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Don Rockwell on Taste @ Hong Kong, Chantilly

Don Rockwell on Taste @ Hong Kong, Chantilly

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Don Rockwell has visited Chantilly’s Taste @ Hong Kong several times over the past few weeks and have tried a number of items on the menu. There’s the strange, but delicious Fried Pumpkin with Salty Egg Yolk, the delightful seafood combination sauteed Malaysian style, and Steamed Frog Legs with Cordycep Flower just to name a few. All spot on.

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Don Rockwell on Willard’s Real Pit BBQ, Chantilly

Don Rockwell on Willard’s Real Pit BBQ, Chantilly

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More rambles about his asymmetric windpipe and the unfortunate incident of hot sauce falling down the wrong path than actually the restaurant or the food itself, but I suppose it was somewhat reassuring that there are still some good samaritans out there. Bottom line was that the barbecue in Don Rockwell’s opinion was oversauced.

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Don Rockwell on Sweetbites Cafe and Bakery, McLean

Don Rockwell on Sweetbites Cafe and Bakery, McLean

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Stick with the baked goodies like cookies, scones, and biscuits if you want to leave satisfied from Sweetbites Cafe and Bakery in McLean. After all, Sandra Panetta is more of a baker than chef, at least from the eyes of Don Rockwell, who stopped by here briefly on his way to Pennsylvania. Despite his subpar breakfast biscuit, he maintains that Sweetbites remains one of the best bakeries in the area.

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Don Rockwell on London Curry House, Alexandria

Don Rockwell on London Curry House, Alexandria

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The District’s best Indian fare is undoubtedly Rasika but if you’re in the vicinity of Alexandria, VA and craving Indian food, stop by London Curry House. Don Rockwell, resident food blogger stopped by here recently and ordered himself Madras Curry with Goat and Shahi Naan, a departure from his usual butter chicken and chicken tikka. His thoughts? A bit pricey for suburban setting, but definitely worth the money.

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Don Rockwell on Baby Wale, Convention Center

Don Rockwell on Baby Wale, Convention Center

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Happy hour specials for both food and drinks are the highlight of Don Rockwell’s recent visit to Baby Wale, the industrial-sized pub with an extensive food menu located near the D.C., Convention Center. He ordered an array of quality food and drinks that left him more than satisfied while barely putting a dent in his pocket (his bill was just $22.) 

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Garrison, Barracks Row

Garrison, Barracks Row

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It’s not surprising that Chef Rob Weland’s new restaurant The Garrison gets plenty of kudos from resident local restaurant critic Don Rockwell. Mr. Weland is a veteran D.C., chef who’s a proponent of doing everything on the menu in-house or as close to it as much as possible. Despite having to eat his meal on the go, there’s no doubt that The Garrison will be an italicized entry in his DC Dining listing.

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Urban Thai, Crystal City by Don Rockwell

Urban Thai, Crystal City by Don Rockwell

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Don Rockwell went to investigate and dine at Urban Thai in Crystal City after a reader commented about the restaurant having an Issan menu (similar to Little Serow). He ordered himself an Urban Style Duck Curry Puff and Nam Tok Beef, both of which he enjoyed. Despite his ramblings on the elusive menu (it does have one) and the typo in it, he seemed to liked the food he ate and will likely have the restaurant italicized in his dining guide. 

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Don Rockwell on The Riggsby, East Dupont Circle

Don Rockwell on The Riggsby, East Dupont Circle

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An evening that started off the beat ended well in the end. That’s one of the ways you can describe Don Rockwell’s experience at the recently opened The Riggsby. Trouble with the cocktails were immediately erased by the delicious, but expensive main course and the excellent wine recommendation to match his main meal. The night ended somewhat bizaarely, but it looks like The Riggsby will be italicized after all.

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Don Rockwell on 2 Amys, Cathedral Heights

Don Rockwell on 2 Amys, Cathedral Heights

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Don Rockwell said it before and he’s saying it again: 2 Amy’s is to him, the most important restaurant in Washington, D.C. The resident food critic stopped by the esteemed restaurant up in Cathedral Heights, sat himself at the bar and ordered a handful of small plates (complete listing below), all of which he loved.

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Don Rockwell on El Rancho, South Arlington

Don Rockwell on El Rancho, South Arlington

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Don Rockwell started off differentiating the two El Ranchos in Northern Virginia to avoid confusing the two and goes on saying that this particular one in South Arlington’s Columbia Pike is a decent Pan-Latino restaurant. It’s clean and has a friendly service. Apart from that, he didn’t really elaborate on his review of the place though did mention that it’s a place he won’t hesistate to return to and eat at only if he’s in the area.

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Don Rockwell on Barrel and Crow, Bethesda

Don Rockwell on Barrel and Crow, Bethesda

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Quite possibly the best fried chicken and waffles in Maryland according to Don Rockwell who recently stopped by the Bethesda restaurant. The dish comes with compressed watermelon and cherry-tomato salad, two quarters of a Belgian waffle topped with peach compote, and an Amish fried chicken, cooked sous-vide, before being fried. Another noteworthy item is the crab beignets served with Old Bay tartar sauce.

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Rice Paper, Eden Center

Rice Paper, Eden Center

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A quick lunch at Eden Center’s most popular Vietnamese joint will leave you feeling satisfied. Don Rockwell’s venture at this small eatery had him trying out a beaten egg soda, a young lotus salad with shrimp and pork, garden rolls, and a dish of marinated roast quails on jasmine rice, which the critic highly recommends.

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Don Rockwell Revisits Et Voila!, Palisades

Don Rockwell Revisits Et Voila!, Palisades

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Some things get better with time, like fine red wine or Filipino chicken adobo, but it seems that Et Voila! in Palisades isn’t one of them. At least not according to Don Rockewell who recently reviewed this restaurant. Not everything though was subpar. In fact, he raved about the seafood dishes he ordered (trout tartare and rockfish), but something was just amiss particularly towards the end of the meal.

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Don Rockwell Reviews Olivia’s Diner, Downtown

Don Rockwell Reviews Olivia’s Diner, Downtown

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Olivia’s Diner is a late-night haven that get’s lost within the shadows of big downtown firms. Thank goodness for its large neon sign and brightly lit interior. Otherwise, it’ll go unnoticed. The first thing about the food that Don Rockwell mentioned is the price. Quite affordable especially for the amount of food you get. Second, not the place to get healthy dibs, but definitely a site to seek for those having the munchies after an all-nighter. It’s a breakfast food haven that do not care about cutting corners.

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Don Rockwell on Brine, Merrifield, VA

Don Rockwell on Brine, Merrifield, VA

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Don Rockwell goes to great lengths explaining both his dining experience at Brine. His first was unbelievably good, too good to be true in fact, that it couldn’t be replicated when he came around the second time. Everything but one thing was off and though he decides to keep it italics in his guide, the restaurant certainly dropped behind Gypsy Soul as the best restaurant in Merrifield.

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