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MXDC mini-reveiw

Tom Sietsema beat me to the punch; I've been meaning to post a mini-review of MXDC since we tried it last week. In a word: bah.

The food was very, very hit or miss. I really liked the cochinita pibil, the chips and salsas, and the fresh homemade tortillas. However, the "arepas" were inexplicable and awful: like hollowed-out, toasted hamburger buns (??). We left them on the plate. And the gazpacho was simply inedible: grossly acidic and oddly flavorless. We also left it mostly uneaten. The mushroom/huitlacoche tacos were fine: not amazing, but not bad.

We found the space somewhere between uninspiring and downright hostile (noise volume is off the charts, and we are not particularly noise-sensitive).

The prices are very high - likely due to the prime real estate, but certainly not the ingredients. The staff was uniformly very nice and competent.

The next time I want Mexican food in a slick downtown setting, I'll stick with Oyamel or Rosa Mexicano.

Anybody else have MXDC experiences?

Jul 24, 2013
DC in DC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Las Vegas Thai - is it really all that?

Thanks again, everyone. I extended my stay to two nights and hit both Le Thai and Lotus of Siam. Reviewed both on a separate thread. Many thanks for the encouragement and good advice!

May 18, 2013
DC in DC in Las Vegas

Thai restaurants report-back

With thanks to several Las Vegas hounds for their advice and input, recently I visited LV and tried Le Thai and Lotus of Siam. Both were excellent and I'd highly recommend either for someone looking (as I was) for something other than a meal in a fancy-named place on the Strip.

Le Thai is a tiny place - about 6-7 tables indoors with maybe twice as many on the patio. It's in a highly touristy area so that's not really my thing, but it didn't detract too much from the atmosphere. The food was outstanding; I had the three-color curry which was very flavorful, very very spicy, and very generously portioned. Earlier reviews indicated that service might be spotty; in fact, it was quick and helpful - and I was there at prime time on a weekend night.

Lotus of Siam is in a lower-rent neighborhood strip mall but the restaurant itself is bustling, welcoming, and nicely appointed (not fancy - just not low-rent like the rest of the strip mall). I tried the pad thai (among the best I've ever had outside Thailand) and the scallops with basil (also very good).

I'd happily return to either and LV hounds were right: there's a fantastic subculture of excellent Thai food here. What a great find! And thanks again to the locals who helped me with tips.

May 15, 2013
DC in DC in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Thai - is it really all that?

Super helpful, Dave. Thank you!

Apr 30, 2013
DC in DC in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Thai - is it really all that?

Thanks much, LVI. Unfortunately, I arrive late afternoon and depart mid-morning the next day. So I have either one dinner slot or, hmm, I guess I could consider a Thai crawl, with one small dish per place. (And now Le Thai's in the mix, so that makes three at least...)

Apr 30, 2013
DC in DC in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Thai - is it really all that?

Wow. I'm in! Thanks, everybody. Will post back.

Apr 23, 2013
DC in DC in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Thai - is it really all that?

Hi, Las Vegas hounds: I'll be there for about 24 hours next month, so I have one dinner opportunity. I get plenty of fancy food here at home and elsewhere, so I can skip the high-end places in which LV seems to excel. My research has turned up some reportedly great Thai restaurants, however, and I love really great Thai food. Cheda Thai and Lotus of Siam in particular get lots of love from critics. Two questions for you all: (1) Are they really all that? (2) Of the two, which would you choose? Thanks in advance and I promise to report back!

Apr 23, 2013
DC in DC in Las Vegas

2012 Confessions

I can eat sweetened condensed milk straight from the can with a spoon.

Secretly I crave old-fashioned "ambrosia" - that hideous combo of canned mandarin orange slices, whipped cream, walnuts, and sweetened shredded coconut.

And sometimes I'll have cereal with half and half, instead of milk.

There.

Jul 15, 2012
DC in DC in Not About Food

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace - 14th St. NW

Went for lunch this weekend. Requested fried oysters, which are not on the menu (at least, at lunch), and husband had oysters gumbo. My fried oysters were very good (not lifechanging, but quite delicious). Gumbo was pronounced adequate. Service was cheerful but verrrrrrrrry slow. We waited about 1/2 hour for our food - and the place was only about 1/4 full when we arrived - though it was packed by the time we left. Verdict: we'd return if we were in the neighborhood and the wait wasn't long, but it's unlikely we'd go out of our way for it.

Jan 08, 2012
DC in DC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Unwelcome surprise in my eggs

Ewww!
But maybe the next time I want to torture my in-laws?

Dec 25, 2011
DC in DC in General Topics

Unwelcome surprise in my eggs

A-ha! So one is supposed to boil or deep-fry it, I see now.
And though the info I see on the Internet describes balut as duck eggs, I guess chicken eggs must be a variant.
And not so great for putting in cakes, however. ;)

Dec 25, 2011
DC in DC in General Topics

Unwelcome surprise in my eggs

Yuck! I cracked an egg for a cake recipe this morning and found inside ... you guessed it ... a little chicken fetus.

After I recovered, I figured this was a one-in-a-million anomaly, so out of curiosity I cracked three more from the same batch. Each one was the same.

