I recently experienced opposite ends of the spectrum on procuring tasty foodstuff in the DC area. Not from a restaurant, but from a market or grocery store where you can pick up something that calls for finishing/easy cooking at home.
The worst is first: literally the wurst. The shortrib franks at Glenn's Garden Market on 20th above S St, NW are $13 for ten franks. I tried two ways to heat these things: once in a microwave and once in a pan. Either way, the texture is like clumps of sawdust and lacking in flavor. I had visions of the great shortrib franks at Lyon Hall, but these are inedible. I tried a couple and threw the rest away.
After years of misplaced hope that Safeway can actually do something right, I have to say that their unorthodox samosas are a shining light. They use a beet-tomato tortilla as a wrap and are stuffed with vegetables bursting with flavor. I avoid samosas at most restaurants because they are too doughy and the filling indifferent. These are fresh tasting, crispy, and light.
If you could name a recent success and/or failure at procuring good food, please list it here!