Got Plans? Eater DC editor Amy McKeever joins the gurus to discuss our favorite local dishes.

Jan 05, 2012

Got Plans? Eater DC editor Amy McKeever joined the gurus to discuss our favorite local dishes.

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Welcome to this week's all-things-caloric Got Plans?, where we'll be taking your questions/rants/raves about  our 40 Essential Eats  list and Restaurant Week,  with Amy McKeever, editor of Eater DC, offering an assist. Of course, you can also ask us about bars, fashion and places to warm up in the chilly weather. Let's get started!

Why is that when these articles come out that there are very few establishments in the suburbs of Maryland around D.C.?

As a Maryland native -- specifically a P.G. Country native -- I know what you mean about Maryland frequently being overlooked. But in the list of 40 Essential Eats -- which, I'll remind everyone, was nominated by readers, not editors -- there were 14 Maryland restaurants chosen, as opposed to 13 from Virginia and 13 from D.C.

(If I was adding dishes to this list, as much as I love Crisfield [in Silver Spring], I would have included the Crab Bomb from Jerry's in Lanham and either the brisket or the ribs from KBQ in Bowie.)

Planning a night out for a group of friends that love Country music (I could give or take it but I'll have fun no matter what). Is there ANYWHERE in DC or Northern VA where I could take them for music, beer, and possibly even some line dancing?

My go-to spots for country music are Hill Country and Nick's right now. Hill Country has live-band country karaoke on Wednesdays and a mix of country, bluegrass and blues singers the rest of the week, generally without cover charges. Love Shiner in mason jars, the late-night happy hour (2-for-1 drinks after 10!) and the barbecue.

For dancing, you probably won't beat Nick's in Alexandria, which has line dancing classes, a huge dance floor and live bands on Friday and Saturday nights.

Other places to check for country bands include Acre 121 in Columbia Heights and JV's in Falls Church.

About a year or two ago a restaurant opened up in upper Georgetown/Glover Park named Blue Ridge and its chef was even named to top chef by Esquire Magazine ( I think he name was Barton?). I ate there several times and enjoyed it immensely, now its no longer there. Do you know what happened to the restaurant and where that chef is now cooking?

Ah, Blue Ridge. This was before my time covering food, but I've heard the stories.  Chef Barton Seaver left the restaurant in spring 2010 and not all too long after that the restaurant shuttered - apparently it did not meet expectations of local critics after all the opening hype. Anyway, the owners of Town Hall took it over and are moving their spot up to the bigger digs. Seaver is now a National Geographic fellow and has a book out, For Cod and Country.

Gurus, please help! I've walked past a new bar that I want to try, but can't find it online. I believe it's called Godmother? It's on U St, between 13 and 14 I think, in a lower level space on the south side. I can't invite people unless I know more though. Thanks!

You speak of The Codmother, and it is indeed a bit of a hole in the wall (or ground). I haven't been, but it always seems to have a good buzz going and I certainly wouldn't hesitate to stop in for a few pints and some greasy pub fare. 

Any word on how this place is (old borders on 14th street.) ? I stopped in for a beer and overpaid about 2 dollars, so it's definitely pricey. The space is beautiful though. Any word on the quailty of the food? It looks like this will be a tourist and after work lawyer/lobbyist hangout. Either way it's pretty darn expensive for drinks.

True story: The last time I went in to Hamilton's, I ordered a cocktail, had a fancy grilled cheese sandwich (which comes with no sides, just a pickle) and washed it down with a beer. The total, before tip, was north of $32.

The food is Clyde's: Good ingredients, well made, but not something that you'll be dreaming about a few days later. That said, I haven't yet tried the sushi bar...

I am going to Riot Act with some friends Sat night. Looking for some place to hang out around there after the show (around midnight). Some in our group don't drink so if we go to a bar there has to be games or something else besides alcohol. Are there places to dance around there that are not full out clubs? Thanks

After Riot Act, you're about two-and-a-half blocks from Iron Horse Tap Room, which has skee-ball, shuffleboard, video games and plenty of TVs to keep everyone amused. Rocket Bar is also nearby, though the perennial damp/musty smell in that basement bar makes me more hesitant to recommend it.

