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AVOID Malibu Grill like the plague!

AlexDer, thanks for the recommendation on Texas de Brazil and I have done so...I will not spend $45-$50 for this type of meal

Logan's Road House on the other hand serves only better dog food. I had one of the worst porterhouse steaks in my life there a month or so ago and will never go back. The Blue Iguana next door is 100 times better

Temel, Fairfax

I've eaten so many different ethnic foods lately but the one I was missing was Greek/Turkish food. So today I used Google to find the local Greek/Turkish restaurants near my office in Fairfax and Temel came up. I checked out the website and decided that the menu looked good and to try it out.
What a great treat!
Although the place is really in an obscure location, people must be able to find it because they have been around for nine years.
I went to a late lunch/early dinner and there were only one other party in the restaurant which scared me along with the hidden location.
Istarted out with a cup of red lentil soup which was absolutely delicious. I'm not a fan of pureed soups but this was great. Had a hint of either nutmeg, clove, or cinnamin sneaking through and very tasty. It came with a basket of very hot Turkish bread. I had an Efes beer that was cold and tasty.
The next two plates were the Dolma and Phyllo Cigar appetizers. Again, both were delicious. The Dolma wasn't soggy, the rice stuffing has pine nuts and olives as well as seasoned rice with a hint of spice. Very good. The Phyllo Cigars were stuffed with a well porportioned mixture of cheese to phyllo and then baked till lightly golden. Very tasty and neither greasy or heavy.
I then had the entree lamb kabob with vegetable skewer and side of white rice. Two nice sized lamb kabobs with well seasoned flavors on everything. I tried a glass of dry Turkish red wine called Yakut Kavaklidere that hid the spot with the lamb. For dessert I couldn't pass up trying the baklava after everythnig else was great and this didn't disappoint. Super moist, sweet, and the phyllo so crispy along with the chopped pistachios. Accomponied by a glass of amaretto, this meal was a grand slam!!!
They do a wonderful job with the food and although the menu isn't gigantic, it has everything I needed.
I highly recommend this out-of-the-way place and give it 8.5 out of 10. The only negative was that everything behind the bar including bottles, liquor, glasses, and shelves had A LOT of dust on them.

AVOID Malibu Grill like the plague!

Last night I was in the mood for a steak and didn't feel like Morton's or Ruth Chris. Against my better judgement I went to Malibu Grill in Fair Lakes. This Brazilian Steakhouse served the worst meat I have ever experienced! Every cut, the lamb, pork, steak, and all others except the chicken tasted like a old shoe. The quality of the meat was equal to table scraps, tough as nails and fatty. I couldn't believe how many pieces of meat I had to spit out on my plate because they were too tough. I wouldn't feed this to an animal.
Add in the fact that their draft beer wasn't working and the first bottle of Heineken they served me was room tempature, and it added up to one of the worst dining experiences of my life. The sides were OK and the fresh salsa was the only highlight.

I should have known when they told me it was $18.95 as oposed to Texas de Brazil or Fogo de Chau that is around $49.95 Also there were only 3 or 4 other small groups eating at 6pm, another warning sign.
Most times you really do get what you pay for and I learned my lesson the hardway.

Avoid this place at all costs and the new name I have given this place:The Roadkill Grill!

Sliders...

Ruby Tuesday's has awesome sliders! They are called mini-Ruby's and you get 4 that are hamburger, pickle, cheese, onion ring, and toasted bun.

On the other pricing scale, Morton's Steak House has a filet mignon slider served at the bar during happy hour.

5 guys? Is it really that good?

They are EXTREMELY over-hyped and the two times I ate there the fries were horrible and soggy! The burger is better than average but even Ruby Tuesday's serves a much better burger. You would be better served elsewhere

Apr 05, 2008
LoveFood2Much in Chains

Clyde's in Reston-Review

I've lived in downtown Reston for the past 7 months and although I've walked by Clyde's numerous times and even went in once briefly on a Friday only to see the bar three deep, I found the perfect opportunity yesterday to FINALLY eat an early dinner at the bar, around 4:00pm.

There were only 6 or 7 other people there but the bartender immediately asked me what I was drinking and if I wanted a menu.
I had a beer while deciding what to eat and asked him many questions about what he thought of the different items I was considering.

I settled on the American Cheese Platter, the Mussels, and the Lamb Shank for dinner.

