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ETA: And Jack Rose was so weird. The conversation, upstairs:

 

"food or drinks?"

"Just drinks."

"Oh. You've got to get food up here."

Me, looking at the dozen empty tables "Yes, but there's no one up here"

Waitress, "let me check"

Five minutes later, "that's okay. Here are some drink menus"

It's one page: "can I see the whiskey book?"

Her, "we don't serve that up here"

Me, smiling "but we wanted to drink whiskey and sit outside!"

"let me see what I can do"

She brings the book.

I'm not surprised.

 

Downstairs, we sat in the "restaurant" area. Of course, we couldn't order anything from the bar menu or from the upstairs menu. So we ate our salad/other appetizer and then moved to the bar (which is, of course, right next to the restaurant), where you can order anything off of the bar menu or the restaurant menu, but not from upstairs. You need a degree to figure it all out, but after a few bourbons, who cares?!

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I've done a fair amount of eating in DC (and drinking...disappointedly...except for one decent cocktail bar in Old Town Alexandria) over the years but I'm now moving to the area in the next couple mon

I ate there a few years ago. I remember thinking it was just okay. Maybe it's different now--I remember some sort of inside-out meatball app. But he might like it.

Restaurant Nora was disappointing. As was an Italian place on Connecticut, just above the zoo.

Thanks for the information, off there in a couple of days -- a few days in DC itself, a few at the University of Maryland CP, which is NE I think, and a couple of days on Chesapeake bay.

 

Any positive BBQ recommendations?

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Thanks for the information, off there in a couple of days -- a few days in DC itself, a few at the University of Maryland CP, which is NE I think, and a couple of days on Chesapeake bay.

 

Any positive BBQ recommendations?

I can't recommend anything wholeheartedly. Others know more, and dr.com has a bunch of bbq threads.

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Thanks for the information, off there in a couple of days -- a few days in DC itself, a few at the University of Maryland CP, which is NE I think, and a couple of days on Chesapeake bay.

 

Any positive BBQ recommendations?

Unless you absolutely have to stay in College Park there is no reason why you can't stay based in DC and commute out. Its not really the most salubrious big University campus around and it is very close to the NE city line

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We like 'Rocklands':

http://www.rocklands.com/

Their pulled pork is good, although it's maybe a little greasy for me. Their sides are nice too.

 

I'd be curious to find other choices, especially in the Md. (NW) suburbs. We like 'Urban Barbecue'.

 

None of the choices we've tried match what came from this little shack out in Upper Marlboro area, which is quite a long drive, but the man retired. His baby back ribs were classic. I don't think there was even a name on that place. He was a snowbird and would leave in winter for Florida.

 

eta: It's been a while since we've had Rocklands. I am pretty sure they haven't changed . . .

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I don't know where you live but I'd be surprised if the DC BBQ offerings are that much better than what you can get wherever you are. I haven't been to the DC hill country though. rocklands is ok at best, I've been eating at the glover park one since I was fifteen. the burger is good, but I wouldn't drive across town for it.

 

the UMD campus is a short bus ride away from the green line, so if you're willing to put up with the bus staying in DC is a good idea.

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I don't know where you live but I'd be surprised if the DC BBQ offerings are that much better than what you can get wherever you are. I haven't been to the DC hill country though. rocklands is ok at best, I've been eating at the glover park one since I was fifteen. the burger is good, but I wouldn't drive across town for it.

 

the UMD campus is a short bus ride away from the green line, so if you're willing to put up with the bus staying in DC is a good idea.

 

Yes, I agree about Rocklands, the barbecue is just ok and I wouldn't go across town for it. The one in Glover Park was on my way home when I worked in Georgetown. I tend to think of Georgetown as a place visitors would have on their 'must-see' list, so that was why it came to mind. I live in the Md. suburbs on the NW side. We've tried Urban BBQ which is very near us. I like the pulled pork bbq a little more than Rocklands. I rarely eat out these days, but I would be more inclined to check out reviews on the small 'ethnic' places. I can't really recommend any because the few that friends recommended in D.C. really disappointed me because I was comparing to the food I had in Bangkok, etc.

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I loved 2 amy's -- I was taken there by a friend and realized I had been there before, but it was much better this time.

 

Solid steak at BLT steak.

 

A very good meal at the Bartlett Pear Inn in Easton on the Easter shore. Fresh and delicious, not original at all but good eating.

 

Quite a lot of crab in various forms.

 

 

A good cocktail at the Mandarin Oriental -- the bartender positively beamed when I asked for a martini very wet.

 

And wow, College Park is a real shithole.

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Glad you liked 2 Amy's. It's consistency is, shall we say, inconsistent, but when on it's very good. And their charcuterie plates are fine as well. Perhaps I'm too tough on them.

 

 

As I said upthread, some very good cocktail options are now around.

 

College Park - making Tacoma Park look nice.

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Glad you liked 2 Amy's. It's consistency is, shall we say, inconsistent, but when on it's very good. And their charcuterie plates are fine as well. Perhaps I'm too tough on them.

 

 

As I said upthread, some very good cocktail options are now around.

 

College Park - making Tacoma Park look nice.

 

The area around the University of Maryland would seem like it should have good options, but all I've ever seen are bars, pizza and falafel places. And, lots of concrete, strip malls, etc.

 

In contrast, Newark DE (home of the University of Delaware) has several nice restaurants, upscale watering holes, etc. As well as concrete, strip malls, pizza, etc

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