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Science Club – Quirky Chemistry in DC

In Food, Food Blogger, Fun, Review by RUNINdc

Photos by Skvora Limited Science Club is a quirky bar in a four-story brownstone with decorative nods to chemistry, plus a patio & dancing to DJs.   It’s an ideal place for cocktails and the quintessential spot for vegan and vegetarian food. The Science Club is a prime location for smart, progressive people who are both laid back and love …

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Special Love Fundraiser in DC

In Bar, Charity, News, Review, Running, Shaw by RUNINdc

Photos by SNPhotography t was a balmy and mild summer evening in Shaw when more than 100 people gathered at Cambria rooftop to socialize, celebrate and fundraise for Special Love. Special Love is a charity organization that provides cancer families a network of support. Special Love’s hallmark program, Camp Fantastic, is a one-week adventure for 7-17 year olds held at the …

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Pre-Social Media Happy Hour @Parlay

In Alcohol, Asian, Bar, Beer, Chef, Downtown, Dupont Circle, Events, Fashion, Food, Food Blogger, Fun, Happy Hour, Hotel, Music, News & Culture, Photos, Pizza, Review, Sandwiches, Steak, Wine by RUNINdc

Photos by Skovra Ltd Parlay was the chosen location for the 3rd Annual Pre-Social Media Happy Hour. What an ideal location in the heart of Dupont Circle-Golden Triangle, a casual sports lounge with a fancy dining area, an awesome bar with the friendliest bartenders and just an awesome place to host an event. Parlay is known for its beer — …

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Postmates Profit Rides on the Back of Couriers

In Adams Morgan, Arlington, Capitol Hill, Chinatown, Clarendon, Downtown, Dupont Circle, Food, Georgetown, Grocery, Lawsuit, Metro, Mexican, News, Pizza, Review, Sandwiches by RUNINdc

Postmates roared into town 18 months ago with the promise of being able to deliver virtually anything to anyone in the District within an hour. They charge a 10% purchase fee and a nominal delivery fee based on distance of which 80% goes to the couriers The app is commonly used for restaurant food but people have been known to …

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Buck’s Fishing & Camping

In Chevy Chase, Food, Review by RUNINdc

Sometimes, it’s not just about the food. Sometimes it’s about the details. At Buck’s Fishing and Camping, the details make for an authentic atmosphere and an enjoyable experience. The restaurant sits comfortably nudged in-between its hipster sister, Comet Ping Pong, and the politically-forward independent book store and coffee house, Politics and Prose. With a simple and well-thought-out menu filled with …

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Arlington’s Il Radicchio Debuts Brunch

In Arlington, Brunch, Clarendon, Review by RUNINdc

rlington is chock full of superior Sunday Brunch specials, so stellar that folks from DC cross the river weekly to get some.  Just drive down Wilson Blvd from Ballston to Rosslyn and specials thrive galore. Starting this week, Arlington adds another location to its Sunday Brunch list. Nestled between the intersection of Rosslyn and Courthouse, iL Radicchio has been serving endless pasta …

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Carving Room’s Big Two Brings New Slices

In Bar, Beer, Food, Food Blogger, Fun, Review, Sandwiches, Weekly Picks by RUNINdc

It’s a New York deli meets Casablanca cafe. he Carving Room, the Mount Vernon deli, just celebrated it’s Big Two and they’re dishing out some delicious carvings of poblano, pastrami, brisket, reuben and a great lineup of new beer. And it doesn’t stop there. Burgers, wings, and beer are a few of the reasons people come for lunch and end up staying for dinner. If you’re …

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The Remarkable Stuffed Calamari @Poseidon

In Bar, Chef, Review by RUNINdc

There’s plenty of food and drinks to go around at the South Beach Food & Wine Festival, but we’re here in town to taste what the locals eat.  And in South Beach there are many choices for a healthy, extravagant meal that satisfies both the palate and the pocketbook. So we visited Poseidon Greek Restaurant & Outdoor Lounge. It’s a relative …

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Mardi Gras Bash @ Bayou

In Bar, Beer, Cajun, Events, Festival, Foggy Bottom, Food, Fun, Music, Review by RUNINdc

