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DC evening (after 10) vegetarian friendly restaurant

Thanks for the Dukem suggestion. Their kitchen stays open until one hour before closing; and they close at 3:00 on fridays. This will probably be my first choice, but I'll run some of the others past her also. I haven't been to Zatinya in forever, so that might be good. Pizza, tapas and sushi rolls are all good options too, thanks.

DC evening (after 10) vegetarian friendly restaurant

I am picking up a nice vegetarian girl at DCA on Friday night at 9:45. She's heading in from San Francisco, so that will be about dinner time on her body's clock.

Now I usually glance over the vegetarian options on most menus I look at, so I am at a bit of a loss. What I'm looking for is something on the lower/mid range for price (middle $10's to middle $20's for entrees) and someplace where the kitchen is open past 10:00.

I'll be in a car, so I'm open to most areas, but will be heading back to brookland NE at the end of the night, so I'm not going to drive too far out in VA and am not really interested in MD. U Street or H Street are probably my first two choices, but I'm sure the options are limited for after 10 eating, so I'm game for other suggestions. (are any of the Ethiopian places open past 10?)

Thanks

You Haven't tasted D.C. Until...?

DC is south of the Mason Dixon line. The line runs along the Pennsylvania/Maryland border and down the Maryland/Delaware border.

Yes, Ben's Chile Bowl is better for the atmosphere than the food; I actually prefer the half-smokes from the street cart by my work, but then I like them with sauerkraut and mustard . But Deli City is great for the area. And as far as my favorite "DC experience" goes for out-of-towners, when I have friends in I always take them to breakfast at Florida Ave Grill; it has the feel you would expect from Ben's but without the crowds. My mom from the south approves of the grits (which, honestly, are usually terrible in DC) and my dad said the scrapple tastes pretty close to the way his mom made it.

And yes, if you have the money, go watch the lobbyists eat on K Street. It'll be a good meal and is sure to be entertaining... and expensive. But if you want a nice seafood dinner at a reasonable price just go to Hanks Oyster Bar. The oysters and fish are great and they won't make you wear a sport coat to come in.

MKE: Pho in Milwaukee

I just found another one:
Pho VN Restaurant at 7506 W Appleton Ave, near 76th and Capitol.

The locations for the other ones are:
Noodle House
3433 W National Ave

Phan's Garden Restaurant
1923 W National Ave

Pho Hai Binh
3881 S 27th St

MKE: Pho in Milwaukee

I just moved back to the Milwaukee area after four years in DC and three years in San Jose before that. I have been a pho addict for a while and have found myself a little worried after a google search for pho here in Milwaukee. From my online searches I've come across three places that offer pho in the Milwaukee area.

On Yelp they have Noodle House which is a pan-Asian or thai place and frankly I don't trust them to make good pho. If I am wrong, please correct me, but while I love Thai food, I don't expect a Thai/pan-Asian place to make Vietnamese pho.

Next on Yelp is Phan's Garden Restaurant; this place looks quite a bit more promising. I am looking forward to trying it out.

From Google I found Pho Hai Binh Vietnamese Restaurant. They're not on Yelp, but they look like the most authentic place of the three I've found so far, so I think I'll try them first.

Please let me know what you think of these places; and if you know of any others, I would greatly appreciate your advice. I am really hoping to find a place or places that offer all of the traditional meats: from the regular slices of eye round steak, well-done lean brisket, well-done flank, fatty brisket and skirt flank, to the soft tendon and the beef tripe.

Thank you,
John

p.s. I know that there is a large Hmong population in parts of Wisconsin and if there are any restaurants you know about specializing in Hmong cuisine, I would love to hear about those as well.

Why can't Americans have good cheap wine?

Even in California it is hard to find good wine for less than $10 or $15 a bottle.

Dec 03, 2008
jrsmoltz in Wine

DC to San Francisco Road Trip (Midwest)

Thanks for the great list. It looks like we'll have to make some tough choices in Kansas City.

Much appreciated.

DC to San Francisco Road Trip (California)

We're hoping to stop in and stay with a friend in South Lake Tahoe and would take 50 to Sacramento. I haven't cleared it with the friend yet, so if we don't stay with him Ikeda's sounds like a good call. Thanks

I updated the post to make it clearer.

