Weekend in DC/No. Virginia

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buffetbuster
Porterhouse
2008/08/25 13:04:55
A few weeks ago, my girlfriend Mariton was craving Peking Duck. I took her to the best, most authentic Chinese restaurant here in Pittsburgh and she didn't care for it. She longingly told me about how good this dish is at a restaurant near where she used to live in Northern Virginia. Always up for a roadtrip, I suggested we go see if it was still as good. This past weekend, we made that trip.

Friday August 22
We left my girlfriend's house in the South Hills of Pittsburgh just before 5:00PM. Instead of taking the turnpike to DC like I normally do, we took I-79 south to Morgantown and hopped on I-68 east. This would take us right to our first stop, Hen House Restaurant in Frostburg, Maryland.



A fellow Roadfooder recommended it to me and we were looking forward to trying it. When I first pulled up, I thought the situation was hopeless, since I have never seen a restaurant with more cars parked around it in my life. I dropped Mariton and her daughter Emilou off at the front door to grab a table while I drove around looking for a parking spot. Finally, one opened up and when I walked in, I was surprised to see them already seated. As it turns out, there is a dinner theater next door and many of the cars were there for that.

Meals here start off with a bowl of comfy homemade chicken noodle soup, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

The dinner rolls were soft and warm and sure tasted homemade.

We asked the waitress if the rolls were made there, but she told us they came from a bakery in nearby Cumberland.

The salad was unremarkable, other than they brought out one big bowl for the three of us, with the dressings in small containers on the side.


The couple who recommended Hen House to us said we should try the crabs. But, this sign was at the front door.

So, we were limited to crabcakes. Mariton ordered the broiled crabcakes.

She really enjoyed the first half dozen bites or so, but changed her opinion as she continued to eat. I went for the Seafood platter, with fried cod, fried clams, fried shrimp, stuffed shrimp, steamed shrimp and a crabcake.

I tried to get my crabcake broiled instead of fried, but wasn't able to get it that way. My crabcake was overdone and other than the fried clams and fried shrimp, I really didn't care for my dinner. The onion rings on the side were crunchy and good.

Emilou ordered the chicken alfredo, which she barely touched.

Mariton also took a few bites of it and also pronounced it terrible.

The restaurant is big and airy and we received very good service. The most impressive thing about the inside is the huge stone fireplace in the center.

Wait, I take that back. The most impressive thing about the place is the Jack Lambert print by the men's room door.


Hen House is very convenient to I-68, but next time I come back, it will be to try the barbecue.

http://www.henhouserestaurant.com/

We arrived at our hotel in Arlington, Virginia just before 11:00PM.

Edited: Because I can't read a calendar. Thanks Nancy!
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/25 13:40:46
You guys are off to a good start...I see lots of potential here and a part of the country I have spent little time in. We would have had Butkus near our door! Sorry to hear about the food...
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/25 16:30:52
Cliff you are an awfully nice boyfriend to take your girl to the place with the good Peking duck.
i95
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/25 17:56:22
quote:
Originally posted by buffetbuster

A few weeks ago, my girlfriend Mariton was craving Peking Duck. I took her to the best, most authentic Chinese restaurant here in Pittsburgh and she didn't care for it. She longingly told me about how good this dish is at a restaurant near where she used to live in Northern Virginia.


I'm assuming that you're
referring to a Falls Church,
Virginia place once frequently
patronized by these obvious,
"honorary" RoadFooders?:

buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/25 17:58:42
i95-
Of course, you are 100% correct! The Bushes weren't there, but seemingly everyone else in Northern Virginia was.
i95
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/25 18:23:55
buffetbuster, you're way too modest as your reputation -- even in Northern Virginia -- precedes you. My theory is that enough Northern Virginians have seen your previous trip reports and simply wanted to get to the Peking Gourmet Inn before you did to ensure that there was still food left.



ellen4641
Filet Mignon
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/25 18:33:57
Sorry to hear about the terrible chicken alfredo...
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/25 19:02:10
I'm looking forward to your visit to the Peking Gourmet. When we lived in McLean it was one of our favorite places despite the fact that Asian cuisine is well "down our list". Another place that serves great Peking Duck is Fortune Gourmet on Caroline st. in downtown Fredericksburg. While "Googling" Fortune to get its street I came across another Chinese place in F'burg which I would go to if only to collect a matchbook: Fu KIEN Gourmet!

