Category Archives: General Tips

“Getting a good meal in D.C. requires some ruthless economics”

This piece is by me, in The Washington Post. Here is one bit: The key is to hit these restaurants in the “sweet spot” of their cycle of rise and fall. At any point in time Washington probably has five … Continue reading

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Six Rules for Dining Out

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Which celebrity chef-branded restaurants are better than others?

William Baude asks: Is there any way to predict which celebrity-chef-branded restaurants will be better than others? Obviously one rarely expects such restaurants to be excellent, but there are times (airports, Las Vegas) when a celebrity-chef-branded restaurant may well be … Continue reading

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Can you eat decently at an indecent restaurant?

I have a short piece in the NYT Sunday magazine on that question, here is one excerpt: Moisture is a key element to consider. Eggs, traditionally deemed a safe choice in diners, are easy to overcook and thus are often … Continue reading

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Strategic food attack at functions

Here is more on the optimal use of buffets, especially for Indian food: photo credit: theogeo At Sharadha’s wedding too I had managed to spot and exploit arbitrage opportunities. For example, I realized that people never stood in queues to … Continue reading

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Which are the “safest” cuisines?

James Hinckley asks: Which cuisine are you most likely to be satisfied with when dining out? Which disappoints you the least # of visits? If you were at a shopping center you’ve never been to before and it has one … Continue reading

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How to avoid being fooled by a menu

This one is not so easily excerptable, but it’s one of the best pieces-with-graphics I’ve seen all year. It’s about all the “nudge” tricks which go into designing menus, and how to avoid being fooled by them. You really do … Continue reading

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Standard dishes for testing the quality of a restaurant

Joshua Johnson, a loyal MR (and TCEDG) reader, asks: If you are going to a new ethnic restaurant, what staple items do you order that for you, let you know if the restaurant is worth coming back to and trying … Continue reading

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Trying new food

This is reposted from Tyler’s Marginal Revolution blog: I expect Tyler Cowen to jump in here and point out that this applies to food, too: you should try something new frequently, rather than sticking to old favourites. Here is the … Continue reading

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Welcome

May 12, 2010 Welcome to Tyler Cowen’s Ethnic Dining Guide in blog format. The Guide includes more than 700 restaurants in the Washington, DC area. The Guide is also available in its original one-long-page format, and can be found via … Continue reading

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