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PIg and Khao is AWESOME

I actually asked her how things were going since they split from Fatty. She is absolutely thrilled to have that entire chapter behind her. A lot of vendors stopped working with her over a year ago simply because Fatty was involved with Pig and Khao and Fatty's other restaurants owed a lot of people a lot of money. She said her relationships with her vendors couldn't be better and that she was able to get people back that had stopped working with them. Maybe that's why the food is so good now!! Haha.

Seems like they're in a MUCH better spot and even the tone of her voice perked up when I asked about it. Sounds like things are truly clicking on all cylinders over there. Definitely head back to check it out!

Aug 19, 2014
MarcDC in Manhattan

PIg and Khao is AWESOME

So I just got back from a great meal at Pig & Khao this past weekend and wanted to give everyone an update.

As usual, the Sisig, Crispy Pata, Khao Soi, and coconut rice are absolutely delicious. They're definitely the all-stars of the menu in my opinion and dishes I look forward to coming for.

Whats nice about this place is they are always tinkering with the menu. It had been several months since my last visit so I was happy to see nearly 4 new dishes (by my count) on the menu. They were the papaya noodle salad, Burmese eggplant, shan noodles, and chicken inasal.

A lot of these dishes are different than their normal Philippino offerings, and since I was sitting at the kitchen bar, I was able to talk to Chef Cohen who was expoing. Turns out she had recently come back from a trip to the Phillipines and was able to spend some time in Burma. She loved the food and Burma and wanted to incorporate some of the dishes she really like into the menu. It's great to see things are changing and improving.

Overall, I'm happy to say that Pig & Khao has really hit its stride and is turning out some really really flavorful food. The place was definitely busy on Saturday night. One table was eating the whole pig and it looked absolutely delicious. I'll have to try that the next time I go with a party of four... it looked like a lot of fun

Aug 18, 2014
MarcDC in Manhattan

Outskirts of NOLA Recs? Looking for a cajun destination lunch 45min-1.5hr away

Thank you!! These are awesome suggestions. Going to look into them all

Aug 13, 2014
MarcDC in New Orleans

Outskirts of NOLA Recs? Looking for a cajun destination lunch 45min-1.5hr away

Hey guys,

I'm going to be in NOLA (sorry, staying in French Quarter) in two weeks and was wondering if you had some great recommendations for destination lunches outside of the city. I feel like I've seen a ton of Anthony Bourdain/Travel Channel/Mind of a Chef/etc segments on awesome, authentic Cajun food places that aren't too terribly far from the city. I'll have a car and am happy to drive.

I know I'm being a bit vague, but basically what I'm looking for is an authentic cajun cookout, where I can really experience the local cuisine. I'll eat anything, and want to try everything. I don't care about the setting, decor, or need any tablecloths. The more local the better. As long as the food is great, I'm a happy camper.

Thanks!

Aug 13, 2014
MarcDC in New Orleans
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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

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

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

oooh, good idea, thanks

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?

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.

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.

Great BBQ in Rockville?

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

Anyone been to Corduroy recently? Suggestions/Thoughts?

awesome, thanks for the insight

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

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.

Anyone been to Corduroy recently? Suggestions/Thoughts?

awesome, thanks Elyssa! ...and will do

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!

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.

Hitching Post Review - Best Fried Chicken in DC

You definitely should!

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

RW DC 2009

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

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

Hitching Post Review - Best Fried Chicken in DC

parking was simple, there are plenty of spots outside.