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Good seafood restaurant with options for a vegetarian?

I'll be staying with friends in Watertown over the 4th. They're new to the area as well so I've been tasked with finding a good seafood restaurant that can also accommodate the lone vegetarian. I looked at the menu for Neptune Oyster and, while the menu looked great, there seemed to be nothing for the vegetarian.

Other must try restaurant recs would also be welcome. We're planning to visit Modern for sweets and perhaps get pizza from Pizza Roma in Newtown.

Jul 02, 2013
Jule in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy good matzo ball soup in Washington DC?

I like the matzo ball soup (which is more like a chick noodle and matzo ball) from Bagel City in Rockville. Definitly not your typical golden broth with a matzo ball, but good in its own way.

Coming From Chicago

As much as I think that the restaurants in Chicago (overall) are superior to DC's, there are definitely some standouts here that you won't really find in Chicago.

1. I definitely agree that you should dine at Rasika- you won't find its equal on Devon Ave or at any of the mediocre, high-end Indian restaurants downtown.
2. Vietnamese food in the Eden's Center area (you will want to drive). Better and more varied than what you would find on Argyle. I really enjoyed the banh (rice cake) dishes at Saigon Cafe.
3. Ethiopian food-way better than anything that you'll find in Chicago (which is understandable since DC has a very large Ethiopian population). My current favorite is Ethiopic on H st. in DC. I think that the best thing on their menu is the vegetarian platter (the caramelized carrots are fabulous), and this is coming form a meat eater.
4. I will agree with everyone who suggested Jaleo (DC location only). It's been a number of years since I've had tapas in Chicago (and nothing particularly memorable) but Jaleo is truly wonderful-my favorite is the fried, bacon wrapped dates (like meat candy).

In my opinion, the Chinese and Korean restaurants are better in Chicago. And don't get me started on the lack of good bakeries in DC (and its environs)-I end up having wait until I get to Chicago to get my coffee cake fix.

Enjoy your visit-fall is the most beautiful time around here and actually lasts more than a week (as it's apt to do in Chicago).

Rasika Restaurant
633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Need late night breakfast between Georgetown and Van Ness

Open City on Calvert at Connecticut, they're open until 1:00 on the weekends. Breakfast all day

Open City
2331 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20008

Please Rec Bakery in DC or NOVA for Cake

I've ordered a cake from Furin's in Georgetown and it was very good.

Furins of Georgetown
2805 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Who has the spiciest and/or best chicken hot wings in northern virginia or DC area?

I was doubtful about the time but I actually ended up cooking them for about 65-70 minutes. What I'm about to say may be sacrilegious, but I think that I actually prefer them baked (and I LOVE fried foods)-the skin came out very crisp. My smoke alarm did go off but that has more to do with my lack of a hood which vents outside.

Pie crust made with melted butter?

A friend remembers making a fail proof pie crust with melted butter and refrigerated overnight. This technique goes against every other pie crust recipe that I've ever seen or tried. Unfortunately, she can recall the exact recipe-has anyone else run across a pie crust recipe which use melted (instead of ice cold) butter?

Apr 23, 2009
Jule in Home Cooking

Are Bread Crumb Necessary for Meatballs?

When I'm making korean meatballs, I add drained firm tofu. Same for mandu filling.

Apr 21, 2009
Jule in Home Cooking

Have you ever been billed months later on your credit card for a meal?

I once had a charge at a bar show up a couple of days later for the amount minus the tip. Then a couple months later, the amount for the tip showed up-go figure.

Feb 08, 2009
Jule in Not About Food

Where can I buy GIANT glasses?

Erlenmeyer flasks would be perfect-better than the pilsners. The erlenmeyers are wider on the bottom and range in size from 500ml all the way up to 4L (i.e. a gallon). Also, the pyrex glass is very sturdy.

Jan 29, 2009
Jule in Cookware

Best Fruit Tart in DC?

I really like the fruit tart from the bakery at Whole Foods.

Are there nice b-day cakes to send by mail?

Not your traditional fluffy cake with frosting but this tort is THE BEST cake that I have ever tasted. I friend sent it to me for my birthday and absolutely everyone raved about it.

Sep 07, 2008
Jule in General Topics

Anyone been to Enology yet??

It's actually not a bad walk from Enology to Cafe Divan, about a mile. I went in late on a Friday night and the place was not very crowded. I did have a really good dirty martini (yes, I know-it's a wine bar). We ordered one of their flatbreads (which I was expecting to be more of cracker/lavash type bread with savories). What we ended up receiving was basically a pizza-not so great.

I haven't dined at Cafe Divan for a couple of years but the last few times I thought the food had gone downhill from when they first opened-maybe things have gotten better.

