Probably one of the few times you’ll hear me say, “I’m so glad it’s raining”. That’s because after these flash-flooding, zero-visibility, majestic thunderstorms, the temperature was going to drop. And that’s a good thing knowing I’ll be outside in a tux on Saturday. The bad thing was that it hit us right at the start of rush hour when all my friends were meeting up for food and drinks. So traffic became the first topic of the night.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. You want to hear about food.
Let’s start with lunch where we ventured to the outskirts of DC, North West DC in a little neighborhood called Columbia Heights. There was this one little restaurant that’s been getting high marks for not only pho, but their spicy version of it. Yeah, I know, I seem to be eating a lot of pho during my stay here. I’ll get to the reason in a later post. In any case, I dragged a friend out here to try it with me. The place was in the most unexpected place. Under a town home in an area where the shops all catered to a Latin demographic. Yet, all the reviews and raves were coming from quite the opposite. Were they people going out of their way for this? Sorta. This place, Pho Viet was only down the street from other pho shops. Other shops that were also getting high marks. Just so happens that this one had the highest in the food I was interested in. And I’ll tell you what, it didn’t disappoint.
3513 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
Verdict: I’m definitely coming back here.
On our way home we stopped off at a friend’s store that was gearing up to open in a couple of weeks. A store that just so happens to be, drum roll, another pho restaurant. This one was in the White Flint area, within Montgomery County. An area that I hadn’t seen a Vietnamese restaurant before during the times I lived in Maryland. An ingenious idea the locals are going to love. Wish this was around when we played ball at Tilden.
So later, after driving through the barrage of rain, we ended up at Clyde’s, or as they call this branch, Tower Oaks Lodge. Our usual meetup spot from back in the day. Just like the Hamilton, they serve up a wide variety of food. A bit pricey, but if you get here during happy hour, it’s a great time to sample food at half off. We already had our favorites and the ordering went all the way to last call. Good stuff in terms of eating and drinking till the cows come home. But unfortunately, I didn’t get to snap too many pictures. About an hour in, more and more friends and surprised guests had showed up. Photo time was over, drinking time was on, and the bit on catching up with everyone’s lives was the focus. Good times, great friends!
Tower Oaks Lodge
2 Preserve Pkwy
Rockville, MD 20852
Verdict: Yeah, can’t find too much to complain about when it comes to happy hour.