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  1. don't know much about MM (except all the folks I work with say he's a tool) i just relocated here from DC and have yet to hit a lot of high end restaurants yet...work keeps getting in the way...I will say the following though 1) Globe was really really weak last time we ate there (August 04) it was like someone came in and replaced the kitchen crew with people who have never seen a box of salt..the front of the house was rather surly and lame too...shame ...it was really fuckin' good before 2) check out B44 in belden alley(spelling?) great food, killer desserts...just a cool little joint 3) San Francisco has more restaurants than DC...but it also has more overated & overpriced ones too...choose carefully...avoid crap like Farralon
  2. I must also give it up for Matchbox ( true I'm a friend of the chef for many years ) It's not a fine dining joint..but they do it well and without a lotta pretense...good on 'em
  3. I ended up in the neighborhood ( Clarendon ) that I grew up in 20+ years ago...after gettin' Mom from BWI..she went to Iceland...I'm not sure why..but I dropped her off at home and was really starvin'. And I ended up eating really, really shitty tapas...It's my fault I guess but I remember when there was good food in Arlington ( Queen Bee, Cafe Dalat, Whiteys,etc..) the simple fact that Arlington now has a fuckin' Cheesecake Factory is merely one of the signs of the "End of Days"
  4. just "dined" at the Arlington branch tonite...here's my impressions 1) frat boy bartender talking with his buddies about the "shit" he took this morning..this was before I ordered food 2) quite possibly the worst decor i've seen...kinda like a spanish cheesecake factory 3) last but not least...The worst food EVER.."gambas" or shrimp with no salt "spicy meatballs" room temp with a flaccid tomato sauce..and "chicken croquttetas" with not a lick of flavor...none..nada...this place blows
  5. it looks like at least a few people have dined there...can the chef pull off this level of food...? in an area that I dine in all to often (thanks to my in laws)..news flash..the rich crackers who populate old town can't tell good food from a hole in the ground
  6. the cultured pearl? hands down winner for worst food..really really sad...I've eaten better meals at the Rusty Trombone
  7. Chef McBride is the unsung hero in this town. I'm psyched to see what they'll do to the restaurant's look...The food I'm sure will remain damn good or even better
  8. the childe harold had a chef?...like before now
  9. The Tonic boys are doing well in Mt. Pleasant...I dine (and booze) there quite often. The Cheesesteak is a mighty fine meal in itself. I overheard that everybodys favorite 4 dollar coffee store is opening in MP...Now I can buy my crack and a latte on the same street...sweet
  10. I certainly hope the food is improving up in Rehobeth Beach..cuz the last time I went with my wife two years ago we were treated to a world class week of mediocre and occasionaly shitty food..Note: I've been in the restaurant business for 20+ years so don't waste your time posting that I'm an uneducated suburban loser who digs eating at Applebees or some other shiite.... The food "scene" in Rehobeth is remarkable not only for the $30-40 dollar entrees I saw on just about every "independent" restaurant menu but also for the total lack of even decent execution of the food. Whats going on here? Theres not a lot of places in DC with 40 dollar entrees but I'm willing to bet that they are probably able to execute them on a service and food level. The Rehobeth service level seems to be all the waiters and cooks that have been fired from everywhere south of the beach...kinda sad overall...There was even a restaurant called "Fusion"...wow..so cutting edge, the menu was a little asian and a little southwestern...very 1986
  11. here's what to do 1) go to bistro du coin 2) order the ribeye mid rare 3) order extra bernaise sauce while you're at it 4) enjoy it's that easy..any questions?...ask the swiss guy
  12. y'all need to give it up for Palena...extremely well executed food, good service...and not too clever for it's own good
  13. whats really sad is everybody looking for a deal(half price , happy hour etc) instead of looking for and supporting good...and quite possibly cheap local restaurants..I'm tired of reading hipster/foodies whining about not getting it their way
  14. my last dinner at Japone' was served with frozen seaweed salad and a nice portion of rice-caked vomit ( in the bathroom)...enjoy!
  15. never been to rhumba cafe....for many good reasons... sad hipster hangout.....would never eat there...before you eat in adams morgan, take a good look down the rat infested alleys.. I gotta defend Sushi Taro...know when to go, be a smart shopper (rolls, rolls and peep the specials ) it's not a high end sushi joint ...but they bring it on a daily basis so don't playa hate
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