Aug 04, 2008
jrsmoltz in California

DC to San Francisco Road Trip (Midwest)

Thanks for the good call. I don't think I've had Arthur Bryant's for more than eight years. A stop for KC bbq sounds great.

DC to San Francisco Road Trip (California)

So I am leaving Washington, DC to move back to California and will be taking a long drive from one coast to the other. Two friends are joining me on this trip and the three of us would definitely like to avoid the fast food chains as much as we can.

The trip plan so far is this:

Sunday August 31
Depart in the afternoon and stop for the night somewhere in West Virginia, maybe Charleston
(I-270 to 70 to 68 to 79 to 64)

Monday Sept 1
Stop in Louisville for a late lunch with family
Stop for the night in St. Louis with family
(I-64)

Tuesday Sept 2
St. Louis to Denver
(I-70)

Wednesday Sept 3
Stay in Denver with Family

Thursday Sept 4
Denver to Salt Lake City (maybe to West Wendover, NV)
(I-25 to I-80)

Friday Sept 5
Salt Lake City to South Lake Tahoe
(I-80 to 395 to Hwy 50)

Saturday Sept 6
South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco
(Hwy 50 to I-80)

I am looking for recommendations that are cheap (less than $10-15 for lunch and less than $15-20 for dinner) and quick (not more than ten miles off the freeway and we don't want to sit down for an hour). Anything with local color would be appreciated and if it is really worth it, we might waive either the cheap or quick guideline. We are open to any and all types of cuisine.

I am looking for help with the road food and not really for the cities that we're stopping in. We'll be with family and friends for every stop except for West Virginia and Salt Lake City.

I am posting this in several boards so for this one I guess the focus could be on the last leg of the trip. Is there anything great between South Lake Tahoe and San Francisco? and if you have any recommendations for the rest of the trip, I'd love to hear those too.

Thanks

Aug 04, 2008
jrsmoltz in California

DC to San Francisco Road Trip (Southwest)

So I am leaving Washington, DC to move back to California and will be taking a long drive from one coast to the other. Two friends are joining me on this trip and the three of us would definitely like to avoid the fast food chains as much as we can.

The trip plan so far is this:

Sunday August 31
Depart in the afternoon and stop for the night somewhere in West Virginia, maybe Charleston
(I-270 to 70 to 68 to 79 to 64)

Monday Sept 1
Stop in Louisville for a late lunch with family
Stop for the night in St. Louis with family
(I-64)

Tuesday Sept 2
St. Louis to Denver
(I-70)

Wednesday Sept 3
Stay in Denver with Family

Thursday Sept 4
Denver to Salt Lake City (maybe to West Wendover, NV)
(I-25 to I-80)

Friday Sept 5
Salt Lake City to S. Lake Tahoe
(I-80)

Saturday Sept 6
Lake Tahoe to San Francisco

I am looking for recommendations that are cheap (less than $10-15 for lunch and less than $15-20 for dinner) and quick (not more than ten miles off the freeway and we don't want to sit down for an hour). Anything with local color would be appreciated and if it is really worth it, we might waive either the cheap or quick guideline. We are open to any and all types of cuisine.

I am looking for help primarily with the road food and not really for the cities that we're stopping in but if you have recommendations for Salt Lake City or West Wendover, please list those as well.

I am posting this in several boards so for this one I guess the focus could be on the fourth leg of the trip. Is there anything great between Denver and SLC and Lake Tahoe? and if you have any recommendations for the rest of the trip, I'd love to hear those too.

Thanks

Aug 04, 2008
jrsmoltz in Southwest

DC to San Francisco Road Trip (Midwest)

So I am leaving Washington, DC to move back to California and will be taking a long drive from one coast to the other. Two friends are joining me on this trip and the three of us would definitely like to avoid the fast food chains as much as we can.

