El Habanero Tacqueria

El Habanero Tacqueria, FB, 7321 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA, 571-378-0185 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Ylp]

I was happy right off the bat when the chips and salsa were decent. The fried mojarra (trout) is the best around. The rest is not spectacular but pretty good, certainly better Mexican than anything Annandale or nearby environs has given us to date. So I will go there pretty regularly. Not worth a big trip, but put this in your repertoire if you live in the area.

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Dining out in Karachi

The general standard is very high, though trying to chase after “the best place” does not seem worth the effort — it is more about choosing the best dish to order. As in India, the hotel restaurants are excellent, and you can sample everything you might want without leaving a single restaurant, if you find the dust and heat too daunting (I do not, but you might, please do believe me on that one). The crowning glories in Karachi are the biryanis and the lassi. A randomly chosen lassi here seems to match the very best Indian lassis in quality. The karahi dishes come alive like nowhere else. Qorma sauces too. Vegetables are hard to come by, especially greens — the restaurant version of Karachi cuisine is quite meat-heavy, and the overall selection of dishes is not so different from what you find in the Pakistani restaurants in Springfield, Virginia. That said, the greens and herbs that accompany the meat dishes are fresh and vibrant.

One secondary consequence of the meat emphasis is that Karachi Western fast food is much more like the Western version than you might find in India. Hamburgers carry over very well to the Pakistani context, as does slopping together meat and bread in various ways, a’ la Subway. There is Movenpick chocolate ice cream in various shopping malls and hotels. Reasonable Chinese food can be found, can you say “One Belt, One Road”?

Gulab Jamun, typically an atrocity in the United States, is marvelous in Pakistan.

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Sloppy Mama’s Barbecue and Catering

Sloppy Mama’s Barbecue and Catering, web site, 5731 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA, 703-269-2718, closed Mondays. (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Arlington Now | Washingtonian | Trip Advisor | Ylp]

A more authentic barbecue joint than I ever thought I would see in this area, full wood-burning pits, classic traditional style, you can see and smell the smoke before you enter. They claim it is fine with the regulators. As for the food, I would call it “quite good but maybe not yet at full potential”? I tried the brisket and the ribs, in both cases I thought it was the best stuff around in Northern Virginia, possibly this whole area. Not yet a wow, but certainly enjoyable and I hope they are able to take the next step, at the very least they have the basic infrastructure in place.

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Karachi, Pakistan bleg

Guidebooks on Karachi, at least in English, are rather hard to come by. So what should I see and do, and where should I eat? I thank you all in advice for your usual sage counsel.

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Pakistani Street Food | Javed Delhi Nihari | Ultimate Nalli Maghaz Nihari | Karachi Food Street

 

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Poca Madre

Poca Madre, web site, 777 Eye St., Techworld Plaza, NW, Washington, DC, 202-838-5300 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | WaPo | Washingtonian | Don Rockwell | TripAdvisor | City Paper | Ylp]

 


Chefs Dish DC | Chef Victor Albisu | Sponsored

 

One of my favorite places right now, you could call it Mexican-Peruvian fusion, from the people who formerly brought you Del Campo. A few of the dishes here are among the best in town, in particular the Mango ceviche (yup), the fried chicken with mole (very subtle), and the corn risotto, called Huitsquites. I’ve had many of the other dishes, no disappointments, but those for me are the clear favorites. Not cheap, but the prices are not outrageous relative to value. I’m not so much into desserts, but if you like Latin desserts, try the Suspiro.

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Warsaw bleg

It turns out I will be there for a few days, unexpectedly. I haven’t been in about fifteen years — what do you recommend?

I thank you all in advance for your wisdom and counsel.

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Street Food in Zoliborz Market, Warsaw, Poland

 

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Relative rates of fraud

About 21% of delivery customers worry the driver may have nibbled their order en route—and with good reason, according to a new study of delivery gripes. Some 28% of drivers say they were unable to resist taking a bite.

Here is the full story.

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Desi Bethak

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

Egads, what a place! It looks like a little shack in a forlorn part of Springfield, Springfield already being a forlorn city in a forlorn part of the county. And yes, much of the food is too oily or maybe too something. But there is a fundamental distinction between places where the food tastes real, and where the food does not, and this restaurant belongs in the former category. The best biryani around, try the Haleem too. The bread and the green sauce are of note as well. Note they often run out of things, but that is because it is made in fresh batches, so on average it is best to visit early in the day, usually they open by 10. Is there any local Pakistani place that feels and acts so…Pakistani? Thumbs up, of course.

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Meokja Meokja

Meokja Meokja, FB, 9619 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax, VA, 571-459-2875, the sign is not very visible, look for the 7-11. Dinner only, and Sunday lunch. (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Washingtonian | Reddit | NoVA Mag | Ylp]

The best Korean barbecue by an order of magnitude, and at this point maybe this is in fact the only place worth going to? The catch is that the crowd and lines are crazy, and they take reservations for large parties only. So show up Sunday 11:45 am, or just before 5 on a weekday evening. The thick-sliced pork belly is a specialty here, and it is very good. In general the menu is focused rather than comprehensive, but that is a good thing. Definitely recommended, across the board, the only catch here is getting in.

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Khisko Authentic Bolivian Cuisine

Khisko, FB, 6763 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church, VA, Eden Center, located in the back row, in the interior of shops, 703-888-3290 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Ylp]

This restaurant has one very significant feature to recommend it: its spicy green sauce is the best of any Bolivian place around. That is important! The quality of their meat, though, is slightly below average, though still within acceptable standards. Service is slow, and the overall environment is very mom and pop even by the standards of this guide. They have soups every day, unlike many other Bolivian places, which save them for the weekend. I’m not sure everyone needs a Bolivian restaurant in the Eden Center, but overall I liked this place – one big upside with modest caveats.

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