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$10 To Go Lunch @ Oya with Quinn

My original plan was to post a recipe for Black Bean soup today, but unfortunately I forgot my scribbles at home.

Luckily, last night I uploaded photos from my lunch at Oya with Quinn. (Read her post here)

Here's how this lunch came about: a few weeks ago I received an email from Oya advertising their  new $10 to go lunch. I decided to try it out and invited Quinn, who unfortunately is leaving her job in DC and starting a new and exciting job in Baltimore).

I absolutely love the decor in Oya. Check out a few photos I snapped while waiting for our food to be prepared and packaged in white paper bags.

(look closely and you'll see my reflection in the mirror)

Here's the menu we had to pick from: choice of
Sushi or Entrée Salad or Sandwich
and Artisan Chips and choice of Sweet
$10 plus tax

includes seaweed salad & edamame and choice of sweet
choice of:
Spicy Crunchy Shrimp
Crispy Tuna
Rock N Roll

includes Artisan Chips and choice of sweet
choice of:
Apple, Endive and Grape Salad
Mai Thai Salad
Chicken Caesar Salad
Tomato and Grilled Bread Salad
Garden Sliders
Smoked Turkey and Brie Sandwich
Pulled Short Rib Sandwich
Teriyaki Salmon Sliders

choice of:
Banana Bread Pudding
Carrot Ginger Bars
Fresh Fruit & Granola Parfait

Both Quinn and I chose Pulled Short Rib Sandwiches. I opted for fresh fruit & granola parfait, while Quinn chose carrot ginger bar.

Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to choose edamame or a seaweed salad instead of chips. I think Oya should rethink that policy :)

Since this was a to go lunch and the weather was hot and humid, I suggested we eat our sandwiches at the National Portrait Art Gallery, just a few steps away.

Also, the $10 + tax lunch did not include a beverage. I should have brought a bottle of water with me...instead I spent $3.59 on a bottle of pomegranate tea at the museum's cafe shop. Insane, right?

The sandwich was awesome. The pork beef was tender, flavorful and there was plenty of it. The only other component of the sandwich was cheese. I would not have said no to a few slices of tomatoes and lettuce, and maybe a pickle on the side, but it wasn't necessary. The bun seemed to be freshly baked and withstood the pork without turning soggy.

At first I was tempted to leave half of the sandwich for a late afternoon snack, but that did not happen.

My dessert was refreshing and on a healthy side. I especially liked pistachios and mandarin slices.

I'll definitely go back to Oya and try a few other items of their $10 to go menu.


Lo said...

Gorgeous interior! And, best of all, the food looks fabulous.

But, what's with everyone moving to Baltimore?!! One of my good friends from here just took a job in Bowie.

Quinn said...

Your photos are beautiful! I want another short rib sandwich :)

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an awesome lunch!

♥peachkins♥ said...

The place looks so elegant and the food looks and sounds fantastic!

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LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! said...

sounds like a great lunch deal, and you wouldn't think you could get a $10 meal from the decor of the place. i love your restaurant reviews, makes me want to go to DC just to eat!

Simones Kitchen said...

What a beautiful place and the food looks good!

Anonymous said...

Short ribs are beef ... not pork.

mr. pineapple man said...

that looks so good! and great pics :)

K said...

Thanks for posting about your visit! Fingers crossed that it'll do well enough for them to offer it on weekends too, so I can try it, haha.

WineShop said...

Wow! your recipes and pictures look amazing. I really enjoy your blog. I'm a novice photographer who loves traveling, food, wine.

Very nice!

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