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Mexican Chinese food on NPR

This story is repeated everywhere on the planet where there's a Chinatown. I'm sure some authenticity fetishist somewhere is complaining how this food is "not authentic" or "dumbed down" because they're using chipotle chilis and jicama. If it tastes good to locals, it will sell.

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

2 days ago
monkeyrotica in Mexico

Popeyes Love

Most Popeyes don't advertise the onion rings, but they do serve them. Staff hates to make them because they have to be made fresh.

Apr 14, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains

Biscuits are not Tacos: Taco Bell's New Biscuit Taco | BiteClub Wine Country Dining

It's the taco for people who hate tacos.

Apr 14, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains
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The latest item on McDonald's shifting menu: A $5 burger

A former McD’s CEO who retired a decade ago said that every exec there thinks of himself as a “restauranteur” instead of a guy running a fast food company. Hence the upsell on “gourmet” ingredients and “fresh” wraps that nobody buys and the "select" chicken tenders. They’re ashamed of their own product and it shows.

Apr 10, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains

Schlotzsky's

The corned beef is indeed good, but I prefer mine without a side of attitude. The last time I got the impression it was a real hassle for them to take my money. I prefer Weiss' seedy charm and they slice it thicker on request. Also: coddies.

Capitol Hill Delivery/Takeout Options

Try Union Station. There's a Shophouse and a Shake Shack. Further down Massachusetts, Bagels & Baguettes is good. You might want to consider Bistro Cacao for a sit-down lunch.

An Hour in Eastern Market

Capitol Hill Books across the street is an excellent used book shop.

Schlotzsky's

If we're going to throw in non-DC delis, Baltimore still has a few decent ones. Attman's (overrated), Weiss (underrated), and Edmart (a solid compromise).

Schlotzsky's

They used to make a passable muffaletta. There were a handful of Schlotzky's in and around DC in the '90s, but they all folded after Subway/Quiznos entered the market and "ate their lunch."

REALLY WAY BACK RESTAURANTS

Schlotzsky's

Stachowski is a good all-around deli sandwich place. For Italian delis, there's Litteri's and Vace; Mangialardo's has the G Man, but it's not open on the weekend. For kosher style, there's Max's and Parkway (I prefer Chutzpah). Booeymonger is still around, but I haven't been in years.

Schlotzsky's

What do you mean "like Schlotzsky's" specifically? Is there a particular kind of deli sandwich you're looking for?

Kraft Old English Cheese

This stuff is now readily available on Amazon.com, along with Kraft Roka Blue and Pimento.

http://www.amazon.com/Kraft-Old-Engli...

Apr 05, 2015
monkeyrotica in Cheese

When a recipe calls for 'chili sauce,' what do you use?

Heinz Chili Sauce might have tasted spicier in days of yore, but it's pretty much just thick ketchup now. In recipes calling for "chili sauce" I use Heinz doctored up with sambal oelek, which is becoming more readily available. It's from the same folks that make sriracha.

Apr 05, 2015
monkeyrotica in General Topics

Surrey, VA Lamb ham (hamb?) in the area?

I'm going to try that short-cure recipe, which doesn't seem that different from smoking pastrami.

Anybody tried the brain tacos at La Jarochita?

That's interesting, because the last time I was at Tacos El Costalilla, the sopes were also pretty oily. The ones at La Mexicana were larger and lighter without the greasiness. More expensive, but worth it to me. But I still go to Costalilla for the torta ahogada, since Mexicana stopped selling theirs.

Anybody tried the brain tacos at La Jarochita?

"The sesos, or cow brain, tacos go down like custard, a texture you may not immediately associate with organ meat. The flavor can be hard to identify, a kind of ethereal creaminess, so should you bite down on something more fragrant, send those brains back!"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/goingou...

Best Instant Ramen? (please do not mock me, pretty please)

I'm a big fan of the Nong Shim Veggie Noodle ramen. It's vegan, with no MSG, and not as spicy as their other ramen. Still sort of a salt bomb, so I only use half the spice packet.

http://www.nongshimusa.com/our-produc...

Mar 31, 2015
monkeyrotica in General Topics

Like Old Angler's Inn, but with good food?

Killarney House in Davidsonville is pretty rustic; the food is standard Irish pub grub, though. Competent but nothing worth driving out to Davidsonville for. Old Stein Inn in Edgewater is pretty good, but if you don't like German food, there's not much point in hauling out there either.

