Szechuan in September
posted August 21, 2015 6:58 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat September 19 at 1:00 PM, Panda Gourmet
2700 New York Avenue Northeast, Washington, DC, USA (Map & Directions)
DC MeFi goes to "the best Chinese restaurant Washington, DC has had, ever". Going with September 19th since it looked like weekends were a good bet and some folks wanted something later in the month. If enough people are interested and the weather is nice, let's meet at the Arboretum a little earlier and walk up to the restaurant.
Before my life got a little crazy I totally said I would organize an "interesting/rare food" meetup every month or so! Since you all seemed interested, and our Fish in the Hood meetup was lots of fun, now I want to try to get back in the game.

Polling fairly high when we originally discussed this idea was Panda Gourmet, a hole-in-the-wall Szechuan Chinese restaurant in Northeast DC. Out of the way for most of us, but the reviews say it's worth it.
posted by capricorn to Meetup (29 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I'm probably in. I can't do anything the last week of September but I'm otherwise pretty much open.
posted by Copronymus at 1:40 PM on August 21, 2015

I am totally into this, especially the part where we take culinary advice from Tyler Cowen.

Weekends or a Tuesday night, maybe.
posted by anotherpanacea at 5:10 AM on August 22, 2015

I'm intrigued by this and have been meaning to go there for ages. If it's on a weekend, especially in later September, I'll trek down from Bawl-mer.
posted by youcancallmeal at 5:57 AM on August 22, 2015

As long as it's only culinary advice.
posted by phearlez at 7:15 AM on August 22, 2015

I don't know if I can make it or not, but I did want to say that the Arboretum is very nice.
posted by wintermind at 8:04 AM on August 22, 2015

Glad to hear folks are interested! Is there anyone for whom Labor Day weekend is definitely out?
posted by capricorn at 3:57 PM on August 22, 2015

I'm doing a puzzle hunt labor day weekend so would prefer another weekend in sept if possible
posted by TestamentToGrace at 4:02 PM on August 22, 2015

This sounds fun! I'm good for Monday nights. Possibly other weekdays, depending on the week? I can't do weekends, though.
posted by rue72 at 8:42 PM on August 22, 2015

Just updated the event with a date and time! Sorry to those who couldn't make a weekend date (let's do something else soon) and let me know if anyone wants to go to the Arboretum first.
posted by capricorn at 7:14 AM on August 24, 2015

I'm probably going to SPX, but if the party continues after lunch, I could be up for that.
posted by EvaDestruction at 3:01 PM on August 25, 2015

Yaay the Arboretum! I'm in for that and food :)
posted by warm_planet at 12:50 PM on August 27, 2015

The H Street Festival is also the afternoon on Sept. 19 and the MeFite-heavy Atlas Armada will have a presence there, as in the past. This is worth noting if nothing else than for traffic concerns on the way to the arboretum and restaurant, which I hope is good!
posted by exogenous at 1:53 PM on September 2, 2015

Ooh, good to know - we could stop by there as well!
posted by capricorn at 4:37 PM on September 3, 2015

My husband (caseusvelox) and I were just discussing this and trying to figure out how to get to Panda Gourmet from Columbia Heights without a car --

If anyone happens to be heading there from near here (or near any yellow/green metro stop), would you be willing to take two fellow mefites who would be happy to buy you a drink or two in return for your kindness?
posted by SugarAndSass at 3:21 PM on September 4, 2015

There's a Panda Gourmet deal on Amazon Local right now. Only get to use one per table but someone should buy it.
posted by phearlez at 12:03 PM on September 5, 2015

I'm out of town that weekend, but would be up for future DC food adventures.
posted by une_heure_pleine at 6:59 PM on September 9, 2015

This is still happening, right? I'm thinking of bringing my daughter.
posted by anotherpanacea at 7:06 AM on September 11, 2015

That's a bummer. She's just under 2, yes? 1p is boyo's naptime, so if I come he'll be staying home with momma.
posted by phearlez at 8:11 AM on September 11, 2015

She's two and a half, and can nap on the way home!
posted by anotherpanacea at 8:12 AM on September 11, 2015

Yup, still happening!
posted by capricorn at 3:25 PM on September 12, 2015

Ooh, I'm in. And I live really close! If anyone needs a pickup, I'm equidistant from Rhode Island Ave and Brookland on the Red Line, and even closer to West Hyattsville on the Green.
posted by nonasuch at 1:20 PM on September 14, 2015

...and I have to work. :(
posted by youcancallmeal at 12:18 PM on September 17, 2015

So it looks like this is competing with the H Street festival and the Jambulance.

posted by anotherpanacea at 6:00 AM on September 19, 2015

The festival goes all day, so the main thing you should be competing with is your stomach's capacity for street food.
posted by Going To Maine at 8:53 AM on September 19, 2015

caseusvelox and I are heading out and will hopefully be there around 1, but maybe a bit late. I've got short hair and I'm wearing my gray Aw Yiss shirt, in honor of Kate Beaton's presence in the DMV.
posted by SugarAndSass at 9:13 AM on September 19, 2015

Copronymus and I are right by the entrance when you come in. You won't miss us!
posted by capricorn at 9:50 AM on September 19, 2015

I'm switching this to “No” for the second, since I woke up under the weather. Have fun!
posted by Going To Maine at 10:14 AM on September 19, 2015

We moved to a larger table toward the back.
posted by capricorn at 10:25 AM on September 19, 2015

Hey, good to see y'all at the H St. Festival!
posted by MrMoonPie at 8:15 AM on September 21, 2015

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