Delivery


For five years (since I moved to DC), I had been meaning to go to Super Tacos & Bakery (formerly Tacos Pepitos Bakery II).  But when I would go, they’d run out of meat for the sandwiches.  I finally made it early enough to be able to order their sandwiches.  BTW, here’s some of their menu — the rest can be found here

Super Tacos & Bakery  Super Tacos & Bakery  Cuban Sandwich  Super Tacos & Bakery Sandwich Menu  Super Tacos & Bakery Sandwich Menu  Super Tacos & Bakery Sandwich Menu  Super Tacos & Bakery Combo Menu  Super Tacos & Bakery Combo Menu  Super Tacos & Bakery Combo Menu  Super Tacos & Bakery Tacos Menu  Super Tacos & Bakery Burrito Menu  Super Tacos & Bakery Fries and Tamale Menu  Super Tacos & Bakery Breakfast Menu

  • Food:I ordered two — the Cubano (photo on the left) and Carnitas (photo on the right).  The sandwiches are absolutely enormous and I didn’t even order the large.  For $7, they are some of the best deals .  There’s fresh tomatoes and avocado — yum.  For me, there were 4 meals — 1/2  a sandwich is definitely enough! 

Super Tacos & Bakery Cubana Sandwich  Super Tacos & Bakery Carnitas Sandwich

  • Service: While Spanish is the predominant language spoken, they do understand English. 
  • Atmosphere: There’s only a few (4-5) stools inside and a couple of tables and stools outside (when it’s nice) so eating in isn’t really an option.  On the right, there’s a huge wooden cabinet full of baked items. 
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $
  • Overall: For those days you’re feeling poor, I’d definitely go here and get a couple of sandwiches for a grand total of $15.40 (tax included).  The good news is that they deliver for free (with a $10 minimum) so anyone who lives in the area can get their fantastic food!  I think next time I’ll try their tacos. 

Details:

  • Hours: Mon-Thu 8 am-10 pm; Fri-Sat 8 am-11 pm; Sun 8 am-10 pm
  • Address: 1762 Columbia Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20009
  • Ph: 202-232-7121

It was raining and crappy and so my friend and I decided to order in.  Plus, I had a bottle of Rose that I wanted to try. 

I don’t like Rose.  I never have.  But for some reason, when I was in the liquor store to buy some sparking wine (loved this one he recommended — Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad Cava from Spain), the liquor store guy told me that even though I don’t like Rose, I’d like Juno Rose from South Africa. Now why is it that even though I know I don’t like Rose, I still ended up buying the wine?  Regardless, my friend was a super trooper and joined me in trying this bottle.  It was fine, but I didn’t love it and won’t buy it again.  The Cava was dry (but not too dry) and was a great sparkling wine to cool down from the humidity!

Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad Cava from Spain  Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad Cava from Spain  Juno Rose from South Africa

Anyway, we decided to order from Jyoti.  Menu here.

  • Food:I first need to tell you that I don’t like cardamom.  I never have.  So ordering Indian is a bit of a challenge, but I do like Indian food!  I just need to be careful.  My friend ordered paneer makani (the orange container) which had a strong cardamom flavor.  I ordered the lamb rogan josh which was really good.  Then we got a side of roti and raita.  I thought it was really good!  They also gave us a huge portion of rice — look at it! And yes, their naan was better than the one I make (but they have a tandoori!). 

Jyoti Restaurant  Jyoti Restaurant

  • Service: Our delivery took over an hour.  And we were starving.  So it gets poor marks for taking more than an hour. 
  • Atmosphere: No idea, they delivered!
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $$
  • Overall:I was excited to hear that there’s Indian delivery ($15 min).  On their menu, they tell you it’ll take 45-60 minutes to deliver and if it’s bad weather or traffic, it’ll take longer.  My next order is going to be chicken tikka and samosa. 

Details:

  • Hours: Sun-Thurs 12 PM-10:30 PM; Fri & Sat 12 PM-12 AM
  • Address: 2433 18th St NW; Washington, DC 20009
  • Ph: 202-518-5892

I went to Thai X-ing with a friend who had a car because otherwise, I don’t think I would have ever had a chance to try it.  Their menu can be found here.

