What it do babyyyy?? Bonchon is known for their double fried Bonchon chicken brushed over with their signature sauce. This recipe was fire! Let’s get into it:

  • Double frying method is a different method that Bonchon used. The wings were crispy but light at the same time. They caught me by surprise, because wings are usually dry when they are that fried. However, the chicken was tender and juicy! This made for a great bite every bite.
  • The flavors are really what made these wings lit. I split the Soy garlic and Spicy sauces. Boy oh boy! Fantastic decision by me. The soy garlic seems like an odd combination, but I loved it! The spicy was actually spicy, not mild. Literally jumped into my bite and the spice hit me in the face. The spicy still had tons of flavor unlike most traditional hot wings. They also have a Japanese mayo to dip your wings in to help the spice (also seems odd, but it was yummy).
  • The fried rice was different. They added in red pepper flakes and the soy garlic sauce to make an appetizing seasoning. I am obsessed with fried rice, and this was one of my favorites! Just know.. you can’t order the wrong thing if you just order what I suggested!

Hank’s Oyster Bar opened up its location on the Wharf in 2017. They wanted to incorporate their delicious food with an awesome waterfront scenery! Let’s get into it:

  • Hank’s is right on the wharf connected to the boardwalk overlooking the water. Hank’s has outside seating that allowed me to take in the great sun and toast cocktails with friends! How could you not have a good time eating seafood right on the water on a sunny day?
  • The menu features a variety of options with seafood dominating. The eastern shore crab dip, oyster po’ boy, and seasonal barbecue chicken were calling my name over and over. Every spot on the wharf offers seafood, but I liked how Hank’s had non-seafood options that snapped just the same! Sadly, some people just can’t enjoy a Maryland crab cake due to their allergies. SUCKS!
  • The oysters came out quick and were hearty in size. I dress my oysters up with a scoop of cocktail sauce and a dash of horseradish. They lasted maybe 60 seconds on the table. I also had the seasonal barbecue chicken, which sadly is not on the menu right now. The chicken was perfectly grilled and seasoned by a true chef! I need to run this food date back ASAP! Sometimes you gotta just go get friends without your friends..

Crimson Diner is a modern diner with a taste of southern life. This experience was a pleasant surprise! Let’s get into it:

  • Crimson Diner’s ambiance was super smooth. Rooftop bar, diner style seating, and the café music all worked together. I was happy and comfy before we even ordered the food!
  • I felt like a kid in the candy store while looking at the menu! Menu items such as Jambalaya, Crimson Burger, and Steak Frites definitely caught my attention. Jambalaya wins my heart every time.
  • The jambalaya was filled with plump shrimp, andouille sausage, and grilled chicken. My taste buds were doing be happy dance after each bite. I could not get enough of it! I learned that my friends that I was eating with did not like jambalaya, so I did not have to give anyone a taste test. I was like…

Char’d City is a hot and new restaurant located in Baltimore, Maryland. A modern day Mom and Pop shop with a unique twist. I was obsessed with of this place and their potential to grow. Let’s get into it:

  • I fell in love with Char’d City’s ambiance. Their big wood-fired grill, stage for live music, and charming artwork makes this spot one of a kind. There was no dead space inside, so I was constantly amused by the intricate art pieces hanging on the walls. My vision sees them hosting poets, singers and pianists, and other creatives on their stage. Who doesn’t love good live entertainment with their meal?
  • Italian with a north African twist? Does it work? Will it taste good? Hell yes it works! I was stunned after being ambushed by such flavor coming from their Brik rolls and Tajine el Bey. The farm to table vibe was really exposed when I bite into the Brik roll, and I could taste how fresh the potatoes and tuna was! The Tajine aka Tunisian-style quiche was amazing, and the lamb was seasoned to perfection.
  • Can we have a moment of silence for this Charm City Pie?….. It was a simple pie with mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, garlic, etc.. HOWEVER, they went crazy and slapped some blue crab on the pie. This was sooooo fire. When they placed this beauty on the table, I immediately looked like..

JINYA was established in the early 2000’s and emphasized principals of serving delicious food at affordable prices that’s accessible to all. Best believe that I had to tap in! Let’s get into it:

  • JINYA presents a lovely environment that included indoor murals, exposed brick, and innovative lighting. I picked this place for a date, they thought it was cute and gave me praise. I awkwardly laughed in my head, because I had nothing to do with building this place. I just wanted to eat..
  • I started with the veggie bun. I honestly did not know what to expect from a vegan steamed bun filled with beyond meat, guacamole, and vegan mayo. But- IT WAS BOMB. I freaked it with some ginger soy sauce to dip. I could have crushed like 3 or 4 more of them.
  • Our server sounded cliché saying “it’s about the broth and not the noodles”. I had the wonton chicken ramen and spicy chicken ramen. The wontons were juicy and plump. The portion was huge, but it was so enjoyable. The broth was NO JOKE. I was thoroughly pleased with how the flavors meshed. After having this heavenly ramen, I look at other people’s ramen like..

