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Chicago-style Hot Dogs & Eats?

Haute Dogs in Old Town does a pretty good Chicago. About as good as you'll find inside the Beltway.

Popeyes buys recipes from founder Al Copeland's family for $43 million

No Krogers in DC/VA/MD. We usually do the chicken at Roy Rogers or when in Maryland, Royal Farms. For something that's made in a gas station, it's pretty awesome fresh fried chicken.

Aug 04, 2014
monkeyrotica in Chains

Popeyes buys recipes from founder Al Copeland's family for $43 million

Where do you get your fried chicken? Because KFC is pretty vile.

Don't think Popeyes red beans ever had sausage in it.

Jul 31, 2014
monkeyrotica in Chains

Popeyes buys recipes from founder Al Copeland's family for $43 million

You never know. McDonalds used to just do burgers and fries and now their menu is a sprawling mess because customers demanded "Heart Smart" grilled chicken caesar wraps they nobody bought. Would not surprise me that some bean counters say they need to get out of fried chicken and start acting like Chipotle and cutting their throat because the customer is always right.

Jul 29, 2014
monkeyrotica in Chains

Where to buy dried corn husks in DC area?

Any Latino bodega will have them. Also you might want to check out the refrigerated section for banana leaves. I used to use corn husks until I tried them and I prefer the banana leaves. Gives the tamales a "tropical" aroma.

Smokey's mambo sauce

Good stuff. Sweet, sour, with a little heat. Not quite bbq sauce, not quite duck sauce, not really hot sauce. Every Chinese carryout does it a little different, but Smokey's is definitely good.

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

G Mart definitely carries it, along with some of the finer bodegas.

E**a's Wood Fired Pizza

I've experienced that "stale English muffin crust" at Matchbox on Barracks Row. The same thing happened to me when I made pizza using yeast that had expired. The dough didn't proof properly and when I baked it, the crust came out bland and crackery. So maybe rather than throw out the failed dough, they just went ahead and used it. And that's why I stick with the burgers at Matchbox.

Wegmans going downhill

Never been impressed with their meat selection. I take my car to get serviced near the Fairfax Wegmans and usually stop by to pick up a few things. The last couple of times, the garage/lot has been a congested nightmare. Almost as horrible as Whole Foods. When I did manage to find a spot, I also noticed the product consolidation; they stopped carrying some of the natural casing hotdogs I like and their beer selection seems to have narrowed down as well.

For meat, I always end up at the Asian supermarkets like Super H or Grand Mart. If you're willing to learn how to trim your own steaks, their deals on whole ribeyes and hanger steaks can't be beat.

Jul 21, 2014
monkeyrotica in Chains

Lunch near Fort Belvoir -- a culinary wasteland or am I missing something?

Second the apps over the entrees at River Bend. A better deal and better flavor. Apart from the steak, the entrees were underseasoned.

I've been twice and although I want to come back more often, their menu doesn't change much and a lot of it I can't eat for medical reasons. Still, it's a nice place for a glass of wine and a few apps and gets quite crowded on the weekend.

Has anyone tried the BBQ at Ardmore Carryout?

It's a classic breakfast/lunch carryout near New Carrolton Metro, but it seems the BBQ is a Thursday only thing. Looks like they're using a real smoker instead of baking their meats, which should be a plus. Looking for something in that area that is a little more consistent than KBQ.

Seafood in Southwest, or Not?

Pretty sure Jenny's is the only sit down place left. Their crab cake is okay but nothing special. Your best bet is a dozen on the half shell from Captain Whites or Jessie Taylor eaten al fresco. The crab cake at Jimmy's Grill is pretty good but, again, no seating.

best crab cakes in maryland - any suggestions?

Second the Crab Bomb at Jerry's. I kinda prefer the seedy charm of the Lanham original.

Chinese restaurants

China Boy is a total dump. One table, bulletproof glass, specials in Chinese on the wall. Excellent chow foon. You can kill yourself for $10 in there.

Teenagers and where did you "dine?"

Every year our high school German class would go to Old Europe. Pretty sure the same blind lady is still playing the piano.

Stainless steel vs cast iron temp science

You have a similar situation viz stainless steel vs. cast iron grills in outdoor gas cookers. Being denser, the iron grills retain more heat for better searing. The less-dense steel, while easy to clean, aren't as dense and consequently don't sear as well. As soon as you open the lid of the cooker, the temperature of the SS grills drops dramatically. This isn't an issue with the iron grills.

Jun 22, 2014
monkeyrotica in Cookware

Dim Sum

Same experience here. Maybe it's my luck, but half the time I get dim sum off the carts its cold and not supposed to be. The rest of the time, all the good stuff is gone before the cart even gets to me. No big deal, as I tend to want the stuff that's not on the cart anyway, like tripe or chicken feet or that shrimp ball with the crab leg sticking out. I usually end up at Golden Hong Kong or Sampan Cafe and order dim sum off the menu just because I know it will be hot. Neither are any better/worse than what you'd find in Seven Corners but at least I don't have to deal with traffic or lines or people staring at you giving you the stinkeye so you'll hurry up and pay and leave so they can get your table.

