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  1. Went there twice this weekend. Big, hearty Italiamerican fare. Best pizza I've had in DC outside my own kitchen (although I haven't been to 2 Amy's yet). The chicken parm subs ooze with red and white goodness. The pizza crust is exceedingly light, but with ample structure to not bend under the weight of the rightly measured toppings.
  2. So my wife and I just settled on our first house, and who would have thought I'd have my dream kitchen so soon in my life? The only downside is that I seem to have plopped us down in the middle of a culinary wasteland (I don't think we're in Alexandria anymore, Toto). We're in a little development just north of Fair Lakes near where 50, 66, and 7100 (sort of) converge (called Fair Woods), and the only bastion we have against encroaching suburban culinary mediocrity is the 3 minute drive to Wegman's and the new uber Whole Foods. Don't get me wrong, some of these chains are guilty little pleasures for me, especially the gleaming, clean and new chain hubs of the retail power centers of Fairfax Corner and the like. So tell me, DR community, what's good out here in this exurbian outpost at the edge of civilization? Where's the Ray's the Steaks of Fairfax? Where's the local gastropub? Who has forty beers on tap? What transplanted Michelin chefs have taken up residence with top mixologists and James Beardians to create a culinary commune? Where does the wine flow like water, and the sweetbreads like wine? Whose leg do you have to hump to get a dry martini around here? There's no place like Citronelle, there's no place like Citronelle, there's no place like Citronelle...
  3. I haven't seen anything written on Blue Iguana. I lunch there often, and I know it comes across as a happy hour haunt with a funky name. Surprisingly, the food is pretty good and it's not a chain, so I recommend it. I work in the Fair Oaks area, so Blue Iguana is a credible option for lunch. All of the salads are fresh and tasty, and at about $11, they're reasonable too. I love the Cobb Salad. Last time I had lunch there, I had the catfish tacos. They were in the "really good" category. Next Monday night, Aug. 18th, is a special $69 per person tasting menu with Georges Duboeuf wines. I'll be there and will report diligently. But the menu is indicative of a kitchen that is more than a casual lunch spot. This dinner is created and prepared by Executive Chef Eric Robinson, and I think he means business! Pre-First course (reception) -- Crab and lobster cakes, lemongrass chicken croquettes, smoked mussel canapes with tomato mousse, baked brie with almond and pear, all served with Georges Duboeuf Sauvignon Blanc. First course -- Hamachi "sashimi style", Beluga lentils, shaved fennel, pickled red onions and key lime vinaigrette, served with Georges Duboeuf Pouilly-Fuisse. Second course -- Pecan crusted pork tenderloin, grilled plums, wilted mustard greens, sour cherry chevre and red wine reduction, served with Georges Duboeuf Morgon Jean Descombes Beaujolais.. Entree -- Herb-roasted beef short loin, wild mushroom and potato ragout, smoked tomato demi-glace and caramelized shallot and chive butter, served with Georges Duboeuf Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Dessert -- Strawberry "napoleon", marinated strawberries, mascarpone mousse, filo crisps, strawberry puree, served with Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages. My mouth is watering even if my waistline is begging for mercy. When I booked my reservations last week, they were up to 60 already. I doubt they can take more than 80 or so.....
  4. We went to Malibu Grill Steakhouse for a business lunch last week. My client/friend had never been to a churrascaria before so I gave him the low-down. I figured it was his treat and I hadn't been to one in the VA area yet and I hate going to DC because of the parking and traffic. We hit the salad bar and then put our "green" on. (Note to the uninitiated you have a piece of wood green for "go" and red for "stop" - servings of food that is grilled rotisserie style) we ate and ate and ate and though I love salt a bit more than the next person the sirloin was a tiny bit too salty (take an inside cut maybe?) for me. My friend was okay with it all but he's not a supertaster nor a foodie, so I'll have to show him some fine dining choices next time! They had salad and soup and grilled potatoes and rolls and halibut and alot more items than you could need w/o the grilled meats. The price was right since he was treating and then we went on to business. The waitress/server was a very sweet hispanic girl who kept my soda glass full...blissfully. The water - ewwwwww, I guess I'm spoiled but the water tasted like toilet water! Anyhow I helped him with career advice and resume tweaking and since my last meeting with him he has gotten a few bites so he's happy. I saw a restaurant next door but I forget the name, I would love to find out more about it! I'd put this on a list of things to try for a fast steakhouse in the fairfax or falls church va areas... it's really a toss up if you don't mind the salty meat. (maybe it was an off day? - shrug - ) anyhow... my next place to try is Chez Francois in Great Falls.
  5. Catching up on some of my restaurant reviews. This place is.... interesting..... It seems that a family bought the malibu grill and partitioned the place in half. Half the restaurant is the malibu grill, the other half is Cheong Wong, a cantonese restaurant. I've gotten carry out from them twice. Both times were hit and miss. The First time the HK Wonton soup and pork fried rice were excellent but the beef chow foon was only ok. The second time around the spicy pork chop dish and house fried rice were good, but the wanton soup was bland. I'll probably give them another try in a few minutes but that is more of a result of the lack of good chinese food near me (Aside from Sichuan Village of course).
  6. I've been asked to obtain some food for a group of 8-10 people at an office in Fair Lakes on Monday. Budget is around $100-$150. I'll be in meetings all morning and won't have time to run out and grab anything. Any suggestions for catering? Thanks!
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