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Pete's Apizza and Tarbouche

I've been to Pete's in Clarendon and like it, including the pizza and the veggie/salad sides. But, I tried to order a glass of viognier once off their wine list and the guy didn't know what the heck I was saying. Was funny.

Eastern Market recommendations

Belga. And, Tuesdays, any mussel dish is only $15.95(including the one with clams and a bit of lobster). Their steak frites are good too. And, great beer list.

Private/Semi Private Room needed near Arlington/Alexandria

Osteria Marzano in the Alexandria area of Fairfax (blame the Post Office for that confusion) has a private (or semi private if your party is small) room. I wrote about the restaurant last year here: http://www.dcfud.com/2013/06/28/marza...

Solo dinner in DC this week

I haven't been to Rasika (either location), although I've been to some of his other restaurants (Bibiana, Ardeo/Bardeo), which are good. I think there is a lot more buzz here for Rasika than for Indique, so try Indique. But I do like Indique and the owners are great guys.

Solo dinner in DC this week

I like Central a lot. I also like Jardenea, (Melrose Hotel), Gryphon (Great rib eye but don't let them give you the marrow butter), B Too, and Indique, to name a few.

Jaosn, www.dcfud.com

Good basic breakfast in NoVa?

Aw. Great place. Glad that you can still order cakes and such through the website. :)

Grub near 9:30 Club Washington D.C.

I was about to recommend the first 3. :)

Thanksgiving Crisis -- Apples

To be honest, Eastern Market is a WEAK farmer's market. Some of the stuff is supermarket type merchandise and includes the little round stickers. It's the only farmers market Ive found here that sells lemons. Crystal City is a better market. (Or Dupont, Takoma, Courthouse, etc.)

Thanksgiving Crisis -- Apples

He can also check with Nall's farmstand in Franconia, va if he is around there.

Thanksgiving Crisis -- Apples

Eastern Market is weekend only as far as farmers mkt.

Assuming there are other things you need besides yummy apples, you could set up a pickup at Virginia Square or one of 3 pickup spots in DC through Relay foods (if you set it up tonight). There is a code (https://www.relayfoods.com/friend/JXDVAG) you can use for $30 off of $50 for your first order.

Also, tomorrow (Tuesday) is the last day of the season for the Crystal City Market:

Crystal City FRESHFARM Farmers Market

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
3:00pm to 7:00pm

Celebrating its sixth year, the Crystal City FRESHFARM Market returns to its original location on Crystal Drive between 18th and 20th Streets. The market, open every Tuesday from 3-7 PM between April 1st and November 25th offers shopping from local farmers and producers bringing together seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh-cut flowers, container plants and herbs, farm-raised eggs, all-natural meats, artisan baked goods, specialty foods and much more.
- See more at: http://crystalcity.org/do/crystal-cit...

Tortuga rum cakes in GTA?

Check with Tortuga:

North American Sales, Customer Service & Distribution Center
Tortuga Rum Cake Company/Tortuga Imports, Inc.
14202 SW 142 Ave, Miami, Florida 33186
305-378-6668 ext. 305 Fax 305-378-0990

A good donut? DC/MD

Has anyone tried District Doughnut
at 749 8th St. SE, Washington D.C.?

A good donut? DC/MD

GBD or Astro, both of which are in DC and also sell fried chicken. Astro has a food truck as well.

Northside Social in Arlington makes doughnuts, but although I like some of their other stuff, I haven't tried them. They do make a good cinnamon roll or sticky bun (so does LeoNora, a block away).

As far as the commercialized stuff, I don't like Dunkin or Krispy Kreme, but occasionally grab a Colossal Doughnut at Shoppers Food Warehouse. There are some food trucks with good cider doughnuts.

Jason, dcfud.com

Good basic breakfast in NoVa?

Metro 29 in Arlington is one of the Greek owned diners.

Good basic breakfast in NoVa?

They have croissants and chocolate ones too. i once ordered one of their spinach greyere quishes to bring to someone's home for holidays and it was very good.

And its close to Northside social for coffee

Good basic breakfast in NoVa?

Try Leonora in clarendon for baguettes. They have other good French baked goods.

So, what's the average Chowhounder's weight?

I'd be average weight if I was average height. :)

Nov 15, 2014
Foodgeek in Not About Food

What turns you off about restaurant restrooms?

Dirtiness. No soap or paper towels. I'm ok with A bottle of softsoap on the sink.

I'm not a fan or electric hand dryers instead of paper, but I'm sure I'm just behind the times.

Lock doesn't work.

Or it has an attendant, especially one you HAVE to deal with. I'm thinking of Mie N Yu, which is no longer in business. They had little tiny restrooms, but the sinks were outside the restrooms and at attendant had to give you towels (and expected to be tipped). All the candles near the attendant were weird too.

Urinals that are too high for me to use.

Nov 15, 2014
Foodgeek in Not About Food

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

I'm very open to various Cuisines. Only thing I can think of is cheese fondue. That's Swiss, right? I can understand using hot cheese to defend a castle, but not as a cooking method. I'm ok with chocolate fondue.

Nov 15, 2014
Foodgeek in General Topics

Good basic breakfast in NoVa?

Thanks for the report. You can get their pastries in season (under a french name) at the Kingstwne farmer's mkt. Their blueberry muffins are spectacular. Some of their other muffins, not as much. They also have "Miami Style" cinnamon rolls and good multi-grain bread.

