El Rey is located in Washington, D.C. on U street and known as the bar with nachos and tequila. This combonation is vicious! Let’s get into it:
The nachos from El Rey just hit differently. They seem basic, because they consists of just chips, cheese, jalapeños, and a protein. However, the steak is so juicy. The cheese is pour all throughout the chips, so every bite slaps. The steak + chip combo is so good that I will seek out a piece of steak for every chip I grab. I love a little spice, and the jalapeño adds that plus flavor. Must cop if you ever end up at El Rey.
Tequila + Nachos just go together. El Rey’s margaritas are the perfect compliment to their banging nachos. Their pitcher of margarita is their most popular thing. And….. I see why. they are delicious and strong. This bar is always on my list to hit if I am going to U street. I must go see the best duo in D.C…
B.Good is known for their natural and clean ingredients. They support seasonal cooking and flavors! Let’s get into it:
B. Good offers a wide variety of options. Smoothies, sandwiches , and bowls take up most of the menu. The guacamole burger, sriracha chicken, and turkey medley all sounded delicious!
The guacamole burger was so darn good. It was extremely fresh and got better with every bite. The sweet potato fries were crisp. Even though the size of the burger was not that big, I didn’t leave still hungry! That’s always a plus. After I finished my food, I went home to reminisce about how much I want to go back..
As a young person on a budget, I can’t help but notice these fast food chains releasing new products! I picked a few that I heard a lot of buzz about from Burger King and Pizza Hut. Let’s get into it:
Let’s start with Pizza Hut. I ordered their stuffed Cheez-It pizza for $7. It tasted just as weird and mind-boggling as it sounds. It was very cheesy in the middle and reminded me of a mozzarella stick which isn’t bad. However… this Cheez-it crust starts playing with your taste buds. It was like someone giving me a Cheez-it and then it explodes with cheese. The marinara sauce helped and took away from the Cheez-it crust. Overall: 5/10
Burger King introduced their cheesy tots this year. Who doesn’t like tater tots? Then you add cheese? I am excited. Too bad Burger King unperformed. These were the most regular tots I have tasted LOL. They were a breaded tater tot with cheese in the middle, BUT I did not even taste the cheese (I guess that’s a good thing). It lacked flavor and was more bland than my grandfather’s crackers. Atleast they were only $1. Overall: Issa no from me dawg.
Lastly, Burger King introduced the “Impossible” whopper this year. I was excited to see how fast food will treat this vegan burger. My expectation was that it would be edible but bland. I was skeptical of how serious Burger King would take this. In reality, they SNAPPED. I have had a beef whopper before, and this was right in line with that. The flavors were pleasantly coming through! It was a big burger, so that made me happy that they did not skimp us. I most definitely would order this if I found myself in a Burger King line again. Overall: Torch!
ProteinHouse says eating healthy is the first step toward an all around better life. They provide fresh, healthy, and quality foods to make you feel good! Let’s get into it:
Have you just worked out and want tasty meal that will also benefit your body?
ProteinHouse has so many options that I love. They are creative, healthy, and appetizing. Froyo pancakes, Cajun BBQ chicken rice bowl, Salmon burger, and PB&J shake are a few of my favorites from this extravagant menu!
What if I don’t work out?
That is okay. You can always get the satisfaction of working out from watching Instagram videos LOL. I’d like to point out that ProteinHouse does a great job with their seasoning! The cajun bbq chicken bowl was packed with flavor from the bbq sauce, seasoned chicken, and fresh onions and peppers. This was my go-to! Also, The salmon burger with the avocado and agave mustard was spectacularrr.
I’m vegan/gluten free! Do they have stuff for me?
ProteinHouse caters to all diets which I love. For the vegans, the vegan pancakes, acai bowls, and vegan burger are all fire options. You can get gluten free buns and wraps also!
Do you want to go to Protein House for the third day in a row?
BKK Cookshop is not your typical Thai noodle house. The creative cocktails, asian beers, and street-food-inspired appetizers made this a top Thai restaurant for me. Let’s get into it:
Bkk Cookshop is small, however they have turned their restaurant into an intimate and decorative space! I loved how this place felt and looked authentic. It was not one of those gentrified Thai places where you walk in and nobody there looks like they anything about Thai cuisine LOL.
The menu presented tons of nice options such as happy hour $3 appetizers, delicious cocktails, and vegan & gluten free alternatives! I am a fried rice enthusiast, so I bodied their spicy basil rice with chicken. I also ordered Thai gyoza, and these lasted on the table maybe 34 seconds before being devoured.
The flavors… were amazing! Fried rice is typically a dish that you will know how it will taste. This spicy basil rice gave me flavors I never knew I needed. The chili peppers, fresh basil, and marinated chicken made for a great combination! The gyoza were perfectly battered and paired impeccably with the soy ginger sauce. Everything was so tasty. This is my favorite Thai spot right now, and I WILL DEFEND IT..
