I thought I owed it to the nice folks who gave me suggestions of places to eat while in DC a review of where I ate.
I was staying at the Rennaissance on 9th St. just around the corner from Chinatown. First I had lunch at Capital Q BBQ. I have the two meat combo, ribs and brisket, and two sides, cole slaw and collard greens. The meats were outstanding. Very smokey, like i like it. I got the spicy sauce and it was just the right amount of heat, however they put too much on the meat. I should have asked for it on the side. The cole slaw was very good, not too sweet; the collards were overcooked. I was surprised how small the joint is. Overall, an enthusiatic thumbs up. Had to eat dinner at the conference that evening.
The next day I went to Haad Thai for lunch. I had the coconut chicken soup, the crab and mushroom stuffed chicken wings, and the panang curry shrimp. The soup was spicy and had lots of chicken breast meat. The best dish was the wings. It was practically deboned and the stuffing was a delicious contrast to the chicken. The sweet chili sause was the perfect accompaniment. At $5.95, it was a bargain for 3 large, stuffed drummettes. The panang curry was tasty but a bit watery. It would have been served in a separate bowl rather than poured all over the plate. The decor of Haad Thai was very nice and the restuarant, even for dinner, is a great bargain.
That evening, I went to Tony Chang's. I was hoping for fresh seafood right out of the tanks but I couldn't stomach paying $25 for talapia. I chose a shrimp dish that sounded intriguing but was disappointed to see a dish of shrimp drowned in that all too familiar sweet brown sauce that is so ubequitous at Chinese joints. My friend's beef dish had a similar sweet brown sauce. I would say Tony Chang's is way over-rated and overpriced. I think the reviewers at the Washingtonian need to take another look.
Lastly, I had dim sum for lunch at Lei Garden. Although the restaurant looks nice from the outside, the place where they serve dim sum upstairs is dreary. I had the shrimp noodle roll, pork shumei (sic), fried shrimp balls (yes, I like shrimp!), and steamed pork buns. All were good but not spectacular. I liked the shrimp noodle roll the best. The sheet of noodle was delicate and silky and the sauce was light and sweet. The prices charged was fair (around $13).
I tried to find Full Kee (sic) but didn't have any luck.
Again, thanks, and I hope you liked my review.