For any meal try the Metro 29 Diner (Lee Hwy near N. Glebe in Arlington): huge portions, wonderful breakfast, humongous chef salads, great fried shrimp, and an encyclopedic menu. The thing I like best is their french fries; they are served so hot they'll burn your mouth and they are unsalted so that you can season them to taste.

Have a great time and take more of those wonderful pics!
wanderingjew
Sirloin
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/25 20:01:50
quote:
Originally posted by buffetbuster

I took her to the best, most authentic Chinese restaurant here in Pittsburgh and she didn't care for it.


Ok,

I spent 5 years in Pittsburgh and not once was ever led that most "authenic Chinese Restaurant" " />

Where is it??!!

By the way Buffetbuster- great report- now I have a hankering for Chinese food and I didn't even have to watch a Jet Li movie!

Toronto is a week and a half a way- I'll be able to satisfy my craving then.



buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/25 20:38:08
i95-
Considering that my cousin Johnny was with me, there just may be some validity to your theory!

wanderingjew-
The Chinese place I took Mariton to in Pittsburgh is Oriental Kitchen on Baum Blvd. It truly is the most authentic Chinese restaurant in Pittsburgh, but that really isn't saying too much.

If you are craving Chinese food, Toronto will be the perfect place to visit.

Nancypalooza-
While I certainly appreciate what you said, taking my girlfriend on a weekend trip where eating food will be the focus isn't exactly a major sacrifice for me!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/25 21:15:34
Saturday August 23

Since my Roadfood loving cousin Johnny lives less than an hour away, it seemed natural to have him join us while we were in the area. He arrived at our hotel and we were soon on our way to the Florida Avenue Grill for breakfast.


Johnny and I have both been here only once before, in 2005. We enjoyed the experience and were looking forward to this meal. At first, we drove right past the place since it didn't look like I remembered. Actually the building itself was the same, it was what was next door that threw us off. What I thought used to be their parking lot, is now condos. In fact, it is built right next to the restaurant itself.


We parked on the street and went in. As you can see, this is no Johnny come lately to the DC eating scene.


Like many mid-Atlantic food places, it is decorated with dozens of autographed photos. In no way do I want to turn this into a political thread, but someone has a sense of humor to put late Senator Strom Thurmond next to the Reverend Al Sharpton!

I'm glad to see the two parties set differences aside and agree on good Roadfood!

As soon as we sat down, the extremely friendly waitress brought over a basket of warm, fresh biscuits and a bowl of sausage gravy.

Mariton and Emilou have never seen this before, but since we have a Kentucky born Southern grandma, Johnny and I are old pros. Johnny likes to tear his biscuit up into little chunks and then cover it with the gravy, while I eat mine like this.

The biscuits were excellent and this was a fine way to start our meal.

Emilou ordered the french toast, made with really good wheat bread.


I got the Virginia ham, with scrambled eggs and outstanding chunky homefries.


Mariton went with the smothered pork chops, with scrambled eggs and home fries.


Johnny also got the smothered pork chops, with fried eggs

and apples.


Channelling our buddy ChiTownDiner, Johnny ordered some terrific corned beef hash for our "fifth diner".


I had noticed a sign that said homemade peach cobbler, which is a particular favorite of ours, so we went ahead and ordered two of them.

Even though we thought this was too much bread and not enough peaches, it was still very enjoyable.

As in our previous visit, the service here was ultra friendly and mothering. I alone, was called baby and sweetie. When she saw me taking so many photographs, she admonished me for not taking a picture of her. So, we happily had her pose with Emilou.

