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August 15, 2016 / bikesbytesbites

Catching up on Cheap Eats

In my quest to visit all 100 restaurants on the Washingtonian’s Cheap Eats list, I usually post a report on each restaurant as I visit.  Alas, I’m behind — three restaurants to report on, each with a different rating.

Cheap Eats #83 – London Curry House – Alexandria (Cameron Station). Indian.

  • Summary: Some of the best Indian food I’ve had, including some dishes I hadn’t seen anywhere else,  in a lovely atmosphere.
  • Rating: A great discovery, worth a return visit. In fact, I’ve already been back.
  • Bike Ride: Did this originally as a club ride, so scouted a fantastic and scenic ride, along some portions of the Holmes Run Trail

Cheap Eats #84 – Taqueria el Mexicano – Hyattsville. Mexican (duh).

  • Summary: Maybe worth the trip if you adore Chicken Mole and other not-so-easy-to-find Mexican specialties.  But the two servers are harried (and English-challenged), and the Mexican music (instrumentals; not bad, actually) is playing a little too loudly.  Storefront.
  • Rating: “I’ll try anything once.”
  • Bike Ride: Actually just rode from Fort Totten to the restaurant then to Silver Spring. Not many alternatives I could find to sections on Riggs Rd (without the bike lane) and University Blvd (used the service road and parking lots, where they exist).

Cheap Eats #85 – Crisp Chicken & Bar- Hyattsville. Mexican (duh).

  • Summary: Interesting place. OK burger (was warned that the chicken was quite spicy), with great trimmings. Good sides. Open only for dinner; probably more of a bar than a restaurant.
  • Rating: Worth trying again, if I’m in the neighborhood and timing is right. But there’s so much else in the neighborhood.
  • Bike Ride: .A fascinating ride through Shaw and Bloomingdale — those neighborhoods change every time I pass through.


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