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Quick trip from DC - Monk's Cafe, Vedge, Hop Sing?

We wanted to walk around afterward, but it was colder than we had prepared for. Our waiter had actually suggested Society Hill Society for drinks, so we will probably try that next time.

Oct 24, 2014
JoanArkham in Philadelphia

New place at Navy Memorial (Penn Quarter)?

Oh. That's very exciting newszzzzzzz.......

Quick trip from DC - Monk's Cafe, Vedge, Hop Sing?

Just wanted to report back and say thanks for the recommendations! We would up doing dinner at Monk's Cafe - we went early, at like 6:00, but it was already crowded. We managed to snag some barstools though, so didn't mind waiting.

Dinner at Zahav was outstanding! Great cocktails and service, too. We got the tasting menu and it was so. Much. Food. Luckily for us we mentioned to our waiter that we had plans for Hop Sing later that evening, because he let us know it was closed on Mondays (not sure how I missed that). We wound up at Franklin Mortgage instead, since it was close to our hotel, where we had some very nice custom drinks - I asked the bartender for something "herbal" and she came up with two variations on a corpse reviver (I think) for us. Would have stayed for another round, but we were still so full from dinner!

New place at Navy Memorial (Penn Quarter)?

Anyone know what's going in next to the Chopt by the Navy Memorial? One day there was nothing, the next day they were setting up tables and chairs and someone in chef's whites was walking around outside. A pop-up, or have I just not been paying attention (while patiently waiting for the Native Cafe across the plaza to open)?

Quick trip from DC - Monk's Cafe, Vedge, Hop Sing?

Well, by "dress up" I mean funky/vintage not necessarily suit-and-tie. Would that be out of place at Hop Sing or Franklin Mortgage?

Sep 15, 2014
JoanArkham in Philadelphia

Quick trip from DC - Monk's Cafe, Vedge, Hop Sing?

I know opinions vary (greatly!) but is Hop Sing mostly just a gimmick? I do find the speakeasy thing kind of fun, but in the end I just want to dress up and have some unusual cocktails.

Sep 15, 2014
JoanArkham in Philadelphia

Quick trip from DC - Monk's Cafe, Vedge, Hop Sing?

Thanks, all! Zahav it is. I had to get the reservation for 5:30 on the Sunday but I grabbed it.

Sep 15, 2014
JoanArkham in Philadelphia

Quick trip from DC - Monk's Cafe, Vedge, Hop Sing?

UPDATE: Wow, Vedge is already totally booked, for both the Saturday and Sunday we will be in town. Suggestions on a replacement? It doesn't have to be vegan or vegetarian, but husband does not eat meat or poultry so a good veggie or seafood option is a must. And we're not fans of very formal dining - plus I'd still like to stay in the same general area so we can go to Hop Sing afterward.

(Hmmm. Demanding much?)

Sep 15, 2014
JoanArkham in Philadelphia

What types of restaurants does DC need now?

Don't know anything about it beyond the website, but one of these is coming in at Navy Memorial. Been watching them build it out for a month or so.

https://www.nativefoods.com/

What types of restaurants does DC need now?

New Jersey-style Italian bakery!

Quick trip from DC - Monk's Cafe, Vedge, Hop Sing?

Thanks! Street hails are not a problem, then? What about getting back to Palomar from Chinatown?

Sep 12, 2014
JoanArkham in Philadelphia

Quick trip from DC - Monk's Cafe, Vedge, Hop Sing?

Husband has promised to forgo his Chuck Taylors for one night, for a special occasion. :)

Sep 12, 2014
JoanArkham in Philadelphia
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Quick trip from DC - Monk's Cafe, Vedge, Hop Sing?

Good to know. Thanks!

Sep 12, 2014
JoanArkham in Philadelphia

Quick trip from DC - Monk's Cafe, Vedge, Hop Sing?

Thanks for the tip! Looks like Belgian Cafe is close to the art museum too. Depending on what we wind up doing, that may even be a better option.

