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Reston non-chain chow?

There isn't a lot. Cafe Sano is good casual. Ice house in Herndon is more upscale but probably less than passionfish

Jul 03, 2014
lblau in Washington DC & Baltimore

Fairfax Inn Restaurant - Filipino Breakfast

possible chow meet?

Jun 03, 2014
lblau in Washington DC & Baltimore

Mokomandy

Just home from a delicious meal at Mokomandy. Yes, Cajun/Korean sounds like an odd combination of cuisines, but it really works, We started with 3 snacks, cracklins, korean cucumber salad and jalepeno hushpuppies. The hushpuppies were light and had a nice bite from the peppers. The cracklins were hot out of the fryer and perfectly crisp and the cucumber salad was a nice refresher. We moved on to the Korean Potroast sliders, which had an apple kimchi on them. These were excellent and will definitely call me back here for another round. The fois gras dumplings , stuffed with duck, topped with fois gras and sauced with a plum sauce were decadent morsels that had the whole table sighing with pleasure. Our 2 large dishes were the poutine and the boar bowl. The poutine was rich with fat and had good flavor from the house-made sausage. The boar bowl was a big hit, the pork, kimchi, fried egg, rice, etc combined for a very satisfying taste treat.

May 18, 2014
lblau in Washington DC & Baltimore

Y no reviews? [moved from Washington DC/Baltimore board]

I would guess that while many people enjoy a great meal, not many of them think of themselves as good reviewers.

May 09, 2014
lblau in Site Talk
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DC / NOVA bakery for custom cake recommendation

Friends rave about Victoria's in Fairfax
http://www.victoriascakeryinc.com/

Apr 29, 2014
lblau in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best Finds at Local Asian Markets?

Also, watch people in the produce section sometimes. A lot of the items get picked up and literally thrown back into the bin. I find a lot of the produce starts to show bruises and soft spots within a day of getting it home.

Jan 29, 2014
lblau in Washington DC & Baltimore

Great market soup?

Forgot about this company. I see they distribute at MoM's and that's on my list to check out as well.
Thanks

Jan 29, 2014
lblau in Washington DC & Baltimore

Great market soup?

found a nice English Pea soup here, with a little added mint is was tasty. Also going to try their Moroccan lentil/chickpea.

Thanks

Jan 29, 2014
lblau in Washington DC & Baltimore

Great market soup?

Having lived in London for a few months, I got used to the availability of a wide variety of great, fresh soups in the grocery store packaged for reheating at home. I've been looking around NOVA, trying to find a source for something other than chicken noodle, minestrone or clam chowder and I'm coming up empty. Whole Foods in Reston had a few, but no where near the variety that Waitrose carried, and the quantity and quality of vegetables in their soups leaves a lot to be desired.

I've been to Wegmans, Trader Joe's and Wholefoods. Anyone have ideas of where else to try?

Thanks

Jan 28, 2014
lblau in Washington DC & Baltimore

casual foodie visits london

Ive tried this twice so far. The soup place was terrific, todays salad from the falafel place was fair.

Sep 18, 2013
lblau in U.K./Ireland

casual foodie visits london

Guess my thanks never posted. I didn't try the lobster noodles, but the Dim Sum were quite good.

Sep 18, 2013
lblau in U.K./Ireland

casual foodie visits london

Staying near paddington, working near barbican, looking for great food where a woman alone will be unremarkable.
Anything but italian, any/all price ranges.
Thanks

Sep 12, 2013
lblau in U.K./Ireland

group dinner in Whitefish?

Any recommendations for a place for a group dinner (between 6 and 20 I'd say) in Whitefish? people will be staying in various places in town, and most will not have an auto (though some will have bicycles :-).
Something good, with a broad menu (I don't know any of the others, so can't tell about food preferences).

Thanks.

Jun 09, 2012
lblau in Mountain States

Moving to Herndon

Last night I tried the Chicken Rico on Elden st in the Giant plaza. Have to say this rivals my favorite Pollo Inti. The chicken (both white meat and dark) was moist and spicy. The green sauce had great heat and texture and the yuca was crispy and soft inside. I saw fried plaintains and beans as well, but didn't try them. The salads didn't look great, but who goes to a Peruvian chicken place for salad?

