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upcoming visit with kids (adventurous eaters)

We are visiting NOLA in December w/ our two preschool-aged kids. They love seafood (as do we) and are adventurous eaters compared to most kids their age - so basically, they will eat anything we eat, but we can't really take them to super high-end fancy places due to their age. All of us love spicy food, too. We are staying near French Quarter... suggestions on where we should go for good seafood and other NOLA treats?

Nov 29, 2010
khabu in New Orleans

Open Kitchen - Falls Church

We went this weekend for the first time and thought the food was quite good. We tend to eat really spicy food and I did not think what I ordered there was bland. The cauliflower soup had a good kick to it, in fact. I do think that it is on the pricey side for what you get, though - I'm not talking about the food, which I really liked, but the atmosphere. The prices are on par with an expensive restaurant in the city - but this restaurant is in a strip mall off Leesburg Pike with a view of McDonalds and Long John Silver, and the interior is very casual. Not the kind of place that should be charging close to $30 for entrees. I think they should keep up the good food, but either change the decor inside or tone down the prices.

Nov 14, 2010
khabu in Washington DC & Baltimore

Annandale Korean tonight with two toddlers

Thanks for the recs everyone! We ended up going to Il Mee and were happy with our choice...luckily we were there early so the kids didn't cause too much commotion...we were seated w/ other kid-tables and by the time the real crowds came, we were ready to leave. Food was yummy for the most part. Based on what you all said, though, now I have a bunch of places to try over the next few months!

Nov 16, 2009
khabu in Washington DC & Baltimore

Annandale Korean tonight with two toddlers

Just moved to Falls Church from MD and am dying to try one of the many korean places in Annandale. We have two 3 year olds that like Korean food and we are looking for a place that has BBQ (doesn't have to be at the table) and is ok for kids that age (including not too crowded at an early hour like 6:15/6:30). We will have another family with us, so 7 people total. Good kim chee chi gae is a plus as that is my husband's favorite! Any recommendations?

Nov 13, 2009
khabu in Washington DC & Baltimore

Indian food catering

Can anyone recommend a good place that does Indian food catering? I want to get things like samosas and other snacks for a daytime party later this month. Anywhere in relatively close-in DC metro area, but preferably Falls Church or Rockville areas.

thanks!

Sep 12, 2009
khabu in Washington DC & Baltimore

Rasika with someone who 'doesn't like Indian food'

Indians don't cook with "curry powder" - it's not a real Indian ingredient. I think it's a British invention. Different dishes are cooked with different blends of spices, usually homemade. One common blend is called garam masala, which you can buy as a premade blend in stores. But it can't be that he's allergic to "curry" generically, because there is no such thing.

Apr 23, 2009
khabu in Washington DC & Baltimore

Ruan Thai with toddlers

We ended up going to Nava Thai and although there were a lot of families with kids, we were pretty disappointed with the food. Our rice was burnt, just as one example. The rest of the food was fine, but nothing special. next time we'll try Dusit.

Apr 21, 2009
khabu in Washington DC & Baltimore

Ruan Thai with toddlers

thanks for the tip. i just made a reservation at nava thai!

Apr 17, 2009
khabu in Washington DC & Baltimore

Ruan Thai with toddlers

I really want to try Ruan Thai in Wheaton...my 2 yr olds like Thai food but I'm wondering what the restaurant is like in terms of accessibility for a family of four w/ two toddlers - is it too crowded or small to accomodate 2 high chairs at our table? If so, other suggestions in Silver Spring/Rockville area? (We usually go to Benjarong but want to try something new).

Apr 17, 2009
khabu in Washington DC & Baltimore

Korean in MSP?

you're kidding me! so there's no korean BBQ??!! that makes me very sad...

Feb 05, 2009
khabu in General Midwest Archive

Korean in MSP?

Thanks! I definitely am more about the food than the atmosphere, so will try to hit Dong Yang. Yumm....

Jan 23, 2009
khabu in General Midwest Archive

Korean in MSP?

I'll be visiting Minneapolis next month (and possibly moving there in the next year). I currently live outside of Washington D.C. and near lots of amazing Korean restaurants. Are there any good ones in MSP?

Jan 23, 2009
khabu in General Midwest Archive

L'Impero or Alto

Thanks everyone. I made a reservation at Alto and am looking forward to it!

Dec 19, 2007
khabu in Manhattan

L'Impero or Alto

I read some of the old threads touching on this issue, but would love further guidance. My husband and I have infant twins and haven't gone anywhere alone since they were born. We have a chance to do a short getaway to NYC (from DC, the culinary wasteland) in a couple of weeks and I want to have a nice Italian meal in a hip setting (though not too hip - we're new parents!).
Looks like I can get reservations at both these places and the food has gotten good reviews here and elsewhere (Gourmet, etc).
Can anyone tell me the differences between these places - types of food, ambience, noise level, price, clientele, etc? Thanks! (oh, and I think it's too late for Babbo or Lupa).

Dec 19, 2007
khabu in Manhattan

Romantic lunch in Rockville

Addie's - it's in an old house, very cozy and generally good food. I don't recall how vegetarian friendly they are but it strikes me as a place that would be accommodating, esp. if you called ahead of time to ask.
Il Pizzico - great pastas with lots of vegetarian options. Native Italian speakers abound, so you know it's good (despite ugly strip mall decor on outside). The pastas are SO delicious!

Nov 29, 2007
khabu in Washington DC & Baltimore

birthday lunch or tea

So, we can't get a babysitter so we can go out for dinner on my bday, but we're trying to plan a nice fancy-ish lunch, or something else that I love (but not so much the hubby) - high tea.

I work in Penn Quarter and he works in Foggy Bottom (but we're willing to travel reasonable distance somewhere downtown). Anyone have good ideas for a special lunch? Or where we can get a great high tea?

thanks!

Nov 29, 2007
khabu in Washington DC & Baltimore