Taqueria Xochi at Little Beast, Washington, DC

Little Beast is a nice neighborhood place.   I went there with my friend Jon Breul too soon after it opened, and it was a mixed experience.  We split a delicious lamb ragu and an okay pizza, and endured slow and confused service — the sort of service you get when you go to a restaurant before it gets its sea legs — with varying degrees … Continue reading Taqueria Xochi at Little Beast, Washington, DC

New Orleans by Myra, Lusby, Maryland, Continued

We interrupt out Tour de Barbecue as we move from Richmond to Eastern North Carolina for a special bulletin: an update on New Orleans by Myra from Michael Boyd, the New Orleans Food Maven.  Here’s Michael’s report on the Alligator Bites basket and the Oyster Po-Boy: The Alligator Bites basket.  First off, it’s a big portion.  Maybe a little over breaded, but that breading was … Continue reading New Orleans by Myra, Lusby, Maryland, Continued

Independence Day 2020 in Cove Point, Maryland

I’ll go out on a limb here and say that 2020 has not been the most pleasant year that I can remember.  Still, it has had its moments.  Here’s what I did on July 4 to celebrate the throwing off of the British yoke — the defeat of the world’s greater empire, and a pivotal expansion of freedom in the world: Usually I’m in Washington … Continue reading Independence Day 2020 in Cove Point, Maryland

New Orleans by Myra, Lusby, Maryland

We all were out in Cove Point, a small Chesapeake Bay beach community in Calvert County, Maryland, on the western shore of the Bay, just outside Lusby.  Michael was in town working and Nancy and Liza decided to take Ella and Lily up to Annapolis to shop there while Nancy’s co-grandmother, Sue Boyd, watched the girls.  I took a pass on that trip, and instead … Continue reading New Orleans by Myra, Lusby, Maryland

Rolling Rib Part II, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Do you like ribs?  Of course you do.  Here are what may be the best ribs in the Washington, DC, area. My search for places in DC, Maryland, and Virginia that cook only with wood took Nancy The Real Trooper and me to Upper Marlboro, way on the other side of the metro area, to Rolling Rib Part II for lunch on a hot, sunny day. … Continue reading Rolling Rib Part II, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Outstanding Carry-Out: Sloppy Mama’s BBQ, Arlington, Virginia

I’ve reviewed Sloppy Mama’s earlier after I went there in my capacity as the local representative of the Campaign for Real Barbecue.  You can read the review here.   I was very favorably impressed by everything, especially their pork, which I declared the best in the area.  The closest I came to a criticism was lamenting that, like almost everyone else around here, they only … Continue reading Outstanding Carry-Out: Sloppy Mama’s BBQ, Arlington, Virginia

Blue 44, Washington, DC

I really like Blue 44.  It’s a friendly neighborhood place, only a short walk from our house.  The food is dependably good and fresh.  The menu changes fairly often, but it always contains some standout dishes, including the Bistro Chicken, a half chicken with mushrooms and lardons in a cream sauce with some carrots and potatoes.  Wonderful.  A while back, I organized a monthly lunch … Continue reading Blue 44, Washington, DC

Great Barbecue on Thursdays at the Riverdale Park, Maryland, Farmers Market

The great barbecue is from 2fifty Texas BBQ, which I have reviewed here, and whose quarantine carry-out procedures I’ve detailed here.  The carry-out process is well thought out, careful, safe, and efficient.  And tasty.  This is easily the best barbecue available anywhere in the area, and the brisket is the best for hundreds of miles. The only problem is that for now, their current shop … Continue reading Great Barbecue on Thursdays at the Riverdale Park, Maryland, Farmers Market

I’m Eddie Cano, Washington, DC

UPDATE:  I’m Eddie Cano now deliver dinners via robots! Nancy and I have been eating in during the lockdown for the most part, but we have ordered delivery a couple of times. Most recently, Nancy and I got take-out from I’m Eddie Cano, just down Connecticut Avenue from us. First, ordering and pickup was a breeze. We called just before 6:00, gave our order, and … Continue reading I’m Eddie Cano, Washington, DC

The Best Quarantine Dining: 2fifty Texas BBQ, Riverdale Park, Maryland

UPDATE:  Their new place is open at 4700 Riverdale Rd, Riverdale Park.  Try it! What a great place to get barbecue!  I first went to 2fifty Texas as part of my duties with the Campaign for Real Barbecue to find places in the region that cook barbecue exclusively with wood or coals: no gas or electrical heat allowed.  As part of my duties, I ate … Continue reading The Best Quarantine Dining: 2fifty Texas BBQ, Riverdale Park, Maryland