  • Food: We ordered spring rolls which I didn’t love because I thought they were a bit bland.  But everything else we ordered was so good!  We also ordered Veggie Pad Thai which was sweeter than the normal pad thai you’d get at other restaurants, but then had a slight heat kick at the end.  It was fantastic!  Then we ordered Chicken Vigsittaboot with watercress and spicy peanut sauce which was also amazing. 

Thai X-ing Spring Rolls  Thai X-ing Veggie Pad Thai  Thai X-ing Chicken Vigsittaboot

  • Service: There’s one guy who cooks everything so his overhead has to be pretty low.  But it also means that you’re frequently waiting — even if you call in advance.  I called and placed our order and was told it’d take 40 minutes yet when we arrived about an hour later, he hadn’t even cooked it yet.  So if you have plans that require you to be somewhere at a certain time, this is not the restaurant for you.  I’d only go when you have no plans except dinner…just in case!
  • Atmosphere: While he has a table and chairs, it’s definitely a grab-and-go place.  There are lots of chairs and items on the wall to entertain you while you’re waiting for your food.
  • Attire: It’s to-go so it doesn’t matter.
  • Price: $
  • Overall: The Chicken Vigsittaboot was really good.  The pad thai was unique.  I’m looking forward to the next time I get to go back and try some of his curry dishes that I’ve heard so much about.  Definitely a hidden gem in DC! 

Details:

  • Hours: Tues-Sun 4-10 PM (delivery only happens on Friday and Saturday nights)
  • Address: 515 Florida Ave, Washington DC 20001
  • Ph: 202-332-4322

I’ve walked by House of Kebob a million (literally) times and only recently went in to try it out.  Their menu can be found here and here.

  • Food:I ordered a lamb shish kebob which was served on home-baked pita with lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers.  The photo, if I may say so myself, makes it look amazing.  In reality, there were only 4 medium chunks of overcooked lamb.  It was dry and tough.  But the redeeming quality in my mind was the vegetables — lightly cooked, they were fresh, crispy, and oh so good.  There was a very thin yogurt sauce which too watery and dripped everywhere making a huge mess.  The bread was really good, but towards the end, soggy. 

House of Kebab Lamb Kebab Sandwich

  • Service: It took them a couple of minutes to come out of the back kitchen, even though the door clearly shut.  Once they did, they were polite. 
  • Atmosphere: There are about 6-8 tables and chairs and a bar with a few stools, but the restaurant is definitely small.  The atmosphere is not one that will impress anyone and is a bit bleak.  They also have a lot of pungent incense burning which was disappointing since to me, the best smell is that of food cooking in a kitchen.
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $
  • Overall:I’d skip the lamb and instead, perhaps try to the chicken or the veggie kebob.  They also offer an all-you-can-eat buffet for $8.49 or carry-out buffet for $4.95/lb.  And they deliver (minimum order must be $15), but not at lunch (bummer)!

Details:

  • Hours: Monday-Sunday 11 AM-10 PM
  • Address: 1829 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
  • Ph: 202-293-5588

While I wasn’t able to try out their free salad, I was looking forward to trying Chop’t

  • Food:I ordered the Kebab Cobb Salad (not on their take-out menu but on their menu board at the restaurant) with romaine, red onions, crispy flat bread, Goat Cheese (didn’t have Feta that day), and vinaigrette dressing.  You also get a whole wheat roll. 

Chop't Kebab Salad

 

  • Service: The way it works is that you pick whether you want a salad or sandwich.  Since I ordered a salad, I’ll talk about what happens next.  You order from the guy with the clipboard, not the people behind the counter.  They mix it together into a big bowl.  Then they pass it to the guy with the big chopping boards.  That guy is the one who pours out your salad ingredients and then uses his double-bladed mezzaluna knife to cut up all the ingredients.  It’s not finely chopped, more coarsely chopped.  Then they put it into your to-go container.   
  • Atmosphere: It’s very casual with high stools and counters. 
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $
  • Overall: I thought the salad was good — I think it’s exactly like High Noon, but with more topping options.  They say they deliver, but there’s no mention of it on their menu.  Their menu can be found here: Chop’t Menu Page 1; Chop’t Menu Page 2; Chop’t Menu Page 3; Chop’t Menu Page 4

Details:

  • Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 AM-9 PM; Saturday 11-5 PM; Sundays closed
  • Address: 1300 Connecticut Ave NW; Washington, DC 20036
  • Ph: 202-875-2888

I have found my new favorite restaurant.  This is ridiculously good food at an insanely cheap price.  Why haven’t people been talking about this place more often? 

