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8 Great Irish Whiskeys for St. Paddy's Day

I'm going to plug Contarf whisky. 4 years in bourbon barrels give it a rich, sweet flavor. I've seen it for less than $20 a bottle, which is a steal.

about 18 hours ago
monkeyrotica in Features

Good hoagies in Northern VA or general DC area?

Not a “hoagie” per se, but sub-wise, Bayou makes an excellent po boy. On Leidenheimer bread, which many feel is essential. The shrimp and catfish are solid; the roast beef with debris is excellent.

Genghi's Grill Crofton, MD

I got dragged to the Genghi's in Alexandria. Nothing great, but nothing terrible either. Standard mall-type bowl-of-meat-and-veg grill place. Also very LOUD. If I were in Crofton, I'd pay a couple extra bucks and go to Kodo Hibachi for a better overall experience. If I just wanted a plate of grilled meat, I'd go to The Awe Shack. If I wanted something Asian-ey, Grace Garden and Woo Chon are up the road in Odenton and Glen Burnie, respectively.

Good hoagies in Northern VA or general DC area?

The Broiler in Arlington does a good ham steak & cheese. Cheeseburger sub is good as well, along with their spicy Italian sausage sub. Been serving them since 1955.

Good hoagies in Northern VA or general DC area?

"DC Steak & Cheese" = L/T/M = Cheesesteak Hoagie. Plenty of Philly places sell them.

What is your restaurant bucket list for the inner DC ring?

I think the chow fun at China Boy are in the same league as the fish noodles at Grace Garden or the hand-pulled noodles at Da Rae Won.

good rub for beef

Second this. If the meat's good, all it needs is salt and pepper.

You might consider a variation on the Baltimore Pit Beef rub and go easy on the garlic powder.

Classy, expensive restaurant in PG County?

In addition to Eve, there's Vermillion, Brabo, and The Majestic.

Classy, expensive restaurant in PG County?

I think the problem here is that Lanham, Hyattsville, Beltsville, and Oxon Hill aren't expensive neighborhoods, so you upscale dining options there are pretty limited, if not nonexistent. There's some solid midrange options and brewpubs (like Franklin's), but the "classy" stuff (like Sir Walter Raleigh Inn) is pretty terrible. Your options improve at places like Osteria Morini, Medium Rare, Montmartre, or Acqua Al 2 which are readily accessible from the South Capitol Street Bridge and the Southeast Freeway. Your other option is hopping the bridge into Old Town for Bastille, Le Refuge, or even Restaurant Eve. If I were your customer, I'd make you take me to Eve's Tasting Room.

Ground Beef: Are my taste buds getting too old, or does Ground Beef have little taste compared to apprx 20 years ago?

Reminds me of the "Do you remember when Taco Bell tasted good?" discussion in the Chains thread. Folks who used to work at Taco Bell in the '70s tell of getting huge blocks of ground beef that had to be prepped and cooked in the kitchen. The stuff was REALLY greasy. Now, it shows up pre-cooked in grey pillow packs that are kept in steam heat and it tastes like nothing. I'd agree that factory farm beef, even the 80% fat free stuff, tastes bland. Demand for real-deal beef, milk, eggs, and produce is what's driving the small farm boom. We get shipments from a place in Maryland; their 2% milk tastes like whole and their whole milk tastes like heavy cream. Also beef isn't aged like it used to be. The difference between a dark, dry-aged steak and a bright red one from the supermarket is night and day.

Feb 19, 2015
monkeyrotica in General Topics

Petworth/Georgia Ave

Hitching Post for fried chicken, Fish in the Hood for fried whiting.

new BBQ discussion needed

DCity is moving to 1700 2nd Street NW, about two blocks further west on Florida. Don't know if they'll get more seating, but they're definitely moving. And on-street parking only. No lot.

