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Hell's Kitchen starts again tonight-does anyone care?

I do love the blind taste test. I wonder if there's any correlation between non-smoking and doing well on the taste test.

about 15 hours ago
Worldwide Diner in Food Media & News

Hell's Kitchen starts again tonight-does anyone care?

I love it. With Meghan switched to the blue team, everyone on the red team is going to "shine" as the leader. I think the red team is going to sink like the Titanic.

about 17 hours ago
Worldwide Diner in Food Media & News

The Taste's Marina Chung knows what you don't know on YouTube

I did like her. What's the show about?

about 17 hours ago
Worldwide Diner in Food Media & News

Union Market in NE DC

I agree with you. It's not really worth schelepping a long way to, especially with the crowds - hence the Yogi quote.

Union Market in NE DC

Yet the place is packed on weekends. As Yogi once said: Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.

Thip Kao in DC - Report

The Pla Som is definitely an acquired taste. While I enjoyed it, I didn't love it. The fried version I had a Little Serow was wonderful though.

Taqueria El Mexicano -- Hyattsville

After a corn beef sandwich at Attman's (in Baltimore), I was still looking for something else to eat. Then I remembered about this place. The menudo was a serious bowl of tripe, tendon, and knuckles, and it was pleasantly spicy. It's as good as any I've had in the DC area. They also do a pretty good lengua taco.

Washington, D.C. Trip Report [Long]

I applaud your superb selection of restaurants as well as the vast array of dishes. Brava.

Hell's Kitchen starts again tonight-does anyone care?

Megan is the top dog. Randy seems too limited in his range, so while he's disciplined, I don't think he'll last much longer. No one on the men's team really stand out. Josh may be the last man standing? Michelle is the dark horse. She's young and seems to learn very quickly.

Korean tacos....!?!?

Here's a recent thread on Korean BBQ in the DC area. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1002097

Not many responses. If Korean BBQ is still trendy, you'd think people would chime in with their opinions on all the Korean BBQ joints (a few years ago, that would've been the case).

A fad simply means something got extremely popular and then the popularity faded. If you don't think Korean BBQ is a fad, is it because never got very popular or it didn't fade?

The only way to prove it or disprove it is with hard data, which apparently no one here has. So this has been a waste of time...note to self - stop getting sucked into ridiculous internet arguments.

Best reasonably priced restaurants in D.C., fish / thai / vietnamese

If you don't have a decent tolerance for hot spiciness, then you won't enjoy it. I have sweat pour down my head at times from Little Serow.

Korean tacos....!?!?

When something's popular right now, it's obviously impossible to prove it's a fad. I'm only guessing of course, based on how the Korean BBQ trend flamed out. Hey, I can be wrong.

Korean tacos....!?!?

Just because Korean tacos are popular now, doesn't mean it's not a fad. Fad simply means it gains popularity and then the popularity fades, not that people will stop eating them altogether. If you eat 10 Korean tacos a week now, and a year from now, you only eat 1 Korean taco week, then that's a fad.

Honey Pig, Lighthouse Tofu, and many other restaurants regularly run Groupons.

Many restaurants have failed in Annandale. I don't know what failed in DC.

Korean fried chicken is itself another fad in my opinion.

Korean tacos....!?!?

I guess people like read posts literally just to make themselves look smart (or be argumentative). My fault for not spelling everything out.

I meant Korean BBQ is a fad, specifcally in the DC area amongst non-Asian clients. This is evidenced by lack of discussion in various local media, and the large usage of coupons to attract customers. My initial post is that since Korean BBQ is a fad, I don't see why the taco version of Korean BBQ wouldn't be just another fad, again, only in the DC market. Many DC area Korean restaurants have failed, or have had to cut prices to attract customers. These all indicate that there isn't much demand for Korean food, compared to a few years ago when Korean BBQ was all the rage - only as they relate to the DC market.

My personal observation is that DC is mainly a meat and potatoes town. The relatively small foodie group goes from one fad to another (I'm no exception). I eat out every weekend, but even so, I can't sample all the new restaurants that open up in DC. Right now, northern Thai/Lao is quite popular. I don't doubt that demand will recede when something new and exciting comes along.

Korean tacos....!?!?

So Korean BBQ isn't a fad? A few years ago, it was quite popular. I don't see much write-up these days, ergo, my observation that it's a fad. What makes you think it isn't a fad amongst non-Korean population?

restaurants that don't take reservations, that will seat you before the rest of your party has arrived

McDonald's.

Korean tacos....!?!?

Korean taco is just BBQ in a tortilla. The BBQ fad is over, and so the taco can't last.