  • Food:I’ve been here twice in a week and yet I continue to find new and yummy items on their menu.  I feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface of possibilities!  Everything is outstanding — the fried plantains are some of the best in the city.  The spinach empanadas are also amazing because they’re so light and flaky.  They are a cavernous kind with spinach and garlic — way better (and cheaper) than Julia’s Empanadas.  In the 4th photo, the salad had a tang to it with a pico de gallo type dressing.  The rice was light and flavorful.  So far, the weakest item was the beef burrito because it was ground beef and didn’t have a lot of flavor. 

Photos from left to right are: cheese pupusa; two chicken tacos; spinach empanada; burritos amigos (1 beef and 1 chicken); fried plantains.

Casa Blanca Pupusas  Casa Blanca Chicken Tacos  Casa Blanca Spinach Empanada  Casa Blanca Burrito Amigos  Casa Blanca Fried Plantains

  • Service: They’re very nice and it’s clearly a family-ran joint. 
  • Atmosphere: What it lacks in character with their interior, their food more than makes up for it.  This is a bare-bones kind of establishment where you’ll see a variety of eaters from college students to business executives.
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $
  • Overall: This is a cash only establishment so make sure you hit the ATM before you go.  So far, I know a half a dozen people who have gone and no one has had given this place anything but fantastic reviews.  This is definitely one of my favorite places and I can’t wait to try everything on their menu!  Speaking of which, here’s their menu: Menu Page 1; Menu Page 2; Menu Page 3.   Oh, and they do say they have delivery, but their service is sporadic. 

Details:

  • Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 AM-10 PM; closed Sundays
  • Address: 1014 Vermont Ave NW; Washington, DC 20005
  • Ph: (202) 393-4430

I was going with a friend to World Market to pick up a case of this really great $6 bottle of wine. 

Basically, 2005 was a great year for Cabernet Sauvignon so Hess Vineyards decided to create a label to sell some of this extra product.  The wine is called XS ’05 and for $6, it’s perfect to be your everyday wine.  It is a screw top (personally, that doesn’t bother me, but I know it does bother some).  I’m not a sommelier, so if you don’t believe, me, check out this blogger’s review.

Hess XS Red

Before we went to pick up our cases of wine, we decided to try Saigon Saigon in Pentagon City. 

  • Food:My friend ordered the small bowl ($7.95) of pho while I ordered the large bowl ($8.95) of Tai Nam pho.  As always it came with jalapenos, fresh basil, bean sprouts, and limes.  The beef was a bit thick though for my taste, but the broth and noodles were good.  I don’t think there was much of a difference between our bowls except that I got more broth than she did. 
  • Service: Polite and friendly
  • Atmosphere: The interior has a comfortable, soothing feel. 
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $$
  • Overall:If you live in the area, you can get them deliver (call 703-524-0800).  The menu can be found here (Menu Side A and  Menu Side B — click on the photo icon on the bottom right hand to make the menu screen bigger). This restaurant is owned by the same folks who own Asia Bistro and ZEN.  Since I have a tendency to go to Pentagon City for DSW, I’d definitely come back for a quick bowl of pho.  It’s not the greatest (that’s the place where they serve the raw beef on the side and it cooks in the broth — anyone know where that is?), but it’s decent.  It works  you know?

Details:

  • Hours: Serving lunch and dinner daily
  • Address: 1101 South Joyce Street; Arlington, VA 22202
  • Ph: 703-412-0822

Feeling like something different for lunch, I convinced a friend of mine to go with me to Rumi Restaurant

  • Food:I went twice — once I went to their restaurant and the second time I ordered delivery.  The first time, I ordered their chicken doner (first photo).  It was really good, but there was no “Special Rumi sauce” as the description promised.  Then the second time, I ordered the doner sandwich (mixture of beef and lamb).  The pita bread was pretty good and a generous size.  Unfortunately, again, there was no yogurt sauce (as they had promised).  So both of these sandwiches, while they were good, were dry.  If there was sauce on them, I bet they would have been good!