Hi, just wondering if Amy, the GoGs or other chatters know if there are any new additions to the list of restaurants participating in Restaurant Week this year. Thanks!

Hey there! Well, maybe some of the chatters have more ideas, but among the more recently opened restaurants that are participating in Restaurant Week you've got Elisir and District Commons. Poste has a new chef and a new menu, so it might be new to you this time around.

Fun first date ideas for the Reston/Ashburn/Leesburg area this Friday night? I would be more adventurous and leave the burbs on a weekend, but my date and I both work in Reston and I'd rather be spending time getting to know this person than venturing inside the beltway.

Given the weather, I have to put in two cents for the outdoor ice rink at Reston Town Center. Yes, it gets a lot of teenagers. Yes, it's "Rock N Skate!" on Fridays, which means a DJ spinning pop hits. So it's on the cheesier side. But a date that, say, starts in the lounge at Jackson's, moves for ice skating, and then finishes with a glass of wine at The Tasting Room? That sounds like a pretty cool get-to-know-you first date to me.

Granted, the friend spinach was the first thing that ever blew my mind at Rasika, but it's years-old now. It's time to start giving the sev batata puri the attention it deserves. Creamy, crispy, tamarindy...it's heaven.

Everything I've ever eaten there can be described as heavenly, so you aren't wrong. Most great food items are, at some point, "years old," however, and the Palak Chaat at Rasika will probably never go out of style. As my dear ol' Dad, a highly conservative eater, exclaimed on a recent lunch there (his first time): "This is the best salad I've had in my entire life!" 

No offense, but why do we always refer people or recommend resturants that are that seem to be both outside of DC and not represent ALL of the people that live in the city? Yes, I know that people in parts of VA and Maryland claim the "Washington" area and are often included in "all things DC." Still, their are cultural aspects exclusive to the city which many of those who don't frequent downton or the suburbs can offer. Can we recognize that these folks also go to resturants that actually have delicious and yes, some healthy dishes? Please don't ignore/turn our noses up to people who have cooked and lived in the city for far longer than some of the places you recommended...How can you/we do a better job at introducing the true "local/neighborhood" places to eat?

Thanks for the critique. There are some good arguments here, particularly about the absences of small, but treasured District restaurants. To clarify, this was a reader-nominated list (I explain some of the methodology here), and if there were gaps, there really wasn't a way to fill those in and stick to the idea that readers would be the source of this list. Much to our dismay, we didn't receive a nomination for Ben's Chili Bowl, or any Ethiopian dish, or soul food, or popular neighborhood places such as Jerry's -- at least not till the list came out and the discussion began. The good news is we're definitely making this list tradition, and we'll start taking  nominations for the 2012 list this summer. So please, take part in the story this time around; I really think the list is going to get even better.

 

I've been biting my tongue about the District vs. burbs argument that's been swirling around the list, so I'll address that part here, since you mention it.  Certainly, we could fill a list with D.C. dishes alone, but I don't know that we'd get the best pupusa, pho or Indian chaat. I am a D.C. resident, have been for many years, and I don't particularly like driving 20 miles each way to dinner, but in researching this story, I found it was worth it every time. The burbs offer some of the best ethnic food this area has, plain and simple. (Um, also,  they were much more affordable that some of the high-end places on this list.) It's a strange argument to me that Washington should include D.C. proper  -- if we were in New York, no one would ever argue that we shouldn't include Queens, even though it has the best Thai and Korean.  Or Brooklyn, which has the best pizza. Ride your bike, get a zip car, take the bus. Leave Columbia Heights, seriously (Pho 14 fans, I'm looking at you). You go where the food is, even if it's in a gas station -- perhaps, even better if its in a gas station.   That's Foodie 101.

