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Anyone who knows me is well aware of my love for the cooking competition Top Chef on Bravo. I’ve been a faithful fan for the past two seasons, and I still love watching the reruns – the challenges they give the contestants are exciting, well thought out, and give a new perspective on the obstacles chefs face daily in the restaurant business.

Although I wanted Richard to be the ultimate winner of the competition, one of my favorite chefs on this season was Spike. Yes, he had an attitude, but he was fun to watch and made interesting dishes, often a fusion of Asian-inspired and American-style ingredients. Imagine my excitement when I learned Spike was opening a restaurant in DC!

Good Stuff Eatery has been a hit since the moment its doors opened to the public. Often the lines run out the door and down the street – everyone seems to want to try it! When Jared and I were finally able to visit a few weeks ago, we weren’t disappointed. We only waited in line about half an hour, and the food was fantastic! I had “Colletti’s Smokehouse,” a hamburger with chipotle barbeque sauce, applewood-smoked bacon, onion rings, and cheddar cheese. Jared had the “Spike’s 5-Napkin,” an oddly delicious burger with maple bacon, cheddar cheese, and a fried egg on top. Spike wasn’t kidding when he said the burger required a lot of napkins! We also tried the “village fries” – topped with fresh rosemary and thyme – and tasted our friends’ onion rings, which were lightly fried but not greasy. We didn’t get a chance to try the shakes, but rumor has it they’re just as impressive as the rest of the food. Another perk was the unusual mayonnaise combinations provided along with the standard ketchup and mustard: sriracha, Old Bay, mango,

The best part about the experience was the fact that Spike works behind the counter! He was there, flipping burgers and interacting with customers. It was exciting to see him up close and personal!

I look forward to going back to try different dishes, including the wedge salad with homemade cornbread, the Milky Way shake, the “Good Stuff Melt” (with Muenster cheese and carmelized onions), and the “Vegetarians are People Too ‘Shroom Burger” (portobello mushroom tops stuffed with cheese and flash fried). A friend of mine loves Good Stuff so much, he started a blog dedicated to it!

Good Stuff Eatery is located on Capitol Hill, at Pennsylvania Avenue and 3rd St. SE. Prices range from 6-9 dollars per burger. Click here for a recent review from the food section of The Washington Post.

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Jared and I love living close to downtown Shirlington, which offers a wide variety of restaurants to choose from – including Indian, Italian, French, American, Mediterranean, and Japanese styles. One of our new favorite choices is Luna Grill, an American-style diner. We took my parents there on Saturday morning for Eggs Benedict, and they loved it as well. We enjoy the excellent service, delicious coffee, and cheap prices. We’ve also been impressed by their dinner options. The best part is it seems to be one of the undiscovered eateries in the area, so we never have to wait for a table!

Luna Grill has two locations in the DC metro area (Shirlington and Dupont Circle). Prices range from 8-15 dollars per dish.

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Tonight Jared and I went to Tortilla Coast for dinner with friends before a Nationals game. In terms of tex-mex food, this place was fairly inexpensive and tasty. I had “Lucy’s Plate” (appropriate, considering my obsession with Lucille Ball), which had a chicken flauta, soft chicken taco, and crispy guacamole tostada. The best part was the cheese queso sauce that came with it – a great combination of creamy and spicy to complement not only my meal but also the basket of free tortilla chips our waiter kept replenishing for us. Jared had the chicken caesar wrap – not exactly fitting with the restaurant’s theme – but he said it passed the test 🙂

On another note, I had Dippin’ Dots ice cream at the ball game tonight (cookies and cream flavor). Although it hit the spot on what turned out to be a muggy evening, it didn’t have the same appeal it had when I was a kid…I guess the phenomenon has lost some of its magic for me. That, and a very small serving cost five bucks! 🙂

Tortilla Coast is located across the street from the Capitol South metro station in Washington DC.

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