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I  vaguely remember when Suki Asia opened — I think two or three years ago.  I have been once before and remember ordering sushi and it was pretty good.  But it had been a couple of years since I had been so I thought I’d try it again for the blog.  Their menu is pretty brief and actually fits on one page here

11/2008 – Here’s their updated menu.  Page one here and page two here.

  • Food: I was hungry and so I decided to order their original bibimbap and a bagel roll.  First, the bagel roll.  They get points for not dying their ginger to that horrible pink color and instead, leaving it to its original state.  I also give them major points for not giving me so much wasabi that I feel like I’m wasting it.  Their bagel roll was pretty good and I’d definitely order it again.  Next to the bibimbap.  I thought it was OK, but the bulgogi cart definitely makes a better version.  Plus, there was no egg.  And there wasn’t that much in there, but what was there was decent.

Suki Asia Bibim Bap  Suki Asia Bagel Roll

UPDATE: My lunch buddy kept raving about their udon mushroom with tofu so I had to try it.  It was really good (no MSG so no weird after-taste).  There weren’t a lot of veggies though, but the noodles and broth were really good.  A super filling lunch!

Suki Asia Udon Mushroom with Tofu  Suki Asia Udon Mushroom with Tofu

  • Service: They’re very nice and while it can seem busy with a lot of people, they are pretty efficient. 
  • Atmosphere: While it’s not a very big location, it has 5-7 tables.  The interior lacks much decoration, but considering most people are grabbing and going back to their office for lunch, it doesn’t really matter.
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $
  • Overall:I think I’ll skip their bibimbap and go to the Bulgogi cart instead since it tastes so much better and is cheaper.  But I do like their sushi so I would definitely go back for that. 

Details:

  • Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30-5:30
  • Address: 1730 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036
  • Ph: 202.463.3400

Readers know how much I loved the Burrito Cart Man who lived in front of the CVS on K and 15th Street.

So I was walking around one day trying to figure out what to eat for lunch and found a burrito cart man on the corner of K and 17th Street (by Farragut North Metro, Dress Barn, and Starbucks).  He’s the green cart.  Now I know he’s been there for years, but I had never tried his cart.

Here’s the deal.  He offers:

  • Tomato, spinach, or plain tortillas for $4.50
  • Rice, beans (black or refried), and hot sauce
  • For $0.50 more, you can get guacamole (not homemade) or cheese.  For $0.25 you can get sour cream.

So while he has only 7-9 hot sauces that are either medium or hot, his burritos are the closest I’ve had to the original burrito cart.  But his are definitely not the same.

  • He has no salsa on the burrito so that means no big chunks of onions, tomatoes, or cilantro.
  • He does put the tortilla into the steam heat so it’s hot, but he doesn’t throw the cheese on until the end (but it does still melt). 

While they’re not the same, it was a decent burrito for $5. 

Burrito Cart Burrito  Burrito Cart Burrito

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

After hearing so much about Mai Thai from a friend (who goes to their Alexandria location), it was about time I tried it out for myself. 

  • Food:Since I went with a huge group, we ordered a lot of food.  I tried a little bit of everything — but of course, ordered my fried tofu and Pad Thai.  Both were good, but the standouts on the menu were their crab rolls (Crispy-fried king crab claw rolls stuffed with shrimp, chicken, shitake mushroom, bean thread and cilantro, served with a sweet and sour sauce) and fried calamari (Fresh squid, lightly battered, and deep-fried served with a sweet and sour sauce). 
  • Service: I went with a huge group so our server was a bit scattered and frazzled.  But I’m sure if it was just an “average” table of 2-4, it’d be great.
  • Atmosphere: The decorations on the wall and the feel of the restaurant is authentic with a twist meaning it’s slightly funky. 
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $$
  • Overall: This is going on my list of places to grab appetizers with a few friends.  Between their yummy appetizers and drink specials, it’d be a fun (and tasty) place to go! 

Happy Hour: Daily 3:30 PM-7 PM for top shelf cocktails $4.50; beer ($3.50); and various appetizers for $3-5.   

Details:

  • Reservations accepted.
  • Hours: Mon-Thu 11:15 am-10:30 pm, Fri-Sat 11:15 am-11 pm, Sun 11:30 am-10:30 pm
  • Address: 1200 19th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036
  • Ph: 202-452-6870

I finally went to Georgia Brown’s the other day and ordered their fried chicken.  I really liked that the meat was all white and there was only the leg bone.  The mashed potatoes were pretty good but overall, it was too salty.  Was it worth $22? 

You’ll see I listed under “Places I’ve been” but I thought I’d share this photo of my meal.

Georgia Brown's Fried Chicken

I have heard great things about their Sunday brunch though!

