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Dumplings & Beyond

This is what used to be called Shanghai Tea House, right? I enjoyed their dumplings years ago. And their bubble tea as well.

about 5 hours ago
hamster in Washington DC & Baltimore

Southern-style pralines

Yes, I second Bayou Bakery's pralines!

Jul 17, 2014
hamster in Washington DC & Baltimore

Good Lebanese food in the DC area?

The name is unfortunate, I agree with you!

Jul 12, 2014
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Good Lebanese food in the DC area?

"Very casual". Is that not descriptive enough for you?

I am a huge Shawafel fan and have been many times.

Jul 07, 2014
hamster in Washington DC & Baltimore

Chez Aunty Libe chow lunch report

Sad news: I finally went to try this place out this past weekend, and it was closed down. What a bummer.

Jul 07, 2014
hamster in Washington DC & Baltimore

Good Lebanese food in the DC area?

Shawafel has incredible sandwiches. Really fresh and authentic flavors.Very casual place.

Tarbouch is Lebanese I think. I've only been once but enjoyed it.

Jul 07, 2014
hamster in Washington DC & Baltimore

Happy Hour in Penn Quarter

Rosa Mexicana has good margaritas and all-you-can-eat guacamole and chips.

Zengo has some pretty tasty happy hour small plates as well (Asian/Latin fusion'ish).

Jun 25, 2014
hamster in Washington DC & Baltimore

One Night in DC

There isn't much to eat *in* Eastern Market itself since it's mostly groceries. There's Market Lunch. And apparently you can get a cooked half smoke (a DC-classic sausage). There are restaurants nearby on Barracks Row and on Pennsylvania. Montmartre is a favorite French bistro of mine. Cava has some good Mediterranean small plates.

There are many more sit-down down options inside of Union Market, and overall more modern. The hours are more limited as far as I understand.

Jun 10, 2014
hamster in Washington DC & Baltimore

Texas Hound coming to town for 3-4 days. Correct my itinerary . . .

I've had several good sandwiches there, and will continue to recommend it as well! Any issues I had were more about a lack of attention to careful sandwich construction, but certainly not the quality of the meat.

Jun 10, 2014
hamster in Washington DC & Baltimore

Dinner recommendation in Edison?

I will be in Edison for work this week and we'd love to have some South Asian food. A lot of the posts are a few years old, so I thought I'd ask the board:

Is Jhupdi a good bet? Anything currently recommended in Edison for a sit-down setting? Casual is fine, but not fast food/carry out.

Thanks!

Jun 09, 2014
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DC trip review 2014 (long)

Also, there aren't really long lines for the Shake Shacks here. I have never waited more than 5 minutes.

Jun 06, 2014
hamster in Washington DC & Baltimore

Shaw grazing: A&D and Thally

Dropped by that block of new eateries in Shaw, all that have sprouted up around Seasonal Pantry. My cocktail at A&D was just fine, and it was very relaxed and half-empty on a Friday evening; what a great respite if you're stuck without a place to sit somewhere on 14th Street!

Big disappointment eating at the bar at Thally. The service was amazingly slow, with no apologies or explanations, and the server was basically obnoxious. I would have forgiven all of this if the food were any good. Unfortunately, not the case. Basically none of the flavors were very good. The bread, which was just eh, was served with an odd lime-flavored butter. The burrata dish included a very disjointed spiced poached pear, whose flavor was just jarring in combination. The sope (2 itty bitty ones) were alright but served a bit cold, and I found the slightly blue-cheesey flavor of the "crema" not at all appealing. This place unfortunately reinforced my dining companion's complaints about how "high-end" food in DC is all hype.

Jun 05, 2014
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Gelato in DC?

Love it! I think the quality there is great, and only wish it weren't in Georgetown, inconvenient for me. Chocolate peanut butter is a winner, as is chocolate almond.

Dolcezza is excellent and definitely better than Pitango.

May 24, 2014
hamster in Washington DC & Baltimore

New G Street Foods in McPherson Square

I think this is an exciting development:
http://www.popville.com/2014/05/g-str...

It's open on weekends and serves dinner, including small plates of course...I am a fan of their lunchtime dishes, so I am hopeful about this place. They have some interesting items on their dinner menu on the website.

May 23, 2014
hamster in Washington DC & Baltimore

Mission Mexican Restaurant Opening in Dupont

I tried this place a few weeks ago on a Saturday afternoon. Lovely outdoor seating, servings are huge and it's a really good value.