Fat Tuesday happens only once a year, and unfortunately it fell on the day with the biggest snowstorm to hit DC this winter. The temperature was downright frigid and driving through the city was horrendous.  But Big Easy fanatics from all around the Beltway came out of the woodwork to dance, prance and indulge during the 5th annual Mardi Gras Celebration at …

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Tabard Inn – Timeless Dupont Tradition

In Brunch, Dupont Circle, Food, Food Blogger, Review by RUNINdc

If you haven’t experienced Tabard Inn brunch yet, you haven’t experienced the charm and old-world ambience nestled in the heart of historic Dupont Circle Walking in, you are transported to a warm, quaint lobby with artifacts from the time Lincoln lived in the White House. You normally can’t score a table for brunch unless you made a reservation way in …

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Spice | Clarendon

In Arlington, Clarendon, Review by RUNINdc

Yasser opened Spice to showcase his wife Rahma’s amazing cooking. “We want to keep the quality high.  Each day we cook small portions in order to keep every dish fresh.” The lamb is marinated for 24 hours.  The Amoroso Hoagie rolls brought in from Philadelphia are made with 680 day old Prosciutto, flown in from Parma, Italy.  The Chicken is …

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Coppi’s – Cleveland Park DC

In Bar, Cleveland Park, Food, Review, Wine by RUNINdc

The new location of Coppi’s Organic is a nice low key restaurant offering fresh ingredients and low mood lighting with great happy hour specials. Their Coppi’s revival drink was simply amazing. Made with their own housemade tonic of Calendula, slippery elm, ginger, turmeric and pineapple, it was spicy and slightly sweet and packed full of great health promoting herbs and …

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Medium Rare – Cleveland Park

In Cleveland Park, Crystal City, Events, Review by RUNINdc

Medium Rare in Cleveland Park This Cleveland Park eatery specializes in one thing and one thing only: steak frites.   “A friend recommended Medium Rare, they specialize in steak and fries with a secret sauce.” in 35 reviews “Medium Rare takes the top spot for best culotte steak with frites in the area, hands down!” in 52 reviews “I want to give it 5 stars- …

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Taste of Manor

In Dupont Circle, Events, Review by RUNINdc

A Restaurant and Lounge by day that transforms to a modern, sleek nightclub by night.  The Manor is the newest D.C. spot to enjoy lunch, delicious happy-hour specials and dinner later accompanied by your favorite beats and cocktails created by one of DC’s top Mixologists. A fully stocked bar with the best liquors and spirits. Bottle service and happy hour specials all week long.  Bottle service is available throughout …

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Taste of Chaplin’s

In Events, Food, Fun, Review, Shaw by RUNINdc

Shaw has a new hot spot — a romantic ramen shop in a Charlie Chaplin themed bar.  The decor is quaint and old worldsy with ornate pillars and gilded mirrors as well as a fantastic  mural of charlie Chaplin. The color scheme is dark with grey walls and a painted bar done in midnight. The music is loungy and loud enough …

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Lebanese Taverna Tyson’s

In Review by RUNINdc

Again I am so happy and pleased to visit Lebanese Taverna. This time I went to the location in Tysons Corner. Going from the amazing experience in Woodley Park made me a bit nervous because my expectations were so high. I have gone from one restaurant of the same name to the other and was disappointed. This was not the …

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Fat Pete’s Eat, Live & Die BBQ

In Food, Review by RUNINdc

at Pete’s is a hidden gem nestled in Cleveland Park at the former Pulpo space.  With the loss of Palena and Dino’s, it sure is great to have a new mainstay uptown. At Fat Pete’s the cooking is slow and methodical. The Texas style wood-fire smoker which can hold 1,000 lbs of meat cooks low and slow at 250 degrees. …

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Taste of Meskerem

In Adams Morgan, Food, Review by RUNINdc

Best Ethiopian food I’ve ever had, and best Ethiopian dining experience ever — and I’ve visited Addis Ababa in the past. Visited Meskerem at a Bookalokal dinner. We had a couple mixed veggie orders, and also a couple of meat dishes. The presentation was amazingly beautiful and the atmosphere was warm and friendly. “Food was ultra delicious,” said Yoomie Huyhn “Love, …

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A Taste of Lebanon Taverna in Woodley

