The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm



Getting to the restaurant at the Patowmack Farm could be tricky if you use your GPS. We were driving on Lovettsville Road and the GPS told us, you have arrived. We looked around, wondering where the restaurant was? We passed by the sign on Lovettsville Road pointing to the left. But Google map had other plans for us! Took us on a loop of a rocky dirt road. Google map should get its act together. Once we arrived, we were one of the two tables occupied. The chairs looked worn out and that surprised me considering the premium prices they charged. It was uncomfortable too. Service was informative and formal. It was worth checking it out but considering the prices, the chairs and the long distance, we will not come back.

Dry Aged Tuna open omelet, potato, black vinegar, mache, tuna foyot
I had my heart set on a scallop dish but once we  sat down and checked the menu, it was not listed. That has happened to me a few times before. I even called them the day before and asked when they would update the weekend menu. So, I settled on the tuna dish. The open egg omelet was interesting and tuna pieces were cooked to medium rare but the dish was not that exciting.

Beef Short Rib beet pancakes, walnuts, feta, pickled cherries
My husband’s dish was more exciting. The highlight were the sweet/sour beets. They tasted fresh from the garden. The beet pancakes were interesting also. The short ribs were a mix of tender and chewy pieces. Pickled cherries added a little acid.

Dark Chocolate Cake ginger ice cream, fudge sauce, walnut
We ended our lunch with a not so exciting chocolate cake. The ginger ice cream impressed more.

Thip Khao


Our third time at Thip Khao. Every thing was very good but too salty. I asked the waiter to pack the sticky rice that we did not eat, but once we got to the car, I realized he had forgotten it. I was not happy.

KHAONOM MUN FALANG yellow curry potato puffs, sweet and sour sauce
Very close to an Indian samosa but much tastier. The crispy dough and the spiced potatoes were pretty good and comforting. You did not even need the dipping sauce.

NAEM KHAO THADEAU crispy coconut rice, sour pork, peanut, banana blossom, lime, scallion, cilantro
My favorite dish. Thank God it came with lettuce leaves, because even though it was a delicious combination of crispy rice, Asian sausage, crunchy peanuts, it was too salty.

PIING grilled skewers with lemongrass, ginger, padaek, spicy toasted rice sauce, pork neck
It was very smoky and on the sweet side. Very addicting.

AWK herbal stew, lemongrass, dill, eggplant wood era, green bean, braised beef
It was very herby with plenty of mushrooms, a few green eggplants and a little bit of beef.




We had brunch at Hazel when we first moved to the DMV area. I remember the food was OK to very good back then, but the portions were small. Recently it went through a chef change. Now the menu leans more towards Mediterranean cuisine.

Tahini Swirl Bread, Olive Oil Jam, Sea Salt
It was a good breakfast bread but a bit pricey at $8. It was on the sweet side and needed more tahini. The star of the show was the olive oil jam. Very unique texture and addicting.

Kuku Egg Scramble, Mediterranean Herbs, Pomegranate Molasses, Walnuts
There is a Persian dish named Kuku, but this was a completely different dish. Interesting scrambled egg, almost tasted like it was mix with bread pieces. It needed more molasses and walnuts.

Short Rib Hash, Potatoes, Sunnyside Egg
This was unlike any other short rib hash we have had. It was more like a dry stew. The portion was tiny.

Federalist Pig



We were seated towards the back thus the not so great pictures.

Pork Rib Tips and Brisket with Smoked cauliflower
The pork rib tips were good. Brisket was not juicy and as good as the one from ZZQ. The star was the smoked cauliflower. Who would have thought? I don’t think Francis would have approved. Then again he was a ribs man! I did wish that I would have run into him.

Red Bliss Potato Salad and Broccoli with Raisin and Apple
The potato salad was creamy and mustardy as usual. The broccoli salad was supposed to have blue cheese but I did not taste any. It had raisin though.

Jose Canseco Sandwich  House smoked ham, pulled pork, melted Swiss, pickles, crispy skins, topped w/ mustard BBQ sauce
The best sandwich and a great value at $12. You could eat half for lunch and the other half for dinner, if you get a couple of veggie sides. The pulled pork was so good and smoky. Ham added more goodness, cheese sealed the deal and crispy skin added crunch.



