Archive for the ‘Pizza’ Category

Here’s a few various things from the last couple weeks:

  • Hollywood East Cafe is having a 14-dish meal to celebrate Chinese New Year, complete with Lion Dance. More information can be found here.
  • Wheaton Patch posted a story about the second generation at Los Chorros trying to increase their visibility. That story is here. My review of Los Chorros is here.
  • Eatin’ in Wheaton recently reviewed K Town Bistro in Kensington. The review can be found here.
  • Been There, Eaten That loves the spicy food at Nava Thai. The review is here.
  • Recently, while surfing the Internet I came across a condiment called Mike’s Hot Honey.

    It’s essentially honey infused with chilies. I highly recommend ordering some. I’ve put it on roast duck, bagel with butter, and chicken. The possibilities are endless. You can find out more about it here.

  • I’ve been able to try some great beers in the past couple of weeks. Some of my favorites are as follows:

  • I was recently at Woodmoor Supermarket and was blown away by their beer selection. I found a bottle of Baying Hound Angel’s Nectar.

    I’m a big fan of Baying Hound because they make good beers and they are local. This particular beer is a chamomile honey wheat beer.

  • While at Arrowine a few weeks back, I came across Bell’s Winter White Ale.

    This is a nice change of pace from the usual heavy winter ales. It’s a nice, light witbier. I highly recommend this beer.

  • I finally got around to trying Newcastle’s Winter IPA.

    I liked it, but it did not have any kind of bite to it. I like my IPA’s to be hoppier. However, this beer did taste good and I would definitely drink it again. It won’t blow you away but you’ll most likely grab another one.

  • Last week I stopped at Beers and Cheers and picked myself up a six-pack of Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale.

    I’ve never tried a beer from Tröegs that I didn’t like, and this one was no different. This is an Amber ale which a nice hoppy aftertaste. Pick this up if you come across it.

  • I went to Gilly’s recently and decided to make my own 6-pack. One of the beers I chose was a Scrimshaw Pilsner by North Coast Brewing Company.

    My initial instinct was that this beer almost had a salty flavor, in a good way. This was a fantastic beer.

    I also tried the new Flying Dog Wileman Farmhouse IPA.

    This beer just debuted this month. It was one of the best Flying Dog beers that I have ever tried. It’s a nice, crisp beer that packs a punch (7.5% ABV).

    Also in the 6-pack, I had a a Long Trail Harvest.

    Addmittedly, I was drawn to it because of the label. This is a brown ale from Vermont brewed with maple syrup. Truthfully, there is not a lot of flavor to this beer.

    I also tried a Slam Dunkel from Weyerbacher.

    I loved this beer. It’s a Weizenbock with a very balanced taste.

    Another beer I tried was Full Sail’s Amber.

    This was a very tasty, amber ale. It didn’t blow me away, but good none the less.

    In addition to the 6-pack, I picked up a bomber of Amber Dog by Pub Dog.

    I bought this mainly because it’s brewed in Maryland. I’ve tried Pub Dog beers before, and they are pretty good but nothing amazing. I liked this beer, but as I drank it I forgot I was drinking it. It’s a middle of the road beer.

  • Recently, I also tried the new Sam Adams Alpine Spring.

    I’m not sure why I bought a Spring beer so early, but I did, and I wasn’t crazy about it. This beer tastes way too citrusy. After a few sips, I slightly adjusted but I didn’t really enjoy it much. I’d be open to trying it again in the actual Spring time.

  • Speaking of beer, I was in New Jersey a couple of weeks ago visiting a friend and we were looking for a place to watch some NFL playoffs. Our options were slim, so we decided to go to Uno’s in Hamilton, NJ. I have not been to Uno’s since I was a kid, and I remember it used to be a treat when my family would go. Normally, we’d get Little Cesars or Pizza Hut.

    My expectations were extremely low, but to be honest it wasn’t all that bad. We were quickly seated, and our waitress handed us a beer menu. I couldn’t believe it – a whole page of craft beers on tap. I ordered a 20oz Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA for $7.50! I paid the same amount for a glass half that size at Dogfish Head Alehouse. Not only did they have great beers on tap, you could even buy growlers. Granted, the prices were awful but just the fact that you could do so blew me away.

    The food was definitely quantity over quality. We tried the wings, and I found it weird that they did not have hot wings. However, our waitress brought us a bottle of Tobasco. The service was quick, and again, the beer selections were great. They had Dogfish Head 90 Minute, Old Rasputin, and countless other great beers on draft and even more in bottles. While I won’t go out of my way to eat at Uno’s, if they all have this beer selection, I’ll certainly stop in for a beer.

