Crabby Fries at the Hideaway

If you don’t know anything else about Maryland, you probably know that we don’t play about our seafood. It’s a big part of the local culture, and it’s a rite of passage when you’re growing up to be able to crack open your own crabs. Whenever you visit, you might find a lot of restaurants with a seafood twist.

What I Ordered

I’ve had my eyes on The Hideaway for a bit now. It’s true to its name, nestled in an Odenton, Maryland neighborhood. This was my first time in while leaving the house to get food, although I just went along for the ride. After spending some time perusing the menu, we all decided to order the same thing–crabby fries. We were so eager to try them. One thing that I can tell you about my family is that we don’t play when it comes to our seafood.

Fries with crab meat and melted cheese on top from the Hideaway, a restaurant in Maryland.
Crabby fries from the Hideaway in Odenton, MD

I was shocked that we got so much! The serving was amazing especially since seafood was involved. These beer-battered fries were made with truffle oil and topped with crab meat, parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, and sprinkled with Old Bay. They didn’t skimp on the cheese, which is always a plus. I think there was a good amount of crab meat for the price ($13). All of the toppings complemented the fries so well. I loved that the fries weren’t crispy and on the softer side. So if that’s your thing, these fries are for you.

If you’re interested in eating at the Hideaway, they have outdoor seating available. I didn’t experience it, but I do know that they’re pretty serious about masks. I love that so many restaurants are continuing to take the use of masks seriously.

How are you doing with dining during the pandemic? Are you sticking with takeout/delivery, or are you comfortable with outdoor/patio seating? Let me know in the comments below.

Conclusion

If you’re ever in Anne Arundel County, MD area, I highly recommend The Hideaway. They have so many menu options that I have my eyes on, so I’m definitely going back.

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Until next time.

10 Mobile Apps to Use As a Blogger

Are you always on the go and want your blogging life to be easier? Have you ever needed to promote a post or check in with your audience while you’re out and about? Having mobile apps to help you with your blog on the go is lifesaver. Heck, maybe you just prefer to do things on your phone. No matter what reason, mobile apps have completely changed blogging.

I’ve been thinking for weeks about ways to create and share valuable content. After some time, I thought looking closer at my process and second nature things could be a great way for me to do just that. The first thing I thought of was sharing the apps I use most often during my blogging process. It’s helped immensely to have access to various tools on the go as a blogger. Here are ten of my favorite mobile apps to use.

Note: None of these are ads. I genuinely enjoy using these mobile apps and do not have a relationship with any of these brands. Below are some of the apps that have helped me:

WordPress

I have a WordPress blog, so it helps a lot to have this app. You can write/draft blog posts, edit postsm add photos, and publish/schedule posts on it. You can’t do everything that you can do on a desktop, but it’s great for the simple things. If the platform that you use has a mobile app, I suggest looking at the features to see if it’d be helpful for you to download it.

A notes app

This one is a lifesaver. From Instagram captions to blog post notes, this kind of app is great for storing info. I started using this more when I had an Instagram bug where my caption would disappear after publishing a post. It was so frustrating to try to remember everything that I had typed. It’s great to have a place where there’s a backup of important information like this.

Instagram

Instagram is great for sharing info or images pertaining to your blog post. It’s also a way to connect with with your audience through a super visual platform. I love using it to research trends in my industry and connecting with people in my niche, which can be done for any niche. I must add that it’s easier for some industries than others when it comes to the visuals department. It definitely pushes you to creatively communicate your message.

iPhone - Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

Bitly

This app is great for shortening links. When you want to create one, you copy and paste the link you want shortened. It’s really helpful when sharing links on Twitter, where there’s a character limit. Bitly also has (simple) analytics for clicks.

Buffer

You may not always be able to publish and engage with your schedule. Buffer helps lighten the load. With the free version, you can schedule about ten Twitter/Facebook posts in the queue at a time and publish on the go. Note: it’s a different feel than the desktop version.

