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Da Mimmo's... what do you think?

Thanks for the feedback

Oct 02, 2013
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Da Mimmo's... what do you think?

I have a friend visiting from out of town and was trying to find a nice steak place that has a great, but not typical steak (e.g., veal, double pork chop... basically a big slab of meat).

I didn't see any recent reviews of Da Mimmo's and their famous veal chop. What do you think? Is it worth it?

Is there anyplace you would recommend that has both a fun vibe and a great steak in either DC or Baltimore?

Sep 30, 2013
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Which DC/Md. liquor store has best range of liqueurs?

Try Calvert Woodley by the VanNess metro stop or maybe Total Wine and Liquor out in Laurel MD (large store that a lot of people seem to drive especially to go to).

Aug 28, 2013
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

simple chicken livers recipe (not pate) - pan frying

I like chicken livers (or goat liver) sautéed with jalapenos and onions. Just trim off any connective tissue, pat dry, salt and pepper, and fry up in some olive oil. Serve them with some nice French bread.

Jul 29, 2013
burkemic99 in Home Cooking

Soft Shell Crabs in DC

Now that it's mid-May, does anyone have recommendations for softshells for Montgomery or PG?

May 11, 2012
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Silver Spring

Ah.. I fogot Pacci's pizzeria and Crisfield seafood. Crisfeld might be the only place in the area that has Leinenkugel on tap.

May 09, 2012
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Silver Spring

Sergio's, Rays, Jackie's all might have something. Then there is Oriental East or the chains (Red Lobster, Nando Peri Peri, etc.). I can't remember the wine shop by the hardware store and Whole Foods, but it's a kinda fun place to grab a glass and a flat bread.

May 09, 2012
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Germantown Restaurants

Can anyone recommend a good restaurant in Germantown? I did a board search, but most of what came up was asian oriented. I like that, but my guest would likely prefer a good steak, pork chop, etc. Any recommendations for more traditional fare?

Sep 09, 2011
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

College Park/Greenbelt

Just a note to say thanks to eveyone for sharing. I've since tried Siri's (pretty good) and hope to check out several of the other places mentioned.

Aug 22, 2011
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

College Park/Greenbelt

I've given up hoping to get a response from Tom Sietsema, and I've tried asking for restaurant recommendations at least 3 times... sometimes I wonder if he ever eats in PG county.

Can anyone recommend some restaurants in the College Park, Greenbelt, Berwyn Heights area?

Aug 17, 2011
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Manassas Va 150th civil war anniversary activities

I'm considering it... or the folk festival in St. Michaels on the MD eastern shore. What would you recommend food wise down in Manassas?

Jul 19, 2011
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Monin Syrups

I might have to check out their Torani syrups, or at least the rasberry one. I like Monin because they have more exotic flavors... rose for instance is quite nice, especially if you mix it with Shaker's rose flavored vodka.

Apr 28, 2011
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Monin Syrups

Thanks. I have checked out their website and others... if you order a case, they have free shipping. Other websites that sell for much cheaper have a huge S&H mark up... about $4.00 per bottle. I might have to break down and order a case... Monin syrups are great for making your own exotic sodas, cocktails, etc.

Apr 28, 2011
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Monin Syrups

Does anyone know of a local store that sells Monin syrups? I checked Balducci's and Dean and Deluca online and neither had them.

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Balducci's
600 Franklin St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Apr 27, 2011
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Looking for good, simple Chinese in NoVA/MD

Funny, I was just looking for a good Chinese place in NOVA. In MoCo, you can go to Hollywood East in the Wheaton Westfield Mall, Joe's Noode House on Rockville Pike, AJ's also on the Pike, Silver Fountain in Aspen Hill (on Connecticut before it intersects wtih Georgia), Oriental East in downtown Silver Spring, and Good Fortune on University Ave in Wheaton. The Tysons Buffet off Randolph Rd close to Rockville Pike is not bad, as is the Fortune Star or something also off the Pike, but I can't recall the road. Generally speaking, I've always thought MD had better Chinese food than NOVA, but NOVA has better Vietnamese.

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Oriental East
1312 E West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Silver Fountain
13533 Connecticut Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20906

Feb 03, 2011
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Ethiopian Coffee

I'm interested in getting everyone's opinion as to which Ehtiopian restaurant has the best coffee (Ethiopian coffee that is). Also, I haven't found any that put rue leaves in it like they do in Ethiopia. Has anyone been somewhere where they do that?

Jan 08, 2011
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Dim Sum close to Baltimore?