So, I'm going to France, Belgium, and England next year in June (I know this is way in advance to be asking a question, but I'm excited about this trip!). I used to live over there, so I know that even in June I need a raincoat. But I wear mostly skirts, longer length, and I'm puzzled about what length of rain jacket/coat would look good because the skirts are going to be way longer than any of them. Short jacket? Thigh length? Full length? Any thoughts?

Hm, I might go for something either thigh length that you can belt at the waist, or maybe something on the shorter side, like almost bomber style or cropped. Of course, going shorter with the rain coat means sacrificing some coverage, but you don't want to drown in fabric anymore than you would in the rain.

The sushi is the way to go at the Hamilton. We went with a large party and tried many things on the menu. The sushi was by far the superior choice, although there was some Carolina shrimp tempura appetizer that was also yummy. The music venue looked gorgeous and as if the sound would actually be good.

This is good to know. Although if I'm there at 3 a.m., I may not be ordering the sushi. But next happy hour, in that wonderfully retro high-ceilinged bar, for sure.

I know Holly isn't here, but maybe others or chatters know where I can find a western dress. I can find boots and jeans, but I am going to a hoedown party and I think I need to make a statement. I find lots online, but I would really like to try some things on. Maybe our country and swing dancers know of a place where I can find western/cowgirl/rockabilly dresses? Anywhere in the metro area.

Oh, this one isn't as hard as you think -- try a vintage shop! My mind immediately goes to Meeps or Mercedes Bien in Adams Morgan, because that Western look never goes out of style for vintage fans. I think you'd have some luck at a thrift store like Value Village too, but that's more for folks who like a hunt. For something a little less kitschy, Fritz suggest El West in Mount Pleasant -- looks perfect to me.

Are you kidding me!? Who the heck would pay ~16 bucks for a "fancy" grilled cheese sandwich. Maybe if the cheese was a brick of gold. Something is wrong with the food scene if they are charging that much for a brick of cheese bookended by bread slabs. Oh, and Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you, too.

So, for the Hamilton's grilled cheese -- it was only $9, according to my receipt. (It would have been $14 if I wanted a side of regular or sweet potato fries.) It had Nancy's Camembert cheese on brioche, along with date puree and a bit of surryano ham. The cheese melted to the consistency of cream cheese, which was weird, but it wasn't awful. Just ... I'd rather have a grilled cheese that is more like grilled cheese.

What a mess! Friends and I booked a table at Lost Society's New Year's Eve party and it was a total bust. Despite having a paid reservation we waited in line for over an hour and when we finally got in, they didn't know where to put us. The door was ridiculously overcrowded and understaffed. We got there around 10 p.m. and almost missed the midnight celebration, which probably wouldn't have noticed since they didn't do a countdown.

Yeesh. This sounds awful. Did they offer you a refund or free drinks or anything?

Also, chatters -- let's hear some more NYE horror stories. They're always amusing.

Annandale or Centreville. I vote for Centreville. Better food and service.

Oh man, why does it have to be a choice? Actually,  I've never been to the Centreville location, but I like Annandale a lot so I'm guessing both are solid. As for the service... I went there one time in a 15+ group of mostly drunk people who kept trying to practice their rudimentary Korean skills on the servers. They were, for the most part, very forgiving of all our shenanigans. So I defend their service!

it seemed like you tried to get local, non-chain places. So why were the areas most popular and often most recognized eateries left out? Also, thumbs down to Two-Amys making the list. It has decent pizza, but its not really anything above the multiple other places that can make a good pie. Adding them twice was really over the top.

Ray's Hellburger and Italian Store didn't get nominations this time around. It's that simple. We sent out calls for nominations beginning in April, and not one voter mentioned either, though they're beloved. I think they just slipped through the cracks. Obviously every single one of us is bummed that one of our favorite places didn't get a nomination -- and that includes Gurus, too -- but on the flipside, we discovered a lot of new places we now love, thanks to readers, including Blanca's (the pupusas really are amazing), Kabob n Karahi, Pasta Plus, and Sunshine General Store.

