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Back in February 2010, Adam and Ethan started going to lunch on a weekly basis. From the start, Adam had a fun idea: that we not repeat a restaurant. Predictably for the two of us, we made it a game. Who would take us to a place where we had already been, and lose the game? We took turns buying, with the buyer choosing the eatery. This kept us to a reasonable budget, because if someone chose a $$$$ place, he was buying.

Ethan probably lost the game, by any objective standard. He suggested Nonna’s, because he couldn’t remember having eaten there, and Adam did. We ended up going somewhere else that day, but the damage was done.

Somewhere in the last 7 months, Allison (Ethan’s wife) suggested that we should have been blogging these lunches. So here we are. A fresh new wordpress install and a reset on the game. (Which means we get to go back to Anokha. And soon.)

A new blog and a new year, to celebrate Autumn, our favorite season and also the most recent calendar event we can use as an excuse for the reset. Fifty-two weeks. One of us will buy, the other will review, and you can follow along if you choose. Chime in.

  1. Hey – I read your recent review about Malabar. I am sorry to hear that your experience was not all that wonderful. It might just be one of those odd days where sometimes these sort of things happen. I invite you to come back and give us a try. Yes, I agree that you have expressed your liking towards other Indian restaurants, but that does not mean they are better than MALABAR.

    Ram Pai

  2. Andrew Freundt permalink

    I love the blog and have been to most of these places myself and agree with your assessments to date. On the mexican side, I can’t believe you guys haven’t been to El Caporal. This is the best mexican place in Richmond (near Regency Square Mall). Their signature dish is the Enchiladas Nortenas. It is shredded pork mixed with peppers, onions, and tomatoes on top of two cheese enchiladas with a side of guacamole. However, these guys are flexible so you can subtract any of those veggies if you don’t like them. Heck, they’ll even let you get rice and beans with it instead of the guacamole and won’t even charge you anything different. You guys simply have to check this place out.

    Thanks for this blog and keep up the good work!!

    • samichez permalink

      Thanks for the comment Andrew. I’ve added El Caporal to our list and we will be sure to hit it in the near future.

  3. I have been doing a similar concept for a few years now. I have a Day Zero Project in progress and one of my items was to visit 101 restaurant in 1001 days. So far I’ve been to 146 and I’ve got til September of this year. I don’t write a post about each one, but I do log it and give a basic statement.

    I look forward to checking yours out to see what places we’ve both been and which ones you’ve been to that I haven’t.

    I also constantly add to the bottom the places that I haven’t been still.

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  5. Virginia Chen permalink

    I just came across this while looking up Deep Run Roadhouse. I don’t believe you guys have ventured to Bon Chon (Korean friend chicken) yet. Check that out soon!!

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