I ordered a bottle of $42 Silvio Grasso Fontanelle Barbera d'Alba Talia Piedmont Ried that was half priced on Sundays for $21. First kudos

The cheese plate had 4 GREAT tasting cheeses that were a large slice of 2-3 bites. They were served with a warm raisin walnut bread that didn't overwhelm the cheese. Also a small ramiken of raisins.The cheeses were a hard sharp cow's milk, a mild blue cheese, a soft fontina-type, and finally a very delicious triple cream. Second kudos

Second was the mussels in red broth with potato chunks, pieces of tomato, spices, and chorizo sausage. The mussels were plentiful, about 20-25. They had not a single grain of sand or grit and tasted great. The bread for dipping added to the fun. Third kudos

Then came the very large and meaty lamb shank with couscous and wilted spinach in lamb stock gravy. The lamb was super tender, spectacular with great flavor and little to no fat. Spinach and couscous were great sides. Fourth Kudos

A woman next to me asked me what was I eating that smelled so good and I told her it was the lamb. I thought she was going to dive right in my plate!

I then asked her and her friend what dessert looked the best to them and they said the pear and caramel bread pudding with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream; which I ordered and shared some with them. I had a Chambord on the rocks as well. We all agreed the bread pudding was delicious. Fifth Kudos.

Throw in GREAT service from an older male bartender who was "old school" and this was just a wonderful way for a single guy who really enjoys great food to spend his Sunday afternoon!

Total before tip: $88.00

I'm glad I finally made it here and as Arnold said: "I'll be back"

Best Lasagna in NoVa-not Balt or DC

Thanks to all who responded. Looks like I have a few great options with Aphioni's recommendation to Emilio's leading the pack. My mouth is watering just from the description.
BTW, my co-worker just ate at Bebo Trattoria last week with his girlfriend and said it has gone downhill. Said he thinks they have a new chef. I've never eaten there but he said it used to be the best and now disappointing.

Best Lasagna in NoVa-not Balt or DC

I've read through the many comments about Italian restaurants like Dino's in Baltimore in regards to their lasagna.

I would like to find the best Lasagna in NoVa and don't say Carrabba's. I've tried Il Fornaio's and it's not bad but I've had better. Also, please don't start mentioning restaurants that are not in the NoVa area. I will try Dino's if I want to venture out of the area.

What I am looking for is a good portion, price not important, very cheesy, many layers, not too much sauce but thick not watery, pork and beef filling, and very firm especially the noodles. Lasagna shouldn't be like a big plate of "mush".

If it doesn't exist-I'll go outside the area.

Thanks for any and all responses.....

BTW, I've utilized at least one recommendation from every topic I've created so I value fellow Chowhounds opinions and greatly appreciate them.

Tipping while eating at the bar in NoVa/DC/MD

Thanks for everyone's advice-I've always tipped 20%+ at the bar and some people told me that was too much for just eating at a bar, especially if the food and wine was on the expensive side. Said the waiters and waitresses have to shuffle all over the restaurant and back and forth for drinks while a bartender is just pouring drinks and usually the meal is brought out by someone else.
20% on $10-12 wine and $10 apps and $25 entrees at a bar seem a little steep.
After all the years of eating out and so much money left behind, not sure why it's been bothering lately. Maybe the constant poor service is finally getting to me.
Thanks again to all.........

Feb 07, 2008
LoveFood2Much in Not About Food

Tipping while eating at the bar in NoVa/DC/MD

I apologize if this belongs on a different board but couldn't find any other post like this.

After many years of overtipping, I want to ask fellow CH's what is an acceptable tip when eating at the bar of a restaurant. I've put too many incompetent servers through college with the money I've let behind as a tip.
I'm a single male who eats out 95% of the time at a variety of price levels. From a Ruby Tuesday's to a Proof to Dixie Bones to Il Forniao.
When you only have a bartender most of the time serving everything, and in this area the service is possible the worst I've experienced in my 27 years of world traveling and dining, what are accetable levels of tipping for poor, fair, good, and great service???

Feb 05, 2008
LoveFood2Much in Not About Food

Sichuan Style Chinese Food in DC?

I went to China Star in Fairfax for lunch yesterday.

Eventhough the look and feel of this place in a big strip mall seems "Americanized" it definitely is not.