Has anyone been to Normandie Farm recently? They used to be the special occasion place ages ago. Haven't been since high school.

http://www.popovers.com/

washington dc italian

Obelisk is always good, but I haven't been in years. I've really enjoyed Osteria Morini my last couple visits, particularly the pastas and red meat.

Five Guys vs. In-N-Out

I guess that depends on the target demographic. Burgers in sitdown restaurants around DC run $15. And getting out of Five Guys for under $10 is a chore.

Mar 27, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains

Best Instant Ramen? (please do not mock me, pretty please)

I like the Nongshim Vegan Ramen. No MSG or animal products, but it's still a salt bomb. I end up using just half the seasoning packet and it's plenty flavorful for me. Pretty spicy, too, but not as spicy as the rest of the Nongshim line. The local Asian market doesn't carry them, so I end up getting them via Amazon.

http://www.nongshimusa.com/our-produc...

Mar 27, 2015
monkeyrotica in General Topics

El Paso Mexican Restaurant [Rte 1 Alexandria]

El Paso is decent family-style Mexican that skews more Tex-Mex and the price is relatively cheap. Pretty popular with the Belvoir crowd. On Route 1, the standouts are La Mexicana Bakery & Tacqueria. They mostly do carryout but they do have a few tables. Excellent tacos al pastor, sopes, and sandwiches. They make the bread in-house so it's really fresh and crusty. And the owners are really nice, too. Tacos El Costalilla is always full of Latino families noshing on tacos and they serve the harder-to-find cuts like lengua, buche, etc. Also good sopes and they have a "fixins bar" so you can top your taco the way you like. Both places serve menudo on the weekends. Ricos Tacos Moya is another local Mexican chain folks seem to like, but I've never been.

There's also District Taco which recently opened in South Old Town. Decent fast casual tacos, along the lines of Chipotle. Always ridiculously crowded because Old Town is a Mexican food desert.

http://www.lamexicanabakery.net/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/res...

http://www.yelp.com/biz/ricos-tacos-m...

http://www.districttaco.com/

Five Guys vs. In-N-Out

It's been done to death, but Five Guys fries are wildly inconsistent.

Red Robin is rolling out a Burger Works fast casual concept meant to compete with Five Guys: smaller shops in high foot traffic areas. They also do breakfast, which I wish Five Guys did outside their Dulles Airport shop.

http://www.rrburgerworks.com/menu

Mar 27, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains

Five Guys vs. In-N-Out

A lot has changed since this thread started 8 years ago. The whole fast casual burger scene has gotten out of control. Shake Shack, Smashburger, Counter Burger, even Red Robin is getting in on the game. Pricing has creeped up as well; a burger, fries, and soda will run you closer to $15. A few bucks more will get you a better quality burger at one of the gourmet joints. Even the slop at McDonalds isn't cheap anymore, unless you're doing the Dollar Menu which is now $1.39. I'll still hit the local Five Guys where the service doesn't suck for a Little Burger once in a while, but depending on your market, there are a lot more options at the same or slightly higher price point.

Mar 25, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains

Sonic Drive-In Is it worth seeking out?

Jimmy's Grill at Maine Avenue Fish Market does a great strawberry lemonade. Not really the same, but it's a nice treat.

Mar 23, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains

Sonic Drive-In Is it worth seeking out?

They're in Baltimore and Annapolis now.

http://www.sonicofmd.com/macro-restau...

Mar 23, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains

Fried Good Dale -- Call to Action!

Full Kee serves Fried Good Dale, but I've never tried it.

http://www.fullkeedc.com/

10 ways to 'fix' McDonald's (if it needs fixing, that is)

I don't think the "food police" forced them to serve healthier options. They survey customers as to what they want to buy. They test the products out and roll out some to their stores. The problem is that people SAY they want 23 kinds of wraps and salads and then they don't BUY them.

How to improve intensity of flavour in chili con carne?

Prudhomme's is my go-to recipe for a bowl of red. Guajillo, arbol ancho, and serrano peppers round out the heat and the 1 1/4 of bacon gives a rich layer of porkiness. And the toasted cornmeal gives it texture and a nice nuttiness. I add a couple tablespoons of fresh chili paste (sambal oelek).

http://www.grouprecipes.com/82743/tex...

Mar 12, 2015
monkeyrotica in Home Cooking
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