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How frugal can they be??

My Chinese carryout is just the opposite, they throw FISTFULS of soy/duck/hotmustard/ketchup in the bag. I've got a stockpile of the stuff.

I'm kinda thinking if you were to find a Chinese place that gave you tons of condiments, the food probably won't be as good.

about 16 hours ago
monkeyrotica in Not About Food

New Fries Size At Five Guys!

A. They're closed.
B. Not worth it.

http://www.phillipsseafood.com/

about 18 hours ago
monkeyrotica in Chains

When did Legal Sea Foods Tysons go downhill?

Ate at the Legal Sea Foods in Crystal City a month back. Dunno about the shrimp or lobster, but the fried clams and chowder were excellent. They seem to do a solid tourist/office worker lunch business.

about 20 hours ago
monkeyrotica in Washington DC & Baltimore

Kid Friendly Fine Dining in DC

I'm going to go ahead and plug Osteria Morini near the Navy Yard. Ignore the kid's menu and get a sampler of the cured meats, a couple handmade-pasta dishes, and some meats off their charcoal grill. Wash it all down with a nice prosecco.

http://www.osteriamorini.com/washingt...

about 22 hours ago
monkeyrotica in Washington DC & Baltimore

New Fries Size At Five Guys!

There's a restaurant in DC that does a lot of tour bus business, particularly with visiting Japanese. They started getting complaints that their Japanese customers were getting too much food and didn't want to waste it. So they scaled down the portion size and got a lot more Asian business. Their cultural norm is to get just enough food, whereas Americans associate "value" with large portion size, even if they don't finish it. There's also a Mexican place near where I work where everybody goes for promotions/birthdays/going away parties because the food isn't great, but it isn't terrible, but they give you a TON of it. I guess they're taking a cue from the Cheesecake Factory playbook. As for me, I'd rather pay MORE money for something that tastes really good, rather than LESS money on a HUGE portion of something that's mediocre. But I know lots of people who don't enjoy a dining experience unless they're so full, they can barely breathe or waddle away from the table.

1 day ago
monkeyrotica in Chains

New Fries Size At Five Guys!

Because Americans waste $165 billion worth of food a year?

http://www.cnbc.com/id/102606655

New Fries Size At Five Guys!

Only a matter of time before they offer some kind of chicken burger because of beef prices.

2 days ago
monkeyrotica in Chains

New Fries Size At Five Guys!

I think we're well on the way to higher prices/less food anyway, regardless of what customers ask for. And is "lower prices/more food" ever an option? How is that even a sustainable business model?

2 days ago
monkeyrotica in Chains

VINTAGE places DC/suburban MD/N VA

Don't know about Southeast bakeries, but Jimmy's Grill at Maine Avenue Fish Market in Southwest does some of the best strawberry shortcake I've ever had. There's always a line to pick up cakes for Mother's Day.

https://justdessertsdc.wordpress.com/...

Best Red Sauce Italian in DC on Friday

Filomena, Bistro Italiano, or Carmines.

Can You Cook with the Water Used to Soak Beans?

Yup. And everyone's gut environment is different. Some folks can stomach the soaking water, others can't handle beans at all. Experiment and find what works for you.

Can You Cook with the Water Used to Soak Beans?

Well, that's nice for Harold, but as soon as I stopped cooking beans in the soaking water, I stopped farting uncontrollably.

May 22, 2015
monkeyrotica in Features

Italian/American for 4 adults and 3 teens?

Family Friendly in DC (Near Capitol Hill/Union Station)

Bistro Cacao does solid French bistro fare; I like the steak frites. Bistro Italiano does your standard Italian American items. Good white pizza. Cafe Berlin does a nice schnitzel.

Japanese Ramen: Is it a Hype?

Your post reminds me of "Korean army base soup" (budae jjigae). Whenever I see people eating this, it's always older Koreans, who I assume grew up on it. I've tried it and it's pretty hearty and filling. Like menudo. Probably all that kimchi, Spam, American cheese, and hotdogs. I can't imagine the tonkatsu fetishists embracing it, but stranger things have happened. Look at ramen burgers.