Apr 20, 2012
lblau in Washington DC & Baltimore

Moving to Herndon

Dennis, the Dulles Mall kebab place has a location near Foster's? Thanks for that info. I've been really happy with their mall food.
There is a Moby Dick in the Wood(something) center on Sunrise Valley Drive (the Harris Teeter plaza near the clocktower shopping center).
There is also a small Indian place in there that I've enjoyed. Wish I knew the name to tell you.

Apr 20, 2012
lblau in Washington DC & Baltimore

Moving to Herndon

I haven't tried Paradise yet, will have to make a run over there soon.

Mar 10, 2012
lblau in Washington DC & Baltimore

Moving to Herndon

There are a couple of other farmer's markets that Dennis missed. During the summer there is one right by the caboose on Thursday mornings. Frying Pan farm has a summer market on Thursday afternoons I believe. I saw what looked like a sign for an indoor market there now, but didn't get a chance to stop and check it out. And if you are further afield, there is a Sunday morning market in Cascades (near the library).
Reston isn't Herndon, but don't miss Cafe Sano in the South Lakes shopping center. It's a small, counter service Mediterranean place with fresh food and a small outdoor seating area.

Mar 10, 2012
lblau in Washington DC & Baltimore

Moving to Herndon

the buffet there has changed. What used to be fairly extensive and varied is now a smaller run-of-the-mill indian buffet. I was very disappointed the other day when I discovered this :-(.

Mar 10, 2012
lblau in Washington DC & Baltimore

Where can I get a great dinner salad? (Union sq/Nob Hill)

Thanks, though one is so old it didn't seem likely to be currently accurate. Since nothing sounded like what I was looking for, I ended up at another restaurant mentioned in a thread about the neighborhood, cafe claude, which at least was in walking distance. Other than a distinctly light hand with the salt, my frisee salad and tuna tartare were fine.

Feb 26, 2012
lblau in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I get a great dinner salad? (Union sq/Nob Hill)

Dinner at Atelier Crenn yesterday was fantastic! thanks to you all! for the recommendation. Today I walked my feet off and along the way had a couple of delicious dumplings from the farmer's market in Fort Mason. Now I'm tired and all I want for dinner is a salad. But I want a great salad, tender. spicy greens, unexpected mixins, etc. Where should I go?

I'm the Nob Hill/Union Sq area, but could grab a cab if needed.

Thanks

Feb 26, 2012
lblau in San Francisco Bay Area

moderate, fairly quiet, great food near Melrose Hotel (2430 Pennsylvania Ave)?

Thanks, I'll give Ris a try.

BTW, does Chowhound have any kind of neighborhood mapping for posts? I notice next to this thread a map that shows a couple of the places mentioned in the original post. What i really need is to be able to see all the places that posts in this board mention.

Sep 15, 2011
lblau in Washington DC & Baltimore

moderate, fairly quiet, great food near Melrose Hotel (2430 Pennsylvania Ave)?

Looking for a spot to have dinner with a friend. Something less expensive than the Blue Duck Tavern, but not a college bar either. We're open to almost any cuisine. Walking distance from the hotel is our preference. What's over there that's worth trying?

Thanks

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Melrose
24th At M St, Washington, DC 20001

Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

Sep 14, 2011
lblau in Washington DC & Baltimore

New Peruvian Chicken in Reston

I tried the 1/4 chicken meal here tonight. It comes with 2 sides, I chose salad and Yucca. The salad was just a styrofoam container packed with mixed greens, but at least the base lettuce was Romaine, and not Iceburg. The dressing was a simple balsamic vinaigrette. The Yucca was not as well-browned as I'd like, and had a strange (at least to me) sweet flavor. It was cooked through, so I assume they boil or steam it first. The green sauce that came with it also was slightly sweet. It looked a little strange to me, not like the more chopped look from Super Chicken or my favorite Pollo Inti sauce which is thinner with visible bits of cilantro, this had the look of bad guacamole, a kind of smooth, dull green.
As for the chicken, I think it has the potential to be outstanding. The spices were rubbed both on the outside of the skin and between the skin and the meat. The leg piece of my portion was moist, but the thigh was on the edge of overcooked. I can only imagine how overcooked and dry the breast from that bird must have been. The flavor on the leg was delicious but it could not overcome the dryness on the rest of the portion.
The styrofoam plate and plastic utensils made cutting the meat off the bones a tricky business. I wonder if they'll add real plates and utensils once they've been open a while.

