Deliver Us From Hunger
I inadvertently set off a firestorm in today's Got Plans? when I responded to a U Street transplant in search of good Chinese delivery. I think that Chinese delivery is best when it's no-frills, authentic food. When it comes to Chinese food, I find that flavors are diluted as the dollar amounts increase. The only times that I will spend big money for Chinese is when I'm getting lobster or fresh fish out of the deal. For some of you, pricier Chinese is just the ticket. So let's share our delivery favorites.
Clearly each restaurant has dishes that are delicious and some that are best to avoid. The trick is holding out long enough to figure out which dishes fall into each column. I am a fan of the fiery dishes from the Szechuan region, so Great Wall Szechuan House is my choice for the spicy ma la chicken. I also like Banana Leaves, though I've had a few less-than-edible dishes. Plus, unlike Great Wall, I often have to fight to have adequately spiced food. I've enjoyed the miracle shrimp and scallion pancakes.
When it comes to Indian food, I'm up for a bit more of a splurge, so I go for the vindaloo at Heritage India. Finding Indian restaurants that deliver can be tricky, so I usually stick with what I know.
I am not the authority on delivery pizza. For some reason, I always go for more ethnic foods when I get delivery. I used to love Gepetto's delivery and will walk to get Alberto's for take-out, but I'm still searching for that perfect delivery pie.
Grab Bag: In my case, it's Lebanese and I'll confess to an appreciation for late-night gyros from Quick Pita in Georgetown.
Now that I've taken the heat for my stay-in guilty pleasures, it's time to step up. Which menus are on your fridge? Who is saved on your speed dial? What are you still looking for?
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