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The Mall and Visitors

I'm a fan of the cafeteria you mentioned at NMAI. :)

Jul 22, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore

E**a's Wood Fired Pizza

I agree re Matchbox and Ella's. Try Alba Osteria at 4th and I NW. It's half price pizzas (any from menu) during happy hour.

Not sure what AV is though.Vace I like. Paradiso...is decent but not a favorite of mine.

My faves are Pupatella in arlington (my #1 but the rest aren't in order), Vace, Alba Osteria, Pete's (yes, a New Haven chain), and because I'm from Queens...Johnny's pizza (the sicilian or Papa Joe's) in Franconia. Johnny (Awsim) owns several pizzarias in Queens, so his pizza feels like home to me. Oh, the nutella pizza at Osteria Marzano in Franconia is good and has been gettign a lot of press lately.

Jul 22, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore

E**a's Wood Fired Pizza

Really, you are going to exaggerate so fully that people who won't even like the place have to defend it? LOL. Ella's isn't terrible, but you can definitely do better. Pi and Matchbox are close by, although I prefer Alba Osteria's pizza (especially on happy hour) at 4th and I.

Jul 22, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore

Good Restaurant near Metro Center Marriott?

Jaleo, Oyamel, Cuba Libre, Alba Osteria (a little farther at 4th and I NW), City Tap House, Nopa. Coco Sala for Cocolate themed.

Jul 22, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best Seafood Dump on the table in Baltimore

seaside in Glen Burnie, MD is good too. :)

Jul 22, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore

Hidden Gems in Reston or Clarendon?

I wouldnt call these hidden ges but...There is a Kumo (Japanese) in Herndon. Very good sushi, and good tempura, and chinese and Thai. Iffy teriyaki. Mellow Mushroom (Pizza) is a bit unusual and there is one in Herndon.

You may want to look up some of the Indian places in Reston/herndon since there are a TON.

Unusual dessert it Clarendon (and its new so maybe a hidden gem): Nicecream Factory, where they make it in front of you with liquid nitrogen. I wrote about it here before they had the storefront: http://www.dcfud.com/2013/10/11/mobil...

There are also a ton of good restaurants in Clarendon....I'm sure there is are many threads about it.

Jul 10, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore

El Patio in Rockville - Report

I had a horrific experience there several years ago and happily thought they went out of business when they changed locations.

Jul 10, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore

Argentine Restaurants in DC or Northern VA

My family is Argentine too and I grew up somewhere (Queens, NY) with easier access to Argie food.. :)

I am NOT a fan of El Patio. The food is mediocre and their people skills are horrific . Here is my 4 year old report of their old location: http://www.dcfud.com/2010/06/19/long-....

I've heard good things about Del Campo (it's pricey though). I was recently one of the judges at the DC installment of the Lamb Jam where their chef, Chef Victor Albisu, won "Best in Leg" with an empanada dish. I wrote about it here: http://www.dcfud.com/2014/05/24/winne....

You may want to just go Brazilian rodizio and go to Chima or Fogo De Chau but they aren't cheap either.

On a side note, you can get good facturas, masitas (sp?), and empanadas Thurs-Sunday at Tango Pastry near Huntington. Their Argentine Pizza didn't wow me, but I've had better versions in Queens, NY.

BTW, there are local Latin markets where you can get Argentine style sausages and morcillas if you want to fire the grill up. :) (Euro Latino in Arlington comes to mind).

Jul 10, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore

Happy Hour in Penn Quarter

City Tap House if you like beer.

I like Alba Osteria but its a few blocks away at 4th and I. They have good beer selection (and of course wine) and have 1/2 priced pizzas on Happy Hour.

RFD has a good beer selction.

There is a new wine bar at 6th and H, but I haven't tried it yet.

Jun 25, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore

It's Saturday Night--dress up, stay home or casual dining?

If expense wasn't an issue (and you want fancy), Jardenea in the Melrose Hotel in Georgetown.

Jun 25, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore

Why does the meat in my bolognese sauce completely absorb the tomato puree?

Sounds like it just cooked down, you didn't have enough liquid. Don't blame the meat.

If you want to use a bottled sauce (I've never used bottled puree), add some water.

I usually use a 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes or whole tomatoes (and crush them myself) and add 28 oz (the empty can) of water. Or I make it from 3 lbs of fresh tomatoes (peeled) and add water.I also use maybe a 1/3 to a 1/2 of a little can of tomato paste as well (to thicken it). The closer to fresh the tomatoes are (fresh vs canned vs tomato sauce), the longer it will need to be cooked.

Jun 25, 2014
Foodgeek in Home Cooking

Retail brats, sausages, bangers

I've been there 6 times or so. Half of the times (weekends or even evenings right before holidays) it was busy and the other half they weren't busy at all.

I ask for recommendations and make them run all over the place getting me this and that (4 scallops, 2 pieces of fish, a pack of venison sausages, and chicken thighs)...and often am right at the certificate amount, and they still answer my questions, make suggestions, tell me how to cook things, and don't roll their eyes at me.

That said...I have really good food karma, give really positive energy (and friendly), and show a lot of interest. Also, I expect them to ask like workers in a butcher shop someplace like NYC and they do. They have never been grumpy or surly with me like Chutzpah in FFX has.