Details:

  • Reservations recommended.
  • Hours: Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Fri 11:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m.; Sat 5:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.; Sun 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Sun 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
  • Address: 950 15th Street NW; Washington, DC 20005  
  • Ph: (202) 393-4499

I’ve walked by Malaysia Kopitiam a thousand times and have always meant to try it.  Finally, I went and grabbed lunch.

  • Food:Self-described as “fine Malaysian cuisine with the influence of Malay, Chinese, and Indian food,” it was pretty good.  I ordered the spicy tamarind squid with stir-fried squid, pineapple, okra, onion, red pepper, carrot, and tomatoes in spicy tamarind sauce.  It wasn’t very spicy, but it was good.  And yet again, enough for lunch and dinner!

Malaysia Kopitiam Spicy Tamarind Squid

  • Service: Who knows, I ordered for pick-up.
  • Atmosphere: It’s a basement restaurant, which means it’s a bit dark and has an 8-10 stool bar.  While the atmosphere isn’t the most impressive, it’s not horrible either. 
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $$
  • Overall:They have a pretty good mixture of Asian beers and for only $4, it’s almost like a happy hour special.  Their food is way better than Penang and I would definitely go back.  Their menu has a lot of yummy sounding options such as their seafood tofu clay pot, noodle soup with stuffed mix vegetables, and seafood noodle soup.

Details:

  • Reservations are accepted.
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30 AM-10 PM; Friday & Saturday 11:30 AM-11 PM; Sun 12 noon-10 PM
  • Address: 1827 M St NW; Washington, DC 20036
  • Ph: 202-833-6232

UPDATE 9/2008 — This is my new comfort food.  I go here so many times, it’s ridiculous.  My favorite is the spicy chicken bibimbap.  Yum!!!!

A friend of mine was raving about the Bulgogi cart — and with my love of cart food, I was intrigued and looking forward to going.  And avid readers of my blog know I don’t go to the same restaurant because I’m trying to try out as many restaurants as possible.  But in this case, I went twice. 

  • Food: They seem to be mostly known for their bulgogi, but they also serve bibimbap.  While I LOVE, LOVE bibimbap, I thought I should branch out (and besides, I knew I was going to come back). Plus, my friend said the bulgogi was really good.  I ordered the chicken version (they also have a vegetarian and beef one) and spicy.  There was a little Iceburg lettuce covered in a very light (rice?) vinegar and a side of kimchi.  The kimchi was really good and had such a great, unique flavor (of course, every Korean family makes kimchi differently).  The chicken bulgogi was pretty good and a little bit spicy (although they used all dark meat).  My second trip, I ordered their bibimbap (or as it’s on their menu, bibimbab).  While it’s traditionally with beef, I went with chicken again.  So good — it was healthy with a great mixture of vegetables, egg, and rice.  Plus, there’s a ridiculous amount of food — I mean, take a look at these photos!  The one on the left is the chicken bulgogi, middle is chicken bibimbap, next is spicy beef bibimbap, and the one on the right is of the cart (just so you don’t misss it!). 

Bulgogi Chicken  Bulgogi Cart Bibimbap Chicken  Bibimbap with Beef from Bulgogi Cart  Bulgogi Cart

  • Service: When I went, it seemed like it was a very nice mom and son who were working the bright yellow cart.
  • Atmosphere: It’s a cart!  You can only grab and go.
  • Attire: Whatever you want, IT’S A CART!!!  Ha, this is why I love carts.
  • Price: $
  • Overall:For $6.75 $7, this is a great place for lunch.  They offer ample portions in the Styrofoam container of the bulgogi chicken over white rice.  There was definitely enough food for lunch and dinner.  So yummy!  Oh, and here’s the menu:

Bulgogi Cart Menu  Bulgogi Cart Menu  Bulgogi Cart Menu  Bulgogi Cart Menu

Details:

  • Hours: 11ish AM-2ish PM Monday-Friday
  • Address: 14th and L (SE Corner of L and 14th Streets between N 14th St & N Vermont Ave) — it’s the bright yellow cart.  You can’t miss it.

I don’t know why, but the Beacon is always viewed as a good place for HH (happy hour) and food.  Personally, I disagree.  Instead, I prefer to tell people about Nage.

