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Good Steakhouse Near Washington National Airport

Agree with Rays (didn't realize they dry-aged in-house).

If you want to stay in the airport, they recently opened a Sam & Harry's. Not able to vouch for it however.

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Sam & Harry's
8240 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182

Feb 16, 2011
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Good Meatball Sub in NOVA or DC?

Toscana Cafe next to Union Station makes a great meatball sub.

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Toscana Cafe
601 2nd St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Feb 14, 2011
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

BRGR:Shack coming to Ballston.

I stopped by on Saturday for lunch. They did a nice job with the place. Hard to believe that it used to be the Eat n Run deli.

Anyway, I was somewhat disappointed with the burger. They spend a lot of effort explaining that these are "grass fed" hamburgers, and therefore good for you or something (lower fat, high vitamins, good for the planet, etc., etc.). But the burger just seemed tasteless to me. I got a bacon-cheeseburger, which comes on a pumpernickle bun. The pumpernickle bun just killed it for me (tasted like it was a few days old). Next time I'll try just a regular bun.

Also, I thought it was a bad sign when they told me that they generally cook their burgers medium-well unless otherwise specified. I requested medium-rare, and it ended up somewhere between medium and medium-well. And when I ordered, I saw them throw a partially cooked burger onto the grill, so it seems they are reheating previously cooked burgers rather than starting with a raw patty (at least, this is how it seemed to me).

Very good fries though. And my wife was happy with her turkey burger.

How does it compare to other local joints? Light years behind Rays and BGR. Somewhat comparable to Big Buns, although I like Big Buns slightly better.

I'll probably give it another shot though since I live so close by.

Jan 31, 2011
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Wine pairings at Komi

What did the server say when you asked for more?

Jan 24, 2011
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Shirlington Restaurants

The sushi place (Bonsai??) is pretty good.

Jan 06, 2011
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Where to lay our heads after dining at Inn at Little Washington

Second the recommendation for the Foster Harris house.

Dec 20, 2010
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Question about BLT Steak

Of course it's possible. I would assume that steaks are cooked to order. I do this all the time at Ray's.

Dec 16, 2010
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Cooking Classes near the Oranges??

Looking to get my sister a gift certificate for some cooking classes. She lives in S. Orange. I see that Kings Supermarkets has a series of classes. Any other places? Much appreciated.

Dec 07, 2010
jaydreb in New Jersey

Recommendations for Great Tasting Menu

Komi
City Zen
Restaurant Eve (in Old Town Alexandria).
Palena

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Restaurant Eve
110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Palena
3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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

Nov 17, 2010
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

ISO great meatball sub in NW DC

Technically it's in NE (right next to Union Station), but Toscana Cafe makes a very good meatball sandwich.

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Toscana Cafe
601 2nd St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Nov 10, 2010
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Visit from NYC seeking Md. Crabs

Quarterdeck. Call first to make sure they still have them.

Oct 20, 2010
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Lunch in/near Union Station

Toscana Cafe on 2nd St, NE for excellent sandwiches and pastas. Take out or dine in.

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Toscana Cafe
601 2nd St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Oct 04, 2010
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Tips for eating in Bethesda?

I tried Fresh Grill last week and although it was good, I prefer BGR.

Sep 15, 2010
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Restaurant near Inn at Little Washington?

Thornton River was recommended to us by Diane at Foster Harris. It's very casual. She also recommended several other nearby restaurants, so feel free to ask her when you check in. We chose Thornton River primarily because it was the closest to the B&B.

Our favorite vineyards in the area were Narmada, Linden and Rappahannock Cellars.

Aug 17, 2010
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Restaurant near Inn at Little Washington?

We just took a similar trip. Stayed at Foster Harris house. Ate dinner one night at Thornton River Grille and it was good. Next night we ate at the Inn.

For lunch, go to 24 Crows, about 5 miles north of Washington in Flint Hill. It's a tiny place, but they make amazing sandwiches. The chef used to work at the Inn.

Aug 17, 2010
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

New to DC area - Restaurant suggestions for Arlington and area

In addition to the other suggestions, I would also note El Pollo Rico or Super Pollo for Peruvian style rotisserie chicken. Pretty much a "must" and cheap!

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Pollo Rico
7643 New Hampshire Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912

Aug 09, 2010
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Ren's Ramen CLOSING

Too bad. The soup was good but the location was horrible.

Aug 04, 2010
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Chez Manelle in Arlington - Report

I went there last night. Friendly, family-run place.

Food was OK, nothing amazing. Certainly interesting.

BUT they have one of the hottest blondes I've ever seen working there, so I will be back. (-;

Jul 02, 2010
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

BRGR:Shack coming to Ballston.

I live right around the block. I'll keep a lookout.

Jul 01, 2010
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Go to Pupatella!

Yeah, let's keep this one quiet please.

Jun 25, 2010
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Lyon Hall

Went there last week. Didn't post a review because I don't want the place to get too mobbed. Suffice to say, it's very good.

Jun 17, 2010
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

[DC Metro Area] Sloppy Joe's?

What kind of sloppy joe are we talking about?

The ground beef-tomato sauce sandwich (a la Manwich).

Or the triple-decker deli sandwich with turkey, corned beef, roast beef, Russian dressing, swiss cheese and cole slaw? At least, that's what those of us from New Jersey call a sloppy joe.

Jun 17, 2010
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Must Visit Restaurants In DC, Arlington Area

To name a few (most of these are fine dining):

Komi
Marcel's
Citronelle
Corduroy
City Zen
Eve
Rasika
El Pollo Rico
Rays Hellburger

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

Citronelle
3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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

Jun 16, 2010
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Decent takeout/delivery near Sibley Hospital?

My wife will be in Sibley Hosp for a few nights (maternity), and I was wondering if there were any good places nearby from which I could bring in a decent dinner for her. I live in N. Arlington so I'm familiar with the stuff around there, but anything on MacArthur or thereabouts? Thanks.

Jun 01, 2010
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

New York Chowhound in DC Next Week

Look into Proof, Corduroy, Komi (if you can get a reservation), Central, and Palena.

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Palena
3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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

May 28, 2010
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

A Great Recent Meal at The Inn At Little Washington.

Fantastic review. Makes me look forward to our upcoming visit in July. Thanks.

May 26, 2010
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

NYC to Clarendon/Ballston Area-Need Some Help

In addition to the recommendations above:

-Rays Hell Burger (for the best burger you'll ever have)

-Lyon Hall (brand new restaurant from owners of Liberty Tavern; don't know if it's good but it's probably worth a visit)

-Eat Bar (good "gastropub" type place; good food and wine bar)

--El Pollo Rico (Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken)

-Boulevard Woodgrill (solid choice along the Clarendon strip)

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The Liberty Tavern
3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201

May 25, 2010
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Pupatella has menu posted.

Awesome. Is that across from the Super Pollo?

May 14, 2010
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Los Angeles Food Lover visiting DC This Weekend. Need Help Fine Tuning My Hit List!

Palena is the real deal and is widely recommended.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/res...

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Palena
3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

May 14, 2010
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Los Angeles Food Lover visiting DC This Weekend. Need Help Fine Tuning My Hit List!

Wow! That is an all-star dinner lineup!

May 13, 2010
jaydreb in Washington DC & Baltimore