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DC Dinner specials - Second tuesday of the month?

Am I mistaken or is there a special price at numerous restaurants on the second tuesday of every month in the DC-Adams Morgan area? Anyone know the list of participating restaurants? I had dinner on the second tuesday of the month at La Fourchette when I first encountered the special pricing.

Thinking of trying Market Lunch Saturday mornin'

What are other MUST eats at Eastern Market? Is it better to go on Saturday or Sunday overall? And do they allow DOGS? Thanks.

Where to Snowboard (1st time in Utah) and where to eat THIS weekend!

Hi! So, I'm coming to Utah for the FIRST time to snowboard and am really excited. I think I'm going to Snowbird. I am a beginner- more intermediate snowboarder and have never been out west for snow. Do you think Snowbird is good for me? I will be in town for friday and saturday. Will it be too busy on the slopes? Is there another mountain you would recommend?

Also, what is good to eat around here? Open to all cuisines except asian. I will be staying near the airport but w/ car so don't mind driving. So far, on this board, I've heard about Red Iguana and Al Forno's which seem decent. Any other suggestions? In SLC and near the slopes? Thanks to all!

Mar 05, 2008
enfant_gatée in Southwest

ONE night in Burlington, VT. Need dinner rec please!

Hi. So, I'm staying only for one night in South Burlington and would like to have a good dinner. Among the following for overall, which would you recommend? Starry Night, Hen of the Wood, Trattoria Delia, Leunig's, or Smokejacks?
Please take into consideration the following: TASTE, Ambiance, Price, and Location in that order. Much thanks in advance!

ONE day in Dallas - have car - need itinerary complete w/ local fav eats!

Thank YOU! Tell you what Soulslinger, when you make it here, I will personally take you to my fav places!
I will definitely be back! I really DID love the feel there and wouldn't mind living there if that opportunity arose!

Jan 28, 2008
enfant_gatée in Texas

ONE day in Dallas - have car - need itinerary complete w/ local fav eats!

Ok guys. So, my experience in Dallas was really nice. Most of all, the people were really nice and I just loved the feel of the city! It WAS a bit wierd to go from DC to such a BIG place with very few retail areas made for pedestrian walking. Although it was a Saturday, I saw very few people OUTSIDE except when I was INSIDE a place. So, we ended up going to La Duni for brunch. I really love the warm ambiance in there and the food was VERY good. I got the chile rellenos and also the lomo sandwich. I LOVED their popovers! HOWEVER, I have to say I was disappointed in the quatros leches cake. It was almost PURE CONDENSED milk! It was waaaaay toooo sweet. But the service and detail was attentive so that made up for it. Overall, a GOOD experience. I would recommend it! After lunch, we made our way over to the Dallas Farmers Market. I found it to be charming and a quick trip. I would have liked it to have been more grand but I can imagine it buzzing during the warmer months. I DID try some oranges, grapefruits and pineapples which were very sweet. After that, we drove over to the Uptown area - lots of lovely little art galleries. We stopped in Mooyah? burger for a pit stop and a strawberry shake (tooooo sweet) and got recommendations to a nice walking area two miles down McKinney near a Borders bookstore. It was very nice. After, we went back to the hotel for some rest and then went out to Lola's for dinner. That morning, we went by Lola's and could not imagine how it teemed with people that evening. It was definitely the place to be! We sat among two different couples who were celebrating something - one guy at the direct opposite table from us actually proposed to his gfriend while we were there and another couple was celebrating their 3rd anniversary! Anyway, we both got the 4 courses. I have to say, while the wait service was really attentive and the wine excellent, the food was good but overwhelmed by SALT - TOO SALTY!!!! EVERY dish basically was just a tad too salty but the concepts were good. I think the best points went to wine and dessert! We were not overly disappointed because the price was fair and it was a good overall experience but the food itself, really sorry to say, was just too salty! Nonetheless, we had a WONDERFUL experience in Dallas and would definitely come back to try other places. Thanks to you all for all your advice! Love, peace, and happiness!

Jan 28, 2008
enfant_gatée in Texas

Cheap authentic Italian?

