The 5 best delivery restaurants in Washington DC

Living in DC you have access to just about every type of food imaginable.  You have restaurants that cost $500 per dinner and some that cost $5.  The one issue you run into though is that delivery can be hard to find.  Because of that I wanted to help you all with 5 of the best places to order delivery in Washington DC.

1.  Bistro Bistro in Washington DC.  Bistro Bistro offers restaurant quality good and an awesome menu.  What’s even better is they deliver everything from French Onion Soup to giant servings of Tiramisu.  Their food tastes extremely fresh and homemade, but the delivery is extremely slow.  The crab and spinach dip and mussel appetizers are excellent.  The Pizza is so-so and the steak sandwich is lacking, but everything else is great.  I highly recommend Bistro Bistro. the food is a great mix of seafood and italian and you will absolutely love it.

1727 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

2.  Italian Pizza Kitchen on U Street.  Italian Pizza Kitchen on U street is a great place that is opened late.  Their pizza falls short because of the crust, but they use fresh, whole ingredients and take their time with the food.  They also have great pasta for their Lasagna.  Their buffalo wings are excellent 99% of the time and their Panini’s are absolutely amazing.  Be ready to be stuffed and want more when you order panninis and wings from Italian Pizza Kitchen.

1110 U St Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

3.  Thai Tanic on 14th st NW.  Thai Tanic is absolutely amazing.  There is nothing bad on the menu and the prices are incredible.  My personal favorite is #39 done medium spicy.  The appetizers are a hit or miss and will depend on your tastes, but the entrees are amazing.  It may look like a hole in the wall, but when you see the two and three hour waits on the weekends, then taste their food, you’ll quickly discover why they are a leading Thai restaurant in DC.

1326 14th Street Northwest
Washington D.C., DC 20005

4.  Alero.  Alero is way to expensive to have delivered because they use a third party vendor.  Unfortunately their Mexican and Mexican fusion food is absolutely amazing.  If you are craving Mexican and don’t mind spending a ton of extra money on delivery, (anywhere from $10 to $20 in fees), you have to order Alero.  My favorites are their nachos, chimichangas and pretty much everything else I have had there.

1301 U St NW

5.  Banana Leaves.  Banana Leaves is absolutely amazing Asian food.  You can order a variety of Asian food and all of them are amazing.  My personal favorites from their menu are their crabmeat rangoons (they are freshly made and come with an awesome spicy sauce), the brown chinese chicken fried rice (The Thai is alright as well) and the Drunken Noodles.

2020 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

If you’re in DC and don’t feel like going out, ordering in can be tricky as the amount of decent places that deliver is extremely limited.  If you stick to any of the 5 places mentioned here, you should end up with an incredible meal that you’ll be craving again and again.

Groth Winery

Last spring, I had the pleasure of taking a tour of several wineries in Napa Valley and the most visually seductive of the wineries we stopped at was a lovely place called Groth Winery. The people were friendly and not at all snobbish or intimidating (as some of the wineries in Napa can be) and were truly passionate and proud of their entire operation, from the soil to the table. They even have a large insectary garden planted specifically to attract insects that are the natural enemies of vineyard pests. Their barrel room is absolutely breathtaking and for someone that thrives on symmetry and mathematical repetition, achingly beautiful. The hushed room is filled with barrel upon barrel, stained with their signature red stripe and perfectly aligned with its neighbors. The air practically drips with amber hues and expectancy.

Alas, I am not a wine connoisseur…at least not yet, and I can’t recall the notes or hints or vintages of wines we sampled. All I can recall is that the Groth Cabernet Sauvignon was one of the most exquisite wines we tried that day and one of the finest I’ve ever had the pleasure of imbibing.

I’ve been kicking myself ever since my visit for not buying a case while I was there!

If you ever find yourself in the Napa area, Groth Vineyards & Winery is located at 750 Oakville Cross Rd, Oakville, CA however the winery is only open by appointment, so I suggest you contact them ahead of time by visiting http://www.grothwines.com.

