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Hill Country BBQ coming to DC

Looks like he uses a La Caja China Roaster for whole hog BBQ. I've always wanted to try pork that way. I hear it's extremely moist and tasty. The photos on their website look appetizing.

Dupont Circle Burger Wars

Haven't been to Rogue States and may not get the chance. They are in a big law suit and the judge just ordered them to stop operations at least temporily.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...

Dupont Circle Burger Wars

Spike Mendelson's place? Yeah, been meaning to try it. I hear he has a new place nearby which I want to say is pizza but I can't remember.

Dupont Circle Burger Wars

Yep. My first and only visit their was with my mom and we each had burgers and drinks and one order of fries and it was nearly what you paid. Never again. Tastee Diner in Bethesda isn't a premium burger joint but doesn't serve a bad greasy burger if that's what you like and I do.

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Tastee Diner
118 Washington Blvd S, Laurel, MD 20707

Dupont Circle Burger Wars

Apparently, Smash Burger is highly thought of by foodies and bloggers. Not sure where they are located but their style, as I understand it, is similar to Shake Shack and Five Guys in that they sort of smash the meat down on the griddle hence the name. I understand Penn Quarter and Dupont are hot spot locales in the area, but why don't some of these places come to Bethesda or Rockville or other burbs? I'm in Mont. Co. and I am certainly not going downtown with parking issues and all the rest for a burger. Bethesda has Five Guys now, but that's really low on the list now as these other spots have cropped up. BGR is in Bethesda too but I think it's a little pricey. Ray's has them beat on quality and price.

Hill Country BBQ coming to DC

Yep. The Hill Country price point will discourage some folks. I ate at their location in NYC and thought it was high but figured it was NYC prices. Not sure folks will pay that here. One of the reasons that Five Guys Burgers does well is that their prices are reasonable. Even though DC has affluent residents, they won't pay $15.00 per person for that kind of place. BGR Joint in Bethesda is very near me but I won't go because you'll pay about what I stated above for a burger, fries and drink. If you add-in the milkshake for a little indulgence, it pushes it slightly higher if I remember. Price point does matter. We'll see what happens. NYC places are coming there's no two ways about it.

Hill Country BBQ coming to DC

DC is becoming a great food town serving all kinds of stuff at all kinds of prices and that's a good thing. Being a native, I know that wasn't always the case. Rocklands and Urban and all the rest in this category will step up their game as I said before. Competition has a way of doing that. It's possible if not probable in the food business that if you don't get better you risk great danger of going out of business.
You can have your opinion and I can have mine and I am entitled to it by the way. You've eaten at some great bbq places but so have I. I have been to many of the places you mentioned and more. Yes, Hill Country is TX or Lockhart, TX style but my BBQ experience is much broader than that for what it's worth. I hope many more of these places come to town. The DC area would certainly accept these joints and I suspect they'd do well. I like your handle by the way. I've had bbq all over MS too.

Hill Country BBQ coming to DC

I posted a reply in the wrong place. See below.

Hill Country BBQ coming to DC

Opening pushed back and best scenerio is end of the year. Interestingly, the owner of Hill Country is a Bethesda native. That bodes well for me as that's my area. There isn't any BBQ joint in the heavily food laden town and the future could bring a location there. You never know.

Hill Country BBQ coming to DC

I agree that different visits can result in a different product. Overall though, there still isn't anyone that is consistantly knocking this stuff out of the park. You mention Ray's and look what they've done. You wanna talk about a line? That's a great example of putting out quality. All his places are very good. It's amazing to me how few food establishments in the casual dining sector like BBQ joints, don't take the time to make it good and really good mostly every time. BBQ, for the most part, isn't rocket science. Today, you can even go to one of the top cooks on the BBQ circuit and take their class for $500-$1000. That may seem like a lot but you're learning from the masters who earn hundreds of thousands in competiton and know what they're doing. You take back 10% of what you learn and you're ready to have people stand in line for your food. I'll try Rocklands again maybe but don't think I'm itching to go to Urban any time soon.
I hear Chubby's in Emmitsburg (North of Frederick) and Black Hog in downtown Frederick are authentic joints and damn good. Thanks for keeping the thread going.