Facebook Pages

If you have a Facebook page, this app is great for drafting, scheduling, and publishing posts on the go. I love that it’s easy to use and that I don’t have to have use the Facebook app. This is much simpler and helps me stay focused on what I’m doing. I do wish they’d make editing a draft and scheduling easier on mobile.

Plann

This app is great for saving hashtag lists/groups. You can create different lists AND see the number of posts in each hashtag. Each number within a certain range has a different color to show you how saturated they are.

Adobe Lightroom

This is my favorite photo editing app. They have some great editing tutorials, which have been helpful. As a photographer, I felt like their videos were a great review and learned some new things. Adobe Lightroom is pretty simple to use. If you’re familiar with some other photo apps (including Instagram), navigating this app shouldn’t be difficult. In my experience talking to people about editing, some have been unsure about their ability to use anything “Adobe” just by seeing the name. You can also create your own presets!

Pinterest

Contrary to popular belief, Pinterest is a search engine. It’s a great place to find inspiration and get ideas for so many things: home improvement/decor, fashion, food, etc. You create boards to pin items on the site or content from websites. Ex.) You’ve been planning to dive into the baking world and don’t know what you want to start with. Chocolate chip cookies immediately come to your mind, so you search for that. BOOM. Multiple pins about “chocolate chip cookies” populate the page. Many of these pins–and any other ideas you seach–are connected to sitelinks.

I recently started giving my blog posts more love by sharing my content on Pinterest more. Some content creators have said that it shouldn’t be slept on, and I’m starting to see why. My blog is slowly getting more traffic by way of this platform. I love that I can easily share my content on the app or get some ideas for blog posts on the go.

Twitter

This is a great app to connect with your audience and share your blog content. Plus, you can learn a lot of new things on this platform by following people who share useful info or looking through relevant hashtags.

If you found that this article was helpful, please share it with your network.

I love talking about blogging and social media, so feel free to tweet me (at)KelciReedy or connect with me on Instagram (at)foodishways.

What mobile app has helped you as a blogger? Comment below.

Food Blogging During a Pandemic

It’s been weeks since I last posted. I hope you’ve been well and staying at home during this pandemic. I also hope that you’ve been getting your news from credible sources since misinformation spreads so fast.

I couldn’t just leave you hangin and not be transparent on my blog. If you follow me on Instagram (foodishways), I’ve shared bits of how I’m feeling. I’ve gone through waves of positivity and emptiness over the past month. Things shifted so drastically, and I couldn’t focus. I had content planned, which ultimately isn’t as important as everyone being safe and taking care of themselves. I had planned to continue to publish content regardless of what’s happening just so you, my audience, could have some regularity during this difficult time. I was more concerned with you all than I was with myself.

It’s been so difficult to change things. I have a hard time dealing with forced change. I never thought to plan for a time like this, in many aspects. Even if I did come up with a plan for a time like this, I don’t think I would’ve been as prepared as I’d like. People are concerned. People are scared. People feel stuck at home. Small businesses are suffering, especially restaurants. I know how it feels, and it’s affected the one regular thing I loved to do: blogging about restaurants and events to share with you.

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A throwback photo of me at Union Market in D.C. last year.

One of my favorite things to do in the D.C. Area is to see the cherry blossoms at peak bloom. I couldn’t share that post with you this year because I have a responsibility with this platform I have. I didn’t realize how important it was for me to use until recently. I just do it because I love it. But in recent months, I’ve realized how much people actually pay attention to the things I share. It’s wild. As a result, I couldn’t be tone deaf and share a cherry blossom season post. It would weigh too heavy on my heart to share that, even if I had disclaimers.

I urge you to stay home. I encourage you to use this time for you. If that means rest, do that. If that means learning something new, do that. If that means reconnecting with yourself or working on that thing you’ve been pushing back, do it. Don’t let LLC Twitter or Rise and Grind Twitter push you into thinking that you have to use this time to do something that you’re not ready for or want to do.

This time has made me look at communication, connection, and blogging differently. At this time, I’m not sure what that means for this blog. It may be months until we can go outside again. I want to think of valuable content to share during this time. If you have any ideas, please leave me a comment or email me at foodishways(at)gmail.com. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

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Stay safe.

