"My parents introduced me to this popular restaurant when I was a chubby and bitchy teen in High School. Flash forward 6 years later and it has been the recipient of many cheap eats awards and has been featured on numerous local magazines — to me, it definitely wins the award for WORST parking situation possible. However, on a positive note, their acclaimed Crispy Squid dish will blow your mind! I mean, the dish even impressed my lover/partner in crime, HQ Duong — and she’s one
food critic tough cookie. The dish utilizes garlic to its maximum potential while it’s not overly oily to get that savory crispiness taste.
Thai Square | Location: 3217 Columbia Pike, Arlington VA | Food: Crispy Squid with Basil, Rating: 4.5/5, Price: $13.95 | For The Record: sauteed with chili peppers, garlic, basil leave
"Sometimes, the trailer is better than the actual movie OR the picture online of the dress looks cooler than when it arrives at my house — man, I really hate that. And sometimes, the picture of the food looks tastier than it actually is *cough cough*! I do think that the price is doable for the variety of seafood but it just happens that the seafood is missing any hint of flavor — not to mention that their bread was stale and burnt, which is a pretty important component of this dish if you ask me!"
Luke’s Lobster | Location: 624 E St, Washington DC | Food: Taste of Maine, Price: $22.00, Rating: 3/5 | For The Record: half lobster roll, half shrimp roll, half crab roll, 2 Jonah crab claws, root soda, chips
"I can’t claim this entire giant plank of salty, fatty, juicy awesomeness to myself — I shared it for a dinner date with my good gf, Jeein Ahn! She drank red wine like a pro, I drank water like a wimp and we chatted over the perfect amount of cured meat, tangy mustard condiment and freakishly sour pickles that made my face scrunch up! We both thoroughly enjoyed yourselves, the service and the restaurant."
Proof | Location: 775 G St NW, Washington DC | Food: Full Charcuterie Board, Price: $29.00 | Rating: 4/5 | For The Record: prosciutto, jamon derrano, speck, coppa, cacciatore, house made pate
I still remember watching Guy Fieri giving a rave review on Dx3 for spam when he covered Hawaii. Back in the day, before the Hula Girl Food Truck, you couldn’t get this bizarre concoction anywhere in the DMV! So thank you SF for having a Hawaiian barbecue chain that serves different types of musubi. Their meats was perfectly cooked and salty while their rice was properly sticky! Not to mention that I got a few to-go as they made for wonderful snacks for my flight back to the east coast!”
L&L Hawaiian BBQ | Location: 312 Kearney St, San Francisco CA | Food: Musubi, Price: $2.99/piece, Rating: 4/5 | For The Record: spam and sausage over sticky rice, wrapped in seaweed paper
"I don’t even know where to start with this one. Yet another experience that failed to live up to it’s undeserving hype — the Statue of Liberty, renting, baby showers, roller coasters, steak houses (particularly Ruth’s Chris), being an adult — I thought the the meat was barely edible and the ingredients were a day old. I rarely do this but to it’s defense, the BF did order it without animal style sauce, without cheese and to-go."
In-N-Out Burger | Location: 333 Jefferson Street, San Francisco CA | Food: Hamburger Combo, Rating: 2/5, Price: $5.10/combo | For The Record: 2 oz single patty, lettuce, tomato, onion
"We, the Coworkers (and a few significant others) hit up Spike Mendelsohn’s pizzeria for a very chill happy hour. Some of you may know Mr. Mendelsohn as the bad-ass from Top Chef’s Season 4 in Chicago. DC Bloggers have both rated his pies highly and negatively, so I definitely had to check it out myself. For me, it definitely falls below average as it was nothing special for the price per slice. Also, it was weird that if you wait more than 5 minutes to finish your slice, your cheese would harden. Lastly, note that his burger joint RIGHT next door, Good Stuff Eatery, serves above average meat patties and spectacular milkshakes!"
We, The Pizza | Location: 305 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington DC | Food: Forest Shroomin’ (right), Rating: 2/5, Price: $4.00/slice | For The Record: wild forest mushrooms, truffles, mozzarella, thyme
"My heart wasn’t always filled with black goo. Back in the day, I used to be a really fun fat kid! And sometimes, when I am in the mood, I let her out of her cage to eat bread shape like a turtle with raisins as eyes. I believe you can get the same shapeless sourdough at a much cheaper price. But I would’t know that because the BF and I affectionately named him Squirtle and ate him for the next 3 days. He was very satisfying!"
Boudin Bakery & Cafe, Pier 39 | Location: 2 Beach St, San Francisco CA | Food: Sourdough, Rating: 4/5, Price: $10.00 | For The Record: approximately 3 lbs
"D.C. is a very diverse city with many distinctive neighborhoods offering specific cuisine. We can enjoy Chinatown (self-explanatory), the classiness of Reston Town Center, the social gatherings of H Street NE, the revival of Barrack Row, the chillness of Logan Circle, the commerical feel of Georgetown and the hipster vibe of U Street (to just name a few). Yet, we do not have a Japantown. What Gives? So way to go SF, another freaking reason why I want, need and must move westward.
Murata’s Cafe Hana | Location: 1737 Post Street, San Francisco CA | Food: Geisha Float, Rating: 4/5, Price: $5.95 | For The Record: green tea ice cream, sweet adzuki beans, strawberry mochi
"Finally sleeping at 6AM, check. Then waiting up at 10AM for pool side room service, day drinking at the beach and paddling board in the ocean with strangers — check! And still we kept going like we were on a mission and as we’re heading to a roof top pool party, we realized that we haven’t ate a substantial meal since the morning! How fortunate are we that we stumbled on this outdoors food festival? Ola Miami had the longest line but I can see why as they offer 2 of these sandwiches for only 4 bucks!"
Annual Taste of the Beach | Location: Lincoln Road Mall, Miami Beach FL | Food: Rib Eye, Rating: 4.5/5, Price: $4.00 | For The Record: peppers, heirloom tomatos, oregano chimchurri