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post #136 of 269
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Originally Posted by GoSurface View Post
It's right off of M Street. It's about a five minute walk from the Dupont Circle metro station, you just walk straight down from where the Krispy Kreme is. It's strictly Malaysian, I go bonkers over the ice-tea.

http://www.penangusa.com/location_dc.html

Thanks, I'm certain I know where it is. I've probably walked past it any number of times. Malaysian sounds good to me.

Is there any good Korean in DC? There must be somewhere.

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post #137 of 269
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Originally Posted by rdawson808 View Post
Is there any good Korean in DC? There must be somewhere.
If authenticity is important to you, no. You have to go out to Annandale for that.

That said, I enjoyed Mandu, a new Korean restaurant on 18th Street between Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan. Tom Siestema said it was Korean food watered down for American tastes, but I'm not Korean, so I couldn't tell the difference.
post #138 of 269
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Went to Capital Q in Chinatown tonight. The place was sort of empty, but there were a few people there. I had the 2 Meats plate with ribs and brisket, and cole slaw and mashed potatoes for sides. My gf had the pulled pork sandwich. Overall, I was impressed. The ribs weren't overcooked, while the meat was very tender. They weren't afraid to use fatty meat for the brisket either. The pulled pork was a bit dry, but still tasty. As for the sauce, it was right on, not too runny, not too thick. And a sign of a good bbq restaurant: my gf's hair smells sweet and smokey when we left. This is a winner, I'll be back. Forget that pretentious bullshit Old Glory place, just take yourself to the Chinatown metro for some good bbq.
post #139 of 269
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Originally Posted by rdawson808 View Post
Is there any good Korean in DC? There must be somewhere.

No. There's a new place that I'm taking our summer associates to next week called "Mandu" in Adams Morgan, but it didn't get good reviews. A few of the Korean-owned green grocers (delis) around D.C. serve Americanized versions of BiBimBap and Bulgogi but they're obviously nothing to write home about.

You really have to go to Annandale in Virginia to get some decent Korean food. My favorite Korean restaurant is Seoul House in Fairfax near Fair Oaks Mall - many Koreans have told me it's the best Korean food in the D.C. metropolitan area.
post #140 of 269
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Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser View Post
If authenticity is important to you, no. You have to go out to Annandale for that. That said, I enjoyed Mandu, a new Korean restaurant on 18th Street between Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan. Tom Siestema said it was Korean food watered down for American tastes, but I'm not Korean, so I couldn't tell the difference.
oops just read this post after I wrote mine... well at least I can correct the spelling of the food critic's name so this post won't be a total waste: Tom Sietsema. Oh and I'm not Korean either, but I can tell the difference. You don't have to be a certain nationality to be able to discern the quality of foods from different cultures. Another dead giveaway that this place would be mediocre at best to anyone "in the know" is that they serve sojutinis... I HATE THAT WORD! I never want to hear "saketini" or "sojutini" again for as long as I live!!! Stop screwing up perfectly good alcohol by adding fruit juice and even aloe? WTF?? Here's Tom's review: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...011001395.html and what others have said about it: http://www.yelp.com/biz/48WR1HNqedqKF9c3b6Omgw and their website: http://www.mandudc.com If you've never had Korean food and don't know anything about it besides "kimchee is hot!", then you might like this place. But if you've grown up on home-made Korean food and been to Korea and eaten in numerous authentic high-quality Korean restaurants, then you might be sadly disappointed with Mandu, as I'm sure I'll be next week when I make my first visit... When you enter a Korean restaurant (outside of Korea) and see that the vast majority of diners are non-Korean, it's a safe bet that the food won't be as good as when you enter a Korean restaurant and the vast majority of diners are Korean... why? Because Korean people know good Korean food... they're the best judges of its taste. They're "in the know". Their appraisal of Korean food is obviously much more accurate than a non-Korean's. Oh hell let's just come out and say it -- Mandu is the Lucy Liu of Korean restaurants, and almost any Korean restaurant in Annandale is the Jeon Ji Hyun or Kim Hee Sun of Korean restaurants.
post #141 of 269
Thanks for the suggestions about Korean. I don't go to Virginia if I can help it so Mandu will have to suffice if I'm in the mood for it.

My family lived in Korea for a couple years in the 70s so took the opportunity upon moving to the PNW later to eat Korean. So I didn't exactly grow up with it, but have always liked it.

Amerikajinda, haven't we established that you're white (over in the various girlie threads), or am I mistaken? I'm just further confused by your comments about what's authentic Korean cooking or not.

