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Dining around Maryland Live!

What part are you in

We liked le vieux logis with prior owners. Sietsma reviews it as better with new owners. Don't know if it is but you could try it. It's in Bethesda.

Apr 16, 2014
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore

Tasting Menu/Splurge Dinner?

I would go with City Zen or volt. Both tasteing menus are not only good but fill you up. Volt sometimes has openings for table 21 last minute weeknights. I hope you enjoy whatever you choose.

Apr 10, 2014
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore

Meal at Fiola Mare

I posted our meal with prices to give people a good look at the cost. It was a beautiful view but not worth the cost. I was satified with the food, the two men I was with both left still hungrey.

Apr 10, 2014
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore

Marcel's or Proof

Steve, have you tried the tasting menu? Would you do that or just order your own selection of small plates?

Apr 08, 2014
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore

Meal at Fiola Mare

I need to remember to take pictures of the food. Thanks for the lunch review.

Apr 08, 2014
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore

Marcel's or Proof

I have eaten at Marcel and it was very good.

Apr 08, 2014
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore

How long do pickled onions last?

Sorry I don't know the answer. But it is a good question. I too have eaten food past its time

Apr 03, 2014
knitone in Home Cooking

Russia house VA

Does anyone know what is going on with the restaurant? Went there to see about dinner, door locked but no signs.

Apr 03, 2014
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore

good Japanese in sterling va

There seems to be a lack of people posting just good food at a reasonable price. Went to Aoba Japanese Restaurant in Sterling, VA yesterday. It is a local, neiborhood restauant.

Sevice is good and just a basic menu. I had miso soup, house salad and the Sushi regular for $17.95. It included 6 pices of california roll, tuna, salmon, yellowtail, eel, mackerelm shimp and one other I don't recall.

Hope this helps someone looking for good food.

Apr 02, 2014
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore

menu mbk -- longish report

Thank you for the review

Mar 29, 2014
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore
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Meal at Fiola Mare

We ate there this past Saturday. View is beautiful. There were 3 of us at a window seat.

Sevice is excellent. I got the sardines for an app. not on the menu but server "made it happen" ( $18) ) I love sardines so it was wonderful.
other apps were oyster & caviar ($24) very good with 3 or 4 oysters at bottom of the glass.
Adriatic seafood brodetto $42 had only one scallop and one shrimp dish was tasty but over priced for what you got.
I had the dover sole, 1 lb. $46 really good
Marine lobster ravioli $36 very good with good size lobster in the ravioli
Sparkling water was $5 it was offered with the tap water and I don't mind paying for it but would have liked to know since we were drinking beer and wine and didn't drink the water.
Sauteed spinach & meyer lemon as a side $8

Enjoyed the meal overall hope this helps anyone interested in trying.

Mar 18, 2014
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore

Not eating out or just not posting?

I have been using this board on and off. I have received some good tips. I recently posted about Table 21. Based on Tom Sistesnia's recent review of Fiola Mario, I will be going there this Sat. and will post my comments about it then. It is supposed to be expensive and I will try to order with that in mind. I'm retired but the chef was from Mastro years ago. When working I had several business dinners there and loved it. So I hope to taste some good food and find it is worth it.

Mar 14, 2014
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore

Not eating out or just not posting?

I have noticed this lack of posting also. Hope we start seeing more.

Mar 13, 2014
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best Farm to Table in DC?

We have eaten at both Patowmack Farm and Inn at Little Washington, I prefer Patowmack Farm. The views are beautiful. it is a farm and service is wonderful

Mar 09, 2014
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore

Table 21 worth it?

Sorry to say Bryan was not there. We have seen him other times we at there but not this time. It would have been nice to get a picture for his cookbooks.

Mar 07, 2014
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore

Table 21 worth it?

Okay all, we had the dinner last night. It was great and way too much food. We both were crying uncle! We were the only ones at the Table 21. Apparently most people want Saturday night.

I have the menu and will list what we had.

