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Below-the-Radar Local and Small Regional Chains That Are Worth Knowing About

Royal Farms. They're based in Maryland and they also have stores in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Their fried chicken and western fries are addictive.

about 18 hours ago
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Would You Name Your Kid Nutella?

This reminds me of the Key and Peele hilarious sketch about football players' names:

http://alvinalexander.com/funny/key-p...

about 18 hours ago
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Would You Name Your Kid Nutella?

My mother is a retired special ed teacher. She once had a student named Norelco.

about 19 hours ago
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Washington DC

Some others have given good suggestions. I've only been to Perfect Pour once and I agree it's good (and open on Sundays.)

Total Wine in Laurel is also really good, but I think most of the beer they sell is warm. Great selection and prices for all kinds of booze (I mainly shop there for wine and liquor.)

A little further south is Old Line in Beltsville. Great store, and they have a bar with decent food and around 20 craft beer taps. They have tastings (usually wine, but sometimes beer and liquor every Friday night.)

Keep heading south and stop closer to the DC border for Franklins in Hyattsville. It's a brewpub and restaurant with a store that sells all kinds of stuff (beer, wine, candy, toys games, novelty items.) You can buy a growler at the bar and have it filled with any of their beers.

A hidden gem, not far from Franklin's is Town Center Market in Riverdale Park. It's a convenience store with an excellent beer and wine selection. And they have a bar with lots of craft beer on tap. They serve pints and sell growlers.

From there it's just a short drive into DC. I'll let others who know more about stores there (I live in Maryland and work in DC) give you more suggestions about where to buy beer in the city. I like Schneider's on Capitol Hill, but it's another place where I mainly buy wine and liquor (I take the Metro to work and carrying a six or twelve pack on the train could be tough.)

Jan 25, 2015
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Why are chicken breasts so HUGE?

Maybe it has something to do with this "food porn" I keep hearing about. :)

Jan 13, 2015
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Innis and Gunn

I know this is an old thread, but I've bought I&G at Old Line in Beltsville.

Jan 13, 2015
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Cooking a whole hip of beef

I don't know anything about hip of beef, but I have a question about the picture you posted. Did you kill that pig before trying to cook it? Looks like it's trying to escape from your smoker! :)

Jan 12, 2015
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Costco question [Mexican Coke?}

I saw it at the Beltsville Costco yesterday.

Jan 12, 2015
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Songs with restaurant names in the lyrics

Slim Harpo sang about a place called the "Tip On In". I don't know if it was a real place (and it may have been a bar.) Great soong though.

Jan 09, 2015
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Mystery Diner. 100% faked, i'll tell you why.

It's 100% faked and one of the (unintentionally) funniest shows on tv. My gf has a lot of experience in the service industry. We love watching it together and talkging about how stupid it is.

Jan 09, 2015
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Yes! Foie Gras is now back on the menu in California!

I'm glad. Not because I'm a foie gras fan but because I hate geese. They're the assholes of the water fowl world. They have almost taken over the lake near my house. There is goose crap all over the paths and they honk and hiss at me whenever I ride my bike or walk my dog anywhere near them. So, as long as it's goose foie gras, I'm all for it. Let them suffer!

I know it's also made from duck liver, so this only applies to goose foie gras. :)

Jan 09, 2015
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Costco question [Mexican Coke?}

I know about Mexican Coke made with real sugar. How "prestige" can soda be? We're not talking about buying wine or single malt scotch here.

Jan 08, 2015
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Costco question [Mexican Coke?}

I soda really that expensive? I quit soda over a decade ago and switched to seltzer.

Jan 08, 2015
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Costco question [Mexican Coke?}

If you shop in Wheaton, Beltsville and Gaithersburg you should be able to find plenty of Latino markets/grocery stores that sell it.

Jan 08, 2015
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Favorite lemon drop hard candy that you can find at any store?