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Chicken sandwiches on a tray

The Best Fried Chicken Sandwich Ever at Roaming Rooster

2019 was the year of the chicken sandwich, and I think we can all agree on that. The Popeyes fried chicken sandwich started an online chicken sandwich competition that was fun to watch. People also shared their two cents about what restaurants they thought had the best one. A local musician, La Hara, tweeted about Roaming Rooster, and they went viral.

Chicken sandwiches at Roaming Rooster

Chicken sandwiches at Roaming Rooster

What I Ordered

I’ve been to Roaming Rooster twice now. The first one was for a local foodie meetup organized by local food blogger, @marseats. I must note that I did not pay for this food the first time nor was I asked to post about this restaurant in exchange for exposure. My family paid for the honey butter chicken sandwich that I tried the second time. The second time I visited, I brought a couple family members so they could taste the chicken sandwich I’ve been raving about. Roaming Rooster also has a great chicken and waffle dish that you should try if you’re in the area. If you don’t like waiting in long lines, the best time to get there has been between 11 am (open) and 12:15 pm. It’s not rare that they have lines out the door because their chicken IS that good!

Honey Butter Chicken Sandwich

A chicken sandwich topped with honey butter and cheddar cheese

Roaming Rooster’s Honey Butter Chicken Sandwich, a buttermilk fried chicken breast with honey butter spread on top and cheddar cheese

The Honey Butter Chicken Sandwich was my absolute favorite. It’s a buttermilk fried chicken breast with honey butter spread on top and cheddar cheese. Y’all…this fried chicken sandwich is one of the best I’ve ever had! The chicken was perfectly crispy. I’ve never had cheese on a chicken sandwich before and wasn’t sure how it would be at first. It worked so well with the honey butter spread, which was a huge game changer.

Chicken and Waffle

Roaming Rooster's Chicken and Waffle

Roaming Rooster’s Chicken and Waffle

Like many people, I love chicken and waffles. Whoever came up with this dish deserves all good things. The chicken was perfect, but that waffle…was the best I’ve ever had. I wish I got a better photo of it. The waffle wasn’t too soft or too hard. It wa just right. Eat the chicken and the waffle together, and BOOM. A match made in heaven.

Sides

Dish sides in different cups: collard greens, fries, macaroni and cheese, and coleslaw

Roaming Rooster’s sides: collard greens, fries, macaroni and chees, and coleslaw

I was so excited to try Roaming Rooster’s sides. I usually only eat my mom’s greens and am often not interested in trying coleslaw that’s not my grandma’s, but this time was different. Their Southern-style greens were some of the best I’ve ever had. I loved that they weren’t super salty. Their coleslaw stood out to me because there are jalapenos and vinaigrette dressing in it. It’s savory flavor was really cool to me since I’m used to sweeter coleslaw. I’m not a jalapenos person but loved that flavor it added, and the vinaigrette added a kick to it. The macaroni and cheese was so creamy, and based on my love of cheese had a cheddar-y flavor that worked so well. Their fries…were amazing. They were fried perfectly! I’m not a fan of super crunchy fries, so these were right up my alley. I can’t wait to get more soon!

Conclusion

I would absolutely go back to Roaming Rooster! I love that everything is made fresh. The staff is also super nice, which is always great! If you’re looking for a tasty fried chicken sandwich in D.C., Roaming Rooster is the place you need to visit!

Until next time.

Update 05/10/2020: Due to the pandemic, Roaming Rooster has created a limited menu. Some items may not be available. The current menu can be found here: https://www.roamingroosterdc.com/menus/

Ted Bulletin's sign

Crazy Burger at Ted’s Bulletin

A bright food Instagram account can be quite enticing. So much so that you eventually become a fan of the content and want to actually try the beautiful dishes they post. There aren’t many restaurants that nail their feeds, but Ted’s Bulletin has it all figured out. It’s one of the places I’ve been excited to try, and I finally had the time to do so.

