Lazy sunny Saturday, lazy headline. Lazy post too, probably.
Taste of Wheaton is tomorrow. Or, tomorrow! (?) (punctuation!!) Hard to decide how excited to get about the Taste at this point. I am interested to see how the cooking demos go, including one (at noon) by Max Prasertmate of the new-to-Wheaton and very good Thai Taste by Kob. Otherwise, as suspected, participants are the usual suspects (plus Thai Taste!) (thanks to BEI for posting this link in comment to previous post).
Ate at The Chicken Place (2418 University) recently for the first time in years. Their food was about as remembered: pretty good overall, nothing special, but probably underrated considering nobody ever talks about them. They do a very good charbroiled chicken, and Mrs. Me digs their plantains. Lomo saltado is only okay, not saucy enough, but the components are fine. I made the mistake of looking at their Yelp file, which has several recent very negative comments that don’t really hold up. In particular, I found the Chicken Place service to be super friendly, just as it was years ago, from the owner (?) to all the servers. They even called me back to tell me it would be 15 minutes longer than originally predicted for the chicken to be ready. How many restaurants bother to do that? So we like the Chicken Place.
A new Latino restaurant, called El Catrachito, has opened in the former Gloria’s/Irene’s III/etc. space just a few storefronts down University from Chicken Place. I can’t find a website for them, but I did find that they had a “food violation” reported but then passed inspection just this week.* Is it better to be investigated and found to be fully sanitary and compliant, or is it better not to have any complaints in the first place? Anyway, there were lots of people eating at El Catrachito the other night, so obviously someone likes it. Will try to go at some point. I’m weary of every new restaurant being Salvadoran around here. Bring me all your vindaloos and biryanis!!
* Who knew WUSA posted this stuff??
Taco Loco, or whatever, next door to El Pollo Rico, still isn’t open (is it?) despite being “coming soon” for like a year now. Honestly I can’t be bothered to investigate further. Someday I’ll be over there again to peer in the windows. Maybe they gave up? Or maybe it’s really open and I am just out to lunch, or “out to lunch” again.
Tonight we are going to friends’ house where they will grill pork chops in apple sauce in honor of Ann B. Davis, a fitting tribute in which we are excited to participate. Naturally, we are bringing limes.