Last night, Phana and I went to Honey Pig Izakaya for dinner. We’ve been awesome friends since 8th grade and she just turned 22!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY 22ND BIRTHDAY PHANA! Since her birthday was on a weekday, we went out for a quiet dinner but we’re definitely having a bigger celebration this weekend.
The restaurant just opened recently and I think it is pretty freaking rad. They have a really, really good alcohol and food selection with really reasonable prices too. It looks like I may not have to go to New York anymore for an izakaya because there’s now one in Annandale!
Mango & lychee cocktail soju!
Really freaking amazing broiled mackerel
Yakitori – the asparagus wrapped in bacon was soooo good
I have a weakness for french fries with ketchup + kewpie mayo every time I’m drinking soju and beer
The really yummy ‘crazy roll’
DEEP FRIED scallops ON SKEWERS
My favorite Japanese dark beer ever~ Too bad Phana told me it tastes like soy sauce and now it cannot be untasted, boo.
Overall, I have a lot of respect for the Honey Pig brand/franchise because of how they’re changing the scene in Annandale. Annandale used to be pretty boring, barely any places stayed open late and we never had anything to do. There were one or two 24/7 Korean BBQ places, but they were fairly expensive. Then Honey Pig came in, opened 24/7 and is relatively really cheap for the amount of food you received, and it was damn yummy too. It gave drunk people a place to go eat after hitting the clubs/parties/karaoke rooms. (Honey Pig is also 1000x more delicious when you are intoxicated, whether you are hungry or not.)
Now they’re bringing the Honey Pig name to an izakaya, which is also relatively inexpensive and serves awesome food. Not to mention that, but Echigo Stout is a bit of a rare beer and no restaurants in Annandale serve it and very few restaurants in D.C. serve it. I am an extremely happy camper now that I no longer have to drive into work to drink it.
Annandale may be in the suburb, but there’s so much to do here for nightlife thanks to awesome restaurants like Honey Pig and fun karaoke rooms that open until 5am. Don’t get me wrong, I love the city but I’d choose Annandale over D.C. any day. (But I guess I am a bit bias since I live here.)