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Pat's or Geno's for cheesesteak?

Went to Geno's on a Saturday night, went to Pat's the following Sunday afternoon. My first time at both, but I've had my share of cheesteaks, just not in Philly. Everybody has their own idea of what the ideal cheesesteak is, and Pat's or Geno's probably isn't that. It really is more about the atmosphere and camaraderie than the cheeseteaks. That said, I thought Pat's kicked Geno's ass. I'd go back to Pat's again and again over Geno's. Pat's steak was thinly sliced and chopped, tender, greasier, and therefore tastier. Geno's was dry and slab-like. Now I know why Geno's has all the neon and photos on their building... they're compensating. GO PATS!

Oct 10, 2010
tbantug in Philadelphia

Pig Roasts in Northern Virgina-Who Does it?

There are a lot of Asian/Filipino restaurants that do a "lechon" style pig roast, which is very, very good. Crispy skin and moist, succulent pork, eaten with "Mang Tomas" lechon sauce, available at any Asian/Filipino market. Try Mark's Duck House, Fortune (I think) and Marco Polo, among others. Good stuff!!!

Mark's Duck House
6184 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044

Cake Love: Opinions?

I'll jump on the pile as well, and state that Cakelove is just not good. I've had their cupcakes, a slice of cake, and something they used to have called "crunchy feet," which arguably were the best out of the three. But out of 4 stars, cakelove gets 1 for product and price. Higher marks go to atmosphere and hype. Cakelove is overrated, overpriced, and just doesn't live up to the hype. But someone seems to like it because they're opening up all over the place. Where will cakelove be after the hype dies down in a few years?

Anyone going to Taste of Arlington this Sunday?

The Taste of Arlington this year was a great event, but extremely crowded, almost to the point of being unenjoyable. I noticed comments about the lack of diversity in vendors, and you can't blame that on the organizers. From a business owner standpoint, it is very difficult to organize a booth especially if you have an existing restaurant already, and most of the smaller, ethnic restaurants lack the manpower, time and money to give away free food for the whole day. Yes, if you want to taste you have to buy a ticket, but vendors do not see any of this money because it all goes to charity. In some cases this event costs restaurants, shops and vendors thousands of dollars to be there, so asking a mom-and-pop, independent ethnic restaurant to front that kind of money especially if they might not get a lot of business in return is crazy. In terms of ROI, it's a crapshoot at best. Do not blame organizers for the lack of diversity in vendors. Participation is open to everyone.

Lunch in Fairfax--ideas????

What's your price range? Is it a business lunch? Do you have guests? I ask because there are plenty of places in that area/price range: Sweetwater Tavern, Pho Cyclo, and Bernies Deli to name a few.

Sweetwater Tavern
3066 Gate House Plz, Falls Church, VA 22042

Cane Sugar Coke For Passover?

This is off topic, but still Passover related.

I was told recently that there is a different Coke offered during Passover, because regular Coke cannot be served. Does anyone know if this is true? I know that you can buy Coke made in Mexico now, and the good thing about it is it's made with real cane sugar, not high fructose corn syrup, like Coke made in the States is. Apparently in Jewish markets and delis around Passover you can buy this Coke.

Mar 29, 2010
tbantug in General Topics

"Home of the" or "World's Best" Food in Washington, DC

This reminds of what I saw in Fairfax City last year: A restaurant with a huge sign in the front claiming to be "Northern Virginia's Best Mexican Restaurant!" and another right down the street with another huge sign saying "Voted #1 Mexican Restaurant in Northern Virginia!"

Best Peanut Butter/Chocolate Dessert in the VA/DC Area

Is this a chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting?

Hard ice cream in NoVA?

There is a pretty good gelato shop called Boccato in Clarendon. I hear it's homemade. There's another place called "Goody's" by the Metro, but I've never been. Not sure if it's good or not, but it looks like it serves the usual Hershey's cheap stuff. I know there are some restaurants in town that serve Great Falls Ice Cream, which is pretty good. Pie-tanza serves it, as does Toby's in Arlington.

Hungerford Drive's new "York Castle" IS The ORIGINAL GIFFORD'S ICE CREAM. (Proof)

I remember the York Castle on Georgia Ave., and talked to Cal quite a bit during one visit. Really nice guy, fantastic ice cream! I was sad to see him go, and see the place taken over by "Tropical Ice Cream." Definitely not the same product, not even close. I'm glad he re-opened in Rockville after all these years. I hope his legal problems have worked out for the better for him. I'll definitely be paying him a visit in Rockville!

Lazy Sundae is gone from Arlington . . .

Just like everyone else, I liked the original Lazy Sundae. Just like everyone else, I don't like the re-located, messy, Lazy Sundae.

ice cream in northern virginia

Toby's Homemade Ice Cream in Arlington, off Washington Blvd. Google them.


Wow, I can't believe Gifford's sold their ice cream shops. I noticed quality was going down, but I didn't think that they were going to sell the entire retail business. I also heard their ice cream isn't batch frozen or hand made anymore, but made by a big ice cream manufacturer in PA.