In Lebanese, Review by RUNINdc

Lebanese Taverna, a staple in the Metro Area, is synonymous with the best hommus in the city. When I told anyone I was writing this blog the first thing they would mention is the perfect consistency and flavor of the hommus. I am a huge fan of hummus, which is the way I always thought it was spelled but ‘when …

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Ford’s Fish Shack

In Food, Food Blogger, Review by RUNINdc

by Kristen Lane I recently had the pleasure of dining at one of Ashburn’s more catchy dining establishments, Ford’s Fish Shack. A favorite to the local crowd and always said to be one of the best restaurants in town, I was very excited to try them out for dinner. Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted and taken promptly to our …

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Mason Dixie Popup

In Adams Morgan, Review by RUNINdc

I had the pleasure on Sunday to enjoy the Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. pop up at Jack Rose Dining Saloon. On 18th street in Adams Morgan. Now to make this clear a pop up is one restaurant basically hosting another budding restaurant in their location to try to get the public excited before the big opening. Jack Rose Saloon is …

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Dino’s Grotto

In Food, Food Blogger, Fun, Review, Shaw by RUNINdc

Dino’s Grotto is located along the happening U Street Corridor at 1914 9th Street NW in DC. Touting itself as a Rustic Italian Restaurant it definitely is that, and more. They offer great Happy Hour Specials every day at price points of $4, $6 and $8 which include excellent house wines and prosecco, and if you are peckish they have …

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PR Flacks @ The Gryphon

In Bar, Beer, Dupont Circle, Events, Food, Fun, Happy Hour, Review by RUNINdc

Located on Connecticut Ave Nw. In DC right around the corner from the Dupont Circle Metro, The Gryphon is a restaurant and bar with an old world sense of style. Sporting black walls, leather sofas, gilded mirrors, mounted bull’s heads and antler chandelier. This location is impressive in size and scope for sure and was easily able to host two …

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Ambar-licious

In Barracks Row, Food, Food Blogger, Review by RUNINdc

From its modern, yet rustic decor, to its expertly crafted menu, Ambar gratifies all the senses. There are a lot of restaurants to choose from just off the Eastern Market metro stop, but if you haven’t been to Ambar, you’re missing out.Since this was my first experience with Balkan cuisine, I didn’t know quite what to expect, but trust me when I say …

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Rocket Bar

In Chinatown, Fun, Review by RUNINdc

This has been one of our go to places before or after any game or conert at the Verizon Center. $2.75 Coors Lights for Caps games? Not the bar to go to for an intimate evening. But definitely as a first stop on a night out. Love playing shuffle board when I stop by on slower nights, they have every …

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RiRa Georgetown

In Review by RUNINdc

Ri Ra Georgetown is just as beautiful if not more so than Ri Ra in Clarendon. It is a bigger space right on M st near 31st. The chandelier at the Georgetown location were a particular favorite of mine. The seating was very comfortable seeing as all the chairs and booths were overstuffed leather. The rest of the decor were …

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Taste of Medaterra

In Review by RUNINdc

It was a beautiful, crisp evening in Woodley Park and the inviting blue and white facade of Medaterra Restaurant was a welcome sight after a mere one minute walk from the metro. We walked up to the mosaic-tiled hostess booth and were warmly greeted and brought to our outdoor, blue umbrella-covered table. We couldn’t help but immediately appreciate the lively, warm …

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El Centro, D.F. GT

In Food, Georgetown, Mexican, Review by RUNINdc

The decor was very rustic with lots of rich gnarled, and salvaged wood as well as metal tubs and spigots instead of sinks in the bathroom. Most interesting still is the fact that instead of a mirror between the male and female bathroom there is nothing but sinks. It took me a good moment to realize it was open to …

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Ya Me Jana

In Clarendon, Review by RUNINdc

The DMV is home to a several popular Lebanese restaurants (Northern Virginia alone has 14).  But there are few places that are as warm and welcoming as Me Jana Come here by yourself and sit at the bar or on a date or with a small to medium sized group.  There’s plenty of seating indoors and out — perfect for a …