Rumi Chicken Doner Sandwich  Rumi Doner Sandwich

  • Service: They’re pretty quick and polite.  My delivery order didn’t come with the soda though that I had ordered (and paid for). 
  • Atmosphere: The interior completely lacks any character.  It’s fake wood tables and cheap chairs, but they offer good deals and big helpings.  For example, they have a $8 pizza special where they give you two slices and a can of soda (and the slices are pretty big).
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $
  • Overall:Next time I order from here, I’ll make it very clear I want the sauce to be included on the sandwich.  I like the fact they’re open late and have an $8 minimum needed for free delivery. 

Here’s the menu to their pizza (Pizza Milano Menu Side A and Pizza Milano Menu Side B) and here’s Rumi’s menu (Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4).  Just click on the menu and then click on the photo icon to make the menu bigger.

Details:

  • Hours: Sun-Thurs 10 AM-2 AM; Fri & Sat 11 AM-5 AM
  • Address: 2001 L St NW; Washington, DC 20036
  • Ph: 202-331-1922

You know when you feel like a decent pie but don’t want to travel?  Or what about when your office is order pizza for the interns?  Before you hit the typical fast food pizza chain, check out Luigi’s Pizza.

  • Food: Most of the time, I’ve only gotten delivery pizza and salad.  Their crust is thin and the pie is huge (think NY-style) — it’s good.  They don’t put a ridiculous amout of tomato sauce and the toppings you order are nice and chunky (so you know what you’re eating).  I usually get the chicken, pine nuts, artichokes, and sun-dried tomato pizza.  A few years ago, I was there for a sit-down dinner, but I can’t remember what I ordered.
  • Service: Delivery is free (with a $15 minimum) and they’re prompt.
  • Atmosphere: With big wooden tables covered with checkered red and white clothes, this place has the feeling of an Italian restaurant you’d see on TV.   
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $$
  • Overall: Order the pizza the next time your office is throwing a party for the interns.  It’s decent pie for a good price.

Details:

  • Reservations accepted.
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 11 am-12am Sun 12pm-12am; Delivery Mon-Fri 11 AM-2 PM and 5 PM-11 PM, Saturday & Sun 5-11 PM
  • Address: 1132 19th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036
  • Ph: 202-331-7574

When you’re looking for quick and decent Thai food in the Golden Triangle area, you go to Nooshi (formerly known as Oodles Noodles).

  • Food:Surprise!  I usually order Pad Thai with tofu or chicken, but one day I thought I should try something different.  So I got the Mee Goreng which is described as spicy marriage of Malaysian & Indian-style stir fry egg noodles with chicken.  I thought the Mee Goreng was OK, but it definitely wasn’t spicy.  One of my lunch partners in crime always gets the Tom Yum Noodle Soup with spicy chicken in lemongrass broth served with rice vermicelli.  When I actually sit at the restaurant, I’ll usually order either the fried tofu or fried calamari — both tasty.

Nooshi Mee Goreng

  • Service: I was recently talking about this with some colleagues, but they claim that when they eat in here, they feel rushed throughout their meal.  I’ve got to admit that when I eat in, I don’t. 
  • Atmosphere: With a dark interior, the restaurant is comfortable.  There’s a small sushi bar (or was it an actual bar?  Can’t remember) on the right hand-side. 
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $
  • Overall: This is a good place to go with some friends for a casual bite to eat.  They also deliver (orders must be over $25)  and have a separate “restaurant” (and menu) for carry out.  It’s next door to their sit-down restaurant and is incredibly tiny.   If you’re in a hurry, call in your food and then walk past the line to pick up your food and pay. 

Happy Hour: Monday-Saturday 5-7 PM 1/2 off drinks.

Details:

  • Reservations accepted.
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am- 11pm Sun 5pm-10pm; Delivery Hours: Mon – Fri 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm; Sat 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm; Sun 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Address: 1120 19th Street NW; Washington, DC 20036
  • Ph: 202-293-3138

 Until recently, I had only been to Regent Thai for drinks.  I always thought the menu looked good and kept thinking I wanted to check out.  Thankfully, I was able to convince a friend to try it out with me recently.