I like lemonheads, but prefer chewy lemonheads and friends. The friends are much better tasting (no offense to lemonhead - he's pretty good too). They sell large boxes of them at my local dollar store.

Jan 08, 2015
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Simple Good Things

Steamed white rice with some chopped scallions and soy sauce.

Simple homemade pizza - naan bread (store bought), pizza sauce and mozerella cheese cooked on a pizza stone. Not great pizza, but a nice homemade snack.

Oven roasted potatoes with salt and pepper.

Jan 08, 2015
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Heinous KFC commercial

You need to see the movie Bubba Ho-Tep.

Jan 08, 2015
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Songs with restaurant names in the lyrics

Rock N Roll McDonald's by Wesley Willis

Jan 06, 2015
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"live music tip"

As a musician who has a regular restaurant gig, I say no. I prefer my tips in cash.

Dec 11, 2014
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Why did the chicken cross the road? To avoid a debate!

I always picture him as a Chinese Colonel Sanders. :)

Dec 10, 2014
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Burger King's Yumbo is back

I grew up in the 70s and don't remember it. This thing looks like a ham and cheese sandwich I could easily make at home (with no evil, nasty mayo!). I like the retro looking commercial. Maybe they should bring back the "Have it your way" jingle.

Dec 10, 2014
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barbecue "alternate" meats

I also like doing a spatchcocked chicken when I grill chicken. When I want pulled chicken, I use leg quarters.

Dec 05, 2014
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barbecue "alternate" meats

The leg quarter is the thigh and drumstick, in one piece. Both are dark meat that work great for barbecue. I usually smoke them skin side up for an hour or so, then flip them to let the skin crisp. Then (as I posted before) remove the meat and skin. Chop up the meat and skin and mix them together. The skin adds some fat and flavor to the meat.

There's lots of good online recipes for pulled chicken using leq quarters.

You can also grill them and add bbq sauce as a finishing glaze (which I do with thighs.)

Dec 04, 2014
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barbecue "alternate" meats

Have you ever tried pulled chicken? I make it by cooking chicken leg quarters in my Big Green Egg for a couple of hours. Then Remove the meat and sking from the bone and chop it with a cleaver. It's cheap and easy to make.

Dec 02, 2014
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Food Jokes

A termite walks into a bar and says, "Where's the bar tender?"

Nov 28, 2014
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Wackiest, craziest, most interesting restaurant that you have ever been to

The Irish Pizza Pub in my hometown of Laurel, MD

http://lostlaurel.wordpress.com/2011/...

They hired little people who dressed up as leprechauns to entertain kids (mainly playing the piano and harmonica and making balloon animals.) When the movie E.T. was popular, one of them would occasionally dress up as E.T.

It looked like it was decorated by someone on LSD. It seemed so normal back in the 70s and 80s. We had many family dinners there when I was a kid. In my 20s and 30s I started playing there in Blues bars. Great gig!

Unfortunately, the last owners burned it down in 2003 so they could collect insurance money.

Nov 26, 2014
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Thanksgiving Guests! What are you bringing?

Smoked turkey breast. I used to bring a smoked turkey to my mother's Thanksgiving dinner. She always roasts a huge turkey, and we always end up with too much. A couple of years ago, I switched to doing a breast. Much less work for me and less turkey to deal with that way.

Nov 20, 2014
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Famous food in names- add to the list

Wild Cherry
Bacon Fat
Fishbone
April Wine
Black Eyed Peas
Country Joe & the Fish
Humble Pie
Flying Burrito Brothers
Vanilla Fudge

Nov 20, 2014
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Recommendations please for DC, impromptu visit

Union Market is a short walk from the NOMA/Galludet metro. I've walked there from Union Station.

Nov 19, 2014
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Famous food in names- add to the list

Cream
Bread
Butterbeans and Susie
Skillet Lickers
Light Crust Doughboys
Peaches and Herb

Nov 14, 2014
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