Jun 22, 2011
lblau in Washington DC & Baltimore

Turning 50: need comfort through stellar food.

I celebrated my 50th in the tasting room at Restaurant Eve. It was fantastic!

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Restaurant Eve
110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Apr 12, 2011
lblau in Washington DC & Baltimore

casual but delicious between UVA and Manassas

We ended up in Culpepper, at 'Hazel River Inn'. We were headed for 'It's about Thyme', but a little too early for their dinner hours.
The Hazel River Inn was casual, but the prices were a bit higher than casual (28 crab cakes, 18 chicken breast). They do tapas Thur-Mon and the descriptions made them look worth a try. We were in a hurry (which my kids had to remind me of after we sat), and they were very accommodating about getting us in and out quickly. Some of the below may be due to the rush.

We had, Shad and Roe, Blackberry Chicken and Wiener Schnitzel. The first comment one son made was that all 3 plates looked the same, The garnishes were fried strips of sweet potatoes, 2 plates had purple cabbage, 2 had spaetzle, etc. Nothing was bad, though the rice under my fish was too wet and fairly tasteless. Everything was a little bland, as if the chef were afraid of salt and pepper.
I'd never had Shad roe before, and had always wanted to try it. When my meal came, it was a pile of crumb topping on some combination of the fish and roe. The restaurant wasn't that dark, but I couldn't really tell which was which. The flavor was meaty, but slightly bitter, not at all what I expected fro roe.
We saw desserts delivered to another table and they looked good and the eaters seemed happy with them.

We probably won't go back, even to try the Tapas.

Apr 10, 2011
lblau in Washington DC & Baltimore

casual but delicious between UVA and Manassas

BBQ place sounds good, but it's probably too close to Charlottesville for our timing this trip. If my son decides to attend UVA we'll have to try it next time we're down.
I'd forgotten Culpepper, there must be something there. Thanks

Apr 09, 2011
lblau in Washington DC & Baltimore

casual but delicious between UVA and Manassas

We'll be headed from Charlottesville, VA to Manassas on Saturday evening. Looking for something casual but good for dinner. I'd like to keep it under $75 for 3.

Any ideas?

Apr 08, 2011
lblau in Washington DC & Baltimore

Has anyone tried Mokomandy in Sterling?

I just heard about this restaurant today. Apparently it is a 'collaboration' of Korean and Cajun? It's in the shopping center where Hooked used to be, along Algonkian parkway.

I'm putting it on my list, but was wondering if any of the local chowhounds has tried it yet?

Lauren

Mar 22, 2011
lblau in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help ordering from Bon Chon?

Thanks.
I ended up ordering a large regular and a small spicy. There were some leftovers after dinner, but none lasted till morning.
The wings, even when we arrived home 30 minutes later, were crispy and delicious. I don't think the spicy adds much, and may even detract. It didn't really have any layered flavor, just tasted like some hot sauce was added to the regular mix.
I did order ahead by phone and it worked great. Since the restaurant is just down the street from my son's school, this makes an easy dinner for when we're in a hurry.

Mar 22, 2011
lblau in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help ordering from Bon Chon?

We're going to try Bon Chon take-out tonight for dinner. (Fairfax location). I wonder if someone can help me decide what to order?

There are 3 of us, with 2 being teenage boys. I'm figuring a mix of the Soy/garlic and spicy, with more of the former than the latter).

Do the chicken orders come with sides? How many wings are in each size (I think they come small,medium,large).

Is there anything besides the chicken that we should try?

Thanks,
Lauren

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Bon Chon
6653 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003

Mar 21, 2011
lblau in Washington DC & Baltimore