DC Eats 2.0

I dig you, DC. Thanks for all the new eats (the first DC Eats can be found here)!


Bantam King

501 G St NW, Washington, DC 20003

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There seems to be a battle over whose ramen reigns supreme in DC’s Chinatown. When I asked my cousin to try crowd favorite Daikaya with me, he promised that it isn’t worth the frequently over an hour wait, and that his favorite spot is Bantam King.

It’s easy to see why. It was probably the most traditional, legitimate, best ramen I’ve ever had, fish cake and all.


Denson Liquor Bar

600 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

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My cousin being a champ about me needing to take pictures of everything we eat & drink (Him & his stellar pink tie also seen in the above picture, while I have a photoshoot with our ramen). My drink on the left, served in a chilled glass.

This was a recommendation I collected from another participant in the training I attended all week. Speakeasies are my jam, and are also having a major moment in DC. There’s plenty to choose from, but Denson should be on your list.

It’s not too hard to find; no fancy codes or trick doors or all of that, just a set of stairs from street level down into the bar. It’s apparently always crowded, and hovering around the bar is allowed until you can scoop up a seat. The tables will be off-limits. There’s a massive list of wine, beer and spirits, and overall good vibes. If you’re a gin drinker, get “The Delilah.”


I Thai

3003 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

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Sometimes places on a main shopping street are mediocre. It’s likely they get a lot of traffic, but unlikely that they’re good. That’s not the case with I Thai. I Thai is on M Street in Georgetown. While it’s not the most adventurous of culinary experiences, it’s fast, everything is fresh and hot, and it’s the perfect spot if you don’t feel like going very far from all the shopping. There’s a fun bubble tea and smoothie shop beneath it!


Eno Wine Bar

2810 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

I honestly don’t think I’ve been to a real wine bar before Eno. I’m more of a beer or cocktail kind of girl, but Eno made me reconsider my stance. They have several locations all over the United States. It was the best possible place to spend my last evening in DC sharing stories with a new friend from my training, and my glass of of Italian Sauvignon Blanc was the cherry on top.

 

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Very Bad Blogging

In my struggle effort to reach the coveted title of “semi-functioning adult,” I realized I’ve fallen into this hole of forgetting to carve out time for food adventures. Neglecting the blog and all of the wonderful things there are to eat in this world is the last thing I want to be doing, so I offer you some notes on three Manhattan spots that have taken the internet by storm. Let’s raise our desserts to making time to do what you love.


Milk & Cream Cereal BarLittle Italy

My old roommate and I actually stumbled upon Milk & Cream by accident, on a gray Saturday afternoon in May. It plays upon the success of Momofuku’s infamous and ever Instagram-worthy cereal milk ice cream, but on a major sugar high. If you go traditional, you’ll be allowed one cereal choice to blend into your ice cream and one topping, all in a cup or in a The Konery cone (As a heads up, the Birthday Cake Konery cone is pretty but is not a good choice.) If you’re fancier, go for a Signature Blend. No worries about the size of the line, the staff is totally on it!

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Personal fav: Vanilla ice cream with Cinnamon Toast Crunch blended in, topped with chocolate chips *drools*.


DOGreenwich Village

DO now has adorable storefront Greenwich Village, after churning out edible, egg-less cookie dough from a kitchen in Kips Bay for quite a few years.

It’s sugary, creative, and actually feels kind of naughty… like you should be eating all of whatever you order before whomever used to bake cookies with you comes back to scold you for sticking your fingers in the raw dough and give you a lecture on the dangers of eating uncooked eggs. However, just like back in the day, one scoop is probably all you need, even without the raw eggs; it’s very dense. Prepare yourself for a minor food comatose shortly following.


EgglooChinatown

When my friend Kendra comes to town, all we do is eat. So when she told me she wanted to find Eggloo, I knew it was going to be good.

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And it was. It’s not fancy, just fun. You have your choice of bubble waffle and your choice of ice cream. Oh, and your topping limit is uncapped. Smother your whole life in mini M & M’s and chocolate Pocky while you can.

Gettin’ Down in Noodletown

For the holidays I bought my dad a book titled 1001 Restaurants You Must Experience Before You Die. At first it was kind of a gag until he actually wound up loving it, and now it lives in the kitchen at my parents’ house and has been referenced quite a few times. Of course, I thumbed through it before wrapping it up for him- a quick perusal of the New York section. Everything had 875,692 dollar signs next to it, a sure sign that I’d never come up with the money or get a reservation…except for Great New York Noodletown.

Months later I finally got my life organized enough to make time to try it, because c’mon, it’s called Noodletown. Upon further research, I found out that it’s an Anthony Bourdain favorite. Its around $7-8 per dish and their dishes are substantial, therefore costing less than potentially anything else Manhattan (Kidding, but still…). No reservations necessary. Roast Pork Wonton Soup fixes everything because it’s like a hug in a bowl. How could you possibly say no?!

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The meat is perfect. It tastes like a spare rib without the greasy artificial sauce, salty and drenched in broth. The wontons are shrimp (which is NOT CLARIFIED on the menu, please be careful if you have an allergy!), and they come with the tails removed, completely cooked and wrapped tightly. There’s also a boatload of thin, ramen-like noodles in the bottom, and no fork for you to tackle them with, so you’re just supposed to have at it with your chopsticks. Shovel and slurp to your heart’s content as long as your table has agreed that it’s a judgement-free zone.

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Dragged my roommate along with me, her fried rice was also amazing!

Nothing is greasy, nothing is dripping oil, and everything is authentic. It’s a no frills kind of place, but you’ll still feel right at home.


Great New York Noodletown

28 Bowery

New York, NY 10013

http://greatnynoodletown.com/