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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.

1 day ago
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.

http://critiki.com/destinations/?regi...

Jan 23, 2015
monkeyrotica in General Topics

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

Someone needs to trademark "Rissotots."

Fried gizzards

Cool. There's a Hip Hop Fish & Chicken off Benning Road in Northeast, but it's down the street from Wings & More Wings, which I think still sells gizzards. I'm gonna have to do a taste test.

https://plus.google.com/1090361812187...

Opions of popcorn poppers

We use the West Bend Stir Crazy for Friday night movies. Same kind as we used in the '70s.

http://www.amazon.com/West-Bend-82306...

When we don't feel like dealing with that, we do the Jiffy Pop stovetop popper. These are great outdoors on the campfire.

Jan 21, 2015
monkeyrotica in Cookware

Recommendations near U.S. Capitol.

Second Bistro Cacao for steak frites & escargots. Also Montmartre in Eastern Market. When I was allowed to eat calves liver, this was the place.

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

Gadsby's Tavern does some good colonial-style eats. Kinda touristy, but competent.

http://www.gadsbystavernrestaurant.com/

Southside 815 does solid southern comfort food. This is where the locals hang out over beer, wings, fried, chicken, etc.

http://www.southside815.com/menu_list...

More upscale, Society Fair's Wine Bar/Demo Kitchen focuses on local meats and produce. Their breads are baked in house and are outstanding.

http://societyfair.net/wine-bar/

Fried gizzards

Tony's Breakfast on H street sells gizzards, both fried and stewed. I didn't think they fried them long enough. Not crispy enough for my taste. Cluck U used to sell excellent gizzards, but all the DC shops are closed. The closest ones are in Seabrook and College Park. There's a Chicago chain called Sharks Fish & Chicken that recently opened off Minnesota Avenue. I will have to give them a try.

http://www.beyondmenu.com/34964/washi...

When I visit family in Bowie, I try and stop by Ardmore Carryout near the New Carrolton Metro. Old school sandwich shop that dates from 1963 and is still being run by the same family. Wings, gizzards & livers are solid: fried hard. They also do legit bbq brisket on Thursdays from March to October.

http://www.ardmorecarryout.com/

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

+1. The truly sophisticated palate can appreciate haute cuisine as well as White Castles, just as a refined intellectual should be able to discuss the finer points of James Joyce AND a Hot Stuff the Little Devil comic book.

Society Fair Market in Alexandria - Report

They used to do a house-cured corned beef & sauerkraut poutine that was obscene. I wish they brought it back, but my blood pressure doesn't.

Society Fair Market in Alexandria - Report

Dining in, we usually order "The Big Bad." An assortment of house cured meats, pates, jams, and local cheeses, served with their excellent bread. Goes great with a glass of prosecco. Decadent.

Weekend in Alexandria

The cocktails at The Majestic are excellent. The dining area is family friendly. Same with Society Fair, particularly the cocktails. Also kid friendly.

Pizzeria Paradiso is kid friendly and also has a deep craft beer list. Ridonculously crowded for obvious reasons.

http://www.majesticcafe.com/

http://societyfair.net/demo-kitchen/

http://www.eatyourpizza.com/old-town-...

Looking for great fish and chips (VA or DC)

Second Eamonn's in Old Town. Also Daniel O'Connell's near the waterfront.

http://www.danieloconnells.com/

The Olde Bar Opens ...

"For the curious, we asked GM Chris Mann about a few Philly signatures. Mann told us that the snapper soup on the menu is based in the classic recipe, but is "somewhat updated.”

I’m thinking “somewhat updated” means it’s a whimsical reinterpretation of snapper soup using artisanally curated turtle meat “pho,” cilantro aoili, and shaved truffle.

http://philly.eater.com/2015/1/9/7520...

Jan 09, 2015
monkeyrotica in Philadelphia

mummified mcdonalds

Maybe, but I could really go for an Egg McMummy right now.

Jan 09, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains

Topo Chico, Mexican mineral water: Help me find it in stores

I get it at Bestway Supermarket, El Eden Supermercado, La Despensa Supermarket.

The last couple times, the Topo Chico in the plastic bottles had leaked after leaving them in the fridge. I only get the glass bottles now.

What's wrong with raw onions?

How are you on cilantro? Because everything you just wrote about onions, to me, is how I feel about cilantro. It's taken me years of mixing it with flat leaf parsley to actually be able to tolerate it on tacos and in guacamole. I still can't stomach pho.

Jan 06, 2015
monkeyrotica in General Topics

What's wrong with raw onions?

The only thing wrong with raw onions is that they make my wife fart uncontrollably.

Jan 05, 2015
monkeyrotica in General Topics

Am I the only one who doesn't brunch?

