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Any Ramen Bars around NOVA/DC?

Thanks! I'll hit it up on my next trip. It'll give me something to look forward to after a long day of meetings.

Calling All Hampton Roads Chowhounds!

Has anyone experienced A Chef's Kitchen in Williamsburg? The premise looks interesting, and the menu is drool inspiring. How much interaction is there between the chefs and the guests? Looking to go for a birthday dinner and would love to hear about someone's experience.

Oct 21, 2009
mle1111 in Mid-Atlantic

Calling All Hampton Roads Chowhounds!

I have tried both. My first visit was to the Bayview location. Very small but friendly. More like a take out place though. Nowadays, we eat at the LC location. Full service except for alcohol. They do serve up several flavors of Agua Frescas (my faves are the pina and melon), mexican coke, and the usual sodas.

Sep 14, 2009
mle1111 in Mid-Atlantic

Calling All Hampton Roads Chowhounds!

I too was disapointed that El Rey did not make the list. I have tried the carne asada tacos at both joints and while the beef flavors are pretty similar, the difference is in the corn tortilla. The tortillas at Jessy's got soggy too quickly and the bottom fell out. I can inhale tacos like no-one's business, but half of the 2nd taco and all of the third had to be eaten with my fork due to the spillage. The El Rey tortillas are made fresh, have a really aromatic corn flavor, and hold up well, even when i load the thing up with lime juice and hot sauce. I also like that they bring out the little topping tray with your meal, so you can pile on as much onion and cilantro as you want. I actually prefer the desebrada (shredded beef) over the carne asada though. Much more tender and flavorful, although i have not tried the desebrada at Jessy's.

Sep 11, 2009
mle1111 in Mid-Atlantic

Things you eat only for their "health" benefits

Ao, I have not had fish burps since I switched to the capsule form (from Trader Joe's)vs the straight out of the bottle stuff. Slightly better, but still have to repress shudders everytime it goes down.
Now if it only did taste like salmon roe, i'd be good to go. Can't get enough of THAT stuff!

Apr 22, 2009
mle1111 in General Topics

What is your favorite toast and spread combination?

What my gramma made me when I was little depending what was available:

-Toasted hawaiian sweet bread with condensed milk (still my no 1)
-Crusty bread with butter and chocolate chips, toasted just long enough to make the chocolate a little melty.
-Anything spread with Nutella and banana slices

Apr 21, 2009
mle1111 in General Topics

What's your favorite box cookie

Love the swedish ginger thins (not sure of the proper name) from IKEA. They have several different flavors, but the regular ginger ones are the best. So thin and crispy...I can eat a whole box with my coffee.
Also, the butter coconut cookies from the asian grocery stores. YUM!

Apr 21, 2009
mle1111 in General Topics

Things you eat only for their "health" benefits

Fish Oil capsules and nibbles of dried ginseng root. Does that count as "food"? What can I say...my gramma makes me do it, and she is going on 92 and still as spry as ever. Hard stuff to choke down, but my dog loves the fish oil too.

Apr 21, 2009
mle1111 in General Topics

Any Ramen Bars around NOVA/DC?

Thanks for the suggestions. I will be up there next Wed-Fri to check out some of the places. While none were exactly what i was looking for, the menu at dc noodles looks promising, as does Temari Cafe.

Eden Center is a regular stop on my trips to load up on Bahn Mi and pastries to take home.

Any Ramen Bars around NOVA/DC?

I travel to DC about once/twice a month for business and have searched to no end for a ramen bar in the area. Given my limited time there, I have so far been unsuccessful...
Not looking for a Japanese restaurant with a full menu and sushi, but strictly a noodle joint. Can anyone help? I usually stay around the Crystal City/Pentagon area, but am willing to drive or metro.
Thanks!

Schweppes cream soda

I am heading out to LA for business next month and would love to bring home a case of Schweppes cream soda. Last time I found some out there, it was a couple of years ago in one of those snack shops on Valley Blvd. Apparently they are not there anymore...Can anyone help?

Aug 16, 2008
mle1111 in Los Angeles Area

Hampton Roads, Virginia

Another vote for Fellini's. Great for a casual lunch or dinner.

Franco's - In a strip mall on the corner of Norview and Military Hwy, by the airport. Kinda looks like a dive from the front, but great food. The largest meatballs I have ever eaten, but way tasty. Huge portions as well. Their small Stromboli's are enough to feed 4. Check out their daily specials.

Went to Paste e Pani recently and was not impressed. Ambiance was nice, but thought dinner was over priced and just ok.

Feb 16, 2008
mle1111 in General South Archive

Hampton Roads Dives and Deals

While driving down Princess Anne Blvd the other day, we stumbled across a newly opened Hawaiian BBQ joint called Aloha Hawaiian BBQ (I think). It had only been opened for a few days and it was already packed. It's a small place with like 6 tables, but plenty of people were stopping by for take-out too.

A vast array of Hawaiian BBQ favorites like Kalbi shortribs, chicken, beef, and of course spam! All served in a styrofoam container with rice, cabbage, and mac salad or fries. Lots of meat in a serving, and most plates are 6.95 or less. Plenty of leftovers. No fountain drinks yet, but you could get canned and bottle soda and water. They also said they were adding smoothies in the near future.

Can't wait to go back!

Feb 13, 2008
mle1111 in General South Archive

Hampton Roads, VA: Where should we eat next?