As for 2 Amy's - I'm with you, I think their time was really like 10 years ago. Same with the Market Lunch pancakes. But readers showed them some love.

My office just moved to NOMA from near the White House. Noon trips to the Renwick are a thing of the past, as are quick strolls to Constitution Hall or Lisner after work. So, what should I be keeping track of in my new neighborhood? I think Folger is walkable, though a bit of a hike. Anything else?

Okay, sounds like you're into the cultural side of things. Not knowing exactly where your office is, here are some things more towards H Street NE to keep in mind: Atlas Performing Arts Center, the H Street Playhouse, Conner Contemporary, Studio H Gallery.... for music, you've got Rock and Roll Hotel, Red Palace, and the jazz club HR-57.

My fiance and I are moving from Bethesda out to the VA suburbs soon, and while we won't be so far away we won't be back to visit, this will be our last free weekend around these parts. Is there anything interesting going on this weekend either in southern Montgomery County or in NW DC (say as far south as Cleveland Park)? We're in our early 30's and are pretty much up for anything - food, drink, activities, etc.

Well, one thing you're not going to find in the Virginia suburbs -- yet -- is well-made craft cocktails, so if you haven't been to Jackie's Sidebar (in a while or ever), I'd make a night of that, then over to Quarry House Tavern for some live roots rock and rockabilly.

If you haven't made it to Brookside Gardens yet, the awesome holiday light display is still on display through this weekend. Bring a flask of hot cocoa.

I agree with Lavanya in general on the DC v MD/VA issue. You just can't win - one chatter said there aren't enough MD restauarants and another said there aren't enough DC restaurants. What can you do? Tom had the same problem yesterday. However, your New York analogy is not apt. Queens and Brooklyn ARE part of New York City. MD and VA are decidedly not DC.

Haha, yes, as is Staten Island. But then you know, there's that whole contingent who live in the "the city" and never leave "the city." Jamaica is Mars -- and Staten Island, well, can't that just go away? (Maybe I should use Long Island as an example instead....)

Are you the Amy McKeever of WSHS? If so, congrats on all your accomplishments!! Long ago are the days of Oracle!

Are you my old journalism teacher? Yes, this is the one and the same Amy from good old Springfield, VA. Speaking of which, does anyone know how Milano's is holding up out by WSHS? That used to be my family's standby, mostly for their salad dressing and chicken souvlaki.

Went to Zaytinya on New Year's Eve with the promise of a 5-course menu (delicious!) and a DJ with dancing. The DJ set up around 11:45pm, and didn't bother to do a countdown! We stood up right before we thought it was getting to midnight to walk over to the DJ area and see what the deal was, and everyone started counting down in a scattered fashion, so we rang in the New Year standing in between a few tables at Zaytinya. The DJ didn't even bother to make an announcement! He then proceeded to play music that is IMHO no good for dancing. We left at about 12:05. The food was so good, but I would definitely not go back for NYE. Are people too cool to countdown these days?

I've heard from multiple people that the bar they were at on Saturday night didn't do any sort of formal countdown. Perhaps they assume that everyone has an iPhone with an Atomic Clock app these days?

"I went there one time in a 15+ group of mostly drunk people who kept trying to practice their rudimentary Korean skills on the servers." I'm curious how much of a tip you left!

That is a great question... and I was DD so I should be the one who remembers but I do not. I hope it was a really generous tip, though.

Also, I see that another chatter agrees that Centreville is the superior location, for what it's worth.

Hey gurus! A fashion issue for you: I know tights with open toed shoes has been a trend lately... but I'm having trouble getting over thinking about it as a faux pas. Context: black dress, peep toe black pumps, fancy dinner out. Would black hose or black tights be ok, or is there a better choice? Would really prefer not to go without hose/tights in this weather. Thoughts?