What I Ordered

One of the first things I noticed about their menu was the boozy milkshake list. I’ve only had maybe a couple ever, and these sounded tasty. Ted’s Bulletin has flavors such as Bailey’s Caramel Macchiato, Irish Caramel Coffee, White Russian, Bananas Foster, and more. It was so hard to choose, but I finally decided to order the Bailey’s Caramel Macchiato.

I usually don’t get appetizers when I go out, but my sister saw the Blue Crab Rangoon that we had to try. Some of the other appetizers offered are Hot Buttered Pretzels, Loaded Tots, and Avocado Hummus.

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Toast with berry spread and powdered sugar on top

Great Eggspectation

Breakfast food is for any time of day. Sometimes, you want pancakes for dinner. Other times, you French toast for lunch. It’s cool. This is a judgement free zone. I, too, think that breakfast food should not be kept in the early morning/brunch box. All-day breakfast restaurants make this easy, no matter when you think this type of food should be consumed.

Eggspectation is on that list. There’s truly something for everyone here. And no, they don’t only sell things with eggs. They also have French toast, pancakes, waffles, flatbreads, salads, and sandwiches. But if eggs are your fancy, this busy restaurant still cracks their eggs one by one. No powdered eggs over here!

I love that Eggspectation is located in a business park. It’s very unassuming, which I think would lead some people to believe that it’s not as busy as it actually is. We waited for about twenty minutes, which wasn’t too bad.

What I Ordered

I looked over the menu at home because it has SO many options. I had to narrow it down before getting there. I already knew I wanted French toast and chose the Stuffed French Toast. They also have the classic version and a French Toast Flambe. Their drink menu is amazing as well, containing hand-squeezed juices, coffee, Bloody Marys, and mimosas. You can never go wrong with a mimosa, so I ordered their Mimosa Sangria.

An orange alcoholic beverage with strawberries and an orange slice.

Eggspectation’s Mimosa Sangria

I never thought of marrying a sangria and mimosa. This combo was perfect! This drink has peach schnapps-infused citrus fruits and berries and topped with sparkling wine and orange juice. This drink was incredible.

Toast with berry spread and powdered sugar on top

Eggspectation’s Stuffed French Toast

The Stuffed French Toast was some of the best I’ve ever had. I had no clue it would be so big. I wish my other photo turned out better so you could see it’s true size. It’s a Brioche French toast stuffed with marscapone cheese; topped with a berry compote; and sprinkled with powdered sugar. If I couldn’t have syrup on my French toast ever again, I’d have to have this berry compote. It really does the trick and blends so well with the marscarpone cheese, which is super smooth. Marscarpone is an Italian cream cheese. If you’ve never tried it, this is the best way to do so. It’s going to be so hard to force myself to order something else after having this delectable dish.

Conclusion

Eggspectation is a great place for people who love to have options. There’s really something here for everyone. I loved how quickly the food came out. My niece was with me, and the waiter asked if we wanted her food to come out first. How thoughtful! My tip is to be prepared for at least a twenty-minute wait if you go around noon. Eggspectation was a great experience, and I’ll definitely be going back soon.

Until next time.

Waffles topped wtih pecans, syrup and whipped cream with a side of fried chicken.

Chicken & Waffles at The Capital Burger

There aren’t many restaurants that are open early and close late. The Capital Burger Reston is one that you should put on your list. This new Reston, Virginia location–connected to the Hyatt Regency Hotel Reston–serves breakfast unlike the Washington, D.C. location.

My fellow foodie, @nikki_foodventures on Instagram, invited me to their preview. We had an early morning (7 am) reservation. Yes, you read that correctly. This location opens at 6:30 am and closes at 2 am everyday!

To be transparent, this meal was free. I was not asked to do a blog post or post on social media in exchange for anything. All opinions are genuine and have not been swayed.

A restaurant menu on a table.

