Best new Find
Wht has been the best find restaurant that you've tried this past year? What made you decide to try the particular restaurant--i.e., Chowhound Board recommendation--Zagat--local magazine--"Baltimore" "Style"--or local newspaper review.
Seems that there have been quite a few new openings-but want to also determine if the old "standbys" held their own against the newcomers.
Anxious to hear the reviews and opinions. FoiGras
Bangkok Bistro in Arlington -- Ballston neighborhood on Glebe…in the building next to Macy's. I have been meaning to do a stand-alone write-up, but here is the bottom line: fantastically fresh Thai food, prepared with flair and served attentively by friendly people. GREAT ½ price appetizer deals -- even on weekends. Very good beer on draft (also some great happy hour pricing there!).
We went there first because of a Groupon deal.
The owner is a nice man, and we chatted with him for a while on our last visit.
Go there and thank me later! You must try the Kanom Jeeb dumpling with crab, pork and water chestnut, the moist chicken satay, the incredible panang curry…. have fun! Mr. Alka prounounced it the best Panang Curry he's ever had. The quality of the meat is top-notch here in every dish we've had.
the margaritas at taqueria poblano on columbia pike. the food is good, sure, but not amazing. the margaritas, however, are the best in the dc metro, IMO.
the fried chicken on wednesdays at william jeffery's. wow.
the buffalo chicken tacos at first down in ballston...they sound so weird but are sooooo good.
Really enjoyed my meal at Green Pig Bistro. Dined out quite a bit this past weekend and I'd have to rank the restaurants from lowest to highest in the following order - Poste, Lighthouse Tofu, Jaleo, and Green Pig Bistro. Poste's the "Parts" entree was basically inedible. Pork belly was tough and salty, salad greens were wilted and the tortellini pasta shell was dry and brittle. Jaleo was consistent as usual. Green Pig had a pork chop special that was Incredibly flavorful, tender with a fat cap that just melted in your mouth. Their kung pao sweetbread was also really great. The dessert was just ok but all in all a solid meal.
Bon Chon Chicken - read about it in a Chow thread and sought it out.
It may not ever replace home made "Maryland" fried chicken as my fried chicken of choice but it has definitely become my favorite restaurant fried chicken.
It rocks as a hangover cure I just wish there were some closer in. A franchise or two in the city would rock late night!