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What's up in Huntsville?

2nd visit to Shinsegae: was alone so noticed more just how grimy the floor was. Staff ignored the huge flies buzzing around.

Tried Garam Korean which also had a TV on, but not as loud, and a much cleaner floor. Prices just slightly higher than Shinsegae, decent bibimbap.

After a poor experience at I Love Sushi, tried Mikawa. Forbidding warehouse-like exterior on an industrial dead-end street, but the interior surprised with its spaciousness, cleanliness and authenticity. "Mikawa" was the feudal domain near Nagoya where Toyota is now headquartered. In 2000 the founders named it thus in honor of the upcoming 2003 opening of a Toyota engine plant nearby. Has a large tatami room. Furnishings show little wear after 12 years and the staff take justifiable pride in their Japanese cleanliness and maintenance ethic. Both of my waiters were friendly and were actual Japanese people speaking actual Japanese. Easy to see why this is the restaurant of preference for local Japanese (yes, I got the recommendation from a couple of businessmen speaking Japanese in Best Buy). Sushi lunch was decent. Karaage lunch was OK but not nearly as good as my neighbor used to make; unfortunately both side items were also fried, which was cloying. Will go back to try other things on the menu.

Cotton Row lunches: tried my friend's fish & chips --- I hate this dish normally but the surprising delicacy of the ever-so-lightly fried fish was delicious. Mahi-mahi: very good too. Spare rib sandwich: so-so...lots of meat, flavor not so much.

1892 East has a nice spread for bread. Can't remember what's in it...maybe beans and citrus.

Nov 03, 2012
ipuwer in Central South

What's up in Huntsville?

Shinsegae (described elsewhere on this board as the Korean restaurant in the strip mall at the southeast corner of the intersection of Bob Wallace and Jordan). Ambiance not great (smallish room, plain furnishings, non-stop Korean TV blasting) but staff kind and welcoming, bulgogi a little thick and a little charred but tasty, mul man doo excellent, sides dishes nice including soy beans in house sauce.

Same name as adjoining market.

Oct 12, 2012
ipuwer in Central South

What's up in Huntsville?

Cotton Row -- excellent lunch Wed-Fri. Pricier dinner. Large round table seats 8.

Commerce Kitchen -- excellent experience overall.

I Love Sushi: Kanpyo rolls too sweet. Gyoza too tough. Various foods in bento not separated. Vegetable tempura decent but lacking daikon dashi.

Oct 11, 2012
ipuwer in Central South

Asking for recommendations in Arlington, VA & DC

From Ballston Metro, a 15 minute walk or a bus ride on the 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D or ART75 to:

Pupatella : superb, authentic Neopolitan pizza, reasonably priced
Super Pollo: Peruvian chicken as good or better than the famous El Pollo Rico
Fettoosh: really good Moroccan bastilla

Aug 08, 2012
ipuwer in Washington DC & Baltimore