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Taste of Oaxaca

In Adams Morgan, Review by RUNINdc

This relatively small Mexican restaurant is located on 18th st in Adam’s Morgan several blocks south of Columbia Rd. The interior is festive with bright summery colors and sombreros hanging on the walls. The bar displays cute lighted stars hanging from the ceiling and authentic animal hair upholstered barstools. All in all the decor worked for me. What also worked …

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Alba Osteria – a Review

In Food, Italian, Mt Vernon, Review by RUNINdc

From the moment I stepped foot in this large and ultra modern restaurant on the corner of I St and 4th St NW, I was impressed with the decor, with the service and definitely with the food. The patio seating was impressive as well, unfortunately for me it was raining the day I visited. Inside there are these beautiful stained …

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Clarendon Food Crawl

In Arlington, Asian, Clarendon, Food, Food Blogger, Mexican, News, Review by RUNINdc

 What a treat! You simply can’t beat five lovely restaurants in the heart of Arlington for only $40 per person. A play on those fun Pub Crawls that seem to be happening everywhere these days, the Clarendon Food Crawl, took lucky participants on a culinary tour of Ireland, Italy, Mexico & El Salvador, the Mediterranean, and Asia. Hosted by RuninOut and …

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Crios Modern Mexican in DC

In Dupont Circle, Food, Food Blogger, Review by RUNINdc

We’re always on a quest for good Mexican in DC. Not Salvadoran. Not Chipotle — I want my tacos served with a smile. We were lured to Crios Modern Mexican Restaurant by $4 margaritas and beer and 2 for 1 Tacos. We were met by a large group of young professionals. Love networking events — the evening appeared promising. I …

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Best of Berlin

In Capitol Hill, Food, German, Review by RUNINdc

by Richard Barry Zee Germans. They do some things (most things) well and not by accident. Soccer, automobiles and any kind of meat dish are all examples of exacting German accomplishment. Capitol Hill’s Café Berlin keeps strong the German tradition of gourmet carnivorism by offering a menu of beef and pork that would make a butcher blush. Forewarning: You are …

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Clarendon Food Crawl – Aug 9

In Clarendon, Events, Fun, Review by RUNINdc

On Saturday August 9, RUNINOut and Social Group DC will be launching Clarendon’s first-ever Food Crawl Over 50 DC-area Foodies will converge on Wilson Blvd to sample signature dishes from 4 restaurants in 4 hours. The event will start at 12:30pm at Ri Ra.  Then at 1:30pm we will split off into two separate groups and visit Facia Luna and Mexicali Blues. Each …

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Roofer’s Union – a Review

In Adams Morgan, Food, Food Blogger, Review by RUNINdc

Roofers Union is a relatively new watering (and feeding) hole located at 2446 18th St. NW in DC in the building that used to be occupied by The Reef.  And if you haven’t been, you need to get there stat. The renovated inside is far from the dive bar vibe of the previous establishment. The decor is casual, simple and …

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First Down Hosts Wing Eating Contest for Habitat for Humanity

In Arlington, Ballston, Charity, Food, Fun, Review by RUNINdc

First Down Sports Bar has 40 flavors of wings, both traditional and boneless.  The wings are thick, crispy and perfectly sauced. So when First Down decided to host a Wing Eating Contest Fundraiser, we knew we had to observe. The USGBC National Capital Region Emerging Professionals hosted the event to raise $2,000 to support 30 volunteers for two days of training. …

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Ben’s Chili Bowl Opens at DCA

In Arlington, Crystal City, Events, Food, Fun, News, Review by RUNINdc

On Wednesday, July 23rd, Ben’s Chili Bowl celebrated the opening of the historic D.C. restaurant’s first ever airport location.  “Ben’s Chili Bowl is an iconic part of Washington, D.C.’s rich culture,” said Jack Potter, President and CEO of Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. “It is fitting to have Ben’s at the airport, welcoming travelers and giving them their first taste of …

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Chinese Banquet at Ming’s

In Chinatown, Food, Fun, Review by RUNINdc

RUNINOut and Bookalokal were treated to a culinary adventure  featuring some of Ming’s brand new signature dishes.  With the new menu rolling out this summer, Michelle Tam wanted to introduce her special guests to the Szechuan cooking and impress her with her new dishes. “The food and service was amazing,” says Jackie Woodbury, Bookalokal’ss DC City Launcher.  “We were extremely …

