas we had), great bar/space, two hearted ale on tap. It's quite nice to have a large bar right next to the 930 for pre gaming, will frequent in the future.

Roses Luxury on Capitol Hill - Hands down the best meal I've had in DC in recent months (maybe in the past year). Six of us went on Saturday evening and ordered the entire menu minus one item. There was only one mediocre item out of the entire order which was a strange strawberry pasta. It's mainly small plates with two family style platters, the menu changes pretty much weekly. ****
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: BrettnotBritt on November 25, 2013, 01:03:34 pm
Roses Luxury on Capitol Hill - Hands down the best meal I've had in DC in recent months (maybe in the past year). Six of us went on Saturday evening and ordered the entire menu minus one item. There was only one mediocre item out of the entire order which was a strange strawberry pasta. It's mainly small plates with two family style platters, the menu changes pretty much weekly. ****

YES. We went to Rose's last month and it was arguably the best dinner I've had all year. The food, the service, and the ambiance... it was all just perfect. That brisket platter is insanely good.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on November 25, 2013, 01:05:41 pm
Roses Luxury on Capitol Hill - Hands down the best meal I've had in DC in recent months (maybe in the past year). Six of us went on Saturday evening and ordered the entire menu minus one item. There was only one mediocre item out of the entire order which was a strange strawberry pasta. It's mainly small plates with two family style platters, the menu changes pretty much weekly. ****

YES. We went to Rose's last month and it was arguably the best dinner I've had all year. The food, the service, and the ambiance... it was all just perfect. That brisket platter is insanely good.

That was the mistake of the evening... we skipped the brisket and went with the other option for the platter. I was stuffed by that point anyway.

The lobster/popcorn soup and the gnocci were my favorite dishes.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on November 25, 2013, 01:07:36 pm
I bet your cigarettes kill you faster than the Papa John's my daughter insisted on last night.

what a horrible company.. i will never buy from them..ever.. the owner is a prick and he makes no bones about it.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on November 25, 2013, 01:11:09 pm
I bet your cigarettes kill you faster than the Papa John's my daughter insisted on last night.

what a horrible company.. i will never buy from them..ever.. the owner is a prick and he makes no bones about it.

Probably the worst massed produced pizza ever, IMO.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: stevewizzle on November 25, 2013, 01:20:30 pm
I bet your cigarettes kill you faster than the Papa John's my daughter insisted on last night.

what a horrible company.. i will never buy from them..ever.. the owner is a prick and he makes no bones about it.

Probably the worst massed produced pizza ever, IMO.

best mass produced pizza = 7-11 brand. by a landslide. you can get slices for $1, and a whole pizza for $5.  it's so damn tasty and cheap. there's definitely something in those pizzas that is shortening my life not by days or weeks, but years.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on November 25, 2013, 01:30:46 pm
I bet your cigarettes kill you faster than the Papa John's my daughter insisted on last night.

what a horrible company.. i will never buy from them..ever.. the owner is a prick and he makes no bones about it.

Probably the worst massed produced pizza ever, IMO.

best mass produced pizza = 7-11 brand. by a landslide. you can get slices for $1, and a whole pizza for $5.  it's so damn tasty and cheap. there's definitely something in those pizzas that is shortening my life not by days or weeks, but years.

Two medium Dominos thin crust pies, best and tastiest bang for your buck!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on November 25, 2013, 01:36:28 pm
I wouldn't eat any pizza that costs less than $15 for a large. I don't fancy the taste of CARDBOARD.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: stevewizzle on November 25, 2013, 01:53:53 pm
I wouldn't eat any pizza that costs less than $15 for a large. I don't fancy the taste of CARDBOARD.

you 1 percenter.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: slappy on November 25, 2013, 03:49:27 pm
Had to be decent food at those prices and atmosphere.
http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Virginia-Woman-Accused-of-Running-Cantina-Out-of-Her-Home-232937451.html (http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Virginia-Woman-Accused-of-Running-Cantina-Out-of-Her-Home-232937451.html)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on November 25, 2013, 04:42:42 pm
Had to be decent food at those prices and atmosphere.
http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Virginia-Woman-Accused-of-Running-Cantina-Out-of-Her-Home-232937451.html (http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Virginia-Woman-Accused-of-Running-Cantina-Out-of-Her-Home-232937451.html)

I ❤ Pat Collins.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on December 12, 2013, 06:10:44 pm
Urban Butcher now open in Silver Spring!

http://www.urbanbutcher.com/ubmenus/UrbanButcherDinnerMenu.pdf
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on December 12, 2013, 06:12:24 pm
Urban Butcher now open in Silver Spring!

http://www.urbanbutcher.com/ubmenus/UrbanButcherDinnerMenu.pdf

Quite excited about this, planning on going there on Monday. Now let's see if Silver Spring can support a restaurant and keep a quality place open for a while.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on December 12, 2013, 07:18:59 pm
damn . . . that menu looks great!!  but can it beat what we have out in the sticks?

http://www.vauclusespring.com/
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on December 12, 2013, 07:31:22 pm
damn . . . that menu looks great!!  but can it beat what we have out in the sticks?

http://www.vauclusespring.com/

Hmmmm, perhaps.  Tho I bet you can't just swing by that place for a quick bite on the way to the Goblin show on Friday...
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on December 12, 2013, 07:58:35 pm
you, got me there.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on December 16, 2013, 11:37:46 am
As promised, I stopped into Urban Butcher for a bite on the way to Goblin.  Interesting setup -- a lounge as you walk in the door, dinner tables back and to the left and a bar back and to the right.  They have a fully stocked butcher counter adjacent to an open kitchen in between the bar and the restaurant.

I got the lamb tartare with grilled flatbread and garlicky hummus.  It was outstanding!

They won't have their taps hooked up until tomorrow...
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on December 16, 2013, 11:52:55 am
As promised, I stopped into Urban Butcher for a bite on the way to Goblin.  Interesting setup -- a lounge as you walk in the door, dinner tables back and to the left and a bar back and to the right.  They have a fully stocked butcher counter adjacent to an open kitchen in between the bar and the restaurant.

I got the lamb tartare with grilled flatbread and garlicky hummus.  It was outstanding!

They won't have their taps hooked up until tomorrow...

Very nice. I'm heading there for happy hour this evening, looking forward to it.

We ate at Doi Moi this weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. There were four of us and we ordered multiple dishes and only had one that didn't hit the spot. The only issue is that the food is VERY spicy. I was shooting fire for the majority of the weekend.

We also ate at Maple for the second time in about a year on Saturday night, killer lamb Bolognese and a short rib sandwich.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: sweetcell on December 16, 2013, 12:30:44 pm
what is/are your fav Ethiopian restaurant/s?

when i first came to DC there was a hole-in-the-wall spot at Florida and 13th, looked sketchy but had great stuff.  no idea what its name was, or if it's still there.  also it's not the sort of place i'd want to take visitors to, which is the reason i'm asking.  holiday guests have requested "DC's best ether-e-opian."

of the U Street bunch, i generally go to Etete - mostly out of habit (had a great date there with the missus long, long ago).  anyone been to Zenebech?  DAS in G'town is awrite.  Bete in SS has a nice backyard patio for outdoor summer dinning.

is there really that much of a difference between ethiopian restaurants here in DC?  to me they're very similar.  i've never been to one that has blown me away or otherwise really distinguished itself from the others.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on December 16, 2013, 12:37:56 pm
what is/are your fav Ethiopian restaurant/s?

when i first came to DC there was a hole-in-the-wall spot at Florida and 13th, looked sketchy but had great stuff.  no idea what its name was, or if it's still there.  also it's not the sort of place i'd want to take visitors to, which is the reason i'm asking.  holiday guests have requested "DC's best ether-e-opian."

of the U Street bunch, i generally go to Etete - mostly out of habit (had a great date there with the missus long, long ago).  anyone been to Zenebech?  DAS in G'town is awrite.  Bete in SS has a nice backyard patio for outdoor summer dinning.

is there really that much of a difference between ethiopian restaurants here in DC?  to me they're very similar.  i've never been to one that has blown me away or otherwise really distinguished itself from the others.

Dessie on University Blvd in Wheaton is the spot, however, probably not a place that thrives due to its ambiance. Dukem on U St. seems to fit the bill though for taking out of town guests for Ethiopian. I've taken multiple folks there and it's always been given the seal of approval.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on December 16, 2013, 03:21:46 pm
i always thought there wasnt any food in ethiopia . . . atleast thats what sally strothers told me when i was growing up.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: ggw on December 16, 2013, 03:34:27 pm
what is/are your fav Ethiopian restaurant/s?

when i first came to DC there was a hole-in-the-wall spot at Florida and 13th, looked sketchy but had great stuff.  no idea what its name was, or if it's still there.  also it's not the sort of place i'd want to take visitors to, which is the reason i'm asking.  holiday guests have requested "DC's best ether-e-opian."

of the U Street bunch, i generally go to Etete - mostly out of habit (had a great date there with the missus long, long ago).  anyone been to Zenebech?  DAS in G'town is awrite.  Bete in SS has a nice backyard patio for outdoor summer dinning.

is there really that much of a difference between ethiopian restaurants here in DC?  to me they're very similar.  i've never been to one that has blown me away or otherwise really distinguished itself from the others.

Meaza in Baileys Crossroads.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on December 19, 2013, 10:31:14 am
Urban Butcher FTW! Big fan, if this was on H Street, U Street, etc. it would be packed to the gills. I?m hoping the fine denizens of Silver Spring can keep it afloat. We went Monday night and ordered a slew of meats and cheese. The only item that wasn?t very tasty were the pig ears, surprise!

Big Wale, biggest disappointment of 2013. Wow? I?ve seriously had better service at a Burger King which is unfortunate as this place is one of the nicest bars/restaurants I?ve been to in a while, not packed, great tunes. Twenty five minutes for our drinks to arrive when we sat down, my entrée was somehow misplaced? Bottom line, I should?ve just stayed at the bar vs. sitting down and dealing with their ridiculously dumb wait staff and managers.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on December 19, 2013, 02:58:50 pm
what is/are your fav Ethiopian restaurant/s?


Meaza in Baileys Crossroads.

Really...I'm really close to there and for some reason it's never looked that appealing.  But I've never been in there so didn't know.  Will have to try it out
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: chaz on December 19, 2013, 03:15:58 pm
I'm not sure how many of you visit the Italian Store in the Lyon Village area of Arlington.  If you haven't, many will tell you they have the finest italian style subs in all the dc area.  I'd be one of those people.  They are the best subs I've ever had, better even than anything I had living in Philly for a few years.  I'm partial to the Capri and the Roma.  Served on a hard roll with everything.

The point of this is that they are opening a new location in the Westover area of Arlington, to be in the space that was until recently occupied by the 7-11 there.

This makes me very happy.  Just short drive from my casa.

Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: ggw on December 19, 2013, 04:29:28 pm
what is/are your fav Ethiopian restaurant/s?


Meaza in Baileys Crossroads.

Really...I'm really close to there and for some reason it's never looked that appealing.  But I've never been in there so didn't know.  Will have to try it out


Strip mall restaurants never look very appealing, but Meaza is very good.  That bread they use for eating everything is way better than anyone else's.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on December 19, 2013, 11:07:52 pm
speaking of simple strip mall fare that rules, in my book.  noras of lebanon in gainesville.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on December 19, 2013, 11:28:47 pm
what is/are your fav Ethiopian restaurant/s?


Meaza in Baileys Crossroads.

Really...I'm really close to there and for some reason it's never looked that appealing.  But I've never been in there so didn't know.  Will have to try it out


Strip mall restaurants never look very appealing, but Meaza is very good.  That bread they use for eating everything is way better than anyone else's.
good to know

the Italian Store in Lyon Villiage Arlington. 
The point of this is that they are opening a new location in the Westover area of Arlington

I really couldn't be happier about this news.  I'm from NY and the only place in NOVA to get a good Italian hero is at the Italian store. 
The even sell my favorite Dry Salame  P.G. Molinari & Sons from San Francisco, not Italy
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: ggw on December 20, 2013, 02:40:38 pm
Any recommendations for good dumplings?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on December 20, 2013, 02:45:23 pm
Any recommendations for good dumplings?

Chinatown Express or Oriental East in Silver Spring are probably my favorites.

Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: dyecraig on December 20, 2013, 02:47:08 pm
Any recommendations for good dumplings?

Chinatown Express or Oriental East in Silver Spring are probably my favorites.



Chinatown Express in Chinatown?  Lui is the man!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on December 20, 2013, 02:50:30 pm
Any recommendations for good dumplings?

Chinatown Express or Oriental East in Silver Spring are probably my favorites.



Chinatown Express in Chinatown?  Lui is the man!

Yes sir or mam.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on December 20, 2013, 02:51:06 pm
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Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on December 20, 2013, 02:57:56 pm
even better is that the italian store is replacing a 7-11...that 7-11 was totally useless because the Rite Aid next to it sold most of that stuff (beer, cigs)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on December 20, 2013, 03:01:50 pm
I think there should potentially be a whole thread dedicated to Italian Subs/cold cuts/etc.

**sperms**
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: ggw on December 20, 2013, 03:31:35 pm
I think there should potentially be a whole thread dedicated to Italian Subs/cold cuts/etc.

**sperms**

Arrowine is surprisingly awesome for your charcuterie needs.  Jambon Iberico; Tamworth prosciutto; ~dozen salamis; locally made serrano; Calabrese sopprasetta...  I love cured meat products.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on December 20, 2013, 04:09:05 pm
I just had a killer Italian sub here a few weeks ago...

http://www.bubandpops.com

I didn't even know it existed. It's definitely a top fiver in the city.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on December 22, 2013, 02:29:47 pm

Arrowine is surprisingly awesome for your charcuterie needs.  Jambon Iberico; Tamworth prosciutto; ~dozen salamis; locally made serrano; Calabrese sopprasetta...  I love cured meat products.

Love Arrowine...and if only they made subs.  The meat/cheese/beer selection is second to none. 
I talked to one of they guys there and they have considered it, but there is a lot of overhead/regulations as
well as not having a lot of space to do it. 

That place is dangerous, can easily spend $75 and walk out with a little shopping bag.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Justin Tonation on January 04, 2014, 10:11:32 pm
(http://www.wusa9.com/images/640/360/2/assetpool/images/140104050339_1388865140000-dmr.jpg)

Iowa man arrested after fight over PB&J sandwiches (http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/288296/158/Iowa-man-arrested-after-fight-over-PBJ-sandwiches)

DES MOINES - A man was arrested Friday after an angry confrontation with his brother over his eating habits, according to a police report.

The two brothers, in their 50s, live together in Des Moines.

The alleged victim told police that his brother, Jerome Davis, "made three peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and ate them in the living room. Within the next hour, the suspect made another 3 of these peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, bringing his total consumption of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to six. This angered the victim..."
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: stevewizzle on January 05, 2014, 05:32:19 pm
Any recommendations for good dumplings?

Chinatown Express or Oriental East in Silver Spring are probably my favorites.

china bistro in rockville does great dumplings, and you can buy them un-cooked to go, as well.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on January 22, 2014, 04:12:03 pm
Anyone been to La Boum Brunch?  this is where I'm going for my sister's bachelorette.  I'm scared.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on January 22, 2014, 04:47:27 pm
Wow - you're right to be afraid! I've never been, but that looks ridiculous.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on January 22, 2014, 05:10:24 pm
My wife has been back when we lived in U Street...picture a lot of sweaty walkys getting real fucked up mid day. Enjoy! :-)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on January 22, 2014, 05:22:14 pm
wonderful.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on January 22, 2014, 05:34:54 pm
Anyone been to La Boum Brunch?  this is where I'm going for my sister's bachelorette.  I'm scared.
I thought you were going to Pizza Underground for your sister's bachelorette party?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: atomic on January 22, 2014, 06:46:16 pm
Anyone been to La Boum Brunch?  this is where I'm going for my sister's bachelorette.  I'm scared.

Is that a strip club?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on January 22, 2014, 07:12:34 pm
My wife has been back when we lived in U Street...picture a lot of sweaty walkys getting real fucked up mid day. Enjoy! :-)

are you talking about me again . . . i dont sweat, by the way, unless of course im, well, you know.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on January 23, 2014, 11:06:12 am
Anyone been to La Boum Brunch?  this is where I'm going for my sister's bachelorette.  I'm scared.
I thought you were going to Pizza Underground for your sister's bachelorette party?

I listened to it and didn't think I could take its horribleness.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on January 23, 2014, 11:08:55 am
I listened to it and didn't think I could take its horribleness.
You've made me sad, K8teebug, you've made me sad.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on January 23, 2014, 11:36:22 am
I listened to it and didn't think I could take its horribleness.
You've made me sad, K8teebug, you've made me sad.

I'm sure I'm sorry ;)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on January 31, 2014, 12:19:17 pm
Anybody been to KoChix yet?  With all the BonChon love around here, I wonder how it compares...
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: stevewizzle on January 31, 2014, 12:38:40 pm
Anyone been to La Boum Brunch?  this is where I'm going for my sister's bachelorette.  I'm scared.

i went 2+ years ago. the food was excellent, 3-course meal with a nice glass of champagne and a shooter, if i remember correctly. i think i only ate half my dessert as someone started dancing on one of our chairs, slipped, and wiped out across our table. the rest of the party went something like order a bunch of bottles of champagne with attached sparklers, pour champagne down peoples throats, dance, quasi-stripper does her thing, get naked if you want to, get dick cheney's assistants number on her business card, go home and nap.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on February 17, 2014, 11:39:48 am
Oh my.


http://m.pitchfork.com/news/53998-detroit-chef-creates-10-course-meal-based-on-radioheads-kid-a/
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on February 25, 2014, 12:12:17 pm
y'know, raw unsalted almonds are almost pretty good when you get used to them.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on February 25, 2014, 12:20:13 pm
eating nuts . . . make you fat.  fat nuts . . . make you, well nevermind.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: ggw on February 25, 2014, 01:52:04 pm
y'know, raw unsalted almonds are almost pretty good when you get used to them.

I eat them every day.  And some walnuts also.  Very good for you.  Nuts are great (cue comment from/about walkonby).
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on February 25, 2014, 01:55:18 pm
you, rang?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on March 05, 2014, 03:58:56 pm
I agree with Laura.  Chipotle's sofritas taste like Old El Paso. (http://brightestyoungthings.com/articles/taste-test-sofritas-vegan-burrito-at-chipotle.htm)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on March 06, 2014, 02:35:03 pm
Not sure how I feel about a Ben's in Arlington, kinda lame IMO.

http://www.washingtonian.com/blogs/bestbites/new-restaurants/bens-chili-bowl-opens-first-standalone-sister-eatery-in-arlington.php

I sometimes forget how delicious that place is after a handful of beers.. paid a visit there post Malkmus the other night and it was delicious.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: ggw on March 06, 2014, 02:46:17 pm
Not sure how I feel about a Ben's in Arlington, kinda lame IMO.

http://www.washingtonian.com/blogs/bestbites/new-restaurants/bens-chili-bowl-opens-first-standalone-sister-eatery-in-arlington.php

I sometimes forget how delicious that place is after a handful of beers.. paid a visit there post Malkmus the other night and it was delicious.

(http://www.arlnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/e-065-600x400.jpg)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on March 06, 2014, 02:53:25 pm
Why is putting a Ben's in Arlington lame?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on March 06, 2014, 03:20:15 pm
Why is putting a Ben's in Arlington lame?

