Delicious Chicken and a Relaxing Beer

I was practically dragged to Yard House in Chinatown that just opened about a month ago. My girlfriend has not stopped talking about how she wanted to go as soon as it opened! Little did we know that it opened on the 9th! This place has a wonderful selection of beer on tap. As I walked inside, there was a beautifully decorated interior and since it was a wonderful day, we asked to be sat outside. They walked us through the inside, past the vastly long bar that has, what appears to be a thousand taps! We were then greeted by our very friendly and competent waitress who was extrememly patient with us while we hemmed and hawed over the alcohol list, the menu and then completely disregarded her when we saw some friends walk past us on the sidewalk! She was really the best waitress I’ve had in awhile!

The beer was phenomenal! My first drink was a half yard of the Ace Space Blood Orange Cider! Roughly 32 ounces of beautifully tart cider that tastes very strongly and deliciously of blood orannges. Sadly, I forgot to take a picture of it. I did however remember to take a picture of my Goblet of New Holland Dragon’s Milk Stout! It was so smooth and tasted of  vanilla, milk and chocolate.

 Do you know what pairis well with cider and beer? Nashville hot chicken! A nicely portioned slab of hot chicken, with sweet potato pancakes and a side of honey hot sauce that tasted of sweet spicy heaven, mmmmm. I’m getting a little ahead of myself. We started out with guacamole, some very non-traditional deviled eggs! My girlfriend, V, decided to check out the red quinoa salad, which was very filling. It had kale, parsley, brussels sprouts, roasted beets, cauliflower, pomegranates, blueberries, baby tomatoes and pumpkin seeds with feta and a blood orange olive oil vinagrette.

Overall, I’m a fan! This seems like a great place to take a load off after work, before a game, happy hour or just to grab a great beer!

Yard House – DC

812 7th st NW

Washington, DC 20001

(202) 962-0174

Yardhouse.com

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Asian Fusion on H

Have you heard of Maketto? I have! And heard about it and heard about it. But no one would go with me! So finally one of my best friends finally visited me and we went! It’s definitely a fusion of Asian cuisines.

It’s a bit of an interesting layout, the first thing you see are clothes for sale. Behind that is the cafe. They have a pastry cafe upstairs too. We were greeted by employees as soon as we walked in and they explained everything to us. There’s even a little courtyard outside where you can sit!

We decided to get 3 dishes and share to check things out. First up, there’s the spicy beef & rice bowl! Spicy, beefy and did I mention my mouth was on fire????

Then there was the beautiful pork noodle soup! It was delicious! I think the picture speaks for itself.

Lastly, we tried the braised pork steamed bar. They were definitely kind of sweet. Not what I was expecting at all. It was good, but in a definitely not traditional Chinese pork steamed bar kind of way. So if you’re expecting traditional, don’t come here! But if you want good food that’s on a different level, come right on over!

It was definitely a place where my friend and I could catch up and hang out. We grab some drinks with the food and just chatted the afternoon away. Definitely a place to check out!

Maketto

1351 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

(202) 838-9972

Good Chicken Without the Bore Factor

Ever get tired of chicken? I sure do. My girlfriend, whom I love and adore, has a very particular appetite. I am a voracious lover of all types of meat, while she only likes chicken breast, turkey breast, center cut pork chops, 90/10 Ground beef and very very well done steak. There are exceptions to every rule, but you get my point. We eat chicken breast a lot.

So imagine my surprise, when one I’m walking along H St NE, and I see this place called Farmbird. It’s a chicken place! WOOHOO!!!! Okay, I had no idea if either of us would like it but we decided to give it a go. We walked in and came up to a menu that gave us several choices. This is what I got:

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Yeah, I know. Mouthwatering, right? That would be the Chicken Thigh, Spicy Roasted Fresno, over brown rice with Roasted Baby Bok Choy and a Kale salad. My mouth is watering just remembering. By the way, my mouth is also remembering that I practically lost all taste buds from the heat level. So, beware!

