Run Through Washington DC Part 3

January 29, 2013

This is my third post on my trip to Washington DC in which I'll cover my near Nirvana experience at Bete Ethiopian Cuisine. I promise the DC posts will end SOON! Since Sheba (Miami's only Ethiopian restaurant) closed its doors, I've been craving some good Ethiopian finger food. Now. I had been to Das Ethiopian in 2011 and thought it was aight, but I was told by several Washingtonians that the best Ethiopian food isn't even in DC, it's in Silver Springs MD. A short metro ride led me to Bete Ehtiopian Cuisine, which 4 different locals assured me was the best Ehtiopian in the tri-state area.

Upon walking up, it looks like a small house that is completely out of place as it is located directly behind a massive mall and across the street from a giant parking garage.

Run Through Washington DC PART 2

January 27, 2013

Lots (and I mean LOTS) of people in Miami tried to tell me where I NEED to eat in DC but the truth is, nobody knows where to eat like a local. So every chance I had, I asked DC residents what their favorite restaurants were. Three different people in three different parts of town mentioned Oohhs & Aahhs as their favorite soul food restaurant. I wanted those little unknown places, those places off the beaten path, not those celebrity chef places everyone goes to just because. When I walked in and I was practically inside the kitchen, I knew I found what I was looking for. There was a small sign at the end of the minuscule room that said 'Order Here' and immediately to your left when you walk in there are a handful of stools and a makeshift counter. If you want sit-down service, you'd have to make your way to the back of this cramped space to a tight stairway that leads to a tiny dining room upstairs. This place is the epitome of a 'hole-in-the-wall.”

Run Through Washington DC PART 1

January 25, 2013

As you can imagine, I ate A LOT on my recent trip to DC. I could sit here and write a book on all the places I checked out, but instead I'm just going to cover the highlights of my trip and maybe a couple of low-lights. That still narrows it down to seven restaurants, so preparate. I'm breaking it up into two (maybe 3) posts; I'll try to keep it sweet and to the point.

Shima Sushi: No Frills, Straight Up Good Sushi

January 13, 2013

I had been to Shima once a few months back with friends, but was too busy enjoying my friends' company that I didn't really get a chance to appreciate the food. I stumbled upon Shima a second time merely because the nearby restaurant I really wanted to try was closed. As luck would have it, I fell in love with this slightly run down hole in the wall on my second visit. The restaurant is in a large shopping plaza in Miami Lakes between an adult day care and a check cashing place. Completely unassuming, this little gem offers both freshly cut sashimi, nigiri and maki rolls along their boat river. Not interested in any of the dishes floating along? No worries, they also have a full menu with noodles, bento boxes, rice bowls and even a hot pot for two.