Hip City Veg opened 2012. A restaurant that not only introduced people to tasty food that good for their health, but also the planet! This all vegan restaurant presents dishes that debunk the myth that vegan food is just nuts and leaves. Let’s just get into it:
I chose the Ziggy burger, and it went dumb! This is their classic burger with special sauce (we love a good special sauce). The philly steak or crispy hipcity ranch chick’n sandwich also won gold medals from me. Great flavors + good portion size = happy me
The side salads are a solid choice as expected..HOWEVER, the sweet potato fries are a game changer. Some sweet potato fries from places are fresh but not very flavorful. Not these.. They were made with love. Also, the sriracha aioli dipping sauce is 10/10 would recommend!
Each month they shake up their shakes by adding seasonal flavors. I ordered the pumpkin pie shake, but I was hesitant how this would come out. I took my first sip and there was no looking back! If you ask me to go back to Hip City Veg, this will be my only response..
Smorgasburg was started 2011 in Brooklyn, NY as a food-centered flea market. Some of the most innovative food items are sold here, making it the perfect destination for all foodies. Smorgasburg has now expanded to Los Angeles and Washington D.C, and I went this past Saturday before they close it down for the fall. The food I had was FIRE, so let’s get into it:
Hot Lola’s combined Nashville hot chicken and Sichuan flavors to make one of the best chicken sandwiches I have had! The slaw, pickles, and sesame bun were solid role players! However, the chicken was the star player. I was in love with the juiciness, crunch, and amazing seasoning they used.
The Urban Oyster actually made me mad at myself for not trying chargrilled oysters sooner! I tried their volcano, teriyaki, and cheese louise oysters. I was hesitant to try these exotic flavors on my oysters, but this was the best decision I made all day. I could eat those 3 oysters over and over and over.. This was without a doubt a 10/10 for me.
Old bay goes on a lot in the D.C and Maryland area, but does it goes on mac n’ cheese?? It’s a yes from me dawg *Randy Jackson voice*. Hal and Al’s BBQ is bold for this, but i’m so glad they did. The mac n’ cheese was rich with cheese, and the old bay added an excellent burst of flavor mixed in. It was not overpowering at all. I throughly enjoyed every bite!
Just when I was thinking to myself, “imma need something sweet”, Sweet Crimes presented me with these gluten free and vegan donuts! When you hear gluten free and vegan in the same sentence, you may raise an eyebrow but Sweet Crimes cinnamon sugar donuts went above my expectations! I devoured them in 2 bites easy. The vegan cream was light and a smooth compliment for the donuts!
Astro’s doughnuts and fried chicken was started by Elliot Spaisman and professional hockey player, Jeff Halpern. They have used seasonal flavors and classic recipes to make great doughnuts and fried chicken. Let’s get into it:
Astro’s is one block away from the White house, so expect it to be busy! They have a sit down portion of the restaurant and a “fast food” carry out side. It was a great environment to eat comfort food and hangout with friends.
The uniqueness of the menu definitely caught my attention. You can find a maple bacon donut, creme brûlée donut, or PB&J donut! I was so excited, then found out I can also order a spicy chicken sandwich on a cheddar biscuit or a chicken sandwich BLT between a savory donut.
I ordered the spicy chicken sandwich with a cheddar biscuit, and it was the perfect combonation of spiciness, ranch, and the biscuit tied it all together so well! It got a little messy, but it was well worth it. The tater tots were so fresh and tasty! I could eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Only thing that I would change is the number of pickles on the sandwich, because I was left looking like..
Two brothers from New Jersey now famous for their fried chicken? Yes, and their restaurant is a must hit while in East Village, NYC. Their fantastic chicken along with their smooth ambiance makes for a great recipe. Let’s get into it:
Blue Ribbon is a spot you walk past, look inside, and get the fear of missing out! It is a smooth environment that reminded me of a transformed warehouse with big windows and high ceilings. A great place to grab food as you walk the streets of NYC.
What to order? What to order? The Classic chicken sandwich is a simple go-to! If you want to indulge in their famous chicken recipe then I would crush the Tender Supreme or 2 piece combo. The smoked Mac n Cheese is also a must order. The regular and sweet potato fries were delicious. If you want to freak the plate, I recommend their Fries With the Works thats comes topped with cheddar cheese and smoked bacon!
Like most chicken spots, the sauces are a necessity. They found the perfect honey drizzle to accompany their chicken. They have a chipotle honey, wasabi honey, and my favorite is the wildflower honey. If you like spicy, try the ghost pepper gochujang sauce! Your reaction will be…
Jeni’s Ice Cream brings people together with their unique and delicious flavors of ice cream and wonderful customer service. Fresh ingredients and a nice environment makes this place special. I would chose this over most dessert places any day of the week! Let’s get into it:
The ambiance of Jeni’s is youthful and bright! The employees are always upbeat and full of energy. This creates an infectious vibe throughout the shop. Every time I have gone, the line is piled up to the door, but the the wait is worth your time.
The flavors of Jeni’s are outstanding and unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else. I don’t know who thought to put blackberry jam into vanilla ice cream to form Brambleberry crisp, but it works! From the Frosé to the salted peanut butter with chocolate, every bite will perfectly melt in your mouth. They found the perfect combonation of flavors and smoothness!
Could I eat this everyday? Yes without hesitation. It is affordable and great quality. I usually get the trio, which includes 3 scoops of my favorites at around $8.75. A pint is $12 and could EASILY be eaten in one night! Nobody wants your store bought ice cream when Jeni’s is still open!