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Final Stats:

Things completed: 62
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86. Visit ten new restaurants

Date completed: 7 June 2011

My plane landed at DCA just about right at 5pm, so my husband and I decided to wander down Route 1 into Alexandria a bit to find a place to eat dinner while we waited out some of the traffic. I saw Hops and decided to give it a shot.

Our waitress was a little slow on the uptake; I tried to order the Half Club and Half Salad, but instead she gave me an entire salad and entire club. I dunno. It was reasonably tasty, if rather generic. None of the larger entrees really interested me: they all seemed to involve marsala sauce, shrimp, and/or spicy-hot coatings. My husband enjoyed his reuben. But what was really memorable was the appetizer that evidently comes with every meal: freshly made honey croissants. So tasty! I'd come back just for that. Hops is also a brewery but I didn't try any of their beer. Flying just doesn't put me in the mood for alcohol.

In short, it's decent American fare. Not worth the drive, but a fine choice if you're already in the area.
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86. Visit ten new restaurants

Date completed: 7 June 2011

My plane landed at DCA just about right at 5pm, so my husband and I decided to wander down Route 1 into Alexandria a bit to find a place to eat dinner while we waited out some of the traffic. I saw Hops and decided to give it a shot.

Our waitress was a little slow on the uptake; I tried to order the Half Club and Half Salad, but instead she gave me an entire salad and entire club. I dunno. It was reasonably tasty, if rather generic. None of the larger entrees really interested me: they all seemed to involve marsala sauce, shrimp, and/or spicy-hot coatings. My husband enjoyed his reuben. But what was really memorable was the appetizer that evidently comes with every meal: freshly made honey croissants. So tasty! I'd come back just for that. Hops is also a brewery but I didn't try any of their beer. Flying just doesn't put me in the mood for alcohol.

In short, it's decent American fare. Not worth the drive, but a fine choice if you're already in the area.
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86. Visit ten new restaurants

Current Progress: 9/10

Anita's New Mexico Style Mexican Food is a local chain I’ve been wanting to try pretty much since I moved to the area almost eight years ago. My husband wasn’t too interested, but I happened to have an evening to myself one day so I went for it. I had the vegetable enchilada, which turned out to be a bit of a soggy mess. It was drowning in sauce, the sort of Tex-Mex dish you get sometimes when there’s no distinct boundary between the entree, rice, and refried beans. It tasted okay, but I think I’d prefer my meal to be less mushy. I seriously doubt I’ll be eating there again.
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86. Visit ten new restaurants

Current Progress: 9/10

Anita's New Mexico Style Mexican Food is a local chain I’ve been wanting to try pretty much since I moved to the area almost eight years ago. My husband wasn’t too interested, but I happened to have an evening to myself one day so I went for it. I had the vegetable enchilada, which turned out to be a bit of a soggy mess. It was drowning in sauce, the sort of Tex-Mex dish you get sometimes when there’s no distinct boundary between the entree, rice, and refried beans. It tasted okay, but I think I’d prefer my meal to be less mushy. I seriously doubt I’ll be eating there again.
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86. Visit ten new restaurants

Progress: 8/10

Elevation Burger in National Harbor, Maryland, which I visited with my local BookCrossing group, left a bit to be desired. It took us a while to find, and though there was plenty of seating upstairs, there was no elevator. Our group had one member in a wheelchair, which meant we had to cram ourselves into the already crowded main floor. We slowly took over just about the entire place, much to the irritation of the tourists, but it's not like we had much choice.

Foodwise, it was a mixed bag. The salad was just stupid: a little cup of dressing to pout on a pile of lettuce with a single (underripe) tomato wedge. Seriously, that was the entire extent of vegetables. Lettuce and dressing do not a salad make!

But the veggie burger was pretty damned tasty, so I can't complain about that. I just won't be going back any time soon.
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86. Visit ten new restaurants

Progress: 8/10

Elevation Burger in National Harbor, Maryland, which I visited with my local BookCrossing group, left a bit to be desired. It took us a while to find, and though there was plenty of seating upstairs, there was no elevator. Our group had one member in a wheelchair, which meant we had to cram ourselves into the already crowded main floor. We slowly took over just about the entire place, much to the irritation of the tourists, but it's not like we had much choice.