Had:
Cold appetizer Spicy Peppercorn Beef with Cilantro. Very good, flavorful, and just a perfect portion.
(2) Spring Rolls and Fried Dumplings- Both very crispy and good. Obvioulsy not Szechuan cooking
For entree I had the Shredded Pork with Sour Mustard and Rice Noodle. Also very good.
I certainly didn't get to sample a large variety to sample but by the limited dishes all done well and the spicy Szechuan flavors, I'll add my recommendation for this place.
I've been to China and Hong Kong 50+ times combined and have sampled great food there so I understand your cravings.........Hope you find the one that hits the spot.

Good Pho in D.C.?

Dennis S-thanks for taking the time out to try one of my recommendations and the honest review.

I will return the favor and try Pho Hot within the next week or so and write my review.

Good chinese dim sum restaurants in or around washington DC

Chownut-thanks for the tip on the tea.
However, many lighter Chards go VERY well with dim sum and are recommended by a lot of sommeliers. I would prefer a Sauvignon Blanc but most dim sum places won't have it. (Except Yank Sing in SF)

Good chinese dim sum restaurants in or around washington DC

bumpthekoala, I'm terribly sorry that our tastes seem to be so polar opposite.
I normally have a glass of Chardonnay with my dim sum as it compliments the chili oil and spices. I rarely drink tea with dim sum as the caffeine causes me indegestion after dim sum. So the tea I can not comment on.
However, when most are STEAMED plates they have a softer non-crispy texture whereas the Chive Dumplings were pan fried and very crispy.
Scallion Balls? I think you meant Sesame balls.
I've eaten dim sum in Hong Kong and China 100 times, San Francisco and Toronto another 50+, and a few times in New York City, so I think have a pretty good base for evaluation.
What are your favorite dim sum places locally? Best few anywhere?

Good chinese dim sum restaurants in or around washington DC

I had made this same request 3-4 months ago after I had the Misfortune of trying dim sum at Fortune in Arlington. It was horrible.
I got many recommendations and I am very, very happy to announce that I just returned from Mark's Duck House and here is my review.
I arrived a little earlier than normal at 10:30 am due to the fact everyone on this board says how awfully crowded this place gets. Seated immediately and provided tea. There was about 10 tables occupied or about 20-25% full. The carts came out a little slow initially but then I realized how great this was-they didn't want to load up 10 carts full of food and push them around so the food got cold. EVERYTHING I had was piping hot. First kudo's. It also allowed me not to do the usual mistake and over stuff the table in the first 10-15 minutes.
This is what I had:
1. Steamed Shrimp Dumplings (4) -absolutely delicious with a big flavorful shrimp and a nice lite wrapper
2. Chive Dumplings (3)- These again were just fabulous. The outside was SO incredible crispy and then rest so delicious. Great balance and flavor with no greasiness
3. Turnip Cake (3)- This is one of my favorite things to order at dim sum and many people don't like the taste/texture. I would say this was one of the best I've ever eaten. The top and bottom was just so crispy with no grease, the inside light and tasty, and the little bits of meat just made this a winner.
5. Pan Fried Bean Sheet Cake (3)-This was another big winner. The tofu wrapper just incredible and the flavors of the pork patty inside was top notch.
6. Chinese Broccoli-Winner and cooked to perfection: a little crunchy with an awesome thick sweetened brown sauce poured over top.
7. Pork in Rice Noodle (3) - I would say this was good not great. The flavor and taste were outstanding but the ratio of rice noodle to pork was a little too heavy and should be a little less noodle IMHO but still good.
8. Shrimp paste wrapped in Seaweed (3)- This was probably the only item that I didn't care for. I ate one but it was a little dry and too big in size. If this was maybe 1/2 the size and a little more moist, it would have been better,. The seawood wrapper was very good and crispy.
9. Pork Shiu Mai (4) - Very good and served hot-this is hard for a dim sum place to mess up as it is Dim Sum 101.
10. Sesame Balls (3) - When they first arrived I thought I was gonna burst. They were larger than a golf ball and I figured I could get one down and the other two would be taken home. Well let me tell you that these sesame balls were the absolute BEST I've eaten anywhere in the world, including China, Hong Kong, San Francisco, and Toronto. They were so crispy and the lightest I've ever tasted. Somehow most of the inside was hollow and a little yellow coconut paste with what I think was condensed milk was in the center to sweeten it, I always dunk the balls in a little soy sauce and the salty taste of the soy along with the sesame and sweet insides is a complete joyful experience.

After my awful experience at Fortune and the not so great talk of less than good dim sum in this NoVa area, I am so, so happy I tried here. It is a 9 on a scale of 10. I will definitely be back and next time I will bring a few friends.

