Great deal for $10 - I got three good sized meatballs (the classic style) over marscapone polenta and a salad of figs and goat cheese. Very yummy and much healthier than I was expecting when I first walked up to a meatball truck. And yes, I only went there because the name made me smile, but it was worth it! And the meatball guy was extremely friendly and funny and went above and beyond - he jumped out of the truck to deliver my food and chased me down the sidewalk to give me a buy 10 - get the 11th free cards.
This restaurant has been getting great reviews, but as happens often, they can't keep up with the hype. This is a cozy little restaurant that I don't think has been prepared for the number of people attracted by a good review. We definitely wanted to give this place a try, but on the Saturday night that we stopped by, the hostess seemed a little overwhelmed. My sister made a rather tart remark to her while we were being seated, but I had hoped that we could still enjoy our meal after a bumpy start. However, instead of "letting it go" the manager came by our table and instead of offering any sort of apology, started to give us a little lecture! My sister could do with a little less attitude, but I was NOT going to be lectured on manners in a crowded restaurant by a complete stranger. So we left. I would recommend trying this restaurant on an off-hour and find another place for Saturday-night until this place has a chance to "grow-up."
We loved our experience at this restaurant! We might not have even stopped here for dinner except that my little sister twisted her ankle on Broadway and we just needed a place to stop for awhile on the way back to the hotel. We were seated on the balcony overlooking the Main Concourse at Grand Central Terminal, which provided amazing opportunities to admire the architecture and people-watch. I was surprised that the traffic from all the travelers didn't cause a noise problem during our meal, but I guess that place is so big that it could absorb even all the sound from the holiday rush of people.
Our servers were so sweet to us. Even though we probably looked a little grubby from a day of sight-seeing, they were really nice and even got a bag of ice and let my sister put her foot up on the seat during out meal. They were also very efficient without being intrusive on our lively sisterly banter during the meal.
The food was phenomenal. I got a couple of Bloody Marys, which were delicious, and my little sister got a couple of pink cocktails that she enjoyed. We split the tuna tartare, and I wish we hadn't because it was so good. I wanted one all to myself. We ordered two bone-in ribeye steaks, which had a lovely spicey crispy crust and juicy centers cooked exactly as ordered. We also ordered the sauted mushrooms and asparagus as sides. Nothing special to be said about the asparagus, but the mushrooms were delightful.
I would highly recommend this restaurant!
Many people swear by this place for a great sandwich, but "meh" describes my feelings exactly. The bread is tasty, but very European in style (i.e. too hard and dry like stale bread). All the sandwiches, the soups, and the salads I have tried have been fine, but too pricey for a casual lunch place. I hate that I can't walk out of there without paying $10+ for almost no food at all.
I would never think to dive off the street and down the sketchy staircase leading into this basement restaurant, but all of my international friends encouraged me to try this place out. The food was excellent! I have now eaten there three times, and each time I have loved the dish that I have gotten.
The atmosphere leaves a little bit to be desired, however. It is below street level and feels very cramped. The ceilings are low and the tables are crowded into a much too small space in my opinion. As this place gets packed at lunch time, there's often a long wait, and they don't take reservations. Also, because of the tight quarters and crowds, it is very loud and does not make for a quiet lunch. I went with some co-workers, but I would never try to have any sort of "business" meal here. The artwork is also a little darkly religious - it was beautiful in colors, but felt a little oppressive the more attention I paid to the artwork.
We've now purchased 3 vehicles from this dealership, and George (Davaa Enkhtur) was the best salesperson that we've worked with so far, but the others were good, too. George was knowledgeable, diligent, considerate, followed-up frequently, and even provided us with snacks while we were waiting! This was a great buying experience.
Total hole in the wall place - hard to find unless you know it's there, but great pho! I am Vietnamese, and while I don't have the most discerning palate, I took my parents there. My mom raved about the pho, and if you know anything about Asian moms, she is not one to pull her punches. They have already told me, I will be taking them again when they next come to visit.
This is your typical, high-priced, fine-dining DC restaurant. Super-expensive for small portions of excellent tasting food. We arrived earlier in the evening (around 6PM), but the place was packed as we were leaving on a random Wednesday night. I can't imagine what it is like on the weekends.
What makes this place different is that the restaurant is very committed to making your dining experience organic, sustainable, and Amish- influenced while sitting on reclaimed-wood. I don't really care about any of that, but others in the group were charmed by the effort to make the restaurant environmentally friendly.
Our waiter, however, was outstanding. He did a mini-wine tasting for us with the House reds and whites. He was extremely knowledgeable about the wines and menu items. This was a business dinner, and he was able to pull off being attentive without being intrusive.
Overall an excellent dining experience, although I wish every course had been a little bit bigger considering the price we were paying.
Nothing amazing about this place, but nothing offensive so far either. For downtown DC, this place definitely provides dependable Thai cuisine at reasonable prices for lunch or dinner. I've had a variety of items from the menu, and I haven't been disappointed yet. I am overjoyed that they are not stingy about the rice, which is the cheapest thing ever. This is a pet peeve of mine, and I hate going to restaurants that seem to act like they can't spare a decent portion of rice.
While usually extremely fast and efficient, this place can get very crowded. I was there last Friday for lunch, which took an hour and a half - I was not very happy about this.
This place was all hype - there's a reason Bobby Flay constantly loses when he challenges people to duels on the Food Network! I went with a few co-workers and here's our insights:
The burgers - the meat was good, but the buns were too small, so the burger gets very soggy and eventually just breaks apart while you are eating. I will applaud the freshness of the toppings, however, as the lettuce was very crisp. While there are some novel toppings available for the burgers, in our opinions there was nothing that justified the increase in price for basic ground beef. I was glad I asked for my burger well-done, because if I had asked for medium I'm confident it would have come out rare. They were obviously rushing to turn out enough burgers for the crowds.
Sides - these have to be ordered and paid for separately from the burger. We tried the regular fries and the sweet potato fries. They were good, but a pricey add-on. Definitely glad we ordered with the expectation of sharing. I liked the Bobby's French Fry sauce - not sure if this is supposed to be some secret sauce or not...
Drinks - the soft drinks were self-serve in a corner of the restaurant, which was awkward, because it was the same area most people were waiting to get their burgers, making it very tight and crowded. The milk shakes were good, but pretty basic. The milk shake came with a huge straw, which I guess is supposed to be an indicator of shake's thickness, but it just made me feel like I was giving my drink a BJ with the level of suction I was exerting.
The atmosphere: this restaurant is really just a glorified fast-food spot, not a full-service restaurant. Modern decor and going for a hip vibe with communal tables and stools. While the communal table thing might work well in bars and clubs, I thought it was awkward here. To make the club-vibe even worse, they have bouncers at the door that only let a few people into the restaurant at a time.
Next time, I'll skip this place and just get a burger at a regular restaurant.