You'd swear VA is your other child the way you defend it.

Did you see the 10 worst traffic spots in the DC area today? I think the majority were in VA.

Edit: I think it's kind of lame to put one in DCA as well as H Street too.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on March 06, 2014, 03:29:48 pm
I didn't defend anything, I just asked a question. Which you seem to have failed to answer.

Are you saying a Ben's in Arlington will cause traffic problems?


Why is putting a Ben's in Arlington lame?

You'd swear VA is your other child the way you defend it.

Did you see the 10 worst traffic spots in the DC area today? I think the majority were in VA.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on March 06, 2014, 03:40:55 pm
I didn't defend anything, I just asked a question. Which you seem to have failed to answer.

Are you saying a Ben's in Arlington will cause traffic problems?


Why is putting a Ben's in Arlington lame?

You'd swear VA is your other child the way you defend it.

Did you see the 10 worst traffic spots in the DC area today? I think the majority were in VA.

Actually, I did answer it. I said it would be lame anywhere else than the current location.

And the last time I brought up VA and it's crappy highways, you were quite upset about it.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on March 06, 2014, 03:44:02 pm
Oh, I was reading this post. You didn't mention anything about not wanting it in any other location other than its original location. You just said it was kinda lame to put one in Arlington.

Not sure how I feel about a Ben's in Arlington, kinda lame IMO.

http://www.washingtonian.com/blogs/bestbites/new-restaurants/bens-chili-bowl-opens-first-standalone-sister-eatery-in-arlington.php

I sometimes forget how delicious that place is after a handful of beers.. paid a visit there post Malkmus the other night and it was delicious.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on March 06, 2014, 03:48:19 pm
AS long as it doesn't diminish the quality of the product, why would you care if they put up other locations? Or is that what you are getting at?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on March 06, 2014, 04:14:10 pm
AS long as it doesn't diminish the quality of the product, why would you care if they put up other locations? Or is that what you are getting at?

I think it lessens the value/experience of the original...

Have you ever eaten at Ben's?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on March 06, 2014, 04:28:55 pm
No, I haven't eaten there. I'm not keen on standing in line for food. Plus,  limited vegetarian options, and what they do have I do a good job of cooking myself.

Why would it lessen the experience of eating at the original, if you are still eating at the original? Because there would be less people there?


AS long as it doesn't diminish the quality of the product, why would you care if they put up other locations? Or is that what you are getting at?

I think it lessens the value/experience of the original...

Have you ever eaten at Ben's?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on March 06, 2014, 05:23:23 pm
No, I haven't eaten there. I'm not keen on standing in line for food. Plus,  limited vegetarian options, and what they do have I do a good job of cooking myself.

Why would it lessen the experience of eating at the original, if you are still eating at the original? Because there would be less people there?


AS long as it doesn't diminish the quality of the product, why would you care if they put up other locations? Or is that what you are getting at?

I think it lessens the value/experience of the original...

Have you ever eaten at Ben's?

your opinion is no longer valid in this matter.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on March 06, 2014, 06:35:45 pm
Why do you insist on being such a spoiled little white boy?

I hope you take your kid to Disney World and he pisses on you by telling you it was kinda lame and less special because there's one in California too.


No, I haven't eaten there. I'm not keen on standing in line for food. Plus,  limited vegetarian options, and what they do have I do a good job of cooking myself.

Why would it lessen the experience of eating at the original, if you are still eating at the original? Because there would be less people there?


AS long as it doesn't diminish the quality of the product, why would you care if they put up other locations? Or is that what you are getting at?

I think it lessens the value/experience of the original...

Have you ever eaten at Ben's?

your opinion is no longer valid in this matter.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on March 06, 2014, 07:48:28 pm
Why do you insist on being such a spoiled little white boy?

I hope you take your kid to Disney World and he pisses on you by telling you it was kinda lame and less special because there's one in California too.


No, I haven't eaten there. I'm not keen on standing in line for food. Plus,  limited vegetarian options, and what they do have I do a good job of cooking myself.

Why would it lessen the experience of eating at the original, if you are still eating at the original? Because there would be less people there?


AS long as it doesn't diminish the quality of the product, why would you care if they put up other locations? Or is that what you are getting at?

I think it lessens the value/experience of the original...

Have you ever eaten at Ben's?

your opinion is no longer valid in this matter.

Uhh..what?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on March 06, 2014, 07:59:11 pm
A black owned business is thriving and expanding. More people will be able to experience their wonderful product. I think this is a good thing. You think it's kinda lame. Difference of opinion. Just because I haven't eaten there doesn't invalidate mine.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on March 06, 2014, 08:41:58 pm
There's a hotdog restaurant adjacent to two thrift stores in Hillandale. I never go there.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on March 06, 2014, 08:43:31 pm
A black owned business is thriving and expanding. More people will be able to experience their wonderful product. I think this is a good thing. You think it's kinda lame. Difference of opinion. Just because I haven't eaten there doesn't invalidate mine.

How rich!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on March 06, 2014, 09:35:14 pm
of course i root for bens like any long time "DC" resident (moved to arlington in 2010) but personally i think the food is kinda crap...

it was nice in the 90s when after getting sloshed at a show at the 930 i could stop by on the way home and get a half smoke (the only thing i like on the menu) with minimal lines and hassle but i mean i think the food is pretty lackin..

then you add the lines as if you are at disneyland ...come on

sorry to be curmudgeonly... the percocet has kicked in nicely but i just don't think bens offers a product that separated from its story "the last light left ticking after the 60s riots"... "bill cosby always easts there"... "the president takes foreign leaders there" means anything.... take away all that and i think the food is overpriced and mediocre

a place like five guys or even elevation burger offers a good product and is worth my time.... bens at this point is just hype although i do want the half smoke as its been a few years..i'd never get it outside of the usual context following a show at the 930
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on March 06, 2014, 09:58:24 pm
of course i root for bens like any long time "DC" resident (moved to arlington in 2010) but personally i think the food is kinda crap...

it was nice in the 90s when after getting sloshed at a show at the 930 i could stop by on the way home and get a half smoke (the only thing i like on the menu) with minimal lines and hassle but i mean i think the food is pretty lackin..

then you add the lines as if you are at disneyland ...come on

sorry to be curmudgeonly... the percocet has kicked in nicely but i just don't think bens offers a product that separated from its story "the last light left ticking after the 60s riots"... "bill cosby always easts there"... "the president takes foreign leaders there" means anything.... take away all that and i think the food is overpriced and mediocre

a place like five guys or even elevation burger offers a good product and is worth my time.... bens at this point is just hype although i do want the half smoke as its been a few years..i'd never get it outside of the usual context following a show at the 930

I think I've only had a half smoke sober a handful of times in 12 years and haven't had anything else on the menu that I can recall. In the mid 00's I definitely abused the half smoke though.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on March 06, 2014, 10:20:37 pm
..i'd never get it outside of the usual context following a show at the 930
really never tastes that good unless it's after a lot of beers.  Been there in the last year and the lines are insane.  Not really worth the wait, but many fine memories
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on March 06, 2014, 10:22:57 pm
not to mention that it was one thing in the 1990s when there were no other late night options for food in the area other than say yums...

times have changed... there are a lot of places to get late night eats now..


its great as a place to get some food in before hitting the hay and minimizing the morning hangover but other than that?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on March 07, 2014, 07:12:47 am
Hey Yada,

Sorry for picking your bone about Ben's. While I still don't quite understand your original comment, I should stick to picking bones (if Im' going to pick bones) about topics that I actually care about and am nore knowlegable about.

JF
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on March 07, 2014, 09:51:40 am
youre such a pantie pooper.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on March 31, 2014, 08:30:58 pm
I ate atomic's cat. It was delicious. I'm sorry.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: atomic on April 01, 2014, 12:01:28 am
I ate atomic's cat. It was delicious. I'm sorry.

Good I won't have to change the litter box anymore.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on April 02, 2014, 08:21:18 pm
http://kotaku.com/5901853/mcgangbang-the-snacktaku-review

(http://www.eatmedaily.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/mcgangbang.jpg)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on April 03, 2014, 03:57:14 pm
Anyone have any college park recommendations for lunch?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on April 03, 2014, 04:09:52 pm
Anyone have any college park recommendations for lunch?

In no particular order:

Sardi's in Beltsville, rotisserie chicken
Fishnet, fresh fish yum
The Original Ledo's, CP institution
Simply Ovo, unique asian vegan
Plato's Diner, CP institution, if you're into that kind of thing
Tara Thai, Hyattsville, local chain thai
Busboys and Poets, Hyattsville
Franklins, Hyattsville, better beer than decent pub food
Jewel of India, Hillandale
Tiffin, Indian, Langley Park
Julia's Empanadas, Langley Park

That's all I can think of off the top of my head.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on April 03, 2014, 04:18:16 pm
Anyone have any college park recommendations for lunch?

In no particular order:

Sardi's in Beltsville, rotisserie chicken
Fishnet, fresh fish yum
The Original Ledo's, CP institution
Simply Ovo, unique asian vegan
Plato's Diner, CP institution, if you're into that kind of thing
Tara Thai, Hyattsville, local chain thai
Busboys and Poets, Hyattsville
Franklins, Hyattsville, better beer than decent pub food
Jewel of India, Hillandale
Tiffin, Indian, Langley Park
Julia's Empanadas, Langley Park

That's all I can think of off the top of my head.

I don't venture to CP all too often, but can vouch for Tiffin. Killer indian, maybe the best in DC.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on April 03, 2014, 07:36:30 pm
a great denny's by the patriot center
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on April 03, 2014, 07:46:49 pm
actually its nowhere near the patriot but that's ok.  the service is top notch after midnight.  try, the breakfast burrito.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: BrettnotBritt on April 03, 2014, 09:42:34 pm
Anyone have any college park recommendations for lunch?

Don't forget Marathon Deli. Arguably one of the best gyros you'll find in the Washington area. Their fries are highly addictive, too.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Justin Tonation on April 03, 2014, 10:16:38 pm
The new Dennys in CP will be open soon.

I like College Park Diner better than Plato's. Cheaper and way more authentic.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on April 04, 2014, 01:11:06 pm
Awesome!  Thanks!  Have been to busboys, but haven't really ventured out much yet.  Started working here in Feb!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on April 10, 2014, 10:26:02 am
Awesome!  Thanks!  Have been to busboys, but haven't really ventured out much yet.  Started working here in Feb!

BonChon!

http://www.hyattsvillewire.com/2014/04/09/bonchon-coming-to-university-town-center/
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on April 22, 2014, 11:10:17 am
I love it that Chipotle rounds down your check to the nearest 5-cent increment so they don't have to deal with pennies.  I'm sure they get some smartass who wants to pay with all pennies every once in a while, but their cashiers never have to give out pennies as change.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on April 22, 2014, 11:20:21 am
if only they would 'round down' their publicly produced lies.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/09/chipotle-commercial-sustainable-food-truth
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on April 22, 2014, 01:36:06 pm
That article is ridiculous.  Chipotle has done more to elevate the concept of fast food than any other company in 60 years.  Wouldn't you be better off eating at Chipotle every day than rotating between McDonalds, Taco Bell, KFC, Wendy's and Arby's?  Let's take it point by point.

1. Does Chipotle support genetically modified organisms (GMOs)?
Scare tactic.  There's no science that indicates GMOs are dangerous.  None.  People don't understand what GMOs are and buy into new age BS claiming they're going to turn into aliens if they eat it.  Guess what.  You're already eating GMOs, it doesn't do anything bad and there's nothing you can do about it.

2. Do Chipotle pigs, chickens, and cows frolic in big grassy fields?
No.  Neither does anybody else's meat pets, unless you grow your own or buy from Polyface.  Did anybody think that their cartoon was a documentary?

3. Are most Chipotle ingredients locally sourced?
Nope.  you wouldn't want to eat a burrito in January in Minnesota made from locally sourced ingredients.  Its a national chain.

4. Does Chipotle ever use animals that are given antibiotics ?
Yep.  You also wouldn't want to eat meat that wasn't treated with antibiotics.  You might be OK for a while, but if we completely eliminated antibiotics from the meat industry, we'd have, well, a diseased meat industry.  And people would get sick.  Lots of people.  Then there would only be the memory of meat.  Then people would wish we would add antibiotics back to meat.  But it would be too late.

5. Is most Chipotle food organic?
Probly not.  Also, doesn't matter.  Most people don't know what organic means, and even the ones who do, don't actually eat organic food all the time.  If they think they're getting organic fast food, they're wrong.  They should grow their own organic food.  Bonus fact:  it would be locally sourced.  Downside:  They'd get sick of organic ramps really really quickly.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on April 22, 2014, 01:37:41 pm
That article is ridiculous.  Chipotle has done more to elevate the concept of fast food than any other company in 60 years.  Wouldn't you be better off eating at Chipotle every day than rotating between McDonalds, Taco Bell, KFC, Wendy's and Arby's?  Let's take it point by point.

1. Does Chipotle support genetically modified organisms (GMOs)?
Scare tactic.  There's no science that indicates GMOs are dangerous.  None.  People don't understand what GMOs are and buy into new age BS claiming they're going to turn into aliens if they eat it.  Guess what.  You're already eating GMOs, it doesn't do anything bad and there's nothing you can do about it.

2. Do Chipotle pigs, chickens, and cows frolic in big grassy fields?
No.  Neither does anybody else's meat pets, unless you grow your own or buy from Polyface.  Did anybody think that their cartoon was a documentary?

3. Are most Chipotle ingredients locally sourced?
Nope.  you wouldn't want to eat a burrito in January in Minnesota made from locally sourced ingredients.  Its a national chain.

4. Does Chipotle ever use animals that are given antibiotics ?
Yep.  You also wouldn't want to eat meat that wasn't treated with antibiotics.  You might be OK for a while, but if we completely eliminated antibiotics from the meat industry, we'd have, well, a diseased meat industry.  And people would get sick.  Lots of people.  Then there would only be the memory of meat.  Then people would wish we would add antibiotics back to meat.  But it would be too late.

5. Is most Chipotle food organic?
Probly not.  Also, doesn't matter.  Most people don't know what organic means, and even the ones who do, don't actually eat organic food all the time.  If they think they're getting organic fast food, they're wrong.  They should grow their own organic food.  Bonus fact:  it would be locally sourced.  Downside:  They'd get sick of organic ramps really really quickly.

A+
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on April 22, 2014, 01:44:43 pm
Chipotle is some of the highest fat, highest calorie fast food out there. Their veggie burrito is like 1000 calories. I don't do fast food aside from the occasional veggie sub, but someone eating the relatively healthiest options at the other fast good places you listed had to be much better off then someone eating chipotle daily.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on April 22, 2014, 01:47:21 pm
Chipotle doesn't sell red herring, but you apparently do.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_herring

http://www.chipotlefan.com/index.php?id=nutrition_calculator
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on April 22, 2014, 01:47:39 pm
Chipotle is some of the highest fat, highest calorie fast food out there. Their veggie burrito is like 1000 calories. I don't do fast food aside from the occasional veggie sub, but someone eating the relatively healthiest options at the other fast good places you listed had to be much better off then someone eating chipotle daily.

The meal I get at chipotle has 530 calories.

If you don't load it up with unhealthy items like a fat ass, it's actually quite healthy.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: ggw on April 22, 2014, 01:49:06 pm
GMO foods are not dangerous in and of themselves, but the primary purpose of the genetic modification is to make the crop pesticide resistant, which leads to steep increases in the use of pesticides.  Pesticides are linked to fun stuff like cancer.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on April 22, 2014, 01:57:10 pm
Chipotle doesn't sell red herring, but you apparently do.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_herring

http://www.chipotlefan.com/index.php?id=nutrition_calculator
i just created a 750 calorie veggie burrito sans cheese, sour cream, and guacamole, of which an actual consumer would get at least one of if not two or three (which pushes it to 1150).

A mcdonalds Big Mac is around 550-600 calories I believe, and could be less if you leave cheese off or neglect to eat the bun -- options which only exist in the same bizarro world where someone leaves cheese and sour cream off their burrito to get it down to a "healthy," "slender" 750 calories.

There is no way Chipotle is a healthier option than a salad, baked potato, normal sized cheese burger, or normal taco at Taco Bell.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on April 22, 2014, 01:58:12 pm
Chipotle is some of the highest fat, highest calorie fast food out there. Their veggie burrito is like 1000 calories. I don't do fast food aside from the occasional veggie sub, but someone eating the relatively healthiest options at the other fast good places you listed had to be much better off then someone eating chipotle daily.

The meal I get at chipotle has 530 calories.

If you don't load it up with unhealthy items like a fat ass, it's actually quite healthy.
What are you getting at 530? I'm asking seriously? Are you leaving the tortilla off??
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on April 22, 2014, 01:59:36 pm
Chipotle is some of the highest fat, highest calorie fast food out there. Their veggie burrito is like 1000 calories. I don't do fast food aside from the occasional veggie sub, but someone eating the relatively healthiest options at the other fast good places you listed had to be much better off then someone eating chipotle daily.

The meal I get at chipotle has 530 calories.

If you don't load it up with unhealthy items like a fat ass, it's actually quite healthy.
What are you getting at 530? I'm asking seriously? Are you leaving the tortilla off??

Chicken Burrito Bowl with...

Black Beans
White Rice
Fajita Veggies
Tomato Salsa
Lettuce

Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on April 22, 2014, 02:04:48 pm
Chipotle doesn't sell red herring, but you apparently do.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_herring

http://www.chipotlefan.com/index.php?id=nutrition_calculator
i just created a 750 calorie veggie burrito sans cheese, sour cream, and guacamole, of which an actual consumer would get at least one of if not two or three (which pushes it to 1150).

A mcdonalds Big Mac is around 550-600 calories I believe, and could be less if you leave cheese off or neglect to eat the bun -- options which only exist in the same bizarro world where someone leaves cheese and sour cream off their burrito to get it down to a "healthy," "slender" 750 calories.

There is no way Chipotle is a healthier option than a salad, baked potato, normal sized cheese burger, or normal taco at Taco Bell.

The problem is that you're only focusing on calories, not the quality of the food.  You can eat 530 calories of pink slime or 750 in a Chipotle bowl.  Which is healthier?  What if you factor in daily exercise?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on April 22, 2014, 02:09:56 pm
I think you're trading one set of health concerns for another. Of course I'll give you Chipotle is "higher quality" food but a 800-1500 calorie burrito for lunch doesn't constitute a good idea no matter how high-quality the food is.

Yes, exercise is a great idea. Exercise + a sandwich or salad for lunch instead of a huge burrito is an even better idea, that's all I'm getting at.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on April 22, 2014, 02:19:45 pm
It's all a matter of scale, I guess.  I run 5x per week, and burn 1,000 - 3,000 calories each time.  I'm better off eating high quality food until I'm satisfied.  I also understand that not everybody is in the same situation.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on April 22, 2014, 03:54:15 pm
pink slime is gross.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on April 22, 2014, 03:55:16 pm
I will eat 300 more calories at Chipotle before I will go to Taco Bell and eat their "just add water" food.  but I also run a TON.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on April 22, 2014, 04:07:38 pm
What's the calorie count on half of a falafel wrap from Roti Grill? (a whole one is far too filling).

Until I fucked up my back, calories didn't really matter because I just ran them off.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on April 22, 2014, 04:09:39 pm
http://roti.com/nutrition-calc
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on April 22, 2014, 04:10:24 pm
What's the calorie count on half of a falafel wrap from Roti Grill? (a whole one is far too filling).