The trip plan so far is this:

Sunday August 31
Depart in the afternoon and stop for the night somewhere in West Virginia, maybe Charleston
(I-270 to 70 to 68 to 79 to 64)

Monday Sept 1
Stop in Louisville for a late lunch with family
Stop for the night in St. Louis with family
(I-64)

Tuesday Sept 2
St. Louis to Denver
(I-70)

Wednesday Sept 3
Stay in Denver with Family

Thursday Sept 4
Denver to Salt Lake City (maybe to West Wendover, NV)
(I-25 to I-80)

Friday Sept 5
Salt Lake City to S. Lake Tahoe
(I-80)

Saturday Sept 6
Lake Tahoe to San Francisco

I am looking for recommendations that are cheap (less than $10-15 for lunch and less than $15-20 for dinner) and quick (not more than ten miles off the freeway and we don't want to sit down for an hour). Anything with local color would be appreciated and if it is really worth it, we might waive either the cheap or quick guideline. We are open to any and all types of cuisine.

I am looking for help with the road food and not really for the cities that we're stopping in. We'll be with family and friends for every stop except for West Virginia and Salt Lake City.

I am posting this in several boards so for this one I guess the focus could be on the third leg of the trip. Is there anything great between Louisville and St. Louis and between St. Louis and Denver? and if you have any recommendations for the rest of the trip, I'd love to hear those too.

Thanks

Road Trip (DC to Charleston, WV to Louisville to St. Louis)

So I am leaving Washington, DC to move back to California and will be taking a long drive from one coast to the other. Two friends are joining me on this trip and the three of us would definitely like to avoid the fast food chains as much as we can.

The trip plan so far is this:

Sunday August 31
Depart in the afternoon and stop for the night somewhere in West Virginia, maybe Charleston
(I-270 to 70 to 68 to 79 to 64)

Monday Sept 1
Stop in Louisville for a late lunch with family
Stop for the night in St. Louis with family
(I-64)

Tuesday Sept 2
St. Louis to Denver
(I-70)

Wednesday Sept 3
Stay in Denver with Family

Thursday Sept 4
Denver to Salt Lake City (maybe to West Wendover, NV)
(I-25 to I-80)

Friday Sept 5
Salt Lake City to S. Lake Tahoe
(I-80)

Saturday Sept 6
Lake Tahoe to San Francisco

I am looking for recommendations that are cheap (less than $10-15 for lunch and less than $15-20 for dinner) and quick (not more than ten miles off the freeway and we don't want to sit down for an hour). Anything with local color would be appreciated and if it is really worth it, we might waive either the cheap or quick guideline. We are open to any and all types of cuisine.

I am looking for help with the road food and not really for the cities that we're stopping in. We'll be with family and friends for every stop except for West Virginia and Salt Lake City.

I am posting this in several boards so for this one I guess the focus could be on the first and second legs of the trip. Is there anything great between DC and Charleston, WV; and Charleston and Louisville; and between Louisville and St. Louis? and if you have any recommendations for the rest of the trip, I'd love to hear those too.

Thanks

The Single Best Bang for the Buck in the DC Area . . .

I just saw the other thread (www.chowhound.com/topics/534367) with the details. "Butcher Burgers - aka Ray's Hell Burgers, in the same strip as RTS (1713 Wilson Blvd)"
Thanks, can't wait to try one

The Single Best Bang for the Buck in the DC Area . . .

So is this burger at Ray's the Steaks or at some place two doors down? And if it's two doors down, what's the name of the place with the hell-burger? Is it eat-in only or could I get it as carry out? I think I might try one of these burgers this week so I just wanted to be clear on the details.
Thanks

Good Ramen, finally!

Is it offered at the Matuba on Columbia Pike in Arlington?

I love Thai Square and Bangkok 54...

Thanks, this is what I figured the responses would be; I just wanted to check. I think I'll stick with the two best.

I love Thai Square and Bangkok 54...

... but I was wondering if any of the other Thai places on Columbia Pike are worth a try.

My girlfriend and I love that both Bangkok 54 and Thai Square will actually give you the authentic version of a dish if you ask for it Thai style. She prefers Bangkok 54 and I'd say that I like both about equally - depending on the occasion. I can't get enough of the honey crispy duck at Thai Square or the Catfish Curry at 54. I won't go into everything I love at each place but I do have to say that the pad thai at bangkok 54 is something I could eat just about every night and the green curry at thai square (ordered thai spicy) has left me with sweat dripping down my brow and both a satisfied palate and stomach.

Down the street:

I have only found mixed reviews of Manee Thai online (majority negative. a few positive). But I was wondering if anyone here had any experience with the place. Most of the reviews say it doesn't have much flavor.