Cafeteria Food Fight

Today, the Chicago Tribune reported that one local school, Chicago’s Little Village Academy, is forcing children to eat at their cafeteria or go hungry. The school has mandated that unless a child has a medical excuse such as an allergy, they are not allowed to bring a packed lunch from home. According to school Principal Elsa Carmona, her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.

How, praytell, is forcing young children to choose between hunger and meager, unappetizing slop “protecting students”? And how is it helping them to make healthful choices on their own?

My children don’t eat school cafeteria food, mainly because they wouldn’t choose to eat it at all. This week, their school menu touts the following unhealthful things: breaded chicken (fried in oil of course), cookies, cheeseburger and potato smiles (again with the oil!), fruit cup (lots of sugar in that!), brownies, tamale pocket, cheese its, cheese pizza and chips. Given their own choice, my kids choose things like turkey sandwiches, bananas, apples, peanut butter sandwiches, homemade soups and juice. As a parent, these are choices that I reinforce. It’s not the purview of the school to decide what my child eats. It is their job to teach them math, science, reading, critical thinking, etc. I certainly would take it as an affront if I was told that I could no longer send whole wheat turkey sandwiches, bananas, crackers and juice to school with my children because the school (and government) knew better what to feed them.

The other thing that I find most horrifying about this story is that the ban on homemade lunches puts money directly into the pockets of the school district’s food provider and that the government pays the district for each free or reduced price lunch that is served. So in effect, the taxpayer is footing the bill for school lunches that are often thrown away uneaten. What a waste of money, time and food resources!

The article also points out that the overall nutritional quality of the meals is poor (albeit improved from last year, yay.) and that there has been a drop-off in the number of students participating in meals. Now, taking into account that this school and many other districts have breakfast programs, that means that many of the children that qualify for free or discounted breakfast and lunches aren’t eating anything all day long until they get home after school. How does Principal Carmona expect students at the school to be able to concentrate and learn over the distraction of their empty bellies?! For shame!

Bay Area Steps up to the Plate

The San Francisco Giants are in the World Series for the first time since 2002  and Bay Area foodies are getting into the spirit of the hometown team by devouring variety of Giants-themed delights. Here are some tasty treats from local food establishments:

SusieCakes is making cupcakes that include the Panda, Fear the Beard, and more.

Giants Cupcakes from SusieCakes

Kara’s cupcakes, which appeared on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, also has Giants themed cupcakes.

Famous sourdough bread maker, Boudin, has loaves sporting the Giants logo.

Giants Bread from Boudin

Gott’s Roadside is offering a Go Giants pumpkin milkshake with chocolate drizzle for the remainder of the Series.

4505 meats has a World Series Cooler that contains a beer- and jalapeno-braised brisket, spicy peanut cracker jacks, chicharron bean dip, 4505-made Fritos, “big-ass bag o’ chicharrones,” and pork “butter” rillette, for $55. For an extra $25, you can upgrade to a 4505 Deluxe World Series cooler, which includes all of the above plus half a dozen beer brats (buns and 4505-made condiments included), and as many Gigante Dogs (100 percent beef links with cheddar and jalapenos).

All that’s missing is a Tim Lincecum brownie!

Go Giants. Beat Texas!

Beat Texas Rangers Cupcake from SusieCakes

Elegant Chinese Dining at Blossom in Aria

Delicious details to come, but here is the distinguished list of dishes enjoyed.

Crisp fried beef roll
Pot stickers
Golden seafood medallion
Szechuan shrimp
Beef with broccoli
Tasting menu
War won ton soup
Hot and spicy soup
Lychee creme brulee
Banana passion fruit dumpling
Chocolate Ginger mousse
Fried sesame dough

We tried hard to snap pictures but were occasionally overcome by the meal and took a bite before the camera came out. Oops!