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best place in DC/VA/MD to buy live 3, 4 or 5-pound lobsters? (cooking for mother's day)

Up in Chantilly try Lobster Mainia: http://lobstermaine-ia.com/

Jun 24, 2014
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JFX 2014

The annual question- when does JFX start for the year- any new vendors, or old ones not returning. New crops, new people, new dishes, new facts to know?

Mar 19, 2014
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bagels + lox?

And how do you know Bethesda Bagels uses "bagel conditioners?" I've made bagels myself and come from a town with good bagels myself and have had many New York made bagels and few are no better than the ones I've had at Bethesda Bagels or Bialys in Cleveland.

Aug 16, 2013
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Is it still blue crab season? OR What are all the crab house posts 10 years old?

Oh, the Quarterdeck... went there last week... out of XL, out of Jumbos, and the large were like 70 a dozen and we were told it would take like 45 minutes. We got the crabcakes. Mediocre... unless you want a beer at the bar save your time and money and go elsewhere...

Aug 16, 2013
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Sunday Brunch in DC not costing an arm and a leg...

These replies are embarassing coming from such distinguished chowhownders. How about the W Hotel, the Willard or the Occidental, which all are open Sundays. At a lower price point Old Ebbitt, Del Frisco, even Aria are all probably open Sunday for bruch and are better than Chef Geoff, Le Pain Quotiden or Busboys and Poets which isn't even near there...

Jun 06, 2013
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Range - new Bryan Voltaggio place in Chevy Chase

Any other reviews? Good value?

Dec 28, 2012
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best korean bbq in DC area

FYI while Woo Lae Oak is quite good, it is a chain with locations in California and Korea. The location in Crystal City is closed.

Dec 28, 2012
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FrIed belly clams and steamers recommendations in DC area

Blech, couldn't disagree more. A waste of time and money from my experience.

Dec 28, 2012
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bagels + lox?

Well, now we know where they were "just visiting" from: apparently for New Yawker nothin's as good as New York. Sigh.

Oct 17, 2012
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In Search of Fried Chicken

Dosen't Majestic have a Sunday Fried Chicken Dinner- I don't know what it works out to per person but I've heard it is very good...

Jul 11, 2012
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Cheap Lobster- Where?

Read in the NYT that it is now lobster season and soft shelled lobsters are selling retail for as little as $4 a pound ($2.50 wholesale at the docks). So where is the cheap lobster at (or less expensive better/larger lobsters)? Even H Mart which is usually the least expensive I can find is around $8.00 a pound. I know we won't see $4 here but $6? I want to have a lobster fest!

Jul 11, 2012
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Moving to DC from NYC, help!

No I think grilled cheezy means it. You know- she'll come down, nothing will be good enough, she'll pine for pizza, the deli the you name it that "is just not as good" and then she'll go back or continue to complain how "nuthins' as gowad as it is in New Yak." And that will be that.

Jun 07, 2012
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Business Dinner with Maryland blue crab?

My guess is that what he means is local seafood, including crabs. As other posters have indicated, you are probably better off with a place that serves nice crab cakes. Some good spots- in particular since it is on someone elses dime and (I'm assuming here) a bit of a history buff maybe 1789? Also since it is on someone elses wallet, Kinkaids which is no bargain but has great local seafood in a white tablecloth setting. Other places would be a private room at Blacksalt or Old Ebbitt (don't hold your nose, those who are snobs!) depending on where you are staying.

Jun 05, 2012
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America Eats

If you are expecting excellent traditional versions of old time historical favorites your expectations will not be met. It is IMHO very interesting, but it is modern deconstructions of historical dishes as monkey said- generally small portions. It is a really neat experience and the cocktails are special, but adjust your expectations accordingly....

Jun 01, 2012
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Moving to Pentagon City-a summary, please

I don't know. All I do know is that my reaction when I went to the sit down place was the same as yours, but the take away place has been consistently good. And the take away place is consistently busy while the other not so much. I've peeked back at the kitchen and they do not look the same nor does it look to be from the back but I could be wrong.