I wish a couple of the other dishes would have been out earlier for me to add variety to all the starch platters I ate but I am still a very happy and very full chowhound.

If you do not like the dim sum here, you shouldn't eat dim sum ever. This is the real McCoy.

Proof

This is my recent review on another thread but I'll copy here for you. Hope it helps.
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I promised I would right a review the moment I tried Proof, my first choice after so many wonderful recommendations from everyone and here it is:
I decided to drive into DC from NoVa for the Wizards game and get there early enough to try Proof. Easy drive in, easy to park, and over an hour to eat. When I arrived at Proof at 5:45 pm, I was very happy to see the restaurant and bar only around 35-40% full at that time. I made my way to the end seat at the bar next to the wine cooler and immediately was offered the menu and wine selection. Kudo's for service. I ordered up the regular pour of Catalina Sounds Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2006. Think it was $12. Very nice flavor with a clean, dry finish. Nice start. After looking over the menu and deciding I wanted to keep to my original goal of wine and cheese rather than a full meal, I ordered the full Charcuterie Board for $28 and selected 6 cheeses for $22. I remember the following cheeses: a delicious semi-soft Cana de Cabra from Spain which was my absolute favorite, a Cashmel Blue from Ireland which came in second with an incredible soft flavor that was tasty for a blue but not overwhelming like some heavier ones can be, I ordered the Nettle Meadow Kunik cow/sheep blend, also semi soft, from Upstate New York which was very good, I had a local cow's milk variety from Virginia that I can not remember that was very good and orange in color, a French semi soft also good, and the only cheese that was bland was a hard Swiss-like variety not from Switzerland and I can't remember, that lacked much of anything and had only a very small trace of pecorino like flavors. I also had the Lemon Herb Marinated Olives for $5 that were delicious. Along with the accompanying prunes, cornichon, mustard, crispy bread, this meal was an absolute winner.
I traded up for a glass and a half of California Cabernet Sauvignon for $19 to help offset the heaviness of the meats and it worked wonderfully well. The Serano Ham was so full of flavor and smokiness, the prosciutto melted in my mouth, and the dried salumi and other meats were just incredible, especially the Speck and Coppa.

What was funny was that when my two boards and olives were brought out, everyone at the bar was ogling them and then everyone ordered something after see my feast!

The meal came to $88 without a tip. The restaurant also was getting crowded very quickly as I left at 6:55 pm.

This restaurant was a 10 and my high expectations were not only met but exceeded!!! The amount of food you receive, especially the amount of cheese is a very big portion in comparison to any other place I've tried. Each cheese wedge was a 3-5 portion piece. The meat was also plentiful. Next time I may order a meal but if the cheeses are a new variety, it may be tough! Thanks to all who recommeded this wonderful place.

Brussel Sprouts and/or Spätzle

Another favorite and delicious dish that I once had a few years ago but never see anywhere is cabbage and egg noodles with pieces of fried soft bacon. This sounds funky but truste me, it tastes great!!!

Brussel Sprouts and/or Spätzle

CORRECTION on last line:
"This is probably one of the few vegetables that you CAN'T over cook when boiling."

Brussel Sprouts and/or Spätzle

Minger-most times I have Brussel Sprouts at a good German restaurant or when my Grandmother used to cook them, they would add bacon grease to cook them after boiling them with salt in the water for a while to soften them up and add butter at the end. Many places that serve Brussel Sprouts occasional seem to serve them undercooked so they are hard, bitter, or flavorless. This is probably one of the few vegetables that you can over cook when boiling.

Brussel Sprouts and/or Spätzle

Bonz-this menu looks intriguing. The side says Gratin of Brussel Sprouts. Do they coat them in a crust or cream type casserole?

Brussel Sprouts and/or Spätzle

Also, I am trying to keep it close to a 20-30 minute drive so Baltimore and Annapolis are out for this request.

Brussel Sprouts and/or Spätzle

Sorry for the confusion- not together just individually

Thanks for all the rec's so far. I work very close to Lamplighter so may need to try it.
I also hear Euro Bistro in Herndon/Reston border is very good

Brussel Sprouts and/or Spätzle

Looking for a restaurant in NoVa or DC that serves great Brussel Sprouts and Spätzle. Thanks to all who suggest.

Wine and Cheese Bar in NoVA?

