Little Miner Taco

Has eating out been weird for you? One of the cool things that has come out of the COVID shift is the increase in options fire the food industry. An increase in pick-up options, more curbside, online cooking/mixology events… sometimes good things can come out of odd or tough moments.

Little Miner Taco is a restaurant in Savor Food Hall in Brentwood, Maryland, which is a former food desert. COVID-19 impacted this and many other restaurants. Their food truck started after the food hall temporarily closed earlier this year. Little Miner Taco also recently opened another location in Montgomery County.

Little Miner Taco's food truck
Little Miner Taco’s food truck

Little Miner Taco started posting locations with dates for food truck pick up, and it usually sells out fast. I was so excited when I saw that they’d be in my area that I set an alarm to make sure I didn’t miss the opportunity to order at noon. After you order, they’ll text you with your pick-up time and location. One can’t help but be amazed by Little Miner’s Birria de Res Tacos with the consome on the side for dipping.

What I Ordered

Birria de Res

Three words about the Birria de Res… Worth. the. hype. Each taco has braised beef topped with Monterrey Jack cheese. The braised beef was perfectly tender. Somehow, each bite got better and better. The Beef Consommé dipping sauce truly makes these quesadillas a game changer. These quesadillas taste amazing by themselves, but dipping them in the consommé takes it to another level.

Three quesadillas from Little Miner Taco
Little Miner Taco’s Birria de Res

Carne Asada Fries with Shrimp

This was the first time in four years that I’d had carne asada anything. I’ve been hesitant to try any outside of San Diego. With Little Miner Taco’s carne asada fries, you have the options of adding shrimp or lobster to it for extra money. I was blown away by how incredible they tasted. The cut of the potato was unique, and the thickness helps add more mph to the dish. The shrimp was perfectly cooked. The steak (carne asada) was fantastic. All of the toppings worked together well, but my absolute favorite was the sriracha aioli. The aioli was a great touch and complimented the dish very well. This dish started off great and tasted better with every bite. These fries cost $20 because of the shrimp add-on. It was a great price considering they don’t skimp on how much they give you.

Little Miner Taco’s Carne asada fries with shrimp, chives, and salsa verde
Little Miner Taco’s Carne Asada Fries with shrimp topped with cheese, green onion, chives, sour cream, and sriracha aioli

I loved how easy the pick up process was. It wasn’t a busy pickup spot, so there were very few people I had to be around. This was comforting since social distancing is what’s best right now. The staff was so pleasant, and my food was ready so fast. The food was incredible, and I can’t wait to order again. Little Miner Taco’s locations (Brentwood and Pike & Rose) are both open for pick-up and delivery. To find out about where their food truck will be, check out their Instagram. Kids eat free for life at all of their locations as well! If you’re ever in the area looking for some amazing fries or quesadillas, check out Little Miner Taco!

Until next time.

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.

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.

Crêpe and Tea Time at T-Swirl Crêpe

I’ve been wanting to try new tea spots recently and finally started a list of them. I planned by day based on a prior commitment and chose to stop by T-swirl Crêpe in Rockville, MD. This place was one of the first on my list, so I was excited to give it a try!

Tables and chairs in a bubble tea shop

T-swirl Crepe – Rockville location

I went to T-swirl on a Sunday afternoon. It was super quiet, and my sister and I were the only customers there, which was fine with me because I didn’t have to make an impulse decision while in line.

Grapefruit tea with grapefruit slices and boba pearls

T-swirl Crepe’s seasonal Grapefruit Tea with Boba Pearls

What I Ordered

I came for the tea and ended up buying that and a sweet crêpe. T-swirl has tea flavors such as Mango Green Tea, Honey Cucumber Iced Tea, and Lavender Iced Tea. I chose their seasonal flavor, Grapefruit Tea with boba pearls. If you love citrus or tangy drinks, this is the tea for you. I loved the combo of citrus and sweet (boba). This was the first time I’ve had a citrus tea, and I would absolutely order it again!

A crepe with ice cream, blueberries, and two Pocky sticks

T-swirl Crepe’s Blueberry NY Cheesecake crêpe.

I ordered the Blueberry NY Cheesecake crêpe and was impressed! They use 100% rice flour for their crêpes, so they’re gluten-free. The one I got had whipped cream cheese and vanilla gelato wrapped in the crêpe, topped with blueberries, almonds and chocolate pocky sticks. This was the best vanilla gelato I’ve EVER had. It wasn’t overly sweet, and the toppings complimented it very well. The pocky sticks were the best I’ve ever had. The cream cheese in the crêpe was scrumptious, and I really would’ve just had that without the other things. It was that good.

Conclusion

I’m definitely going again! I had a great experience and loved my purchases. If you like tea or enjoy crêpes, you should definitely try T-swirl Crêpe!

Until next time.

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Thai at Waugh Chapel

Finding new places to go at home is harder than I thought it would be. It’s not because there’s nothing to learn more about or discover, but I don’t have the same desire to find something new here like I did when I attended university in New York City. Also, I have to drive everywhere at home. The Q46 bus was right outside of my Fresh Meadows dorm, which made traveling a breeze compared to transportation here. Plus, MTA’s fare is MUCH cheaper than the Metro fare in the D.C. Metropolitan area.

I’ve had a strong craving for Thai food for about a week now, so I took advantage one of the very few days off that I get to make it happen.

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I really wanted lobster fried rice similar to the one at Pure Thai Cookhouse and searched until I found a close restaurant that had decent reviews. Thai at Waugh Chapel had crab fried rice, which is even better for this Maryland girl.

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My sister ordered Gyoza dumpling appetizer. I forgot that she ordered it for herself and ended up eating one. Thankfully, she was unbothered by it and shared a couple more with me. It was  absolutely delicious. The dumplings had the right amount of crunch. The filling has everything you’d want in a dumpling: deep-fried ground chicken, cabbage, green onion, and ginger. AND THAT THAI HERB SAUCE?! My goodness.

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Gyoza dumplings at Thai.

The crab fried rice was nothing short of perfection. I was happy with the amount of crab meat in the dish. The serving was pretty big. I had enough for lunch + leftovers. I love that it was a fresh take on fried rice. The Maryland in me was happy with every bite. I definitely will be making another trip to Thai at Waugh Chapel.

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Close-up of crab fried rice

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Crab fried rice

Until next time.

Update 6/12/19: Added captions and a little more text