Foodwise, it was a mixed bag. The salad was just stupid: a little cup of dressing to pout on a pile of lettuce with a single (underripe) tomato wedge. Seriously, that was the entire extent of vegetables. Lettuce and dressing do not a salad make!

But the veggie burger was pretty damned tasty, so I can't complain about that. I just won't be going back any time soon.
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86. Visit ten new restaurants

Current Progress: 7/10

While in Washington yesterday we lunched at Rosa Mexicano. We chose it purely based on its proximity to the Shakespeare Theater, but it proved to be a good decision. The wait staff was all smiles, and when we arrived the first thing they did was offer us some freshly made guacamole. It's not complimentary (nor did we expect it to be), but it was worth every penny.


Preparing the guac.


The guacamole came with both chips and mini soft tortillas, as well as two very spicy sauces to add to your guac experience should you so choose. I didn't like them: the tomatilla was too sour and the red stuff tasted like campfire ashes. But the guac itself was just so good.


Blurry guac. (My cell phone fails in low light.)


Anyway, I ordered from the "favorites" section of the menu, and got Chicken Tortilla Pie. My husband got the chicken enchiladas. Both were outstanding. The rice and beans were good too, much different from what I was used to (the beans were black, not pinto, and the rice was yellow with cilantro and other spices, not Spanish). I ate way too much but it's difficult to stop when it's just so tasty! And at roughly $15/plate it's very reasonable, especially for Washington.


My entree: funny-colored but delicious.


My husband, who lived in Texas for a time, declared it was the first authentic Mexican food he'd had since moving to the area. (It's very easy to get good, say, Peruvian or El Salvadorian food, but Mexican? Not so much.) We're glad to have found this place, and will definitely eat there again.
thingism: (local)
86. Visit ten new restaurants

Current Progress: 7/10

While in Washington yesterday we lunched at Rosa Mexicano. We chose it purely based on its proximity to the Shakespeare Theater, but it proved to be a good decision. The wait staff was all smiles, and when we arrived the first thing they did was offer us some freshly made guacamole. It's not complimentary (nor did we expect it to be), but it was worth every penny.


Preparing the guac.


The guacamole came with both chips and mini soft tortillas, as well as two very spicy sauces to add to your guac experience should you so choose. I didn't like them: the tomatilla was too sour and the red stuff tasted like campfire ashes. But the guac itself was just so good.


Blurry guac. (My cell phone fails in low light.)


Anyway, I ordered from the "favorites" section of the menu, and got Chicken Tortilla Pie. My husband got the chicken enchiladas. Both were outstanding. The rice and beans were good too, much different from what I was used to (the beans were black, not pinto, and the rice was yellow with cilantro and other spices, not Spanish). I ate way too much but it's difficult to stop when it's just so tasty! And at roughly $15/plate it's very reasonable, especially for Washington.


My entree: funny-colored but delicious.


My husband, who lived in Texas for a time, declared it was the first authentic Mexican food he'd had since moving to the area. (It's very easy to get good, say, Peruvian or El Salvadorian food, but Mexican? Not so much.) We're glad to have found this place, and will definitely eat there again.
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86. Visit ten new restaurants

Current progress: 6/10

Though we'd originally planned to have dinner at Potbelly, we were scared off by the throngs of people at the cinema for the newest Harry Potter film. So we turned around and wandered a bit, eventually ending up at Joe's Crab Shack in Fairfax. (I never said my new restaurants couldn't be major national chains.)

Though I was sorely tempted by the seafood enchiladas, I went with the signature dish: a bucket of crab legs with corn and new potatoes. Specifically, I had the garlic & herb snow crab. It had been years since I last ate crab, and it took me quite a few legs before I got the hang of it again. Even so, I took more than twice the amount of time my husband did to eat his crab cakes. The crab itself was very flavorful, and I found I didn't even need the butter dip. The corn and potatoes were good too, though nothing to write home about.

