We went to Wei Wei. It's a nice family run place that gets a lot of press/hype. It's kind of twee/hipster in approach/atmosphere. Food's good, though I think EC Kitchen may still be my favorite.
I went to Burrasca for lunch. Solid food with a decent wine list. The chef has wonderful passion and his wife is great at social media. It's a powerful combo. I also recommend Bellino Trattoria Siciliana. I prefer the Mediterranean influence over the northern.
La Moule is classy and a classic. If it were in my neighborhood, I would be there weekly. As it is, it's easier to drive over to St Jack than down to Clinton.
I've been to Pinolo a few times and tried their gelato/sorbetto once. As I recall, our Mr Taster was with us when I eventually got to try it. (The first time we went, the owner opened 45 minutes late, he truly is Italian.) I know ExtraMSG likes it. As I recall, I'm the one who told him about it and he thought it might be a chain, so he surmised it may not be good. I assured him it was owned by a private individual as told to me by one of his friends at a dinner at Langbaan.*** Whatever. I think Pinolo is good, especially their sorbetto, but I think Bassotto Gelateria on Dekum has just as good, if not better gelato. Their flavors in the nut department are more intense.
I've been to Pizza Jerk a few times. I like it because I grew up with that style of pizza. As it goes, Tommy and I grew up in the same town, but he's 11 years younger, so our paths never crossed. It's a pretty small town. In that area of CT, his place would do well, but never enjoy the hype he enjoys here. As such, it's good, but not great. Now that he's opening a garden with seating for 100, the scene will be a cluster f*ck with Instagram scenesters, families and whatnot. I don't expect to go there much when the weather gets nicer. I attended P.R.E.A.M. when they were at Ned Lud. Never again. I'm too old for that, I'd take the wait at Apizza Scholls any day over that.
I haven't tried Chizu as I prefer my cheese at home, but I did try Coquine for a morning pastry and coffee. Another timeless space. I want to go back for dinner. The cute couple who own the place were busy playing with their cute baby dressed in a cute outfit. It was all so cute. Yes, I'd go back, it shows promise, but I may have to get my adequate dosage of THC before doing so.
Milk glass mrkt, Maurice and Sweedeedee I lump all into the same category as cute/hipster/twee/portlandia whatever. I read recently via the Portland Food Dude that Beast is hosting a $150 pop-up dinner with eight dessert courses with wine. These "carefully curated" places, along with the food carts, bring the tourists. God bless these places for the foot traffic, but they're not my bag. Not in the least.
I've spent some time in Spain. I had my fill of Churros. A 1AM drunken stop at Chocolatería San Ginés in Madrid, and a morning coffee churros stop on some backstreet in Barcelona at what I think was Xurreria Trebol, also a place in Rhonda called Cafetería Churrería Alba. I look forward to trying 180 to see how they compare. Fried dough man, can't beat that. If Cafe Du Monde opened a branch here, they'd kill it = put Blue Star right out of business. Actually, with the right PR firm and the blessing of Karen Brooks, they'd put 1/2 the town out of business.
Olympia Oyster Bar. Hey they're my next door neighbors. I think the two ladies running it have a lot of spirit. Their food can be good to excellent depending on the day you go and what they're offering. Menu changes often. Personally, I was hoping for a more casual situation, whereas this tends towards being somewhat pricy/precious. This is not a detriment, but when I get out of work I want a quick down some oysters and go, but Olympia is more formal than that. I think they're still finding their footing. Only time will tell.
Mississippi Ave is a tough street for restaurants. It's more known for its bar scene vs food. We went to Slate last week (formerly Equinox, same owners). food was good, though the portions are small. Service is still "off" though. Honestly, I expect people who liked Equinox may like Slate, but Radar is a notch above. Same goes for North Light, who changed chefs a few months back. With that change they now offer a menu that resonates more with the millennial set. Another tough spot to sustain a business.
I look forward to trying Marukin Ramen when the hoopla dies down a bit. I have dined at the new Izakaya Kichinto a number of times. I wish them the best, but their having a rough start. Parking is nonexistent, and, at times, the service as well. We also just went to Akasaru Ramen on Alberta (same owners as Samurai Blue.) I enjoyed the chicken kara age, it comes pretty close to the boneless fried chicken bits I used to trade my Twinkies for with a classmate in 4th grade. To this day I have tried to replicate that recipe to no avail. Their ramen was good, though may not be good enough to compete with Boxer Ramen. Only time will tell.
***Thanks again pwillen1 for securing those seats. It truly meant a lot to us. I was upset you couldn't stay so we could enjoy our meals together, so I got a bit pissy about the SoCal Kardashian's at the table next to us. All that noise/cologne/perfume. Retched individuals.