Just wanted to report on a great Korean restuarant in Porstmouth (who would've guessed?). Yee Hwa is on Chowan Dr. off of Airline Hwy.
Great selection of very authentic (think fish head soup) dishes, and best of all, they have the grills on the table for your cooking pleasure!
We had the excellent Kalbi and Bulgogi, a peppery cod soup, and the Bibimbap, but we are going to be a little more adventurous next time. They also have regular tables for foods prepped in the kitchen, and a sushi bar as well.
Definately worth the drive from Va. Bch.

Nov 12, 2007
mle1111 in Mid-Atlantic

Korean in Hampton Roads

Yup, a little late on the post, but worth mentioning...There is a fantastic Korean restuarant in Portsmouth, off Chowan Blvd. The name is Yee Hwa, and they actually have the grills tableside that you can cook your food on. There are also regular tables for those who prefer their food prepared in the kitchen, and a sushi bar as well. They offer a wide variety of authentic Korean dishes and the owner is very willing to explain the more unfamiliar ones.

Nov 12, 2007
mle1111 in Mid-Atlantic

Boba/Bubble Tea in Norfolk, Va

The last several time I tried, the Lynnhaven Mall stand had very mushy unappealing boba.
The Pho place mentioned on Holland has decent ones, especially Taro, but the best bet around here is to just make your own. They sell the frozen boba in several different sizes at most of the asian grocery places.

Aug 11, 2007
mle1111 in General South Archive

Snowballs

Found this thread and it got me thinking. I used to be stationed in Belle Chase at the air station some 12 years ago, and we always stopped for snowballs at this stand that was shaped like a train on Belle Chase Hwy, between the front and back gate.

We are cruising out of NOLA in Aug and would love to stop for one if they are still there. A chocolate with cream was my favorite...

Jul 23, 2007
mle1111 in New Orleans

Good eats near airport?

Thanks for all the suggestions so far. Ours days in port will be a Sat/Sun, and we will be flying out the following Sat.

We are pretty adventurous when it comes to eating, although a few specifics we would like to hit are local seafood specialties (fried, steamed, raw, sauteed, swimming in sauce, etc...) and anything unique to the area. We'd also like to do more casual and hole-in-the-wall places with great jambalaya, red beans and rice and a good local brew.

On the day of departure, anything goes. A nice sit-down lunch and then something to-go...I have heard there is a large Vietnamese population in/around the area. Any good Bahn Mi sandwiches to be had? Or good bakeries? Maybe we can be the envy of our flight when we breakout some local goodness while they eat thier paltry pretzles ;-)

Jul 23, 2007
mle1111 in New Orleans

Good eats near airport?

Hi all-

We will be in New Orleans pre/post cruise in mid-August and wanted to hit a good place near the airport for lunch before we fly home. Any recommendations would be great...

We will have about 6 hours and a car the last day, so anything between the cruise terminal and the airport are fair game.

If you want to throw in recommendations that are within walking distance of Canal and Bourbon where we are staying pre-cruise, that would be great too. (No car for our pre-cruise stay)

Jul 21, 2007
mle1111 in New Orleans

Favorite Old Vegas Eats?

Everytime we are in town, we hit the BBQ place in the Ellis Island Casino. It's nothing fancy, but you can get some pretty good ribs for cheap. A full rack with beans, corn and bread for under 10 bucks. Their microbrews were hit and miss, but at a buck a pop, well worth trying.
The wait is usually pretty long, but we just hung out at the tables and slots until called. If you are sensitive to cigarette smoke though, they have tables outside by the big grill.

May 10, 2007
mle1111 in Southwest

Going to be in Sierra Vista, AZ for 1 week. Any good eats?

Will be in town for business next week and looking to find some decent non-chain places.
Also heard it is not too far from the border...would it be worth it to venture down there for a bite?
Can't go too far as i am sharing a rental car, but I plan on getting out by myself at least one day.

Thanks!!

May 10, 2007
mle1111 in Southwest

Old-school drinks...what do you remember?

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Vodka Gimlets. Sometimes when I don't have Rose's Lime Juice, i use some triple sec and lime juice outta one of those plastic grocery store limes. Works in a pinch.

May 10, 2007
mle1111 in Spirits

Churrascaria coming to Downtown Norfolk??

Does anyone know if the new Brazilian restaurant that moved into the old Station 2 location on Granby street is going to be a Churrascaria? I think the name is going to be Empeto na Brasa or something like that...

I went to Green Fields in California with my family and thoroughly enjoyed it. A total gluttonous feast of meat!

May 10, 2007
mle1111 in General South Archive

Hampton Roads, VA: Where should we eat next?

I am originally from Los Angeles where great food is abundant, but there are great places here for those willing to look...

I love Tida Thai off Military Highway in Chesapeake. The green curries are delicious, and the deep fried, stuffed chicken wings are fantabulous. Always a great variety and the staff is very friendly.

There is a small Italian restaurant across the street from Mt Trashmore called La Casa Della Pasta that we stumbled into one day. Their daily whiteboard specials are really good. We had some very flavorful and tender Osso Bucco, and good homemade pasta. Warm bread is brought to the table as we sat down and the display case of desserts was tempting.

Daikichi Sushi Bistro off Battlefield Blvd has excellent lunch specials with huge portions for under 10 bucks. Dinner is equally good, with fresh sushi and kitchen entrees too. Very authentic.

Love crepes, can't make 'em, but can't find a place that does either... Anyone have any ideas?

Apr 27, 2007
mle1111 in Mid-Atlantic