Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Lunch Time Review
Well, it's been awhile since your Uncle Tom has been a part of the smudge so today I am going to try something different. We here at the smudge enjoy the occasional dining out experience and by occasional I mean up to 4x a week. So with that being said, I am going to try and be a good blogger and post my review of the restaurant of the week. This week it was Hard Times Cafe in Bethesda. Since Canowine's Maryland Terrapins were playing yesterday in beautiful Maui and it was a locally televised game, we were expecting a crowded restaurant. We were pleasantly surprised that no one else was there and were ready for some fast service so that we could return to work defending our great Nation. We started with some appetizers of Texas Hot & Spicy chicken fingers that were excellent and had just the right amount of heat to satisfy the pallet. We then moved on to the entrees with RC666 and myself ordering Frito Chili Pie with Terlinqua Red sauce, Canowine ordered the Chili Bubba with Cincinnati Red and Terlingua Red. The Frito Pie turned out perfectly. The moist chili sauce softened up the fritos so that they were tender and not too crunchy. Canowine commented that his cornbread was the same with the sauces accenting the sweet cornbread superbly. Speaking of the Terrapins, they pulled off a 98-69 win over Chaminade whose name brings me back to a great little skit from The Muppet Show. Here is a link to a video clip for your enjoyment. Keoki found this orginally for us on the smudge so lets take the time to thank him for that. Canowine and the rest of the Terps will be playing Arkansas today so we wish him luck and we hope that his flight back from sunny Maui is pleasant (please bring us back some kick ass souvenirs). This is the first of what I hope to be many reviews of your local dining establishments, so if anyone has any suggetions for us, let me know and we will be happy to try out your requested restaurant. I will also be giving food and culture reviews from and about Korea when I will become a temporary resident starting in April 2006. Enjoy folks!!