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Restaurant Talk Column: Ideas?
  • Theakston June 15, 2013 - 1:37 pm #76877 Reply

    Arlington County should pass an ordinance, just like non-smoking, any restaurant that does not have a vegan/vegetarian menu will have to get one or get closed in next 90 days. This is not a joke. This is serious. There is a lot of discrimination going on, in part due to cluelessness of some captains.

    Arlington County should pass an ordinance, any restaurant that does not have a British menu will have to get one or get closed in next 90 days. This is not a joke. This is serious. There is a lot of discrimination going on, against kidney pie, bubble and squeak bangers and mash…..it’s getting ridiculous

    Or are you somehow saying that your “vegan” diet is somehow superior as you think it’s more healthy? in which case you might want to rethink your other post on the “Cronuts” shop

    Sunshine June 15, 2013 - 5:24 pm #76885 Reply

    AKB- before you go all Uber-Lawyer on that little restaurant have you considered actually calling them and talking to the owner? Perhaps they would be willing to do a Meatless Monday menu. They cannot read your mind. Talk to them. Or better yet, don’t go there. Vote with your money. That will leave a table free for someone who will actually enjoy what they are cooking. There are a bazillion restaurants in the area. Plenty of them will happily accommodate you.

    AKB June 15, 2013 - 6:48 pm #76888 Reply

    Sunshine — Thanks much for suggestion to vote with money. Will avoid restaurants that do not serve vegan options. The meatless monday is a good idea. Maybe restaurants will accept your idea. Maybe ARL will sponsor such events. Best Regards.

    Captain_Obvious June 15, 2013 - 10:10 pm #76890 Reply

    @AKB, how bout you try using your google machine before going to restaurants?  In 30 seconds, I figured out Little Serow’s menu and dining policy…so hard that was.  You could try his other restaurant, Komi.

    This is ‘Merica, Restaurants can serve what they want and shouldn’t be forced to include anything on their menu.  Should I sue the Thai joint that doesn’t serve pasta?  Should I sue Ray’s for having zero/hardly any fish options?  No one can take you serious when you start throwing your bogus lawyer crap around.  You’re not tough.  In fact, you look silly and pathetic.

    Lastly, your own dietary choices are to blame.  Sure, you’re allowed to eat what you want, but you should know that vegan restaurants are rare around here…deal with it.

    Dezlboy June 15, 2013 - 10:30 pm #76891 Reply

    @Theakston, not an British menu, but…..

    P. Brennan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant (2910 Columbia Pike) has excellent Irish food.   Here’s a menu sample.

    Shepherd's Pie Angus beef & vegetables simmered in gravy, topped with mash & small salad    12.99

    Sausage & Mash served with baked beans, mashed potatoes & grilled tomato     11.79

    Wexford Lamb Stew  slowly simmered in a rich rosemary stock with vegetables    13.99

    Corned Beef & Cabbage braised brisket with savory cabbage, potatoes, carrots & traditional broth     13.25

    Fish and Chips Beer battered haddock, coleslaw, lemon tartar & french fries     12.99

    Harp Battered Shrimp and Chips Jumbo shrimp, coleslaw, lemon tartar & french fries     13.99

    (I’ve eaten there several times, just try not to get the waiter who obviously did way too much acid in school).

    AKB June 15, 2013 - 10:33 pm #76892 Reply

    Captain_Obvious: My lawyer friend is just like Jimmy Serrano (as played by Dennis Farina in the Midnight Run). When my pal gets talking, watch out. It will be all over. He has not lost a case in last 10-years. Every-one makes deals with him to avoid defeats/costs. We vegan diners also have tough connections. Don’t forget that.

    Dezlboy June 15, 2013 - 10:58 pm #76893 Reply

    AKB, is your lawyer friend, novasteve? :-)  Seriously, relax and have a cream soda. :-)



    Captain_Obvious June 16, 2013 - 10:20 pm #76904 Reply

    @AKB, I’m not a big fan of these lawyer shows on TV as you certainly are.  I think they’re silly, but you seem to think they mimic real life.

    While you’re on your crusade with your “lawyer”, can you make mexican restaurants serve thai food?  Also, every restaurant should be forced to serve banh mi…can you get on that please?  That’d be great…thank your “lawyer friend” in advance for me.

    Vegans are not some suppressed ethnic group so stop trying to portray yourself as one.

    Quoth the Raven June 17, 2013 - 8:48 am #76908 Reply

    Stop letting this guy troll on this.  AKB is just trying to be funny.  No one is bringing a lawyer to any restaurant, and the comment about Jimmy Serrano makes the fact that he’s kidding pretty obvious.

    AKB June 17, 2013 - 8:00 pm #77014 Reply

    O Capitan: Did you read the Wash-Post today? Even James Cameron says that going vegan is best for our country. OK-I contacted my friend lawyer. His e-mail message to me is this. (I have removed his f-bombs and his identification.) Enjoy.


    Subject: Can you help in a good cause (pro-bono work)?

    A.: Nice talking with ya today….You know what I want. I am looking for an issue that will get me visibility in DCVAMD. I have office aspiration. What is the point of being a lawyer in DC if one cannot be a politician? I need to focus on this vegan thing. I will use it as a way to appeal to our national sensitivity and will follow your advice on the non-smoking historical angle. This is a big issue. A thousand thanks for bringing to my attention. Here is what I want you to do – can you do that for me? Find out the best 3-4 restaurants that have nothing for you. We go with others. You ask for a vegan option. If there is none, I make my move. We will get coverage in Wash-Post, Examiner, etc, etc, etc. It will be brilliant. I can then run against Jim Moran. I am traveling next two weeks with family. But July is wide open for some action. Let’s go.



    Dezlboy June 17, 2013 - 8:21 pm #77018 Reply

    @AKB, your “lawyer” Ray wrote, “We will get coverage in Wash-Post, Examiner, etc,”

    AKB, please tell your expert lawyer the Examiner permanently ended any local coverage on June 14, 2013.   Maybe he should redirect his money making scheme to Paw Paw, Kentucky.


    Captain_Obvious June 17, 2013 - 10:34 pm #77019 Reply

    @AKB, I think the alfalfa sprouts and kale have made you a bit delusional.

    Good luck with all that…

    Sunshine June 18, 2013 - 10:13 am #77040 Reply

    AKB-Find the 3-4 restaurants that have nothing for you? Um, a call to the restaurant in advance will result in some pretty awesome stuff being made just for you. I have gone to places that were chosen by someone else that were not very veg friendly. I called the restaurant and asked if they could accommodate me and the answer was always yes. A lot of chefs will really rise to the occasion because it gives them a chance to make something off menu and be creative. If you show up on a packed Saturday night with no notice then your server is your best bet. They can steer you to things that are not veg on the menu but can be made that way for you. Usually it’s as simple as leaving out the meat or substituting cream or butter or something with vegetable broth or whatever. I’m not buying your sob story. The way you eat is not the norm and so you must be responsible and communicate you needs with the restaurant; much in the same was that someone with shellfish or nut allergies must do the same.

    Rick June 18, 2013 - 10:18 am #77041 Reply

    You should find the owner of Wiinkys and find out if/when he plans on re-opening, profile his brief restaurant career. Same concept could apply to other places that have popped out from humble beginnings or have shut down unexpectedly.

    Captain_Obvious June 18, 2013 - 10:31 am #77043 Reply

    @sunshine, wait, wait, wait.  Are you suggesting he just ASK the restaurant ?  Wow, maybe he doesn’t need his fake TV lawyer.

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