Pickled vegetables at A&J?

Anyone know what the pickled vegetables are called which are served with the fried chicken and fried pork chops? It's a finely chopped green veg, kind of looks like a pale minced spinach except crunchy. I once asked if this vegetable was the one listed as a small dish on the back of the menu and was told no (the waitress' english wasn't very good so I didn't press her). Any idea where I can buy the veg?

Shipping cold food

FedEx will take dry ice but only at specific venues (you can check on their website for ones that allow hazardous materials). You need to pack it in a styrofoam box (preferably one specifically made for dry-ice, the have thicker styrofam walls), then place it in an outer (cardboard) box. You will need to place a special hazardous material sticker on it if it will be going via air. Unless you need the stuff to be frozen when it arrives wet ice (in ziploc bags) or gel packs will be more than sufficient to keep them at 40 degrees overnight (packed into a styrofoam box). UPS and DHL have similar rules. Good luck.

Jun 07, 2008
Jule in Not About Food

Dry Ice Retail

Most ice cream shops will sell you some.

Help a NYer: Places to eat near Rockville/Gaithersburg

I've really been enjoying Bob's Noodle, much more so than Joe's (which I find to be somewhat hit or miss). I am currently addicted to the ginger chicken casserole from Bob's. For Taiwanese little plates, try A&J. Their fried chicken is great (as are their scallion pancakes).

Food you eat in the privacy of your own home? (WARNING: Potentially disgusting, feel free to not open if you are squeamish)

My freaky 8 year old niece will only eat the tail of a deep fried shrimp-leaves the meat for her mom. She does this in public and at home.

Apr 17, 2008
Jule in General Topics

Food you eat in the privacy of your own home? (WARNING: Potentially disgusting, feel free to not open if you are squeamish)

I have to admit that I have a hard time eating corn on the cob even if I'm all alone-something about the gnawed look of a cob with bits of kernels stuck to them grosses me out. I can only eat corn on the cob of I twist off a row of kernels and then use my thumb to kind of systematically shear them off the cob-anal, I know.

Apr 17, 2008
Jule in General Topics

Food you eat in the privacy of your own home? (WARNING: Potentially disgusting, feel free to not open if you are squeamish)

I used to have a thing about eating messy things with my fingers in public. It used to be that I wouldn't eat fried chicken in public but I ended up getting over it one summer when I was at the Taste of Chicago and couldn't resist getting an order of Harold's chicken wings. Now I love Harold's Chicken but having grown up on the north side I rarely got to eat them so when I saw the wings I just could not resist chomping into them amidst a crowd of thousands-YUMM. I still can't get myself to eat watermelon off the rind in public-now if they were dipped in batter and deep fried...

Apr 17, 2008
Jule in General Topics

Refrigerating Bahn Mi--What's the verdict?

I seem to only eat banh mi as take out so I always ask them to pack the vegetables separately (they usually come in a plastic sandwich bag). I've never had a shop refuse to pack them separately-I think that they get the request often. Pop the sandwich in a toaster oven for a few minutes, garnich with the veg and enjoy. The bread is crispier than when fresh but it's still very good (just a bit different).

Mar 31, 2008
Jule in General Topics

A good donut? DC/MD

Since Reeve's closed I haven't been able to find a good donut. I've tried the donuts from the Fractured Prune and I thought that they were OK but I don't need all the "stuff" on my donut-a delicious, plain cake donut will do just fine.

A good donut? DC/MD


Chopped egg in tuna salad?? Is that strange?

Not to mention that there's mayo in the tuna salad-which is pretty much just egg and oil.

Mar 06, 2008
Jule in General Topics

Help me find these mints!!!

How about these? -although not decorated.

Jan 19, 2008
Jule in General Topics

Shelled Chestnuts

You can find jars of them at William Sonoma, a bit pricey but better than the vacuum packed ones in the korean grocery stores.

Silver Spring

If the restaurant should offer outdoor seating, that would be a plus with this great weather that we've been having.

Silver Spring

Any recommendations for dinner tonight? I'm meeting an old friend who's never been in this area before and he's staying in College Park. I'd like to take him somewhere nice (well, not divey) which has really good food. Come to think of it, I don't think that I've ever had a meal in SS.

Chocolate spread, WITHOUT hazelnut

It's apparently German/Austrian and called schoko creme.

Chocolate spread, WITHOUT hazelnut

I have a Turkish friend who grew up eating plain chocolate spread without hazelnuts. She remembers it was called Choco Creme (sp?) and is hankering for some. Has anyone seen any for sale locally? Whenever I ask for chocolate spread, I'm always directed towards the Nutella.