Until I fucked up my back, calories didn't really matter because I just ran them off.

better downsize your beer consumption to 3oz a night!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on April 22, 2014, 04:20:13 pm
I'm thinking gose, at half the ABV/calories, is going to be my go to style instead of DIPA.

Just got a sixer of Off Color Troublesome (one of the brewers is the former barrel guy at Goose Island), which may be the only gose/berlinerweisse to come in a six pack (?). If it's good, I hope they continue to ship to our market and this wasn't just a one off.


What's the calorie count on half of a falafel wrap from Roti Grill? (a whole one is far too filling).

Until I fucked up my back, calories didn't really matter because I just ran them off.

better downsize your beer consumption to 3oz a night!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on April 22, 2014, 04:22:03 pm
So yeah, it's a good thing I bring homemade leftovers for lunch each day.

http://roti.com/nutrition-calc
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: atomic on April 22, 2014, 04:59:35 pm
Chipotle doesn't sell red herring, but you apparently do.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_herring

http://www.chipotlefan.com/index.php?id=nutrition_calculator
i just created a 750 calorie veggie burrito sans cheese, sour cream, and guacamole, of which an actual consumer would get at least one of if not two or three (which pushes it to 1150).

A mcdonalds Big Mac is around 550-600 calories I believe, and could be less if you leave cheese off or neglect to eat the bun -- options which only exist in the same bizarro world where someone leaves cheese and sour cream off their burrito to get it down to a "healthy," "slender" 750 calories.

There is no way Chipotle is a healthier option than a salad, baked potato, normal sized cheese burger, or normal taco at Taco Bell.

There is an insane amount of salt in Taco Bell food.  I would never eat it.  At least Chipotle tastes good.  I don't put cheese or sour cream on my chipotle burrito but I realize it is not the healthiest option.  750 calories isn't that much if you have a light breakfeast. 
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on April 22, 2014, 05:03:37 pm
Chipotle doesn't sell red herring, but you apparently do.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_herring

http://www.chipotlefan.com/index.php?id=nutrition_calculator
i just created a 750 calorie veggie burrito sans cheese, sour cream, and guacamole, of which an actual consumer would get at least one of if not two or three (which pushes it to 1150).

A mcdonalds Big Mac is around 550-600 calories I believe, and could be less if you leave cheese off or neglect to eat the bun -- options which only exist in the same bizarro world where someone leaves cheese and sour cream off their burrito to get it down to a "healthy," "slender" 750 calories.

If you must know, I avoid dairy-based ingredients, and get guac instead of beans.  5'11", 158 lbs.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on April 22, 2014, 05:08:00 pm
Sounds like Julian is just a giant fat ass.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on April 22, 2014, 05:10:27 pm
Sounds like Julian is just a giant fat ass.
Did you miss the part where I don't eat at any fast food places aside from the occasional sub restaurant'a veggie offering in a pinch?

I was banned from here for years for promoting a lifestyle a morbidly obese boardie objected to as "teasing."
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: atomic on April 22, 2014, 05:11:34 pm
Chipotle doesn't sell red herring, but you apparently do.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_herring

http://www.chipotlefan.com/index.php?id=nutrition_calculator
i just created a 750 calorie veggie burrito sans cheese, sour cream, and guacamole, of which an actual consumer would get at least one of if not two or three (which pushes it to 1150).

A mcdonalds Big Mac is around 550-600 calories I believe, and could be less if you leave cheese off or neglect to eat the bun -- options which only exist in the same bizarro world where someone leaves cheese and sour cream off their burrito to get it down to a "healthy," "slender" 750 calories.

If you must know, I avoid dairy-based ingredients, and get guac instead of beans.  5'11", 158 lbs.

Wow you are too skinny. You should probably get the dairy and the beans. 
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: atomic on April 22, 2014, 05:17:06 pm
Sounds like Julian is just a giant fat ass.
Did you miss the part where I don't eat at any fast food places aside from the occasional sub restaurant'a veggie offering in a pinch?

I was banned from here for years for promoting a lifestyle a morbidly obese boardie objected to as "teasing."

I don't get your concepts.  I have extra large bones so I think the federal government states that I can be up to 200 pounds at my height.  So at 200 pounds and being 6' 2" I could eat a sensible breakfeast and a 750 burrito for lunch and dinner and not gain weight with a light activity level. 
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: atomic on April 22, 2014, 05:21:40 pm
All this talk of Chipotle has gotten me very hungry.  All I had for lunch was Yogurt,fruit and some almonds.  And I swam laps after that. 
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on April 22, 2014, 05:22:58 pm
Sounds like Julian is just a giant fat ass.
Did you miss the part where I don't eat at any fast food places aside from the occasional sub restaurant'a veggie offering in a pinch?

I was banned from here for years for promoting a lifestyle a morbidly obese boardie objected to as "teasing."

I don't get your concepts.  I have extra large bones so I think the federal government states that I can be up to 200 pounds at my height.  So at 200 pounds and being 6' 2" I could eat a sensible breakfeast and a 750 burrito for lunch and dinner and not gain weight with a light activity level. 
You've heard virtually nothing of "my concepts." I'll be glad to enumerate them posthaste as soon you upload a report from a doctor verifying your "extra large bones."
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on April 22, 2014, 05:25:51 pm
My wife claims to be "big boned" as well. Perhaps it's part of her need to be part of the cultural zeitgeist. I never took her to be part of the school of atomic.


I'm 5'9" (5'8.75" after my accident) and have pushed north of 170, and she still calls me "frail".
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: chaz on April 22, 2014, 05:35:46 pm
Chipotle doesn't sell red herring, but you apparently do.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_herring

http://www.chipotlefan.com/index.php?id=nutrition_calculator
i just created a 750 calorie veggie burrito sans cheese, sour cream, and guacamole, of which an actual consumer would get at least one of if not two or three (which pushes it to 1150).

A mcdonalds Big Mac is around 550-600 calories I believe, and could be less if you leave cheese off or neglect to eat the bun -- options which only exist in the same bizarro world where someone leaves cheese and sour cream off their burrito to get it down to a "healthy," "slender" 750 calories.

If you must know, I avoid dairy-based ingredients, and get guac instead of beans.  5'11", 158 lbs.

Wow you are too skinny. You should probably get the dairy and the beans. 

According to this (and every other similar tool online http://www.healthstatus.com/perl/calculator.cgi :

"According to your height of 5' 11" your ideal healthy weight is 160 pounds. Your recommended weight range is between 143 and 178 pounds."
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on April 22, 2014, 05:39:56 pm
I would argue that someone with muscles could be 5'11" and well over 178 and still be healthy (and look good).

5'11" 143 for a guy might be considered healthy, but it sure aint pretty. (I say this as someone who was once 5'9" 143.)



Chipotle doesn't sell red herring, but you apparently do.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_herring

http://www.chipotlefan.com/index.php?id=nutrition_calculator
i just created a 750 calorie veggie burrito sans cheese, sour cream, and guacamole, of which an actual consumer would get at least one of if not two or three (which pushes it to 1150).

A mcdonalds Big Mac is around 550-600 calories I believe, and could be less if you leave cheese off or neglect to eat the bun -- options which only exist in the same bizarro world where someone leaves cheese and sour cream off their burrito to get it down to a "healthy," "slender" 750 calories.

If you must know, I avoid dairy-based ingredients, and get guac instead of beans.  5'11", 158 lbs.

Wow you are too skinny. You should probably get the dairy and the beans. 

According to this (and every other similar tool online http://www.healthstatus.com/perl/calculator.cgi :

"According to your height of 5' 11" your ideal healthy weight is 160 pounds. Your recommended weight range is between 143 and 178 pounds."
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on April 22, 2014, 05:42:03 pm
All this talk of Chipotle has gotten me very hungry.  All I had for lunch was Yogurt,fruit and some almonds.  And I swam laps after that. 

I had Chipotle for lunch :)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: atomic on April 22, 2014, 05:42:48 pm
My wife claims to be "big boned" as well. Perhaps it's part of her need to be part of the cultural zeitgeist. I never took her to be part of the school of atomic.


I'm 5'9" (5'8.75" after my accident) and have pushed north of 170, and she still calls me "frail".

You measure the width of your bones in your elbows and your wrist circumfirence to deterimine your frame size.  Obviously if you are muscular have big bones, broad shoulders you can weigh more and still be healthy as opposed to someone who is smaller framed.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: atomic on April 22, 2014, 05:44:16 pm
All this talk of Chipotle has gotten me very hungry.  All I had for lunch was Yogurt,fruit and some almonds.  And I swam laps after that. 

I had Chipotle for lunch :)

Oh well in 45 minutes I can go home and get something to eat. 
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: chaz on April 22, 2014, 05:45:02 pm
I would argue that someone with muscles could be 5'11" and well over 178 and still be healthy (and look good).

5'11" 143 for a guy might be considered healthy, but it sure aint pretty. (I say this as someone who was once 5'9" 143.)


For once, I totally agree with you!

Was just trying to illustrate that at his height and weight he is well within acceptable limits.

I'm 5'11" as well. about 165.  At almost 43 I can honestly say I'm in some of the best shape of my life.

Do what thou wilt, but for me, I feel so much better when I'm taking care of my physical body.

Live long and prosper, every single one of you.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: atomic on April 22, 2014, 05:47:12 pm
I would argue that someone with muscles could be 5'11" and well over 178 and still be healthy (and look good).

5'11" 143 for a guy might be considered healthy, but it sure aint pretty. (I say this as someone who was once 5'9" 143.)


For once, I totally agree with you!

Was just trying to illustrate that at his height and weight he is well within acceptable limits.

I'm 5'11" as well. about 165.  At almost 43 I can honestly say I'm in some of the best shape of my life.

Do what thou wilt, but for me, I feel so much better when I'm taking care of my physical body.

Live long and prosper, every single one of you.


There is a guy at my job who is 120 and 5' 9" it is hard for me to not demand his lunch money.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: chaz on April 22, 2014, 05:49:36 pm
I would argue that someone with muscles could be 5'11" and well over 178 and still be healthy (and look good).

5'11" 143 for a guy might be considered healthy, but it sure aint pretty. (I say this as someone who was once 5'9" 143.)


For once, I totally agree with you!

Was just trying to illustrate that at his height and weight he is well within acceptable limits.

I'm 5'11" as well. about 165.  At almost 43 I can honestly say I'm in some of the best shape of my life.

Do what thou wilt, but for me, I feel so much better when I'm taking care of my physical body.

Live long and prosper, every single one of you.


There is a guy at my job who is 120 and 5' 9" it is hard for me to not demand his lunch money.

Whilst plummeting my darkest depths I was about that skinny. 
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on May 06, 2014, 02:44:30 pm
http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2014/05/05/2014-james-beard-awards-chefs-and-restaurants-winners-are/
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: atomic on May 06, 2014, 02:52:36 pm
I am going to use this thread to tell you what I had for lunch each day.

Today:

Sardines (from a tin)
Greek Yogurt (Fage)
Mango
Baby Carrots
3 clementines.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on May 06, 2014, 03:11:41 pm
I am going to use this thread to tell you what I had for lunch each day.

Today:

Sardines (from a tin)
Greek Yogurt (Fage)
Mango
Baby Carrots
3 clementines.

Sounds like a grandpa diet.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: atomic on May 06, 2014, 03:14:25 pm
I am going to use this thread to tell you what I had for lunch each day.

Today:

Sardines (from a tin)
Greek Yogurt (Fage)
Mango
Baby Carrots
3 clementines.

Sounds like a grandpa diet.

Grandpa's eat healthily? 
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on May 06, 2014, 03:24:10 pm
http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2014/05/05/2014-james-beard-awards-chefs-and-restaurants-winners-are/

Interesting that a place shut down for having too much mouse/rat poop won best pastry chef.

Yes, I also realize people are STILL standing in line for over 3 hours for the damn cronut.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on May 06, 2014, 03:26:55 pm
http://rosesluxury.com/private_events/
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: atomic on May 06, 2014, 03:29:47 pm
http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2014/05/05/2014-james-beard-awards-chefs-and-restaurants-winners-are/

Interesting that a place shut down for having too much mouse/rat poop won best pastry chef.

Yes, I also realize people are STILL standing in line for over 3 hours for the damn cronut.

I noticed that Woodberry Kitchen's chef was nominated for best mid-atlantic chef.  I guess putting ton of salt on unhealthy meaty food makes you a good chef these days if you use the phrase "farm to table" enough.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: stevewizzle on May 06, 2014, 06:56:09 pm
i've heard of not more than 5 of those restaurants on the list and garrett oliver is an all around douche from what i've been told. 

Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on May 06, 2014, 07:22:09 pm
He may be a douche, but the Brewmaster's Table is a must read for someone just getting into beer.

i've heard of not more than 5 of those restaurants on the list and garrett oliver is an all around douche from what i've been told. 


Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: stevewizzle on May 06, 2014, 07:52:59 pm
He may be a douche, but the Brewmaster's Table is a must read for someone just getting into beer.

i've heard of not more than 5 of those restaurants on the list and garrett oliver is an all around douche from what i've been told. 

it's a food and beer pairing book. i would hardly say it's a must read for any beer drinker.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: James Ford on May 06, 2014, 08:18:06 pm
I can only speak for myself, but I don't really drink beer unless i'm eating food with it. I think it does a good job with the food and beer pairing stuff, as well as some basic history and good descriptions of various beer styles for the beer beginner (which I was when i read the book).

He may be a douche, but the Brewmaster's Table is a must read for someone just getting into beer.

i've heard of not more than 5 of those restaurants on the list and garrett oliver is an all around douche from what i've been told. 

it's a food and beer pairing book. i would hardly say it's a must read for any beer drinker.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on May 07, 2014, 09:09:19 am
http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2014/05/05/2014-james-beard-awards-chefs-and-restaurants-winners-are/

Interesting that a place shut down for having too much mouse/rat poop won best pastry chef.

Yes, I also realize people are STILL standing in line for over 3 hours for the damn cronut.

I noticed that Woodberry Kitchen's chef was nominated for best mid-atlantic chef.  I guess putting ton of salt on unhealthy meaty food makes you a good chef these days if you use the phrase "farm to table" enough.

I have had really great meals there, and meals that tasted super of salt.  Very hit and miss!  I go to Food Market instead now.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: atomic on May 07, 2014, 10:37:34 am
http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2014/05/05/2014-james-beard-awards-chefs-and-restaurants-winners-are/

Interesting that a place shut down for having too much mouse/rat poop won best pastry chef.

Yes, I also realize people are STILL standing in line for over 3 hours for the damn cronut.

I noticed that Woodberry Kitchen's chef was nominated for best mid-atlantic chef.  I guess putting ton of salt on unhealthy meaty food makes you a good chef these days if you use the phrase "farm to table" enough.

I have had really great meals there, and meals that tasted super of salt.  Very hit and miss!  I go to Food Market instead now.

My other issue with Woodberry is the tables are too close together and it is so loud in their that you can't hear the person accross the table from you.  I had to smell someone's cauliflower covered with cheese like it was my own.

Also, they will change their menu from the morning when they put it on the website.  I don't eat mammals and I am not paying 30 bucks for fried chicken over a biscuit.  Last time I went their my food was inedible.  I didn't complain but they saw I didn't eat my food and asked me if their was anything else I wanted. And there wasn't anything on the menu I could eat.  So they gave me a gift certificate for the cost of my meal.  I haven't been back though. 

I have been to the Food Market.  I think my issue with these places is that I don't like American Food.   I will say their menu is better.  But I think their atmosphere isn't the best.  I really liked Dogwood but their service was so bad my wife didn't want to go there anymore.  I guess that is what cost them.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on May 07, 2014, 12:36:06 pm
Agreed.

Food market is just a better experience all around, I think.  Less "people who want to be seen", better food, better cocktails, and more enjoyable.

Last time I went to Woodberry was for brunch, which I thought was crazy over priced, oily, and not great.  But, I'm also usually a brunch at home person.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on May 21, 2014, 03:02:25 pm
Burger King is replacing its 40-year-old "Have it Your Way" slogan for "Be Your Way." A Burger King exec says it's more personal and emphasizes individuality. BLOOMBERG

Or they could just try the truth: "So the line at Chipotle was too long?"
via (http://theneed2know.com/2014/05/21/more-gm-recalls-2018-super-bowl-city-chosen-fleet-week-begins/)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on May 21, 2014, 03:27:29 pm
Burger King is replacing its 40-year-old "Have it Your Way" slogan for "Be Your Way." A Burger King exec says it's more personal and emphasizes individuality. BLOOMBERG

Or they could just try the truth: "So the line at Chipotle was too long?"
via (http://theneed2know.com/2014/05/21/more-gm-recalls-2018-super-bowl-city-chosen-fleet-week-begins/)

Burger King also delivers now.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: atomic on May 21, 2014, 03:55:48 pm
Burger King is replacing its 40-year-old "Have it Your Way" slogan for "Be Your Way." A Burger King exec says it's more personal and emphasizes individuality. BLOOMBERG

Or they could just try the truth: "So the line at Chipotle was too long?"
via (http://theneed2know.com/2014/05/21/more-gm-recalls-2018-super-bowl-city-chosen-fleet-week-begins/)

Burger King also delivers now.

I like it:  "If you are even too lazy for drive thru we now have delivery".
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on May 29, 2014, 11:53:07 am
Coming soon to 12th and U!

http://www.popville.com/2014/05/alphonse-italian-market-osteria-opening-in-2-3-weeks-on-u-street-an-early-peek-inside/
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on May 29, 2014, 11:55:26 am
bruiser brody . . . wasnt he, on mike tysons punch out?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on May 29, 2014, 11:58:05 am
bruiser brody . . . wasnt he, on mike tysons punch out?

wrong thread, this goes in the herpes/nerd thread.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on June 20, 2014, 10:55:04 am
James will not approve of this wildly extravagant display of wastefulness, time,  and money, but I had my first dining experience at Komi last night (supplemented by a $300 baby gift to the us!).

With expectations set very high, I admit that I was expected to be let down. I was wrong... Literally every single bite was perfect and the wine/beer pairing complimented every morsel.

With a price tag like Komi, I doubt I'll ever dine there again, however it was a top three dining experience of my life.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: atomic on June 26, 2014, 04:34:52 pm
So I went to the store the other day and wanted just a can of tuna fish.  However all the Tuna Fish can's in "water" were actually in "vegetable broth and salt" and contained soy products.  I checked Bumble Bee, Starkist, and Chicken of the Sea and all of them had these questionable ingredients.  If I buy tuna fish in water that is what I want.  Why does our government allow this.

So I looked it up today and it seems these broths have cancer causing ingredients and even MSG.   

Why is our government doing nothing about this.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on August 05, 2014, 02:33:29 pm
Bon Chon Hyattsville (http://www.hyattsvillewire.com/2014/08/03/bonchon-hyattsville-is-hiring/?utm_source=feedly&utm_reader=feedly&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bonchon-hyattsville-is-hiring) apparently still happening.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on September 19, 2014, 10:15:57 am
Hey Seth, how was Al Crostino last night? I was going to send a bottle of champagne to your table but didn't know if that was appropriate.

