Three quick meals in crowded shopping centers made for some fairly uninteresting eating. Here's the rundown:
Thailand, Fair City Mall, Farirfax.
The other options here are China Star (Sichuan, very good), Mama Lucia, Old Country Buffet, and some kind of healthy food franchise whose name sounds like an urgent care clinic. Thailand is next to Cinema Arts. Some good stuff, but absolutely nothing exciting. The beef salad appetizer was a very small portion of crispy, charred beef on top of iceberg lettuce. Not marinated at all.
Canton Cafe, Springfield Plaza.
Some very interesting items on the menu, but they were out of a couple of items (duck blood, crab), so I went with stuffed tofu, green pepper and eggplant in a black bean sauce. The stuffed items were very good, but it was all bathed in a gloppy sauce. Maybe there's more to explore here.
IndAroma, Little River Turnpike
A nice place with a very gracious staff. A bakery featuring Indian snacks and European pastries. Unfortunately the chaat papri was too sweet as were the pastries we sampled. The kati roll was 'made inglorious' by out-of-season tomatoes.
NOW is the winter of my discontent.