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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
DC
Food
Feel
Price
6.9
7.6
$35
Head straight here—not across the street...

On a warm summer night, the rooftop patio at Straits of Malaya is more appealing than its Mexican competitor across the street (we won’t name names). The food here is authentic and unpretentious, the drinks are strong, and the service is friendly. The space isn’t elegant—the table-tops are vaguely grimy, the narrow staircase to the roof is precarious—but it’s welcoming in its own way. Start with a mai tai or Singapore sling, the house specialty cocktails made with tropical fruit… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
DC
Food
Feel
Price
8.6
5.5
$15
Some of the best tacos in the greater DC area are coming out of this little hole-in-the-wall

Don’t go to El Charrito Caminante expecting huge, overstuffed burritos with all sorts of random accoutrements. Don’t go expecting fried tortilla shells brimming with ground “beef,” bottled salsa, and guac. Go expecting tasty, cheap, and authentic tacos and pupusas, and you’ll be satisfied.

The joint is totally tucked away, a hidden Arlington gem. In the window, amateur pictures of the featured dishes serve as a forecast of things to come. The counter is lined with five or so stools for the… [More]