Pickles are underrated

You are going to be running to the refrigerator for snacks anyway, so why not make the most of it? Pickles are cool, fresh, delicious, and just the right size for snacking. At the same time, they are not too delicious, and they are pretty good for you, more so than say chips or candy. They store well too. I have been ordering from Number One Sons (kimchee too, and they deliver in my area), while one very smart reader (Alex R.) recommends Oregon Brineworks, especially the spicy ones.

Soon I’ll be turning to books and movies for your lockdown.

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Support your favorite restaurant!

If you wish to support your favorite restaurant, and the American economy at the same time, perhaps consider buying a gift card from them? They get the money now and stay solvent, and you can cash in the card later, when conditions have returned to normal.

Best if you can do this on-line!

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Which are the safest restaurants to eat in?

This is my subjective impression, not based on scientific sampling. Nonetheless, I think you should prefer cooked, hot food from a cuisine whose associated country already has had a traumatic experience with coronavirus. They will take the risk more seriously. You should avoid uncooked salads from lackadaisical countries that have been slow to respond.

In other words, I believe Chinese food is safest. Furthermore, entry restrictions have been on Chinese people for some time, so the chance that your cook or waiter picked up the coronavirus from China and is still carrying it is very small, whereas Italians have been free to come and go with no real questioning at the airport.

Chinese restaurants also tend to be in the suburbs, and they pack in the tables less closely.

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King of Koshary

King of Koshary, web site, 5515 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA, 571-317-7925 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | TripAdvisor | zabihah | Reddit | Arlington Now | Ylp]

Excellent fish dishes, from Alexandria (Egypt) and elsewhere. Very good marinade, the rice side dishes are some of the best rice in the area. The Alexandrian chicken and rice dish is to be recommended as well. Also good for sitting and talking – this place deserves to be much better known than it is. Very mom and pop, and attached to a butcher shop.

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A Taste of Burma

A Taste of Burma, web site, 126 Edds Lane, Sterling, VA, 703-444-8511 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Washingtonian | TripAdvisor | Ylp]

(Previous review (2006)) Excellent place, maybe the best Burmese around? As usual, in a Burmese place try some of the salads. The noodle dishes are excellent, especially the curry noodle with chicken. Then try the beef slow-cooked in coconut cream. Recommended, this place should be better known than it is.

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Lubbock, Texas notes

Hill BBQ is perhaps the best I have had — ever. It is open Thursday and Saturday only, get the burnt ends and beef ribs. Next in line is Evie Mae’s, better known on the barbecue circuit, but still mostly unsullied by tourists and so the lines remain manageable.

There is no real center of town, but you can visit the world’s largest windmill museum (it is windy there), a prairie dog park, and Robert Bruno’s self-constructed, funky Steel House on a nearby lake. There are Confederate memorials remaining by the main courthouse. You will see tumbleweed. There is a strange man walking around town with a tricolor hat.

The economy is cotton, health care, and Texas Tech at about 40,000 students. Buddy Holly was from Lubbock.

It still has a strong regional feel, much as say parts of the Dakotas do. The dinosaur displays in the museum are labeled “The Original Longhorns.”

I would go long on Lubbock: no NIMBYs (yet), the housing stock is rising in quality, they are opening an entertainment center downtown, and it could be the next Marfa but on a larger scale. What’s not to like?

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Balagger Ethiopian Restaurant and Bar

Balagger Ethiopian Restaurant and Bar, web site, Build America Plaza, 3813E S. George Mason Dr, F, Falls Church, VA, you have to go around the back, usually they open at 10 a.m. and close at 2 a.m., soccer on the big screen. (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Ylp]

Probably the best Ethiopian restaurant of the entire lot right now. The best yellow lentils. The yeyashe kitfo is currently my favorite Ethiopian dish in the area. It doesn’t even look like kitfo, it “feels” cooked, and tastes more like South Asian food than an Ethiopian dish. Very good breakfast entries, and some of the best injera. Consistent all around.

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Wang Dynasty

Wang Dynasty, web site, 4929 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD, 301-654-1188 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | TripAdvisor | Bethesda Mag | Ylp]

Run by the people who used to do Michael’s Noodles in Rockville, this place is easy to describe: “Good for Bethesda, not nearly as good as Rockville.” Voila! They have dry hot pot, dumplings, noodles, and many other dishes along Shaanxi and Sichuan lines. Again good for the area, but I would not make a special trip to eat here.

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Kith and Kin

Kith and Kin, web site, 801 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC (in the InterContinental Hotel), 202-878-8566, Afro-Caribbean (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Washingtonian | TripAdvisor | Michelin | Reddit | City Paper | NYT | WaPo | Ylp]

An impressive and important addition to the local repertoire. The chef is from Trinidad and Nigeria, and the food matches those origins. Most of the dishes here you can’t get in good form anywhere else in this area. I recommend the goat, the whole fish (expensive but feeds two), the egusi fufu (properly West African in its smokiness, not for all eaters, note it seems to be vegetarian), and the jollof rice with trout. None of those are cheap, ranging from $25-35, with the fish at $65. Note also the menu changes seasonally. The bread they serve you at the beginning is wonderfully Caribbean, with an excellent spicy red sauce. In contrast to most places these days, the appetizers are worse than the main courses. Furthermore, the appetizers are criminally expensive, often $25 and up, without being so large or so amazing. So you can do very well here, and I am happy to recommend it, but I would say be aware of the basic deal going in. The place is also very good for people-watching, and many of the seats have excellent views of the water and the wharf.

 


Interview with Chef Kwame Onwuachi of Kith and Kin restaurant in Washington, DC

 

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Nazret Ethiopia Resturant

Nazret Ethiopia Resturant, web site, 3821 S George Mason Dr D, Falls Church, VA, 703-347-9911 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | TripAdvisor | Ylp]

Now plausibly considered the best Ethiopian restaurant around, they have the freshest tibs, excellent yellow lentils, consistent vegetables, and perhaps the most fragrant kitfo. Their breakfast foul is not my very favorite, but it is still good. The proprietor is on-site almost all of the time. There are huge screens showing soccer games most of the time. If you eat Ethiopian at all, this is certainly a place you should try.

 


Why Ethiopian Cuisine In Washington, D.C. Will One Day Be As Popular As Pizza – MOFAD

 

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