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

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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

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

New Orleans Cajun Seafood

ALERT!!! Brand new restaurant!!!!!

Name: New Orleans Cajun Seafood

Address: 6168 Arlington Blvd. Falls Church, VA

I was invited to this restaurant’s soft opening yesterday, and it was Delicious!! Beautifully spicy and non spicy crawfish, king crabs, clams and mussels! Now, I am not usually a shellfish kind of person, but yesterday, I fell in love!!!!!

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This place is a chain from Orlando, Florida. This place apparently has a well-known following in VA already but this was the first I’d heard of this place. Still, just looking at these pictures who wouldn’t be hungry to go out and try this place?Image

And did you see that crab??? MMMM!!!! That was one of my favorites. My family was having so much fun that when we were eating the crabs and the corn, both my sister and I ended up showered with the juice from the food. Oh, and my mother ended up accidentally putting crab in my sister’s hair. That was sooo funny. To top off this wonderful meal, we were blessed with this:Image

This dessert was just the topper to the most wonderful Cajun meal I’ve ever had. I would suggest if you’re going to get anything most DEFINITELY get the spicy crawfish, the garlic clams, and the Beignet to top the meal!

The sad part about my adventures in food is that in order to survive during work, I have to have food that is quick. I don’t always have time to go out to a restaurant to eat so this is how I survive the week:

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Granted, I try to mix it up, I don’t just eat Stouffers, I also buy Eating Right, Healthy Choice and Lean Cuisine. It all depends what is on sale that week. But hey! It kind of looks appetizing, right? right?