I tried the taco sampler (1 each pork, chicken, beef IIRC), which is served with rice and beans, plus free chips and salsa. The tacos are gigantic, served in double-corn tortillas which were notably good. 3 salsas served alongside were interesting and tasty.

Solid quality; I would rank the meats at the same general level of Chucho and Super Tacos. My friend ordered one of the few vegetarian options, which had a potato-based taco filling. This was kind of bland and I wouldn't recommend it.

Service was slow and disorganized, but I would definitely come back for the high value. One dish could definitely be shared by two people.

May 23, 2014
hamster in Washington DC & Baltimore

Eritrean or Ethiopian in DC

There is very good Ethiopian in town.

Ethiopic (Capitol Hill area)
Zenebech Injera (Shaw metro, NW) and if a long wait, Axum or Dukem (Shaw/U Street metro, NW)

May 06, 2014
hamster in Washington DC & Baltimore

Astro Donuts in DC - Report

I really enjoyed the creme brulee donut. Yes, very rich, best to be shared and consumed with a cup of coffee.

Apr 13, 2014
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Request for mini reports week ending April 6

Yes, I LOVE this place. The shawarma and chicken sandwiches are both amazing. Felafel is not as good.They do simple things the right way, with great ingredients.

Apr 12, 2014
hamster in Washington DC & Baltimore

nonsmoothie nonmilk bubble tea in northern VA?

Not the right locations, but
Shanghai Tea House in Glover Park used to use real tea, but I haven't been there in ages.
Ten Ren's Tea Time in College Park is also a serious place, I bet they would have what you're looking for.

Old thread here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/362201

Apr 04, 2014
hamster in Washington DC & Baltimore

Italian restaurant in a month

I've enjoyed brunch and lunch there. I recall the chicken and waffles and the green burger both being good.

Mar 29, 2014
hamster in Washington DC & Baltimore

Looking for a Dinner Recomendation for Saturday Night with Two Caveats

How about Sophie's for Cuban? Lovely, homey spot, very affordable and tasty.
Or DGS, for upscale deli food? Nice atmosphere, some good reviews lately.

Mar 27, 2014
hamster in Washington DC & Baltimore

Mission Mexican Restaurant Opening in Dupont

Try El Chucho. I just went back this last weekend, and the tacos are darn good. Had the pastor and carne asada, really excellent tortillas and meat.

Mar 25, 2014
hamster in Washington DC & Baltimore

Recs for kids around Georgetown?

Thomas Sweet for really great ice cream. To me it's a destination spot.

Muncheez Mania could be fun - extremely casual, and kids could be interested in how they cook the sandwiches on these cool rounded stoves

Five Guys for burgers and fries!

Mar 25, 2014
hamster in Washington DC & Baltimore

Request for mini reports week ending March 16

GBD:
Had a mindblowing nutella donut (huge, yeasty, amazing) and a damn good cup of coffee for a reasonable price.

El Rey:
This the new taco place on U Street made of shipping containers. The tacos at this place are terrible, they smear aioli all over all of them even though it's only described in some of the taco descriptions on the menu. Very irritating. The meat and tortillas (you can choose corn or wheat) are fine, inconsistent on my 2 visits (carnitas on this visit was burnt and cuminy). I went on a Tuesday night with friends last week, and we had to order at the bar because we couldn't snag a table with waiter service. We spent an ungodly amount of time trying to place our order. The staff were really stretched thin.

Mar 19, 2014
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Best Bagels

There's a Bethesda Bagels in Dupont, on Connecticut Ave. It's pretty great, though the bagels are suspiciously large.

Mar 18, 2014
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2 Lunches and 2 Dinners in DC

I agree! Was not at all impressed by the food there, though the ambiance is pretty cool.

Mar 17, 2014
hamster in Washington DC & Baltimore

2 Lunches and 2 Dinners in DC

Is that special bread they developed as amazing as it looks?

Mar 14, 2014
hamster in Washington DC & Baltimore

Spanish Restaurants

Estadio and Boqueria.

Mar 13, 2014
hamster in Washington DC & Baltimore

Where to pick up a lunch for eating later?

Or pick up baked goods at Palena's market. It's at Cleveland Park, walking distance to the zoo. Very high quality, opens at 9 on Saturdays and 12 on weekdays.

http://www.palenarestaurant.com/marke...

Mar 13, 2014
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Dinner in Adams Morgan?

I like Muzette for Korean (though there is an odd smell there), Sakuramen or Taan for ramen, Pho 14 (but no alcohol license) and Black Squirrel for bar food.

There's that new Roofers Union place, have not tried it yet.

Mar 13, 2014
hamster in Washington DC & Baltimore