Holly's not here anymore, unfortunately, so you're left with us. Here's my take: If I saw some woman out walking in freezing cold weather with bare legs, I would feel so cold in sympathy for her. Personally, I would go for the warmest hosiery I could find. If you're wearing all black, there's nothing about your outfit that will really stick out in a bad way. But hey, that's just me.

Is PX not in Virginia anymore?

Okay, I have to admit this is a bias of mine: I don't consider Old Town to be the Va. suburbs. Or Arlington, really, for that matter, since they were originally part of D.C., and they're so well-served by the Metro.

But I do love the cocktails at PX, Majestic, Virtue...

I bet I can get from Arlington to DC quicker than from Manhattan to Queens.

True statement. Especially because the N, R, W, and 7 would all be not running uptown in Manhattan, so you'd have to go downtown to Brooklyn to get a Queens-bound train.

Have to admit I'm a little perplexed about people who don't like hearing about area restaurants which don't happen to be in DC proper. What's the problem with getting outside of your neighborhood? It's not like we're trying to claim a restaurant in Philly as one of our own. The suburban places really aren't that far away. The whole issue seems so parochial.

Agreed.

How is the Shophouse Asian Kitchen (by Chipotle) in Dupont Circle doing? I go there occasionally, the lines seem to be short. I hope it sticks around though.

Well, I've heard some mixed things about it, but I would suspect that it's doing just fine. As you might recall, Chipotle is considering expanding nationally with this concept if all goes well and just this week there was some news out of New York that Chipotle lawyers asked a place named Pure Thai Shophouse to change its name...

I also was at a club that didn't do a countdown. Don't they know that the best part of NYE???

I think the place I was at was a full two minutes late on that countdown. But  the countdown should not be the best part of NYE. By the way, shoutout to U Street Music Hall/Dave Nada for my funnest party of the night (that was just getting going at 2:30.)

Fritz, as I recall, you have started the first weeks of the new year alcohol free in the past. I'm on the wagon for January to give my liver a rest after the holidays. Any thoughts on where to get good mocktails in 2012? Also, any word on Chez Billy's in Petworth? I heard they were hoping to open this month. Thanks!

Yep. I usually give my liver the first few weeks of the year off so that it can regenerate in peace, like some crazy alien life form. (No, really, it's true.) My favorite non-alcoholic drinks (so far) are at PS 7's and Bourbon Steak; both advertise that they can make almost anything on the menu without booze. The key here is to always consult your bartender -- they'll know what flavors they can replicate and what they can't.

Also, a bunch of the hot drinks and hot toddies in my piece on Winter Cocktails can be made without alcohol. The Mexican Mole hot chocolate at Tryst may be missing something without the mezcal, but I bet you won't even notice.

Oh, and as far as Chez Billy goes, the word is "soon."

I had a great NYE - very low key with a trip to our normal bar in Old Town. No cover charge, champagne toast, a countdown, super cheap beer as we are regulars, just enough people to get a great vibe but not so crowded as to be able to hear our friends. Stayed till about 1:30 laughing and chatting. Why in the world do people shell out so much money when most of the time they are disappointed?

More and more people are coming around to your way of thinking, if this year is any indication -- I saw more free/cheap/we're-just-open-with-a-champagne-toast gatherings in 2011 than ever before.

Look for a tiered prairie skirt or a broomstick skirt (the kind that are rolled and tied so that they're pleated). Denim shirt, big leather belt on the outside of the shirt, cowboy hat and boots and you're good to go. Also look for bolo ties. A red bandana is also a good accessory (you can find those at craft stores, often).

I like it!

Anyone who gets into that insular argument tends to be someone I don't want to hang out with - ie - boring. Same goes for the DC vs NYC stuff.

Word. There are great bars, great restaurants, cool people and lame people in every jurisdiction. Now, there are reasons you find, say, more good cocktails in D.C. than in the burbs, but I'm not going to stop recommending Jackie's or PX or whatever because they are in some Tron-esque Outer World beyond the city limits. That would be nuts.

