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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Great Pakistani in an unlikely (or is it likely?) Maryland location

How spectacular is Maryland’s diversity?

This spectacular: one of the best, and most authentic, Pakistani Muslim restaurants in the mid-Atlantic United States is in a mall called “La Unión,” presumably (though not verifiably) named after a coastal city in a humble corner of El Salvador. This is no accident: this is just another in-the-course-of-everyday-business reflection of the overlap of two of the area’s cohabitating ethnic groups—and just another little token of the everyday miracle of the American experiment.

Tabeer, attached… [More]

From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
If you’re here for an ice-cream sundae, you’re pretty far off

If you’re not Korean, here’s a good game to play: tell one of your Korean friends that you love soondae. She probably won’t believe you at first, but once you convince her that you’re for real, you’ll probably be greeted by a combination of incredulity, newfound respect, and the sense that you’re a slight freak—but in the best possible sense of the word “freak.”

That might be what happens, too, with the staff at this simple, pleasant, gently upmarket restaurant.… [More]