MikeR----ROTFLMAO!!!
Yes, I am BOTH a huge fan of small plate style appetizers, tapas, cheeses and wines as well as a big eater. (Notice my nom de plume) This meal served as both lunch and dinner and believe it or not, was not that heavy compared to some entrees I've eaten in the past. Didn't leave feeling full at all. I was very thirsty however by evenings end from all the salt from the cured meats.
The cheese and meats were $50 and then wines pushed the bill to $88. Well worth every penny IMHO.
DCDOLL-Veritas was another on my list but the only thing that I keep reading that doesn't thrill me is the noise level. I'm not thrilled with the new "yelling" style of discussion that we need at many retsaurants to carry on a conversation.
Does anyone, especially the 20-30 generation know how to whisper or talk softly? I am amazed at the intimate details that some people are willing to share with a room full of strangers these days. LOL

Thanks again for everyone's wonderful suggestions. I really utilize Chowhound and think most recommendations are spot on as opposed to the food critics.

Wine and Cheese Bar in NoVA?

I promised I would right a review the moment I tried Proof, my first choice after so many wonderful recommendations from everyone and here it is:
I decided to drive into DC from NoVa for the Wizards game and get there early enough to try Proof. Easy drive in, easy to park, and over an hour to eat. When I arrived at Proof at 5:45 pm, I was very happy to see the restaurant and bar only around 35-40% full at that time. I made my way to the end seat at the bar next to the wine cooler and immediately was offered the menu and wine selection. Kudo's for service. I ordered up the regular pour of Catalina Sounds Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2006. Think it was $12. Very nice flavor with a clean, dry finish. Nice start. After looking over the menu and deciding I wanted to keep to my original goal of wine and cheese rather than a full meal, I ordered the full Charcuterie Board for $28 and selected 6 cheeses for $22. I remember the following cheeses: a delicious semi-soft Cana de Cabra from Spain which was my absolute favorite, a Cashmel Blue from Ireland which came in second with an incredible soft flavor that was tasty for a blue but not overwhelming like some heavier ones can be, I ordered the Nettle Meadow Kunik cow/sheep blend, also semi soft, from Upstate New York which was very good, I had a local cow's milk variety from Virginia that I can not remember that was very good and orange in color, a French semi soft also good, and the only cheese that was bland was a hard Swiss-like variety not from Switzerland and I can't remember, that lacked much of anything and had only a very small trace of pecorino like flavors. I also had the Lemon Herb Marinated Olives for $5 that were delicious. Along with the accompanying prunes, cornichon, mustard, crispy bread, this meal was an absolute winner.
I traded up for a glass and a half of California Cabernet Sauvignon for $19 to help offset the heaviness of the meats and it worked wonderfully well. The Serano Ham was so full of flavor and smokiness, the prosciutto melted in my mouth, and the dried salumi and other meats were just incredible, especially the Speck and Coppa.

What was funny was that when my two boards and olives were brought out, everyone at the bar was ogling them and then everyone ordered something after see my feast!

The meal came to $88 without a tip. The restaurant also was getting crowded very quickly as I left at 6:55 pm.

This restaurant was a 10 and my high expectations were not only met but exceeded!!! The amount of food you receive, especially the amount of cheese is a very big portion in comparison to any other place I've tried. Each cheese wedge was a 3-5 portion piece. The meat was also plentiful. Next time I may order a meal but if the cheeses are a new variety, it may be tough! Thanks to all who recommeded this wonderful place.

Il Fornaio Reston

I've NEVER had any problem with the taste or quality of food in any of their restaurants. Their pizzas are wonderful and they do have some unique dishes. I really, really miss the fresh bakery and sandwich shop they have in their San Francisco location. They made great sandwiches and pastries. 99% of the time everything is very fresh. I am not sure about some of the fish however that is on the standard menu. The calamari smelled awful the two or three times people near me ate it.

I do think they suffer from the same poor service that is all too common in this NoVa area. I'm not sure I can remember anywhere in the US or globally where the quality of service from waiters and bar staff is so dreadfully poor at so many restaurants. Most likely the worst.

Good Pho in D.C.?

I was back at my Pho Bistro again today for lunch in Centreville, 10 people waiting with me when I arrived and 15-20 when I left. The Pho was incredible and seems to be getting betting than ever. The amount of meat, noodles, and other goodies were enormous with tons of flavor. This place is a 9 out of 10, only because it is now always crowded and need to wait for a seat. Not easy trip for DC'er's but well worth a weekend drive.

what to order at joe's noodle house???

