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Sushi Zo or Sushi Mori for 1st time LA visitor?

@porthos I know it's been ages since I made this post, but I just wanted to report back and say you were 100% correct. We went to Sushi Mori and it was fantastic. The service was top notch, the rice was amazing with just the right amount of vinegar, and the fish was divine.

Thank you for the recommendation. This was exactly what I was looking for.

Jul 27, 2014
MarcDC in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Zo or Sushi Mori for 1st time LA visitor?

Thank you Porthos, much appreciated

Jan 02, 2014
MarcDC in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Zo or Sushi Mori for 1st time LA visitor?

Hey Hounders,

I'm gonna be in LA for the first time (weird, I know, been to SF several times and SD but never LA) and wanted to go to a great sushi restaurant while I'm there.

I live in NYC and love Yasuda, 15 East, Ushiwakamaru and Nakazawa, and am looking for a similar or hopefully better experience in LA. From what I read it seems like Sushi Zo (or the new location, Zo, downtown) and Sushi Mori are some of the more respected "purist" sushi places in LA.

I'm not interested in Urasawa or a Kaiseki style dinner. Just want to sit at the bar and have excellent Sushi Omakase.

Any thoughts would be greatly, greatly appreciated!

Jan 02, 2014
MarcDC in Los Angeles Area

Planning a trip to Brooklyn in mid-October...where to begin?

agree with pretty much everything silverjay recommends. i also particularly like Zizi Limona, near Havermeyer and South 1st. The oxtail dish is amazing

Sep 03, 2013
MarcDC in Outer Boroughs

Planning a trip to Brooklyn in mid-October...where to begin?

I'd do St. Anselm for steak instead of Peter Luger's. I get that it's a destination dinner, but as someone that lives in Williamsburg and has been to Luger's on several occasions, there is nothing here that you can't get at a quality steakhouse in any other major city, save for the bacon, which many NYC steakhouses serve.

Sep 03, 2013
MarcDC in Outer Boroughs

Marylander looking for proper steamed blue crabs in BK

Just wanted to update everyone here on what I decided to do. I ended up going to Chinatown and buying blue crabs from Aqua Best Seafood; I've had a great experience with them before when I bought some Fourchu lobsters and while the blue crabs weren't huge, they were pretty tasty. I got three dozen crabs for $105.

I bought a Granite Ware 19qt Steamer Pot off Amazon and steamed my own crabs. I did one dozen at a time, and used a 50/50 mixture of beer and apple cider vinegar. Covered the crabs liberally with some JO Spice and steamed for 25min. They turned out perfect and was much cheaper than a restaurant. If you go this route, don't forget to plunge the crabs in an ice bath for 10min before you steam them, otherwise they'll throw their claws off while steaming.

At some point I'll try Clemente's but now that I have my own large steamer pot, I think I'll go the homemade route when I have a craving.

Sep 03, 2013
MarcDC in Outer Boroughs
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Marylander looking for proper steamed blue crabs in BK

Agreed that it looks way too organized and neat, but it's closer than anything else I've seen. Just dump the crabs directly on the brown paper on the table!

I'm gonna give this a shot, but something tells me it's simply gonna motivate me to drive back down to MD the following weekend lol.

Jul 30, 2013
MarcDC in Outer Boroughs

Marylander looking for proper steamed blue crabs in BK

Good to know silverjay, I'll check the event out this year. Thank you!

Jul 19, 2013
MarcDC in Outer Boroughs

Marylander looking for proper steamed blue crabs in BK

Harris Crab House always has that great all you can eat deal, which is always fun on a nice day, out on their outside deck on the top level. Thanks for rubbing it in. Funny part is, that's exactly the place I was thinking about when I mentioned the hush puppies. Also, the crabcakes from The Narrows right there.

I can't believe there's no place to get proper steamed crabs in NYC. They have that Hammer & Claw event every year in Chelsea, but I'm skeptical of it.

Jul 19, 2013
MarcDC in Outer Boroughs

Marylander looking for proper steamed blue crabs in BK

Anyone know where to go for a proper crab pig-out? I'm talking brown paper on the tables, a dozen crabs at a time splashed on top, mediocre corn on the cob on the side, and some good hush puppies to tide you over while you're waiting for the next batch of steamed blue crabs to arrive.

Bonus points if the restaurant quotes the crabs by the price per dozen ("we have 60s, 75s, and 85s"), rather than the vague and ambiguous "small, med, large and xtra large".

I live in Williamsburg but am willing to travel pretty much anywhere for some quality crabs

Jul 19, 2013
MarcDC in Outer Boroughs

I'd like to treat my friend to lunch in Bethesda from afar...

try giving Black's a call in Bethesda and see if they will work with you

Dec 07, 2010
MarcDC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Restaurants Everyone Loves Except You

Hanger steak, in my opinion, is overrated. For whatever reason these days, people seem to be on the hangar steak bandwagon, but it's just a tough piece of meat with very little fat. Yes, it has a more "beefy" taste than other cuts, but I feel like this obsession with hangar steak in general is overdone.

