Deep Dish District of Pi

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District of Pi is a pizza oasis. I am a pizza person. I love love love pizza.  My favorite type of pizza is Chicago Style, Deep Dish Pizza.  Prior to today, Giordano’s in Chicago was the only restaurant I trusted to make my favorite pizza. I have tried many, many restaurants who claim to make Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza. I have been disappointed over and over again. All of that ended today, when I waltzed into District of Pi for lunch.

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I am so pleasantly surprised by District of Pi. The restaurant looks like a pizzeria complete with Red and White checkered napkins and wooden tables, but with a touch of class displayed with the presence of chandeliers.

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Now to the food. I ordered District of Pi’s signature Cornmeal Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza. When my waitress Sherry brought the pizza to my table, my eyes lit up in joy and disbelief. My first thought was, “Could it Be?” This pizza looks like an authentic Chicago Style Deep Dish pizza.

The crust is solid & crispy. I bit into the pizza. The crust was crispy and crunchy. The marriage of cheese, pepperoni, and sauce made me dance in my seat. The sauce is flavorful. I can see and taste the Italian seasonings in the sauce through every bite. There are chunks of tomatoes in every bite of pizza. I enjoyed this pizza so much.

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I am so happy to discover District of Pi. I can now have Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza in Washington D.C. I look forward to my next visit.

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Journey to the Land of Milk & Honey

This Saturday morning, I got up at 7:30 am in order to have breakfast/brunch at this quaint restaurant that my sister recommended.  It was worth the early rise.  This is not just any restaurant, it is literally the land of milk and honey……seriously, the restaurant’s name is Milk & Honey Cafe.

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Just as you can imagine, the land of Milk & Honey is hard to find, and can only be experienced by the most determined seekers.   It is sandwiched between other businesses in a strip mall area.  There is no signage over the door of the restaurant.  You just have to “know” where it is, and how to reach it.   Once inside, I got the feeling of being in someone’s home.   The seating is a comfortable mix of chairs and sofas surrounding various dining tables.  Pictures of the owner mingling with satisfied customers adorn the walls.

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I must say, Milk and Honey lives up to its name.  It is a wonderful blend of savory and sweet.  The air inside actually smells like honey.  Milk & Honey Cafe is owned by Chopped Champion, Sammy Davis.  I was excited to taste Chef Sammy’s Award Winning 1/2lb Shrimp & Grits.   But, I had to start with something sweet.  Strawberry Shortcake Deep Fried Biscuits hit the spot.  The presentation was marvelous.  The portion size was large with three big biscuits, strawberries, cream cheese glaze, and powdered sugar.  The biscuits were hot & crispy on the outside, yet buttery and moist on the inside.

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For the main dish, I had Chef Sammy’s Award winning 1/2lb Shrimp & Grits.  According to sis, I danced in my seat when the food arrived.   (I believe it, I dance when I have good satisfying food).  The dish was colorful and appetizing, and even included turkey sausage!  Just one bite let me know why Chef Sammy is The Food Network’s Chopped Champion.   The grits are amazing.  They genuinely taste like southern homemade cheese grits.  They are creamy, seasoned, and have just the right “grits” consistency.  They are not grainy at all, and form a nice accompaniment to the cajun cream sauce.  I am so happy to have discovered this dish.  I had almost given up on finding good southern grits in the Washington D.C. area.

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We washed it all down with orange and cranberry mimosas.  At $4 each, the mimosas are a refreshing enhancement to an already delicious breakfast.

I will absolutely return to the land of Milk and Honey.  I would recommend this restaurant to all of my friends.   Milk and Honey is one of the first restaurant’s I have visited where I want to taste EVERYTHING on the menu.  Until my next visit, I’ll stay sweet.

 

Busboys, Poets, and Me

Last weekend, I went to Busboys and Poets for the first time.  I already understand why everyone loves it so much.  Just take a look at what Busboys and Poets says about itself

Busboys and Poets is a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted…a place to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul…a space for art, culture and politics to intentionally collide…we believe that by creating such a space we can inspire social change and begin to transform our community and the world.

Upon entering the restaurant, I notice the organic feeling of community.   Is it a bookstore?  Is it a restaurant?  Is it a coffee shop?  It is all of these in one.  The building is filled with eclectic decor, artwork, and paint.  There is a constant chatter from the diverse crowd.  Time seems suspended in this place.  What year is it?  It does not matter.  Just enjoy the relaxing vibe while you are there.

I ordered the Bacon and Cheddar Burger.  My burger tasted so fresh!  The fresh, not frozen, taste comes from beef burgers made with free-range, 100% grass-fed, local beef.  My side dish was the Sweet Potato fries.  The fries were really good.  They were naturally sweet and served solo, no dipping sauce.   If you would like sauce, I suggest drizzling honey over the fries.  The honey adds just the right boost of sweetness.  At the price point of $14, it was a good meal.

The beverage menu has something for everyone.  I ordered the Langston Cooler, which is a Busboy Classic made with Spiced Rum, Dark Rum, Peach Schnapps, and Fresh Orange Juice, with a splash of Cranberry.

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I really like Busboys and Poets, I can see myself going there often, having drinks, reading a good book, listening to music, or just having brunch with friends.

I will be back.  I see why they have so many regular customers.

