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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
DC
Food
Feel
Price
7.0
5.5
$45
Some of the most authentic Japanese food in suburbia

Tachibana certainly looks like the real thing. Marooned on an island in the middle of a McLean parking lot and surrounded by a large veranda, it’s like a red brick interpretation of a Japanese house upon a misty hill. You almost expect to see snow cranes dancing under the lampposts. The interior is surprisingly spacious and encouraging: waitresses are actually Japanese, and tables and the multiple sushi bars are filled with Asian diners. It’s only natural that the food at… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
DC
Food
Feel
Price
8.6
5.0
$20
Follow the masses to some good grilled meats

It’s old hat that the best dining advice is often “follow that cab (driver)!” And one is apt to forgive a taxista all of his traffic misdeeds once he’s tipped you off to the Kabob Palace, a true gem of a restaurant near South 23rd Street in Crystal City.

These days the secret is out, though, and several DC food critics have popularized this Afghan hole-in-the-wall in recent years. In fact, Kabob Palace is not one place but two: the original… [More]