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It's Been Years Since I've Been to......

I'd avoided Bistro du Coin for years after a particularly lousy Beaujolais nouveau party experience. Met some friend for wine and steak frites upstairs and had an excellent time far above the crowds and buzz.

Biggest, most expensive bullshit at a fine dining restaurant.

And that reminds me of the scene in Get Shorty where Danny DeVito goes off the menu and orders an elaborate eggwhite and fresh peas omelette and leaves the restaurant just as it shows up.

Jul 28, 2015
monkeyrotica in Not About Food

Chaps Pit Beef seeks to open 60 franchises

I'm reminded of Crumbs Bake Shop, although the market for beef sandwiches might be a little broader than boutique cupcakes.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifesty...

Chaps Pit Beef seeks to open 60 franchises

I don't know how realistic, or desirable, 60 franchise stores is. Five Guys over expanded to the point where all but two near me are horribly inconsistent. Roy Rogers is expanding pretty slowly and all the Roys near me are pretty consistent. I guess it comes down to who's doing the managing.

Chaps Pit Beef seeks to open 60 franchises

Definitely not the best, but more pit beef is always welcome, particularly south of Baltimore.

A&P bankruptcy

How far are you from H Mart? Their meats, seafood, and produce are all outstanding.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/h-mart-hartsdale

Reasonably priced steakhouse in MD or DC?

I recommend Medium Rare on Barracks Row in DC. Very reasonably priced for a quality steak place and very casual.

http://www.mediumrarerestaurant.com/d...

Does parking make a difference for you ?

There's a neighborhood that I avoided because there was never any parking. You could park all day for 50 cents an hour; consequently, people had no incentive to move their cars. When upscale eateries started moving in, they switched to on-demand parking and, suddenly, there were LOTS of parking spaces. I eat there quite often now.

Jul 23, 2015
monkeyrotica in Not About Food

Looking for the best food in and around DC

I'd skip Honey Pig and head to Da Rae Won in Beltsville for hand-pulled noodles. That or Seoulia. Both are closer than hauling out to Koreatown.

A&P bankruptcy

This could be a net win for niche markets like Super H, where the produce, meat, and imported goods blow domestic markets out of the water.

http://www.hmart.com/company_new/shop...

A&P bankruptcy

Wow. A&P rates pretty low, but Stop and Shop is abysmal.

http://retailindustry.about.com/od/Fr...

Does parking make a difference for you ?

That reminds me, the one grocery I avoid are the urban Whole Foods. They always have cramped garages filled with monster SUVs and late model Crown Victorias driven by people who (a) have no idea how to handle an SUV or (b) are legally blind. Takes forever to get in and out of there. The suburban ones are less of a hassle since they're less claustrophobic, but just the idea of being trapped underground surrounded by people making 18-point turns and driving 2MPH drives me nuts.

A&P bankruptcy

A&P didn’t move fast enough to keep up with these trends, said Jim Hertel, a grocery industry consultant at Willard Bishop LLC. “They got caught in a downward spiral of sales declines that forced them to cut costs,” he said. That led to problems hiring enough qualified staff, chronic product shortages and an inability to match heavy discounts at rivals. “You have higher prices, but the stores are dirty and have empty shelves, so they lose all value proposition,” he said.

That pretty much nails it. You've got Whole Foods and Wegmans at the high end, Aldi at the low end, and everybody else duking it out with Walmart for the midrange grocery dollars. All the A&Ps left my area in the 1970s; can't remember the last time I saw one.

Shake Shack opening

I stopped by the Shake Shack in Union Station in DC and got a single patty, no cheese. Dry patty with a sheen of grease. The next time I got a Shack Burger and it was excellent. That extra patty, cheese, and sauce makes a world of difference.

Marinated Mushrooms

The Luchow's recipe only uses a half cup of olive oil, which is more than enough.

http://www.barefootkitchenwitch.com/t...