Also, is Rincome Thai any good? Yelp doesn't really think so.

Are there any places I am forgetting?

At some point I'll make it out to Duangrat and Mint in Baily's crossroads, but I'd like to know if any of the other Columbia Pike places measure up.

I will definitely keep going to Bangkok 54 and Thai Square, but would like to expand the options.

I like:
Thai Square
http://www.thaisquarerestaurant.com/

Bangkok 54
http://www.bangkok54restaurant.com/th...

I haven't tried:
Manee Thai
http://www.maneethai.com/main.htm

Rincome Thai
http://www.rincomethai.com/menu/index...

Dungrat's Thai
http://www.duangrats.com/duangratsmen...

Mint (couldn't find websiste)
http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&amp...

Looking for a restaurant in Eden Center

I really like the pho at Hai Duong. This was the 'go to' pho spot for my girlfriend and I for about two or three years. No round tables, but great soup. It's in the first interior mall part, the farthest you can get from Ntl Wholesale Liquidators.

I still love this restaurant. But we recently discovered Pho Hot in Annandale and decided to change our regular place. Every once in a while it's time to change things up. I still highly recommend Hai Duong.

Does anyone around here do Fish Fries During Lent?

Being from Wisconsin, I loved to go to fish fry on Friday night. I haven't found anything here that matches that culture or even comes close. I wish I could get a plate of fried perch with rye bread and tarter from Kagels or wait for a table with fried mushrooms and a hefeweiss at 5 O'clock Club, but West Allis and Pewaukee are 1000 miles away. I haven't been to a K of C fish fry since middle school, but have fond memories.

I say just go to Eamonn's in Old town Alexandria. It's not exactly what you're looking for, but it's darn good fried fish.

And if you do find anything, please come back and post it here. I would be appreciative.

Best Southern Home Cooking?

For breakfast, you should try the Florida Avenue Grill. I just took my parents on sunday. My mom is from Kentucky and said that the grits were made the right way. I've had grits at quite a few places in the DC area that for some reason just can't get it right. The biscuits and gravy have a whole lot of flavor. And my dad said that the scapple tasted as close to how his mom made it as he's ever had. I was a little nervous about the scrapple, but it was actually much better than I expected; I might have to get that myself next time. Their virginia ham is really good too. They serve lunch and diner also, but I haven't tried it. I wouldn't be surprised if they did a good chicken fried steak.

SAT: Thanksgiving week in San Antonio North: near USAA/ Medical Center

Really? Nothin'? how about within a 5 to 7 mile radius? Is there anything good within 7 miles of USAA?

Nov 12, 2007
jrsmoltz in Texas

Authentic Mexican Taquerias

(sorry, I just realized that I replied to a post that's almost 2 years old.)

Authentic Mexican Taquerias

I like Alamo, but having lived in the Bay Area and having a girlfriend from Texas, I would definitely say it's Tex-Mex and not Cali-Mex (I guess the name is also a giveaway). It's worth a visit, but you should be expecting San Antonio not San Francisco.

Sirenita, Tres Reyes and the other taquerias in Riverdale are great. I personally think they do tacos better than burritos; I haven't found anything here that's as good as a burrito in the Mission.

SAT: Thanksgiving week in San Antonio North: near USAA/ Medical Center

I'll be spending Thanksgiving with my girlfriend's family in San Antonio-- coming in from DC-- and was wondering if there were any places close by the USAA area that come highly recommended.

We usually go to Chachos (I've noticed some people on this board don't like them, but I've always really enjoyed their beef and al pastor fajitas) and I can't wait to go again... and again. But I was wondering if there's anything else in the surrounding area- Mexican, Tex-Mex, homecookin', Vietnamese, Thai, South American, Greek, Indian, BBQ, moderately priced, or anything else that's a 'can't miss.'

We have a week, but we'll probably be cooking in most nights. So I want the meals we do go out for to be really good and memorable food.

Thanks for the help.

Nov 09, 2007
jrsmoltz in Texas

New Street Cart Vendors to hit DC

I just got back from the Halal cart on 14th (1:30 on Friday). It seems like this thread has had quite an impact on the size of their crowd (it could be the Post article, but I'm sure everyone in line saw it here first).