I've never, ever encountered this before. Because I bought the eggs at a store whose clientele is largely Asian, I searched the web to see if this is some kind of delicacy in other cultures. I learned more than I ever wanted to know about the egg-fertilization process and the love life of chickens and roosters, but no word on whether this is some kind of unique special thing, or even whether it's okay to eat eggs in this state. Personally, I found it completely disgusting but now I'm a bit intellectually curious.

Anybody got light to shed on this phenomenon? Meantime, I think I need gross-out counseling.

Dec 25, 2011
DC in DC in General Topics

Thai//Vietnamese/Asian Grocery in DC or Arlington

The store I mentioned is walking distance from the Rockville Metro stop. Depending on where you live, though, the Metro ticket might cost even more than the bubbles themselves! (But probably cheaper than mail-delivery fees unless you're ordering by the barrelful.)

Oct 05, 2011
DC in DC in Washington DC & Baltimore

What homemade edible thing do you most commonly gift?

Sounds fantastic. How long does it keep?

Oct 03, 2011
DC in DC in Home Cooking

Weird/Bad Food Related Dates

You win.

Oct 03, 2011
DC in DC in Not About Food

1 Year Anniversay in DC

Some recommendations:

Obelisk
Blue Duck Tavern
Komi (more on the adventurous side)
Oval Room

All either within walking distance or a short cab ride away.

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Komi
1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

Oct 03, 2011
DC in DC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Thai//Vietnamese/Asian Grocery in DC or Arlington

I've bought tapioca balls at the Asian grocery that's in the same parking lot as Bob's Noodle in Rockville. Forgetting its name but it's right there on Rockville Pike.

Oct 03, 2011
DC in DC in Washington DC & Baltimore

D.C. restaurant recommendation

Bistro du Coin is terrible. Mediocre food, indifferent service (at best - negligent or rude at worst), really loud and annoying. You can do far better. Right in Woodley Park: New Heights is very good. A 15-minute walk north is Cleveland Park, in which you'll find the wonderful Indique, Palena, Ardeo, and Dino, and several others (but those are the best). A 10-minute cab ride the other direction is the sublime Blue Duck Tavern.

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Palena
3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

New Heights Restaurant
2317 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC 20008

Indique
3512 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008

Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

Oct 03, 2011
DC in DC in Washington DC & Baltimore

BBQ--looking for the best

I'm not an expert by any stretch, but Dixie Bones on Route 1 in Woodbridge is by far the best I've found in the area.

Sep 24, 2011
DC in DC in Washington DC & Baltimore

L.A. foodies need to know: Proof? Corduroy?

We don't dress very trendily here - beware. Consider adding Blue Duck Tavern to your list.

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Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

Sep 23, 2011
DC in DC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Galileo III - Don't Go There

The only way anybody should allow him to be attached to any future restaurant is if they lock him into a kitchen alone with absolutely no way to conduct business - no wallet, no credit cards, no pen for signing contracts, no access to a phone or computer. Nada. Just a few pots and pans and ingredients. This latest venture was just an embarrassment.

Sep 23, 2011
DC in DC in Washington DC & Baltimore

anomalously excellent food in mexico city airport

Hi, hounds:

I've been waiting for months to try Tacanon. Last week I passed through the DF airport and even printed these directions for help in finding it. But oh no! The terminal 1 renovation seems to have swept away all restaurants except one or two terrible-looking carry-outs. We looked absolutely everywhere and couldn't find any of the landmarks mentioned by the directions. Can anyone confirm our (sad) experience? Boo hoo.

Jan 23, 2011
DC in DC in Mexico

The best romantic dinner in the Mission

A strong second for Saison. Incredible ambience without being overwrought.

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Saison
2124 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Oct 12, 2010
DC in DC in San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurant tourist traps

How about responding, with feigned delight and surprise, "Oh - great! So I guess they got that health-department issue cleared up and reopened?"

Sep 10, 2010
DC in DC in General Topics

Restaurant tourist traps

Another classic technique is to ask a taxi driver where he eats.
Or if you want something classier, ask where he takes his wife for her birthday.

Sep 10, 2010
DC in DC in General Topics

Restaurant tourist traps

Hear hear.

Sep 10, 2010
DC in DC in General Topics
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Office Holiday Party

Here's a creative alternative: rather than lunch, close the office early and have afternoon tea at Teaism in Penn Quarter. The staff will set aside a portion of the downstairs area just for your group and provide a variety of tea and food options that are really yummy and festive. I think it can meet your price range. I've arranged small parties here and they're always big hits.

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Teaism
2009 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Sep 10, 2010
DC in DC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Where can I find Dragon fruit in DC area?

The delis in Eden Center in Falls Church (our favorite is Huong Que) sell dragonfruit.

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Eden Center
Falls Church, VA, USA, Falls Church, VA

Sep 10, 2010
DC in DC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Bad Restaurant Names

I have a childhood memory from San Jose, CA of a Vietnamese restaurant downtown called Duc Phuc.

Aug 30, 2010
DC in DC in Not About Food

Bad Restaurant Names

There's a disgusting bar in Ocean City, Maryland called the Bottle and Cork. Everyone calls it the Cork & Screw.

Aug 30, 2010
DC in DC in Not About Food