I had the lobster tortellini that was quite delicious and my wife had the Bolognese. I haven't been there since probably 2008 or so at the old location, but was pleasantly surprised. It's also much much better than Dinos which is next door.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on September 19, 2014, 10:34:18 am
Hey Seth, how was Al Crostino last night? I was going to send a bottle of champagne to your table but didn't know if that was appropriate.
If you were following the proper rules of tribute, this was totally appropriate. Sometimes I think about distributing my phone number to the regulars so you can text me in a situation like this and I can assist you with these issues that are directly in my wheelhouse.

EDIT:

Wouldn't this be a great service, honestly? You dial a number, then hit an extension related to your issue.
Dial 1 for luxury and pedantic etiquette questions (Julian)
Dial 2 for strip club listings, cell phones troubleshooting, and baseball scores (Vansmack)
Dial 3 for beer recommendations and general Canadian ephemera (Sweetcell)
Dial 4 for budgeting advice and reviews of unattended concerts (Rhett)
Dial 5 for the gay agenda and cat grooming (Walkie)
Dial 6 for Baltimore noise rock listings and a general lack of perspective (killsaly)
Dial 7 for a list of songs someone else just listened to (Kosmo)

I would pay 9.99/month for this.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on September 19, 2014, 01:12:50 pm
classic
but saddened that I've got no special service to provide to the board 1-800-get-help line
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on September 19, 2014, 01:21:28 pm
classic
but saddened that I've got no special service to provide to the board 1-800-get-help line


Julian doesn't understand who the true pillars of the 930 community are.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on September 19, 2014, 01:24:50 pm
now you are totally baiting him for a long diatribe detailing his preeminence in board community management
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on September 19, 2014, 01:39:51 pm
classic
but saddened that I've got no special service to provide to the board 1-800-get-help line

8, 9, and 0 are still unbooked. Make your case for why you should get one of the last three spots.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on September 19, 2014, 01:41:41 pm
now you are totally baiting him for a long diatribe detailing his preeminence in board community management
It would be so META if I did right now.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on October 15, 2014, 03:58:11 pm
Finally made it to BonChon today...OMG!

Their Hyattsville location opened recently :)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Unsanity on October 16, 2014, 12:54:00 pm
Bon Chon is great. My mouth is watering now thank you very much..
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on October 16, 2014, 01:17:48 pm
I still need to go there! We have one in Ellicott City.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on October 16, 2014, 01:19:10 pm
chicken fucking mcnuggets bitch
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on October 23, 2014, 04:53:14 pm
Now enjoy Primanti Brothers in the comfort of your own home... and toilet.

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/10/23/primanti-bros-to-ship-sandwiches-nationwide/
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on October 31, 2014, 02:41:30 pm
Dined at Rose's Luxury last night for the second time, this time it was only my wife and I.

Absolutely excellent, affordable, and worth the wait (one hour in line). I would say it is a better restaurant to dine with a group of people though as many of the dishes are pretty heavy and better for sharing. It's also fun to try the entire menu.

Dirty Confession: I just had Burger King delivery for lunch.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on November 16, 2014, 05:16:45 pm
I just made this beef stew.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on November 17, 2014, 05:16:54 pm
Brookland's Finest is worth a visit if you live in the vicinity.

Great food, affordable... nice little neighborhood restaurant.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on November 24, 2014, 03:01:14 pm
Ratsie's, a College Park institution, will close next summer.

http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/top-shelf/2014/11/ratsie-s-in-college-park-to-close-nando-s-peri.html
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: wml7 on December 12, 2014, 02:12:22 pm
This is cute
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGDTfoVyr5Y
 ;D
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: sweetcell on December 14, 2014, 01:09:39 pm
any recommendations (for date night!) in bethesda/rockville area?  price isn't a big consideration, looking for something fancy.  thanks!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on December 15, 2014, 08:51:29 am
any recommendations (for date night!) in bethesda/rockville area?  price isn't a big consideration, looking for something fancy.  thanks!

I like Founding Farmers, and Olazzo. There is also this little comfort food place that looks awesome, but I can't remember the name of it!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: chaz on December 15, 2014, 09:26:05 am
Finally made it to BonChon today...OMG!

Their Hyattsville location opened recently :)

I'm missing BonChon in a serious way down here in Raleigh.  There is a Korean chicken joint up in north Raleigh that is supposed to be aces but have not made it yet.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: sweetcell on December 15, 2014, 02:26:53 pm
any recommendations (for date night!) in bethesda/rockville area?  price isn't a big consideration, looking for something fancy.  thanks!

I like Founding Farmers, and Olazzo. There is also this little comfort food place that looks awesome, but I can't remember the name of it!

thanks! we're a little OD'ed on FF, we go there every time her family visits.  damn good, tho, love their food.  thanks for the Olazzo tip!  lemme know if you figure out what that comfort food place is.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Bagley on December 15, 2014, 02:45:07 pm
This place in Rockville is excellent-


ilpizzico.com




Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on December 15, 2014, 03:05:00 pm
Grapeseed Bistro in Bethesda used to be awesome, but I haven't been in years.

Black's Bar and Kitchen is a great choice.

I'll second Olazzo, but definitely not "fancy" if you're looking for that vibe.

You could always drive a little further south and eat at Range as well. Can't go wrong there.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on December 15, 2014, 03:56:15 pm
want a good date place in Bethesda: Bistro Provence

Blacks is good recommendation as well

Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: sweetcell on December 15, 2014, 04:30:07 pm
thanks for all the recommendations, y'all rock.  i'm making a list over here and saving it for next time. 

This place in Rockville is excellent-

ilpizzico.com

ha, this is exactly where we headed last night.  unfortunately they're closed on sundays.  grrrr.  ended up at Sushi Damo in rockville center.  good little spot, nice atmosphere and their house rolls are really creative.  had a great meal.  only downside is that we've been there many times and were hoping to branch out.  when we got to il pizzico and found out it was closed, we had to scramble and come up with a quick backup plan.  damo was sorta of a default... good but familiar.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Bagley on December 17, 2014, 03:45:53 pm
Please help a homesick New Yorker find some real pizza in Montgomery County-not the Neopolitan, nor the coal fired, and no brick oven either.  Just the good old greasy, thin crispy crust NY style.  I've tried Giuseppe's,  Mama Lucia, Potomac pizza, pizza palace, etc
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: fatskippy on December 17, 2014, 04:17:25 pm
Please help a homesick New Yorker find some real pizza in Montgomery County-not the Neopolitan, nor the coal fired, and no brick oven either.  Just the good old greasy, thin crispy crust NY style.  I've tried Giuseppe's,  Mama Lucia, Potomac pizza, pizza palace, etc

Vace in Bethesda, I go to the Cleveland Park one a lot. Not the best pizza ever, but very good for the price and is NY style.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: BrettnotBritt on December 17, 2014, 05:01:11 pm
Please help a homesick New Yorker find some real pizza in Montgomery County-not the Neopolitan, nor the coal fired, and no brick oven either.  Just the good old greasy, thin crispy crust NY style.  I've tried Giuseppe's,  Mama Lucia, Potomac pizza, pizza palace, etc

Make the trip downtown and go to Wiseguy NY Pizza. It's by far the most authentic New York slice you'll find in the Washington area. Pete's in Silver Spring and Vace in Bethesda are great too.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on December 17, 2014, 06:39:59 pm
I'll second Pete's Pizza. Until I discovered Pete's, it was damn near impossible to find a good slice in this city that wasn't "fancy" pizza.

It is a tad expensive, but definitely worth it.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on December 18, 2014, 09:21:27 am
If you're in Columbia, we really like Trattoria. The one on Guilford Road is the best. Reminds me the most of my favorite NYC pizzas.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on December 18, 2014, 10:36:56 am
I'll second Pete's Pizza. Until I discovered Pete's, it was damn near impossible to find a good slice in this city that wasn't "fancy" pizza.

It is a tad expensive, but definitely worth it.

Pete's is fine, if that's what you want.  However, if you are looking for NY Pizza, you will be highly disappointed.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Bagley on December 18, 2014, 11:16:40 am
I'll second Pete's Pizza. Until I discovered Pete's, it was damn near impossible to find a good slice in this city that wasn't "fancy" pizza.

It is a tad expensive, but definitely worth it.

Pete's is fine, if that's what you want.  However, if you are looking for NY Pizza, you will be highly disappointed.


Tried Pete's a couple year's back.  Didn't do it for me.  It's New Haven style, whatever that means.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on December 18, 2014, 03:44:32 pm
  It's New Haven style, whatever that means.
means...not NY style
People from the Nutmeg state are a little obsessed with how good their pizza
it's not Ray's, that's for sure
(http://www.passion-4-pizza.com/images/rays_pizza.jpg)

Growing up on NY pizza, I've recently decided that by the slice is always the best
as it cooks the crust well, the chees melts...then cools
then the cook it again and the cheese gets a crisp crust

I like it so much better than with the soggy over cheeased crap they are calling pizza now-a-days
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: bearman🐻 on December 18, 2014, 04:30:21 pm
New Haven pizza is the closest thing I've had to authentic Italian pizza. I'd say it's probably the best pizza in the United States. If you've been to the original Pepe's in New Haven, you know it's no joke. Tomatoes are imported from Italy exclusively for them. I grew up with Chicago's deep dish pizza, and not to be a traitor to my city, but it's a joke. The best pizza in the country comes out of New Haven, and quite honestly nothing comes close. Before anyone thinks it's a gimmick, they should try it and judge for themselves. Pepe's gets a proper char on the crust. The freshness and quality of the ingredients makes it the best-tasting pizza, hands down.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on December 18, 2014, 04:35:23 pm
^^ see what I mean...
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: shemptiness on December 18, 2014, 04:45:39 pm
^^ see what I mean...

I don't understand how that makes them any different from the NY pizza snobs.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on December 18, 2014, 04:53:47 pm
Tomatoes are imported from Italy exclusively for them. ... The freshness and quality of the ingredients makes it the best-tasting pizza, hands down.
Must be that daily transatlantic tomato run FedEx does.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on December 18, 2014, 05:04:35 pm
Tomatoes are imported from Italy exclusively for them. ... The freshness and quality of the ingredients makes it the best-tasting pizza, hands down.
Must be that daily transatlantic tomato run FedEx does.

Ren's Ramen (much better than the hyped Toki) has noodles flown in on the daily transpacific run that fed ex does.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on December 18, 2014, 05:08:22 pm
What a wonderful time to be alive. The Gastronomical world is enraptured with food both grown less than ten miles and more than 1,000 miles away from the eatery.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: ggw on December 18, 2014, 05:56:10 pm
Wiseguys uses local water, but they "Newyorkinize" it.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on December 19, 2014, 12:18:03 pm
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/youngandhungry/2014/12/18/graffiato-takes-down-hip-hop-tribute-menu-with-thug-rice-and-chocolate-chip-blunts/
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on December 19, 2014, 12:22:50 pm
^^ see what I mean...

I don't understand how that makes them any different from the NY pizza snobs.
Because when you talk about pizza...you mean NY pizza
everything else...well is just that...something else
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on December 19, 2014, 12:40:11 pm
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/youngandhungry/2014/12/18/graffiato-takes-down-hip-hop-tribute-menu-with-thug-rice-and-chocolate-chip-blunts/
TAN: Graffiato opened a second location in RVA and its every bit as good as the original.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on December 19, 2014, 01:23:12 pm
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/youngandhungry/2014/12/18/graffiato-takes-down-hip-hop-tribute-menu-with-thug-rice-and-chocolate-chip-blunts/
TAN: Graffiato opened a second location in RVA and its every bit as good as the original.

So it's pretty mediocre and over priced? Good lookin' out RVA!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on December 19, 2014, 01:25:18 pm
So it's pretty mediocre and over priced? Good lookin' out RVA!
No, we didn't install a second one of you.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on December 19, 2014, 02:12:01 pm
So it's pretty mediocre and over priced? Good lookin' out RVA!
No, we didn't install a second one of you.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-woEcGoZCLMY/Tq8nbA5yOcI/AAAAAAAAAXc/1HLQ0XdnSDY/s640/OhShit.jpg)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on January 15, 2015, 11:43:04 am
Highly recommend this place if you're dining in Annapolis.

http://www.vin909.com

Killer place.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: shemptiness on January 15, 2015, 06:43:12 pm
(http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/YelpMap.png)


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/14/most-popular-cuisine-state_n_6457252.html
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Justin Tonation on March 13, 2015, 10:29:26 am
(http://rack.0.mshcdn.com/media/ZgkyMDE1LzAzLzEyLzJhLzNNb2Rlcm5Ub2lsLjgxYjQ0LmpwZwpwCXRodW1iCTk1MHg1MzQjCmUJanBn/7883ef59/98a/3-Modern-Toilet-Theme-Restaurant-Taipei-Untapped-Cities-Wesley-Yiin.jpg)

Hilarious photos put restaurants on blast for ridiculous food presentation (http://mashable.com/2015/03/12/we-want-plates-food-presentation/)

Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Justin Tonation on March 14, 2015, 05:34:50 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CAFB-Y9WEAAZjtF.jpg)

Way better than in front of dispensaries.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: bearman🐻 on April 16, 2015, 11:25:46 am
Wine dinner with Maynard James Keenan
Rogue 24
April 29th
7pm

http://www.rogue24.com/

(wish I could go to this)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: ggw on April 27, 2015, 01:38:55 pm
Hey Hutch - Have you been to either La Estancia Churrasqueria or Victor's Grill in Falls Church?  Both claim to be Argentine steakhouses.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on April 27, 2015, 01:40:30 pm
good Lord, that photo of the guy fake taking a dump on the beach has been on this page for a long time.

took, care of that.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on April 28, 2015, 01:48:36 pm
I ate at Bon Chon over the weekend... holy shit, that's delicious.

Thank god I don't have easy access to one as I'd turn into a giant fat ass, but every Nats game I attend I'll definitely be dining there.

Edit: Just found out there is one in Rockville, so that's a little tempting.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on April 28, 2015, 02:35:08 pm
I ate at the one in Arlington recently and loved it...but it was a little spicy and was sweating in my seat
the beers there were great too
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on April 28, 2015, 02:38:05 pm
I ate at Bon Chon over the weekend... holy shit, that's delicious.

Thank god I don't have easy access to one as I'd turn into a giant fat ass, but every Nats game I attend I'll definitely be dining there.

Edit: Just found out there is one in Rockville, so that's a little tempting.


future giant fat ass of america (FGFAOA)


Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on April 28, 2015, 02:49:52 pm
I ate at the one in Arlington recently and loved it...but it was a little spicy and was sweating in my seat
the beers there were great too

I dig spicy food but found the spicy was too spicy. The other flavor was amazing.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Justin Tonation on May 28, 2015, 10:22:16 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CGI3YVtWQAACCPO.jpg:large)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on June 05, 2015, 01:59:51 pm
tried blaze pizza a few days ago.  quite happy with it.  quite happy.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: sweetcell on June 05, 2015, 02:27:06 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CGI3YVtWQAACCPO.jpg:large)

^ now that's META
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Justin Tonation on June 05, 2015, 06:17:29 pm
(http://cdn.playbuzz.com/cdn/8caf2e99-657b-452c-8c54-1337029e5e83/97147d53-331b-4834-99e0-d78d6a7b5e21.gif)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Justin Tonation on June 05, 2015, 06:18:43 pm
(https://38.media.tumblr.com/73de5f5be453bae47bee29f72c535a0f/tumblr_n33yd4rilo1qd5mq1o1_400.gif)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on June 05, 2015, 06:32:18 pm
^^ just made meta, it's bitch ^^
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Justin Tonation on June 05, 2015, 06:46:44 pm
(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g16/beetsnotbeats/pizza-on-pizza-on-pizza_zps2nkb3l5f.gif)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: brennser on June 05, 2015, 06:55:45 pm
taqueria habanero on 14th street is great
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Justin Tonation on June 13, 2015, 10:21:17 am
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CHUry6yWoAAoJMd.jpg:large)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Justin Tonation on July 17, 2015, 03:08:32 pm
(https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xft1/v/t1.0-9/11745716_10153463131616585_5002132222698545828_n.jpg?oh=7cebee7b48b3717e7a4e4c755430657f&oe=56596CB6)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on July 17, 2015, 03:24:34 pm
(https://usatlife.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/tumblr_inline_muvlt0lncx1ryb0hd.gif?w=1000)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on July 17, 2015, 03:25:38 pm
(https://usatlife.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/tumblr_inline_muvlt0lncx1ryb0hd.gif?w=1000)


Not kidding... me too... I had a really big lunch too.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on November 17, 2015, 02:48:52 pm
so...I know everyone raves about Bon Chon

but just had Momo's (http://www.momofc.com/)
some pretty tasty fried chicken
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on November 17, 2015, 02:58:30 pm
Oohhh... I forgot about this thread.

I just had two knob creek old fashioned at Del Friscos while sitting at a table next to Mayor Gray (who took the elevator up one flight of stairs).
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: ggw on November 17, 2015, 03:40:36 pm
I just had two knob creek old fashioned at Del Friscos while sitting at a table next to Mayor Gray (who took the elevator up one flight of stairs).

Just a normal Tuesday afternoon for you, or are you showing your solidarity with the French (http://www.nytimes.com/live/paris-attacks-live-updates/rallying-cry-in-paris-everyone-to-the-bar)?

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2015/11/17/blogs/17blog-tousaubistrot/17blog-tousaubistrot-articleInline.jpg)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on November 17, 2015, 04:30:26 pm
I just had two knob creek old fashioned at Del Friscos while sitting at a table next to Mayor Gray (who took the elevator up one flight of stairs).

Just a normal Tuesday afternoon for you, or are you showing your solidarity with the French (http://www.nytimes.com/live/paris-attacks-live-updates/rallying-cry-in-paris-everyone-to-the-bar)?

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2015/11/17/blogs/17blog-tousaubistrot/17blog-tousaubistrot-articleInline.jpg)

That was yesterday's lunch at Le Diplomate.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walk,on,by on January 20, 2016, 08:37:35 pm
Japan, will debut chocolate covered french fries.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on January 22, 2016, 12:31:24 pm
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Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walk,on,by on January 22, 2016, 02:25:05 pm
^funny
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on January 22, 2016, 02:56:55 pm
I've got a pot roast cookin' today...

Chicken noodle soup tomorrow.

Meatball subs on Sunday.

Aww yeah, breah.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walk,on,by on February 01, 2016, 07:48:40 pm
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dr-pepper-milkshake-burger-king_us_56afa68ce4b057d7d7c7a659
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walk,on,by on February 19, 2016, 11:54:19 am
My area got a bon chon!  I will go try it today for the first time.  What, should I get?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on February 19, 2016, 11:55:37 am
oh damn.  soy garlic wings, all the way.  bulgogi, if you're into that kind of thing.  I have not tried the octopus.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on February 19, 2016, 12:09:47 pm
My area got a bon chon!  I will go try it today for the first time.  What, should I get?

Doooood... those wings are like crack. Say goodbye to your hot, bod... walky. You're going to get fatter than Julian.

An order of soy garlic wings + pot stickers is how I roll.

