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(I just know this is going to become its own post) [ DR] I ate at Open Road tonight. I had the burger (quelle surprise) while my friend had the hanger steak salad. In retrospect, both the pizzas and the fish wrap looked rather good, and might be the go-to if/when I give this place it's second shot. The burger was cooked rather well - the first time in quite some time I've ordered a burger medium and actually *gotten* it medium. The downside was that it didn't have a tremendous amount of taste or seasoning to go with the overabundance of juiciness - the "scallion mayo" and even the addition of bacon didn't help. Next time I might ask for more of the mayo and sprinkle some pepper on there. It's also served on a brioche bun - and unfortunately...meat juices and brioche do not make a harmonious pair. The hanger steak salad looked rather basic - not very vibrant in color - just steak sitting on a bed of mixed field greens with a minimum of garnish (she swore they forgot the potatoes), but the steak was cooked beautifully and had a good taste. My friend remarked to the server that they seriously need to make an entree based on the hanger steak, a la Jackson's, since it outshines the salad considerably. The menu itself reads like an exercise in "making simple sound needlessly complex." The place seems rather targeted at three relatively nearby establishments - the aging Grevey's near INOVA Fairfax and its open-air bar, Glory Days Grill in Fairfax, and Blackfinn Pub. They even have half-price burgers on Monday to compete directly with GD. I wish them luck with that, as Blackfinn is in the middle of a residential complex with covered indoor parking and a short walk from the Metro and a Doubletree, and Glory Days has more parking than ever would be necessary. I also question the logic of a nine dollar hot dog, regardless of whether it's made with Boar's Head. We skipped dessert, as aside from the "Seasonal Crisp," there's nothing available you couldn't get much cheaper elsewhere. Also, the inclusion of the "Old School" treat/snack menu had us wondering just how many Oreos or Twinkies you get per dollar spent. This place is going to make a fortune on booze alone, though...as Happy Hour lasts until 7pm...that is, if you can find a spot. The parking lot was jam-packed yesterday evening ~5:30pm, but the interior had ample seating - most of the customers were sitting/standing in the outdoor bar area (the place has two bars, and the interior one is well-stocked). Once the Italian Deli and the "TRIO Grill" opens up, I really don't know what they're going to do - there's not enough parking by far, and if they're not careful, they're going to cause accidents on Route 29 since there's only one entry and exit for traffic despite a feed-in lane. You could take your chances parking in the adjacent Sunoco station, but seeing as they generally have tow trucks sitting around, I wouldn't advise it. The location is also just far enough from the Dunn Loring metro station that a 'leisurely walk' becomes more of a "burn off dinner" affair. The Italian Market between Open Road and TRIO looks to be just a glorified deli (sorry DrX) based on the modicum of time I spent looking in the windows at the 'menu boards' on the back wall behind the deli counter. There are two rather large beverage coolers on either side of the space, and I'm looking forward to getting a look at what's inside them, since I'm always curious about new sodas, beers, and drinks. Brass tacks: Did I feel adequately fed? Yes. Was the wait staff attentive? Incredibly - almost to the point of fastidiously obsessive. They even collected the straw I didn't use for my iced tea. Was the food good? Decent enough, but I honestly think Blackfinn has the better burger unless they burn the hell out of it like they did on my second visit there. Would I return? Yes, but I'm not exactly in a hurry to do so.
The Going Out Gurus have the latest scoop on the space that was formerly Wrap Works, appears to be a coffee shop type place in the likes of Tryst. http://blog.washingtonpost.com/goingoutgur...circa.html#more "Not unlike Tryst and Open City, the restaurant will be part coffee shop, part restaurant and part bar. Menu decisions are still being worked out, but Carlin tells us to expect "small- to medium-sized plates" with "international flair." The mastermind behind the restaurant's offerings is Munehiro Mori, a chef whose resume includes stints at Asia Nora and Wolfgang Puck's Chinois restaurant in Vegas. The owners hope to offer a wine list with 50 to 75 bottles and a full bar."
It was Restaurant Week in Northern Virginia and on the list was a restaurant I never heard of called Trio Grill. We thought we would give it a try. The bread and herb butter was good, the wine selection for reds was good...about 12 categories with a couple of bottles in each category in the $30s (upper end of my budget). We ordered the tempura shrimp app in addition to RW meal. They were superb although there were only 5 of them for $16. The waldorf salads were okay. My stuffed chicken meal was a bit boring--more of the stuffing would have improved it. My husband, normally not effusive in his praise, declared his Berkshire pork chop the best pork he has ever had in a restaurant! Desserts were too sweet. Service was friendly and efficient. The room was very busy and loud so we had to shout to each other to be heard sometimes. All in all, we liked it and will return. However, during non-RW times, the prices are high, so it will only be for special occasions. Unfortunately, my husband's idea of a special occasion is "when he feels like eating pork again."