  • Food:While their menu can seem somewhat limited (it’s seasonal), their chalkboard offers another 10 various options — and from that menu, you can have a pre-fixe meal (3 courses for $35).  I’ve been a few times and have had some good meals.  The mac and cheese is more creamy than cheesy, so it’s definitely not 15ria.  Their Chesapeake oysters with spinach, fennel, mushrooms, and Asiago cheese are good.  Most recently, I ordered the Prime Rib burger which was cooked perfectly, though I didn’t care for their fries (they were a mixture of potatoes — including a few sweet potatoes, but not worth the calories since they weren’t crispy…you know how I love my fries crispy!).  As far as dessert, their best offering is the Bananas Foster Bread Pudding.  I’m not a huge bread pudding fan, but this was insanely good! 
  • Service: They’ve always been courteous and efficient without being annoying.  In other words, good service.
  • Atmosphere: Strange as it might sound, this restaurant is in the Marriott Courtyard, down the block from Beacon.  But don’t let that scare you away!  They offer way better options for wine and beer and much better food.  Their restaurant is small and only has about 20 tables with a few bar tables and seats.  They also have a flat screen TV which always runs various sports games.
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $$ if you order off their bistro menu; $$$ if you order an app and main entree
  • Overall:  Next time you want to go to Beacon, try out Nage instead.  As a friend said when she went, “It’s not the best meal ever, but it’s pretty good.  I mean, it’s better than Beacon.”  Although the $$$ may make you pause from making it your new weekly hangout.   But their apps are reasonably priced so you could definitely go after work without spending an arm and a leg.

Happy Hour: I’ll have to let you know — I forgot to take a look but I know they have 1/2 priced wine (I think it’s on Mondays).

Details:

  • Reservations are suggested, but to be honest, I’ve never needed them.
  • Hours: Breakfast Daily 7-10:30 am; Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30 pm; Daily Dinner 5 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Address:1600 Rhodes Island Avenue, NW; Washington, D.C. 20036
  • Ph:  (202) 448-8005

I’ve been to Olives a handful of times and have never gotten anything but a really good (albeit expensive) meal. 

  • Food:I ordered the Greek-style Baby Red Romaine Salad with tomatoes, cucumber, mixed olives, red onions, oregano, and crispy phyllo-wrapped feta.  But the star salad was the grilled squid and octopus with a vinaigrette of chickpeas, tomatoes, toasted garlic, and parsley.  I ordered their grilled salmon special with Israeli couscous which was spectacular.  Their fig and prosciutto pizza is amazing too.
  • Service:It’s not bad, but considering the price tag, you’d think they’d be a little more attentive.  I’ve also witnessed several times when they’d rush people eating.  If you’re eating a salad, they might bring your entree before you’re ready.
  • Atmosphere: When you walk in, on the right is their bar and on the left are tables (and their open kitchen).  If you walk straight ahead, you’ll see their stairs to their downstairs dining room.  The restaurant has an open, warm feeling and tons of windows on the first floor (meaning great sun…if it’s out).  I love their open kitchen with their wood-burning oven and their chef was cute. 
  • Attire: Business casual
  • Price: $$$
  • Overall: Like I said, I’ve never gotten anything but a solid, yummy meal here.  Thankfully, I’ve also never had to pay either.  Ha! 

Details:

  • Reservations strongly recommended.
  • Hours: Lunch: Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 10:00pm Closed for lunch on Saturdays, all day Sundays
  • Address: 1600 K Street, NW; Washington, DC 20006
  • Ph: (202) 452-1866

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

You already know I went to Breadline once before.  I felt like going again to try their Oyster Po Boy sandwich since I heard so much about it. 

As you can see from the photo, the sandwich was very creamy.  I hate mayo, so for me, it was too much remoulade sauce.  The good stuff in the sandwich was the freshly fried oysters and the little heat (spice).

Overall, I wouldn’t order it again because of the remoulade sauce, but if you like mayo, you’ll love it.

Breadline Oyster Po Boy

Details:

  • Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Address: 1751 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; Washington, DC 20006
  • Ph: 202-822-8900

My friend suggested I try out this place for lunch one day and also was kind enough to go with me on my first visit. 

  • Food:He recommended Panini D’Amour which comes with turkey, pesto mayo (except I asked for no sauce), red onions, artichokes, provolone, and avocado.  As you can see in the photo, it was cheesy!  It was crispy and I loved the addition of the avacado in the sandwich.  It also had a subtle garlic taste which didn’t overwhelm the senses (thankfully).   

Dickey's Turkey D'Amor

  • Service: They are polite and quite efficient.  You can get in and out in 15 minutes.
  • Atmosphere: Inside it’s very small, but they have a few stool seats available, but it’s definitely more of a “grab-and-go” place.
  • Attire:Casual
  • Price: $
  • Overall: I have never tried their custard (only offer chocolate or vanilla) but I am looking forward to trying their low-fat versions.  Regardless, the sandwich was really good and quite filling.  I’d definitely stop back here for the panini! 

Details:

  • Hours: Monday-Friday 7 AM-5 PM
  • Address: 1710 I Street NW; Washington, DC 20006
  • Ph: 202-861-0669

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

Primarily in international locations around the world, DC-metro area has the only Vapiano restaurants in the US (so far).  Their menu is here: Menu Page 1 and Menu Page 2.