I think the "best steak today" phrasing might have been the problem. Of course he will say they are all good. I might have asked what his favorite is or asked what would go well with particular cooking methods of pairings. In general, I find that I get good results when I ask for recommendations in stores (butchers, cupcake stores, bakery cafes, etc) because it shows that I value their opinion. BTW, they highly recommend the ribs they cook in house but I haven't tried them.

You may want to get on their list because they do suggest special items and such when they get them or make them.

BTW, they get fresh seafood in every day but Sunday, and they carry good quality seafood.

Jun 24, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore

Chinese restaurants

My favorite Chinese places in the area are in the burbs unfortunately.

For around 6th/I:

I don't like Eat First. I'm ok with Chinatown Express and Chinatown Garden. They aren't amazing, but they are serviceable.

I usually just get caught in the the Daikaya ramen tractor beam when I'm around there lately, but that isn't Chinese.

Jun 24, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore

Retail brats, sausages, bangers

No. They are busy, but they have always been fine with me.

I do find it weird that they don't respond to emails or add new entries to the signin book on website. So, if you need to contact them, call them.

Jun 24, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore

Weekend DC Trip! Foodie advice?

Irish fish and chips at Eamonn's in Old town Alexandria.

The cafeteria at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is great (lunch only).

There are many inexpensive places near the Portrait Gallery. some examples: Luke's Lobster (shrimp roll is only $8), Taylor Gourmet (sandwiches), Daikaya (downstairs for ramen but it's about $15). Also, many bars have happy hour drink and food specials; a good example is 1/2 price pizzas during HH at Alba Osteria.

Jason, www.dcfud.com

Jun 24, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help! Looking for a Rockville restaurant with private room for party of 40

Paladar in Rockville? (The Tysons one has a private room, unsure of Rockville). Seasons 52 near White Flint (N. Bethesda)?

Jun 23, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore

best restaurant near 6th & I DC

I like Alba Osteria and Jaleo, If Shaw is close enough, Dino's Grotto just opened.

Jun 23, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore

Retail brats, sausages, bangers

The Springfield butcher makes various pork sausages (inducing brats) and various venison sausages (including brats). They don't make bangers or chicken sausages but I they might be willing to if you call ahead and order. Check LivingSocial and Groupon for discount certificates.

Jason, dcfud.com

Jun 23, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore

Lunch near GMU-Arlington, Clarendon, Virginia Square?

Mala Tang must have went downhill. It was exceptionally authentic when it opened but its been open a while. Do they still make their own tofu and soy sauce?

Jun 18, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore

do you add anything to your coffee grounds

I add vanilla or almond extract. Cinnamon sometimes.

Jun 17, 2014
Foodgeek in General Topics

Anyone doing Recipe contests?

I have recipes in Wisconsin Cheese, Vidalia Onion, Dole, and Philly Salad contests. This is all recent so I don't know how well I did (other than the fact that several recipes are killing me in the voting for the Vidalia contest).

Anyone doing Recipe contests? How did you do? Any tips?

Thanks,

Jason
www.dcfud.com

Jun 17, 2014
Foodgeek in General Topics

Lunch near Fort Belvoir -- a culinary wasteland or am I missing something?

I agree with Kumo and Marzano being good. House of Dynasty is excellent too.

Jun 16, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore

Requesting recent reports on Ray's to the Third

One of my writers says the Dogcatcher is good. Mmmmm...bone marrow.

Jun 16, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore

Momo's Nepalese in Springfield

It's ok, and it's cheap, but it isn't great. I have not tried the buffet. The potato fritters were my favorite thing.

Jun 16, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore

DC Restaurant Blogs

I am a food blogger and on the planning committee for DC Food Blogger Happy Hours (a facebook group) -- I am hosting the July 2nd DCFB Happy Hour (if you want to meet some bloggers). Info here (on my blog): http://www.dcfud.com/2014/06/09/the-n....

I can make some recommendations for restaurant (as opposed to recipe) blogs:

http://www.johnnaknowsgoodfood.com/
http://capitalcookingshow.blogspot.com/
http://runinout.com/ (Image and specific restaurant dish based
)http://bestthingonthemenu.com/
http://www.thebottomlessmimosa.com/ (Brunch and drinks

)

-Jason

Jun 16, 2014
Foodgeek in Food Media & News

VA BBQ that isn't Rocklands or Dixie Bones

Carolina Bros in Ashburn has limited menu but is decent. Inexpensive.

From Downtown? No. Just go to Hill Country.

Jun 16, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore

In Your Opinion, What is the Best Thai Restaurant in Northern VA?

Bangkok Golden is my #1 (by far). Then Thai Square and they have large delivery area.

Jun 16, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore

Dim Sum

Fortune and Mark's Duck House in 7 Corners are good. (I prefer Fortune.) Both are better than China Garden In Arlington, but it's on the metro.

Jun 16, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore

Momo's Nepalese in Springfield

I've eaten there once. Tried 3 or 4 things (including momos) and the best thing by far were the potato pakoras. It's inexpensive place to eat.

Namaste in Rose Hill is nearby and better. More expensive.

Jason
dcfud.com

Mar 27, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore

Lunch near GMU-Arlington, Clarendon, Virginia Square?

El Pollo Rico

Mala Tang

Mario's is great for cheesesteaks but they have the worst pizza I've had in the area.

Earl's Sandwiches (Ballston, especially the house made roast beef)

Those 4 places are better than Rocklands but if you really want BBQ, it is ok.

-Jason, dcfud.com

Mar 27, 2014
Foodgeek in Washington DC & Baltimore