The hot wings are a weeeee bit too spicy and I like spicy things.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on February 19, 2016, 12:12:01 pm
don't do it walkie.. next thing you know you'll be hating yourself for having let your hot bod go while drinking yuenglings and talking to badgers  in your 20 acre lot...
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on February 19, 2016, 12:15:35 pm


The hot wings are a weeeee bit too spicy and I like spicy things.
they are really good though...but yes a little to spicy that it's hard to actually enjoy and not be a puddle of sweat
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on February 19, 2016, 12:19:18 pm
I like spicy.. i don't see any bon chon here in arlington though

 >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Relaxer on February 19, 2016, 12:19:22 pm
Can anyone recommend a good restaurant in Bethesda that I'll be able to get a reservation at for tonight? I'd like something nice and luxurious but not stuffy and boring.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on February 19, 2016, 12:19:43 pm
I like spicy.. i don't see any bon chon here in arlington though

 >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(

I like the Bon Chon + Nats game combo.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on February 19, 2016, 12:21:46 pm
Can anyone recommend a good restaurant in Bethesda that I'll be able to get a reservation at for tonight? I'd like something nice and luxurious but not stuffy and boring.

Bethesda restaurants are kind of meh IMO...

A few good places, but can't say they're all too cool.

Olazzo, Grapeseed (prob. your nicest option in Bethesda), Jaleo or just go a mile down the road to Range (that's what I'd do).
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on February 19, 2016, 12:22:43 pm
I like spicy.. i don't see any bon chon here in arlington though

 >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
there is one on Pershing and rt 50
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on February 19, 2016, 12:23:43 pm
I like spicy.. i don't see any bon chon here in arlington though

 >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
there is one on Pershing and rt 50

oh sorry I meant NORTH Arlington...
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on February 19, 2016, 12:24:52 pm
Can anyone recommend a good restaurant in Bethesda that I'll be able to get a reservation at for tonight? I'd like something nice and luxurious but not stuffy and boring.
Bistro Provence...
classy

I thought the food wine & co was excellent too

Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on February 19, 2016, 12:29:13 pm
Can anyone recommend a good restaurant in Bethesda that I'll be able to get a reservation at for tonight? I'd like something nice and luxurious but not stuffy and boring.
Bistro Provence...
classy

I thought the food wine & co was excellent too



yeah... food and wine co is pretty deece. Blacks and Houston's are worth a visit as well.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on February 19, 2016, 12:30:21 pm
I like spicy.. i don't see any bon chon here in arlington though

 >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
there is one on Pershing and rt 50

oh sorry I meant NORTH Arlington...

Sadly you are in a Bon Chon desert
 6 miles from the Arlington one,
6 miles from the Annandale one
7 miles from the Fairfax one
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on February 19, 2016, 12:31:04 pm
Blacks and Houston's are worth a visit as well.
agreed on that too
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on February 19, 2016, 12:31:15 pm
I like spicy.. i don't see any bon chon here in arlington though

 >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
there is one on Pershing and rt 50

oh sorry I meant NORTH Arlington...

Sadly you are in a Bon Chon desert
 6 miles from the Arlington one,
6 miles from the Annandale one
7 miles from the Fairfax one

I thought so.. i thought so...

oh well... life goes on
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Bagley on February 19, 2016, 12:34:38 pm
Can anyone recommend a good restaurant in Bethesda that I'll be able to get a reservation at for tonight? I'd like something nice and luxurious but not stuffy and boring.
Bistro Provence...
classy

I thought the food wine & co was excellent too




Mussel Bar
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: bob72 on February 19, 2016, 12:37:23 pm
you damn foodies


I like burger king. original chicken sammich w/cheese

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Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Relaxer on February 19, 2016, 12:43:56 pm
Thanks everyone, Food Wine Co it is! I even got a reservation.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on February 19, 2016, 12:48:32 pm
you damn foodies


I like burger king. original chicken sammich w/cheese
they don't allow Burger King in Bethesda....come on man!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: bob72 on February 19, 2016, 12:56:54 pm

they don't allow Burger King in Bethesda....come on man!
I know lol, I have to go to NoMa/Galludet Metro!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on February 19, 2016, 12:59:49 pm
I did always wonder about the lack of BK in the DC area.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on February 19, 2016, 01:10:10 pm
The last time I went to a BK was about 10 years ago.  Some mangy kid had vomited in their "play place", and when I told the manager, he was like, "what do you want ME to do about ?"  I have not returned.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on February 19, 2016, 01:14:04 pm
The last time I went to a BK was about 10 years ago.  Some mangy kid had vomited in their "play place", and when I told the manager, he was like, "what do you want ME to do about ?"  I have not returned.

Why were you hanging out in the kiddie area?

Strange.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on February 19, 2016, 01:19:26 pm
I think I had three of my kids with me. Maybe more.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on February 19, 2016, 01:54:11 pm
I did always wonder about the lack of BK in the DC area.
got one in S. Arlington by me (the bad side of Arlington!)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on February 19, 2016, 01:55:21 pm
I think I had three of my kids with me. Maybe more.
10 years ago you had 3 kids...I call bullshit on that
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Bagley on February 19, 2016, 02:29:33 pm
Grilled chili and cheese dogs now at the King.  Yummy!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on February 19, 2016, 03:19:27 pm
I think I had three of my kids with me. Maybe more.
10 years ago you had 3 kids...I call bullshit on that

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Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on February 19, 2016, 03:38:45 pm
I think I had three of my kids with me. Maybe more.
10 years ago you had 3 kids...I call bullshit on that

(http://photos.laineygossip.com/articles/woman-in-gold-17jul14-01.jpg)
Wow you post photos on your family on http://www.laineygossip.com/

and your hair probably hasn't been that short since you were 5
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walk,on,by on February 19, 2016, 03:44:28 pm
dilf material, right there.  eat, that up.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on February 19, 2016, 03:44:42 pm
All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on February 19, 2016, 04:08:41 pm
dilf material, right there.  eat, that up.
I don't know...looks like a total dork to me
probably dives a Volvo, drinks starbucks every day and listens to coldplay
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walk,on,by on February 19, 2016, 04:14:22 pm
dilf material, right there.  eat, that up.
I don't know...looks like a total dork to me
probably dives a Volvo, drinks starbucks every day and listens to coldplay

guys like that . . . will fuck you, silly.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on February 19, 2016, 04:34:45 pm
Also, I *believe* that's Ryan Reynolds.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walk,on,by on February 19, 2016, 09:16:03 pm
Yes . . . Bon chon, is crack.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on February 20, 2016, 12:32:54 am
my latest favorite potato chip: salt and vinegar.. i think they call it "hawaiian".... i saw some wacky flavors at the supermarket yesterday.. like peperoncini..not sure about that..
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on February 22, 2016, 09:09:43 am
I just drove by the location of a brand new Roy Rogers which has its grand opening at 10am.  There was a line of people around the block...
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on February 22, 2016, 09:58:34 am
I just drove by the location of a brand new Roy Rogers which has its grand opening at 10am.  There was a line of people around the block...

OMG! Holster fries!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Unsanity on February 23, 2016, 05:45:03 am


I just drove by the location of a brand new Roy Rogers which has its grand opening at 10am.  There was a line of people around the block...

OMG! Holster fries!

I went to a Roy Rogers Grand opening in Manassas. They were proud to be the 51st location. I was shocked to hear there were only 50 Roydee's left (at that point, 5 years ago). Sadly I do not believe they have the holster of fries anymore, I have not seen one of them since the early 2000's.

Where is the new location?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on February 23, 2016, 08:57:58 am


I just drove by the location of a brand new Roy Rogers which has its grand opening at 10am.  There was a line of people around the block...

OMG! Holster fries!

I went to a Roy Rogers Grand opening in Manassas. They were proud to be the 51st location. I was shocked to hear there were only 50 Roydee's left (at that point, 5 years ago). Sadly I do not believe they have the holster of fries anymore, I have not seen one of them since the early 2000's.

Where is the new location?

yeah.. they dissapeared...there used to be so many... for a while I ate there a lot....
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on February 23, 2016, 08:59:24 am
I think the new one is somewhere in maryland..yada was going to try it out

I didn't know they had two in alexandria... but no holster fries= no deal
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on February 23, 2016, 12:36:29 pm
I think the new one is somewhere in maryland..yada was going to try it out

I didn't know they had two in alexandria... but no holster fries= no deal

I don't think I've ever had the privilege of dining at Roy Rogers.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walk,on,by on February 23, 2016, 12:56:32 pm
the burgers are ok to ok good.  the have a fixins bar, which people seems to think makes it all the better.  roast beef is good, I think.  chicken is not bad when fresh.  sides besides fries is nice.  milkshakes are good.  the burger with the ham on it is my go to.  the breakfast hashbrown slick cut fry things they give you . . . are the bomb.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walk,on,by on February 23, 2016, 12:59:02 pm
cant do bon chon anymore, for my older system of digestion, does agree with such a place.  chicken with that crunch crust was the key, boneless being the best, and I did find the spicy version to be sometimes too much, but the other food was basic Korean style offerings.  perfect for college kids.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Space Freely on February 25, 2016, 03:35:26 pm
Don't you hate in when you go to a restaurant for a work-related lunch and you know it's going to suck and it does suck?

Why do we let people who obviously don't read at least tripadvisor or yelp pick the place we're going to?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on February 25, 2016, 03:36:43 pm
Don't you hate in when you go to a restaurant for a work-related lunch and you know it's going to suck and it does suck?

Why do we let people who obviously don't read at least tripadvisor or yelp pick the place we're going to?

Where did you go?

I typically pick where I'm eating for work events, tonight at Del Friscos! We do tend to go to a really shitty thai place a bit too often, but free food is free food!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Space Freely on February 25, 2016, 04:32:12 pm
Don't you hate in when you go to a restaurant for a work-related lunch and you know it's going to suck and it does suck?

Why do we let people who obviously don't read at least tripadvisor or yelp pick the place we're going to?

Where did you go?

I typically pick where I'm eating for work events, tonight at Del Friscos! We do tend to go to a really shitty thai place a bit too often, but free food is free food!

Here. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g28970-d1007547-Reviews-La_Loma_Mexican_Restaurant-Washington_DC_District_of_Columbia.html

It was a half step up from Taco Bell.

Sample conversation:
Person A: Yes, I've been here about 10 times.
Person B: Do you know if they do a good maragarita, good margartas are hard to find.
Person A: Oh, I don't know, but they have good beer (they had Dos Equus, Nefro Modela, Corona, Heineken, Miller Lite, all in bottles)
Person B: Oh yes, but it's winter, I can't drink beer in the winter, only in the summer.

Person C noted that a sign of if a restaurant is good is if the beef they use is good, and he said indeed his was. So there was that.



I think this Tripadvisor reviewer nailed it:

I would recommend Taco Bell over this dump. It is a nice location a few blocks east of Union station away from the touristy areas. As for food, go to the French restaurant or German one next to this place. Food is bland and cheaply made. Shrimp served is the extra small, tiny. salad shrimp. The kind you get for a dollar. Flavorless. The chicken is packaged pre-cut with filler. rubbery and disgusting. Can't even get a free refill on a $2 soda that was almost all ice. STAY AWAY
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on May 09, 2016, 05:10:33 pm
Opening, 2 blocks from the  9:30 club:

The burgers are made with all-natural hormone & antibiotic-free beef, alongside shakes, rings, fries, a full bar; and surrounded by local artists? work, free foosball tables, and a digital jukebox with great music

http://www.popville.com/2016/05/tasty-burger-shaw-opening/
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on May 09, 2016, 05:16:35 pm
Also, 2 blocks.  What are they trying to do to us?!?

http://www.sugarshackdonuts.com/

http://www.popville.com/2016/05/sugar-shack-donuts-coming-to-9th-and-u-in-new-artview-building/
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walk,on,by on May 09, 2016, 07:30:02 pm
So I'm coming to DC on Wednesday to meet a good friend for dinner, and I'm deciding to make a day of it and do some museums and lunch. I was thinking about going to jaleo for lunch.  Does anybody know any other place within walking distance of the mall that's excellent for lunch?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on May 10, 2016, 09:49:47 am
Depends on how far afoot you wanna go.  There are great choices in the direction of (and into) Penn Quarter, but that's a bit off the mall...
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walk,on,by on May 10, 2016, 10:00:06 am
Im willing to walk within 5 to 7 blocks or so from the mall.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on May 10, 2016, 10:01:31 am
Im willing to walk within 5 to 7 blocks or so from the mall.

You should get a soda pop, pretzel, and a hot dog from a vendor.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on May 10, 2016, 10:09:57 am
You cannot go wrong with a sandwich from Red Apron:
(Porkstrami!)

http://redapronbutcher.com/documents/DStLunch03_14_15.pdf


Similar, related menu at The Partisan, nearby...
http://thepartisandc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Lunch.pdf


Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walk,on,by on May 10, 2016, 12:34:42 pm
Im willing to walk within 5 to 7 blocks or so from the mall.

You should get a soda pop, pretzel, and a hot dog from a vendor.

There was a time in my life where such things were very exciting to me. I also would buy T-shirts with a black Bart Simpson on them as well that said it's a black thing you just don't understand.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on May 10, 2016, 01:36:38 pm
Im willing to walk within 5 to 7 blocks or so from the mall.

You should get a soda pop, pretzel, and a hot dog from a vendor.

There was a time in my life where such things were very exciting to me. I also would buy T-shirts with a black Bart Simpson on them as well that said it's a black thing you just don't understand.

bow-tie pic please.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walk,on,by on May 10, 2016, 01:47:44 pm
you should join us for lunch tomorrow.  do you work in dc?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Bags on May 10, 2016, 04:32:16 pm
The Partisan is a good recommendation.  I love Central.  Folks love Oyamel, another Jose Andres joint.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walk,on,by on May 27, 2016, 12:11:51 am
Sugar shack donuts, dc, fall 2016.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Space Freely on May 31, 2016, 09:10:05 am
This is probably one of those "you had to be there" dining stories but thought I'd share anyway...

We're at this brewpub in upstate NY with my mom and brother and his wife. My mom grew up in the South, and the women at our table all thought the (male) server at our table was a bit on the smarmy side.

Anyway, my mom ordered a catfish poboy and made it a point of telling the server that she was from the South when ordering it.

So eating commences and finished and the women at the table are all sitting there talking about how unsatisfying the food was. And the server comes up behind my mom and asks "So how was that poboy, as good as they make them down South?"

And my mom did a non-verbal roll-eye answer like only a 75 year old woman can do, behind the server's back. Thus causing my wife, who had just drank a full mouthful of water, to involuntarily do a spit-spray laugh that covered half the table. And then more uncontrolled laughter ensued.

The end.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walk,on,by on May 31, 2016, 12:46:50 pm
I am, a part time server at a nice restaurant a couple days a week, because it is fun and I make killer money . . . and you should have seen what happened there yesterday.  Some woman lost her mind on a server and the manager and embarrassed herself so much, the rest of her party got up and ran for the door, apologizing for her the entire time.  needless to say, she was asked to leave or the police would be called.  the owner was there and saw the whole thing, with his mouth wide open.  some people, should just stay at home, and I think they enjoy mistreating restaurant employees, because they feel they are beneath them.  I thought, it was awesome.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Justin Tonation on May 31, 2016, 01:06:31 pm
John Hall, ex WHFS and WRNR, used to say that you shouldn't be allowed to eat in a restaurant until you've worked in one.

And I believe that everyone should work retail through at least one Xmas season.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: StoneTheCrow on May 31, 2016, 07:39:00 pm
I thought, it was awesome.

I guess you've gotta choose your batttles carefully but I once chimed in on some lady who was losing her shit on the wait staff. When I didn't back down her attitude changed completely.

Sounds like that lady was too far gone, though.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: StoneTheCrow on May 31, 2016, 07:39:40 pm
And I believe that everyone should work retail through at least one Xmas season.

Never done that.  Would be fun.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Justin Tonation on May 31, 2016, 08:37:37 pm
And I believe that everyone should work retail through at least one Xmas season.

Never done that.  Would be fun.

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Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on May 31, 2016, 09:27:40 pm
Don't do it! I don't want you getting trampled to death... we can't afford to lose anybody else around here...
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on June 01, 2016, 03:28:06 pm
Someday soon I'm making this.

http://www.tastingtable.com/cook/national/slow-cooker-al-pastor-braised-pork-pineapple-tacos-cooking-video
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on June 01, 2016, 05:05:57 pm
so DC will get a Michelin guide...
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on June 24, 2016, 03:18:44 pm
https://www.borderstan.com/2016/06/23/new-restaurant-hazel-to-open-near-930-club-monday/
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on June 25, 2016, 10:37:21 am
Yes, you can eat gourmet food on a budget.

http://www.sadanduseless.com/2016/06/low-budget-restaurant/
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on August 08, 2016, 04:29:57 pm
I Have Invented The Ultimate Food To Eat While Driving

http://jalopnik.com/i-have-invented-the-ultimate-food-to-eat-while-driving-1784789902
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Justin Tonation on August 08, 2016, 05:32:24 pm
I Have Invented The Ultimate Food To Eat While Driving

http://jalopnik.com/i-have-invented-the-ultimate-food-to-eat-while-driving-1784789902

(http://peterhirschberg.com/toys/spacefoodsticks/space_food_sticks.png)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on August 15, 2016, 10:27:04 am
My girlfriends and I went to the private kitchen at the Food Market in Baltimore to Slay the Menu. It was insane. 5 courses of really amazing food. Each course had about 4 or 5 of the options they offer. A ridiculous amount of food, but well worth the money if you're looking to do something special. You need at least 7 people. I don't know how I'm going to order off their regular menu ever again!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on August 15, 2016, 10:30:04 am
My girlfriends and I went to . . .
Did you talk about boys?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on August 15, 2016, 10:55:15 am
My girlfriends and I went to . . .
Did you talk about boys?

Well my best friend is getting married to her wife, so we mostly talked about girls. And maybe some boys. Mostly just laughter and food :)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on August 15, 2016, 11:14:26 am
My girlfriends and I went to . . .
Did you talk about boys?

Well my best friend is getting married to her wife, so we mostly talked about girls. And maybe some boys. Mostly just laughter and food :)

The next time you consider spending such an outlandish amount of money on an evening like this, consider hiring Space Freely for in home cooking as well as conversation for you and your lady friends.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on August 15, 2016, 02:26:11 pm
My girlfriends and I went to . . .
Did you talk about boys?

Well my best friend is getting married to her wife, so we mostly talked about girls. And maybe some boys. Mostly just laughter and food :)

The next time you consider spending such an outlandish amount of money on an evening like this, consider hiring Space Freely for in home cooking as well as conversation for you and your lady friends.

I don't think it's outlandish when you ate:

amish soft pretzels
buffalo pickles
brown sugar pork belly
spicy grilled shrimp
farmer ian's tomatoes and feta
beets by chad
crispy lobster fingers
salt and pepper tuna
french onion rings
crab cake
shrimp dinner
the chicken (with crab dip potatoes)
steak frites
bread encrusted sea bass
bread pudding
1/2 baked blondie
ice cream cake

And still had enough left over to eat a bunch of it for breakfast the next day and get stuffed all over again!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on August 15, 2016, 02:26:59 pm
And what is the average BMI of your group?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on August 15, 2016, 02:32:18 pm
Did you talk about boys?

And what is the average BMI of your group?

OK, now say 3 nice things.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on August 15, 2016, 07:29:26 pm
Did you talk about boys?

And what is the average BMI of your group?

OK, now say 3 nice things.

I know...he....if he really is a he ;)
really has a hard time not being a dick to the ladies....something going on there in his subconscious??

Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on August 16, 2016, 10:39:46 am
So if women love to eat, we must be fat?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on August 16, 2016, 10:47:41 am
So if women love to eat, we must be fat?
I never even implied such a thing. You could be all like "our average BMI is 21" and I would be all like "that is wonderful to hear. I am so glad you are able to fit such indulgent meals from time to time into your overall-moderate eating habits. Good for all of you!"
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on August 23, 2016, 07:46:18 pm
Grottos pizza
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on August 23, 2016, 11:08:39 pm
^sucks
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on August 24, 2016, 08:24:33 am
But they are the official University of Delaware pizza!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on August 24, 2016, 08:38:14 am
But they are the official University of Delaware pizza!
How. . . how do you know that exactly?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on August 24, 2016, 09:20:52 am
But they are the official University of Delaware pizza!
How. . . how do you know that exactly?

I am in Bethany Beach for our annual half day family vacation and they had a sign proudly displayed at the Grottos proclaiming they are the Official Pizza of the University of Delaware....
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on August 24, 2016, 09:27:56 am
But they are the official University of Delaware pizza!
How. . . how do you know that exactly?

I am in Bethany Beach for our annual half day family vacation and they had a sign proudly displayed at the Grottos proclaiming they are the Official Pizza of the University of Delaware....
Alright, checks out.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on August 24, 2016, 09:33:52 am
But they are the official University of Delaware pizza!
How. . . how do you know that exactly?

I am in Bethany Beach for our annual half day family vacation and they had a sign proudly displayed at the Grottos proclaiming they are the Official Pizza of the University of Delaware....

Does the half day vacation include travel time?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on August 24, 2016, 09:39:18 am
But they are the official University of Delaware pizza!
How. . . how do you know that exactly?

I am in Bethany Beach for our annual half day family vacation and they had a sign proudly displayed at the Grottos proclaiming they are the Official Pizza of the University of Delaware....

Does the half day vacation include travel time?
Yes, I agree with Yada: until what time is your home unattended to?

(http://www.relatably.com/q/img/sticky-bandits-quotes/1372159359_WKAK6L2FRhqGtibRT3Ss_sticky_bandits.jpg)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on August 24, 2016, 09:47:40 am
But they are the official University of Delaware pizza!
How. . . how do you know that exactly?

I am in Bethany Beach for our annual half day family vacation and they had a sign proudly displayed at the Grottos proclaiming they are the Official Pizza of the University of Delaware....

Does the half day vacation include travel time?
Yes, I agree with Yada: until what time is your home unattended to?

(http://www.relatably.com/q/img/sticky-bandits-quotes/1372159359_WKAK6L2FRhqGtibRT3Ss_sticky_bandits.jpg)


yes I thought of that!... we're heading back today...
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on September 01, 2016, 10:03:29 am
I just noticed the Kielbasa Factory in Rockville. Anything good to be had there?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on September 01, 2016, 10:04:25 am
I just noticed the Kielbasa Factory in Rockville. Anything good to be had there?
Don't front, you're just going to turn up at Chipotle in the end.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on September 01, 2016, 10:13:58 am
I just noticed the Kielbasa Factory in Rockville. Anything good to be had there?

Been meaning to go to that place for about 5 years now... still haven't made it. I'm pretty suck on dat Hillshire Farm Kielbasa.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Space Freely on September 30, 2016, 09:34:15 am
I have yet to go to Le Diplomate, but have read many wondrous things about it.  Anybody been?

I'm so tired of the 14th street scene and getting pretty darn close to tired of the H Street scene.

Is there any vetting process done for the restaurants that pop up on these streets or are they critically acclaimed just because they're there? I've had more shitty food on those strips in DC than anywhere else and all anyone does it talk them up... Bunch of over priced crap IMO.

Are you now even more tired of these scenes?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Space Freely on September 30, 2016, 09:35:44 am
Mmmm. the jv team for dinner.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-iraq-grandmother-woman-beheaded-cooked-fighters-heads-to-avenge-family-deaths-wahida-mohamed-a7337801.html?cmpid=facebook-post
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on September 30, 2016, 10:09:03 am
I have yet to go to Le Diplomate, but have read many wondrous things about it.  Anybody been?

I'm so tired of the 14th street scene and getting pretty darn close to tired of the H Street scene.

Is there any vetting process done for the restaurants that pop up on these streets or are they critically acclaimed just because they're there? I've had more shitty food on those strips in DC than anywhere else and all anyone does it talk them up... Bunch of over priced crap IMO.

Are you now even more tired of these scenes?

I rarely participate in those scenes due to children and when I do, it's typically prior to 8pm when those scenes aren't as horrendous.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: shemptiness on September 30, 2016, 10:53:46 am
I just noticed the Kielbasa Factory in Rockville. Anything good to be had there?

Been meaning to go to that place for about 5 years now... still haven't made it. I'm pretty suck on dat Hillshire Farm Kielbasa.

That's not even real kielbasa.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on September 30, 2016, 10:59:04 am
I just noticed the Kielbasa Factory in Rockville. Anything good to be had there?

Been meaning to go to that place for about 5 years now... still haven't made it. I'm pretty suck on dat Hillshire Farm Kielbasa.

That's not even real kielbasa.

Doesn't mean it's not delicious.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on October 03, 2016, 08:11:43 pm
I think some of the restaurants on 14th are very good..

Le Diplomate, for example, was delicious


I'm not sure they are overpriced if they are packed.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on October 04, 2016, 08:49:36 am
I think some of the restaurants on 14th are very good..

Le Diplomate, for example, was delicious


I'm not sure they are overpriced if they are packed.

I can't think of a "cheap" restaurant on 14th except McDs, Schzchen House, and Amsterdam Falaffel. Le Diplomate is delicious, but expensive as hell.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on October 04, 2016, 09:22:31 am
I can't think of a "cheap" restaurant on 14th except
14th between what and what? Thai Tanic down by Logan is cheap as hell. Saint Ex is always a favorite when I'm in town and its cheap too.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on October 04, 2016, 09:31:48 am
I can't think of a "cheap" restaurant on 14th except
14th between what and what? Thai Tanic down by Logan is cheap as hell. Saint Ex is always a favorite when I'm in town and its cheap too.

Minus the cock roaches running around on the floor at Thai Tanic, you are correct. I haven't eaten at St. Ex in years, but I sometimes forget if you don't have a half a dozen cocktails at dinner, then you can eat fairly thrifty on 14th. Additionally, blame Space as he quoted something i said nearly 3 years ago when I used to eat out 6 nights a week.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on October 04, 2016, 10:35:58 am
Minus the cock roaches running around on the floor at Thai Tanic, you are correct.
You didn't say a "good" or "clean" cheap restaurant.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on October 04, 2016, 11:43:03 am
I used to eat at thai tanic often when I lived a block away....no cockroaches back then.

I have to say the ambiance there was always lacking


if you want to eat cheap I think Yums is still open... people say they want the cheap places but nobody went to them when they were around..

you got to divide the prices by two... that tells you how much they really cost.. cause the price of living in dc has doubled... and that includes food, drinks, rent etc..

Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: dyecraig on October 04, 2016, 11:45:54 am
^ yum's on 16th - jumbo wings w/mumbo sauce - always a winner.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: bearman🐻 on October 04, 2016, 11:49:38 am
When in Philly, go to Parc, which is what Le Diplomate is modeled from. It's less expensive and just as awesome, if not better because you can get in more easily.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walkie,talkie on October 05, 2016, 02:00:45 pm
If you ever find yourself out of the city, there is a interesting new restaurant in Marshall Virginia called Field and Main. Opened by a former sommelier of the Ashby Inn in Paris Virginia.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: dyecraig on October 05, 2016, 02:16:58 pm
If you ever find yourself out of the city, there is a interesting new restaurant in Marshall Virginia called Field and Main. Opened by a former sommelier of the Ashby Inn in Paris Virginia.
marshall is really becoming a food destination with that place, the red truck bakery, the whole ox butcher and more coming soon.
nice people, no pretense, great food and beautful scenery.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on October 05, 2016, 02:17:48 pm
no pretense,
, no point.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walkie,talkie on October 05, 2016, 02:19:08 pm
That is Fauquier County Horse Country. Girl, they invented pretense.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on October 05, 2016, 02:20:00 pm
That is Fauquier County Horse Country. Girl, they invented pretense.
Be more specific: equestrian horse country, racing horse country, dressage horse country, polo horse country. . .
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walkie,talkie on October 05, 2016, 02:20:51 pm
All dat.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: shemptiness on October 20, 2016, 04:49:52 pm
Foodspin visits Ben's  (http://deadspin.com/how-to-make-half-smoke-chili-and-take-a-decade-off-your-1787989765)

Over 10.5 minutes in length
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: sweetcell on October 20, 2016, 05:23:06 pm
^ yum's on 16th - jumbo wings w/mumbo sauce - always a winner.

as far as i can tell, there is no restaurant called "yum's" on 16th... did you mean this place on 14th (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Yum's/@38.9094599,-77.0339448,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x89b7b7ea41100311:0xc02ae00c0cbe38ce!2sYum's!3b1!8m2!3d38.9094599!4d-77.0317561!3m4!1s0x89b7b7ea41100311:0xc02ae00c0cbe38ce!8m2!3d38.9094599!4d-77.0317561), by the P Street Whole Foods?  they don't have a website, so can't confirm if they make mumbo wings.

edit: nevermind, pretty sure you meant 14th - the previous comments were all about 14th... 
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: dyecraig on October 20, 2016, 06:05:50 pm
^ 14th, yep.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walkie,talkie on October 20, 2016, 07:50:09 pm
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my, dinner
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on October 20, 2016, 10:24:47 pm
if you want to eat cheap I think Yums is still open...
not the same Yum's

it's like going to see Styx and Kevin DeYoung (https://twitter.com/RevKevDeYoung) is the singer

Found some really good ramen and in a very interesting small place
OKI (http://okibowldc.com) on m st is my find of 2016 (not cheap, but not expensive)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: drewtang on October 21, 2016, 11:44:52 am
I'd highly recommend Hen Quarter in Old Town, Alexandria for fans of fried chicken.

http://www.henquarter.com/
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on October 21, 2016, 11:57:39 am
for fans of fried chicken.
So with GBD closed...where is a good spot for Fried Chicken in Dupont?
is The Chickery any good?

speaking of GBD...NRG is taking over with a similar venue
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: sweetcell on October 21, 2016, 01:47:50 pm
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my, dinner

i'd go down on that.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on October 21, 2016, 04:51:56 pm
when i'm sick i like to eat pho
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on October 21, 2016, 05:07:50 pm
when i'm sick i like to eat pho

I eat pho once a week, sick or not sick!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Bagley on October 21, 2016, 05:20:45 pm
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my, dinner

i'd go down on that.
   

Just curious....  What'd the fluorescent yellow sauce taste like?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: dyecraig on October 21, 2016, 05:31:57 pm
not feeling great today, need some.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walkie,talkie on October 21, 2016, 07:18:45 pm
I cannot remember what the sauce is, I only remember the name of the sushi, it was called Japan one roll, from Okinawa in Winchester Virginia.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on October 21, 2016, 08:32:25 pm
so what is considered the best Pho around here?


I got the Eden Center nearby but I get the pho from Pho 75...I like it fine
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walkie,talkie on November 06, 2016, 05:57:52 pm
Does, anyone know anything about the restaurant, proof?

I am, trying it this week.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on November 06, 2016, 06:07:37 pm
Does, anyone know anything about the restaurant, proof?

I am, trying it this week.

I have heard good things.....
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on November 06, 2016, 09:04:51 pm
Does, anyone know anything about the restaurant, proof?

I am, trying it this week.

Was a hot spot about 5 years ago.... additionally, probably a really fun place to dine when you're on the wagon considering it's a wine bar.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walkie,talkie on November 06, 2016, 10:15:48 pm
I'm not going for myself. I'm going, because it's my partner's birthday, who still drinks, and has the a okay to get as snockered as he wants since I'm the DD. I can go anywhere I want and they can serve as much alcohol as they want and I don't care; I can still have a good time. Because, it's called, life.

And seeing how this is a thread about food, I was asking about, the food.  I'm glad, 5 years ago . . . matters.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on November 06, 2016, 11:21:15 pm
I'm not going for myself. I'm going, because it's my partner's birthday, who still drinks, and has the a okay to get as snockered as he wants since I'm the DD. I can go anywhere I want and they can serve as much alcohol as they want and I don't care; I can still have a good time. Because, it's called, life.

And seeing how this is a thread about food, I was asking about, the food.  I'm glad, 5 years ago . . . matters.

You asked, what does anyone know, and that's what  i know , walkkee.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walkie,talkie on November 06, 2016, 11:54:11 pm
can you taste my bitter,ness . . . about not being able to drink, anymore, for the rest of my life?  it's, delicious. 

sorry, to snap at you.  i'm sure, you are quite, scrumptious, yourself. 

by the way; I heard a rumour that nora, of Nora's restaurant was retiring; so I would get over there, sooner than later.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walkie,talkie on November 07, 2016, 12:04:52 am
And . . . I cannot recommend Blue Ridge Seafood in Gainesville Virginia, enough.  There is nothing better than sitting on a picnic table with brown paper, eating jumbo crabs by the Dozen, incredible hush puppies, alligator tail, and drinking ice cold dr. Pepper. That, is the life.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: gavroche on November 07, 2016, 04:56:17 pm


by the way; I heard a rumour that nora, of Nora's restaurant was retiring; so I would get over there, sooner than later.

I've been probably a half dozen times over the years.  Even when I haven't paid I've never been that excited.  I understand the organic importance, but the food is just meh, and it's kind of stodgy.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walkie,talkie on November 07, 2016, 07:01:47 pm
yeah . . . but asia nora, was THE FUCKING SHIT.  I cried, when they closed.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on November 07, 2016, 07:06:26 pm
yeah . . . but asia nora, was THE FUCKING SHIT.  I cried, when they closed.


cashion's was great..

I can't believe Utopia closed.. that was my first favorite restaurant in DC.. still couldn't be beat on a good night...
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: BrettnotBritt on November 07, 2016, 07:11:24 pm
You guys remember how awesome the breakfast burrito was at Asylum? 'Twas a perfect hangover remedy.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walkie,talkie on November 16, 2016, 11:51:04 pm
So, first of all, proof was f****** incredible. Second, tomorrow I'm going to DC to stay the night and see a show and with check in at 3 o'clock, and the show wanting us to be there by 5:45 ish or 6, that doesn't give us any time to go have a dinner because most places open at 5 or 530. Where in the Dupont area can we go get a nice late lunch or something good small to eat before we have to show up at the venue by 5:45?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walkie,talkie on November 17, 2016, 09:06:11 am
never,mind . . . I think I found three choices, that I will check out to see which is the best.

any ideas, on which to go for?

duke's grocery / agora / bua
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on November 17, 2016, 09:50:26 am
I can't believe Utopia closed.. that was my first favorite restaurant in DC.. still couldn't be beat on a good night...
I do miss that place
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on November 17, 2016, 09:59:29 am
never,mind . . . I think I found three choices, that I will check out to see which is the best.

any ideas, on which to go for?

duke's grocery / agora / bua

never heard of bua, but the first two are good options... or go to Pizza Paradiso and stare at the beers you can't have.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on November 17, 2016, 10:13:24 am
BTW hank's oyster bar Dupont looks open at that time too and I think they have great food/service too
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walkie,talkie on November 17, 2016, 10:16:01 am
I was never impressed with p.p.  it's a snobby beer joint where people judge each other, moreso than judging the beers . . . and really, when I go to dc to have something good to eat, why would I want a stupid pizza.

and I love side,hatch.  "I think" they have good service and food.

Thanks, yada.  I can always count on your opinions. My goal is just to ask the concierge of the hotel we're staying at for their opinion or just go check out all three places and see what menu looks the best and what decor speaks to me.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on November 17, 2016, 10:46:31 am

and I love side,hatch.  "I think" they have good service and food.

replace that with "I know" they have good food/service as I ate there a few weeks back and loved my oysters/burger/drinks

Also the Tabbard Inn has GREAT food and a really cool atmosphere
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walkie,talkie on November 17, 2016, 10:50:29 am
Coolio. Thanks.

edit, tabbard out. they close from 2 to 5.  looked nice, though. 
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: K8teebug on November 18, 2016, 10:24:47 am
Anyone else going to Oyster Riot?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Relaxer on November 18, 2016, 11:04:34 am
I can't believe Utopia closed.. that was my first favorite restaurant in DC.. still couldn't be beat on a good night...
I do miss that place

Oh crap, I didn't know this. Utopia was always my go-to place when I wanted to give out-of-towners or hot chicks a quality dinner in a supercool environment. what a bummer
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walkie,talkie on November 18, 2016, 11:14:18 am
Duke's grocery, was INCREDIBLE.  New, favorite for dupont.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on November 18, 2016, 11:24:54 am
I can't believe Utopia closed.. that was my first favorite restaurant in DC.. still couldn't be beat on a good night...
I do miss that place

Oh crap, I didn't know this. Utopia was always my go-to place when I wanted to give out-of-towners or hot chicks a quality dinner in a supercool environment. what a bummer

the owner Jamal was also really nice...apparently it's been closed for a few years
http://www.popville.com/2014/02/has-utopia-closed-permanently-on-u-street/

was planning on reopening, but guess that didn't happen
http://www.capitalbop.com/news-sunday-is-utopias-last-night-of-music-before-closing-future-as-jazz-venue-uncertain/

shame
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walkie,talkie on January 11, 2017, 11:41:06 pm
Taco Bell has officially released Nationwide a chicken shell taco which means instead of a taco shell it is chicken.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on January 12, 2017, 12:13:54 am
I can't believe Utopia closed.. that was my first favorite restaurant in DC.. still couldn't be beat on a good night...
I do miss that place

Oh crap, I didn't know this. Utopia was always my go-to place when I wanted to give out-of-towners or hot chicks a quality dinner in a supercool environment. what a bummer

wow I had to check to make sure I had not written that.....

I'm only sorry I did not know it was closing.. I would have gone one final time...

I can see why Jamal would have simply retired or moved on... .... I'm not sure what the allure would have been in reopening in the super gentrified new DC....

Jamal was a very cool man.. I could go years not going there and if I showed up he'd come over and chat... I caught some good jazz and brazilian music there too... and saw Pam Bricker there many times before she recorded with Thievery and after.. always made me sad she died...

many of the places I used to hang out in DC have closed..


wow researching on the web looks like Jamal reopened in Georgia?? not sure what this is... he may have other restaurants of course

http://northfulton.com/stories/Utopia-gastro-pub-blends-art-taste-class,62919
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on January 12, 2017, 12:23:24 am
so

I think he moved to Duluth, GA....and promptly got arrested for drunk driving... there are advantages to living in DC such as walking home...


I never would have called him moving to Duluth!... I guess maybe he didn't own the spot where Utopia was...who knows...

I had some real good times at that place


Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: ggw on January 26, 2017, 10:40:59 am
U.S. Team Wins Bocuse d?Or Competition for First Time (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/dining/bocuse-dor-usa-win-chef-competition.html)

A team of American chefs on Wednesday won the biennial Bocuse d?Or culinary competition ? the equivalent of the Olympics for professional cooks ? for the first time in the contest?s 30-year history.

In the finals in Lyon, France, a group of 10 chefs and helpers from the United States won the gold medal. Norway took the silver medal, and Iceland won the bronze. In 2015 an American team was awarded the silver medal in the competition, which was founded by the French chef Paul Bocuse. Teams from 24 countries competed this year.

?I promised Monsieur Paul 10 years ago that we?d make it to the top of the podium,? said the chef Thomas Keller, who is the president of Team U.S.A. ?We made it in nine.?