Best reasonably priced restaurants in D.C., fish / thai / vietnamese

Both Little Serow and Thip Khao are worth trying, although you may get some duplication in the dishes served. At $45 pp prix fixe, Little Serow isn't that expensive, but they don't take reservations. You can call Thip Khao for reservation, but Thip Khao is in Columbia Heights. To avoid duplication, I'd go seafood heavy at Thip Khao - grilled fish, fish stew, fish laab. Little Serow is usually meat-centric unless they're doing a special seafood menu (which is rare, and costs $55 pp). Maketto is another option for SE Asian cuisine but it's not metro friendly. For seafood via Japan, check out Izakaya Seki or Daikaya. Oh, Fishnet for inexpensive but good seafood!

Hunan Taste (Fairfax branch)

Tried 3 more Chef's Specials today - (i) crispy roasted duck (022), (ii) steamed fish tail with chopped hot chili - online menu says $20 but it actually costs $30 (020), and (iii) divine incense mint pork (034).

When the printed price on the menu no longer applies, they just black out the number - thus becoming market price.

The best dish today was the divine incense pork - these were pork belly sliced bacon thin and then they must've been deep fried momentarily (because of the oil on the plate and they're not crispy like bacon). There's a hint of sweetness but not overwhelming.

The crispy roast duck was also very good. I wish I could compare it with Peter Chang's but it wasn't available the last time I visited the Arlington branch. I really liked the texture - crispy skin but there's still a bit of fat and the meat remains moist. Could've used a bit more seasoning perhaps.

Like I said, the fish tail is now $30. I was warned about the bones, and while tedious to pick out, doesn't bother me. What bothered me is that the dish didn't really absorb the sauce.

Rude treatment at Khao San Road

If you order and eat before your entire party arrives, then you're being rude. If you occupy a table but you don't order because your party isn't complete, then you're unfairly damaging the restaurant and other parties that are complete. So the sound policy is to only seat completed parties.

I still don't understand why people keep blaming the restaurant when the party at fault is the one who doesn't arrive on time? Why not blame the tardy person who the ruined experience for everyone?

Rude treatment at Khao San Road

It's their policy and it's your decision whether you want to go to that restaurant. If you want to go to that restaurant, you should submit to their policy rather than arguing for special dispensation. Furthermore, not accomodating your request doesn't make the owner lack intelligence or common sense. As you pointed out, the policy maximizes the owner's profit, which is the goal of most businesses.

What I also object to in this thread is people who conflate rejection of their request with being treated nastily, rudely, or unkindly. I would bet the first time the staff informed you of their policy, they were either polite or matter of factly. I don't doubt the staff's attidue became less polite after the customers initiated arguments of why the policy shouldn't be applied.

Peter Chang Is Open in Rockville -- and the Chef is in Residence

Just a question for Chang old timers. Were the bubble pancakes smaller before? There certainly weren't any roti sauce served before.

Is John's Pizzeria the Best? Other suggestions?

Have you (meaning CHers from NYC) been to Arturo's recently? I used to go there when I lived in the Village. I liked John's and Arturo's - this was before Keste and Motorino's.

Apr 23, 2015
Worldwide Diner in Manhattan

Restaurant Smearing

Not all restaurant owners/managers are on the website and when they do respond, they just incite more hacks to pile on.

Apr 22, 2015
Worldwide Diner in Site Talk

Restaurant Smearing

I have a very specific thread in mind but I don't know if I can link it without being accused of creating a hostile enviroment. And I've seen plenty of these posts in the past. And if there are only phantom smearers, who am I smearing? It's like a tree falling in the forest and no one is around to hear it.

Apr 22, 2015
Worldwide Diner in Site Talk

Restaurant Smearing

Yes, people who cite "the customer is always right" is taking it literally. My point is how to stop such smear campaigns? I don't think they're violating any chowhound policy and fellow posters cannot police each other without creating a hostile environment.

Apr 22, 2015
Worldwide Diner in Site Talk

Restaurant Smearing

Some people take the slogan "the restaurant is always right" literally as justification for special treatment, nit-picking, and generally poor behavior. And when the restaurant refuses, they would submit their vengeful posts everywhere (ha, don't you know who I am, I can hurt your business!). One expects that on Yelp, but I thought Chowhound upholds a higher standard. Unfortunately, posters cannot chastise each other without creating a hostile environment; therefore, these restaurant smears cannot be policed.

Apr 22, 2015
Worldwide Diner in Site Talk

Rude treatment at Khao San Road

Another firm believer that customer is always right? That's a ridiculous notion. See http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_cu...

Customers aren't actually always right. In fact, There are some clients I'd rather not have.

Who owns the leftovers?

The kids get first dib, or grandparents if they live in the same household. You get it last.

Rude treatment at Khao San Road

Unfortunately host/hostess isn't a high paying position. Showing poise under pressure is above their paygrade - that is something demanding clients don't think about. They just think they're reasonable; therefore, the restaurant must be unreasonable.