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May 9, 2011 07:24 AM

Birthday Dinner for someone who loves Pork Belly...and all other ethnic foods????

Anyone have a recommendation for me - want to take my boyfriend out for his birthday.

The weirder the menu - the happier he is. He loves anything pork related; loves large quantities of food; and hates stuffy/fine dining places

But some restrictions:
We are going on a Monday night
Has to be DC - Metro Accessible - no car

Anyone have a good idea???

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  1. Joe's Noodle House is fairly metro accessible. I've never really done a pork belly route at Joe's, but with something like 200 items on the menu....

    It does allow for a lot of sampling, especially if going for a large quantity of food overall. You should probably research some threads on Joe's recommendations.

    Joe's Noodle House
    1488 Rockville Pike Ste C, Rockville, MD 20852

    1. What about Eola? I don't think it is really stuffy?

      1. I would check out Kushi, The Source, Againn or Brasserie Beck

        Brasserie Beck
        1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

        1. You don't have to be trapped in DC to have metro accessible. My favorite pork dish in the DC area is at Sichuan Pavillion in Rockville, a brief walk from the Rockville Metro. Get the twice-cooked pork with crispy bread. Other great dishes are the minced chicken ya-cai, and the lotus root salad. That would be quite a meal, and no complaining about portion size! The restaurant is located where Maryland Ave dead ends into Beall Ave, no matter what any map software tells you, about three blocks from metro.

          Or for something 'nicer' go to Lyon Hall in Arlington for the choucroute garnie. A big skillet of delicious food. A couple of blocks from the metro. I also adore their prune and potato dumplings.

          The recommendation for Joe's Noodle House is also very good.

          1. How much are you willing to spend? I love the tasting menu at PS7s. It's served at the bar and is seven courses accompanied by seven paired cocktails. The day before, you tell them what you do and don't eat and the chef tailors it to you. I'm willing to bet that the chef would have fun with pork, especially since he has his own charcuterie room. When I went, the first cocktail involved a big piece of dehydrated ham to nibble with a spiked lemonade.

            PS7 Restaurant
            777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

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            1. re: katecm

              Thanks for the great PS7's idea...sadly they don't do the tasting on Mondays...I was sold up until that point!!

              We are big eaters -- we have already done Source, PS7, Kushi, Brasserie Beck, Central, Komi etc....

              Appreciate all the ideas and suggestions!

              PS7 Restaurant
              777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

              Brasserie Beck
              1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

              1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

              1. re: clm80

                Just a quick update -- We decided to go with Eola...It was perfect! They had an offal tasting menu with pigs brain, ears and jowl -- it was perfect...very well prepared food and the atmosphere was ideal - nice but not stuffy. I would recommend the restaurant to others!