A Review of the Taste of the Triangle

This past weekend’s Taste of the Triangle event was reviewed a neighborhood resident on her GrillGoddess Blog. For those who participated – does this review hit the nail on the head? What were your thoughts on the success of the event?

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    Bruce says

    I disagree with this review. Keep in mind that, for $15 or $20 a ticket and seven restaurants, you were paying an average of between $2 and $3 per restaurant. The food and drinks that were provided have to be evaluated with that in mind.

    I was surprised that we were encouraged to start with Buddha Bar, since the geography of the restaurants and the placement of the ticket desk near Busboys & Poets made it a lot more sensible to start at Busboys, loop around, and finish at Buddha Bar. Besides, ending at the large and relatively tranquil lounge space at Buddha Bar just made sense.

    To be fair, Busboys did have some trouble with the event. When we first arrived shortly after the event had begun, we were asked to come back in about 10 minutes to give them time to finish preparing. When we returned, we were seated at the bar, and had to compete for the bartenders’ attention. After several minutes, we were finally able to ask for our drinks, which took several more minutes to arrive. Also, the bartenders seemed kind of grumpy. It would have been better if the drinks were already set out on the bar or a table and were ready to be gulped down as soon as a ticket-holder arrived. Still, my friend (an out of towner whose first visit to this neighborhood happened to coincide with the event) liked Busboys, looked at a menu, and agreed to go back for brunch the next day.

    Taylor did a pretty good job. The two sandwiches we had to choose from were both larger than I expected given the price we had paid, and mine, at least, was pretty good. They were laid out on a table and we simply grabbed them and ate them outside.

    Kushi did a decent job when you consider that they’re not usually even open at that time on a Saturday (or so I’ve been told). They welcomed us in, were very gracious, escorted us to the bar, chatted with us as much as we wanted, and showed us how to unpackage the food they served. Sure, they could have unpackaged it for us, but then we wouldn’t have had fun botching the unpackaging process, bonding over our respective botching of the unpackaging process, and helping newcomers figure out how to unpackage the food. Overall, it was nice.

    It was great of Mandu to show up when they’re not even close to being open yet. Their seafood pancakes (I think) were too spicy for my taste, and it was disappointing that they didn’t serve a drink to wash it down with considering how spicy it was, but I picked up a takeout menu and am really looking forward to their opening.

    I’ve never been in Henry’s Soul Food Cafe before, but liked their sweet potato pie very much. I also picked up a takeout menu and am likely to go back.

    I’ve never liked Papa John’s and have never given our neighborhood location a chance, but I was genuinely impressed with the quality of their pizza. The quantity wasn’t too bad, either. I’ll still probably go to Vapiano from time to time, but I’ll probably start picking up from Papa John’s now as well.

    Buddha Bar really went above and beyond, with a nice variety of food and their willingness to allow you to have pretty much as much as you wanted of both the food and the (fairly powerful) drink. My friend and I really enjoyed relaxing there and going back for seconds, thirds, and fourths.

    I suspect most of the people who were disappointed were those that started with Buddha Bar and based their expectations of the remaining restaurants accordingly. For those of us who saved Buddha Bar for last, the event was a resounding success.

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    meze says

    I have to disagree. Frankly I’ve been on bar crawls over the past decade plus I’ve been in DC that I paid $20 for and felt like I’ve gotten more value. Sure, starting with Buddha Bar – as suggested – was not the best way to do this in hindsight. But as someone that has spent hundreds of dollars at these establishments in the past month alone, I was disappointed, and I was not alone in that feeling. Obviously this poster is new around here and to these establishments, because he obviously doesn’t know the cost of some of these items (like the price of lemonade or the couple dollars it costs (retail even) for a sweet potato pie at Henry’s), or the typically good quality of service of these establishments that led to such disappointment. (I really enjoyed my recent $100 a person at dinner at Kushi, and I can’t imagine how anyone that has eaten there recently found that cheap plum rice thing made whoever knows when edible). Does the above poster think it didn’t cost Buddha Bar money to do so much better than these other establishments? Of course it did – and they still did it. So I’m missing what the excuse is from some of the other establishments. The point of something like this is not to give us a piece of bread and send us on our way – it’s to get our business. They may take a loss on that, but that’s the point of these events, to show off and get us to come back. Some establishments did a terrible job compared to others.