You could try brunch at Walker's Grill in Fraconia. Good coffee! I think they went uphill (after being downhill a long time) maybe a year ago. I'd appreciate a report since I pass it every day. They were good last time I did restaurant week there.

Good basic breakfast in NoVa?

Have you tried Bread & Water Company in Alexandria? I have had their baked goods at the Kingstowne farmers market (under another name) and they are good. I don't know about their coffee or other food. It's a new cafe.

First timer DC

I agree with Casa Oaxaca rec.

Gryphon (Dupont) does a good steak but don't let them give you the "marrow butter." I hear the lamb is good too but haven't tried it.

You could get Texas BBQ at Hill Country in Gallery Place.

I had a good burger at Dino's Grotto in Shaw (and liked the different kinds of housemade pickled items at the bar)...but the burger was messy. Was worth it.

Jason, dcfud.com

Frustrated in Rockville -- why can't I get a decent deli sandwich?

Earl's in Arlington has good housemade roast beef.

Frustrated in Rockville -- why can't I get a decent deli sandwich?

Hi. I've dropped a line to "Sandwich Jack" of http://eatasandwich.com/, but am unsure if he will respond.

Chutzpah in Fairfax is a good (enough) NY style Jewish Deli (including pastrami, brisket, matzoh ball soup)...although I'm not a fan of their customer skills and surliness (the places I grew up on in NYC weren't actually like that). Or, the sign saying that if I have Starbucks coffee on me...that I'm not welcome. Not that I WANT to bring in Starbucks coffee, but If I'm paying for food, I don't want to be told what to do (especially if it's stupid). As such, I rarely go there and when I do...I generally order water.

The Italian Store in Arlington makes truly great hoagies.

Beer and wine stores probably aren't your best bet.

Jason, dcfud.com

Good basic breakfast in NoVa?

Glad to help. BTW, Northside social does egg sandwiches now that I think of it.

You may want to look into brunches since there are a lot of options, especially in Arlington.

Good basic breakfast in NoVa?

Good coffee and great pastries and some food (soup, maybe a sandwich) but no eggs: Natalia's Elegant Creations in Fall Church. Not open evenings. They do a sunday high tea by reservation, btw.

Good coffee (try a "flat white") and desserts (more like cakes than pastries) and on weekends brunch items (some eggs but not "basic"): Cassatt's (New Zealand Cafe) in arlington. In the same strip, Randolphs's has good french pastries but is a bakery with only a few stools. I don't know if they have coffee or how good it is.

Leonora in Clarendon is a French bakery with good pastries. i dont think they have seating. unsure if they have coffee or how good it is. It is near Northside Social.

Good Argentine pastries (facturas and masitas (sp?)) on certain days (thurs-sunday) at Tango Pastry near Huntington. No idea about the coffee. Some food but not breakfast stuff...i think.

Good basic breakfast in NoVa?

I don't know what you consider great coffee, but to me, diners don't have the best coffee. That said: these are good local diners:

I like Virginia Kitchen/Waffle King in Herndon, an old school diner than makes their own jams and some of their pies. They have different specials daily. There is a good bakeshop (The Boutique Bakeshop)in the same strip mall, if that helps. You can even grab good bagels at Bagel Cafe (a little farther down) on the way out.

I like Original Pancake House in Falls Church.

Near you, Silver Diner (Springfield Mall) is coming to mind. They do a good job with breakfast and have great wheat toast (not in house but artisinal).

A diner with house made baked goods (cakes, cookies, muffins)...Metro 29 Diner in Arlington comes to mind.

As for very good coffee and goods, Northside Social in Arlington (a coffeehouse/winebar). Not a diner though.

My current favorite coffee place is La Colombe in DC but if only serves a few pastries.

Jason, dcfud.com

Three days near Dupont Circle

Some of my favorites within a few stops of so of Dupont on the red line are Casa Oaxaca (Mexican for the moles) and Amsterdam Felafel in Adams Morgan. Indique in Cleveland Park, In Galley Place/Penn Quarter/Chinatown are Daikaya (downstairs)for ramen (you can sit at the bar alonr if you'd like a solo place), Oyamel, Jaleo, and Zaytinya, and for beer selection, City Taphouse, RFD, and Alba Osteria (half price pizza HH at the bar good for solo too). GBD (donuts and fried chicken) and DGS (kosher style but not low end) in Dupont Dupont.

Jason, www.dcfud.com

Your Favorite Ethnic Dives in DC Area?

I would have chosen Bangkok Golden (Seven Corners area of Falls Church) instead of Duangrats for sure, on price and quality. Plus it has both Thai and Laos cuisines. Thanks for reporting back.

Jason, www.dcfud.com, @jfoodgeek (twitter)

Your Favorite Ethnic Dives in DC Area?

My ethnic dive recs:

Bangkok Golden (Thai/Laos)
House of Dynasty in Franconia (Americanized Chinese, been there 30 years)
Etete (Ethiopian)
el pollo rico
Pupatella (pizza)
Japanese: Kanpai (Rossyn), Kumo (franconia, Herndon). Also: Daikaya (ramen)
taqueria el charrito caminante, taqueria distrito federal
Casa Oaxaca
Tango Pastry
joe's noodle house (Sicuhuan)
Kabob Bazaar, Ravi Kabob

-Jason, dcfud.com