The Capital Burger Reston’s preview menu

What I Ordered

The preview menu highlighted some drins such as La Colombe (coffee, espresso, latte, mocha, cappuccino); chocolate milk; grapefruit soda; and mint lemonade. The breakfast entrees available were the Ducktrap Riveer Smoked Salmon; Chicken and Waffles; and the All American breakfast. I considered ordering mint lemonade because it sounds amazing, but I chose coffee to try to wake me up a bit. I ordered chicken and waffles with a side of bacon because who doesn’t love this dish? It’s a great, tasty way to start your day.

A cup of coffee with a spoon in it.

A hot cup of coffee at The Capital Burger.

 

Waffles topped wtih pecans, syrup and whipped cream with a side of fried chicken.

Chicken and Waffles at The Capital Burger

These chicken and waffles were amazing! The texture of the waffle was perfect. This particular maple syrup-spicy fried chicken combo was the best I’ve ever had. I was a surprised that the chicken had a kick to it. This definitely took this classic dish up a notch. The whipped cream was a nice touch and had a great texture.

Conclusion

I’d absolutely go back to The Capital Burger’s Reston, VA location. It’s great, especially for travelers, that they open early and close late. It’s cool that this location is inside of a hotel. I wouldn’t mind staying at this hotel just to have this restaurant to go to.

Update 02/10/2020: Added a preview menu photo

Bites @ BWI

You have an hour and a half before your flight. You’re hungry, but you’re scared that you’ll miss your flight. Airplane food isn’t always filling, and you would rather have options. You usually don’t venture out to see what food the airport has to offer, but there’s something about having options that’s pulling you in the food court’s direction.

This will be me the next time I fly. I’m also hoping this will be you if you’re someone who usually doesn’t check out what airports have to offer.

I had the pleasure of attending BWI’s (Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport) 2nd Annual Bites @ BWI event. It’s one of three major airports in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. Area. There were so many local food bloggers and journalists in attendance to try food from nine of its restaurants and vote on three “Best of” awards: Best Bites at BWI; Best Presentation; and Best Maryland Dish. Executive Chef Ype Von Hengst of Silver Diner was the guest host of this year’s event. I had a lot of fun at the first blogger event I’ve ever attended.

I came to Bites @ BWI hungry but didn’t get to try everything because I tried so many good things! I tried food from Ledo Pizza, Quisha’s Berries, Miss Shirley’s (coming to BWI in the spring), and Nalley Fresh.

What I Tried

Ledo Pizza

Ledo Pizza is a Maryland favorite. Their pizza is some of the best I’ve ever had. They had cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, steak and cheese sub samples, and wings. When I was asked which pizza I wanted to try, I said either was fine because I’ve never been disappointed with theirs. The cheese pizza slice I tried was so good, and I wish I could’ve taken some home. Yes, it’s that good.

I was excited to try a Ledo sub because I’d never had one. My family usually just orders pizza and calls it a day. This sub…was amazing. The sliced sirloin steak and the smoked provolone cheese was a perfect combination that I didn’t know I needed until this moment.

Ledo Pizza's sliced sirloin steak and cheese sub sandwich.

Ledo Pizza’s steak and cheese sub at Bites @ BWI.

I loved the energy of the Ledo employees at this table. We briefly chatted about their favorite food items at their table and how I’ve never had their subs. They agreed when I said that me not having one of their subs before this day was basically a sin. There’s a first time for everything!

Berries by Quicha

Berries by Quicha is a shop that focuses on chocolate-covered strawberries and has made custom ones for brands like Under Armour and celebrities like Sinbad. The presentation of these delicious berries was one of my favorites at the event. You can see that there was a lot of passion put into this. I wanted to try one of each but decided to just try one: the white chocolate-covered strawberry. This was one of the best I’ve ever had! It was hard keeping myself from getting a couple more.

I also want to note that Berries by Quicha has alcohol-infused flavors such as Ciroc Berry and Tequila Berry. There are also really cool flavors like Sundae, Milk Chocolate Oreo, and Red Velvet. You can order custom boxes online.