Also, if you get a drink, or maybe it was just because we got beer, we got these:

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Coszies!!!!! I love them. They’re my new favorite! Also currently, my only cozy, but I still think it’s cute and great advertisement for my new favorite chicken place (P.S. my favorite chicken ramen place is Bantam King, review to come). So check this place out, it’s pretty darn delicious and awesome.

Farmbird

625A H St NEWashington, DC 20002

(202) 506-6778

http://www.farmbird.com/

Katsudon at Momiji’s

 

Have you ever had a favorite place to eat? I have a ton! I have plenty of different places that I eat a lot and plenty of places that are my favorite place to eat. Momiji’s being one of them. Momiji’s has a lot going for it. It’s got good beer, good food, and it’s in a great location! If you’re looking for an amzing smash it out of the park Sushi spot with beautiful high grade fish, it’s not this place. If you’re looking for a local sushi spot that has a great atmosphere and good service, this is the place for you!

Today I just wanted to share one of my favorite meals here. It’s Katsudon! It’s Japanese pork cutlet with egg in a rice bowl! It’s delicious and I get oshinko to boot! It’s also pretty to look at too. 011c8321848448beb5a9ba266d234f63db62a057ed

The HITW Chinese Restaurant

You know that little hole in the wall (hitw) Restaurant that you go to and you know it definitely doesn’t get enough kudos? For me that place is Chiantown Express in Chinatown, DC.

I remember the first time I ever saw this place. There was this big old green structure sticking out of a building and I saw a Chinese man in a white chef outfit with these big old white noodles in his hands just stretching and tossing them, making them bigger and bigger. I was probably in high school and it was certainly intimidating but also fascinating. I could have watched him all day. 10 years later, you can still find chefs in the window pounding and stretching out the same hand pulled noodles in the window. And it brings back tons of memories of the old Chinatown, when you could walk to any corner and find delicious authentic Chinese food.

Alright, I’m done being long winded, even today they consistently serve delicious handmade fresh noodles in soup or fried, with a variety of meats. You can also find your traditional American Chinese dishes and some dishes that are traditional Chinese dishes. Just about anything here is delicious.

But the soup will always be my first love and will always be the first thing I think of when I think of DC’s Chinatown.

Chinatown Express

746 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

(202) 638-0424

Pho in Washington D.C.

So it’s not a big secret that there isn’t really many places to go for Vietnamese food in D.C. One of the most known places is Pho88 in Chinatown. At roughly $13 a bowl, it’s kind of on the steep side.

I took my girlfriend on her actual birthday, since she had been wanting to try it and she loves Vietnamese.


These are pan-fried dumplings. They look delicious don’t they? They could have been a little crispier but I was satisfied.


This is Pho #1. It has rare beef, well-done brisket, meatballs, tendon and tripe. Don’t be afraid for those of you who have never tried pho! The rare meat continues to be cooked by the broth as it comes to the table, causing it to be fully cooked by the time it gets to you! And tendon and tripe is delicious, try it!

For the non-adventurous people, they have less crazy toppings too.

Pho 88

608 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

202-735-5282

Celebrating a birthday: a restaurant and bakery

So, July is a special month because both my special loved one and I have July birthdays. We celebrated hers this past weekend by going to our favorite bakery, ButterCream to get a cake and having all our friends out for dinner at Old Ebbitt Grill.

Just look at this cake! Purple water color, red velvet in the middle, it’s delicious!


And a cream cheese filling too??? Oh yes, please! Needless to say, I am a huge fan of this cake. They’re also a favorite for the great way they handled an Interesting situation earlier this year.

And their breakfast pastries! My partner I come here often come here on Sunday mornings for breakfast and cofffee!
Another place that is quickly becoming a favorite is Old Ebbitt Grill. Old Ebbitt has been around for years and is a well known restaurant in DC, being right across from the White House. Look at those beautiful Kusshi oysters, yum!


Being that this place pretty much specializes in seafood, I had to get the scallops and they were delicious. This is Maryland Dayboat Scalloops, with summer squash, zucchini purée, farro, tomato chutney, and salsa verde.