Sep 12, 2014
JoanArkham in Philadelphia

Quick trip from DC - Monk's Cafe, Vedge, Hop Sing?

Hello, Philadelphia! I'm going to be coming up for a quick anniversary trip over Columbus Day weekend. Husband and I are currently really into Belgian beers, so I'm thinking we should do Monk's Cafe for a casual dinner on Saturday. Is there a best time to go? I don't mind waiting, but I don't want to go out of our way then have to find something else.

For Sunday, I'm planning on making reservations at Vedge, then walking (?) to Hop Sing for cocktails afterward. Does that sound do-able? I'd like to leave the car at the hotel (we're staying at the Palomar) as much as possible, assuming that's a safe walk after dark. Should we have a Plan B if we can't get in to Hop Sing?

Thanks!

Sep 12, 2014
JoanArkham in Philadelphia

Cheap Eats in Belgium - possible?

I've got my birthday dinner sorted out, but now I'm wondering where to go for everyday fare. I don't want to have to make reservations, but don't want to pay a lot for crummy tourist food either. I'm thinking like 10e each for lunch and 15e for dinner (not including beer).

We are fine with street food or cafeteria-style service, and will definitely be taking advantage of frite and waffle stands (looks like mussels are not in season right now though?), but I'm also wondering what there is beyond that.

I'll eat about anything, husband eats fish and seafood but no meat or poultry. I'm especially interested in the possibility of good Turkish food, as I lived in Ankara for a few years when I was (much!) younger.

We'll be in Brussels as a home base, and visiting Ghent, Antwerp, and Bruges so tips on any of those cities would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Jun 05, 2014
JoanArkham in Europe

Freaking Memorial Day Lunch/Brunch

Just got an email that Masa 14, El Centro, D.F., and the other Richard Sandoval places are all doing brunch on Monday.

Baltimore casual but good? Near Hotel Monaco or Ottobar?

Thanks, all! Our plans actually totally changed, but we will be back in Baltimore over Memorial Day weekend so I'll bookmark this for later.

Baltimore casual but good? Near Hotel Monaco or Ottobar?

Thanks! Think we would need reservations for Birroteca on a Friday night? I have no idea what our schedule is going to be like.

Belgium: Birthday dinner in Antwerp (or...?)

Thank you! I don't think we will be dressed to go to any Michelin starred restaurants, but will definitely make note of your suggestions. Ghent was on our "maybe if we have time" list but now I'm more intrigued.

May 07, 2014
JoanArkham in Europe

Baltimore casual but good? Near Hotel Monaco or Ottobar?

We're coming up to Baltimore from NoVA on Friday for a show at Ottobar, and decided to get a hotel room at the Monaco and make a mini-getaway of it. I'm stumped on dinner though - I was thinking of Cazbar, but that looks fancier than we want if we're on our way to Ottobar (plus it seems to have *very* mixed reviews).

Any cuisine is fine, husband is a pescatarian though so veggie or fish options are preferred.

Thanks!

Belgium: Birthday dinner in Antwerp (or...?)

Husband and I are coming to Belgium (from the Washington DC area) for a week in early June, including my birthday. We're going to stay in Brussels, and take day-trips via train to Ghent, Bruges, and Antwerp. (We won't have a car.) Based on what I've read about the different cities,I'm leaning toward Antwerp for my birthday.

I'm looking for something fun/funky/creative. Willing to make this our one splurge meal, but not interested in formal service or dressing up. We'll be doing the tourist thing all day, and while I'll attempt to not look like an Ugly American, I'm going to want to be comfortable. A more student-type place with really good food would be ideal.

I'll eat most anything (not a fan of offal though) and husband is a pescatarian. A good beer list (or even beer-infused cuisine) is a major plus but I get the feeling that won't be too much of an issue. Not really interested in wine.

Any advice appreciated!

Apr 16, 2014
JoanArkham in Europe

Old Style Family Restaurants?