  • Food:My friend ordered spring rolls which were really good.  They were hot and crispy served with a pineapple dipping sauce.  I think she ordered the Pad See Ew with vegetables.  Both were really good (I preferred the spring rolls over her entree).  The Pad See Ew was a little sweet for my taste — even though we had both ordered hot spice.  So I’m predictable.  I ordered their fried tofu and vegetable Pad Thai.  The fried tofu was like eating air — it was very light.  I even questioned if there was any tofu in there.  The Pad Thai had a bunch of great vegetables and the spice was perfect.  Plus, it wasn’t greasy. 
  • Service: To say it was horrible is putting it nicely.  After being left alone for about 15 minutes before we even got a glass of water, by the time we did see our waitress, we were ready to order and starving.  After another 15 minutes with just water, we finally got our wine — albeit the wrong one.  While I do sometimes mumble when I talk, when I order food or wine, I’m pretty clear.  She brought us the most expensive bottle of wine, even though we didn’t want it — and thankfully, I caught it before she opened it.  When I asked my friend if I mumbled, she said no and then reminded me I said the kind of wine we did want twice. 
  • Atmosphere: The interior is dark with beautiful wood carvings.  The tables are pretty close together so it can be difficult to hear your conversation when it’s busy. 
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $$
  • Overall: I really enjoyed the food, but the servers left something to be desired.  I’d go back, but will order for pick-up so I don’t have to deal with the service.

Details:

  • Reservations accepted.
  • Hours: Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30 AM-3 PM; Dinner Sun-Thurs 5 PM-10 PM and Fri-Sat 5 PM-11 PM
  • Address: 1910 18th Street NW; Washington, DC 20009
  • Ph: 202-232-1791

Is it just me, or do you hate to cook on Fridays?  Well, I hate it.  So before I left my office, I thought I’d call in an order to City Lights of China for pick-up.  Although I’ve walked by it a million times before, I’d never ordered anything. 

  • Food: Don’t judge, but I ordered a lot of food from here because I wanted to try a little bit of everything (and I have a ridiculous amount of leftovers!).  Anyway, I ordered their steamed meat dumpling, vegetable curl (with lettuce), crispy fried Cornish hen, and BBQ spare ribs (photos in order of list).  The dumplings were really tasty — I think it was primarily a pork filling.  With the soy-type sauce they included, it was perfect.  The curl was a pretty big container full of vegetables and a good taste.  The Cornish hen — wow.  Even though I picked up my order, the Cornish hen was still crispy!  The ribs were also fantastic.  

Meat Dumpling  Vegetable Curl  Crispy Fried Cornish Hen  BBQ Ribs

  • Service: I ordered on the phone, but they were polite.  When you order for pick-up, you go straight to the back where the staff are located.  It seems weird, but true.  Also strange is that they didn’t include any silverware with the order.  Thankfully, I have an apartment that has furniture, but what about those folks who stay in one of the local hotels?  What are they supposed to do?
  • Atmosphere: The interior leaves something to be desired. 
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $$
  • Overall: If you need to impress someone with the atmosphere and ambiance, this is not the place.  But if you’re trying to impress someone with Chinese food, go here.  I thought all of the food I ordered was really good and there wasn’t a weak dish.  I’m looking forward to going back and trying other items!

Details:

  • Reservations accepted.
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30 AM-close; Sat & Sun 12 noon-close
  • Address: 1731 Connecticut Ave NW; Washington, DC 20009
  • Ph: 202-265-6688/8688

I used to be a vegetarian after I read Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle (not Fast Food Nation, I don’t know why either…maybe I didn’t think it was as disturbing).  Then one day, I wanted a burger and I haven’t looked back since. 

But, I appreciate vegetarian food and was intrigued when I found out there was a great vegan restaurant in the Golden Triangle area called Java Green.  Vraiment?  I had to find out more.

  • Food:Well, after looking at their very tasty looking menu, I ordered the “Chicken” Ramen in veggie broth with bean sprouts, carrots, scallions, broccoli, and soy chicken (left photo).  Dear God I fell in love after the first slurp.  The faux chicken had a smoky flavor and there was a lot of it!  While I ordered the soup to go, when I opened the container, the broccoli still had a nice crunch.  The flavors were perfect — you didn’t need to add anything else.   However, I added a little hot sauce to give it a little kick.  The soup smelled fantastic too and was a perfect, filling meal on a cold day in DC.  Day 2 I ordered their special which was the Spicy Chicken Rice Bowl (middle photo).  I have to be honest — the rice was bland and dry.  The chicken was spicy (definitely a kick) and the noodles were good. 

Java Green Spicy Chicken Java Green Soy Chicken Ramen 

Update: I went back again and ordered their spicy noodle soup with ramen noodles.  The soup has kimchi, bean sprouts, scallions, seaweed, and choice of noodles — ramen, udon, or soba.  There’s also wheat and gluten free options kelp, yam, and rice noodle.  It has a tiny kick (meaning not spicy), but it was delicious. 

