Starbucks tactic to speed up the road to a comeback: fruit smoothies – which were introduced last week. My co-workers and I agree…they suck. Vivannos come in two flavors, banana chocolate and orange mango banana (pictured right). The texture is similar to baby food and the orange mango banana Vivanno is nothing more than a pureed banana. It was a little bitter and was not cold and icee like a smoothie should be. I was kinda rooting for Starbucks on this one, but in my opinion these fruit concoctions are a bust.
With all the hype of this burger joint which opened on July 1st, I was expecting the best beef patty I’ve ever tasted. Eh, not so impressed. I LOVE Michael Landrum’s other restaurant Ray’s the Steaks so I was a little disappointed with less than juicy meat, room temperature bun, and unimaginative toppings. The only redeeming qualities were the watermelon and corn that came with the mediocre 10 oz. burger. We ordered Old Dominion Root Beer to wash it all down but I would have enjoyed it much more in a frosted mug. Others have great things to say about this place, but I think if this place wasn’t owned by DC’s King of Beef it would just be another restaurant.
UPDATE 9/26/08: Gave it another try and I take back all the bad things I said about the burgers here! The buns were toasted and the toppings were fresh. I’m craving a peppercorn crusted burger with piranha sauce right now!
Pictured above: The Punisher
Ray’s Hell Burger
1713 Wilson Boulevard
Yechon is a 24 hour Korean restaurant in Annandale, VA which makes it great for yummy late night food that you wont regret eating the next morning. Because they have a large dining room, I’ve rarely had to wait more than a couple minutes before getting a table. Even if there were a long wait, it would be totally worth it! Besides traditional Korean entrees, they offer sushi (only during day hours) and Korean BBQ.
Here are a few of my go2s:
Yechon is a great place to go even if you’re not familiar with Korean cuisine. The entrees and banchan here are both constantly good. The added bonus is that the waitresses are dressed in traditional Korean costumes!
4121 Hummer Road
Annandale, VA 22003
One of my favorite deserts out there is Korean-style frozen yogurt. There recently have been many new fro-yo shops riding off of the success of the Pinkberry chain in LA and NYC. One of these is Mr. Yogato which had its grand opening this past Saturday (June 28) in Dupont. Mr. Yogato carries 19, non-fat yogurt flavors like mango, mojito, and black cherry which is rotated and served 4 at a time. They also offer 30 different dry and fruit toppings.
Sounds strikingly similar other copycat fro-yo shops, but Mr. Yogato stands out from the rest because of the fun atmosphere the employees create. The storefront is very tiny and there was a substantial line when we got there, but it moves pretty quickly (especially when they pass out free samples while you wait!). Here are other things they do to keep things interesting:
We ventured into Dupont on Sunday after our kickball game and the BF got a stamp on his forehead. With both discounts, a medium with 3 toppings was $3.50. If we would have ordered in a Arnold Schwarzenegger voice it would have been even cheaper! Bargains are the best.
What we got: the original tangy with mochi, kiwi, and blackberries.
As Arnold would say, “I’ll be back.”
1515 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036