Teenagers and where did you "dine?"

Italian Inn, Ledo's, Hot Shoppes, Happy Italian Delight, Rosa's Pizzeria, Rips, J Mart, Cetrones, Lums, Red Barn, Shakeys.

And the curb next to the 7-11.

Pizza delivery in SE DC

When I used to live near Lincoln Park, we'd get pizza from Al's on East Capitol, but that was ages ago. I've tried the pizza at Pizzaiole on Penn near Fragers; it's edible, but that was eat in, never delivered. New York Pizza down the street is pretty vile and their delivery is inept. Both the Papa Johns and Dominos near the Navy Yard are inept; you won't get your pies within an hour if at all. Jannat Kabob and Pizza in Kingman Park delivers pizza; it's okay, better than chain pizza, but I prefer the kabobs. Eddies in Trinidad delivers CHINESESUBSCHICKENBEERSEAFOODPIZZA, but I've never tried the pizza. 

My experience on the Hill has been you can either pick up good pizza via carryout or mediocre pizza delivered. 


If you're talking about southern style chitlins, there's not much to choose from. Mid Atlantic Seafood sometimes has them as a side, as do some of the bbq places in PG County. Ooh's & Aahs used to serve them along with Torries At Wilsons near Howard U. My experience has been that most places serve them plain and the customer seasons them, either pepper vinegar or lots of hot sauce.

Natural Casing Hot Dogs

Are those natural casing or caseless? Teeter has Sabretts but caseless only.

Lunch near Fort Belvoir -- a culinary wasteland or am I missing something?

7531 Richmond Highway, just south of La Mexicana. The Peking Duck is excellent, I think better than Mark's Duck House, but a LOT of the other dishes are hit or miss. I like the ma po tofu because they still put ground pork in it, but the wings were corn mealey and bad. Some of the non-Peking duck duck dishes were drowned in the usual Americanized Chinese syrupey sauces, but the sizzling rice and hot and sour soups were good. The interior hasn't been updated since 1975, but I like it that way.

Natural Casing Hot Dogs

Just to revive this thread, Safeway, Shoppers Food Warehouse, and Harris Teeter have dropped Nathan's Natural Casing Hotdogs. Don't care for Boar's Head, so who still sells Nathan's casing dogs? Wegmans? I'd rather not have to order direct.

Tabletop Grills?

If you're looking for a portable propane cooker, I recommend the Weber Q line. If the cartridges are an issue, Weber sells an adapter for large propane tanks. They're pretty indestructable and are always on Craigslist being sold by folks who upgrade to the bigger Genesis or Summit grills. Great for tailgaiting, camping, or burgers/steaks/whatever on the patio.

Jun 16, 2014
monkeyrotica in Cookware

Texas Hound coming to town for 3-4 days. Correct my itinerary . . .

Here's a map of DC area crabhouses. I can vouch for Bethesda Crab House and Quarterdeck, although on a nice day I prefer dining al fresco at Maine Avenue Fish Market.

For morning Baltimore activities, we like to wander the Cross Street Market, get oysters at Ryleigh's across the street, then take in the Visionary Arts Museum. Great view of the harbor from the top of the hill.

Recs for fall trip to Alexandria

Second Society Fair. Very reasonable prices considering the quality of the food. Also, Todd Thrasher manages the cocktail list so it's of extremely high quality ingredients and preparation.

My last two trips two trips to hanks involved middling oysters and inedible mac and cheese.

Cheap American Beers, Ranked

Schaefer encourages you to drink ten beers responsibly.

Jun 04, 2014
monkeyrotica in Beer

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

I've tried the mayo version and didn't care for it, mostly because I've lost my taste for mayo. But if you like the yakisoba and like Kewpie mayo, you will probably like it. There's a strong black pepper flavor to it which I did enjoy.

I've recently tried some of the imported Nissin Raoh ramen. Pretty steep at $3 a pop, but the broth is complex compared to the dried packet soup and not as salty as some of the other Japanese ramen. The soy is comparable to Myojo's and Shirakiku's ramen, and the ramen itself is dried so the texture is closer to a dried Italian pasta than a fried ramen. The noodles are also thicker than Myojo's; almost a spaghetti thickness versus the vermicelli thickness of Myojo. The Raoh soup packets are a liquid concentrate with oil mixed in, so you get that fatty soup stock sheen on the surface that you find in restaurant ramen. Not cheap, but when I want a break from the usual Sapporo Ichiban, I reach for these.

Jun 02, 2014
monkeyrotica in General Topics

Retail brats, sausages, bangers

Kielbasa Factory has an excellent selection of fresh and cured sausages. Worth the trip.

Carluccios "European restaurant-market concept" coming to Alexandria

I wonder if they know how often that location floods.