Java Green Spicy Noodle Soup  Java Green Spicy Noodle Soup

 

  • Service: Polite and extremely efficient.  You order on the left side of the bar, get a number and a little receipt, and the pay at the other side of the bar.  Think Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi counter, make it a little longer, and  you get the picture.  Though they do not act anything like the Soup Nazi. 
  • Atmosphere:Not only the restaurant vegan, but it’s also eco-friendly. 
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $
  • Overall: If I could, I’d eat here all the time.  Their soup was fantastic (I’d order the Spicy chicken but 86 the rice) and I can’t wait to go back.  They have a great list of smoothies and other healthy drinks too.  If there were more restaurants like this, I think I’d be vegan…well, maybe not…still not convinced?  Since I started this blog, I’ve tried to eat at a new place and don’t want to go back to the same place if possible.  I’ve been here twice.  Yeah, that good. 

Details:

  • Address: 1020 19th Street NW; Washington, DC 20009 
  • Hours: Mon-Wed 8:30 AM-8:30 PM; Thurs-Fri 8:30 AM-9:00 PM; Sat 11:00 AM-6:00 PM; Sun closed
  • Ph: 202-775-8899

Thanks to my blogger friend VeggieLove for recommending Thai Chef because I finally went!  In addition to VeggieLove’s recommendation, I was excited about trying Thai Chef because I have walked by there a million times!  It’s usually pretty busy, which means popular, but not always good.  In this case, it’s good!  Also, here is their menu:

      

August 2008 Update: Thai Chef now offers free delivery from 5 PM-10 PM and a minimum $20 order. 

  • Food: I stopped by to pick up an order to go.  For lunch, I thought I’d get an order of fried tofu and tuna and salmon nigiri.  Then I ordered Pad Thai (last photo on the right) with tofu and medium spice for dinner.  The tofu was crispy fried goodness and was nicely complimented by the plum-peanut dipping sauce.  I wasn’t expecting too much from the nigiri, but I got to tell you — it was really good.  Finally, I took a couple of bites of the Pad Thai.  It wasn’t spicy at all, but there was a strong hint of peanuts (even though I didn’t want any — so a heads up to those of you who have peanut allergies!).  Am sure they used peanut oil in the cooking process.  The tofu was fried and there was a lot of it.  Oh — and in my to-go bag, they put a packet of soy sauce for the nigiri.  Nice!

Thai Chef Fried Tofu  Thai Chef Tuna & Salmon Nigiri  Thai Chef Pad Thai with Tofu

  • Service: Since I went for pick-up, my interaction with the servers was pretty minimal.  But it seemed like people were getting what they needed, when they needed it.
  • Atmosphere:With a little sushi station immediately in front of you when you walk in, there’s not as much room as you’d think in this 2-story restaurant.  At the sushi station, they have these cute backless wooden stools which are surprisingly comfortable.  In the summer, the floor-to-ceiling windows open.  It’s a comfortable, casual restaurant.
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $$
  • Overall: I’m planning on going back for the fried tofu and sushi.  It’s good, reasonably priced, and convenient to home!  The Pad Thai was OK, but nothing special.

Happy Hour:  Sun-Thurs 4-7 PM with $3 beer and wine.  They have their “Drinks that Make You Brave” mixed drinks menu for $3.50; wine by the glass is $3; Sake small is $2.95 and large is $5; beer is $2.  Sushi is half-priced (meaning about $3-$5). 

Details:

  • Reservations accepted.
  • Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30 AM-10:30 PM; Fri 11:30 AM-11 PM; Sat 12 PM-11 PM; Sun 12 PM-10:30 PM
  • Address: 1712 Connecticut Ave NW; Washington, DC 20009
  • Ph: (202) 234-5698

One day I was tried, hungry, and did I mention tired?  So I didn’t want to make dinner and didn’t even want to stop on my way home one day to pick up dinner. 

Instead, I ordered pizza.  Knowing I really enjoyed Duccini’s, I also wanted to try Alberto’s Pizza, since I had heard good things.  Yeah…

  • Food:I ordered their “thin crust” Roman pizza with chicken, pesto, and Romano cheese.  I have to give it to them for great presentation.  I mean, look at the pizza.  It looks good right?  Before I even opened up the pie, I could smell the garlic.  While there were marks on crust from being stone oven baked, the crust was soggy.  Considering it was supposed to be thin crust, if it’s not crunchy, forget it.  That doesn’t mean burnt, but it does mean there’s got to be some snap factor.  The toppings were really small — almost microscopic.