Hill Country BBQ coming to DC

Some Chowhounders take comments personally which is too bad. Wherever I'm from is DC and have lived here all my life. That's right, I'm a native Washingtonian as our both my parents. I currently live inside the Beltway. The BBQ joints here are just not up to snuff there's no way about it. If they were, they'd be lines out the door and that just isn't the case at Rockland's or Urban or any other place in this general area. Sure BBQ is regional but that doesn't mean that it should be mediocre. What BBQ style is DC anyway? The places in NYC or anywhere else that are considering coming here get it done and have taken the time to learn what it takes to turn out great product. Hill Country is good BBQ for NYC but won't do well here? I doubt it. I was in NYC when BBQ first came with Blue Smoke from Union Square Hospitality Group and people sent the food back thinking it wasn't cooked not realizing it was smoked. Now NYC is full of great BBQ places and New Yorkers from Midtown to Brooklyn absolutely love it. One thing that may happen is these outsiders may force the local joints to step up their game and that's a good thing for all diners. Hill Country opened in NYC in 2007 so 10 years ago you may have eaten somewhere else thinking it was Hill. Blue Smoke was open then.

Hill Country BBQ coming to DC

I'm very late to this discussion based on the date of this post but wanted to chime in. Is Hill Country going to make a splash in DC? You're darn right it will. I have eaten at the NYC store recently and it is very authentic TX or better yet, Lockhart, TX style BBQ. As for the other spots mentioned like Rocklands, I hate to inform you but they all stink. I have eaten top BBQ all over the country and the fact that those places may be popular, doesn't mean they are good cause they aren't. Urban BBQ, a fairly new comer, is about the worst of that list. What's more, their location is terrible behind a crappy strip mall in Rockville.

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Urban BBQ
10163 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20903

Any suggestions for 10 year Anniversary dinner in Bethany Beach, DE (area) ?

Nantucket in Fenwick Island is pretty nice. Sedona mentioned above is a good choice. I would also consider Patsy's a block away. It's really good and the atmosphere on the patio is great if the weather is pleasant.

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Sedona
26 Pennsylvania Ave, Bethany Beach, DE 19930

Aug 15, 2010
jac0077 in Mid-Atlantic

Dupont Circle Burger Wars

Yep. Shake Shack is on the way. I was just there in NYC and it is awfully good, much better than 5 Guys that's for sure. I like their juicy, greazy burger served poking out of a soft paper pouch.

See my post titled "NYC Shake Shack to DC". The Wash Post article is there.

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5 Guys
6210 Quander Rd, Alexandria, VA 22307

NYC Shake Shack to DC

I was wrong about DC being first venture outside NYC. It's still great news for us.

The shakes are pricey but really good. They are more like a custard and must be eaten with a spoon. It's priced that way cause they can get away with it. DC isn't accustomed to the pricing of NYC though. They don't balk at $25.00 and up burgers so we'll see what happens.
I don't really like their crinkle fries so that saves a few bucks right there.

NYC Shake Shack to DC

This is exciting news for burger lovers. I just came back from NYC. Thr burger craze is alive and well. My Shake Shack lunch with juicy and delicious.

I can't believe that DC is the beneficiary of the first Danny Myer venture outside New York.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/goin...

Group of girls in Rehoboth

how much do you want to spend? most of these outings aren"t geared for fine dining more for fun and the celebration of the last days of singlehood.

Aug 12, 2010
jac0077 in Mid-Atlantic

Where Can I Buy Fleur de Sel in Baltimore?

Williams-Sonoma should have or try Sur Le Table.

Growler's Pub Old Towne Gaithersburg

Great! Thanks for your posts.