Please, I beg of you for the sake of DC's fashion reputation, DO NOT DO THIS. Tights with peep toes make are marginally better but still - they make a statement that you don't seem to want to be making, especially with the all black ensemble. Can't you just wear closed-toe shoes? It's January.

Haha, vote registered. I was murmuring around the GOG pod that I feel like this trend has passed. In like, 2007.  I vote for closed-toe, too. And you don't have to go all black -- how about a shoe with a little color (and a toe)? Surely you have a pair of blue, green, red or leopard-print babies in the closet?

How can a place that serves both grilled cheese and sushi possibly be any good?

They also do steaks, bahn mi and chacuterie. In short, something for everyone. Oh, and craft cocktails.

Don't wear open toed shoes in the winter. Or, you know, ever. #nobodyhasattractivetoesandImeannobody

more on the subject....I feel like this chatter might be one of my friends...

Did you forget Trummer's??? Also found craft cocktails very pretentious and elitist. I just want a well made vodka tonic or margarita on the rocks. i ant it made by a bartender not a some fool punk mixologist who thinks he or she is god' gift to the planet because they can make an apple martini. Old school rules.

I will go on record as saying the vodka-tonic is the blandest, most pointless cocktail ever known to man. The panda of the cocktail world. Ninty-nine percent of the time, it's a spirit that's supposed to have little or no taste diluted by water with a tang of quinine. The perfect drink for people who want to get drunk without tasting anything.

I went to a great NYE party where there most definitely was a countdown, complete with projection of the ball drop in Times Square, after which the DJ played a house remix of Auld Lang Syne! Wish I could remember more of the party after that though....

Sounds like fun. Where were you?

It is a fact. Distance, traffic, what have you do not change facts! New York City is comprised of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. DC is comprised of DC.

It's getting hot in here.  We are The Washington Post,  and yet we cover areas outside of the District of Columbia. This isn't a controversy. We've only been doing that since, oh, 1877.

I am in need of a cool DC spot for about 25 people to celebrate, drink, eat, and linger. The catch? For Monday night!

Oh, see, if you'd been looking for 25 people on a Friday night, you'd be in trouble. But Monday night is generally easier for going out with a group than Friday. I mean, you could crash Jack Rose, the Passenger, the bar at Fiola, Pi Pizzeria -- just call ahead to make sure they don't have any other parties booked.

Kids! If I have a babysitter for three hours, sorry, but I'm not going to spend 1 hour battling traffic and then another to come home. Sure, I'd love to try more new things farther away, but for now, it's just not reasonable.

Okay, this one is reasonable.

A party at an art studio space off O street. Sort of an "underground" party, but it was on buzzlife so not a private party either.

Nice.

Seconded!

Thank you. I would never hear a word against the gin and tonic, though. Or Washington D.C.'s own Gin Rickey.

I wanted to do a fun event like the NSO performance at Acre 21 last night, but alas, I was born a day too late. Are there any other events you recommend tonight, and if not can you recommend a grown up place like that of Churchkey without the crowds?

You haven't missed your chance to check out the NSO yet -- Sunday there's a great NSO pairing at Bloombars (seriously, I want to go to this thing).  You can make it your post-birthday Sunday night cool-out.  As for the big day tonight, how about Smith Commons on H Street, like Churchkey, but chill vibe, a little less crazy, particularly on a Thursday. Some closer to downtown: I've been liking Blackbyrd, which is still chill on weeknights; BlackJack has been a favorite around here, and if you get there early, it shouldn't be too bad. Meridian Pint is another option for a good vibe, sans crowd.

I'd rather know about great Chinese food along Rockville Pike (A&J, Szechuan Pavilion etc.) then waste my time eating mediocre Chinese in Chinatown. And yes the Red Line does go out to Rockville. People need to relax.

Yes! I've been trying all throughout this chat to come up with a defense for the Gurus over this fake controversy, but this chatter makes a great point for me. Virginia and Maryland have some great food options and it would be unwise to ignore them.