A few minutes later, she came back with a man which she introduced as her husband, which meant another photo!

Aren't those great smiles? This is one of the friendliest restaurants I have ever been to!

Since Mariton asked for hot sauce for her eggs and potatoes, the waitress gave us two bottles of their own hot sauce for free, which was much appreciated.

I tried several times to set the two bottles of sauce together for a photo, but the one on the left kept sliding down the table, much to our amusement.

Even though the place was fairly empty when we arrived, just about every seat and booth were occupied by the time we left.


On the way out, Johnny and I posed with the bottles of hot sauce.


Although I wouldn't call the food here great, the food is still very good with about as authentic Roadfood atmosphere you can find anywhere! I really enjoy this place.

http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=1404&RefID=1404

Much more to come.....
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/26 07:52:43
BB - I knew this was going to be a good one...WOW! Nice job! Good to see cousin Johnny again. I typically like my eggs scrambled with the pork chops so I would have been leaning Mariton's way. Mariton's plate from the onions to the home fires and everything in between looks so good! My English Muffin with jam looks pretty dismal in comparison.

I like starting with the biscuits and gravy...were they "Southern Good"?

It's funny, last Saturday morning I thought I heard voices calling to me and I had a hankering for corned beef all day...go figure!
joerogo
Filet Mignon
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/26 08:25:17
BB, Smothered Pork Chops for breakfast and hot sauce for the eggs and potatoes. Where did you find her?

I am reading all the posts(old and New) about DC with great interest. My daughter finished school in Pittsburgh and took a teaching job in the DC area. She is living in Alexandria. My wife handled the move from Pitt to DC. I have not been to the area yet.

I just hope DC can live up the the Roadfood standards of Pitt.
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/26 08:30:14
What breakfasts...wow....nice report...thanks so much!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/26 08:51:27
quote:
Originally posted by ChiTownDiner

BB - It's funny, last Saturday morning I thought I heard voices calling to me and I had a hankering for corned beef all day...go figure!
will_work_4_bbq
Cheeseburger
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/26 09:17:09
Another wonderful trip report with fabulous pictures....and I am so pleased to see you wearing your Crimson Tide tee shirt!
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/26 09:31:09
quote:
Originally posted by buffetbuster

Nancypalooza-
While I certainly appreciate what you said, taking my girlfriend on a weekend trip where eating food will be the focus isn't exactly a major sacrifice for me!


Oh yeah! Forgot who I was talking to there for a minute. :)

Those biscuits look great--did the gravy seem homemade? The smothered pork chops look incredible. Joerogo, maybe we should start a 'what's Mariton ordering?' fan group.
Rusty246
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/26 09:40:35
I'd be willing to start a "send your favorite college shirt to buffetbuster club", to get our colleges noticed everywhere! Go Gators!
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/26 10:59:59
BB - Younger son James was quick to point out - Hash Browns, a newer eatery (breakfast & lunch)in the old Maxwell Street area has a Maxwell Street Omlette with diced pork chops, Polish Sausage, onions and cheese. Mighty fine! We sampled it early on a cold January Sunday morning after the Cub's Convention this past year.
exsquidao
Cheeseburger
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/26 11:51:13
Great report and pics. thanks, I have to say I was suprised, I didn't think the Fla. Ave. grill was a "full sized" resturant, for some reason I thought it was just a little storefront kinda place.
kland01s
Filet Mignon
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/26 13:44:57
Wow, that is great looking food! The Florida Ave. Grill looks like it would be a great place to have in your neighborhood.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/26 14:51:06
quote:
Originally posted by Rusty246

I'd be willing to start a "send your favorite college shirt to buffetbuster club", to get our colleges noticed everywhere! Go Gators!
That sounds like a great idea! Does anyone remember the Ted Knight sitcom "Too Close for Comfort"? If I remember, he always wore college sweatshirts on the show. Apparently it took off, because people around the country would send him sweatshirts to wear. I specifically can recall him wearing Slippery Rock University on the show, since it is so close to my home.