Antoine's, Galatoire's or Arnaud's

+1,000 If you’re going to Antoine’s for “innovative” cuisine, you need to reevaluate your priorities. And their menu is no where near as enormous as it was decades ago when it only available in French. In a sea of hit-or-miss “edgy” eateries, I’ve never had a bad meal there. And the service makes the meal; like Galatoires, these are professionals who have served the same customers for decades and clearly know what they’re doing. I wish I could say the same for most of the celebrity chef driven enterprises.

Best Frozen Pizza (not Trader Joe's)?

If you have access to Harris Teeter...

Feb 15, 2015
monkeyrotica in General Topics

new BBQ discussion needed

Second DCity. I smoke my own brisket, butts, & ribs and this is where I go when I don't feel like tending a pit for 12-18 hours.

Oldest Restaurants in Baltimore area

Eichenkranz has been around since 1894, but the cooking was like something out of a hospital cafeteria.

Kogiya in Annandale

Is it Choong Hwa Won?

Kogiya in Annandale

Do they make their own noodles? Da Rae Won still hand pulls theirs, but I'd like to find some this side of the river.

High school trip to Washington, DC

Air and Space Museum has a large food court, but I'm pretty sure it's just McDonalds.

Union Station's basement food court has more options, but you should check to see if they could handle the volume you need.

The National Gallery cafeteria between the Main and East Wings has a decent selection and plenty of seating, but I haven't been in years.

Anyone know where to find Victoria beer in the DC area?

I've seen it occasionally at UnWined in Belle View and Bestway Supermarket in Huntington. You should call first.

Mazagan, Moroccan in Arlington - Report

Fettoosh is Lebanese/Moroccan. Their lamb & prune tagine was very good, but I haven't been in a while. Next time I don't feel like waiting in line at Pupatella nextdoor, I'll have to give them another shot.

Pho (Beef Noodle Soup) in the Washington DC area?

Cafe Bahn Mi in Old Town does good pho.

Downtown, I like Anh Dao. The noodle dishes are just okay, but the beef pho stock was flavorful. Didn't need to go overboard with the sriracha.

Ben's Chili Bowl, Clarendon (where Ray's Hellburger used to was) and Guajillo's

Where do you go for an underpriced and overwhelming hot dog?

Ben's Chili Bowl, Clarendon (where Ray's Hellburger used to was) and Guajillo's

About 10 years ago, when rents started rising on U Street, Ben's property tax went from $400k per year to $1.8 mil. They said they would shut down if they didn't get an exemption. The city lowered their rate to $1.2 mil. Hence the $8 halfsmokes.

Quintessential Chesapeake Bay-area Dishes

Good to know. The restaurant book mentioned that they used to nest around Cecil County and eat a particular kind of water grass that gave their flesh a unique iodiney flavor. Once that species of grass died off, they moved elsewhere.

Quintessential Chesapeake Bay-area Dishes

I've got an old colonial MD & Virginia recipe book. They were big on "deviled" everything and pickled oysters. Fortunately, it's in the public domain.

I've got another book that's more recent (circa 1940s) where it's more about the stewed oysters and crabmeat salad. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission posted some regional seafood recipes that are similar to the Maryland ones.

Quintessential Chesapeake Bay-area Dishes

Maryland fried chicken. My mom used to soak it in buttermilk, roll it in flour seasoned with Old Bay, and fry it in lard in a cast iron skillet. When I was in Galway, they served it with pineapple for some reason.

HIGHLY recommend "Historic Restaurants of DC." Covers the early history of regional public dining from the colonial era, through the 19th century and early 20th, including descriptions of recipes for oyster and canvasback duck, the latter of which is basically extinct.

Roy Rogers on the Comeback

I had never heard this. My understanding is that Marriot transitioned the Hot Shoppes Jr. brand over to Roy Rogers in the 1970s and brought their Pappy Parker's Fried Chicken recipe over.

Jan 27, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains

I miss old school Chinese restaurants.

You should check out Critiki, if you're into the whole Trader Vic's thing. Some of these places do decent puu-puu and chow foon. And if the food sucks, just order another Suffering Bastard.

Jan 23, 2015
monkeyrotica in General Topics

Some help for an Alexandria, VA trip in February, please

Someone needs to trademark "Rissotots."