I asked during the food chat but this is really appropriate for the guru's and I hope you will help a girl out. I used to live near Calvert Woodley and they would be by go-to for anything wine related but now I live in Logan Cir. Are there any places that are close to what CW offers in terms of helping you select a wine or will know a brand you had during a vacation and point you in the right direction? My fiance likes to get wines at Whole Foods but I'd like a place where I know they won't steer me wrong or balk when my budget is more $10-15/bottle (but can just as easily offer a good wine when my budget is more than that). I know there's Cork Wine Bar but other recommendations? It seems like it would take me a lot of time to try out all the wine/liquor stores in the area so if there's a way to weed out the options that would be great.

1 West on P Street has been pretty good when I've been looking for wine, though it's no Wine Specialist. Connecticut Avenue Wine and Liquor just north of Dupont Circle is pretty good.

Depending on how far north you are, I still prefer the AM Wine Shoppe and De Vino's in Adams Morgan.

Were any of the chatters getting on high horses about the district line actually born here? I'd be surprised if so, since to me and many of my fellow natives, DC/MD/VA is pretty nebulous. It's all kind of the same.

This is true. Like I said, I grew up/went to high school in P.G., but my friends and I would hang out at record stores in Virginia, go to shows in Annapolis or D.C., catch a movie in Tysons, go on a date in Silver Spring -- we didn't really think anything of jumping in the car and driving to do something. Why everyone has gotten so territorial is beyond me, though, as you imply, it could be people from out of the area who want to "claim" D.C. or Arlington or something.

Bourbon rickeys are the original, and the real deal. (Gin is the only spirit I have never been able to aquire any taste for at all. Too many botanicals.)

I drank so many bourbon rickeys this summer that it wasn't even funny.

But yeah, I drink a lot of gin.

....Just curious. A co-worker mentioned to me that he and his wife paid their sitter $7 an hour on NYE, and I couldn't help but pity the poor teenage girl who got $50 for 7 hours of work. Does this strike anyone else as a borderline violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act?

We were just talking about this! I think I made $6 back in the 90s, but I loved any money I could my hands on. (Though I pity the poor teen.) We hear from staff mommies that it's around $15 for a nanny -- if you're getting a younger, non-pro, you can get away with less.

And especially sub rolls is Gianni's in Odenton off 175. best sub rolls and steak and cheese in the DC area. Sub rolls are some of best on East coast. Rivals the best in Philly and NYC. They also have great pizza.

To wrap up this chat -- a half-hour late! -- I'm going to publish a few of these straggler reader favorites.

I love the devilled eggs & sugared bacon at Jackson's. Best I've ever eaten.

One more....

I got a wonderful grilled cheese sandwich--so oooey & gooey on 7-grain bread--with a small bowl of excellent tomato soup and house made potato chips for $10 at the Park Potomac Founding Fathers. Hubby & I will go back there often.

And another...

There is a painting that I LOVE at the American Art Museum (Joan Mitchell, Sunflower III) but after a lot of searching on the interwebs, there doesn't seem to be anywhere to buy a print. I'm sure it's an estate-related thing, but is the Smithsonian at all helpful with these kind of inquiries? I wouldn't know where to start.

Thankfully, I've had this question before. The Smithsonian has put together a page of resources for people interested in purchasing reproductions of its art.

is a soft serve vanilla ice cream cone from O Danny Boys in Catlett, VA. Best ice cream in the US. Shame on you all wont venture out that far. I guess Tom has rubbed off on you all.

And my favorite kind of message, in keeping with the mildly crabby tone of this chat, the chastising kind...   shame on us.

A little further afield, but Bell's on M has never, ever steered me wrong. Outstanding place.

Yes! Sorry. Love their scotch selection, but the wine is also pretty good.

Thanks for this epic chat, and all of your feedback on Essential Eats. Thanks to Amy McKeever for catching us up on restaurants gossip. See you guys next week, Thursday at 1 p.m.

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