As for the Gators, you guys have as good a chance of winning the national title as anyone this year. Would love to see a game in "The Swamp" someday.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/26 15:00:16
CTD-
That does sound like a really good omelette and is a combination I don't think I have ever seen anywhere before. If James recommends it, that is good enough for me!

kland01s-
You have hit on one of the things that makes the Florida Avenue Grill special to me. Even though they have gotten national recognition and frequently have celebrities dine there (Janet Reno is a regular), it is still at heart the local diner.

exsquidao-
The Florida Avenue Grill sure isn't big. Thirty people would probably have a hard time dining there at the same time.

Rusty246
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/26 15:11:27
quote:
Originally posted by buffetbuster

quote:
Originally posted by Rusty246

I'd be willing to start a "send your favorite college shirt to buffetbuster club", to get our colleges noticed everywhere! Go Gators!
That sounds like a great idea! Does anyone remember the Ted Knight sitcom "Too Close for Comfort"? If I remember, he always wore college sweatshirts on the show. Apparently it took off, because people around the country would send him sweatshirts to wear. I specifically can recall him wearing Slippery Rock University on the show, since it is so close to my home.

As for the Gators, you guys have as good a chance of winning the national title as anyone this year. Would love to see a game in "The Swamp" someday.

You'd love it here, come get a great burger from "Copper Monkey", some awesome wings from "Gator City" or a HUGE pizza slice from "Italian Gator"(notice a "theme" here)literally a hole in the wall, all right across the street from the stadium. As with most college games it can get kind of crazy but for the most part things remain in control. Come for an evening game, people have been known to pass out from the heat. Well my offer stands to send out the first shirt! I too remember "Too Close For Comfort", he wore a W. Va. sweatshirt in one episode.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/27 06:33:10
Rusty246-
I genuinely appreciate your generous offer, but that won't be necessary. I already have so many college sweatshirts and t-shirts, my closet space is being severely tested. I have been to the University of Florida bookstore, but that was back when I was only a large and I have since eaten my way to a XXL.

Nancypalooza-
The gravy was very much homemade. At first we didn't know what to make of it, due to its appearance. Because of the big chunks, it somewhat reminded me of cottage cheese.

But after one bite, we knew we were eating the real thing!

will_work_for_bbq-
Especially after seeing a game in Tuscaloosa last year, very much a Alabama football fan here.....most of the time. This weekend is one of those times. They are playing my Clemson Tigers, so after Saturday, Roll Tide!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/27 07:09:50
Saturday August 23
Next stop, Georgetown University bookstore. Even though they are a big rival of my hometown Pitt Panthers in Big East basketball, I still wanted a sweatshirt. The campus itself was a madhouse, since it was move in day for the students. The line in the bookstore was long, but I did what I came for.

As for sightseeing in the DC area, I was in somewhat of a pickle. Since my girlfriend and her daughter used to live in the area, they had already visited all the big tourist sights. But, I did find one they hadn't been to before, the beautiful church on campus of Catholic University. It is formally called


According to my guidebook, it is the largest church (maybe it is just Catholic church) in the Americas and the eighth largest church in the world. And it is very impressive on the outside.




The inside was even more beautiful.







Everyone seemed to really enjoy this stunning building.

When I mentioned earlier in the day that we may go to Ben's Chili Bowl, Johnny said he saw on the local news that they were celebrating their 50th anniversary for the weekend. That clinched it, we had to go! Needless to say, for an event of this magnitude, the line was very long.



Despite the fact that they had to stand in a long line, weren't hungry and don't particularly care for hot dogs, Mariton and Emilou never complained, much to their credit! But, Johnny and I were ready to eat. Standing in the line did give me a chance to pose with the bear in front, though.


When we finally did get inside the door, it was a mob scene. There was one woman at the door, directing traffic and making sure everyone was in the right place. During down moments, she was dancing to the loud hip-hop music. On the way out, an elderly woman stopped to dance with her.

