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A Cut Above

Eatonville: Southern Comfort

Brought to the U street area in 2009 by Busboys and Poets’ Andy Shallal, southern comfort eatery Eatonville brings far more to the neighborhood than it’s far oversized dining room might indicate.  Receiving a big thumbs up from Michelle Obama in the form of two visits in less than half a year, Eatonville really is worth trying out.

Before getting into the menu itself, some aspects of my eating experience at Eatonville really stand out.  The oversized dining room, while a bit daunting, is nicely decorated, well lit and allows the establishment to host interesting events like their ‘Food &Folklore’ series.  

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The Morning Roundup

The Morning Roundup: 8/3/2012

Only one real deal for you to end the week.

Fifty-Fifty: Living Social is offering up $20 for $45 dollars of food to DC eatery, Tuscana West.  Tuscana West is one of a number of upscale Italian restaurants in downtown DC, and today’s livingsocial deal can be enough for two entrees, depending on what you order.  Any more than that, though, and you’ll be going over your limit. Planning a nice dinner downtown, want a few dollars off, and don’t care about ordering wine? Grab this.  Other than that, probably not worth it.

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Bargain Bites

Cafe Carvy: Clean Shaven

There is a man.  He is behind a counter.  The counter resides at the back of the commercial space at 1020 19th Street NW.  He holds in his hand a blade.  He carves.  Day after day, facing down a large turkey breast and sides of roast beef and ham, he carves.

Located on 19th between K and L, Cafe Carvy is a new sandwich spot serving out their wares during the work day to the suited denizens of the downtown DC business establishment.  They have a relatively small menu but their focus is on their handcarved meats.  

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A Cut Above

Ardeo Bardeo: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

We return again to Cleveland Park for another really great dining experience.  Ardeo Bardeo is an American bistro with a sleek interior and a varied and exciting menu.  Featuring a large central bar, a rooftop and a 14 person communal table, Ardeo Bardeo smartly bills itself as a social destination, a place for classy hangouts and some high end snacking.  This is not the restaurant’s only focus though, there is also a devotion to the fine dining experience as evidenced by the detailed artistry of the dishes and the attentive and thoughtful service of the staff.

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The Morning Roundup: 7/24/2012

Happy Tuesday folks, here goes nothing:

Must Buy: The Capitol Deal is coming in hot today with a big deal from Local 16.  This U street spot is hosting a pig roast with all you can drink Peroni… for $15. The evening will have live music and will go towards helping out Midcity Dog Days, a major U street festival coming in August, and Think Local First.  The kicker here is that it is only a one day event.  So get free’d up this Thursday July 26th, and from 5 to 8 PM, you can have unlimited drinking and a whole lot of pig.  

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Food Trucks

Far East Taco Grille: C-C-C-Combo Breaker

Far East Taco Grille is a truck that I have been meaning to try for a very long long time.  The reason it has taken so long is their constant, huge line of customers.  These guys are real players on the foodtruck scene, drawing massive crowds even at major food truck centers where they are not the only option.  So, what do they offer that other trucks don’t?  What do they bring to the table to attract the lunch time horde over and over?  Is it the sexy/sleek all  black truck or the low price tag?  

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The Morning Roundup: 07/18/2012

A couple of really strange deals today, lets jump right in.

Must Buy:  Scoutmob is offering up a ‘Heavy Metal Brunch for two’ at Rock and Roll Hotel for $40.  Served from noon to 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday, I wasn’t too sure about this deal until I read a bit deeper.  You each get a large entree (either bacon wrapped hot dogs or chicken and waffles), a ‘red rum’ frozen cocktail, and bottomless bloody mary’s and mimosas, all served on the locations rooftop porch.  So what makes this deal a must buy is that you can presumably arrive at noon, eat, and then day drink your pants off until 5pm for just $20 a person.  

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Food Trucks

Bayou Bros: Gator Done

If you find yourself at the intersection of 12th and G streets, NW, during the lunch rush, you are going to find that you have a few too many options.  You see, Metro Center is a food truck hub.  It isn’t as hectic as Farragut Friday perhaps, but coming face to face (face to truck?) with six or seven distinct rolling eateries can be a grueling decision making experience.  This is the situation I find myself in on a particular Tuesday afternoon.  I decide against hitting up my old standard, Yellow Vendor, because I want to bring you something new.  

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The Morning Roundup: 7/3/2012

Fifty-Fifty: $15 for $30 to Yves Bistro in Alexandria from LivingSocial is a classic lunch fifty-fifty.  While going in the evening will run you between $20 and $30 per entree, during lunch almost all of their menu items are under $10.  But the lunch menu is build with a good number of options from burgers and sandwiches to pastas and pizzas.  Again, a great lunch deal, when night begins to fall… steer clear.

Looks to me that all the other deal sites have decided to take the 3rd for the 4th.  I’ll be keeping my eyes open to see if anything pops up, but as it stands, its just the one.  

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The Morning Roundup: 6/27/2012

Happy hump day!  You are almost there!  Here are the deals!

Fifty-Fifty: $15 for $30 over at Layalina in Arlington from scoutmob is an okay deal.  Boasting an extensive menu, Layalina heavily features it’s Lebanese and Syrian roots.  Unfortunately, the menu, with it’s plethora of spiced meat as well as hummus and vegetarian options is pretty expensive.  Most of the entrees sit just under $20 meaning your coupon wont do all that much.  Also, it is a bit of a ways outside the city.  

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