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Kouzina Angelina: A Homecoming

This post is one of a personal nature for me. It is perhaps going to ramble a bit more than usual, but I promise it’s worth it. This is a story about friendship and pizza. The story begins back in 2009. I was living on P St in Dupont, writing for the original incarnation of Eat the District, and happened to discover a magical pizza place known as Goody’s. Many of my friends ate there with me in those days and remember Angelina, the pizza chef with quite possibly the biggest heart in the restaurant business.

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King Street Cafe

We’ve talked in the past about the neighborhood deli. It’s a great thing. The place where you go where the owner knows your name and knows your order. The food’s inexpensive and you can get it and get out without much fuss. I told about one of Del Ray’s with Market 2 Market. Today I’m venturing over Old Town to hit up another excellent spot, King Street Cafe.

In an area known for its good food, King Street Cafe may be one of the area’s more unassuming spots. It really is a hole in the wall.

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Arthur Treacher’s Fish and Chips and Bulgogi

In the Ledroit Park neighborhood — on the border with Shaw — on Florida Ave, you find a curious site. Sitting at 400 Florida NW is an Arthur Treacher’s Fish and Chips. Now this in and of itself wouldn’t be that curious. There are roughly 45 Arthur Treacher’s in the United States, but this is the only of its kind. Why? Well a sign on the exterior this Arthur Treacher’s proclaims $6.99 for Bulgogi and Rice. This isn’t an uncommon trend. A number of Korean owned restaurants have branched out from their traditional roots and added bulgogi or bibimbap (King Street Cafe, which will appear here later is one such restaurant).

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Red Toque Cafe

Courtesy of redtoquecafe.com

Red Toque Cafe, on the corner of R and 6th Street NW, is an unassuming little restaurant; its website boasts not of a fancy new chef or a special summer menu but of their “new” (as of April 2011) awning.  Inside, though, is a charming neighborhood spot, with counter service for quick takeout or tables for sit-down dining. More importantly, they’re offering up some tasty Middle Eastern-style food. This place isn’t perfect, and the menu definitely has some misses, but there are enough hits to make this “local neighborhood kabob grill” a regular on your Bargain Bites rotation.

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Bloo Moo: Oh the Toppings

I love froyo. I’m going to go out on a limb and say I like it more than ice cream. Heresy, you cry! Madness, you scream! It’s true my friends. Give me a cup of tart yogurt over a cup of your finest cookie dough any day. This has nothing to do with health consciousness or my love(?) of probiotics. What this has to do with is straight up taste. I enjoy the crisp and refreshing flavor of yogurt on a hot summer day. One of the DC food fads that I’ve truly embraced, especially the DIY version that’s become so prevalent, frozen yogurt has quickly become one of my favorite desserts.

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Vace

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The strip of storefronts across the street from the Cleveland Park Metro station is filled with classier restaurants: Ardeo + Bardeo, Ripple, Lavandou, and Dino are all there, and Palena is only shopping center away.  But tucked in among these pricey, white tablecloth restaurants is Vace, an unassuming Italian delicatessen and store that’s hands down the best food value in the neighborhood.

Let’s start with the pizza. Is it 2 Amys or La Forchetta?  

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Siam House

We’ve written about Thai food in this space before. DC is home to many mediocre overpriced Thai restaurants. It’s very easy to serve a passable Pad Thai. It’s not a very complex dish. But making really good, really fresh Thai food is more challenging. There’s fewer out of this world Thai restaurants out there. You have to wade through a lot of bad Tom Yum Soup to find the truly good places. Evan found one in Beau Thai. I’m going to tell today about one of my favorite, Cleveland Park’s Siam House.

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Georgetown Bagelry

Bagels. Everyone loves bagels. I’m pretty sure that’s a fact. I’ve written about bagels here on Eat the District before (in it’s older incarnation). Bagels Etc. used to be my weekend stumble out of the apartment go to. But I’ve gotten older, friends and I’ve moved north to Tenleytown. The options here are more limited, especially when it comes to bagels. The best option is a quick drive north to Bethesda. There you’re presented with two options: Bethesda Bagels and Georgetown Bagelry.

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Pork Barrel BBQ

Welcome back to our 2nd of a two part piece on Pork Barrel BBQ. Yesterday you read my interview with co-owner Bill Blackburn (what? you didn’t read it? go and do that NOW), today I’m going to talk about the food.

Let’s get this out of the way: the food at Pork Barrel is phenomenal. They turn out consistently moist and tender barbecue and everything I’ve had there is delicious. When eating barbecue I tend to favor beef barbecue, and so today I’m going to talk about two of their dishes that you may not know about due to your love of pork.

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Chicken Out

When it comes to good, quick takeout food, we here at Eat the District love a good piece of roast chicken, especially when it’s cheap. There are many chicken places in the city (Evan already went to El Pollo Sabroso and loved it), and we’ll probably get to a bunch more before we’re all said and done here. That being said, not all of these places are created equal. Roast chicken, while a pretty simple dish, can easily end up dry and tasteless in the wrong hands. There’s no worries about that when you eat at Chicken Out.

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