The team?s head chef was Mathew Peters, 33, from Meadville, Pa., who was most recently the executive sous-chef of Mr. Keller?s New York restaurant, Per Se. His commis, or helper, was Harrison Turone, 21, from Omaha, who also worked at Per Se.

Both of the chefs took a year off to prepare for the contest, a fierce competition in which the American team is made up of younger chefs who can spare the time to train.  Philip Tessier, a member of the team that won second place in 2015, was the Americans? coach.

This year the chefs were required to prepare a meat platter and a vegan dish in 5 hours 35 minutes. ?We had to use two proteins, Bresse chicken and crayfish,? Mr. Peters said. ?And this was the first year there was a vegan dish.?

The teams were required to interpret ?Poulet de Bresse aux Écrevisses,? a Lyonnaise classic. The American version involved the chicken with morel mushroom sausage, braised wings, a wine glaze and sauce Américaine, a kind of lobster sauce. Alongside were a chicken liver quenelle with foie gras, corn custard, black-eyed peas and toasted pistachios, as well as lobster tail with Meyer lemon mousse. The garnishes included preparations using carrots, Vidalia onions, black truffles, carrots, peas and potatoes. They brought some of the ingredients from the United States.

For the vegan dish, the chefs prepared California asparagus with cremini mushrooms, potatoes, a custard made of green almonds, Meyer lemon confit, a Bordelaise sauce and a crumble using an almond and vegetable yeast preparation that mimicked Parmesan cheese.

The team arrived in Lyon 10 days ago. After the winners were announced at 7:25 p.m. local time, Mr. Peters, who had been cooking since 8:40 a.m., said his energy was starting to come back. An estimated 300 American supporters were in the hall to cheer the team.

Unlike some teams, the Americans were supported only by commercial sponsors and contributions, with no government funding.

?I don?t think our government knows who we are,? Mr. Keller said.

Mr. Keller said he could not estimate how much participation in the contest cost. But he said that experience was essential. ?We learned along the way,? he said. ?Our win was built on the shoulders of a thousand people.?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Justin Tonation on February 01, 2017, 10:26:47 am
I go to Hooters for the food? (http://www.nrn.com/fast-casual/hooters-franchisee-open-fast-casual-spinoff)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Relaxer on February 01, 2017, 11:37:27 am
I was assuming they'd go in the opposite direction and double down on their image, lose the orange shorts altogether and call it 'Cooters'
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Relaxer on February 01, 2017, 11:37:51 am
Or get a bunch of shirtless beefcake guys and call it "Duders"
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Justin Tonation on February 01, 2017, 11:47:53 am
Hoots - just the food

Hooters - food and babes

Hootests - strip club
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walkie,talkie on February 01, 2017, 12:37:01 pm
Or get a bunch of shirtless beefcake guys and call it "Duders"

http://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/video/hooters-new-restaurant-now-hiring-male-waiters/vi-AAmvk8P?ocid=spartandhp
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Relaxer on February 01, 2017, 12:56:49 pm
I know, but Hoots won't have skimpy clothing. I want a restaurant called Shooters where guys are just cumming everywhere they see life.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on March 01, 2017, 10:26:50 am
Shocking study: Fast food isn't really food after all. (http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/02/27/dna-test-shows-subways-oven-roasted-chicken-is-only-50-chicken/)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on April 11, 2017, 04:49:58 pm
Too julienne (http://cooktoria.com/recipe/chicken-mushroom-julienne/) to handle?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on April 11, 2017, 04:52:55 pm
At least it was until I found this, even julienner (http://www.skinnytaste.com/sauteed-julienned-summer-vegetables/) thing!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on April 11, 2017, 06:47:02 pm
Too julienne (http://cooktoria.com/recipe/chicken-mushroom-julienne/) to handle?

At least it was until I found this, even julienner (http://www.skinnytaste.com/sauteed-julienned-summer-vegetables/) thing!

Can't I just be? Can we have a thread without people interjecting Julian into it out of nowhere? You people are jackals.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on April 11, 2017, 06:59:09 pm
Dude! Chill out! I was talking about a cooking technique!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on April 11, 2017, 07:04:49 pm
Too julienne (http://cooktoria.com/recipe/chicken-mushroom-julienne/) to handle?

At least it was until I found this, even julienner (http://www.skinnytaste.com/sauteed-julienned-summer-vegetables/) thing!

Can't I just be? Can we have a thread without people interjecting Julian into it out of nowhere? You people are jackals.

Wait. How did you know about the jackal thing?!? Creeper.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: herman otto on May 05, 2017, 03:23:18 pm
Burger King, onion rings. Yeah b****.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Justin Tonation on May 17, 2017, 03:28:02 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DADSMg9WsAEktAr.jpg)

h/t Pulp Librarian (https://twitter.com/PulpLibrarian)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: herman otto on May 17, 2017, 03:36:35 pm
Gee thanks, now I can't ever eat a hotdog anymore without feeling bad and seeing little :-( going ouch, don't cut me and eat me.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on May 18, 2017, 09:05:14 am
I can only imagine it gets a little darker on the next panel when they use the forceps!!!!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: ggw on May 18, 2017, 10:10:18 am
Dog meat banned at annual dog meat festival (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/18/world/asia/china-dog-meat-yulin-festival.html)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: herman otto on May 22, 2017, 06:31:53 pm
Diet Starts, a new pop up, 14th / U street restaurant, is now serving, "Pill Cosby Cocktails."

G,url.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Justin Tonation on May 23, 2017, 11:14:33 am
And they're being punched back down almost immediately:

May someone shit on the floor of your corny ass bar every night until it closes or burns down u sick rape culture exploitation clown fucks (https://twitter.com/PRIESTS_TWEET/status/866742849223753730)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on June 06, 2017, 09:30:39 am
Ben's Chili bowl dropping Cosby
new sketch up
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DBVV3doUQAALsXz.jpg)


Had to add this shot
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DAhXfUOXsAUzqMl.jpg:large)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on June 06, 2017, 01:38:33 pm
went to an Aldis or whatever its called supermarket...for the first time..they have some connection with Trader Joes' but its totally different... one opened in Annandale..about 15 minute drive from me..apparently like a month ago... anyways, gosh the stuff is cheap there..too bad my partner insists on buying everything frickin' organic cause the strawberries and blueberries.. man, they're practically giving them away..

i got some brats for myself... and a six pack of some crazy beer called monterrey (i thought given the name it was from mexico but its from GUATEMALA!).. i'll be posting on the beer thread about it...so you got that to look forward to... :)


Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Space Freely on June 06, 2017, 02:03:06 pm
went to an Aldis or whatever its called supermarket...for the first time..they have some connection with Trader Joes' but its totally different... one opened in Annandale..about 15 minute drive from me..apparently like a month ago... anyways, gosh the stuff is cheap there..too bad my partner insists on buying everything frickin' organic cause the strawberries and blueberries.. man, they're practically giving them away..

i got some brats for myself... and a six pack of some crazy beer called monterrey (i thought given the name it was from mexico but its from GUATEMALA!).. i'll be posting on the beer thread about it...so you got that to look forward to... :)




I went to one of those when I was in Trumpland, Indiana last summer. Some scary looking people shopping in that store, but they were all very nice.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: herman otto on June 06, 2017, 02:25:43 pm
I am pretty sure, as the story goes, that the brothers who invented them, catered one to higher end city folk who think most chain food stores are beneath them, and one toward cost conscious people who live in the country but don't want to go to Walmart because they think that is beneath them.

I like Aldi for some types of shopping, and you get weird European brands there . . . and I like Fresh Market for produce and the unique things you can find.  I like Food Lion, because they are throw back and close, and I like Costco because of the cost to what you get ratio.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on June 06, 2017, 02:36:12 pm
I went to an Aldi's once to see what all the fuss was about and tried to get a cart only to realize you had to pay for a cart. And not only pay, but pay in pocket change which I eschew. I noped right the fuck out of there.

Someone later told me I would've merely been putting a deposit down on the cart and the money was to ensure I put it back so they could avoid hiring a staffer to care for the lot and this model made me even angrier. I don't go to a grocery store to cosplay a minimum-wage employee. Julian is not a poverty tourist.

tl; dr - Aldis is a grocer for the poor.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on June 06, 2017, 02:41:53 pm
^POTW


Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: ggw on June 06, 2017, 02:48:00 pm
I swear by the McLean Giant.  Far greater and more upscale selection than any other big grocery store in the area.  And they have valet parking.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on June 06, 2017, 02:52:29 pm
I swear by the McLean Giant.  Far greater and more upscale selection than any other big grocery store in the area.  And they have valet parking.

i wanted to move to mclean..i lobbied for it .. i even looked at a house there..sidehatch and i started our regional dominance there circa 1994..two doors from ethel kennedy's home....i was an illegal alien gardener back then...before all the glory and the inevitable downfall (think scarface..except nonviolent and no michelle pfeiffer)...houses are cheaper there now than in arlington...it is nuts....but the elementary and middle schools (public) aren't as good so we are not doing it..also we jus t need to keep our older boy in the same school i think cause of his autism...
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on June 06, 2017, 03:13:01 pm
....i was an illegal alien gardener back then...
I just envisioned an actual illegal alien attending UofR and I'm about to pitch that hilarious, fish-out-of-water, comedy-hijinks-ensue premise to a network. I'll give you a Story By credit at some point if someone picks it up.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on June 07, 2017, 05:39:59 pm
....i was an illegal alien gardener back then...
I just envisioned an actual illegal alien attending UofR and I'm about to pitch that hilarious, fish-out-of-water, comedy-hijinks-ensue premise to a network. I'll give you a Story By credit at some point if someone picks it up.

little know fact is Bronson Pinchot used Hutch as understudy
but the Perfect Strangers writers decided last minute to make him from a mythical Mediterranean island instead of Argentina
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on June 07, 2017, 05:56:27 pm
....i was an illegal alien gardener back then...
I just envisioned an actual illegal alien attending UofR and I'm about to pitch that hilarious, fish-out-of-water, comedy-hijinks-ensue premise to a network. I'll give you a Story By credit at some point if someone picks it up.

little know fact is Bronson Pinchot used Hutch as understudy
but the Perfect Strangers writers decided last minute to make him from a mythical Mediterranean island instead of Argentina
That is actually a neat fact.

True story: I knew a kid named Remington Steel growing up. His little brother was named Pierce. Everyone assumed their mom was a huge fan of that show/actor. Not true. Apparently Remington pierce was a big romance novel author or something.

Those kids got the living shit beaten out of them.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on July 14, 2017, 04:10:34 pm
Pizzeria Paradiso opens in Hyattsville tomorrow.  With better beer and flexible capacity, it's likely to give Franklin's a run for its money.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on September 20, 2017, 11:04:11 am
Kapnos Taverna (College Park) opening for dinner on 9/25, lunch on 10/2, brunch on 10/7.  THIS IS HAPPENING PEOPLE
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: sweetcell on September 20, 2017, 03:58:51 pm
Kapnos Taverna (College Park) opening for dinner on 9/25, lunch on 10/2, brunch on 10/7.  THIS IS HAPPENING PEOPLE

pardon my unawareness, but are we supposed to be excited about this?

not being snarky, i've just never heard of this establishment...
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: BrettnotBritt on September 20, 2017, 04:42:05 pm
Kapnos Taverna (College Park) opening for dinner on 9/25, lunch on 10/2, brunch on 10/7.  THIS IS HAPPENING PEOPLE

pardon my unawareness, but are we supposed to be excited about this?

not being snarky, i've just never heard of this establishment...

It's Mike Isabella's Greek restaurant - he has a few locations but it's kind of a big deal for College Park since it'll be on the ground floor of the brand new hotel that's directly across the street from the main entrance of UMD. I'm still surprised Cava Grill hasn't opened a location there yet, they would make an absolute killing.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: challenged on September 20, 2017, 08:31:25 pm
Kapnos Taverna (College Park) opening for dinner on 9/25, lunch on 10/2, brunch on 10/7.  THIS IS HAPPENING PEOPLE

pardon my unawareness, but are we supposed to be excited about this?

not being snarky, i've just never heard of this establishment...

There is a Kapnos close (or at least on my drive to) the 930, at 14th and W, one in Bethesda as well. Isabella also has a couple of spots at Nats park. Folks seem to enjoy. I only eat at the Birchmere....
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: challenged on September 20, 2017, 08:32:56 pm
This seems interesting, and a quick cheap eat (early) before going to a show at BlackCat especially.

http://www.thedarcyhotel.com/content/pdfs/lil-b-menu.pdf   (http://www.thedarcyhotel.com/content/pdfs/lil-b-menu.pdf)

Took me 50 years to eat a Pimento Cheese sandwich. Instant new favorite.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on September 20, 2017, 08:40:37 pm
Kapnos Taverna (College Park) opening for dinner on 9/25, lunch on 10/2, brunch on 10/7.  THIS IS HAPPENING PEOPLE

pardon my unawareness, but are we supposed to be excited about this?

not being snarky, i've just never heard of this establishment...

There is a Kapnos close (or at least on my drive to) the 930, at 14th and W, one in Bethesda as well. Isabella also has a couple of spots at Nats park. Folks seem to enjoy. I only eat at the Birchmere....

The roasted cauliflower sandwich at G is phenomenal!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: challenged on September 20, 2017, 08:44:40 pm
Kapnos Taverna (College Park) opening for dinner on 9/25, lunch on 10/2, brunch on 10/7.  THIS IS HAPPENING PEOPLE

pardon my unawareness, but are we supposed to be excited about this?

not being snarky, i've just never heard of this establishment...

There is a Kapnos close (or at least on my drive to) the 930, at 14th and W, one in Bethesda as well. Isabella also has a couple of spots at Nats park. Folks seem to enjoy. I only eat at the Birchmere....

The roasted cauliflower sandwich at G is phenomenal!

YES. I don't meat because I am insufferable, and that's the only Isabella thing I've ever eaten, pretty much each time I go to NatsLand.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on September 20, 2017, 08:49:29 pm
I'm an omnivore, and I always get the cauliflower AND the lamb! Sooo good!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on September 21, 2017, 08:51:31 am
Kapnos Taverna (College Park) opening for dinner on 9/25, lunch on 10/2, brunch on 10/7.  THIS IS HAPPENING PEOPLE

pardon my unawareness, but are we supposed to be excited about this?

not being snarky, i've just never heard of this establishment...

I'm not sure why anyone would be excited about a restaurant in the DC area when they live in the Pac NW?

Now this is something to get excited about... I ate this about 9 hours ago. All systems in good spirits as of now.

(https://img0.uploadhouse.com/fileuploads/25463/2546375030dfb740897121e653f15a4692c81069.jpg)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: sweetcell on September 21, 2017, 02:34:54 pm
Kapnos Taverna (College Park) opening for dinner on 9/25, lunch on 10/2, brunch on 10/7.  THIS IS HAPPENING PEOPLE

pardon my unawareness, but are we supposed to be excited about this?

not being snarky, i've just never heard of this establishment...

I'm not sure why anyone would be excited about a restaurant in the DC area when they live in the Pac NW?

i was using the collective "we".
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Space Freely on October 10, 2017, 10:04:50 am
What's the deal with men wearing baseball hats while eating in restaurants? We had dinner at Pizza Paradiso last night (granted not the fancy kind of place usually discussed in this thread, but a sit down restaurant with servers nonetheless), and I counted no less that five men sitting there eating dinner wearing baseball hats. Like fucking little leaguers. Or perhaps they just pulled up on their John Deere tractor.

I've tried to wear a baseball hat at a dinner table maybe a half dozen times in the last 15 years (usually because I just hiked 10 miles and have dirty, unwashed hathead hair, or for some other similar reason), and each time my wife started screaming at me to take the hat off and threatening to leave the restaurant if I didn't.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on October 10, 2017, 10:09:44 am
are bowler hats acceptable?
real question is...did they have working soap dispensers

IMO...PP is a place where a baseball hat is acceptable

Do you push in her chair when she sits too?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Space Freely on October 10, 2017, 10:15:21 am
are bowler hats acceptable?
real question is...did they have working soap dispensers

IMO...PP is a place where a baseball hat is acceptable

Do you push in her chair when she sits too?

She's a little too heavy for me to push in her chair with her sitting in it. But we did have a discussion over the weekend where she told me I would score points if I pulled the chair out for her *before* she sat in it.

And no, with my wife no hats are acceptable. I even have a spiffy looking non-baseball hat that I wore out once that she insisted on removal.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on October 10, 2017, 10:17:49 am
Imma agree with sidestout that PP is more of a bar in my opinion than a restaurant. I'm also quite disappointed you'd spend money on pizza space when you could easily make that at home for a fraction of the cost.

Verdict: Hats allowed.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Space Freely on October 10, 2017, 10:25:42 am
Imma agree with sidestout that PP is more of a bar in my opinion than a restaurant. I'm also quite disappointed you'd spend money on pizza space when you could easily make that at home for a fraction of the cost.

Verdict: Hats allowed.

I don't make pizza nearly as good as Pizza Paradiso. So there's that.

And while I would say my wife makes pizza that is in the same league (though we don't have a brick oven at home), it's nice to not have to cook once in a while. Surely you understand!

Plus, the happy hour pricing actually makes some of the beer cheaper at PP than if you purchased it retail. So that helps!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on October 10, 2017, 10:34:03 am
I had the Korean BBQ Beef Brisket Bao at the Anthem.  It was highly tasty, overpriced, and not especially Korean.  If I were eating there, I'd definitely consider ordering it again.  That said, if I had the time, I'd find a local spot and eat before going in.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on October 10, 2017, 10:38:40 am
There is a restaurant/high-end whisky bar in Richmond with a posted, and enforced, not hats for gentlemen policy and the continual (every 2-3 week’s for 2+ years) social media outrage over it is a consistent source of comedy. Some of these bros get so infuriated about being asked to take their hat off.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: ggw on October 10, 2017, 11:05:04 am
This is how you should have handled the situation.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Hqp1bGuiHHs
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on November 06, 2017, 05:58:27 pm
Baked Bear is coming to Pike and Rose.  They need to set up a kiosk at the Wharf.

[Baked Bear] is known for its original-recipe craft ice cream that is sandwiched between freshly baked cookies, brownies or doughnuts. Customers can mix and match their top and bottom. The sandwiches can also be rolled through toppings like Fruity Pebbles, Oreo crumbs, Nutella and Heath Bar bits.  The ice cream sandwiches are then hot pressed.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: ggw on November 07, 2017, 01:14:12 pm
...mix and match their top and bottom...

Anyone heard from walkonby lately?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on November 07, 2017, 01:26:24 pm
...mix and match their top and bottom...

Anyone heard from walkonby lately?

I have it on good authority that hutch has sent him a few personal emails with no response back thus far.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: hutch on November 07, 2017, 01:52:15 pm
No...i gave up..i mean if he does not want to be around....
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on November 07, 2017, 02:08:00 pm
...mix and match their top and bottom...

Anyone heard from walkonby lately?
I believe I heard something about him and Relaxer running off together for a sexcapade.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: ggw on November 07, 2017, 02:18:05 pm
...mix and match their top and bottom...

Anyone heard from walkonby lately?
I believe I heard something about him and Relaxer running off together for a sexcapade.

Herman Otto - last post, October 3, 2017
Relaxer - last post, October 3, 2017
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on November 07, 2017, 02:30:58 pm
...mix and match their top and bottom...

Anyone heard from walkonby lately?
I believe I heard something about him and Relaxer running off together for a sexcapade.