This really got the crowd going and added to the festive atmosphere. Mariton and Emilou grabbed a booth, while Johnny and I snaked our way through the ordering line. This gave me plenty of opportunities to take pictures of the inside.


There were easily 20 people working behind the counter, keeping us moving.


As I got closer, I was able to view all the cakes on display

and all the wonderful encased meats on the grill.


Here is what we ended up eating. I got a half smoke covered in chili,



while Johnny got his with cheese, too.


The single biggest hit at the table were the excellent chili cheese fries.

I also got a chili cheeseburger.


For dessert, Johnny got the caramel cake (sorry, the photo was too blurry) and I ate a fine piece of strawberry cake.


Milkshakes and bottles of water for everyone completed the meal. Even the hot dog frowners among us left the place satisfied!

http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=1284&RefID=1284

We left Ben's Chili Bowl and headed for the Metro stop across the street.

More to come.....
billyboy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/27 07:39:07
BB, awww man, you're killin' me! I haven't had breakfast yet and visions of smothered pork chops, home fries and half smokes are dancing in my head! You've got some great RF companions in Mariton, Emilou and Cousin Johnny! I wanna be you when I grow up!
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/27 08:39:34
He does have a good crew for this sort of thing. That is a beautiful church. I know I've heard the drill before, Cliff, but could you remind me what a half-smoke is exactly? And is there a full smoke?
tarragon
Cheeseburger
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/27 11:41:23
So glad to hear that you got to Ben's Chili Bowl and on the 50th anniversary too!! What a treat, although I know that it was truly a MOB scene. LOL I'll have to check out your pics tonight from home - the work computers won't let me see them now. Excellent report so far, and am looking forward to the rest.
CajunKing
Sirloin
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/27 12:45:52
BB

I haven't been to the basilicain 10+ yrs, do they still offer a "guided tour" of the stained glass??

They used to have a docent that would guide a group around the basilica and explain the different scenes.
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/27 13:25:00
Oh that grill of dogs looks like a sampler platter I'd like to sample!!!!
catherines
Junior Burger
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/27 14:34:09
buffetbuster -

thank you for the review, it was great.
whats next?
joerogo
Filet Mignon
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/27 19:43:47
BB, I had to make a quick trip to DC to look at a job. I got a chance to see my daughter and her new apartment which was great. We went to dinner in Alexandria last night. Great area. But my job was in the city so I stayed downtown.

About 7:00 AM this morning I asked the hotel front desk about a good place to have breakfast. They looked at me like I was crazy. They told me only the hotels have breakfast. One girl did say I could get a Chinese breakfast nearby, but they didn't open till 10:00 AM. I never asked what a chinese breakfast consists of. My mistake.

Well armed with this trip report I headed to the Florida Ave Grill. No pics as you have it covered. I guess DC is not a breakfast town. Even this hot spot does not open until 8:00 AM. The biscuits and gravy were excellent. You definitely have to go by taste and not sight on this one. It looks clumpy but that is actually the chunks of sausage. Next up was the Virginia ham and eggs with potatoes. Very good. I also had the hash, but I asked for it grilled crispy. Again, very good.

Your right about the service, Mothering. I could not have been treated any nicer. And this early in the morning there was more employees than customers. Just about every waiter, waitress and cook stopped by our table. I told them the crazy guy taking pictures of his food sent me. Everyone remembered you and said hello.









BTW, Someone wanted to send a special hello.

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Sorry about the closeup, in was self inflicted.[/img]
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/28 08:13:20
joerogo-
Very well done! That is so cool that you had your photo taken with her, too. Glad to read you found the food to be as good and the service as friendly.

catherines-
Thanks for the kind words and glad to see another western Pa'er on here! As for where else we went, we did briefly visit a place very close to you and one I assume you know well.
i95
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/28 08:24:21
quote:
Originally posted by buffetbuster

As for where else we went, we did briefly visit a place very close to you and one I assume you know well.