Well I waited for 45 minutes. At least half the people in front of me left the line because of the wait. the two people who work the cart couldn't have been nicer, though. They announced that they had to start a new batch of chicken for the shwarmas and it would take 15 to 20 minutes longer. Fifteen minutes later, I was near the front of the line, but they said it would be another 10-15 minutes. They were very apologetic and said that this was the most people that have shown up and that they were still ironing out the kinks.

I got two merguez sausage pitas ($3 each), because I had to get back to work and couldn't wait any longer. They were really well seasoned. I think I saw a pine nut in one of them. I'll definitely go back to try the chicken shwarmas, but I don't think I'll wait that long again. Once their operation is smoothed out and the novelty of the new street carts has worn off, I hope the lines will be much more efficient.

Best of Brookland?

Well, there's not too much around these parts.

Col Brooks Tavern has pretty good burgers and pub grub; it's a nice place to relax with a drink and a casual meal. Unfortunately, Island Jim's BBQ next door (actually they are connected) had the worst ribs I have ever ordered. They were dry and the bbq sauce was cold and had the consistency of apple sauce.

I've only eaten at the Cardinal's Nest (10th street, north of Michigan) once but it had a good atmosphere and the open face turkey sandwich with gravy was tasty. They used real sliced turkey breast, not turkey loaf. I should go back sometime soon.

Ellis Island was a disappointment. They were out of the first two things I ordered. I don't even remember what I ended up with, just that it was mediocre.

There are quite a few take out places around the area. Tropicana is decent Jamaican carry out; I like the jerk chicken and curried goat. The pizza places are your usual greasy delivery fare. I haven't had any wings from the wing places in Brookland, but there's a few of them.

Bubba's Muscogee, on Rhode Island and 16th, was below average southern/ soul food. I really wanted that place to be good. It's a buffet; I'll try to be positive and say: maybe if you order off the menu it's better.

Hogs on the Hill, at New York and Bladensburg, has pretty good ribs. No where close to perfect, but they hit the spot when you need a fix. Get the spicy sauce even though it's not that spicy.

There's a place called Saint's Bourbon Street at 18th and Hamlin. I keep meaning to try it, but haven't been yet. Hey, it could be fantastic cajun food or all I know. Damn, I need to remember to go try that place.

If you have a car:

Go up Rhode Island a couple of miles to Franklin's brewery and restaurant in Hyattsville, MD. They have a nice menu and the beer is quality stuff. There general store is also really interesting.

Since you are now on this side of town, you're also closer to the "little Mexico" of the DC area. Riverdale, MD has a ton of great, authentic mexican places. Do a search on here and you'll find a bunch.

I wish there was more to write, but I can't think of anything. If you find anything worth mentioning, please update this post.

Are any of the Baltimore Restaurant Week places worth a trip up from DC?

I like to get up to Baltimore when possible but haven't been to any of the places on the RW list. I like all food, so cuisine is mot an issue. I am just wondering if any of them are worth a drive up from Washington.
Thanks

Brief review of Dino

I went to Dino for the first time when my brother was in town two weeks ago and had fantastic service and food. Our server was attentive and helpful and just what we would expect from a place like Dino.

You must have had the server that was helping the table next to us though. My brother and I kept commenting on how her attitude with the customers was less than ideal. She actually argued with one of them after she had clearly made a mistake with his order. and it wasn't just that table, the others received sub-par service as well.

When the adjoining table left, we spoke with them breifly. They said they were regular customers but that this was the worst service they had had. It wasn't going to stop them from returning though.

I will definatly go back because we had such a good time with great food:
The table bread was amazing
Antipasti della Casa -- nice meats and vegs, a bit much oil
Marinati -- refreshing raw seafood
Boar Pasta -- good flavor but a bit heavy
Crab Pasta -- buttery, garlicy crab goodness
and a nice bottle of wine

Management should give that other server a long talking to.

Where do I find a cup of Illy or Lavazza Coffee in DC

Well, I feel the need to represent my new neighborhood. Brookland gets the slight most of the time but we have a really nice cafe that serves Illy coffee in a nice atmosphere. Cafe Sureia at 3629 12th St. NE is a great place to relax and take a load off. You should stop by and give Brookland another look.