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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
DC
Food
Feel
Price
6.9
5.5
$15
Reliable, fast, and cheap barbecue that doesn’t suck

While local chains may not provide the most thrilling culinary experience, they have their place. Red Hot & Blue—with its many locations throughout Maryland and Virginia—is like the Old Navy of barbecue: cheap and reliable, the favorite of few but enjoyed by most. Each branch has its own Yankee take on the Southern theme (Blues music, mass-produced posters for said music, photographs of makers of said music) and emphasizes either carry-out, catering, and/or dine-in service. Still, nothing beats a picnic… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
DC
Food
Feel
Price
8.9
5.5
$15
General Tso surrenders to Szechuan peppercorns

In the space formerly known as Saigon Palace, with Home Depot and Barnes and Noble as mall-mates, Hong Kong Palace is the premier Szechuan place around. It used to be all about Cantonese, but the menu has changed…and the result is vastly improved over anything it did before. Szechuan is much more spice-intensive than other Chinese regional cuisines. The almost 100% Chinese clientele here is encouraging, as is the seizure-inducing website that is barely in broken English.

As this place is… [More]