Alberto's Pizza

  • Service: I ordered over the phone so it was fine.
  • Atmosphere: No idea since I ordered delivery.
  • Attire: Casual 
  • Price: $
  • Overall:I won’t order from here again.  I’d rather order from Duccini’s with their big topping chunks and their perfect crust. 

Details:

  • Hours: Mon-Tues 11 AM-11:30 PM; Wed & Sun 11 AM-12:30 AM; Thurs, Fri, & Sat 11:AM-2 AM
  • Address: 2010 P Street NW; Washington,  DC  20036  
  • Ph: 202-986-2121  

I love food (as evident by this blog).  But sometimes, I am craving sushi that’s quick, fast, and decent.   Hence Wasabi Sushi.

  • Food:I ran into Wasabi Sushi for lunch to-go (photo below).  They call it “take away” and offer a different menu than their normal restaurant menu.  You get 5 pieces (versus the usual 6) for the order, but it’s also cheaper.  From left to right, my order was shrimp tempura & asparagus ($3.75); salmon, avocado, & sesame seeds ($3.25); and spicy tuna & scallion roll ($3.50).  The middle roll was weak.  It had little flavor and almost soggy (what happened?).  The other two were fine rolls for the price.  The bummer was that they put no chopsticks, wasabi (umm, hello — the name of your restaurant is…), or ginger in my to-go bag. 

Wasabi Sushi

  • Service:The cashiers are polite.  When you actually sit down and order, the servers are friendly.  Their job is pretty easy — keep you hydrated and count the color plates.  They have a conveyor belt of food so you can pick and choose which plates you want.  Each color signifies the price. 
  • Atmosphere: It’s very casual and it can be fun to go with a few friends to actually sit down for lunch/dinner.
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $
  • Overall:It’s certainly not the best sushi in DC, but it’s fine.  I go when I’ve got only a few minutes but am craving sushi.  Considering it’s also super cheap, it sits well with my wallet.  But I’ll have to remember to ask for wasabi, chopsticks, and ginger next time.  

Happy Hour Specials:

  • Daily 5-7 PM, offer many drink specials
    • $2 Kirin, Kirin Light, and Sapporo
    • $2 White wine (Kenwood Chardonnay or Santa Rita Sauvignon Blanc)
    • $4 Red wine (Buena Vista Pinot Noir or Penfold’s Bin 2 Shiraz/Mourvedre)
    • $5 Sake pitchers (Snow Beauty Nigori or Yamadanishiki)
    • $7 Sake pitchers (Kaguyahime or Taru)
  • Thursdays 5-9 PM, they offer a sake night so you can sample and become a connoisseur. 

Details:

  • Reservations are accepted.
  • Hours: 11:30 AM-2:30 PM Lunch M-F; 5-9 PM Dinner M-F; Take away M-F 11:30-9 PM
  • Address: 908 17th Street NW; Washington, DC 20006
  • Ph: 202-822-2005

There are few things in the world that are better than a sushi joint that delivers.  Tono Sushi is my favorite because they deliver pretty good sushi at a reasonable price.

  • Food:With a mix of Asian food, it’s all good.  I’ve ordered Pad Thai, sushi, sashimi, nigiri, spring rolls, etc.  All tasty.  They also have sushi happy hour daily from 5-7:30 PM (dine in only). 
  • Service: Courteous and efficient.
  • Atmosphere:On the rare occasions I don’t order in, I think their restaurant is comfortable and casual. 
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: Between $ and $$
  • Overall: Their menu is on my fridge and their number is programmed on my phone.  I think it’s good sushi at a reasonable price.  

Tono Sushi Mango Sticky Rice Tono Sushi

Details:

  • Reservations might be needed during peak hours.
  • Hours: Lunch – Mon-Fri 11:30 – 2:30 and Sat & Sun 12:00 – 3:00; Dinner – Mon – Thurs  5:00 – 10:30; Fri – Sat  5:00 – 11:00; Sun 5:00 – 10:00
  • Address: 2605 Connecticut Avenue NW; Washington, DC 20008
  • Ph: 202. 332.7300

Another fantastic restaurant in the Golden Triangle area is Naan & Beyond.  It’s simple and fast cuisine — plus, they’re open late during the weekdays!  Menu links are below.