In short, it was tasty, but not something I expect to crave on any kind of regular basis. Crab legs are too much work!

thingism: (local)
86. Visit ten new restaurants

Current progress: 6/10

Though we'd originally planned to have dinner at Potbelly, we were scared off by the throngs of people at the cinema for the newest Harry Potter film. So we turned around and wandered a bit, eventually ending up at Joe's Crab Shack in Fairfax. (I never said my new restaurants couldn't be major national chains.)

Though I was sorely tempted by the seafood enchiladas, I went with the signature dish: a bucket of crab legs with corn and new potatoes. Specifically, I had the garlic & herb snow crab. It had been years since I last ate crab, and it took me quite a few legs before I got the hang of it again. Even so, I took more than twice the amount of time my husband did to eat his crab cakes. The crab itself was very flavorful, and I found I didn't even need the butter dip. The corn and potatoes were good too, though nothing to write home about.

In short, it was tasty, but not something I expect to crave on any kind of regular basis. Crab legs are too much work!

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86. Visit ten new restaurants

Current progress: 5/10



On Sunday evening, [livejournal.com profile] just_the_things and I visited her favorite place to eat, Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant in Vienna, Virginia. We started with the Fried "Chicken" (fried mushrooms and soy protein chunks, also known as notchicken) which came with a delicious not-ketchup dipping sauce. (But I'm not sure what it was. Maybe a type of cocktail sauce.)

For our main course, we both enjoyed Sweet'n'Sour Sensation, which was basically sweet'n'sour notchicken with pineapples, zucchini, and carrots with a side of brown rice. Now, I'm quite familiar with notmeat (and in fact believe that Morningstar Farms made some sort of pact with the Devil to make their products so meat-like), so I wasn't at all leery about trying it. And it was, as expected, quite tasty.

What did surprise me was that this vegetarian restaurant served mostly Asian dishes. Later I was surprised at my surprise (if that makes any sense) because a lot of Asian dishes are already vegetarian as is.

Anyway, this was fun and certainly somewhere I'd go again.
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86. Visit ten new restaurants

Current progress: 5/10



On Sunday evening, [livejournal.com profile] just_the_things and I visited her favorite place to eat, Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant in Vienna, Virginia. We started with the Fried "Chicken" (fried mushrooms and soy protein chunks, also known as notchicken) which came with a delicious not-ketchup dipping sauce. (But I'm not sure what it was. Maybe a type of cocktail sauce.)

For our main course, we both enjoyed Sweet'n'Sour Sensation, which was basically sweet'n'sour notchicken with pineapples, zucchini, and carrots with a side of brown rice. Now, I'm quite familiar with notmeat (and in fact believe that Morningstar Farms made some sort of pact with the Devil to make their products so meat-like), so I wasn't at all leery about trying it. And it was, as expected, quite tasty.

What did surprise me was that this vegetarian restaurant served mostly Asian dishes. Later I was surprised at my surprise (if that makes any sense) because a lot of Asian dishes are already vegetarian as is.

Anyway, this was fun and certainly somewhere I'd go again.
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86. Visit ten new restaurants

Current progress: 4/10



My husband suggested I find a place nearby to try for dinner tonight, so I looked around and found this place on Yelp. I didn't actually read much about it, figuring it was just your standard bar serving fried chicken.

We were surprised to discover it was run entirely by Koreans, which was reflected in their menu a surprising amount for not being a Korean restaurant. I had their signature dish, Olive Chicken, which was chicken fried in olive oil. It also had a number of other spices, with just a bit of a kick there at the end. My husband had the fried chicken club sandwich, which likewise was just a little spicy. He said it was tasty and made the favor more interesting. His fries seemed almost breaded, not too crunchy or soggy, similar to the fries at Long John Silver's. I ordered a side of macaroni and cheese because of its description: "Macaroni layered with cheddar cheese." That made it sound like there would be melted cheese, but it was actually just your standard cafeteria-style mac'n'cheese. Which, luckily, I happen to enjoy, but I probably won't be ordering it again.

