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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
DC
Food
Feel
Price
3.6
5.0
$25
An Italian sandwich shop and specialty store that’s not really great at either

Yes, it’s spelled that way. Like the sauce bearing the same name, this attempt at an Italian deli is somewhat one-dimensional and inauthentic, an experience only to be sought out in the most dire of circumstances. Like, if Market Lunch is packed and you’re feeling a little social anxiety.

It’s so easy to be drawn in by a deceptive display of Italian specialties: Plump and puckering olives line the back shelves, along with specialty crackers and potato chips, canned tomatoes, and… [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]