(and yes ive had it at Ray's)

my $0.02

Jul 13, 2010
MarcDC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Sri Lankan food in MD/DC/VA? Just watched No Reservations

oooh, good idea, thanks

Apr 02, 2009
MarcDC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Sri Lankan food in MD/DC/VA? Just watched No Reservations

and some of the stuff that Bourdain was eating looked fantastic... It's like Indian food on steroids. Do we have any (or rather, any "good") Sri Lankan restaurants in the MD/DC/VA area?

Mar 26, 2009
MarcDC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Have you tried Ixtapa in Rockville?

Where? I find Rio Grande to be the best in the area, with Guapos coming in second and Cactus Cantina rounding out the third place. El Mariachi in Ritchie Center is pretty ho hum, as is Mi Rancho (all locations).

I'd love to hear some good suggestions for solid tex-mex in this area. I've been to Guajillo next to Ray's the Steaks and thought it was pretty average too.

Mar 09, 2009
MarcDC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Anyone been to Corduroy recently? Suggestions/Thoughts?

I really liked Corduroy. The decor was modern yet comforting, the service was exceptional, the food was terrific, and I'd definitely come back.

Unfortunately, my girlfriend and I were unable to do vday together for reasons outside of our control and we decided to make last weekend our vday makeup weekend. I called Corduroy two weeks in advance to make the Saturday night reservations and explained to the hostess, Erin, why we were dining with them that night. After explaining to her our vday debacle, she had a great suggestion for me and said she'd speak to the chef about putting together a special vday themed dessert for us. Perfect.

We arrived a bit early on purpose so that we could spend some time decompressing before dinner at the bar. I had an Oban 14, neat, and it was a healthy pour... good sign. The bar area upstairs is a nice place to catch a drink, though I doubt I'd come here if I wasnt dining here, merely becuase of where it's located.

I gave my gf a rose when I picked her up that night, which she wanted to bring in with her to the restaurant. When we were seated the first thing the waiter asked was if she wanted a small vase to put the rose in so that it didnt start to die while we were eating. Wow. I was impressed. The vase they brought out was cute and unassuming, perfect for a single rose. Needless to say, service here is top notch.

The pumpkin soup was fantastic, a must order if it's still on the menu. We also had the Duck Leg and Egg salad. This is a MUST order. Holy deliciousness. Cut up duck prepared perfectly, with microgreens in a light dressing with a slight kick to it and an egg, over easy on top of it all (or maybe it was poached, I forget). So good.

For entrees, we had the scallops in rice porridge and the whole dorade fish. Both were excellent and I'd recommend them in a heartbeat. The scallops, my goodness what that man does with scallops is fantastic.

I also had the Sazerac cocktail with orange bitters which was quite good.

Overall, I can't wait to come back.

Mar 09, 2009
MarcDC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Great BBQ in Rockville?

I went recently and thought the BBQ Chicken was fantastic... far better than rocklands

Mar 09, 2009
MarcDC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Anyone been to Corduroy recently? Suggestions/Thoughts?

awesome, thanks for the insight

we'll definitely go early and have some drinks at the bar

Feb 27, 2009
MarcDC in Washington DC & Baltimore

My Search for a Decent Sunday Brunch (Ongoing)

I gonna have to disagree with you on Georgia Browns... I find it to be overpriced, decidedly mediocre, and poor service. This place wouldnt last two seconds anywhere down south. I think the only reason it does well is bc it's the only option for "high-end" southern comfort food.

Feb 27, 2009
MarcDC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Anyone been to Corduroy recently? Suggestions/Thoughts?

awesome, thanks Elyssa! ...and will do

Feb 27, 2009
MarcDC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Anyone been to Corduroy recently? Suggestions/Thoughts?

Im going for my first time this Saturday night and was wondering if anyone has been recently. If you have any recommendations that would be great.

Thanks!

Feb 26, 2009
MarcDC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Hitching Post Review - Best Fried Chicken in DC

I laid it out pretty clearly as far as ordering advice goes, not only in the subject of the post but also the body.

I can't vouch for the gumbo or any other offerings on the menu, I can only speak to what I had, and what I had was fantastic... I'll definitely becoming back and so will all the people that I went with.

As far as the "timing" of dishes is concerned, I think I also made it very clear that timing and presentation are of little importance here. The food takes a long time, it comes out when it's ready, it's a small hole in the wall. If you were looking for white table cloth service and a sommelier, you came to the wrong place.

For what it's worth, there was no odor when I went, except for the delicious scent of fried chicken, burgers, and grease.

Jan 28, 2009
MarcDC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Hitching Post Review - Best Fried Chicken in DC

You definitely should!

