Punjab Grill

Punjab Grill, web site, 427 11th St. NW, Washington, DC, 202-813-3004 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Washingtonian | TripAdvisor | Reddit | City Paper | Ylp]

I have mixed feelings about this fancy Indian place. I only went once, and probably won’t go again, simply because the acoustic and noise volume by 7 p.m. became for me almost unbearable. I believe I tried nine dishes, and the vegetables were generally quite good. The venison was excellent and original, and the other courses I thought were mixed, never terrible but not consistent either. The mains were priced in the $20-$35 range, pricey for Indian. There are not many decent Indian options in DC. I visited their private room before leaving and thought it pretty spectacular, maybe the best one in town. Overall, I believe there are worthwhile ways to use this restaurant, and some of you should try it, but it doesn’t quite fit into my current portfolio as I see it.

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Thamee

Thamee, web site, 1320 H St NE, Washington, DC, 202-750-6529, dinner and three days brunch, no usual lunch. (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Washingtonian (also) | TripAdvisor | City Paper | Ylp]

As far as I know the only Burmese place in town right now, other than the small bodega in Union Market. It is not afraid to go stinky and ferment, a real plus for me, though that is not the most obvious crowd-pleasing move. The menu could be more comprehensive, for instance I would like to see a bigger selection of salads. I would put this in the “pretty good” category. I tried a few of the recommended dishes, liked them all, but no killer item. The prices are reasonable by DC standards, though not the kind of bargain you might be expecting in the suburbs.

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Fresca Tacqueria & Rosticeria

Fresca Tacqueria & Rosticeria (Tacqueria Rosticeria on the front sign), web site, 701 H St. NE, Washington, DC, 202-544-1579 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Ylp]

I ended up having one meal here “by mistake,” as other plans fell through. But it was excellent, with both the tamale elote and the chile relleno among the best in the area. I am not sure I will get back here soon, but thought I should pass the word that at the very least this place has potential. If I lived nearby I would go all the time. Note that the seating plan is countertops with seats, not proper tables.

 


TAMALES DE ELOTE DELICIOSA RECETA

 


CHILES RELLENOS RECIPE | CHILES RELLENOS (RECETA) | Stuffed Peppers Recipe

 

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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.

Originally posted on Marginal Revolution – click to see comments and suggestions.

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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.

Originally posted on Marginal Revolution – click to see comments and suggestions.

 


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]

 


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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.

Originally posted on Marginal Revolution – click to see comments and suggestions.

 


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.

Originally posted on Marginal Revolution – click to see comments and suggestions.

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