Oriental East, as mentioned, isn't bad, but the atmosphere is a bit crowded. I've never noticed the staff to be rude, but the crowds are definately there between 11 and say 1pm. I recommend trying Hollywood East in the Wheaton (Westfield) Mall, Silver Fountain out in Aspen HIll, or Good Fortune on University, just west of Georgia Ave. For the most part, those in the DC area don't think highly of the chinatown restaurants. Ping Pong dim sum or something like that opened not that long ago... I haven't been, but at least one reviewer said that dim sum for two, with a bottle of wine I think, was over $100. Skip the wine, eat in the burbs, and do dim sum for two under $30.

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Hollywood East Cafe
11160 Veirs Mill Rd., Wheaton, MD 20902

Oriental East
1312 E West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Silver Fountain
13533 Connecticut Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20906

Good Fortune
2875 W Lanvale St, Baltimore, MD 21216

Jan 07, 2011
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Chinese caterer?

Sorry, I don't know of a restaurant that definately does, but I know some do (I went to a Chinese New Year's party with a whole roasted pig). I don't know of any good PG Chinese Restaurants, but I do know a few in MoCo. Why don't you try Hollywood East in the Wheaton Mall? Silver Fountain in Aspen Hill or Oriental East in downtown Silver Spring might all be possiblities. Note, even if they don't cater, I'm sure you could also arrange for a huge take out order.

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Hollywood East Cafe
11160 Veirs Mill Rd., Wheaton, MD 20902

Oriental East
1312 E West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Silver Fountain
13533 Connecticut Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20906

Nov 07, 2010
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Suggestions for New Years Eve

I'm looking for suggestions for dinner for 4-5 adults. Last year it was the Oceanaire Room, the year before Ruth's Chris. Unfortunately, wherever we go has to be more traditional fare, no Ethopian, Korean, Burmese, etc. Ideally we can find something next to the U street corridor. Cost isn't a big issue, but ideally less than $50 a head.

Dec 17, 2009
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Need your help--suggestions for downtown Silver Spring MD

Tastee Diner - no earthshattering culinary experience, but open 24 hours. Very good for a more "traditional" breakfast.

Nov 04, 2009
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Halloween Brunch

Many Thanks

Oct 29, 2009
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Halloween Brunch

Sigh. As typical. Tom never got to my question.

Oct 28, 2009
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Halloween Brunch

Perry's website only lists the Sunday drag brunch. I did send in a question to tomorrow's Tom Sietsema (sp?) WaPo discussion, so maybe he has some additonal ideas. I'll have to check out the Tabard and Belga websites.

Oct 27, 2009
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Halloween Brunch

Anyone know of a restaurant doing special brunch for Halloween? As an alternative, who does a good Saturday brunch (Mrs. K's, Kennedy Center, etc. seem to be Sunday only). Ideally I'm looking for the $20-$30 range.

Oct 26, 2009
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

National Capital BBQ Festival

It's day one of the festival, has anyone gone? Any reviews from past years? $10 seems a little steep of a cover charge if you have to buy your BBQ and beer once you get in.

Anyone have insights they would be willing to share?

Jun 27, 2009
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Asian BBQ and Roast Meats

Maxim's in Rockville or the other grocery store right behind it (name escapes me).

In Baltimore metro I think you have to hit the asian market on Security blvd (inside the beltway). Hands down, DC has better asian food than Baltimore.

Feb 11, 2009
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Chinese Moon Cakes

Kam Sam in Annandale might have something. If not, you will have to go to Rockville (Maria's, Kam Sam, Maxim, etc.)

Jan 23, 2009
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best Chinese in Baltimore?

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll have to try Grace Garden sometime. The fish noodles sound great.

I was hoping to find something close to Catonsville. Any ideas about someplace close to there?

Aug 19, 2008
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best Chinese in Baltimore?

I accidentially stumbled upon the AA asian supermarket on Security Blvd. this weekend. I was surprised at all they had... the cooked food wasn't as good as what I see at Maxim or Kam Sam in Rockville, but the selection of some of the other things was better.

So, now that I know Baltimore has a somewhat better than half-way Chinese supermarket (note, Chinese based, but carried the misc other stuff from Asian countries and Latin America), I'm wondering what the best Chinese restaurant is?

Does Baltimore, city or burbs, have something that compares to say Joe's Noodle House in Rockville or Silver Fountain in Aspen Hill? Or maybe Hollywood East in Wheaton.

Where can you get the best Chinese food in Baltimore?

PS - the supermarket had these huge buffalo fish (live)... anyone know how to cook one or what it tastes like?

Aug 18, 2008
burkemic99 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Cointreau and Fruit

Does anyone have a good recipie for using Cointreau with fruit?

Aug 13, 2008
burkemic99 in Home Cooking