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post #142 of 269
Well, Mandu might be fine... at least give it a try... the reviews mentioned it has a pretty nice interior... and since it is one of the very few Korean restaurants in D.C., it will probably be fine... Well for the record, I'm white... but having played the violin and cello from the age of 7, I grew up with a lot of Asian kids in my orchestra and at school, so from an early age I'd eat delicious Korean food at my Korean-American friends' houses, and in high school I played the violin in a Korean church and took Korean language lessons there after orchestra practice, and they'd always cook Korean food for us and feed us (eating is a big deal for Koreans). So I have a lot of experience with Korean food... I've eaten almost every type of Korean food known to man numerous times, I shop at Korean grocery stores and cook Korean food for myself at home, I grill bulgogi and samgyupsal on my butane-powered portable Korean grill, etc. etc. etc. Koreans and Korean-Americans tell me all the time that I'm "more Korean" than they are! So my assertions still stand that the "average" white person with limited to no experience with Korean food has no frame of reference so might enjoy Mandu's "watered-down for the American palate" offerings, but an expert (such as myself even though I'm white) will most-likely be disappointed (however I'm going to go there next week with an open mind and lowered expectations, so it shouldn't be a horrible experience). And I made the analogy in the "beautiful woman threads" that the "average" white person finds Lucy Liu attractive but the majority of Asians don't, and that Asians are better qualified to discern Asian beauty than non-Asians, and that most non-Asians are unable to discern true beauty in Asian women... so from an Asian perspective, Korean actresses are more beautiful than Lucy Liu, and from a non-Asian perspective, Korean actresses look childish despite being in their twenties and early 30s. And the analogy I made to prove my point that Korean actresses like Jeon Ji Hyun are simply prettier than Lucy Liu was that if you go to a good Chinese or Korean restaurant and see lots of Chinese or Koreans, then it's probably a good restaurant because who better to judge Chinese or Korean food than Chinese or Korean people? So the fact that most Asians find Jeon Ji Hyun more attractive than Lucy Liu means that Jeon Ji Hyun is prettier than Lucy Liu because who better to judge Asian beauty than Asian people? If a Korean person goes to Mandu and says, "This bibimbap is not so good... it's bibimbap, but it's just not good" then that's the same thing as a Chinese or Korean person (or any qualified Asian Beauty Expert, like myself) saying "Lucy Liu is not so pretty... she's a famous actress, but she's just not that pretty." Of course, there are exceptions -- Tom Sietsema (Washington Post Food Critic) has a lot of experience with Korean food and he wasn't impressed with Mandu even though he's not Korean, and similarly, I have a lot of experience with Korean women and I don't think Lucy Liu is beautiful. Also, Tom Sietsema told us where there are better-quality Korean restaurants -- Annandale, VA -- and his opinion is reinforced by thousands of Koreans (who are a better judge of Korean food than non-Koreans) and I told you guys which girls have truer beauty than Lucy Liu -- Jeon Ji Hyun, Kim Hee Sun, Song Hye Gyo, Son Ye Jin, Lee Young Ae -- and my opinion is reinforced by thousands of Koreans (who are a better judge of beauty than non-Koreans). So, I'm right. The less you know about Korean food, the more you'll like Mandu... and the less you know about Asian women, the more you'll find Lucy Liu attractive... Of course, taste -- like beauty -- is relative... "taste is in the mouth of the eater", just as "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Some may like Mandu -- I'm just pointing out better restaurants in Annandale; some may find Lucy Liu attractive -- I'm just pointing out truer beauties in Korean actresses. Some delusional non-Asians will continue eating at Mandu thinking the food is delicious, just as some delusional non-Asians will continue believing that Lucy Liu is pretty. Whatever, I don't care. To each his own, as I always say... I just want to educate people who don't know any better... So when it comes down to Korean food, don't settle for Mandu -- have a friend drive you over to Annandale! Try "Ye Cheon" restaurant, which is 100 times better than Mandu. And remember, when it comes to Asian women, don't settle for Lucy Liu -- Korean actresses rule!
post #143 of 269
Florida Avenue Grill - best soul food in the metro area.
post #144 of 269
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Florida Avenue Grill - best soul food in the metro area.

Funny you should mention that -- I took two FOP Japanese girls there for Chitlins... they loved it!
post #145 of 269
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Can anyone recommend a good but affordable Japanese restaurant in the area? I haven't had sushi in a couple of months and badly in need of a fix. It doesn't have to be Metro accessible since I have a car here.
post #146 of 269
Sushi-Ko, Sushi Taro. I think Taro may be a little pricy. In fact, I think both of these are pretty pricey. I usually go to Tono Sushi, because it's close by and not expensive, and I go to Sake in Adams Morgan during happy hour, because the rolls I like are all half price.

I haven't been to the first two in awhile, and though I eat a good amount of sushi I do not consider myself an expert. I will attest to all of these places tasting at least good, if not very good, and none of them being awful. Except Sake's seating. Fucking Adams Morgan and the Tavern law.
post #147 of 269
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Originally Posted by DarkNWorn View Post
Can anyone recommend a good but affordable Japanese restaurant in the area? I haven't had sushi in a couple of months and badly in need of a fix. It doesn't have to be Metro accessible since I have a car here.
I like Sushi Taro. Apparently, employees of the Japanese Embassy go there. I have heard that Cafe Asia has a good happy hour.
post #148 of 269
alot of good recommendations ill post a few of my limited eating experiences in the DC area. Busara in Tysons Corner has solid thai food. Sham sheere ( i dont know how to spell it) by the car dealerships in tysons has GREAT cheap kabobs. for the best pho (as far as I know) goto Pho 75 in falls church. quick pita in gtown is great for cheap eats (especially at 3 am) do not eat any Jumbo Slice in adams morgan unless you want mud butt (i think pizza bolis is a better option) umm thats all i got for now.
post #149 of 269
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Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser View Post
If authenticity is important to you, no. You have to go out to Annandale for that.


California tumbles into the SEAAA
That'll be the day I go
back to Annandale
Tried to warn you
about Chino and Daddy Gee
But I can't seem to get to you
through the U.S. Mail

Well I, hear the whistle but I can't go
I'm gonna take her down to Mexico
She said OHHH NOOOO
GUADALAJARA WON'T DOOO
post #150 of 269
Different Annandale.

Good tune, still.
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