Growler's Pub Old Towne Gaithersburg

Can anyone give me an update on this place? I have a family get together coming up and understand they have some private party space. Does anyone have experience with their private area? My group will be about 25 people. Their menu looks like standard pub grub which should be perfect. One thing I want to know is if they do any brunch type stuff on Sunday which is when I would be going.

Thanks!

PORK BELLY

First of all, check this board for past discussions on this topic. I was part of one of those discussions and got a lot of info out of it. From that discussion, I found Bestway and buy my boneless belly there. It's in the old part of Herndon, Va on Elden Street. You have to ask for it, but they have really nice pork there and cheap too. They also have a location in Silver Spring. Language may be an issue if you don't speak Spanish. Most of the staff and customers are Spanish speaking. At the Herndon location, there's a very nice young guy who speaks English well and will cut the belly to any size/weight you want.

Where To Go in NOVA To Enjoy A Cigar Post Ban?

Good job on that! Thanks for letting us know.

Houstons in Rockville Closing!!!

Houston's has many items that are healthy including daily fresh catch, delicious salads and fresh steamed veggies every day. That's not the reason for its name change. My post above is the reason. Not opinion. That comes directly from their GM.

Houstons in Rockville Closing!!!

Yep. Same owner, same deal on food and service. They changed the name in anticipation of the legislation that will soon be voted on in Mont. Co, which requires chain restaurants with more than one outlet in the county to publish every ingredient and nutritional info on their menus. Houston's doesn't want to deal with that you know why?
Because they grind their meat daily for burgers and make every single menu item in their store from scratch daily. Putting exact ingredients is not possible because they don't make cookie cutter food and that's a good thing. Just one more crazy hoop restaurants in Mont. Co. have to tragically jump through.

Worst restaurant

Shocking that any food establishment, whether a deli, burger joint or fine dining restaurant would give anyone sub par treatment especially now. Unless you are very good at all aspects, your food business is mostly empty. This economy is not one to be messed with on service or anything other aspect of the food biz. Many places have gone and will go out of business and maybe that's a plus in the end. Try Persimmon in Bethesda or Black's.

Where To Go in NOVA To Enjoy A Cigar Post Ban?

FYI for those interested in this. I just found out that the place I want to go to on Saturday still allows smoking. Jackson's Mighty Fine Food in Reston Town Center has a separate lounge/bar with its own entrance and ventilation. Since it's fairly new, I wouldn't be surprised if they constructed it with a smoking ban in mind. They are part of Great American Restaurants the same group that owns Sweetwater Tavern.
I was talking about Houston's on another post and I would say these folks are very similiar in service and food. Good food and pretty good prices.

Where To Go in NOVA To Enjoy A Cigar Post Ban?

I like EatBar quite a lot. Remember the old days when that was Whitey's? Man, that was a great place. Why do other cities across the country leave those classics alone while we routinely bulldoze them in favor of condos or something else? Makes me crazy. EatBar is better than having that building leveled though I guess. I have been in their back room before and do believe they have separate ventilation.

Thanks for the that!

Houstons in Rockville Closing!!!

Bob gets it.

Attention to detail is vital but most restaurants, especially at Houston's price point, don't understand this. One other issue on their closing is that Mont. Co., which is Big Brother and anti-everything, is such a headache to deal with that Houston's is almost glad in a way.

Where To Go in NOVA To Enjoy A Cigar Post Ban?

Does anyone know what if any Northern Virginia bars/restaurants have modified their establishments so they can continue to offer smoking since the state-wide ban went into effect Tuesday? Places that have separate entrances and separate venitilation systems will be allowed to continue to have a smoking area.

Thanks!

Houstons in Rockville Closing!!!

Just went there last night. Our server told us that no last minute negotiation is expected, the decision to close was due to conflict on both sides and their last day of service is Dec. 21st. No indication at this point whether a different location will be chosen in the area. Woodmont Grill, owned by Houston's and formerly named Houston's, will remain open and unchanged. Many favorite Houston's items are avail. on their menu.