Everyone loved my last post so much (“My Latest Food Recap Because I’m a Fatass & Proud Of It”), I decided to do another. So, here are nom highlights from my last few weeks. I eat out, A LOT, so this seems to be the best way to go about recapping all my meals. Today we’ll be discussing Tigerfork to-go, Reveler’s Hour, Incheon, Wooboi and Mi Casa. LEGGO!
I’ve gotten so much take out from here, it’s low key embarrassing. I’m a big tofu person, and their eggplant mapo is legit one of my favorite dishes in the DC area. Super flavorful and always delicious. And also, sorry for the not-so-great pics, but it was like 11PM @ night, and I was starving so I just snapped a few.
Their takeout offerings are much smaller than their dine-in menu so I typically get the same stuff each time, but I decided to be adventurous and get some other noms this time as well.
So, I got their chilled peanut dan dan noodles and their crispy pork belly plate. Although I LOVED the sauce the noodz came in, I wasn’t a huge fan of the noodles themselves. Take that with a grain of salt though because to-go is so different from dine-in (obviously). As for the pork belly, it came with this magical ginger scallion sauce that I LOVED, like I could’ve bathed in that shit y’all. So good.
And don’t judge me, but I have yet to actually dine IN at Tigerfork. On my list though, friends. Soon. So, so soon.
Love, love, LOVE this place now! I had an awesome dinner here with my insta friend @hungryglomad, and I will absolutely be back. After being internet buddies for god knows how long, we decided to meet IRL to break bread.
The meal started off strong with their garlic knots. Holy shit guys, these garlic knots were next level good. I could’ve easily downed the entire order by myself…and then some.
The other apps were fine (sausage + green beans), but the pasta was SO FREAKING TASTY! My mom’s always asking about amazing pasta so I’m bringing her here the next time she’s in town.
Khoi and I got their bucatini and chestnut pappardelle, and both were exceptional. The former came in a delectable white wine sauce with clams, garlic and chili flakes, while the latter was served in this amazing duck leg + marsala ragu with shrooms and breadcrumbs.
Fuck me up, fam. If you haven’t been to this spot yet, GET THERE. It’s also just a really cute restaurant and so great for date night. The ambiance is nice, and it has an intimate, cozy feel to it that I loved.
Full disclosure, I recently started working with chef Justin & the team here, but I’m not biased, I promise. You know me, I’m painfully honest about how I feel, and I’m kind of honest to a fault. My students used to say I was abrasive as a piano teacher – in a loving way… I think… – and not much has changed. If anything, I’ve only gotten more abrasive over the years because who has time to sugarcoat or bullshit. Yeah, no. No thanks.
Anyways, there’s a reason why Tom Sietsema listed them on his fall dining guide as one of his top 1o picks. For $60, you get a fantastic tasting menu featuring chef’s take on traditional Korean staples like juk, galbi, and more. I’m a big, BIG fan of his fried cod, but I recently tried his short rib hash, and it was stupid delicious.
Quite possibly my favorite item on his menu at the moment? Tender short rib hash served with kimchi and topped with a fried egg and chojang. I’m supposed to be dieting, but I may or may not have enjoyed this dish post-shoot.
He’s apparently switching things up next month so definitely make sure to get there to experience his current offerings. I’m stoked to see what he comes up with next. He’s open Thursday through Saturday with two tastings at 5PM and 8PM. Shoot them a message at Incheonva.Reservations@gmail.com to get your grub on.
I’m such a huge fan of Wooboi. They have some of the best (if not THE best) chicken sandwiches in the DMV, and I’m not just saying that because I’m buddies with the chef-owner. Their handhelds are legit, but you gotta be able to take heat. They have varying levels of spice available, but even their mild’s kind of spicy. If you’re brave enough to try Code Blue, make sure to let me know how that all went, ha.
I’ve tried it, and I’ve survived, but there were definitely consequences. My stomach felt no bueno the next day, but I have no one to blame except myself. With that said, their level 3 is perfect for me; spicy but more than manageable. Their chicken’s always perfectly fried, and I love the way their ciderslaw cuts through. The acidity balances everything out beautifully!
On this particular occasion, Minwoo let me try his new menu offerings. I can spill the beans since they launched on the 11th, but here’s what you can expect to enjoy. And PS., I recently interviewed him for a feature on Nomtastic Foods so make sure you head on over to read. OK, back to menu items though: you got the Barahona, Thousand Sunny, and Junior.
The Barahona has two grilled cheeses as buns (lol), the Thousand Sunny has fried chicken as buns (stuffed with a cheese and onion mix), and the junior’s a mini sando, topped with pickles and ciderslaw.
Not gonna lie, the first two are a bit too much for me, especially since I’m trying to diet (…hahahahahahah), but I was super excited to hear they were adding the Junior to the menu. I actually had that for lunch and really enjoyed it. It’s the perfect size for me – I have trouble eating a ton in one sitting so I’ll be sure to get this again very soon.
Andddd last but not least, Mi Casa brunch. This was my first time visiting, and to be honest, I didn’t have super high expectations walking in, BUT it was a lovely meal! The interior was beautiful, and everything tasted great. I’d absolutely recommend them. Both the breakfast burrito and maiz dulce pancakes were really solid.
I’d share pics, but my memory card malfunctioned, and I didn’t have my backup on me so I was only able to take phone shots + reels. Sorry guys! Their burrito was HUGE though, and it came stuffed with scrambled eggs, bacon, cheddar, refried beans, hash brown, guac, and pico. I liked that they split the sauces in half, too. You got salsa verde (REALLY good) on one side, roja on the other.
As for the pancakes, I really enjoyed these! They had a nice texture to them, and I liked the canela-pioncillo syrup that came with. The crunchy caramel corn was a nice touch as well – it was definitely fun from a presentation standpoint.
Alright friends, I hope you’re not too jaded from this long ass post. I had a lot of fun writing this so I hope you enjoyed reading! I’ve been blogging for 10+ years, but I’m still torn when it comes to writing style. I don’t know if I’m supposed to keep things professional or just be casual myself. I say, casual self, but you guys let me know.
For more on adventures, click here, and check out my food tab or second blog Nomtastic Foods to read more about good eats in the area. Until next time, friends! Eat all the things because you deserve to treat yourself. Always.