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Full Kee Update

Marty L. | Nov 10, 2003 06:00 PM

Good News/Bad news.

After several weeks of representations that the H Street locale would reopen in "the first couple of weeks in November," the folks at the Bailey's XRoads location last night told me that there's no opening in sight -- although, in theory, they still plan to reopen in D.C.

That's the bad news.

Here's the good news: The Virginia location is now operating at a level equal to or better than the old, beloved D.C. restaurant. My very uneducated guess is that this is a combination of two things: (i) the menu is more extensive in Virginia, apparently because of the larger kitchen there; and (ii) most or all of the staff, from both locations, is now at work in Virginia.

Last night, the noodle/wonton soups and the snow pea leaves were about as good as I've ever had. We also enjoyed two dishes off the Chinese menu -- clams with little bits of pork, mini-shrimp, and lord-knows-what-else (which is much better than the clams in black bean sauce and which improves as the meal goes on and the sauce seeps into one's rice); and fried tofu with shrimp inside and greens over what was called a "hot pot" (that is, one of those open-flame-on-the-table doodads).

Caveat: My experiences with the fried seafood (e.g., soft-shells, shrimp), head-on shrimp, and pan-fried noodles at the Virginia locale have generally not been up to H Street standards -- although I haven't tried them lately, while all the staff is in Virginia. Please post if you've tried these things lately.

If there are any local Hounds out there who read Chinese, it would be great to be able to get a full translation of all the dishes that aren't listed in English at Full Kee (and after that, at a few dozen other restaurants, as well!).

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