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Uncle Liu’s Hot Pot

Uncle Liu’s Hot Pot, web site, 2972 Gallows Road, Merrifield, VA, 703-560-6868 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | TripAdvisor | Tyson’s Reporter | Ylp] This is not your Uncle’s Uncle Liu’s! New ownership, mostly a new … Continue reading

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What is the optimal tax rate on restaurants?

bhauth asks me: What do you think the optimal tax rate on restaurants would be? The current rates seem high to me: 1) The marginal substitution rate between restaurants and cooking at home is high. 2) Cooking at home uses … Continue reading

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Inegalitarian restaurants

Or maybe you’re a senior staffer for Steve Scalise, the second-ranking Republican in the House. The aide usually pings his usual server for one of his usual perches: table 10 in the main dining room. It’s the corner booth with … Continue reading

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Do minimum wage hikes get rid of bad restaurants?

We study the impact of the minimum wage on firm exit in the restaurant industry, exploiting recent changes in the minimum wage at the city level. We find that the impact of the minimum wage depends on whether a restaurant … Continue reading

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Don Pollo

Don Pollo, web site, 146 Maple Ave., Vienna, VA, 571-529-6537, branches also in Potomac, Germantown, Rockville, and other locales. (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | TripAdvisor | Ylp] One of the very best Peruvian restaurants around, … Continue reading

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Choong Man Chicken

Choong Man Chicken, web site, 9528 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA, 703-772-0072 – also in Centreville and Annandale (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | WaPo | Washingtonian | TripAdvisor | Ylp] An order of magnitude better than … Continue reading

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Timber Pizza Co.

Timber Pizza Co., web site, 809 Upshur St. NW, Washington, DC, closed weekday lunch, opens at 5, but open 8-1 for breakfast on weekends, no reservations. (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | WaPo | Washingtonian | … Continue reading

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Mama Chang

Mama Chang, web site, 3251 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA, 703-268-5556. So far they are open for lunch only Friday through Sunday, and reservations for large parties only. (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Washingtonian | … Continue reading

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Ghent travel notes

Ghent is one of the loveliest small- to mid-sized cities in Europe, perhaps lucky to have never received UNESCO World Heritage status, unlike Bruges. Ghent was one of the earliest seats of the continental Industrial Revolution, through textiles, and the … Continue reading

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Yu Noodles Café

Yu Noodles Café, web site, 9 Dawson Ave., Rockville, MD, 301-978-7693 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Don Rockwell | Washingtonian | TripAdvisor | Ylp] Small menu, cozy, mom and pop, mostly in the Sichuan/Chongqing direction. … Continue reading

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