THANK YOU POLLY! San Marco is WONDERFULLY DELISH! This place is a cozy little dive and the food is memorable and pretty cheap. ALL the apps are excellent - especially the grilled calamari and grilled scallops and shrimp! Pastas are a bit uninspired if you go for the stuff on the regular menu BUT try a special or some kind of ravioli because they do better with the more intricate pastas. However, if you want to go simple, the cappellini with both bolognese and pesto is quite good. Also try the pasta with ricotta and spinach in a walnut cream sauce - both are on the regular menu!

Also, Pasta Mia is good if you want simple, tasty food in ABUNDANCE. I would recommend SHARING both an appetizer - can't go wrong with mozarella and tomato as well as an entree - ANY of them. REALLY, sharing both dishes is more than enough for two people.

ONE day in Dallas - have car - need itinerary complete w/ local fav eats!

Thanks Soulslinger! I might just pick up some oranges and grapefruits but is it worth the trip? 20 minutes is NOT a lot of time. I heard they also sold other knick-knacks - furniture stuff? Kinda like a flea market? If not, are there any flea markets around town? So Central Market sounds neat but is it more of a retail Supermarket?

Jan 24, 2008
enfant_gatée in Texas

ONE day in Dallas - have car - need itinerary complete w/ local fav eats!

Thanks you guys! Hey, how about the DALLAS FARMERS MARKET? Is that a good way to spend some time in between lunch and dinner? Is it open year round and is there a lot to look at/buy?
Thanks for ALL your responses!

Jan 24, 2008
enfant_gatée in Texas

ONE day in Dallas - have car - need itinerary complete w/ local fav eats!

Ok. So I think I will have dinner either at Lola or Stephen Pyles. In the case of either, are there places nearby that I can walk to after dinner? Cosmos seems more my speed but maybe some place that is not overly crowded on a saturday night. Another place with couches/sofas and fireplaces?

Jan 22, 2008
enfant_gatée in Texas

ONE day in Dallas - have car - need itinerary complete w/ local fav eats!

Hi all! This looks very helpful! I will be staying at the Wyndham near the DFW airport so somewhere not too far from there but I will be renting a car so no worries. In terms of cuisine, I like the looks of La Duni and wanted to go since it seems to be such a local fav. Does anyone have anything against going to this place on a Saturday for lunch/brunch? I like the idea of Babe's but not sure if I want to eat fried chicken. But are there other places that are quintessential TEXAS? South Dallas Cafe looks interesting but not sure. I tried looking up some reviews but didn't get much feedback off this board. Ok. So here is a new concept. Sorry about this. It's just that with only one day, I want to make the BEST decisions. What about VIETNAMESE for lunch? I happen to be vietnamese and would love to know where the vietnamese locals hang out for pho and other AUTHENTIC vietnamese food. Is there a sort of Chinatown or something? I mean, if any of you have any asian friends, where do they take you? As regards the neighborhood for walking and stuff, how about Bishop Arts District? I LOVE flea-market shopping and quirky, colorful neighborhoods. ALSO, no one has given me a suggestion for AFTER-dinner drinks in a lounge-type place! Thanks! It is FREEZING here in DC and I hope it'll be warmer in Dallas this Saturday!

Jan 22, 2008
enfant_gatée in Texas

ONE day in Dallas - have car - need itinerary complete w/ local fav eats!

Thanks you BOTH! SO, probably better if I hold off on the coffee. So it looks like I've narrowed it down to Lola or York St. Which is better for nightlife? Is it possible to stay in the neighborhood and find a place afterwards for a drink? Recommendations for a cool, loungey-type bar? OH, I also need a recommendation for LUNCH. What about La Duni? Or elsewhere? SO, what if I get sooo full from lunch that I need to eat only a SMALL meal. Would the ceviche at Pyles suffice? It seems to be a can't miss. Thoughts? Thanks again! I'm writing from DC, so if you ever are here, I definitely have suggestions.

Jan 21, 2008
enfant_gatée in Texas

ONE day in Dallas - have car - need itinerary complete w/ local fav eats!

Good point. Thanks so much! Which ONE? York St, Hibiscus, Lola, Bijoux, or Stephen Pyles? Also, it will be saturday afternoon, are there any cool walking/shopping areas/markets? How about espresso? NOT starbucks. I'm talking Rancilio Silvia espresso type! REAL espresso.

Jan 21, 2008
enfant_gatée in Texas

ONE day in Dallas - have car - need itinerary complete w/ local fav eats!

