The Squeaky Robot

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Posts tagged “restaurants

Toki Underground

Posted on July 7, 2013

If you’re in DC, you have a penchant for off-the-beaten-path dives, you’re obsessed with flavor & kicked-up Asian soup, and you’ve got some time on your hands, head to Toki Underground in the H St. Corridor. This restaurant embodies that cartoonish alt/punk tradition of East Asia while serving up the most satisfying bowl of ramen I’ve ever had the pleasure of inhaling. The broth, the star, is opaque, textured and complex, as if infused with smoke, and it is complemented with a range of team players: fragrant pickled ginger that surprises the palate, a sizable chunk of pulled pork that holds on to that broth like it’s the last thing it’s got, and a slow-poached egg that is so delicate and gelatinous, you could…

The Robot Reviews: Peter’s Mid-Range Dives

Posted on November 26, 2012

You may be wondering: “Why should I trust this stupid blog for dining recommendations? Or even a robot? Robots don’t have taste buds!!” I’ll tell you why. Because good food (and seeking out new food) is a priority in my life. And although the titles “food critic” and “food expert” are both self-proclaimed, just know that they’re well-deserved even though I’ve yet to receive any public or private recognition. Generally speaking, the restaurant scene in St. Petersburg reflects the city itself: quirky, atmosphere-oriented, catering to niche trends rather than subgroups or any urban notion of gastronomical diversity. The following six places are only a few of the restaurants I’ve sampled, but I’ve deemed them either favorites or most note-worthy. If you’re in Peter give…

Downtown Food One

Posted on March 14, 2011

Looks like this is the first travel/life blog that has inadvertently become a food blog. What?? I don’t leave the country until May! Until then, the subject most frequently on my mind is food. Rightly so. I went for brunch and a ‘sploring date with a friend from school; she turned 20 today! We ate at Virage, an East Village bistro that was one part eclectic, one part mediterranean, and one part cheap. Both egg dishes were $10, something unheard of anywhere in New York, especially because there was a substantial amount of foods on ma plates. We stumbled upon this restaurant after Plan A failed, and honestly I wasn’t expecting much. But the service, food, and prices overshadowed the generic exterior, and I’ll…

Go Here

Posted on February 16, 2011

My love of Greek food food knows no bounds, as evidenced by my frequent restaurant excursions throughout DC despite the teeny number in my bank account. The soul food, Ethiopian, Latin American, and Asian options are copious and, thus, as are the opinions as to which one is best (only I know which ones are best), but only one Greek dive consistently reigns supreme, and that’s Zorba’s Cafe in Dupont. Not only does the name bring the hilarious movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding to mind, but the food is as authentic as 4th generation Greek immigrant food can be, which is real authentic. The handed-down recipes are legit, and I made sure of this by: 1) Going to Greece. 2) Eating here. It…

The Heart of the Matter

Posted on January 27, 2011

Just look at it. Thousands flock to DC’s Eastern Market every weekend. Need I explain why? Along with my bi-monthly cheese shopping spree, I normally get a serving of fried green tomatoes at the local dive. They’re even more delicious with the tartar sauce. Salty, bitter, crispy, and soft but not mushy inside. That’s the key to a great fried green. Moving to DC has motivated a new obsession with soul food. Many people move here from the south and bring they’re grandmothers’ recipes with them. And I am so grateful. One of my next targets is Horace and Dickie’s Seafood, and I’ve great expectations.