I saw people ordering dishes that came with chopsticks, so I'll be sure to try some of their other stuff in the future. Over all, I give this place a thumbs up. I'll have to take my friends who love both hot wings and Korean food; I think this might be the best of both worlds.
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86. Visit ten new restaurants

Current progress: 4/10



My husband suggested I find a place nearby to try for dinner tonight, so I looked around and found this place on Yelp. I didn't actually read much about it, figuring it was just your standard bar serving fried chicken.

We were surprised to discover it was run entirely by Koreans, which was reflected in their menu a surprising amount for not being a Korean restaurant. I had their signature dish, Olive Chicken, which was chicken fried in olive oil. It also had a number of other spices, with just a bit of a kick there at the end. My husband had the fried chicken club sandwich, which likewise was just a little spicy. He said it was tasty and made the favor more interesting. His fries seemed almost breaded, not too crunchy or soggy, similar to the fries at Long John Silver's. I ordered a side of macaroni and cheese because of its description: "Macaroni layered with cheddar cheese." That made it sound like there would be melted cheese, but it was actually just your standard cafeteria-style mac'n'cheese. Which, luckily, I happen to enjoy, but I probably won't be ordering it again.

I saw people ordering dishes that came with chopsticks, so I'll be sure to try some of their other stuff in the future. Over all, I give this place a thumbs up. I'll have to take my friends who love both hot wings and Korean food; I think this might be the best of both worlds.
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86. Visit ten new restaurants.

Current progress: 3/10



On Saturday we ate at Don Churro Cafe in Chantilly, VA. I discovered it while browsing Washingtonian Magazine's lists of Cheap Eats and even Dirt Cheap Eats. The review sounded promising and my husband was feeling uncharacteristically adventurous, so we went for it.

And you know, it wasn't bad. But it wasn't great, either. I had pulled beef with white rice, black beans, and a few plantains. My husband had marinated chicken, white rice, vegetables, and french fries. Several of the dishes came with fries, oddly enough, and with the rice it seemed like a bit too much starch. Everything tasted very fresh; it just wasn't anything to write home about. My husband commented that he could easily make this himself. If you visit, I strongly advise you either order an appetizer or don't arrive too hungry. The service was incredibly slow. I also question Washingtonian's definition of "dirt cheap" - it was $40 for lunch for the two of us.

On the bright side, if we ever have visitors who are just dying for authentic South American cuisine, I now know where to take them.
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86. Visit ten new restaurants.

Current progress: 3/10



On Saturday we ate at Don Churro Cafe in Chantilly, VA. I discovered it while browsing Washingtonian Magazine's lists of Cheap Eats and even Dirt Cheap Eats. The review sounded promising and my husband was feeling uncharacteristically adventurous, so we went for it.

And you know, it wasn't bad. But it wasn't great, either. I had pulled beef with white rice, black beans, and a few plantains. My husband had marinated chicken, white rice, vegetables, and french fries. Several of the dishes came with fries, oddly enough, and with the rice it seemed like a bit too much starch. Everything tasted very fresh; it just wasn't anything to write home about. My husband commented that he could easily make this himself. If you visit, I strongly advise you either order an appetizer or don't arrive too hungry. The service was incredibly slow. I also question Washingtonian's definition of "dirt cheap" - it was $40 for lunch for the two of us.

On the bright side, if we ever have visitors who are just dying for authentic South American cuisine, I now know where to take them.
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86. Visit ten new restaurants

Current progress: 2/10

I totally forgot to mention that I had Lebanese food for the first time at Lebanese Taverna in Tysons Galleria last Saturday. I had the chicken shawarma and it was soooooo tasty. Definitely going to have to go there again.
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86. Visit ten new restaurants

Current progress: 2/10

I totally forgot to mention that I had Lebanese food for the first time at Lebanese Taverna in Tysons Galleria last Saturday. I had the chicken shawarma and it was soooooo tasty. Definitely going to have to go there again.
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86. Visit ten new restaurants

Current progress: 1/10



Yesterday my husband and I ate lunch at Wasabi, a conveyor belt sushi restaurant in Tysons Corner. It was tasty but the selection was kind of meager for the price. We can get a greater variety for the same price and zero wait time at Todai, so we'll probably stick with there for now.

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