Deviled eggs, celeriac macaroon, whitmore farm egg,
smoked trout roe
foie gras cranberry, apple, wild onion
oyster cocktail ice
kamachi dashi, breakfast radish, sea succulents
percorino-romano dashi, baked potato
chicken liver fermented red pepper aioli
the above were one bites and very different, very good my spouse even at the foie gras and liked it it was served iced more like a foie gras ice cream. He doesn't like foie gras

Harmony lettue with pickled red onion, bacon, hen egg
winter vegetable rutabaga, celeriac, daikon radish
beet fromage blanc, frill mustard, pumpernickel
gnocchi salt cod, fermented rutabaga, broccoli rabe, roasted garlic
rockfish caramelized celeriac, fermented turnip, basil, country ham
guajillo radiatore crisp port, pickled red onion, cotilla cheese
calamari bolognese squid ink cavatelli, pepperoni, parmesan
black cod yellow miso, hickory smoke, belgian endive
squab bartlett pear, romanesco, chervil
pork braised cheek and jowl, pearl onion, sweet potato, brussel sprouts
beef salsify roasted over embers, malt, charred leeks
black cod yellow miso, hickory smoke, belgian endive
Desserts
monocacy ash bartlett pear, marcona almond, vanilla brioche
coconut blood orange, satsuma mandarin, finger lime
dark chocolate chestnut, caramel
Orange Popsicle

Mar 06, 2014
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore

Table 21 worth it?

Thank you. We have to try Family Meal but I choose this for my birthday pick. We both eat everything. I'm not too fond of tripe but we'll eat it. Love sweetbreads and rabbit.

Thank you all for your replies. I'm looking forward to the meal and experience.

Mar 05, 2014
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore

Table 21 worth it?

Thank you. He will be happy.

Mar 05, 2014
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore

Restaurant suggestions - long weekend in DC

I have to say - I have gone to some of Steve's suggestions and I would recommend following his suggestions. You should enjoy.

Mar 05, 2014
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore

Restaurant suggestions - long weekend in DC

Really great is CityZen
We have enjoyed Volt in Fredrick MD
At Volt have not tried table 21 yet. But if you call for a non Sat night, good chance to get in.
L'Auberge Chez Francois its in VA service is great Good menu
Hope that helps

Mar 05, 2014
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore

Table 21 worth it?

I just called today and have reservations for Table 21 - the cost is high, is it worth it? I'm a foodie but spouse is not. Will dinner fill him up?

Mar 05, 2014
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore

Your Favorite Ethnic Dives in DC Area?

Based on Steve's recommendation I'm going to try Hong Kong Palace. So far I have enjoyed his suggestions.

Jan 24, 2014
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore

Dinning Options near Dulles/Herndon, VA?

I went to Akshaya and tried Steve's recommendations. All was good. I didn't know what kothu parotta was - I expected an Indian bread but it was a stuffing type bread. Very good. Had dessert of rasmali (sp) it was the best! Could not eat all we had ordered so just finished some for breakfast Still have lots left - very large portions.

I would recommend not having the palate cleanser spice mix at the bar. One family when leaving the mother served them the spice mix on the spoon and then put the spoon back for anyone else. Not very considerate.

Steve that was a wonderful recommendation. Thank you.

Jan 16, 2014
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore

Jan. 2014 Restaurant Week Best Bets

Captial Grill was very good when I ate there awhilde back. It is also one of the most expensive so it would meet both your lists. To start we ( table of co-workder from a doctor's office) shared an app of seafood that had everything and was wonderful. I'm not a big steak eater but I had an excellent one. It was too big for me so I took home for my spouse to share.

Jan 15, 2014
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore

Dinning Options near Dulles/Herndon, VA?

2941 used to be wonderful. But, not so good now. Ray's the Steaks is great.

Jan 15, 2014
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore

The Original Iron Chef.

I remember, and I agree. I don't watch this new one.

Jan 02, 2014
knitone in Food Media & News

"Dear Abby: I eat my dessert first.

I grew up in a house where I was allowed dessert first. Then I would eat all my good for me food. I'm older and retired but in a business meeting years ago everyone at the table stopped to watch me consume my sugar - it didn't stop me from moving up. I was told later they were amazed that I could be thin eat all that and would have liked to them(their)selves. I did stop eatting what I was when everyone was watching me. Felt funny.

Dec 04, 2013
knitone in Not About Food

Thanksgiving near Air & Space at Dulles?

I never went there. I think I'll try it.

Nov 26, 2013
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore

Thanksgiving near Air & Space at Dulles?

That is a really good restaurant.

Nov 23, 2013
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore

Thanksgiving near Air & Space at Dulles?

There is also Mimi's in sterling. they are doing a thanksgiving dinner. They are also taking reservations so I don't know if that would be a problem. There turkey is good, I get it at other times.

Nov 22, 2013
knitone in Washington DC & Baltimore