Steve, I'll agree that I went here more for a brunch type meal with dim sum ordering habits and mini plates rather than one or two entrees. Maybe a dinner with specific focus on Szechuan meals would be a better choice. I would expect a good restaurant to be able to do even the pasta/starchy dishes at a better than average level.

Big Bowl in Reston

supersharpie-I've eaten at some of the best Asian food retsaurants in China, Hong Kong, San Francisco, New York, and Toronto so I feel my opionion on this subject is valid.
Big Bowl has incredibly good food for a chain and actually some of their dishes are better than some of the so called "great" local restaurants people recommend on this board.
Their steamed chicken dumplings are incredibly tasty and wrapper is light with nice sauce. The steamed buns are possible the best flavored and filling I've ever had anywhere. I normally get a double order. Most of their appetizers are very good to excellent. I had the pork chow fun on Friday night and it was a winner!
You can go here anytime. The only minor complaint is sometimes when they are busy, your food takes a little longer than normal to arrive but it is hot.
This place is thumbs up, especially for a chain.

what to order at joe's noodle house???

I just returned from an early lunch at Joe's Noodle House in Rockville and my first reaction is: What is it about this place that people say is so great and that everyone recommends?
This place is a joke. If this is the best that this area has to offer, I will need to fly to California or drive to New York to eat.
I was one of 3 tables, very quiet. My order was large for one person as I wanted to sample many things and if good enough I could always take home with me.
I ordered the following 8 plates:
1. Cucumber Salad
2. Sesame Balls
3. Sticky Rice
4. Shredded Pig Ear (As recommended by someone on this board to me)
5. Cold Pasta Noodle with Sesame Sauce
6. Turnip Cake
7. Steamed Pork Dumplings
8. Beef and Onion in Black Sesame Pastry

I will rate each dish

1. Cucumber Salad-Tasty with just a little heat flavor and nice garlic: 7 or 8 but it's almost impossible to screw this up
2. Sesame Balls-They had a very nice crispy exterior and a good amount of black bean paste inside. My only complaint would be that they were a little too big but if a table orded them, it would work. 8
3. Sticky Rice-This look like it was going to be real good, especially with the little sweet/hot sauce on the side. I found the rice and the meat flavorless and the only part I really liked was the crunchy nuts inside, I believe they were some sort of chestnut type. Give it a 6
4. Shredded Pig Ear (As recommended by someone on this board to me) Now not many people are going to order this so it is more of a novelty to try it out. The first thing I noticed was that the plate had way too much on it and the pieces were big about 3"x5" sheets. The chewy texture was more like a rubberband than jelly fish and although it did have a unique flavor, after eating two or three of them, that was more than enough. Didn't need 20 pieces of pig ear. 4 for flavor and 7 for originality and uniqueness to try once.
5. Cold Pasta Noodle with Sesame Sauce-Once again this has been touted by a few bloggers as a "go-to" dish. The noodles were light but no flavor and the heat overwhelmed any sesame flavor. This was average at best I give it a 5 or 6
6. Turnip Cake-This is something I order at every true Chinese restaurant and this one actually was really good. It had the crispiest exterior I've ever had, the inside had lots of flavor, they were a little thicker than any I've ever had and inside stayed warm and not mushy like some bad ones I've had. This gets an 8 or 9
7. Steamed Pork Dumplings-This is where I differ from many traditionalists. I know that the traditionla dumpling has a wonton wrapper that is usually thick in China for being hearty on cold winter days and because dough is cheaper than meat but I do not like a bid soft wad of wonton wrapper. This dumpling was poor and tasted like so many you get at Chinese buffets or bad Chinese Americanized restaurants. The dumpling I had at A&J's was 100% better than this and even the dumplings at PF Chiangs and Big Bowl are better than this. The pork filling was lackluster as well. I tossed most of the wonton wrapper away. These get a 3 or 4
8. Beef and Onion in Black Sesame Pastry-This was a nice simple appetizer with two flaky nice sized buns coated with black sesame. The filling was EXTREMELY hot tempature and needed lot's of time to cool down. The flavor was nice and balanced. I give it a 7 or 8

There really was not a sinle dish I ate that jumped out at me or really made me say "wow". The turnip cake was the highlight of the meal and that isn't saying much.
They did have an incredible variety of items but 200 decent things aren't better than 50 great ones.

I drove about 20 miles to try this highly rated restaurant and I will not drive back here again. Not even close to top shelf. Except for the large portions, this is highly, highly overated.

Definitely underwhelmed just like elegantelliot.