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Pupatella in Arlington: Two Amys has Serious Competition on the Pizza Front

Ladies and gentlemen, pizza lovers of the DC area, I arrive here to make an announcement. I think Two Amy’s, DC’s reigning king of authentic Neapolitan pizza has a real challenger. That challenger is in the form of Pupatella, a brick and mortar expansion of a near-legendary Arlington food cart. 

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Fairfax’s Pho Capital still has some work to do

I finally had a chance to stop by the recently opened pho shop, Pho Capital, located in Trader Joe’s shopping center at the intersection of Little River Turnpike and Pickett Road in Fairfax. It’s a nice place, with a sleek modern look that contrasts with the spartan, cafeteria-like looks of reigning area pho champions Pho 75. I […]

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Spike’s Fish Market & Restaurant is the quintessential NJ seafood “shack”

My girlfriend Janna grew up just a few towns away from the Jersey Shore and remains one of its keenest advocates. Just whatever you do, don’t bring up Seaside Heights, home of “that show.”  She always reminds people that most of the Jersey Shore isn’t anything like Seaside, with its throbbing techno beats and overly-tanned oompa […]

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Where have I been eating recently?

Yama Restaurant, Vienna. Janna and I have really enjoyed this local sushi spot in downtown Vienna recently. It’s nothing too different, but I’ve yet to have any sushi there that I haven’t liked. Some of my favorite nigiri there have included the yellowtail, unagi (eel), and the  octopus. Prices seem about right and the service is quite good as long as […]

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Elephant Jumps: A Welcome Addition to Merrifield’s Ethnic Food Scene

For those of us who consider Merrifield, Dunn Loring, and Falls Church to be our ethnic food hangouts, there has always been something missing.  While the area is chock full of Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, and Lebanese restaurants, there has been for as long as I can remember, no real Thai restaurant in the area.  Sure, […]

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Review: Ping Pong in Gallery Place

  This week my girlfriend and I went to the fusion dim sum restaurant Ping Pong down in Chinatown. It does dim sum in a “hip” way, complete with loud music, fancy cocktails, open kitchen, and a downtown address. Knowing that I’d grown up eating dim sum at hyper-authentic places like Mark’s and Fortune, she […]

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New Irish-Deli fusion place savaged in early reviews

A few weeks ago, my email buzzed with news of Star & Shamrock, new Irish/Jewish fusion tavern/deli concept on H St. in DC. We were planning on going, possibly even next weekend, but then Matt Yglesias and Spencer Ackerman of the Internet Food Association just completely demolished the place in two different posts. See some […]

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In Search of Moules Frites: Belga Cafe

Located in the Barracks Row district, just a block or two from the Eastern Market metro station (orange line), Belga Cafe shines as a prime example of hearty, delicious Belgian fare.  At first glance, the restaurant is warm and cozy, with tightly packed tables and a neighborhood feel.  The service is prompt and attentive — […]

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It takes more than a fedora to make a “hell” of a burger

So in the past month or two, I got to go to two of the newly-opened upmarket burger joints in the DC area. One is an overhyped version of five guys and the other provides the city’s best burger in a unique atmosphere slightly reminiscent of the “soup nazi.”

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The 1st Ever Two Foodie Brothers Pizza Prize

By both Aaron and Sam… Sam: Looking back, we didn’t really know what we were getting into? On what turned out to be a crisp, autumn-come-early evening, Aaron, myself, and family friend and honorary Stollar, Katie Buoni, embarked on what should have been a fantastic, but otherwise normal evening out in DC. That’s before the first […]

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We’re on it…

Sorry for the long delay. Sam and I have some stuff coming down the pipeline, don’t worry. Reviews coming: Sea Pearl in Merrifield Sherwood’s Landing in St, Michael’s, Md. What makes a good pho place? Here are some places I am going to try to get to and write about in the next month or […]

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Review: Viet Royale

6767 Wilson Boulevard (Eden Center) Falls Church, VA 22044 Slightly less well-known than some of its Eden Center neighbors like Four Sisters, my brother and I never the less had an outstanding lunch at Viet Royale and recommend it wholeheartedly for folks looking for good Vietnamese food beyond the staples of pho and banh mi.

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Review: A&J Restaurant

The Place: A&J Restaurant 4316 Markham St, Annandale, VA 22003 The Meal:  Pickled Cabbage Dried Bean curd with Peanuts Spicy Cucumber Sesame Wide Noodles with Powdered Peanuts Fried Dough Cruller Shanghai Style Wonton with Spicy sauce Sesame Biscuit with Beef 2 diet cokes (because caffeine cures all)

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Best Chinese Restaurants?

While my older, more conservative, perhaps more feeble brother did indeed name some of our area’s finer Chinese restaurants, he did miss a few that have, over the years, satisfied both my palate and my wallet. 1.  A&J Restaurant – A little pickled cabbage, a little spicy cucumber, some cold sesame noodles, the best fried […]

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What are your top 5 Chinese restaurants in the DC area?

In honor of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, going on live in Beijing as I write this (despite what NBC might have you believe), let’s ask this question: What are your top 5 Chinese restaurants in the DC area? Here are mine: Mark’s Duck House, Falls Church – I am lucky enough to live 5 minutes […]

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