The taste was $15 in advance, $20 at the door this Saturday for the Taste of Mount Vernon Triangle, a restaurant crawl of triangle eateries: Buddha Bar, Kushi, Busboys and Poets, Taylor Gourmet, Harry’s Soul Cafe, Papa John’s, and soon-to-be Mandu. Other than Buddha Bar, which did a great job, I think a $20 dollar fee was on the pricey side for what we got. The whole experience was a bit disappointing actually. It would have been nice if the restaurants had used the opportunity to show off and seek our business.
We were told to start here first, but I really wish we had wound up here last. The staff was inviting and friendly, and we were presented with several options, including the Massachusetts Avenue roll, a salmon roll wrapped in cucumber, beef satay, tuna sashimi on a fried wonton, and a white sangria.
The biggest disappointment was Kushi, for sure. The staff basically ignored us and we were presented with a pre-packaged rice wrap with plum inside. Wow. Coming there after Buddha Bar, it was obvious which one was the winner.
Busboys and Poets
I didn’t bother taking a picture of the non-alcoholic pomegranate lemonade we were served at the bar. It was salty and tart. We didn’t stay for long.
We had two choices of sandwiches – turkey and italian. The italian was tasty, I would definitely go back for that sandwich, but the turkey was a bit skimpy. We noshed on them at a table outside.
Mandu hasn’t moved into the triangle yet, but they had a stand outside their new location. We each got one seafood cake. It wasn’t hot, and was a bit greasy, but it was tasty, even if we didn’t know what seafood was in it. And I appreciated that they participated.
Henry’s Soul Cafe
We were each given a small tart-sized sweet potato pie. The pie filling was tasty as usual. But it wasn’t exactly a great deal. But since I love Henry’s, I can’t say anything else.
They had several boxes of pizza to choose from. It was cold, but we took multiple pieces and warmed them at home. Not much else to say, I like Papa John’s pizza, and I was happy to have something to eat at that point!
So my overall summary: I hope that if they do this next year that the participating restaurants do more. As a fellow Triangler, and someone who enjoys the food and drinks of Kushi and Busboys and Poets, I was a bit embarrassed by the poor showing by some; and I was glad friends couldn’t make it. But I’m looking forward to going to Buddha Bar soon.