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Want a liquor license for your restaurant approved? Sometimes a tasty spread for your local advisory neighborhood commission (ANC) helps. C.W. Chon, who wants to serve alcohol at his new Sizzling Express franchise at Columbia Plaza, served up platters of his restaurant’s fruit, deli, and seafood delicacies with drawings of his proposed sushi and salad buffets at the July 18 meeting of ANC 2A in Foggy Bottom. As those gathered at the meeting sampled the fare, Chon explained that he needed their consent for a liquor license “for us to be able to serve you completely.” The verdict of these restaurant critics was “thumbs up,” and Chon’s request was granted with minimum wrangling. This approach works only if your food is good, however. One skeptical resident scouted out another Sizzling Express location downtown before the meeting and became a convert: “I was really impressed with the food,” she said. “And I was not expecting to be impressed.” —Christina Larson