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New to DC area - Restaurant suggestions for Arlington and area

Welcome to Ballston! I am a newcomer as well and have found these to be my favorite non-chain spots in the area thus far.

-Ravi Kabob (Pakistani)
-Pupatella (pizza)
-Song Que (Banh Mi in Eden Center)
-El Pollo Rico (Peruvian chicken)
-Big Buns (good for a quick dinner; by the Ballston metro)

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Ravi Kabob House
305 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22203

Tuscan Kale

Whole Foods Clarendon definitely has Lacinato kale if that's what you're looking for.

Low Key Sushi Tonight

Hi! My husband will be in SF for business tonight and I told him I'd help him find a good sushi joint for dinner. Looking for something not too fancy and in terms of low key, just nothing with too long of a wait since he needs to catch a flight tonight. Anything (somewhat) near downtown would be great. TIA!

Feb 07, 2008
shachi in San Francisco Bay Area

Saimin in San Diego?

Ahh, thanks for the list. Hamura's above is where I first tried Saimin. I wanted to buy some dried noodles when I was on the island but the line at the grocery store was way too long for my patience. Thanks again!

Dec 28, 2007
shachi in California

Saimin in San Diego?

Does anyone know of a good place to get Saimin in San Diego?

Dec 27, 2007
shachi in California

Where are the SD bakeries?

I moved here from Chicago where neighborhood bakeries are just around the corner in most areas. It was easy to get fresh baked bread of all types....now that i've moved here I usually just stick to the measly selection at Ralphs. :( I assume there are local bakeries, I just can't seem to locate them! Anything in the UTC / La Jolla / Hillcrest / PB area would be appreciated!

Nov 29, 2007
shachi in California

Indonesian in San Diego?

Thanks! We actually headed there and enjoyed it. The food was a bit pricey like you mentioned, but it was certainly good for a fix. I had guests in town from the Midwest...where there's nothing even close to real INdonesian so this was a good recommendation!

Nov 29, 2007
shachi in California

Indonesian in San Diego?

I've tried doing a couple searches for Indonesian restaurants in the SD area, but have come up short. I thought I'd check here in case I'm missing anything.

Nov 20, 2007
shachi in California

Reheat Tuna Steak?

I had never thought about how long the tuna had probably already sat out at room temperature during dinner + afterwards, so I went ahead and re-seared and ate as a salad. While not nearly as delicious as the first time, it was much better than very cold tuna. Thanks!

Nov 12, 2007
shachi in Home Cooking

Reheat Tuna Steak?

Well, I suppose this is not really home cooking...but wasn't sure where to post.
I went out for an amazing seafood dinner last night and got too full too fast on delicious apps, bread, etc. Now I'm left with a huge & expensive tuna steak that I brought home. I usually have no leftovers when ordering tuna, so now I'm left to wonder....can you reheat it? I imagine a seared rare tuna steak can't be reheated. Should I just leave out at room temperature for awhile?

Nov 09, 2007
shachi in Home Cooking

Chinese buns?

Just to second this recommendation, my Mom makes the most amazing homemade steamed buns. However, 'Americanized' they may be, she absolutely loves Wow Bao and brings some back home with her whenever she comes to visit me in Chicago. When given a choice, I almost always go with the more authentic option, but Wow Bao is yummy.

Jun 10, 2007
shachi in Chicago Area

BYOB in San Diego?

Hi All-
Thanks for the recs. I suppose the main difference is that in Chicago, restaurants will purposely open as BYOB. In fact, some restaurants' only redeeming quality is that it is BYOB. It's not that easy for new restaurants to obtain a liquor license in the city, so its become somewhat trendy not to offer alcohol and just let patrons bring their own. Just a different culture I guess! I'll have to check these out.

Jun 03, 2007
shachi in San Diego

BYOB in San Diego?

I currently live in Chicago where there's an abundance of BYOB restaurants (ethnic, American, fancy, casual...). I'm moving to San Diego soon and wondering if there's any in the area? I tried googling and didn't come up with anything.

Jun 01, 2007
shachi in San Diego

Dinner in Old Town (before Second City)

I would recommend Twin Anchors or Fireplace Inn for ribs or Topo Gigio for Italian. Both are within walking distance to Second City

May 31, 2007
shachi in Chicago Area

Flatwater or Park Grill? Or somewhere else?

