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  1. mnebergall

    Ray's the Steaks

    It's hard to believe that it has been almost 3 years since anyone has posted anything in this thread. A lot of water has gone under the bridge includinig the opening of Ray's the Classics in Silver Spring and Ray's Hell, the unbelievable burger place a few steps from RTS. The most current news is that Chef Michael Landrum intends to move his Ray's the Steaks format to a new location a few blocks up Wilson Blvd. effective February 3. He told me this Saturday evening when I dined at RTS. The rumor is that the current location will remain open with a prix fix menue at a lower price point with the terrific current menu migrating to the new location (he did not tell me this). All should be revealed in the next couple of weeks. I look forward to the new location with much anticipation. Landrum, you ROCK.
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    Best DC Restaurants

    If yoiu decide to go to Corduroy, which is on 9th street, right across from the convention center, call ahead and ask if they can do a tasting menu for your group. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.
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    Colorado Kitchen

    The Colorado Kitchen, which drew hordes to its off-the-beaten-track location for homey dinners and a celebrated brunch -- and which provided fodder for at at least one memorable dust-up on eGullet and a more memorable eGullet event is closing its doors. No word yet from outspoken chef, autobiographer, eGullet interviewee and co-owner Gillian Clark as to next steps. ← I'll never forget that eGullet dinner at CK. Afterwards, Stretch, MDT and Tweaked and I went back to Stretch's house and smoked cigars and drank all of his Scots. Mrs. Stretch was preggers with the Whopper at the time and was fast asleep upstairs. We started the event at Firefly and I recall giving mdt, Stretch and Al Dente a ride over to CK. The two tall guys, Stretch and mdt, had to ride in the back because Al had a bad back and had to sit in the front seat.
  4. Busboy is right that there is no local cuisine to speak of. But shad roe is a local seasonal speciality that is just coming into season; when the shad start to spawn. In additioin to Oceanaire (which is a chain), I would check the menus at Vidalia and Bistro Bis to see if it is available.
  5. Del Ray section of Alexandria. Mt. Vernon Ave. is ascendant. Close to to Pentagon and Old Town.
  6. Kind of funny how all three of these places are owned by the same group. Makes me suspect that the maker of the post has some affiliatioin with the ownership group. Monavano has the better suggestions, which includes Vermillion.
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    Woodfire Grill (ATL)

    I happened to be visiting the Atlanta area on a business trip (stayed at a hotel in Buckhead). I doing some quick research on nearby restaurants, I settled on the Woodfire Grill on Cheshire Bridge Road. With 6 business associates, none from the Atlanta area, we proceeded to have an absolutely excellent dinner. Chef Michael Tuohy is a very talented chef. We started off with a couple of bottles of wine (excellent wine list): a Goldwater New Dog Sauvignon Blanc and an Arcadian Pinor Noir (CA). Both excellent. For appetizers, we all shared a woodfired pizza, a bowl of olives, the salmon and halibut tartar, the fritto misto, the fava beans, and I can't remember what else. I was especially fond of the tartar, the salmon and halibut were at the peak of freshness, and the flavors of the two different fish blended nicely. Most eveyone had the fresh salmon cooked on a plank of wood. I, on the other hand, ordered the duck breast/venison mixed grill with the sunchokes. Wow, beautiful duck and venison, cooked with rosy centers and a nice crust. At first, I thought the sunchokes were some kind of sauteed mushrooms, but then I remembered that the menu said sunchokes and I never remembered the things tasting so good. I guess the main reason I chose this entree is that the chef appears to spend a great deal of time sourcing his ingredients in order to ensure that he has the season's freshed and that they come from small local farms. DAMN, was it good. The fellow next me had the diver scallops with grits (he is from Memphis). He commented on how good his entree was and even though my mixed grill was stupendous, I was sort of jealous of the scallops it is one of my favorites. I'm sure the planked salmon was good, eveyone that ordered it seemed to enjoy it. One guy had the rib eye steak. He commented that it did not seem to have that "woodfire" taste. I commented that if he really wanted the woodfire flavor, he should have ordered the chicken because I suspect it would absorb more of the flavor of the fire. A couple of folks had the tiramissou (sp) for dessert. They commented that it was something special. I opted for the cheese course. The cheese course was unlike any I have ever had. I got three cheeses and it came with about three different kinds of fruit, a date, some sort of dried apricot thing, and one other that I can't now remember, a couple of different kinds of bread and some maracana almonds. It blew me away. You folks in the Atlanta area are lucky to have someone like Chef Tuohy in your midst. The next time I am in the area, I plan to go back.
  8. My sources in Flint Hill tell me that while the restaurant is closing, it will be reopening as something else with the same owners. Also, I hear that the people that own the building that houses the Public House want to sell the premises which could dislocate the restaurant business.
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    Sausages