If you *were* itching to go to one, and wanted to take a 2-hour road trip, that describes pretty much every restaurant in York, PA. I refer to them as "places where applesauce is considered a vegetable." :)

old favorites vs. new experiences: please critique my list

I should have gone with the mulled wine. I went with the boss colada, even though it was really too cold to appreciate it.

(We did make it to Clover Grill for our last breakfast!)

Jan 12, 2014
JoanArkham in New Orleans

old favorites vs. new experiences: please critique my list

Thanks to all for the recommendations! Unfortunately, the deep freeze kind of put a damper on our plans to explore farther out. It was just too damn cold to go too far, and I'd only packed one nice outfit which wasn't that warm and wound up dressing in layers like a hobo most of the time. We still managed to get to a lot of places though:

Killer Po Boys, our first stop. I have the "dark and stormy" pork belly po'boy and it was wonderful, if not exactly traditional. We also had Dis Tacos at Molly's, very good "food truck style" creative.

Luke's for a happy hour oyster fix. Twice. This is the second time we've taken advantage of a Besh happy hour (we did Dominica last visit) and I have to say they are the most generous, gracious happy hours I've ever had. (Do not look for bargains like that in DC!)

Eat, for BBQ shrimp. Still very good, but different than last time. I may need to seek out other versions.

Finally tried Coops. I was pretty underwhelmed, but now I know. Made a return visit to Johnny's for traditional po'boys, but never did make it to Parkway or Angelo Brocato's (which I really regret).

We also missed out on Casamentos and the Carousel Bar.

We did make it out to the garden district for brunch at Atchafalaya, which we enjoyed despite the stressed out host chiding me for coming so early (oops, we didn't know how long we'd have to wait for a streetcar).

Cane and Table was good but, honestly, I was expecting a little more. They also weren't serving food on Monday, so we only had one drink each then left. We had equally good drinks and a much friendlier experience at our hotel bar, The Ice House.

We liked Spitfire and 13 Monaghan for dive bar/hole in the wall places. I know it's probably not "Chowhound Worthy" but 13's tachos (nachos made with tater tots) were amazing for a post-drinking snack.

I never did find that king cake. We walked right by Sucre, but weren't hungry and wanted to get back and out of the cold. I did grab a small slice after the Joan of Arc parade though. I'm now seeking an easy recipe to try and make one (plain, unfilled) myself.

Thanks again to everyone for being an excellent resource! We're already thinking about maybe sneaking down for a long weekend over the summer to hit some of the spots we missed.

old favorites vs. new experiences: please critique my list

Thanks! Flying out of Baltimore a o-dark-thirty tomorrow morning. As long as we escape the snow I'm sure we'll have a blast!

Jan 02, 2014
JoanArkham in New Orleans

old favorites vs. new experiences: please critique my list

Yes, I don't recall any smoke when we went in August 2012.

I think we'll stop in if we are in the area and wanting a drink, but likely won't make a special trip. Looks like we'll be spending most of our time near Frenchmen St, since that's close to our hotel and all mostly new to us.

Jan 02, 2014
JoanArkham in New Orleans

old favorites vs. new experiences: please critique my list

Hmm, now that it's time to make reservations I'm thinking that Friday lunch at August will be cutting it too close, since we get in that morning (after getting up at 4AM...oy).

Any recommendations for something similar? By which I mean upscale but not over-the-top-break-the-bank, with a not too fussy dress code. (Husband does not own a suit or sport coat.)

We've never done any of the "old line" places. Maybe Galatoire's for a (non-Friday) lunch?

Dec 26, 2013
JoanArkham in New Orleans

Lunch near National Mall

Sounds like the cafe in the center of the Corcoran.

Lunch near National Mall

For "not fancy" my go-to is the Teaism in Penn Quarter. https://www.teaism.com/restaurant-det... but if you do a search on "Penn Quarter" you'll find lots of options close to the museums.

Alternately, you could try the cafeteria-style food at the National Museum of the American Indian. The menu changes frequently, but I've had some good dishes there.