Miss Shirley’s

Miss Shirley’s is coming to BWI in Summer 2020, and you’ll love it! They have Chesapeake Deviled Eggs and pulled BBQ pork sliders that were appetizing. The deviled eggs were topped with diced tomatoes, chives, and jumbo lump crab meat with Old Bay sprinkled on top. I had been wanting to try this for a while and finally got to do so! It was perfect, and the Marylander in me was internally screaming with excitement.

Miss Shirley’s pulled BBQ pork slider is called Hog Wild on a “That’s How We Roll” Sliders. The flavor of the pulled pork perfectly melded with the Southern coleslaw on a challah slider roll. It comes with picles on top, but I took them off since I’m not a fan of them.

I met the district manager for this Miss Shirley’s location, and she was so nice. We had a great chat about the samples they had at Bites @ BWI.

Nalley Fresh

I hadn’t heard of Nalley Fresh before Bites @ BWI. I’m so glad that I know about it now! I tried the cajun chicken rice bowl, and I have to say…it was the best bowls I’ve ever had. This bowl is made up of blackened chicken, veggies, and chicken broth over brown rice and topped with spicy ranch dressing. The strength of the spicy kick surprised me because I don’t eat a lot of spicy food. This bowl now has a special place in my heart.

Nalley Fresh's Cajun Rice Bowl topped with cajun chicken, lettuce, and tomatoes.

Nalley Fresh’s Cajun Chicken Rice Bowl at Bites @ BWI.

I also got to meet Nalley, who is one of the coolest people I’ve ever met. When I came back to his table to share my thoughts about the bowl, he was putting more food together and kindly asked if I was ready to get the shot I wanted. He helped me make a couple of cool boomerangs for the ‘gram. It’s all about timing for those, ya know? This was one of my favorite moments of the night.

Conclusion

The winners of the night:

Best Maryland Dish: Flying Dog Tap House Crab Cake

Best Presentation: Gachi House of Sushi Southwest Roll

Best Bites at BWI (overall excellence): Sky Azure

Congrats to all of the winners!

Prior to this event, I didn’t know that BWI Airport had so much good food. When I travel, I don’t usually explore airport food options. I tend to do this because I don’t want to spend a lot of time doing so, but this event made me want to change that. I can’t wait to try more of what BWI has to offer.

Follow me on Instagram to see more of my food and drink recommendations: https://www.instagram.com/foodishways/

Until next time.

Update 01/24/2020: Changed season that Miss Shirley’s is opening.

Update 03/03/2020: Fixed subheadings and photo alignment

Gong Cha's signature blossoming tree.

Sippin (Milk) Tea at Gong cha

There are so many bubble tea spots popping up in the DMV that I’ve created a list of places to try. Gong Cha is one I’ve had on my list for a little bit now. The only one I knew about was their Annandale, VA location, which I finally visited. Not too long after, I tried their new Maryland location: Arundel Mills.

I try not to get the same drink every time I go to bubble tea spots because naturally, I end up with a usual. This is my way of dabbling outside of my comfort zone.

What I Ordered

I love that Gong cha has so many great options! Green tea, milk tea, milk foam, slushes, lattes, coffee…I spent more time thinking about what I wanted than it took for my drink to be made. I went with the Purple Sweet Potato Latte, which is a drink I’ve wanted to try for a while. I opted for 100% sweetness. It’s great that many bubble tea places ask you what level of sugar you want since everyone doesn’t want the same amount.

Gong Cha's Purple Sweet Potato Latte

Gong Cha’s Purple Sweet Potato Latte (Annandale location).

This gradient purple drink was so good and aesthetically pleasing! I think it’s one of those drinks that are best on the sweeter side of the sugar meter. I haven’t had a purple sweet potato to be able to compare it to the exact thing, but this drink makes me want to try the actual vegetable. I chose to get pudding jelly added because I had never heard of it. It’s smoother than boba and not as sweet. I like that it didn’t take away from the drink at all. This drink would be great without boba or jelly as well.

The Arundel Mills location looks a little bit bigger than the Annandale, Virginia location. Both locations have their signature blossoming tree. Their new, bright location is woman-owned, which is a plus!

Gong Cha's signature blossoming tree.