Please. You don't need to be a Navajo code talker to decipher[url='http://www.cityofthornton.net/Business/IMAGES/thorncreek/olive_garden1_0603_700.jpg']that[/url] message.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/28 08:56:39
i95-
We can't get anything by you! What, were you in my back seat the whole time?
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/28 09:16:01
i95 is a regular roadfood Cupid, that one. Always looking for the hookups. joe, I love that you went and got your picture taken with Cliff's buddy.
i95
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/28 09:21:24
quote:
Originally posted by buffetbuster

i95What, were you in my back seat the whole time?




Only when I wasn't driving you to the brink of murderous insanity outside of the car, as well.



buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/28 13:23:31
All work and no Roadfood makes buffetbuster a dull boy!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/28 14:16:04
Saturday August 23 cont.

We took the Metro to Smithsonian and headed towards the World War II Memorial.



Maybe it is because my dad fought in this war (lied his way in when he was 16), but this place holds special meaning to me and is one of my favorite places in DC.

Mariton and Emilou also posed in front of the pillar representing the Philippines.


Since we wanted to walk as much of lunch off as possible and get us hungry for dinner, we continued our trek down to the Lincoln Memorial.

Great words behind Lincoln

The entire Gettysburg address in inscribed in the wall.


We walked back to the Metro, took it to U Street and our car and drove to the hotel to relax for an hour. Soon it was time to drive to Falls Church, VA and dinner at Peking Gourmet Inn.

In doing some research about the place, I read that they can get quite busy. So, I thought it would be a good idea to make a reservation ahead of time and thank goodness I did. The place was mobbed! But, we got seated within five minutes of our arrival.

Emilou ordered her old favorite dish here, the Gourmet Chinese Eggplant.

She was very happy with her meal.

Johnny ordered the Ginger Shrimp with Asparagus.

The shrimp were very light and tasted very fresh. Excellent dish!
Now, that was what I had planned on ordering before Johnny stole it from me! Not having a backup dish ready, I just got the lemon chicken,

which was a mistake. With a heavy, gloopy sauce, no one really cared for it, including me. My hot and sour soup was good, though.


The star attraction on the menu and the reason this restaurant packs them in is the Peking Duck, which is what Mariton ate. One of the cool things is that they actually slice it right at your table.

The girls recognized the older man from years ago. I imagine he has sliced quite a few ducks in his time.

The plate of duck meat looked like

Since Johnny and I were unfamiliar with the process, Mariton and Emilou showed off their expertise. For those that don't know, which included me until recently, you start the Peking Duck meal with a pancake and put some of the provided sauce on it.

The sauce is unlike anything I have tasted before. I was thinking for a few minutes it reminded me of molasses, but that isn't it.
Next, you put scallions on it.

Then come slices of cucumber. Interestingly, the owner himself brought over a plate of cucumbers. He told us that after customers watched the Olympics and saw the Chinese eating their duck with cucumbers, they started asking for it. So, now they just automatically bring it out. You put the duck on it next and roll it up. It ends up looking something like this.....

The duck itself was delicious. Johnny has never been a fan of duck, because he thought it was too greasy. But this wasn't greasy at all. Even better was the crispy skin.

The Peking Gourmet Inn comes highly recommended. By the way, the vast majority of those dining were Asian, always a good sign!

http://www.pekinggourmet.com/

After driving back to the hotel, Johnny said his goodbye, since he had to work the next morning.

More to come.....
HotDogHead
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/28 14:42:54
I had to do a double take of the picture of the older man. It appeared at first he had a really long nose. Great report by the way.
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/28 15:06:42
Now I really want to try Peking duck; that looks fabulous.

Ivyhouse
Cheeseburger
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/28 15:08:57
The eggplant and the duck look great. Will have to try Peking Gourmet.

The sauce for the duck may be hoisin sauce.
CajunKing
Sirloin
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/28 20:46:47
BB

Another wonderful exploration. I have not been to DC since the WWII memorial was dedicated, I gotta get there.