Hi! Thanks for looking. I am flying into Dallas this Saturday and will be arriving for lunchtime and will pick up a car at the airport. Can you please suggest a fun itinerary/must do's for dallas? I also need meal suggestions. Love to eat where locals eat - someplace a tourist would not know about. Maybe some regional cuisine or ANYTHING just as long as the food is GOOD! I have a great palette and am a real foodie so pick a place that someone coming into Dallas for the first time cannot miss! I like swank but I also like comfortable. As long as the place has AMBIANCE. That is all that matters. Web links to these places would be appreciated. Please also comment on sights or things I need to do or see!
Thank you all VERY much and have a blessed day!

Jan 21, 2008
enfant_gatée in Texas

bubble tea shops in northern VA, DC ?

I went to TNR Cafe last night just for Bubble Tea and while the menu looked promising, the black tea w/ milk had the right flavor EXCEPT the bubbles or tapioca balls were HARD and DISGUSTING! I could not even digest some and were spitting them out of my car as I drove home. However, while I was still at the cafe, I notified the lady behind the cash register that the tapioca balls were hard and she tried one and agreed with me adding , "I've never tasted it before." This was the SAME lady who prepared the bubble tea! My intention was to clue her in since you would think that they would like feedback in order for them to improve on the quality of their offerings but it didn't seem to phase her one bit. I suggest anyone getting bubble tea there make a comment to the owner next time so that they KNOW their bubbles are YUCKY and will DO something about it!

Ray's The Steaks

I just went there last night at 7ish w/ a party of five and they asked me to wait 45 minutes. I left my number and they called me about 15 minutes later saying a table was ready. I had already left the vicinity and told them I would be back in 10 minutes. I got back and the table was ready. This is not the first time that they have given me a long wait only to be pleasantly surprised that the wait is shorter. HOWEVER, I also have waited 45 minutes to an hour for a table for 2. They are generally consistently busy and probably VERY busy Friday night so plan on waiting. It should be nice and warm so grab a glass of wine and stand outside with your fellow waiting diners or go over to Cafe Asia and get a drink at the bar!

Ravi Kabob on Glebe Rd?

Thanks guys but do they have LAMB CHOPS or just lamb kabobs? Do they both do take out?

Ravi Kabob on Glebe Rd?

Has anyone had any food here? is it any good? I am looking for LAMB CHOPS like the ones sold at Kabob Palace in Crystal City. Please be specific w/ recommendations! Thanks!

Reservation at Tallula's in Arlington

Why Tallula? I was there last night and the food was really mediocre. I wanted a casual dining experience from "Eat Bar," but the crowd and noise caused me to venture to the dining room, which was pleasantly and simply decorated but COLD temperature-wise. As for food, I ordered from the "Amuse Yourself" menu, which frankly did NOT amuse me. My date and I ordered the Baby Burger, Halibut Ceviche, Duck Mezzaluna, Steak Tartare, and Venison Meat Pie. Of the above, only the baby burger was decent but the bun was twice as big as the actual burger. The halibut in the ceviche was indiscernible as it was drowned in lime juice. The Duck was decent but I wouldn't have crossed the road for the bird; and the steak tartare was crudely chopped and just as quickly dismissed by my date. The Venison pie was also nothing to linger on. I kept thinking to myself, "Well, if only the two-biters were larger, I might have a bigger impression." Easy come and just as easily forgotten. Did I mention that my date ordered THREE different beers off the extensive list which were not stocked? One of them was guinness! The waiter was embarrassed and offered the FOURTH selection free of charge but that did not excuse the almost half-hour wait for our first set of "NOT-amusing" two-biters! Also, we ordered a cheese that came highly-recommended and flaunted the name "Constant Bliss." Well, the cheese was literally about the size of my chapstick which stayed on my lips longer than the morsel in front of me, obscured by the PLATE! My date and I were both thinking, "Are you KIDDING? That is the SMALLEST piece of cheese EVER!" I mean, if we had died and gone to heaven, I hope "constant bliss" is NOT this. Ok. One good thing about the place. My wine was fine at $9 a glass with the lovely presentation of pouring the wine from a small flask into a large wine goblet but people PLEASE, can I get some more CHEESE? In sum, if you aim to impress your friends and stimulate your senses, this is NOT the place.