For his First Bite column, the Washington Post's Tom Sietsema visits Tash House of Kabob on Barracks Row, where he finds good food in a stylish setting.
Dip into the smoky baba ghanouj and forge on with lamb kubideh, a rope of ground meat freckled with parsley, garlic and peppercorns and presented with fragrant rice dotted with lima beans. But you might want to crowd the table as well with Tash's very good olive dip. [WaPo]
Tyler Cowen pays a visit to Hot Spot in Fairfax, a Chinese hot pot restaurant run by a Korean family.
The quality is excellent and the ma la spicy broth is as good and as authentic as you could expect. $22.95 for all you can eat is a bargain because the execution on ingredients is strong.
Meanwhile, WaPo's Good to Go column samples the subs at Mother Ruckers, where the bread is flimsy but the toppings are plentiful. From Nevin Martell:
Naturally, there's a Godfather 2 ($6.50), sporting mortadella, capicola, ham and provolone. The non-threatening H Street Favorite is a winner, with generous amounts of turkey, ham, roast beef and provolone, and even better when pumped up with lots of hot pepper relish and a few shakes of Italian seasoning. [WaPo]
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