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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
DC
Food
Feel
Price
6.4
7.6
$35
Good-not-great Southern Indian with a wide variety of choices

Family-owned Nirvana has many different faces. At noon, this downtown Southern Indian vegetarian eatery is a bustling lunchtime stop, with a buffet that features a different vegetarian Indian regional cuisine every day (Mondays are North Indian, Tuesdays Gujarati, Wednesdays South Indian, and so forth). From 4-8pm, Nirvana offers a generously long happy hour in a cramped space (you have to claim one of the dozen or so seats at the bar in order to take advantage of $2 appetizers). By… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
DC
Food
Feel
Price
9.0
6.8
$15
You haven’t lived until you’ve tried the fragrant doi (innard terrine) here

Even among rows of refreshingly authentic Vietnamese storefronts in the Eden Center’s Saigon West, Hai Duong is a standout. Like many of its neighbors, the space has no exterior windows or natural light; rather, the front door simply opens onto a corridor of the mall. The décor is pretty cookie-cutter: tables of assorted materials (faux-marble, light wood veneer); cheap chairs; white walls; cheesy Asian music videos on a flat-screen TV; neon signs in primary colors; and, of course, the classic… [More]