Fava Pot

Fava Pot, web site, The Shops at West Falls Church, 7393 D Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA, 703-204-0609 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | BizJournals | Washingtonian | WaPo | TripAdvisor | zabihah | NoVA Mag | Ylp]


[Fava Pot] Must-Try LAMB FATTAH from EGYPT to the States – Falls Church, VA (Egyptian Food)

Finally, this dreadful strip mall has a good place indeed an excellent place. Might this Egyptian restaurant be the best Middle Eastern food around right now? Everything tastes fresh and vital, including the more or less standard Lebanese appetizers such as hummus. The veal kabob is a welcome change of pace, if you would like to try something new. This place attracts a real crowd: it is very well-lit, extremely comfortable to sit in, actually feels yuppie and bland, but in terms of the food it really delivers. A welcome addition to the repertoire. I should note that while it is reasonably priced for the quality you get, this does not qualify as a super-bargain restaurant.

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Royal Nepal Restaurant

Royal Nepal Restaurant, web site, 3807 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA, 571-312-5130 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Zagat | WaPo | Washingtonian | TripAdvisor | Ylp]


[Royal Nepal] when NEPAL invites YOU – Alexandria, VA (Nepali Food)

Right by the Birchmere, a while ago there was a Sri Lankan place here. I am happy to recommend the lamb chops, tikka masala, and duck-fried rice, at the moment this place is a clear first choice in the Nepalese category. It mixes in many Indian dishes, is not really trying to play the mom and pop game, and maybe they don’t have the very best momos. But their best dishes are really quite special.

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Pittsburgh bleg


Duquesne Incline To Mount Washington, Pittsburgh

A loyal reader writes to me:

Maybe a bleg on MR at some point (not naming me) for good places to eat and things to do in Pittsburgh?

The suburbs stretching out to eastern Ohio would count too…and is there a Tyler Cowen of Pittsburgh when it comes to ethnic dining?

I thank you all in advance for your wise and mature counsel.

Originally posted on Marginal Revolution – click to see comments and suggestions.


What to Do in Pittsburgh | 36 Hours Travel Videos | The New York Times

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Boba and Bites

Boba and Bites, web site, Angelika Mosaic, on the far side by Gallows Road near the Panera, B, 8191 Strawberry Lane, #2, Falls Church, VA, 703-866-8288 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Zagat | Ylp]


KIDS vs. FOOD – BOBA TEA (BUBBLE TEA)

Chinese and Shanghai street food, excellent and speedy, a truly novel addition to the repertoire. They basically have three dishes: get the Shanghai crepe with brisket, the steamed bun with spare rib, and the Chinese hamburger with cumin lamb. It is all very good, in that order of preference I would say. Lots of smoothies and bubble teas and the like, but you will have to ask someone else about those. My bottled water was just fine. I suspect I’ll end up going here a lot.

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Reren

Reren, web site, 817 7th Street NW, Washington, DC, 202-290-3577 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Zagat | WaPo | TripAdvisor | Ylp]

Chinese, mix of Shanghai and Sichuan, plus some Japanese too. Small, cheap. I would not make a special trip to eat here, but the place has perfect location right next to the Verizon Center. Upstairs is remarkably quiet. Several times I have had no trouble getting in without a reservation. It is pleasant. And the food is “good enough to enjoy,” I do look forward to eating here when I do. The Shanghai and non-spicy Chinese dishes are better than the Sichuan, though the latter are certainly acceptable. This place is worth knowing about, if you understand its proper place in the universe.

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Lotus Garden

Lotus Garden, web site (another web site), 224 Maple Ave. West, Vienna, VA, 703-255-9888 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Zagat | FCNP | TripAdvisor | NoVA Mag | Ylp]

I’ve been many times, and I sway between “this is a really good Cantonese restaurant, with wonderful pulled noodles” and “this is a pretty good Cantonese restaurant for this region, with wonderful pulled noodles.” Ultimately I think I have settled on the latter. You can watch them do the noodles in the window, and these dishes do not disappoint. That said, I find it a little boring over time. I’ve had “just right” Cantonese meals here, but too many of the dishes tend toward the gloppy and heavy. But it’s still much better than most of the other Cantonese places around, though I would put it behind X.O. Taste. If you’re into Chinese food you should try it, noting that your mileage may vary.

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Ethiopia bleg

I’ll be there, in a bit of time, and I’ll have the chance to get outside Addis Adaba. What do you all recommend to me? And where and what should I eat? I thank you all in advance for your counsel and wisdom.

Originally posted on Marginal Revolution – click to see comments and suggestions.

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The decline of German food in America

German food’s decline “reflects the cultural mix of this country toward more Latin American, Asian and African American culture, and less of the mainstay Germanic culture that influenced this country for many decades,” said Arnim von Friedeburg, an importer of German foods and the founder of Germanfoods.org. “The cultural shift is going on, and German culture has to fight or compete to keep its relevance.”

Here is more from Maura Judkis at WaPo.

Originally posted on Marginal Revolution – click to see comments and suggestions.

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Isabella Eatery

Isabella Eatery, web site, Tysons II, 2001 International Drive, McLean, VA, 571-489-8505, top floor food court (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Zagat | WaPo | Washingtonian | TripAdvisor | WTOP | City Paper | NoVA Mag | NYT | Ylp]

They have branches of Arroz, Requin, Graffiato, Yona, and Pepina Cantina, among other places, but in general don’t compare those to the original home bases, the menus have few similarities. Overall, I’ve been surprised how fun this set-up is. Tysons II just isn’t so crowded, so at most hours you have the area’s best food court almost entirely to yourself. Go to two or three places, ordering small dishes along the way, and finish with chocolate ice cream. It offers nice spaces to sit and chat, and somehow vaguely reminds me of Singapore, albeit with much Asian food.

I enjoyed everything I sampled (five visits, multiple plates each time), maybe the pastas in Graffiato have been my favorite but this is more about the experience than the single killer dish. The catch? It’s just not that cheap. Still, this will remain an impressive achievement until either the crowds pour in, it goes out of business, or maybe a bit of both.

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Bistro Aracosia

Bistro Aracosia, web site, 5100 MacArthur Blvd. NW, Washington, DC, 202-363-0400 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [WaPo | Washingtonian | TripAdvisor | Ylp]

One of the best ethnic restaurants in DC, and indeed one of the best restaurants in DC period. This is from the Afghan Bistro people, except turned into a normal restaurant with nice décor, rather than a mom and pop. And yet the prices are still reasonable. Most of all, get the complex stews and the vegetable dishes. The kadu is from butternut squash, and is the best in the area. The eggplant and aushak are also first-rate, this place is a winner all-around. Reservations typically are required, even for off-hours, as the place does fill up.

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