Report back afterwards, I'd love to hear how it went

Jan 27, 2009
MarcDC in Washington DC & Baltimore

RW DC 2009

i just made dinner reservations to Rasika and lunch reservations at Taberna del Alabardero... I hope it turns out well

Jan 26, 2009
MarcDC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Day Trip to Baltimore. Any suggestions?

Faidley's in Lexington Market for an All Lump Crabcake and a Berger Cookie for dessert.

shop in Harbor East

Walk around Canton Square and get a bloody mary and the Old Bay Wings and/or crab dip from Mama's on the Half Shell

Jan 14, 2009
MarcDC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Hitching Post Review - Best Fried Chicken in DC

parking was simple, there are plenty of spots outside.

Jan 14, 2009
MarcDC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Hitching Post Review - Best Fried Chicken in DC

You know Steve, I'm not sure, but I think so (don't hold me to it)

Jan 14, 2009
MarcDC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Hitching Post Review - Best Fried Chicken in DC

the closest metro is Georgia Ave-Petworth. It wouldnt be a terrible walk from there (~6-7blocks)

Jan 14, 2009
MarcDC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Hitching Post Review - Best Fried Chicken in DC

200 Upshur St, NW, right near the Soldier's Cemetary

Jan 14, 2009
MarcDC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Hitching Post Review - Best Fried Chicken in DC

Listen to me very carefully: Go. Now.

The Hitching Post is a true throwback to the past. As soon as you walk in you're immediately cognizant of the fact that this isn't your typical diner/southern food restaurant. The three booths they have look like they came out of a club from the movie Scarface, the "bar" at the front is populated with tons of condiments and random food items that may or may not be used in conjunction with what they actually serve (a gallon bottle of Ocean Spray Grapefruit juice?), there are plant watering cans in the window sills (wut?) and the Remy Martin paper towel and straw holders on each table make you feel like you're a gangster from the 1970s (or in Grand Theft Auto, one of the two). The only way you'd know that it was 2008 outside is the Hi-Def LCD screen in the corner of the restaurant (we were watching College Football, more on that later).

If you're in any sort of rush, don't bother coming, you'll end up leaving pissed off and hungry. In fact, I'd recommend arriving here when you're at that point where you say to yourself, "I'm not really hungry right now, but I will be in an hour" because that's about as long as it's gonna take to get your food. Blasphemy you say? Great food takes time and love, my friends.

The good news is, while you're waiting, you'll have time to talk to the locals; the people that have been coming here since 1967. They had college football on TV and the older guys started on about "Back in 1951, when Dick Kazmaier won the Heisman for the first time for Princeton...." We jump in the conversation and it's as if we had all been coming to Hitching Post for 30 years. We informed them this was our first time here and they went on and on about the food. The fried chicken, the pork chops, the hamburger; they loved it all, and with good reason. The wife/server said to us, "you know, we've seen a lot more young people 'round here recently... I think it's this internet or something..." Haha, precious. I told her that's exactly how we found out about her restaurant; "the internet" is singing her praises I exclaimed.

On to the food. There were three of us there and we ordered two Half Chickens. This is a bit misleading, as I'm pretty sure our two Half Chickens were more like 8 whole chickens. The chicken came out on four large dinner plates, piled high with crispy fried goodness. A Half Chicken is enough to fill three normal sized people (we took home about 5 extra pieces of chicken to some friends). Also, as a note, if you go, I'd get the Half Chicken Dinner and not the wings, you're gonna want to eat the thigh and breast pieces, trust me. This is the best fried chicken I've ever had. Granted, I didn't grow up in "the south" (no, MD is not the south), but this chicken was unreal; crispy outside with great spice, juicy on the inside, fresh as fresh can come. This is why it takes so long to get your food, it's battered and fried fresh right when you order it.

The sides were fantastic, and I can honestly say the potato salad was a life changing experience. I'm not a big fan of potato salad but this was by far the best I've ever had, a must order. The mac and cheese was delicious, with a nice crispy top that you could cut with a knife. The collard greens were fantastic, not the normal uber dark chopped up stuff that usually gets served around here (I just wish it had actual bits of pork in it, but aside from that it's delicious). The cole slaw was just the way I like it, sweet, tons of sauce, not minced but not too big either.

Overall, it was a wonderful experience, and I can't wait to go back to watch some college football, drink beer and politic with the locals, and eat some scrumptious food. It'll be nearly impossible to not order the fried chicken but the way the old timers were talking about the hamburger and pork chops I may just have to branch out. They also have homemade honey baked ham on the menu *drool* Lastly, I asked the husband/cook which dessert we should order to take home with us and he said "none, it's all store bought..." Just FYI.

One final note, my friend Brian who isn't a big fan of the internet (or computers in general) told me to "tell all the internet people that this place is the shit and they should go peep it." If that's not a glowing endorsement I don't know what is.

Trust me. Go. Now.

Jan 13, 2009
MarcDC in Washington DC & Baltimore