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Vegetarian Experiment For a Month

Try Saran Foods in Arlington on Washington Blvd. down the street from Metro 29 diner. Very cheap. ( And the Sunflower Cafe in Vienna and now Falls Church at Seven Corners is wonderful. ( I dream about the General Tso's Surprise. Not a fan of Java Green's Jop Chae, but everything else I've had is good. And the Vegetable Garden in Rockville is pretty good. Also Skewers in DuPont has a pretty good selection.

Pot au Feu at Montsouris

Did you get the bone marrow? It's divine.

Best Southern Home Cooking?

What about that Steak & Eggs of whatever cafe on Washington Blvd. in Arlington near George Mason Road, across from the strip mall with Saran Foods and next to the old Friendly's?

Best Southern Home Cooking?

Southside 815 is inconsistent with their CFS, but when it is on, it's great. The white gravy is good too. But at times my steak has come with the breading completely burned and/or steak overcooked and one time they substituted stewed tomatoes for the green beans which sort of threw off the whole plate. I like it with the Mason-Dixon mashed potatoes (sweet and regular together) and always order the breadbasket. I'd try Colorado Kitchen - they've got great grits too.

News: Viridian and Chop't

I think Chop't should work on the quality of their food before they keep expanding. I went to the one in Chinatown and had I not substituted dried cranberries and cheddar in my salad, my Chop'ten with grilled chicken and honey mustard would have been absolutely tasteless. Not to mention the less than friendly demeanor of some of the salad makers who don't listen to your order and then throw the entire contents of the bowl away when they make a mistake. Repeatedly. And my Jewish friend found bacon in her non-bacon salad.

Proof has opened

You can get 2-oz, 6-oz, and 8-oz pours of the wines by the glass - the 2-oz pours start as low as $2 and the full 8-oz glasses can go upwards of $15. Similarly, the charcuterie and first courses are in the $11-$21 range. The main courses are around $20+. Do the math: I split seven plates of charcuterie and first courses with a friend and six 2 oz. pours, plus a three-cheese plate ($12) and dessert. Our bill was about $180. But it was all delicious. Agreed - the hamachi crudo was divine and the tuna tartare had a refreshing take on an old, staid standby. The foie gras was fantastic - so we ordered an encore, as was the gnocchi. But overall, everything I tried was at least quite good. I would try to list the wines I had but I was a bit tipsy - I recall a viogner, a gewurtztraminer, the more expensive of the red burgundies, a riesling, a cabernet sauvignon and the last I don't know.

The reason it was quiet on opening night - the 5th - was that they were trying to keep reservations fairly quiet and small. They did not, however, expect the bar area to be packed.

5 meals in DC

A lot of the restaurants that have been suggested are great and should not be missed but for many of them, you will not be able to get in on such short notice.

Places that you probably could get into - there's no way you'd get into the Minibar on such short notice (only six seats). I would pick from Zaytinya, Cafe Atlantico, Ray's the Steaks (in Arlington and they actually dry ages them for 4-6 weeks, unlike Mortons, Smith & Wollensky, the Prime Rib who all unfortunately now wet-age), Neyla and Vidalia. Nirvana, CF Folks, and Breadline for lunch. The Museum of the American Indian has an interesting and expansive food court. Definitely get Ethiopian - Etete or Dukem on U Street-ish. If you want Vietnamese, I would go to the Eden Shopping Center in Falls Church (all Vietnam, all the time). And this may be on the ghetto side, but Don Juan's carryout in Mount Pleasant has amazing tacos and Haydee's (also in Mt.P) has great fajitas. Not the prettiest places, but good holes in the wall.

For brunch, try Colorado Kitchen at 14th & Colorado. You might have to wait and it's a bit out of the way, but it's well worth it.

Favorite Thai restaurants in D.C., nothern Virginia?

My father is Thai and the only restaurants he deems acceptable are Thai Square @ Glebe & Columbia Pike in Arlington (which has Americanized its flavors some over the past 10 years) but is still quite good and Po Siam near Arlandria in South Arlington.

At Po Siam, try the boat noodle soup - a traditional fisherman's dish and at Thai Square, try the crispy fried duck, the chinese broccoli with crispy pork. Just a little something to add variety to the usual Thai standbys of curry, peanut sauces, and salads.

My family hates Duangrat's. Haven't yet tried Bangkok 54, but hear good things. Alas, nothing beats Thailand, where you can get a bowl of duck noodle soup for less than 75 cents.

Dessert Place???

I'm looking for a place to have dessert for a friend's birthday on a Saturday night in DC. There will be about 10-15 people and we'll probably eat around 8-9. Does anyone have any suggestions? I know some restaurants might be less than thrilled to have a group just for dessert, but our drinks tab would more than make up for it. I'm looking for someplace other than the Cheesecake Factory and Cosi. The problem is I rarely make it to desserts at any restaurant because I usually stuff myself on appetizers and main courses. Cost is not an issue. Help!