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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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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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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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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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