This picture



They could be sisters, not mother/daughter
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/29 07:37:21
BB - I was thinking that Ginger Shrimp and Asparagus dish would have been a great 5th man order! I hope Johnny let Mariton have some asparagus...if I remember correctly, a favorite veggie of hers! The Peking Duck sauce looks like Hoissen (not sure of the spelling) Sauce and is my favorite with pot stickers also. Keep it coming...
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/29 09:48:10
CajunKing-
Since Mariton looks younger than her age and Emilou looks older, they do get told that frequently.

I did not see anywhere at the Basilica where you could take a tour, but that doesn't mean it wasn't available. Too bad, since we would have enjoyed that very much!

ChiTownDiner-
Good memory! Yes, Mariton loves asparagus, which was one of the reasons I was going to order that meal. Johnny was more than happy to share his dish, considering he got plenty of Peking Duck in return.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/29 10:18:50
Sunday August 24

After sleeping in late, our first stop was another place that Mariton and Emilou have enjoyed in the past. The name in English on the outside sign just says Fortune, but there is probably more to the name that that.

It is located in the Seven Corners shopping center. I believe this is still in Falls Church, but I'm not positive.

This is a dim sum restaurant and the place was packed with I'm guessing 80% Asian customers. There were also no eating utensils other than chopsticks on the table, another great omen. Since the girls were much more familiar with the restaurant and the cuisine, I was happy to let them do all the selecting.









Sorry about the poor quality of the photos. It was already past noon and this was my first meal of the day. Obviously, I was more focused on eating than getting quality shots. As for what everything is, I'm not completely sure. The girls will be at my house tonight, so we will go back in and label everything later. I can tell you the food was particularly good and I highly recommend this place.

Since Pittsburgh has very little in the way of Asian grocery stores, the girls wanted to visit another shopping center across the street. It is called the Eden Center and is almost completely entirely Vietnamese. As a matter of fact, in the hour or so we were there, I only saw one other non-Asian walking around.

We hit a bakery, that had all kinds of interesting, colorful stuff for sale, that I had never seen before.





The girls did buy a few items to take home with them, but the main reason we were there was to get some bubble tea. If you haven't had this before, it is a very interesting drink. It reminds me of a fruit smoothie, but you are given an extra wide straw to suck up the large bubbles in the drink. The bubbles, I believe are tapioca.

Emilou got a strawberry, I got a mango

and Mariton got a papaya.

After we walked a few doors down, Mariton was disappointed to see that she could have gotten one made with jackfruit, which is her favorite fruit.

We decided it was time to head back to Pittsburgh. As we were approaching where I had to decide to take the turnpike or I-68 home, I programmed the address in the GPS to see what it suggested. It told me to take I-68 and get off to Route 40 towards Uniontown, PA. Knowing this would take me right past Glisan's restaurant in Markleysburg, it sounded like a great idea. Glisan's is famous for their pies, which are the best I have ever had in Pennsylvania.

Since we were anxious to get home, I just ran in to get some to go. But it being late afternoon, the selection was rather picked over. I did get the last slice of cherry crumb,

a whole peach

and a whole cherry.

Both the cherry pies were outstanding as usual, but the peach was a disappointment.

We arrived back at their house at 6:00PM.
Ivyhouse
Cheeseburger
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/29 10:38:50
Great report! The dim sum looks great, and I love the pictures of the items in the grocery store/bakery.

I enjoy dim sum and have been to several dim sum restaurants in the DC area. My favorite is still Oriental East in Silver Spring, MD -- http://www.orientaleast.com/.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/29 10:50:25
Ivyhouse-
Thank you very much for the kind comments. This was only the fourth time I have had dim sum, but it is a lot of fun, with really good food if you are at the right place.