May 14, 2012
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Oval Room, Vidalia, Proof, Blue Duck Tavern, Acadiana, or somewhere else?

Yea, but this lady would be ok with Red Lobster, so Oval Room or Blue Duck it sounds like she would not appreciate it and frankly might consider $50 for lunch a bit of a waste. That said, Georgia Browns is also quite good (though there is a wide variety of opinion on that) and they have good southern style food. Just a thought.

May 10, 2012
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Moving to Pentagon City-a summary, please

You are incorrect. Different owners, different food. The one with the yellow awning, for what it is, is great. The one with the blue awning, as ME says, is meh.

May 10, 2012
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Moving to Pentagon City-a summary, please

You went to the wrong one. There are two. Kabob Palace does not have steam trays- everything is made to order.

May 09, 2012
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Room 11?

Could you do a review? I'm totally unfamiliar with the place...

Apr 25, 2012
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Desperately seeking bay scallops

This is silly (unless you were seeking fresh, not frozen- then it is a different story). Go to Costco, H-T, Giant, Safeway...two pound bag 20ish dollars.

Apr 25, 2012
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Fresh Seafood Dinner in DC: Hank's, Pearl Dive, or somewhere else?

Kinkeaids is very good old school service, nice fresh fish, but not a great value. For just lobster/shrimp/crab rolls really one of the best if not the best is Lukes but it is small and very casual. Also worth considering it Old Ebbitt- it is consistent and good, even if overly busy and touristy.

Apr 25, 2012
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Soft Shell Crabs in DC

Incorrect. It started three weeks ago. They are available- usually for a heck of a lot less than 16.00 each (retail).

Apr 25, 2012
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GOOD store bought Steaks

OMG if you are in the Annapolis area, try My Butcher and More. Always great meat, helpful friendly service. Not the cheapest by far but the quality for choice, prime and American Kobe is always top notch. www.mybutcherandmore.com

Apr 25, 2012
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Montrealers in DC

Love Montreal and a great food scene - a few thoughts on something different from what you'll find in Montreal-

Like others have mentioned, we have the largest Ethiopian population outside of Ethiopia, so something like Etete or Dukem on U Street would be different.

You might consider something "modern" like Central or The Source or even America Eats pop up that I don't think you'll find in Montreal. Also, a nice take on chocolate (as well as a good brunch) is CoCo Sala.

Have a great time!

Apr 03, 2012
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Gefilte Fish

Does not have to be kosher. Besides, that would have kosher foods for the entire country. I'm just looking for the DC area, skipper.

Apr 02, 2012
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JFX 2012

Has the JFX farmers market in Baltimore begun yet? Anything new and interesting (or old and gone?)...

Apr 02, 2012
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Gefilte Fish

Anyone know where freshly ground, not out of a jar gefilte fish can be found in the DC area? Maybe a fishmonger or a high end supermarket? Bottled is fairly easy to find, and I'm not quite all in to buy fish and grind it up myself this year...

Apr 02, 2012
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Anyone been to the Hamilton yet?

Well, that would be because it is owned by Clydes...

Mar 07, 2012
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pizza for a crowd in South Arlington?

Costco is a good idea for cheap, decent thick crust. Monterey Pizza Co is a very good take out only joint just down Jeff Davis on the right as you cross into Old Town Alexandria- 5-10 mins from South Arlington.

Mar 06, 2012
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Group Meal Downtown/Penn Quarter

Here are some DC thoughts near PQ and the Convention Center-

Maybe try to book your group for an off the books table at Seasonal Pantry- Dan does that sometimes...

Courdory- right across the street from the convention center beautiful, very good food, reasonably priced

Co Co Sa La- they do sweet and savory and DC is the only location- beautiful food, fantastic chocolate, near PQ
Then there is Rouge 24 which is a unique, special and expensive experience all by itself- I'm sure it will be rockin during FF

Mar 06, 2012
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