  • Food:While their pasta is homemade and their salads look fresh, I always get the Crudo pizza with prosciutto di parma, tomato sauce, and mozzarella.  On top of the pizza are big hunks of parmesan cheese which gives it a bit of a strong, but perfect taste.  The crust is crunchy and thin.  There’s not a lot of tomato sauce which means the toppings are the star of the pizza — and appropriately so.  I think it’s a 12″ pie.

Vapiano Crudo Pizza  Vapiano Crudo Pizza

  • Service: There are no servers, only bussers.  Immediately after walking through the door, you get a Vapiano card.  Walk to the right and you’ll see the kitchen with huge chalkboards above with fun sayings.  The first section is salad, middle is pasta, and the end has pizza.  You walk up to whichever section (me, always pizza at the end), put your card against the register, and then order your food from the kitchen staff.  You then get this little buzzer and when your food is ready, the buzzer goes off (usually within 10-15 minutes).  When you’re ready to pay, give them your Vapiano card at the register at the front door. 
  • Atmosphere: With bright red accents and light wood interior, it’s a casual dining establishment.  During lunch, it can be tough to find a table!
  • Attire: Casual 
  • Price: $
  • Overall:I love their $9.25 crudo pizza and would be tough to change my mind.  I have tried their homemade pasta, but I didn’t enjoy it.  I prefer mine to be al dente.  Oh, they also have the little 8 oz Diet Coke bottles. 

Happy Hour: They offer house wines (Pinot Grigio and Merlot) for $3.50/glass from 5-8 PM Monday-Friday.  In addition, they have p.i.n.k. vodka for their ladies’ night martini happy hours on Wednesdays from 7-10 PM for $4.95.  In their ad, they say the Manolo Tonic is the new “it” drink and we’ll be seeing it in the Sex and the City movie.     

Details:

  • Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11:00 AM- 11.00PM; Fri. 11:00 AM-12:00 AM; Sat. 12:00 PM -11:00 PM; Sun. 12:00 PM-10:00 PM
  • Address: 1800 M Street N.W.; Washington DC
  • Ph: 202-640-1868

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

I cannot believe this is happening.  The Burrito Man will no longer be operating after November 20th.  You better grab a couple of burritos on Monday and Tuesday as they will be your last.

I’m so sad.  I’ve been going to the Burrito Man for almost 5 years now.  😦 

But the good news is this — if you email him (or give him your businesscard), he’ll send you a burrito kit.  He’s looking for someone to help “spiff up” his Web site so he can take burrito orders and send you a kit from NC.  Thank goodness we can still get our burrito! 

**Update 9/3 – The burrito cart will be re-opening!  And he’ll be staying at 15th and K in front of CVS!** 

You may remember my ode to the Burrito Man.  Well, DCist says that Burrito Man #1 will be handing off his cart to Burrito Man #2 AND moving to 14th and L.

** Read the update here **

I’ve never eaten at Palette yet, but I’ve been to a couple of happy hours.  I love it. 

  • Happy Hour Hours: They have a three hour martini hour Monday-Friday from 4 – 7 PM.  
  • Specialities:  Offer discounts on their specialty martinis; wine by the glass; imported and domestic beer.  They also have some fantastic appetizers.  And every table gets these spiced variety of nuts.
  • Atmosphere: There are these huge booths by these even bigger windows.  With a modern and sleek look, it’s a great place for “upscale happy hour.” 

Details: 

  • Address: 1177 15th Street N.W.; Washington, D.C. 20005
  • Ph: 202.587.2700

I have found my new favorite lunch place.   It’s called Best Sandwich Place. Unique title huh?  This will absolutely be on my “hit” list for lunch!  One bad thing though is that they accept only cash so make sure to hit the ATM before you go.

It’s a bit tucked away — it’s underneath the Bank of America building and next to Borders Books.

  • Food:Amazing.  I stopped by one day when I was running errands.  I had heard they had the best sandwiches, but then again reader, I am skeptical.  I have been proven wrong again.  Below you will find the photo of the amazing sandwich.  I was very excited when I saw the pickle, but the sandwich people — the sandwich wow.   It was a turkey club with turkey, artichokes, olive artichoke spread, chicken, bacon, and tomato on a hot roll.  The roll was a great mix of crispy and soft.  The various items on the sandwich offered fantastic flavors.  The spread — it married everything together.

Best Sandwich Place

  • Service: Courteous and speedy.

  • Atmosphere: They did have a few tables, but again, I think it’s more of a grab-and-go type place.

  • Attire: Casual 

  • Price: $

Details:

  • Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 AM-3:30 PM

  • Address: 1801 K Street NW; Washington, DC 20006

  • Ph: (202) 452-8989

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