  • Speaking of pizza, I recently ordered again from Big Papa Pizza and Wings in Arlington, VA. We ordered a Hawaiian pizza, a chicken parmesean sub, and an order of fries. The food came FAST which we really liked. Also, the pizza is definitely better then average. The crust is really good. The sub was pretty good, but nothing to go out of your way for. The fries came soggy so we had to crisp them up in the stove. I still want to try the wings. However, the draw here is definitely the pizza. Great pizza, fast service, and good prices make this place a winner.
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Good afternoon, everybody!

Just a couple of updates in the world of food from our area.

  • Elevation Burger is now open in Wheaton Mall. It’s located next to Panera. I’m yet to try Elevation Burger, but I have heard mixed reviews. I’m sure I’ll get over to the mall to try it out soon.
  • DCsocialite is reporting that the Arlington location of Pollo Rico is now taking credit cards. No mention of the Wheaton location. I’m interested to hear if they are now taking cards in Wheaton. The story is here.
  • Wheaton Patch recently reviewed Nut House Pizza. Never tried it myself. The review is here.
  • Tom Sietsema really enjoyed his meal at Fishnet, the new seafood restaurant in College Park. The review is here.
  • Eatin’ in Wheaton contemplates ordering chicken feet.
  • The Ecclesiastical Revue enjoyed the bánh mì at Saigonese.
  • Congee is good for the soul. Or so says Janet Yu, the owner of Hollywood East. Read the article here.
  • Speaking of soup, Hôpital Sacré Coeur shares a recipe for Jouwoumou, a Haitian soup that is traditionally served on New Years Day. One of the ingredients is a tropical squash that can be found at HanHnReyn Asian Market in Silver Spring. The link is here.
  • Rockville Spoons checked out the Great Wall Supermarket in Rockville, located where Jeepers used to be on Rockville Pike. The link is here.
  • Earlier this week, I went to the open house at Beers and Cheers in Germantown. They were offering 20% off of everything in the store, and were having beer and wine tastings. This was a great event and there were a lot of people there. I was able to try the Sam Adams Double IPA which was delicious.
  • I had a craving for tacos yesterday, and was in the Arlington area. I drove past El Chilango but did not have any cash and there is nowhere nearby that is convenient to take out any money. I drove to El Charrito Caminante and they were closed. I didn’t realize they are not open on Tuesdays. I ended up ordering food at Chevy’s this week, which I hadn’t done in a long time. I ordered the Chevy’s Super Cinco which included one chicken enchilada, one beef enchilada, a beef crispy taco, a hand rolled pork tamale, and a hand battered chile relleno. Chevy’s food is not worth screaming from the rooftops, but it’s not too bad when you get the craving for Mexican food. We played an order for carryout, and they were very prompt about bringing me my food when I arrived. This is not my go-to choice, but I’m glad it’s there.

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Hope everyone had a great weekend.

Not too much to report here. I did try the pizza from Big Papa’s Pizza in Arlington over the weekend. We ordered the Hawaiian, which was $14.99 for a large. The delivery was fairly quick and the pizza was very good. I’ll definitely keep it in mind for the future.

In other news:

The excellent LeoNora Bakery just opened their storefront in Clarendon. I first came across their bread at Arrowine, and I look forward to checking out the store.

DMV Dining really enjoyed their visit to the newly opened Fishnet in College Park. Their review is here. I will be starting up school at UMUC next year so I will definitely be checking this place out.

Wheaton Patch reported on a drastic drop in the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay. The link is here.

WTOP’s Beer of the Week is Great Lakes Christmas Ale. I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about this beer, but I still haven’t tried it yet. The link is here.

That’s all for now!

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Being that I only have a 30 minute lunch, I have explored most places that I can quickly get to and grab a quick lunch. The choices are pretty slim. One of the places that I am glad that I discovered is Mangino’s Pizzeria, located at Washingtonian gas station.

I am sure that some people are hesitant to eat something from a gas station. However, there are many places serving great food out of gas stations. There’s Fast Gourmet in D.C., Taco Bar in Gaithersburg, and Global Cafe in Wheaton.

Mangino’s might not look like much, but it’s a good place to grab a quick lunch. The first time I went, I tried their chicken parmesan sub. Chicken parmesan is one of my favorite foods and yet I have been having trouble finding a place to order one in Germantown. The sub was pretty good, nothing amazing, but it was hot and I really liked the sauce they used. There are two small tables if you decide to eat inside the shop.

I went yesterday because I wanted to try their pizza. I got two slices of pepperoni and a grape soda for $4.99. The pizza was delicious and greasy. It was on the thinner side, and was very cheesy. A great, cheap, lunch. Plus you can fill up your tank and still make it back to work on time!

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