If I had one disappointment on this trip, it would have been not making it to Crisfield in Silver Spring. Johnny and I have only been there once, but the food was terrific.
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/29 11:08:57
I have had the fried head-on shrimp with jalapenos at another place in the DC area and they are to die for. And the Asian bakery thing will make your head spin if you aren't prepared for what you're going to see. It's a real schooling in cultural expectations.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/29 11:16:24
BB - I want in on the next trip...I love dim Sum and have a Tapioca Pearl Smoothie every week at a local Asian food court. Great stuff!!!
CajunKing
Sirloin
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/29 13:22:55
BB

Your legend continues to grow.

You have went from 2 to 3 pieces of pie to 2 to 3 WHOLE pies, I bow to your supremacy.

Twinwillow
Sirloin
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/29 13:47:59
I really enjoyed your report. Stunning church! And, all the food looks great too!
Ahi Mpls.
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/29 16:49:14
who got to bring home the PIES??!!!
Slim Strummer
Cheeseburger
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/29 18:09:08
A superior report in all respects. Thank you!
harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/29 18:57:11
Wow, BB. That was fantastic. And I love all the colorfulness in all of the pictures. What's better than travel, food and photography with those you love? Thank you for another piece for my "lesson plan" arsenal, as I slowly-but-surely convert my Brian into "one of us". I plan to give him this lesson this weekend (he has gone to DC quite often on his own before he met me) (and has no clue about any of these places, I'm sure).

Very nice!
catherines
Junior Burger
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/29 19:56:57
Buffetbuster -

I agree the peach pie has too much filler and not enough peaches.
This is peach season and Chambersburg is just down the road.
Also, Hilltop in Grantsville MD Route 40 East has peaches, peaches and peaches.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2008/08/31 15:11:57
CajunKing-
Thanks, but don't give me too much credit. I shared the pies with my co-workers.

AHI MPLS-
I made an offer, but the girls weren't interested in keeping any of the pies. I didn't argue!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2011/05/04 13:37:35
We were back in DC again over the weekend.  Saturday morning, cousin Johnny met us and we headed for Florida Avenue Grill again.  The biscuits, by themselves,

were a little crunchier than I remember, but were perfectly soft

under the thick sausage gravy we got as a side dish.  Johnny seemed pleased with his corned beef hash,

grits and eggs, plus the side of fried apples. 

But the best dishes on the table, were things we tried for the first time.
 
With this being DC, I went for the half smoke as a side meat.  It had been sliced in half, with the inside placed on the grill. 

This gave it a nice crunchy texture and the smoke flavor really came through.  In an excellent weekend of eating our way around DC, this was most likely my favorite thing.  Not too far behind it was the amazing fried pork chops my girlfriend ordered.  On our last visit, she got the smothered pork chops and as good as they were, these were even better.  The pork chops came with a thick, crusty coat and the meat itself was plenty juicy.  She always brings up the pork chops she had at Niecie's in Kansas City two years ago and apparently, these were it's equal.
 
We got two desserts and shared them.  The peach cobbler

was a repeat.  Just as delicious as it looks, the only complaint was that it had been microwaved and was hot in some places and cold in others.  This was the first time for the homey sweet potato pie

and I wouldn't hesitate to order it again.
 
Unlike previous trips to this wonderful restaurant, the place was mostly empty.  Hopefully, it was still early and the breakfast rush hadn't hit yet.
 
Florida Avenue Grill
1100 Florida Avenue
Washington, D.C.
202-565-1586
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
RE: Weekend in DC/No. Virginia 2011/05/05 08:00:09
This thread really makes me miss NOVA.
 
Try the Metro 29 Diner (Lee Hwy & N. Glebe in Arlington, VA).  When we lived there it was our all around favorite: a true Long Island-style diner.  Recently, Guy Fieri paid a visit for his "Diners  & Dives" show.  http://www.metro29diner.com/Home.html
 
Another place guaranteed not to disappoint is G&M Restaurant in Linthicum, MD (very near BWI).  It's worth the trip for the best crabcake you'll ever eat.  http://www.gandmcrabcakes.com/
 
I know you'll be returning to the Peking Gourmet.  Try the Jeo-Yan Shrimp.
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