Gong Cha’s signature blossoming tree.

I really wanted to try one of Gong cha’s blueberry series drinks but was told that they did not have it. My guess was that it hadn’t rolled out to all of the stores yet. The cashier suggested that I try the new Fresh Taro Milk Tea from their Fresh Taro series, and I was down to try it since I love taro drinks.

Gong Cha's Fresh Taro Milk Tea

Gong Cha’s Fresh Taro Milk Tea

The Fresh Taro Milk Tea is one of the best drinks I’ve ever had. I’m not shocked that it was good, but I was shocked that it was this good. Every taro drink that I have had in the past cannot touch this one. The fresh taro was truly a game changer. You’re supposed to mix the drink after they give it to you, but I actually liked it a lot more without it being fully mixed. I was so bummed when it was gone. I cannot wait to get another one!

Conclusion

I’m definitely going back to Gong Cha. The question is, “When?”

If you are someone who likes to have plenty of options and/or loves tasty bubble tea, Gong Cha is a place you should try! Especially if you’re in the Northern Virginia or Baltimore areas. The staff was super helpful and friendly, which made my experience even better. I can’t wait to go back!

Follow me on Instagram to see more about my food adventures here: https://www.instagram.com/foodishways/.

Until next time.

A bowl of corn pudding being held by two hands.

All-You-Can-Eat at Hill Country BBQ

BBQ restaurants make the world go ’round. Okay, maybe it’s one of a few things that feels that way. You can (pretty much) never go wrong with BBQ’d food. Pulled pork, ribs, chicken…the list goes on.

Hill Country BBQ is a restaurant that gets BBQ right. Located near Gallery Place in Washington, D.C., it’s one of the busiest restaurants in the area. They also have a location in New York City near Madison Square Park. The D.C. location’s special nights are Monday (all-you-can-eat) and Wednesday (live band). My favorite is All-You-Can-Eat Monday because everyone from the table benefits. You get ribs, chicken, brisket, and any sides you want for $32/person. Something to keep in mind is that you might have to ask for certain things more often, depending on your table’s needs.

What I Ordered

My drink of choice was a root beer float, and it was the biggest one I’ve ever had! I’m usually someone who wants refills. There’s no need for that with this drink. I hadn’t had one in years, and this was just as good, if not better, than the ones I’ve had in the past.

Hill Country BBQ's Root Beer Float

Hill Country BBQ’s Root Beer Float

If you’re visiting Hill Country BBQ with a group of people *on a Monday*, their all-you-can-eat option is something to consider. It was a better option for my family to get this instead of separate meals.

The brisket was amazing. The key to getting brisket right is serving it tender, and every batch of brisket was nothing short of it. The chicken was seasoned very well and was a table favorite. I was a little bummed that pulled pork is not a part of this package, but the brisket and chicken definitely made up for it.

Hill Country BBQ's all-you-can-eat option includes unlimited chicken, short ribs, roast beef, and sides.

Hill Country BBQ’s All-You-Can-Eat platter: sweet potato Bourbon mash, baked beans, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, chicken, roast beef, and short ribs.

 

A bowl of corn pudding being held by two hands.

One of Hill Country BBQ’s side options, corn pudding.

Hill Country BBQ’s sides definitely deserve a lot of shine. Their mac and cheese is cheesy enough and was ordered the most at our table. The collard greens with smoked bacon are almost as good as my mom’s and grandma’s greens. The sweet potato bourbon mash was the star side in my eyes. I usually don’t jump at the chance to have mashed sweet potatoes, but these are an exception. The bourbon is a great twist on a classic dish. I loved it so much that I want to learn how to make it.

I’ve been to Hill Country BBQ once before this, and I preferred this option over ordering something just for myself. I loved getting a little bit of everything more than having to narrow down what I wanted.

Conclusion

I’d absolutely visit Hill Country BBQ again! I’ve done the pay per person thing here before, and I prefer this all-you-can-eat package. They get BBQ right, and you should definitely try it if you’re looking for some good BBQ in D.C.!

Until next time.