 

Naan & Beyond is a perfect place to grab and go, but in the summer, they also have a few tables outside. 

  • Food: It’s simple, yet solid.  I’ve never ordered anything but chicken tikka (right hand photo) and their simosas (veggie or chicken).  The veggie simosa (left hand photo) was good.  It’s flakey and has a great little spice kick. Inside is a mixture of spices, peas, carrots, and pototoes.  When I was recently in line, 10 out of the 15 people ordered the same thing I did — the chicken tikka.  It’s truly a popular dish!  The chicken can be a little dry, but when you add the mango chutney (or mint), it gives is the perfect taste.   The naan is made on-site and if you sit during the lunch rush hour, you’ll hear the guy kneading the dough throughout your meal. 

Veggie Samosa Chicken Tikka

Naan & Beyond Veggie Samosa  Naan & Beyond Veggie Samosa  Naan & Beyond Chicken Tikka

To change things up, I tried their lamb tikka.  The image does not make it look delicious, but it actually was.  Unlike a lot of places, they didn’t overcook it so it was moist and good.  But I prefer their chicken tikka…

Naan & Beyond Lamb Tikka

  • Service: Quick and efficient.  Make sure to keep the receipt because your number is on there!
  • Atmosphere: It’s a small, hole-in-the-wall restaurant.  About 4-5 tables are inside, but it’s more of a grab-and-go place than one for sit down dining.
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $
  • Overall: It’s a great place to shake up your monotonous sandwich/salad/soup lunches.  And just in case you’re wondering if it’s that good, there is usually a line out the door — even when it’s cold outside. 

Details:

  • Hours: Mon-Fri 11 am-9 pm Sat 11am-5pm
  • Address: 1710 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20036
  • Ph: 202-466-6404

I came home from Seattle with no food in my fridge.  I was starving and decided I really wanted some pizza.  As you may have been able to tell, I don’t like eating at chain restaurants — EVER.  I will if I have to, but I do try to avoid it if possible.  I can appreciate chain restaurants and believe they have a role in our society, but I personally prefer local places.

So, all that was needed to basically say that I don’t order from chain pizza places.  It was also raining in DC so I didn’t want to leave my apartment.  I also prefer thin crust. 

That’s when I decided I’d try Duccini’s Pizza

  • Food: Since I’ve never had one of their pies, so I figured I’d have to try their “Unique Pizza,”with secret sauce, ground beef, Italian salami, onions, black olives, fresh tomatoes, and extra cheese.  Wow friends, wow.  I can see why they have such a loyal following.  It was insanely good and really hit the spot.  There wasn’t too much sauce (a little heavy on the cheese which makes me think their normal pie would be perfect).  What I loved more than anything though was the fact the crust was still crunchy — even though it was delivery!  Plus, there were big chunks of topping.  The side salad was fine but definitely unmemorable (felt I needed to eat leafy greens).  I forgot to take a photo when I got it (again, super hungry) but here’s a couple of slices that I had re-heated.  Oh, and they let you order online!  

duccini

  • Service: I ordered over the phone and the person who took my order was polite.   
  • Atmosphere: No idea.
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $
  • Overall: Definitely suggest putting this place on speed-dial/bookmarking!  The crust is crispy with great big coarsely chopped ingredients — what else can you ask for?  OK, super thin crust…still trying to find that in DC.

Details:

  • Hours: Sun-Thurs 11 AM – 1 AM; Fri-Sat 11 AM – 2 AM
  • Location: 1778 U St NW; Washington, DC 20009
  • Ph: 202-483-0007

I’m lazy, but more importantly, I’m car-less.  So the last thing in the world I want to do is go and buy wine in a cab.  Plus, I have a few different bottles that are my favorite and they’re tough to find in local stores.

The solution?  The Wine Buyer.

Now I know some states don’t allow people to ship wine, but thankfully, DC isn’t one of them.  I only order my three favorite wines from Wine Buyer once a year.

I am not very knowledgeable about wine, but I have my favorites.  My dislikes?  I don’t like Chardonnay.  I don’t like sweet wines. 

Shipping is reasonable and I’ve never received a broken bottle.

So readers, what are your favorite bottles? 

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