    I'd like to know where Stanley finds genuine Berkshire pork shoulders. They sound like they might be good on the smoker.
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    Smoking Ban in DC

    It's a little early but yesterday the city councel voted to approve the smoking ban by 11-1. The mayor knows that if he vetoes the bill, the council will override him. The question remains whether Congress will override an override. Keep in mind that Congress has the final say with regard to DC matters.
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    Smoking Ban in DC

    There is an article on the front page of today's WSJ about the NYC smoking ban and hookah bars.
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    Smoking Ban in DC

    There are many variables involved. I imagine factors such as how big the place is, how many people are smoking, what they are smoking, would effect the type of equipment needed. A big place with just a few people smoking cigarettes will need different equipment than a small place full of cigar smokers will. But, under the DC proposal, cigar bars are exempt (with cigar bar defined as a place that has 10% or more of smoking related revenue). And John W., if /when this ban goes into effect, you might want to consider expanding out onto your patio in the spring, summer, fall. Get Kimpton to pop for some awnings and plastic.
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    Smoking Ban in DC

    Now, mind you, this is not talking about filtration, but instead about replacement of air in the room. Filtration is even more expensive, burdensome and difficult -- to the point of being effectively impossible from a practical standpoint. ← Read this more closely. According to this, in order for an air exchanger to bring the inside air up to the NAAQS standard, you would have to clean the outside air before bringing it into the establishment. The NAAQS standard is obviously too high a standard if outside air can't even meet it.
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    KC Barbecue

    There are a couple of places in a little town on the southern outskirts of KC just east of the state line called Martin City. First, 135th St. BBQ is my family's hangout. if you go, get the pit plate: a couple ribs, some sliced brisket and burnt ends. If you continue south on Holmes Rd, there is a place called Sneads. The place used to be run by the people who now run 135th St. It is good as well. I agree about Gates & Sons, no reason to go there. We never were fond of the Fiorella establishments.
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    Business Dinner

    The rear dining room at Firefly will hold 15, you can't go wrong there if they are not already booked up.
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    DC's Best Burgers

    Hey, the thread said "burgers" and also "fancy." How muchh more fancy can a burger get when it has no beef in it. Would a "bison" or "venison" burger not count as well?
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    DC's Best Burgers

    Either the tuna burger or the lobster burger (when available) at Citronelle are hard to beat.
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    Lunch at Dupont Circle

    Don't foreget the Well Dressed Buritto in the alley across 19th from CF Folkes and the Palm.
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    Restaurant Eve

    I understand that it will be opening next week (finally).
  20. I generally mix some butter together with some dried sage and rub it on the skin and under. I stuff with a lemon that has been pierced, a quarterd onion and some garlic cloves. I'd really like to be able to reproduce that Chef Fowke trussing method. I don't think I baste. But rice is easier to make than mashed potatoes and sells just as well in my household.
  21. I don't have that experience. edited to add: And I don't agree that pan gravy is a fried chicken thing. I always roast my chicken with aromatics, make gravy and serve it over the sliced chiken and the rice.
  22. To my mind, roasting the chicken is the first half of the battle. There is gravy to be made as well. The roasting of the chicken should be accompanied by aromatics that facilitate the making of the gravy. Also, that Chef Fowke trussing method is something that I have never been able to replicate.
  23. Sorry, it's not the Vengroff truss, it's the Chef Fowke method. But the pictures are no longer available.
  24. Will you be demonstrating the Darren Vengroff trussing method?
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