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Argentina Fans Cheer Hard @ Citron

In Dupont Circle, Events, Fun, Review by RUNINdc

Argentina fans from all around the area converged on Cafe Citron to cheer on their favorite Latin team.  It was a mad house with fans arriving as early as noon to reserve a good seat. In the first half, the crowd erupted when Gonzalo Higuain provided a close goal, but sadly was offside.  It then turned into a an exciting …

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Taste of Kora

In Photos, Review by RUNINdc

One of the best Happy Hours in Crystal City.  The food and drink specials are simply amazing and hard to beat.  The lunch specials are also attractive.  The pizzas from the wood-fired grill are crispy, flavorful and full of toppings.  Reasonably priced at $13 and even cheaper if you go on Saturdays at the bar.

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Off the Beaten Path — 51st State

In Foggy Bottom, Photos, Review by RUNINdc

You don’t go to 51st for a nice dinner or a date — that’s for dam sure.  You go there for Tacos Tuesdays, wing nights, football cheering and of course the company and beer. Chances are if you attended GWU, you’ve visited 51st sometime during your pitiful school years.  It’s laid back, off the beaten path and wildly unpretentious. At 51st, …

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Taste of Tara Temple

In Food, Fun, Review by RUNINdc

  Upon entering Tara Temple, you are immediately greeted by a majestic row of tori gates transporting me to a foreign, exotic land. Once you enter the dining room, you are taken back by the look and feel of a cool and comfortable lounge, perfect for drinks and cocktails. Tara Temple is known for its Pad Thai, and also its …

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Lyon Hall – Mussels & Donuts

In Food, Fun, Review by RUNINdc

If you come to Lyon Hall, you must have the mussels. They are literally out of this world!!  Perfect for two to share although I could easily consume it all by myself, if no one was watching. The sauce is rich, buttery, and oh so Heavenly!  You need a lot of bread to dip soak it up, or else I might …

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Four Sisters Clarendon – Third Time’s a Charm

In Asian, Food, Fun, News, Review by RUNINdc

Clarendon doesn’t have many choices for authentic Asian.  Last year, we wrote off Rien Tong after several not too stellar episodes with bland food and rude service. So when Four Sisters moved into Clarendon, we had to roll up our sleeves and flex our tastebuds. Four Sisters is a long running family owned business that originated at the Eden Center and  Merrifield Town …

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EU Runners Visit 27 Embassies on One Day

In Embassy, Fashion, Fun, News, News & Culture, Review, Running, Weekly Picks by RUNINdc

Washington, DC – On May 10, more than 45 runners embarked on a 13 mile trek covering 4 distinct regions – Georgetown – Dupont Circle – Adams Morgan – Van Ness all while meeting people and celebrating culture, heritage and diversity.  The challenging task was not just the run, it was was running past 27+ EU Embassies and visiting nearly a dozen …

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Duffy’s Gets a D

In Bar, Beer, Food, Irish, Review by RUNINdc

Duffy’s is good for what it is.  It’s ideal to get bar food and drink beer.  The place is known for its wings, but when I took a bite, I quickly realized it’s definitely not the best in the city. In fact, it’s not even close.  The tots also weren’t amazing. Some were soggy and too salty. it’s a good …

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Medaterra Raises $1,200 for Philippines Relief

In Charity, Events, Food, Fun, Fundraiser, Happy Hour, Lebanese, Mediterranean, News, Review, Wine by RUNINdc

Medaterra Raises $1,200 for Philippines Relief Medaterra, a Middle Eastern restaurant in Woodley Park, raises $1,200 for Philippines Relief fund The tragedy of Typhoon Haiyan has left us heavyhearted,” said Angela Aly, owner. “Everyone was very giving and happy. My staff was commenting how every table wanted to donate to the Red Cross,” said Owner Angela Aly. Here is a …

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Rien Tong – Tasteless & Rude

In Asian, Food, Food Blogger, Review by RUNINdc

Rien Tong is a Thai Sushi shop in the heart of Clarendon.  It’s perfectly located since there’s a dearth of good Asian restaurants this side of Arlington. I’ve visited several times over the year and got a mixed reaction.  Sometimes the service was fast.  Other times, I would have done better just going to Whole Foods. The food is ok,  but …