Old Ebbitt is quickly becoming our go to place to eat for both special and casual occasions.

ButterCream Bakery

1250 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

tel:2027350102

Old Ebbitt Grill

675 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

tel:202.347.4800

Food Alert: Thai Rolled Ice Cream

There’s a new food trend to Washington DC, Thai Rolled Ice Cream! So far there’s only one in DC, called Icy Code in DuPont circle. I was lucky enough to stumble upon it as I was looking for a cool place to wait for the DC Pride Parade to start a couple weekends ago.


This is the Matcha Honey Ice Cream. Half the fun is watchhing them make the ice cream in the first place. The ice cream roller takes the milk mixture and pours it onto a cold metal surface, mixes items into the cream, and then rolls it into beautiful and delicious ice cream rolls! Icy Code has pre-selected ice cream flavors with pre selected toppings as well. 

While there’s only one in DC proper, there’s another Thai rolled ice cream shops in the DC metro area. Class 520 is in Rockville, Maryland. 


Mad Mango has is mango and strawberry ice cream with a choice of 3 toppings. I had to go with pocky sticks, what self respecting pocky lover wouldn’t? Same process as Icy Code, you order first and then they make it in front of you. It’s a show and food rolled into one! 

If I had to choose who was better, I wouldn’t be able to. Both Icy Code and Class 520 are great in showmanship and flavor. I hope Thai rolled ice cream is here to stay because it is delicious!

Icy Code

2029 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036

http://www.icycode.com/

(202) 659-0808

Class 520 

(Various Locations)

5 Dawson Ave, Rockville, MD 20850

https://www.class520icecream.com/

(301) 637-9791

Hello! It’s been a while, I know

It’s been a long time since I posted on this blog. A lot has happened in 4 years, gasp, I know. Between changing careers and growing up, life just moves so fast for me. If you’d like to see what I was up to, you can check out my food instagram where I kept posting and getting better in terms of food pictures. My instagram is ewongfood.

So what have I been up to? Well there’s that pesky thing that keeps me afloat called a job. I also moved the Great Nation’s Capitol, Washington D.C. It makes it possible for me to take pictures of awesome food like this:


This is a Smoked Salmon biscuit from ButterCream, a little bakery on 9th st NW in Mount Vernon Square next to the Washington Convention center. It’s a quaint little place to grab breakfast or a snack and some coffee. You’ll find me enjoying the wonderful food and coffee in peace and quiet on Sunday Mornings. They serve Compass Coffee, my favorite.

I got this lovely little thing as my breakfast along with the medium roast from Compass to get me started and awake enough for a wonderful day at Awesomecon! I geeked out all day!

ButterCream Bakeshop

1250 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

http://www.buttercreamdc.com/

(202) 735-0102

Honey Pig Germantown

So have I ever mentioned how much I love Korean BBQ? I have? Well, here we go again. Today I’m going to highlight Honey Pig, which in the DC Metro area, is the king of Korean BBQ. The place I went to is rather new. They just opened a couple of months ago and got horrible reviews. However, when I went everything seemed fine.

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Banchan – Korean Side dishes

The Banchan were simple but tasted great. I really love the potatoes. The radish is always a favorite as well. For the main meal, we got the usual, delicious meat!

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Korean BBQ Meat

What you see here is the Kimchi, Pork Kalbi and Bulgogi. We also ordered Spicy Pork Bellym, but our waitress didn’t put that on til last. The reason why I like going to Honey Pig rather than always doing it at home is that even though it is expensive, at least my house won’t smell like barbeque for a week.

Honey Pig has 4 BBQ locations, 1 Izakaya and I think it has a dumpling house somewhere too. This new Germantown location is smaller than the other 3, but cleaner and less smokey than the Ellicot City location and a LOT closer to me than the Annandale or the Centreville location. I think even if I do get rude service, I’d still come here. Check this place out!

 

Honey Pig Gooldaegee Korean BBQ

19743 Frederick Rd Germantown, MD 20876

(301) 972-2436