Jul 18, 2015
monkeyrotica in Recipes

Popeyes Love

Popeyes Smokey Garlic Chicken is also excellent. Really flavorful and a good deal for $5.

http://www.grubgrade.com/reviews/revi...

Jul 17, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains

What happened to Chicken Out?

Looks like only the McLean location survives. With all the Peruvian and Mexican rotisserie chicken available in the DC/MD/VA region, I imagine the competition is pretty fierce. Looks like they're focusing on upscale chicken sandwiches and wraps.

http://www.chickenout.com/

Biggest, most expensive bullshit at a fine dining restaurant.

$125 martinis. Also $8 wines for $72 a bottle.

http://www.washingtonian.com/blogs/be...

Jul 16, 2015
monkeyrotica in Not About Food

Does parking make a difference for you ?

Grocery store, no. I park in the back and get the extra walking in. Although there are some groceries/restaurants I avoid because they're on the wrong side of a major thoroughfare and it would take forever to cross. Like there's two dozen cars waiting to cross and the light only goes green long enough to allow 2-3 cars through at a time. And sometimes those intersections are so blocked that only one car gets through.

There are certain neighborhoods I avoid because there's no parking or congestion is so bad, it's not worth the hassle. Although I tend to do early lunch/dinner to avoid those same crowds.

I avoid places with free/cheap street parking because there's never an open space. People just park there all day. Places with on-demand parking and those print out receipt dealies, parking is expensive enought to ensure turnover.

Exclusive: Lay’s Announces 4 Finalists in ‘Do Us a Flavor’ Potato Chip Competition

They're the chips for people who hate the flavor of potatoes!

Kraft Old English Cheese

Old English used to be sold in slices long, long ago, but today is only available as a spread.

Jul 15, 2015
monkeyrotica in Cheese

DC Eats?

It does tend to stay with you long into the afternoon.

http://erinskitchen.blogspot.com/2008...

DC Eats?

They must be doing pretty well, cuz they've got a Takoma Park location, too.

DC Eats?

Second Market Lunch. Definitely better parking than Maine Avenue, but I go there at 11am. ML does a decent whiting sandwich (not as good as Horace & Dickies but, again, less of a hassle. At H&D, I always seem to get in line behind three people and they're all ordering 25 sandwiches each to drive back to the office). I recently discovered Market Lunch's fried green tomatoes which were excellent. Nice and tart. I prefer their "Brick" breakfast sandwich to the bluebuck pancakes. Canales Meats across the hall always has halfsmokes on the hot rollers, which is also a DC thing and cheaper than what you'd find at Ben's Chili Bowl.

DC Eats?

When the weather's nice, Maine Avenue Fish Market is tough to beat. Captain White's Seafood has a good raw bar; half shells are around a buck and a quarter a pop. Completely al fresco dining though, but the place is getting cleaned up for the big SW Waterfront redevelopment. You can actually find parking there now.

Starbucks

It's the coffee for people who hate the taste of coffee and are incapable of making it themselves.

Starbucks

When they first started franchising, they made a decent cup of coffee. Now, they make their profit on the cream/flavor/froth add-ons. Consequently, you couldn’t taste the coffee underneath all the flavors, so they started using a darker roast which, to me, since I tend to drink it black, tastes more bitter. So if I buy coffee at all, it tends to be either McDonalds, Krispy Kreme, or 7-11, who still does a decent, fresh cup of coffee.

Jul 12, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains

Current restaurant pet peeve

You're lucky to get a bread basket AT ALL. They're going the way of the three martini lunch and the smell of burning leaves in autumn.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle...

Jul 12, 2015
monkeyrotica in General Topics

Current restaurant pet peeve

Ubiquitous Feta is the name of my punk rock band. It's also my porn star name.

Current restaurant pet peeve

Similarly, cold drinks served in glasses still hot from the washing machine.

Jul 11, 2015
monkeyrotica in General Topics