On a menu stuffed (and fried and cheese-covered) with meat-based dishes, we were searching recently for a veggie-friendly lunch option. And we found a good one: the vegetarian quesadilla. It arrived uncut—a half-moon of crispy tortilla, full of savory sauteed peppers and mushrooms, with generous dollops of guacamole, sour cream and salsa on the side. […]
Tired of cooking the same old boring meal of burgers and French fries? Well, toss des frites and roll up your sleeves to make this quick and simple dish from the menu of Downtown restaurant Petit Pois. Moules Marinières is a “classic French bistro dish,” says Brian Helleberg, owner of Petit Pois—it’s a dish that […]
Along with the burrito-loving masses, which are apparently, well, massive, we lined up for our free burrito on Chipotle’s recent opening day, and ordered the Barbacoa, with shredded, marinated beef. It was super-flavorful, a little spicy but not too dense. We like their medium-hot corn salsa—the corn adds a good, fresh crunch to the burrito, […]
It is very cold in the cocktail tent where Bruce Wilcox, president-elect of the Sons of the American Revolution, is talking to George Washington, another son of the revolution who is better recalled, of course, as the Father of Our Country. Though he died 207 years ago, Washington looks pretty well pulled together.
The. Ivy. League. Don’t the mere words just conjure images of well-worn leather-bound volumes, decorous discourses on the finer points of Hume, and impeccably mannered, tweed-wearing WASPs? Well, it may have been like that in the days of F. Scott Fitzgerald, but no more. Just like the real world, the greens on which Ivy Leaguers […]
The fast-food industry gets a bad wrap these days, what with the holier-than-thou diatribes of such messianic documentaries as Supersize Me! But, despite all better judgment, we stand up for Taco Bell and its Ranchero Chicken Soft Taco. Full strips of succulently simmered chicken, topped with crispy lettuce, tomato cubes, cheese, the special Ranch sauce, […]
We like the fact that our little town has a reputation for good dining and dedicated diners, because that reputation attracts still more promising restaurants. Whatever’s the opposite of a vicious cycle—a kindly cycle?—this is it. Case in point: Lemongrass, a Thai and Vietnamese place soon to open on the Corner, will be run by […]
We were impressed to see what brisk business Himalayan Fusion’s lunch buffet was doing, but it shouldn’t really come as a surprise—when you offer Downtown denizens an array of tasty dishes (curries, in this case), all of which pair well with the central starch (basmati rice), they’re sure to line up and dig in. What […]
Out on E. High Street is a bit of a haven for the home-cooking aficionado. You’ve got Jak’n’Jil, Riverside Lunch and, just across Route 250, the old-fashioned ice-cream stand Chandler’s. Dining-wise, the neighborhood stands in sharp contrast to the more uppity mores of Downtown, as well as the Corner’s frothy scene. Until the beginning of […]
On our way out to the Boar’s Head Inn for a relaxing spa weekend (O.K., so we actually spent the weekend at home, eating Pringles and watching “Arrested Development” on DVD. Happy now?), we stopped by Ivy Road’s own wrap joint, Zazus. The Thai chicken wrap was comfortingly stuffed with rice, carrot and chicken, with […]
Little, moreLately, Restaurantarama has noticed a growing interest in the smaller plate. Waning is the era when you’d dig into a platter piled with a pound or more of one entreé. Now—at least at your more trend-conscious eateries—it’s more likely that you’ll order at least two dishes, maybe more, and that they’ll be served in […]
It was chilly and cloudy. We were feeling pouty. We needed some Italy, and fast! The daily ready-made sandwiches at Feast!, folded in crisp white paper with just a hint of fresh lettuce and crusty baguette peaking out, beckoned like an oasis. And though Feast! offers plenty of lunch options, its gourmet Italian Hoagie gets […]
Achtung! Todd Debarba, Alexander Hans Radziwill Debarba and Nicole Radziwill took top honors for their getups at Ludwig’s on Saturday. When Restaurantarama picked up our copy of C-VILLE last week, we were shocked. Apparently, some other “writers” in this office think they have the right to “cover” food and drink. We refer, of course, to […]
Every now and then I like to take a step back from the HTS syllabus and make sure that my readers have a good background in the classics. I’m constantly depressed about the fact that I went all the way through high school and college—majoring in English, no less—without ever cracking open Moby Dick. Thus, […]
The gourmet lunch spot and wine shop Ciboulette has always had a mixed reputation: great food, erratic service. (Both these qualities were widely attributed to the shop’s owner, Jose De Brito, who is described on one local blog as having “kind of a tart personality.”) Now the prominent Main Street Market space will start with […]
Martha’s Café faces some stiff competition in its tucked-away location on Elliewood Avenue, off the Corner—it’s across the street from sorority girl-cum-Wahoo bar crawl mainstays Take It Away, the Biltmore Grill, and Buddhist Biker Bar—but it holds it own as a purveyor of reasonable meals just like Mom used to make, but with an exotic […]
There is a spot in New York City, on Greene Street, in the heart of Soho, where a special light shines down from heaven and into a certain store. The light is simple, golden, minimal and, like the Wise Men did that holy Star, design geeks from around the world drag their tired feet toward […]
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Rafael Tal is evidently a modest man, eschewing the word “chef” when asked to describe his role in the kitchen at The Fountain Room at the Mark Addy Inn. So permit Restaurantarama to say what Tal will not: Based on the meal we shared last week at the recently renovated Nellysford inn, he is definitely […]
For those of you who don’t obsessively read media gossip (and really, who would—because really, who cares?), like I’ll admit to doing, allow me to reduce one of the big stories of the past year to 28 words: Lately, The Village Voice has sucked. No surprise, then, that the legendary rag has, for the past […]
I’m not much of a planner. And these days, without parents around to plan for me, nor the endless vacations of the academic life that make planning less imperative, I lose out. Every year, those precious two weeks of freedom inevitably arrive with not so much as a sojourn on Virginia Beach planned. Thus, I […]
When it rains, which it’s been doing lately, we need sandwiches—basic, comforting, well-made sandwiches. This is why we went to the New Deli, shaking off our umbrellas and shutting the door quickly to keep out the dampness. Behold the veggie wrap! Stuffed with all manner of crispy produce, layered with provolone and expertly constructed inside […]
There are restaurants, and then there are restaurants. We were at a local eatery recently, slurping down some fine, housemade soup full of ingredients from area farms, when a slightly hungover-looking fellow approached.