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Old 03-21-2011, 04:51 AM
 
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I "cut & pasted" this interesting article from a ethnic dining blog at Tyler Cowen's Ethnic Dining Guide - All food is ethnic food.

There's a few pretty good observations in here!
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How do Maryland and Virginia differ?

Posted in Maryland, Virginia on February 7th, 2011 by CR
I was reading through your dining guide, looking for a place to go with my father this weekend. In your write up of Crisfields you said “The accompanying visit to Silver Spring is an object lesson in how Maryland and Virginia differ.” I was wondering if you would mind blogging on that topic.
Let’s restrict (most of) this to the adjacent parts of each state. The food says a lot: Maryland has kosher food and Caribbean food. Virginia has better Bolivian, Vietnamese, Korean, Afghan, Ethiopian, and Persian food. (Here is a new piece on minorities in Virginia.) Both have excellent Sichuan food. Both have very good El Salvadoran and Thai food. Neither has real barbecue. Maryland used to have better Indian food, now Virginia has much better Indian food, including dosas. Apart from Bethesda, Maryland has virtually no “fine dining.” Maryland has many more Russians, albeit without a decent restaurant.

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Old 03-21-2011, 05:22 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Virginia is such a well-run state
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Looking to the state as a whole, Virginia doesn’t have a proper city at all
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I’ve long lived in Virginia, and never wanted to live in Maryland, even if I could equalize the commute.
Cities? We don't need no stinkin' cities!

City governments are soooooo 20th century. IMO the way Nova's communities work show there is a better working system.
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:30 AM
 
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I think the comments to that post on its original site are more informative than the post itself.
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Virginia has better Beltway on- and off-ramps.
Since I'm a road geek that statement grabbed my attention. Neither state has much to be proud of for their on-off ramps. If you were to go all the way around the Beltway and see them all, PG County would win the competition, while Montgomery and Fairfax would both lose badly. Virginia currently is the worst, thanks to the HOT lanes construction. Virginia has a chance to be the best by building them right during this construction project. We'll see.
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:39 AM
 
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Since I'm a road geek that statement grabbed my attention. Neither state has much to be proud of for their on-off ramps. If you were to go all the way around the Beltway and see them all, PG County would win the competition, while Montgomery and Fairfax would both lose badly. Virginia currently is the worst, thanks to the HOT lanes construction. Virginia has a chance to be the best by building them right during this construction project. We'll see.
I agree. I think that Fairfax's on/off ramps are horrendous. I live in PW (outside the beltway) so that probably doens't count. They are great.

I used to live in PG county and they were very good back then but I no longer go there so I don't know how they are these days.

Also, I feel like when the comparison was made in the link above, they didn't take into account all of the Maryland/VA metro area. Many/most people from southern MD commute into DC and it's a place people consider living. While it's not "inner beltway" it is still part of the Metro area. They have good barbeque there!
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Old 03-21-2011, 07:17 AM
 
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I totally agree that writers like this often neglect huge sections of the DC metro area. They think their little corner of the metro area represents the whole.

Speaking about BBQ, Williard's and Dixie Bones are two BBQ places I really like. Actually, we have a thread with several suggestions of good local places. I wouldn't say Nova is a barbecue hot spot like Kansas City, but we do have a few joints where you can thoroughly satisfy those BBQ cravings.
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Old 03-21-2011, 07:36 AM
 
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I totally agree that writers like this often neglect huge sections of the DC metro area. They think their little corner of the metro area represents the whole.

Speaking about BBQ, Williard's and Dixie Bones are two BBQ places I really like. Actually, we have a thread with several suggestions of good local places. I wouldn't say Nova is a barbecue hot spot like Kansas City, but we do have a few joints where you can thoroughly satisfy those BBQ cravings.
What I miss about living in Maryland:

Back in "the day" when I was in southern PG county, there were these little trailers or mobile BBQ stands that would be there and they were SOOOO good. There was one place I used to go to regularly and he had the based, shaved type, BBQ beef. OMG, it was so good. That was one of a few places. They were all clean, had permits whatever. You don't ever see that in NoVA. I guess it's not "classy" enough.

And then there's the crabs. You just can't get good crabs in NoVA like you can just over the bridge. Tons of great crab places a little bit south. You can eat there or just bring them home. I've tried every crab place here in PWC and other parts of NoVA and they are pathetic.
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