 

RT or Reduced Taste

My Southern Comfort friends and I decided to participate in Alexandria’s restaurant week.  Somehow, RT was the restaurant of choice.    Let’s just say, the best feature of this restaurant is the free parking lot across the street.

Upon entering, I was surprised by the lack of splendor in the restaurant.  I was shocked that this restaurant participated in Restaurant week.   I had Chart House expectations, but was met with bare wooden tables and bad lighting.

RT’s website states that they have the “best Creole and Cajun food outside of Louisiana.”  That. Is. An. Untruth. Just dismiss all of your Cajun expectations.  The description of the items on RT’s special restaurant week menu looked really appetizing.  I began with the the Crawfish & Shrimp Beignets.    This was the best dish on the restaurant week menu, although, the dish was misnamed.   This is a beignet.  cafe-du-monde-beignet-mix.df7001e73e0fc40b5eca509086b70496

Yet, this is what I  was served.

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The remoulade sauce was good, although it did not taste homemade.  The “beignets” were hot out of the deep fryer.  It was a decent appetizer.  I would eat it again.   That’s where my praise must end.  I had such high hopes.  But, just like a summer rain interrupts a summer BBQ, the rest of the menu disrupted my taste buds.

I ordered the Shellfish Etouffee, which is Gulf Shrimp, Lump Crab & Crawfish smothered cajun style served with garlic-parsley rice.  Now, I like sauce.  It was served with plenty of sauce/gravy, but the dish itself was bland.  I don’t remember tasting crab nor shrimp.  The rice was decent, but I had to add salt to my dish before I could eat it.   Now,  I wished for more creole seasoning, but there was none to be found.

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My dinner companions ordered various dishes.  The fried catfish was another problematic dish.  The fish was fried properly, it just wasn’t seasoned.  Now, if you are on a strict diet and must avoid spices, salt, seasonings, etc, then this restaurant is for you.  But if you enjoy zest, zing, and flavor, RT will disappoint you.

The Shrimp and Grits looked really savory….that is until you notice that the grits are solidified into one big block, which can be lifted in its entirety, off of the plate with a fork.

I had the chocolate mousse for dessert.  It was lackluster at best.  It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good either.   I had a craving for something sweet, this did not gratify my sweet tooth.

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I really dislike leaving negative reviews, however, I spent $50 at this restaurant, yet I left unsatisfied.   I feel the need to warn others more than I feel the need to be nice.  The food just isn’t good…and that’s Real Talk.

Carolina Kitchen, Just Like Home

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From the moment I entered The Carolina Kitchen, I felt as though I was visiting a familiar place.  The restaurant is extremely welcoming.  It smells like home cooked meals, the music is EVERYTHING.  I dance in my seat each time I visit.  I like each. Song. played. No DJ is needed.  Take a look at what Carolina Kitchen says about itself on its website:

The Carolina Kitchen is the most amazing and popular southern cuisine restaurant group; it has a unique charm that appeals to everyone. From the moment one enters, they are transported to another world designed to stimulate the soul and indulge the senses. It was created to offer its guest taste buds an amazing journey through the South.  Using only the freshest ingredients to our menu, we combine unique blends of Cajun and Creole spices with traditional and savory home-style cooking. Our customers are the heart and soul of what we do and why we do it. Welcome, Welcome, Welcome to the Carolina Kitchen.

The menu is wonderful.  There is so much food, that everyone in your party should be satisfied.  There is something for grandparents, grandchildren, and everyone else in between.  On my first visit, I knew I would return, because there are so many dishes I would like to try.

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Ultimately, I ordered the cornbread muffins as a starter, and catfish tenders appetizer.  The cornbread is literally dipped in honey!  Be careful not to get full off of cornbread!  Just have one….or two.  The catfish is seasoned, lighCarolinaKitchen3t, and crisp.  Add some hot sauce (which is conveniently located near the candles on each table.)

 

 

 

 

For the main course, I ordered the Homestyle meal, 3 piece Fried Chicken (breast, thigh, and drumstick) with a side of Macaroni & Cheese, and Collard Greens.  Y’all.  It was so good.  The fried chicken is seasoned well and is served hot and crispy.  The Macaroni and Cheese is baked in butter and cheese, and has earned my two thumbs up of approval.  It is just gooey goodness.  The Collard Greens stopped me in my tracks.  I was shocked.  I have never in my life tasted Collard Greens like this from a restaurant.  I consider myself an excellent cook.  After eating just one serving of the Collard Greens, I declared that I never need to cook Collard Greens again.  I can just go to The Carolina Kitchen in Hyattsville.  WOW.  They really are amazing.  They are seasoned well with pork, tender, cooked for the proper duration of time.  They are even a little spicy.

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Guess what?  The 3 Piece Fried Chicken dinner with two sides is only $14.  Yes, there is no typo.  All of that for $14.  well. worth. the. price.

As you can tell, I really enjoyed my dinner.  Of course I will be back.  I have already been there twice in two weeks!

Oh, before I forget.   The drinks are good too.  Sweet Tea, Lemonade, Arnold Palmer.  Sweet tangy, and delicious.  The alcoholic drinks are equally as good.  A pitcher of Rum Punch is only $25.  It is well worth it.

If you are celebrating a birthday, this is the spot for you.  The staff will clap and sing “Happy Birthday”, not just any Happy Birthday, but Stevie Wonder’s version of Happy Birthday.

For more information or to reserve a table, visit www.thecarolinakitchen.com

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