The view and atmosphere at both is great. I'd say both the food & service are better at Park Grill. Flatwater is great on a nice day, especially sitting on the river side patio though the service is pretty terrible and the food is overpriced.

May 23, 2007
shachi in Chicago Area

Orange for Dinner?

Thanks for the tip. I may have to check that one out because the Clark location is out of control.

May 23, 2007
shachi in Chicago Area

Orange for Dinner?

Has anyone been to the brunch hotspot - Orange - for dinner? Will they allow you to order from the breakfast menu at dinner?

I've tried going here many, many times and have never been able to wait long enough...

May 21, 2007
shachi in Chicago Area

Ta Tong

I just tried this new BYOB sushi & thai spot on 2964 N. Lincoln Ave...the area is quickly becoming a BYO haven with Las Tablas and Cafe Furaibo nearby.

This place is absolutely amazing. The fish is fresh and the rolls creative. One caveat - do not sit on the benches. They're beyond uncomfortable. I'd definitely suggest checking this place out for a cheap dinner.

May 07, 2007
shachi in Chicago Area

Rijstafel

I'm pretty sure august moon is closed. The closest Indonesian restaurant in the area is in Madison, WI.

May 07, 2007
shachi in Chicago Area

Dinner for 6 in Wicker Park/Bucktown?

I would suggest Rios 'd Sudamerica - great for bigger groups. Its South American cuisine, pretty affordable and BYOB. They'll make mojios or other cocktails for you if you supply the liquor. Armitage & Damen.
http://www.riosdesudamerica.com/

Apr 26, 2007
shachi in Chicago Area

Spotlight Grill?

Does anyone know if this restaurant on Halsted & North is still open? I have been meaning to try it, and called today but received a message that said the number had been disconnected.

Mar 08, 2007
shachi in Chicago Area

Sweet Potato Fries?

If you like them on the sweeter side, Rockit serves GREAT ones

Mar 05, 2007
shachi in Chicago Area

Scoop on SIMPLY IT Vietnamese?

I live right by Simply It and love this place. The service is somewhat questionable - don't ask for more information on a menu item as you'll probably receive a blank stare. However the food is fresh and delicious. The previous poster was correct - there's not a lot of the traditional menu items you may see at Argyle, but its good vietnamese nonetheless

Mar 05, 2007
shachi in Chicago Area

Pots & Pans Registry Advice

While I love to cook, I've never had a set of **nice** pots and pans - more just a mix and match of things I've found here and there. Now that I'm getting married, I'd like to register for a set of good cookware. I've stuck mainly with Calphalon, but basically just because that's what I've had. I'd love to have some recommendations for lines & brands. My only requirements are below:
1. Nonstick & can use Pam type sprays
2. oven safe
3. durable / not easily scratched

Thanks!

Mar 05, 2007
shachi in Cookware

Indonesian Food in Chicago?

August Moon is the only Indonesian restaurant I have heard of in Chicago. Pretty good!
http://www.dineme.com/restaurant-Augu...

Dec 29, 2006
shachi in Chicago Area

RIP Paprikash on Diversey

Does anyone know of other Hungarian restaurants in the city? perhaps closer than arlington heights?

Dec 19, 2006
shachi in Chicago Area

Sushi in the touristy part of town...

For good sushi, not a scene, Id recommend Sushi Toro in Lincoln Park - short cab ride away. It's located at Clark & Wrightwood. Very inventive rolls. It's a small BYOB place, so be prepared to wait for a table!

Nov 21, 2006
shachi in Chicago Area

New Hai Yen vietnamese in Lincoln Park?

Has anyone tried out the new Hai Yen location in LP? The original is up on Argyle...

Nov 14, 2006
shachi in Chicago Area

dessert junkie

Here's some information about Peninsula's Chocolate Bar:
Chocolate Bar at The Peninsula
108 E. Superior St.
312-337-2888

The Lobby at The Peninsula Chicago offers hope for the clinically depressed with its Chocolate Bar. From 8 p.m.-midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, an all-you-can-eat chocolate buffet features between 10 and 15 high-end confections, including cinnamon truffles, chocolate-dipped strawberries and chocolate pot de crème, plus beverages like lavender-scented white chocolate cocoa and more. $26 per person.

Sep 26, 2006
shachi in Chicago Area

Chestnut buns?

Though not exactly the same, many restaurants in Chinatown will serve steamed red bean buns. You should definitely try as I think these are somewhat similar to what you may be looking for.

Sep 26, 2006
shachi in Chicago Area