Breakfast Sandwich House Smoked Brisket, Farm Egg, Cheese,
Sesame Potato Bun

There has been a lot of talk about this breakfast sandwich, so naturally we had to go and try it. We sat at the bar and watched a lady make one breakfast sandwich at a time using a portable burner, which was surprising to us. You would expect multiple people at the kitchen would make this sandwich considering its popularity. So at $9, did it impress? It was worth a try and even though it tasted pretty good, it was a little too greasy. They buttered the bread and cooked the egg with butter too. The brisket was more like a pastrami. I would have rather paid a little more if it came with a little side of salad or veggie.

Tail Up Goat


Tail Up Goat recently started a brunch service. It offers 3 courses for $40. Depending on what you choose, it could be a pleasant brunch or one with not much value. I think my husband’s choices were a better value. I felt like for a bit more money, you are better off trying their dinner, which we have had in the past.

Tuna conserva, hard-boiled egg, herb salad, anchovy, candied olive
This dish filled you up but did not give you any joy. The tuna was grey and when I asked what kind of tuna it was, I was told a yellowfin. The jar of yellowfin I buy from Wegmans tastes better! The candid olive was great though. I feel like it needed a little acidity to freshen up the dish.

Ricotta “pancake,” ground cherry syrup, candied hazelnuts, mint
It was a nice little pancake but it should have been a little bigger, portion wise.

Sweet potato biscuit, mortadella, taleggio fonduta, radicchio
This is where the value dived!! The sweet potato biscuit was moist but the tiny slice of mortadella could not possibly satisfy anybody. The marinated radicchio was the highlight.

Grilled mahi mahi, ravigote, crispy potatoes
The best dish of the brunch. Good portion of mahi cooked perfectly with a delicious smoky flavor. The crispy potatoes were a perfect partner to the fish.

Ginger sorbet, apple, rosemary, pine nut halva
I really enjoyed the very lemony sorbet. The crisp apple slices provided a textural contrast. Pine nut halva was great.

Custard, balsamic, honey, olive oil
My husband loved his dessert. It was very good but I prefer my choice.

Amoo’s Restaurant


Laboo Fire roasted beets | pomegranate basil sauce | crumbled goat feta
The beets were warm but there were very few pomegranates in the sauce and I did not taste any basil. It also could have used more than the 1 tsp of goat feta to make it a more balanced salad or appetizer.

Kabob Torsh Lamb loin filet | pomegranate | saffron
This kabob used to be my favorite and had a sweet/sour taste, but this time it tasted just sweet and the meat was overcooked. Basically a waste of $25.

Tahdig with Koofteh
Tahdig is a crispy rice and koofteh was a Meatball made of ground beef tenderloin, lentils and mixed herbs. At $15, a total waste of money. Usually the crispy rice is one or two big pieces but in this case, it tasted like they collected all the day before leftovers and added koofteh on the top of it. The koofteh was good but salty.

Esther’s Kitchen



My brother has been talking about Esther’s Kitchen for a while now. While in Las Vegas for a very short trip, we stopped here for lunch. The food we tried was good but their system for lunch was confusing. I made the reservation through Open Table. Nobody cared to check us in and we were seated after ordering at the bar! After food was delivered, at no time they checked on us, thus I think I over tipped!

polpette/ tomato sugo/ basil ricotta/ toasted sourdough
At $9 you can’t beat this dish. It was highly recommended by my family and I can say that it was worth the hype. Two delicious meatballs with a charred sourdough toast.

roasted cauliflower/ quinoa/ kale/ pecorino/ pickled raisins
My vegan niece was going to skip lunch but we ordered her this salad and she managed to finish it up. I guess she liked it.

chopped salad/ all the things/ olive brine vinaigrette
This reminded me of Nancy’s salad at Mozza in CA. It was a good Italian chopped salad of tomatoes, radicchio and salami.

tomato/ greek sausage + salumi/ fennel/ charred peppers/ orange
My father, the pizza lover, ordered this. I took a tiny slice and found it good. The crust was a little dense for my liking.

meatball/ provolone + basil ricotta/ bianco pomodoro/ parsley
My husband and brother both ordered this and they enjoyed it. They said it was a lot of food.

roasted porchetta/ cracklins/ spicy rabe/ pickled chilis
My mom got this and enjoyed it. I took a bite of the porchetta and found it good but not the best. It was a little dry.