Herman Otto - last post, October 3, 2017
Relaxer - last post, October 3, 2017
Truth is out there, Sheeple!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on November 07, 2017, 03:13:57 pm
...mix and match their top and bottom...

Anyone heard from walkonby lately?
I believe I heard something about him and Relaxer running off together for a sexcapade.

Herman Otto - last post, October 3, 2017
Relaxer - last post, October 3, 2017
again GGW with the continuity police!

I heard from relaxer via email slightly after those dates as I an extra for the Anthem Soft opening
but he declined, so don't know if Otto was manning his email while he had him tied up in the gimp suit
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Space Freely on November 08, 2017, 10:28:52 am
So for many years, our staff holiday party has been a potluck in January. I guess staff at some point decided that MLK Day was more worthy of celebration than the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim holidays that come in December. Whatever, MLK was a man who did great things, I won't argue. Let's sit around the office and eat each other's crappy food in January rather than going to a nice DC restaurant in December. Woohoo.

This year someone decided to put it to a vote. December vs. January, and potluck vs. restaurant.

Yay! December won overwhelmingly. But potluck also won overwhelmingly. WTF? DC is a pretty decent restaurant town, and who doesn't want to get out of the office for a few hours? Instead, we'll be crowding once again into our tiny seminar room, eating each other's food. I hope they do it on my telework day.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on November 08, 2017, 11:44:43 am
so I don't think it's about MLK (or you for that matter)
I've been at a number of firms that do the holiday party for the staff in Jan, because December is usually filled with tons of Client and Vendor parties as well as family commitments to parties

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I hope they do it on my telework day.
man you must be at fun at work as you are on this board
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Space Freely on November 08, 2017, 12:06:45 pm
so I don't think it's about MLK (or you for that matter)
I've been at a number of firms that do the holiday party for the staff in Jan, because December is usually filled with tons of Client and Vendor parties as well as family commitments to parties

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I hope they do it on my telework day.
man you must be at fun at work as you are on this board

Without going into details, I don't work at a "firm", December is usually quieter work-wise than January, and I'm not sure how family commitments have anything to do with having a holiday work party at lunchtime during the first two weeks of December.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on November 08, 2017, 12:14:44 pm
so I don't think it's about MLK (or you for that matter)
I've been at a number of firms that do the holiday party for the staff in Jan, because December is usually filled with tons of Client and Vendor parties as well as family commitments to parties

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I hope they do it on my telework day.
man you must be at fun at work as you are on this board

Without going into details, I don't work at a "firm", December is usually quieter work-wise than January, and I'm not sure how family commitments have anything to do with having a holiday work party at lunchtime during the first two weeks of December.
I know, you work for trump (indirectly, but still sucking off the gvmt teat)...so you want our tax dollars to pay for your fancy office party
hell no
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Space Freely on November 08, 2017, 12:54:02 pm
so I don't think it's about MLK (or you for that matter)
I've been at a number of firms that do the holiday party for the staff in Jan, because December is usually filled with tons of Client and Vendor parties as well as family commitments to parties

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I hope they do it on my telework day.
man you must be at fun at work as you are on this board

Without going into details, I don't work at a "firm", December is usually quieter work-wise than January, and I'm not sure how family commitments have anything to do with having a holiday work party at lunchtime during the first two weeks of December.
I know, you work for trump (indirectly, but still sucking off the gvmt teat)...so you want our tax dollars to pay for your fancy office party
hell no

I've worked in the same office for 20 years. We've ALWAYS paid out of our own pockets for 100% of any parties, be they at a restaurant, or in-house. (Unlike my wife, who works in private industry and it always getting free meals from her employer) There's all kinds of rules in place to prevent "sucking from the gvmt teat."

I think you're missing my point that it sucks having a bunch of cheapass, boring co-workers who would rather sit in a drab seminar room eating each other's casseroles than going to a nice DC restaurant on their own dime.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on November 08, 2017, 01:46:35 pm
so I don't think it's about MLK (or you for that matter)
I've been at a number of firms that do the holiday party for the staff in Jan, because December is usually filled with tons of Client and Vendor parties as well as family commitments to parties
We have shuttered our "Christmas" party in favor of a "year recap awards gala" in February for similar reasons.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Space Freely on November 08, 2017, 01:56:01 pm
so I don't think it's about MLK (or you for that matter)
I've been at a number of firms that do the holiday party for the staff in Jan, because December is usually filled with tons of Client and Vendor parties as well as family commitments to parties
We have shuttered our "Christmas" party in favor of a "year recap awards gala" in February for similar reasons.

It's all about taking Christ out of Christmas, isn't it? Just paving the way for the Sharia law your grandkids will be living under.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on November 08, 2017, 02:14:59 pm
so I don't think it's about MLK (or you for that matter)
I've been at a number of firms that do the holiday party for the staff in Jan, because December is usually filled with tons of Client and Vendor parties as well as family commitments to parties
We have shuttered our "Christmas" party in favor of a "year recap awards gala" in February for similar reasons.

It's all about taking Christ out of Christmas, isn't it? Just paving the way for the Sharia law your grandkids will be living under.
Honestly, it had more to do with extreme drunkeness at the open bar the last two years and a desire to "rebrand" the event altogether to fully divorce us from the spirited bouts of skanko-roman wrestling we saw in the past.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Space Freely on November 08, 2017, 02:30:28 pm
so I don't think it's about MLK (or you for that matter)
I've been at a number of firms that do the holiday party for the staff in Jan, because December is usually filled with tons of Client and Vendor parties as well as family commitments to parties
We have shuttered our "Christmas" party in favor of a "year recap awards gala" in February for similar reasons.

It's all about taking Christ out of Christmas, isn't it? Just paving the way for the Sharia law your grandkids will be living under.
Honestly, it had more to do with extreme drunkeness at the open bar the last two years and a desire to "rebrand" the event altogether to fully divorce us from the spirited bouts of skanko-roman wrestling we saw in the past.

Wow, it must be crazy working in private industry! I can't even go to the craft beer store down the street from me at lunchtime and buy a beer to take home with me because it will set off the x-ray machine that taxpayers spent millions on to prevent terrorism but in reality all it's used for is to enforce the "no alcohol in the building" rules.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on November 08, 2017, 02:52:16 pm
I enjoy a good cocktail but the last two years were so insane you would not believe me. People fondling other peoples spouses and getting into fights. A marketer got put into rehab. I’ve never seen anything like it.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on November 08, 2017, 02:59:50 pm
I enjoy a good cocktail but the last two years were so insane you would not believe me. People fondling other peoples spouses and getting into fights. A marketer got put into rehab. I’ve never seen anything like it.

What call center do you work for again?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on November 08, 2017, 03:26:43 pm
What call center do you work for again?
How about you just worry about finding some more photos of other people you can pass off as yourself?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on November 08, 2017, 03:37:06 pm
What call center do you work for again?
How about you just worry about finding some more photos of other people you can pass off as yourself?

lolwut
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on November 08, 2017, 04:04:34 pm
back to topic... I went to Kinship last week and it was one of the best meals I've had in DC in a long time. Highly recommended.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: shemptiness on November 08, 2017, 04:14:14 pm
Q: Recommendations Near 930 Club
Hi Tom, Wondering if you have a recommendation for dinner spot before an 8 pm show at the 930 club. We’re parents in upper MoCo so we don’t get to DC much and want to make the best of our night out. We’re pretty adventurous but don’t want to break the bank-think less than $150 bill including drinks. We will also be dressed very casually for the show so nothing that will make us feel weird for wearing jeans. A plus if it has a cool beer or cocktail scene. Thanks so much!

A: Tom Sietsema
I've got the perfect spot for you: Hazel, an arty dining room on V St. NW with creative food from chef Rob Rubba. Think sea scallop cakes, barbecued carrots and "sticky crunchy" ribs.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on November 08, 2017, 04:28:05 pm
Q: Recommendations Near 930 Club
Hi Tom, Wondering if you have a recommendation for dinner spot before an 8 pm show at the 930 club. We’re parents in upper MoCo so we don’t get to DC much and want to make the best of our night out. We’re pretty adventurous but don’t want to break the bank-think less than $150 bill including drinks. We will also be dressed very casually for the show so nothing that will make us feel weird for wearing jeans. A plus if it has a cool beer or cocktail scene. Thanks so much!

A: Tom Sietsema
I've got the perfect spot for you: Hazel, an arty dining room on V St. NW with creative food from chef Rob Rubba. Think sea scallop cakes, barbecued carrots and "sticky crunchy" ribs.

Hazel undoubtedly receives the YSOA and those ribs are killer.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: BrettnotBritt on November 09, 2017, 02:04:01 pm
Q: Recommendations Near 930 Club
Hi Tom, Wondering if you have a recommendation for dinner spot before an 8 pm show at the 930 club. We’re parents in upper MoCo so we don’t get to DC much and want to make the best of our night out. We’re pretty adventurous but don’t want to break the bank-think less than $150 bill including drinks. We will also be dressed very casually for the show so nothing that will make us feel weird for wearing jeans. A plus if it has a cool beer or cocktail scene. Thanks so much!

A: Tom Sietsema
I've got the perfect spot for you: Hazel, an arty dining room on V St. NW with creative food from chef Rob Rubba. Think sea scallop cakes, barbecued carrots and "sticky crunchy" ribs.

We did Izakaya Seki before New Pornographers a few months ago and would recommend that place in heartbeat, provided you're able to procure a table and have enough time before the show.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on November 15, 2017, 02:35:16 pm
If you and your partner are out for an evening prior to attending a show at The Anthem, Del Mar gets two enthusiastic thumbs up.

Every dish was A+ with great big old cocktails.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Justin Tonation on November 30, 2017, 05:28:16 pm
Heinz Mehstard
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on November 30, 2017, 05:39:18 pm
I prefer Sir Kensington's tbh
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on December 06, 2017, 01:33:14 pm
If you and your partner are out for an evening prior to attending a show at The Anthem, Del Mar gets two enthusiastic thumbs up.

Every dish was A+ with great big old cocktails.
In all seriousness, is this worth $185/person for their NYE dinner? Is it that good? Looking for a place before the Thievery show and it seems to be one of the few places on The Wharf that isn't booked already.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on December 06, 2017, 03:38:37 pm
If you and your partner are out for an evening prior to attending a show at The Anthem, Del Mar gets two enthusiastic thumbs up.

Every dish was A+ with great big old cocktails.
In all seriousness, is this worth $185/person for their NYE dinner? Is it that good? Looking for a place before the Thievery show and it seems to be one of the few places on The Wharf that isn't booked already.

I'm pretty sure you're vegan or something right? If so, maybe not the best option. Is there a sample menu?

Our bill was probably $300ish and that was for probably 6 different apps/entrees + a few cocktails each.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on December 06, 2017, 04:09:52 pm
If you and your partner are out for an evening prior to attending a show at The Anthem, Del Mar gets two enthusiastic thumbs up.

Every dish was A+ with great big old cocktails.
In all seriousness, is this worth $185/person for their NYE dinner? Is it that good? Looking for a place before the Thievery show and it seems to be one of the few places on The Wharf that isn't booked already.

I'm pretty sure you're vegan or something right? If so, maybe not the best option. Is there a sample menu?

Our bill was probably $300ish and that was for probably 6 different apps/entrees + a few cocktails each.
I'm vegetarian and a phone call confirmed they can accommodate that even with the prie fixe menu that evening.

It's like $320/person with wine pairings. Worth it in your opinion or are we better off spending our NYE $$ elsewhere at that price?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on December 06, 2017, 04:34:15 pm
$320 for roasted vegetables is not worth it from anywhere.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on December 06, 2017, 04:37:51 pm
$320 for roasted vegetables is not worth it from anywhere.
It's like paella and soup and multiple glasses of wine. It's not roasted vegetables.

If you'd like to redirect us to a better NYE option, I am all ears.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on December 06, 2017, 04:38:41 pm
$320 for roasted vegetables is not worth it from anywhere.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Space Freely on December 11, 2017, 02:44:08 pm
So for many years, our staff holiday party has been a potluck in January. I guess staff at some point decided that MLK Day was more worthy of celebration than the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim holidays that come in December. Whatever, MLK was a man who did great things, I won't argue. Let's sit around the office and eat each other's crappy food in January rather than going to a nice DC restaurant in December. Woohoo.

This year someone decided to put it to a vote. December vs. January, and potluck vs. restaurant.

Yay! December won overwhelmingly. But potluck also won overwhelmingly. WTF? DC is a pretty decent restaurant town, and who doesn't want to get out of the office for a few hours? Instead, we'll be crowding once again into our tiny seminar room, eating each other's food. I hope they do it on my telework day.

Hey, good news! I was looking at the list of what people are bringing. One woman is bringing Bojangles chicken, and one guy is making "Punch."

Score!!!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on December 11, 2017, 03:11:32 pm
Fisticuffs and fried chicken? This has the makings of quite the hootenanny.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on December 11, 2017, 10:17:13 pm
I anticipate a wickedly spiteful retelling of said office xmas NOT-luck party
Please include a soundtrack to the moments you describe, gifs would be fantastic, but I assume that's too much to ask
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Space Freely on December 11, 2017, 10:38:10 pm
I anticipate a wickedly spiteful retelling of said office xmas NOT-luck party
Please include a soundtrack to the moments you describe, gifs would be fantastic, but I assume that's too much to ask

If you knew how much of (mostly by choice) a tech luddite I am, you would know that gifs would not be possible!

The same guy who is making "punch" in the past has provided us with a party soundtrack of Sarah McLaughlin and other Lilith type fare.  It will be interesting to see what he comes up with for music this year, perhaps I'll report on that if i recognize any of the artists!
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on December 14, 2017, 01:44:10 pm
^ install shazam on your phone...well won't work on a flip phone


this is for jules..... the McVegan (https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/restaurantsandnews/mcdonald’s-to-make-first-ever-‘mcvegan’-burger-a-permanent-menu-option/ar-BBGHWBm?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on December 21, 2017, 04:24:36 pm
Has anybody spotted Cheese Tea in the DMV yet?
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: LosthismindHatch ♆ ✯ ㋡ 🖖 ⛄ on December 21, 2017, 04:57:30 pm
Has anybody spotted Cheese Tea in the DMV yet?
does this count
(http://food.fnr.sndimg.com/content/dam/images/food/fullset/2015/6/2/0/FN_Mac-and-Cheese-DC-Cheesetique_s4x3.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.231.231.suffix/1433268203217.jpeg)
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walkonbyeeeeeeeee on January 03, 2018, 12:28:40 pm
need a restaurant for dinner, before the dead milkmen show on Friday.  what is the best place surrounding metro center, that is not a long walk, since it will still be an artic tundra.  thank, you.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on January 03, 2018, 12:33:00 pm
need a restaurant for dinner, before the dead milkmen show on Friday.  what is the best place surrounding metro center, that is not a long walk, since it will still be an artic tundra.  thank, you.

Go, to haz,el, accross the street from the, club...
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Justin Tonation on January 03, 2018, 12:45:20 pm
need a restaurant for dinner, before the dead milkmen show on Friday.  what is the best place surrounding metro center, that is not a long walk, since it will still be an artic tundra.  thank, you.

Go someplace where they serve raw water. Stir up some serious gastronomical banter.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walkonbyeeeeeeeee on January 03, 2018, 12:47:10 pm
need a restaurant for dinner, before the dead milkmen show on Friday.  what is the best place surrounding metro center, that is not a long walk, since it will still be an artic tundra.  thank, you.

Go, to haz,el, accross the street from the, club...

checked out the photos, and the menu and felt the written vibe of the what the chef is doing there, in such a hot spot that is that corridor, which is still so odd to me.  I liked what I saw in all the concepts, and do love the idea of being there and walking right to the show . . . but for me, a corn fed country boy with a hotel room for the night, because no queen drives home that far that late after a show, I need something more refined and eleganza for my dollars and time.  I just know, you understand.  we like all food types and don't mind going to places, that people may think are too stuffy.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walkonbyeeeeeeeee on January 03, 2018, 12:48:31 pm
need a restaurant for dinner, before the dead milkmen show on Friday.  what is the best place surrounding metro center, that is not a long walk, since it will still be an artic tundra.  thank, you.

Go someplace where they serve raw water. Stir up some serious gastronomical banter.

maybe they play, "takin retards to the zoo" there.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on January 03, 2018, 01:01:33 pm
need a restaurant for dinner, before the dead milkmen show on Friday.  what is the best place surrounding metro center, that is not a long walk, since it will still be an artic tundra.  thank, you.

Go, to haz,el, accross the street from the, club...

checked out the photos, and the menu and felt the written vibe of the what the chef is doing there, in such a hot spot that is that corridor, which is still so odd to me.  I liked what I saw in all the concepts, and do love the idea of being there and walking right to the show . . . but for me, a corn fed country boy with a hotel room for the night, because no queen drives home that far that late after a show, I need something more refined and eleganza for my dollars and time.  I just know, you understand.  we like all food types and don't mind going to places, that people may think are too stuffy.

Then go to Kinship.

/thread
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: excontradiction on January 03, 2018, 01:10:46 pm
If you're going high-end near(ish) Metro Center, check the Lafayette, or Plume, or the Bombay Club for Indian.  If you want corn-fed, not that high-end, but still nice, Sweet Georgia Browns is hard to pass up.  Brasserie Beck is also nice, if you like cassoulet and belgian things.  WTF is also not HIGH-end, but raised some eyebrows, but I've never been.  I dunno.  There's some ideas. Also, these may be 1-2 stops away from Metro Center...
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walkonbyeeeeeeeee on January 03, 2018, 01:47:57 pm
If you're going high-end near(ish) Metro Center, check the Lafayette, or Plume, or the Bombay Club for Indian.  If you want corn-fed, not that high-end, but still nice, Sweet Georgia Browns is hard to pass up.  Brasserie Beck is also nice, if you like cassoulet and belgian things.  WTF is also not HIGH-end, but raised some eyebrows, but I've never been.  I dunno.  There's some ideas. Also, these may be 1-2 stops away from Metro Center...

those are all good choices, and I have to been to gb's, and bb.  I have just been introduced to indian, which I fell in love with.
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: Yada on January 03, 2018, 01:51:27 pm


   I have just been introduced to indian, which I fell in love with.

then go to Rasika.

/thread
Title: Re: Gastronomical Banter
Post by: walkonbyeeeeeeeee on January 03, 2018, 01:53:29 pm
need a restaurant for dinner, before the dead milkmen show on Friday.  what is the best place surrounding metro center, that is not a long walk, since it will still be an artic tundra.  thank, you.

Go, to haz,el, accross the street from the, club...

checked out the photos, and the menu and felt the written vibe of the what the chef is doing there, in such a hot spot that is that corridor, which is still so odd to me.  I liked what I saw in all the concepts, and do love the idea of being there and walking right to the show . . . but for me, a corn fed country boy with a hotel room for the night, because no queen drives home that far that late after a show, I need something more refined and eleganza for my dollars and time.  I just know, you understand.  we like all food types and don't mind going to places, that people may think are too stuffy.

Then go to Kinship.

/thread

yes, gurl, yes.  I have heard, that you literally have to order right when you sit down to be able to get the full experience of the best food, because it takes awhile.  at city zen, zeibold was a god, and I got to eat there twice, staring at him through most of the meal. those mini rolls from the box.  the cheese round.  the bar, which was the heaven waiting room for your table. 

a . . .  little less, bank, yada . . . but you are on the right wave,length.