Smith Commons is not your common Brunch place. They are open during the week only for dinner, but by the weekend they serving up bottomless mimosas. I had a great time visiting during DMV Black Restaurant Week. Let’s get into it:

  • Big windows, wooden tables, and eclectic music gave Smith Commons a unique vibe. They have tons of exposed brick and a huge chalkboard filled with designs. I wouldn’t be surprised if Becky with the good hair went viral taking a cool picture while there.
  • For starters, we decided to devour the salmon hash! I did not feel confident during the eye test, but this dish aced the taste test. The fresh salmon along with roasted peppers and onions paired so well. Also, the Smith Biscuits were fire. The biscuits covered in creamy grits, bacon, and sriracha sauce will definitely sit on my mind for days.
  • For my main course, I had the chicken and waffles. This was no ordinary chicken and waffles. The waffles were fluffy and topped with fruit. The chicken was roasted instead of fried, and it hit differently! I was in awe over the chicken falling right off the bone and filled with flavor. Pro tip: be a fat ass when you go out to eat, so you are not the only friend at the table with a kale salad.
Friend making fun of friend

Old Fields Restaurant is located in Long Island, NY. Their goal is to provide service and food so good that you’ll want to return to Long Island LOL. I had a great meal though, so let’s get into it:

  • Old Fields is a perfect date spot that is near the water, has a fire pit outside, and an intimate interior. The service was amongst the best, and it was so genuine. I showed up having no clue what to order, but they treated me like family and recommended some of their favorites!
  • The menu features a lot great options. I quickly was mesmerized with the three cheese mac n’ cheese, crab and avocado tacos, and the short rib risotto! Fried clams, little neck clams, and oysters were on my mind heavily too. Also they also took up the center of the menu with their steak options, so I had to see what they were talking about. *eyes emoji*
  • The steak came out, and I immediately requested to hug the chef. This steak was the size of my face and sweating with flavor. It was the perfect combination of tender and juicy! The mashed potatoes were the perfect pairing. Fresh potatoes, nice touch of pepper, and the garlic. After not knowing anything about this place, my friend and I pleasantly left the restaurant like..

Luke’s Lobster first opened in East Village and made it their goal to hand pick the best seafood. This was the freshest seafood I’ve had. Let’s get into it:

  • What I expected:
    • I always have heard people say “you must try a lobster roll while in New England”. I expected it would be good since Boston was known for their seafood. Lobster roll seemed simple, but how could you not be excited for fresh lobster, butter, and bread??
  • What I received:
    • Luke’s Lobster changed my whole mindset about seafood. I ordered Luke’s trio, which included a lobster roll, shrimp roll, and crab roll. EVERYTHING was so fresh! Every bite got better and better. They did not have make it this tasty, but I am so glad they did! I’m in love..

Luke’s Lobster: 75 Exeter St. Boston, Massachusetts 02116. (Located multiple states)

Nando’s story begins with Portuguese explorers discovering the African Bird’s Eye Chili and turning them into addictive sauces. PERI-PERI may be one of my favorite spices! Let’s get into it:

Boneless Chicken Breast w/ Portuguese Rice. Portobello Mushroom & Halloumi Wrap w/ Corn & Garlic Bread
  • You walk in Nando’s, and you immediately notice the shiny wood interior. You are seated, handed a menu, then once you make a decision you go order at the front counter. I promise, the food is worth the slight confusing experience !
  • The freshness of their food is what keeps me, and so many other coming back to Nando’s for a good bite. Whether I order the PERI-PERI wings, the chicken breast sandwich, or portabello mushroom wrap, I know that I can’t lose picking any option! I love the variety of sides such as mashed potatoes, Portuguese rice, and mushed peas. Don’t feel bad if you want to order multiple starches, because you win with any of these choices!
  • When I tell you that Nando’s seasoning and sauces are heavenly… I completely mean that. I love how versatile their sauces are! I may drop some hot sauce on the chicken then dip it in the lemon & herb sauce. The garlic bread has much flavor as well, and pro tip: you should throw a splash of the mango & lime on it. Okay. Wow. Now I am craving this so bad!

Nandos Information: http://www.nandosperiperi.com

Old Ebbitt Grill is an extremely popular Victorian-inspired restaurant located in Washington, D.C. Their architecture, hospitality, and food make this place stand out! Let’s get into it:

Lobster Fra Diavolo
  • The ambiance of Old Ebbitt is lovely. The big revolving door entrance creates a classic entrance. Clean marble floors are everywhere, and they connect to the worn down basement stairs which gently remind you of the age of the restaurant. Waiters were moving 100 mph, but they were hospitable and made it look so easy!
  • The menu had many great options, and it made my food decision so difficult. Do I want the Lobster Fra Diavolo or the Rueben or the Horseradish Glazed Meatloaf?? If we were playing family feud, all of these would be the #1 answer!
  • The Lobster was extremely fresh and plump, one of the most delicious meals I’ve ever had. The pasta sauce was light, but flavorful! I also had the Calamari appetizer. the dipping sauce was so good, I could have cried on the spot.