“You have to order all at once”

Boia De, web site, 5205 NE 2nd Ave Miami, FL 33137 [Trip Advisor | 4 CBS | Ylp]

Lung Yai Thai Tapas, web site 1, web site 2, 1731 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135 [Trip Advisor | Ylp | Zagat]

I’ve now been to two different Miami restaurants that have told me the same thing. They will take your food order only once, and you cannot decide later that you would like additional items, though you can ask for more water (and presumably other drinks?).

Perhaps this is part of a desire to economize on labor costs, so you do not need more staff to run around the room and ask diners if “they are OK”? Is it so bad to be forced to know what you want in the first place? And might it induce risk-averse customers to over-order a bit, thereby boosting restaurant profits? Should your enjoyment of the meal really depend so much on the third derivative of the utility function?

Do any of you know of other instances of this policy, or data on its effectiveness?

Is the policy actually time consistent, namely what if you insisted you wished to spend another $100 on the food there? Would they tell you no and bring you the check?

Both places, Boia De and Lung Yai Thai Tapas, were excellent, get the Kow Soi at the latter and then walk up the street to the anti-communist memorials on 14th St. for one of Miami’s most interesting and unusual cultural highlights.

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Blend 111

Blend 111, web site, 111 Church St., Suite 101, Vienna, VA, 571-363-3613 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Washingtonian | TripAdvisor | WaPo | Ylp]

Excellent, nice, and with quite a new premise. The menu is a blend of Colombian, Andean, a bit of Spanish, and a few broadly North American dishes, such as hamburger. Anything connected to an arepa here is quite good. Corn products are good. Lots of avocado, a smoked sweet potato soup, that sort of thing. A genuinely nice place to sit, very good service, and a first-rate outdoors set up as well. Not a cheap place or a mom and pop, but for what you get I would say the pricing is reasonable but not bargain. If you are looking for a change of place and a new restaurant to discover, this fits the bill.

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Saffron House of Kabob

Saffron House of Kabob, web site, 20921 Davenport Dr., Sterling, VA, 703-444-2002 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | TripAdvisor | Ylp]

One of the very best pure kabob places around. It is Persian, so you get butter on the rice and they have lamb shank on the weekends and no Afghan side dishes. There are enough very good kabob places around that I am not sure you need to make a special trip here, but if you live nearby, you won’t be needing to make special trips to anywhere else.

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Duangrat’s Oriental Food Mart

Duangrat’s Oriental Food Mart, 5888 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041, 703-578-0622 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Ylp]

Previous review

3. Lara Lee, Coconut and Sambal: Recipes from my Indonesian Kitchen. Yes, I have been learning how to cook Indonesian food, a natural extension of my previous interest in cuisines from India, Malaysia, and Singapore. This is an excellent book for several reasons, and a better book yet for a pandemic. First, you can fold it open easily on the kitchen counter. Second, the pages can take some wear and tear. Third, the key ingredients are readily storable. Galangal, turmeric, and narrow red chiles all freeze very well. Refrigerated lemon grass stays good for at least a few weeks. Shallots and garlic and coconut milk and cream are easy enough to buy and store. This is actually the #1 issue for a cookbook, if like me you cannot so often plan your cooking in advance. The Thai grocery in Falls Church has all the “marginal’ ingredients as well. On top of everything, the resulting food product is yummy!

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Yu Noodles, Fairfax

Yu Noodles, Fairfax, web site, 11217-C Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA, 703-877-0818, in the same strip mall as Nanjing Bistro. (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | NoVA Mag | Ylp]

One of the best places around, and yes it opened during the pandemic. It seems to be doing quite well. Sichuan yes, but with a twist, these are mostly dishes from Chongqing rather than Chengdu. Everything here will be broadly familiar to you in terms of soups, dumplings, noodles, ma la, and the like but always with twists. By now I’ve had most of the menu here. It is consistently excellent, my main recommendations are simply to go with the spicy dishes, everything is worthwhile. The specials on the blackboard, which vary, are usually worth trying. Most of the food (soups aside) holds up very well for take-out. One of the gems of this year.

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Tabla

Tabla, web site, 3227 Georgia Ave. NW, Washington, DC, a bit north of Howard, 202-291-3227, opens at 10 a.m. by the way. (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Washingtonian | City Paper | Ylp]

Georgian, a more casual offshoot of Supra. First of all, it is one of the best outdoor dining set-ups in town, as even part of the “indoors” is quite well aerated, while the outdoor section has some real protection again the cold. And the food is great! Get khatchapuri here, most of all the ones with lots of cheese, especially the one with egg on top and then the other one with extra cheese. Yes, the other dishes are fine, blah blah blah, but get the khatchapuri, with the other orders you are merely paying lip service to culinary diversity.

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Hedzole, food stand

Hedzole, food stand, web site, at Angelika Mosaic for the Farmer’s Market on Sundays, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, VA 22031 (FreshFarm link). @hedzole, they hope to open a restaurant when things are more normal.

Ghanian food, but no fufu. Very good jollof rice and make sure to get it with cabbage and egusi. Right now the best Ghanian food option available to me, and there are many places to sit nearby. Make sure you purchase your intended drink in advance. Recommended, and with a friendly vibe.

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Follow Up for Desi Bethak

Desi Bethak, web site, 8000 Haute Court, Springfield, VA, 703-337-2448 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | zabihah | Ylp]

Original review here.

I had never had the pepper chicken here, a wok dish, and one of my very favorite entrees in this whole area, worth the more than $30 cost, plus it feeds two or more. The mix of creamy, biting, sweet, and nutty is quite special. Get it with the lentils. And I still recommend the haleem.

Could this be the best place that no one knows about?

Their outdoor dining offers two low-slung tables, both large, and three seats, with more available inside. It works great if the weather cooperates.

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Mim’s Food

Mim’s Food, web site, 9990 Main St., Fairfax, VA (next to Curry Mantra), 703-261-6566, opens at noon. (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | TripAdvisor | NoVA Mag | Ylp]

Uyghur, a small number of dishes, but they all are excellent. My favorite dishes are the hamburgers and the cold noodles, but it seems everything here is quite good – probably the best Uyghur place at the moment. Uyghur food, by the way, does very well for take-out. There is no outdoor dining here, so if you wish to go arrive right at the opening, when no one else is there. In any case the dining room is spacious and well-aired. It is nice to have such a wonderful new place! The prices are reasonable too.

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Moghul Express, Edison, New Jersey

Moghul Express, Edison, NJ, web site, 1670 Oak Tree Rd, Edison, NJ, 732-549-6222 [Google | TripAdvisor | restaurantji | Zabihah | Ylp]

It is the best biryani I have had outside of South Asia, plus the arrangement for outside dining is both spacious and nicely done and offers protection against rain. Here is their web site. Just get the biryani, but yes everything there is good it seems. It is very close to where the Turnpike and Parkway intersect, and thus close to both — what more could you ask for in New Jersey?

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