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Little Sheep, Eden Center, Falls Church

So, how big is Little Sheep Hot Pot? Big. In fact, *really* big. It was really big five years ago. Based in Baotou, Inner Mongolia, China, Little Sheep Group posted 2 percent of all Chinese dining-out expenses in 2010. Think … Continue reading

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Ad Hoc, Yountville, CA

I can’t believe that as many times as I’ve visited Napa, I haven’t been to Ad Hoc. This is Thomas Keller’s “take what we serve,” family-style restaurant in Yountville, just down the Street from The French Laundry (pssst, that link will … Continue reading

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Dönnhoff: The Most Underpriced Wines in the World

Every so often, you hear something that sounds too good to be true, and the vast majority of times, it is – it turns out to be a fraud; but once in a great, great while, you hear a claim … Continue reading

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Chez René Socca, Nice, France

I just went back and stayed with magdelena for the first time in far too long. Nice has changed a great deal since I’ve last been in 2011 – they’ve finished a tramway downtown, and also completed a “Coulée Verte” … Continue reading

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The Spotted Pig, West Village, New York City, NY

Given that The Spotted Pig was a 2016 James Beard national finalist for “Outstanding Restaurant,” I went there for a second visit, and left over $100 (just over $100) poorer, but not at all disappointed; in fact, I was quite pleased … Continue reading

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DonRockwell.com’s Washington, DC Dining Guide is the Largest Single-City Dining Guide in the World

It sounds unbelievable, but it’s true: The donrockwell.com Washington, DC Restaurant Guide is the largest single-city restaurant guide in the entire world. Michelin Paris boasts of having 600+ restaurants; I counted our DC Guide and stopped when I got to … Continue reading

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Bouchon Bistro, Yountville, CA

  On 1/12/2016 at 6:17 PM, DonRocks said: The Bouchon in Yountville has *terrific* bread – they serve epi with perfectly salted butter, yum. Dinner at Bouchon last night was very good while falling short of outstanding (which is what you … Continue reading

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Craftsman and Wolves, San Francisco, CA

After a grueling, seemingly endless day of travel, I made it even longer by picking up my checked bag, heading up to the Air Train at SFO, heading to the BART Station, taking it to 16th and Mission, and schlepping … Continue reading

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Saltbox Seafood Joint, Durham, NC

I had high hopes of writing a multi-part, serial story about my trip to North Carolina, starting with the Prologue (the background behind my trip), moving forward to Part One (the hotel where I stayed on the first night), and onward for … Continue reading

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Plum Market Wine Bar and Café, Featuring Products from Zingerman’s – Detroit (Detroit Metro Airport – DTW)

With a brief layover in Detroit Metro Airport, I wanted to grab something quick and healthy, as I hadn’t eaten all day. As it turns out, the enormous McNamara Terminal (map of restaurants provided with link) is so long that there’s … Continue reading

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