When I say I’m a professional fatass, I mean it. It’s kind of crazy how much food I eat on the regular, but I’ve been going extra hard because my mom’s in town, and I want her to experience all the tings. We’ve been doing lots of takeout so I thought I’d share highlights with you guys.
These are easily some of the best crab cakes in Maryland, and they ship their noms nationwide so you can get your fix wherever you are. We got their single crab cake platter with mashed potatoes and seasoned green beans, and it was fairly affordable at $32.
Keep in mind that food costs are crazy high right now so it’s all relative. I only ever really get their crab cakes so I’m not sure what their other food is like – you’ll have to let me know if you have any favorites for the next time I go.
My go to order there is their mapo tofu and Szechuan shredded beef with hot pepper. My mom LOVES Chinese food so I wanted to make sure she tried Panda this time! She thought the food was delicious… but too spicy, lol.
I think there’s something wrong with my taste buds because I can’t even tell there’s any heat. The beef’s my current obsession though, and I highly recommend it if you haven’t had it yet. Make a big bowl with beef and rice, then top it off with extra chili sauce. So much flavor, so much nom.
We haven’t been eating out much, but the weather was nice-ish, and they had a cute patio so we decided to dine outdoors for the occasion. They invited me in to try their new menu so we got a nice spread of dishes to share.
The creme brûlée French toast sounded yummy in theory, but it was a little too sweet – and a little too soggy – and the ice cream was overkill in my opinion. I liked their smoked salmon tartine and spicy rigatoni pasta though! Have any of you guys been? They have several locations all along the east coast including NYC!
This gem of a bakery’s located a block away from my boyfriend’s place so I indulge often, but this was my mom’s first time! I really wanted to get her an almond croissant, but they sold out. Instead, we got a handful of other pastries to enjoy: a beautiful chard and cheddar scone, a chocolate croissant, and an apple danish.
Everything was amazing as usual – hit them up for some of the best baked goods in DC. Their bread’s absolutely fantastic, and they make a mean chicken sandwich. They also offer pizza, but I haven’t had a chance to enjoy yet. Definitely on my list – along with Martha Dear – because ‘za is life.
Centreville, VA Shenanigans
I don’t usually go to Centreville because it’s far AF, and traffic is a hot mess, but my mom really wanted to go so we made the trip. I’m not super familiar with the area so I did a bit of research prior. I read AMAZING reviews about a small Italian spot named Ciao Osteria so we kicked our day off with lunch there.
We got two dishes to share before jumping to our next spot: prosciutto and funghi pizza + chicken marsala with noodz. It wasn’t as amazing as I hoped it’d be, but we like trying new places so I’m glad we went. We probably won’t be going back again though, especially since there are so many amazing restaurants in Centreville.
Afterwards, we hit up Myung Ga Deli. My mom’s been craving their kimbap so I was thrilled to discover they opened a second location there. As always, the food was AMAZING! We only ever get their kimbap though – highly recommend beef version. It’s my favorite, and the rolls are HUGE. They’re about $10 with tax, and one’s enough for a meal, at least for me.
Little Miner Taco
We were craving birria so we went to their Bethesda location super early on a weekday to avoid the lunch crowd. FYI, they open at 11AM if you want to do the same! We got a huge feast to share so we had a ton of leftovers.
Standouts were the chicken birria and their Birria de Res Munchwrap, stuffed with slow braised beef, queso sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion, and served in a crunchy corn tortilla with a side of sour cream and chipotle aioli. Highhhhhly recommend.
No meal’s complete without dessert so we hit up Kyoto Matcha after. I totally forgot that they opened a new location at The Block, lol. I had already preordered a slew of desserts at their Rockville location so we made the drive over. They have some of the best crepe cakes in the DMV, and their chocolate version may just be my new favorite flavor. Also, their matcha cream puffs? HEAVENLY.
Alright friends, what did you think of today’s food recap? Have you been to any of these spots? If yes, what are some of your favorite dishes? And TBH, that’s not even half of the grub we got during her trip here, but I’m low key tired of writing so we’re gonna call it a day. For more on food, make sure to check out this tab, and visit DC/MD/VA fun for other adventure content! Bai friends.