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

May 21, 2015
monkeyrotica in General Topics

Best Pork Chops in DC

Need to bump this thread since it's 8 years old and Levi's has folded, so who does a good deep fried (not pan fried) pork chop in NoVA? I usually get my fix at Sampan Cafe. Majestic's is pan fried, Mama Reacer's is just okay. Same with Blue & White. Not a fan of Ooohs & Aaaahs. Has anyone tried the one at Margaret's Soul Food? I'd rather not go into PG County.

Japanese Ramen: Is it a Hype?

How much of that is driven by customers who go to Szechuan/Cantonese restaurants and complain that there's no Kung Pao Chicken? You can only sell what people are buying.

May 18, 2015
monkeyrotica in General Topics

La Cuchara in Lower Hampden (Baltimore): A good meal had by all.

Cool. So long as he stays out of FloRhIde, SAdMo, and SoWWat.

La Cuchara in Lower Hampden (Baltimore): A good meal had by all.

I googled "hampden Baltimore loha" and the only thing that came up was this thread.

Forbes: Why We All Talk About McDonald's

I'm sure it is, but it's not really a burger though, is it?

May 13, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains

Rockville Dinner Recommendations

I'd recommend Temari Café, but it's about a 25 minute walk.

Biggest Tip Ever?

I tipped $15 on a $15 bill at a diner once.

I read that Larry Hagman used to regularly tip 300%. Wallace Shawn, who usually tips 200% upped his amount to 300% as well. These are guys who eat out almost daily.

May 12, 2015
monkeyrotica in Not About Food

Forbes: Why We All Talk About McDonald's

I guess it depends on your market. In DC, you can't get a burger, fries, and a drink for less than $10 and all the diners are closed. Plenty of seared ahi tuna sliders with cilantro aoli (3 for $24).

May 12, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains

Going to be in DC next week from Midwest. Looking for the best places to eat some good crabs

Quarterdeck. Reservations. Now. If that doesn't work, there's always the curb at Maine Avenue Fish Market.

Forbes: Why We All Talk About McDonald's

Or just go to Five Guys/Shake Shack/Fatburger/Whataburger/Smashburger or any other place that doesn't serve dry, frozen beef frisbees. McD's decided to go the route of cheap, zero-prep slop and now it's expensive, zero-prep slop. My money is going elsewhere.

May 11, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains
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Texas style fatty/moist brisket in NOVA?

I have yet to have decent brisket at KBQ. I had high hopes for Chuck's Wagon BBQ in Bowie, but it was just okay; no bark and very little smoke. Has anyone tried the bbq at Ardmore Carryout? They only do it on Thursdays but it looks like real smoked meat. Not boiled then slathered with sauce.

http://www.ardmorecarryout.com/

Texas style fatty/moist brisket in NOVA?

As someone who's smoked more briskets than I care to remember, getting consistent results is a constant battle. Two briskets from the same cow can have wildly different results, even run through the same smoker using the same technique. Getting mixed results is the price of doing bbq. That said, I'm inclined to think that fatty brisket doesn't sell as well as lean brisket in DC for the same reason thick cut, fatty corned beef isn't as popular as lean, thin sliced corned beef.

Forbes: Why We All Talk About McDonald's

Yeah, but Roy Rogers fries came in a holster. McDonalds just came in a little paper sack.

May 11, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains

Forbes: Why We All Talk About McDonald's

Well, if said vegan was trapped on the interstate, or some godforsaken jerkwater burg, and McDonalds was the ONLY option...

May 11, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains

Union Market in NE DC

The city jail and McDonald's are pretty crowded as well. I'm not kicking the doors down of either of those places. Union Market serves a particular demographic: urban folks who Bikeshare everywhere and want their cakepops "artisanal" and their unbleached free-trade underwear "curated" and I say more power to them. But the more folks I talk to, the more I'm hearing that it's all sizzle and no côte de bœuf.