I've never been that into eggs anyway, so 548 kinds of eggs, all of them lousy, is not going to draw me in. If it's 11am on a Sunday, I'm usually in the mood for a sandwich or some soup or anything but eggs.

I wish that, instead of all-you-can eat slop buffets and horrible egg brunches, we had something like Smörgåsbords with a huge assortment of hot and cold dishes. Or something like the Roman fritti stands where you can get anything and everything deepfried. That's stuff that's a hassle to make at home and I'm willing to pay someone else a premium for. A frittata not so much.

Jan 05, 2015
monkeyrotica in General Topics

Am I the only one who doesn't brunch?

Funny you should mention dim sum, because for me, it's gotten almost as bad as brunch. Maybe it's become a sort of weekend alternative to the standard eggs-and-mimosas brunch, but it's just as crowded and just as hit-or-miss. After so many mediocre brunches, I've given up on them. Similarly, half the time I go to a dim sum place for the rolling carts, the stuff in the carts is cold by the time it gets to me. Fortunately, there's a place near me that does dim sum a la carte and it's always hot.

Jan 05, 2015
monkeyrotica in General Topics

Am I the only one who doesn't brunch?

Well, yeah. Brunch is where they take two good meals and make one lousy, expensive one with a slice of melon and a lot of screaming and mimosas made with Donald Duck orange juice and flat Cordon Negr Brut "champale."

Jan 05, 2015
monkeyrotica in General Topics

Cedar Knoll Restaurant [on GW Parkway]

Can't say it surprises me. You can only serve inedible slop for so many years before people just stop showing up. The restaurant at Mount Vernon Mansion is superior in every way and about 5 minutes away.

McDonald's Burgers Ranked Worst in the U.S. - Cutting Menu Items

People make the same argument about Subway. If their sandwiches are so terrible and they smell "funny" why are so many people buying them? Both companies specialize in seeling the cheapest possible product that can be described as "food" at the lowest possible price. They make their profit on volume. And everyone at some point has needed to eat something and didn't have the time to pick and choose. Having a Subway/McDonalds on every street corner makes that decision easy.

Dec 18, 2014
monkeyrotica in Chains

Pizza Hut's new menu, anyone give it a try?

My impression is that, like a lot of terrible food, the appeal lies in "it's what we had growing up." I read somewhere that a lot of college freshmen gorge themselves on Subway because it's what they ate when they were home, so there's the whole nostalgia/comfort food thing. I ordered a bunch of pizzas for my son's birthday from a really good mom & pop pizzeria: they make their own sauce, decent toppings, good crust. Two of my kid's friends spat the stuff out saying it was "didgusting." Their baseline for "great" pizza WAS Pizza Hut, so since the pizza wasn't soaked in butter-style flavored oil and heavily processed ingredients, they hated it.

Dec 17, 2014
monkeyrotica in Chains

Which DC area restaurants would close if there were no expense account diners?

I think places like The Palm and Prime Rib would remain because they've got a built-in non-expense-account clientele who've been going there for ages. I don't think Capitol Grill or Monocle would last without lobbyist dollars.

Which DC area restaurants would close if there were no expense account diners?

"And the ones that work in DC aren't having lunch at these places unless they can charge that lunch to someone. DC people eat lunch early and quickly and not overly expensively."

What about the people who live in DC? Not everyone commutes in from the suburbs to eat. These residents eat out and eat frequently, and it's not all sandwiches at Subway.

Craving Fried Clams like the old Howard Johnson's

Jimmy's Grill at the Maine Avenue Fish Market does clam strips.

McDonald's Burgers Ranked Worst in the U.S. - Cutting Menu Items

Kudos on them paring down the menu, but they've got a LONG way to go. There's still far too many barely-discernable differences between the burgers. I don't even bother looking at the menu anymore. I'll get a McDouble or whatever the banner out front is selling, if I'm even interested in trying it.

I think part of the reason they rank dead last is that the McDonalds style of burger--the frozen flat gradeschool cafeteria hockey puck--has gone out of style. They're the bottom-rung baseline of what can be called "a burger" and not get sued for false advertising. I don't see how being able to "customize" your hockey puck is going to make much difference, except maybe make you wait 8-10 minutes for it, only to discover that it was made wrong.

Dec 12, 2014
monkeyrotica in Chains
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Un-hip Dad

+1. Why are you stuck with this chore? Your wife seems more knowledgeable about your daughter's tastes. Have her pick the place and you buy the gift.

Dec 11, 2014
monkeyrotica in Manhattan

Be Honest, You Love These 8 Americanized Asian Foods

Never cared for the duck sauce, but almost everything is good with that hot horseradish-ey Chinese mustard.

Dec 10, 2014
monkeyrotica in Features