Embracing Flavors Soul Food Restaurant

I would not consider myself a fried chicken connoisseur, but I do love fried chicken, from the fast food variety to the upscale version. I even own a deep fryer so I can make it at home when I’ve got the urge. So when my husband’s cousin mentioned that he was going to Flavor’s for some fried chicken, I was very intrigued and wanted to try it out for myself. I’d definitely describe the restaurant as a hole in the wall type place, it’s right off Columbia Pike and if…

Dim Sum at Hong Kong Pearl Seafood Restaurant

Over Memorial Day weekend, I received my copy of the Washingtonian Magazine and the featured article was “100 Cheap Eats”. Flipping straight to the Asian cuisine section, my eye was immediately drawn to the little blurb about Hong Kong Pearl. I remember seeing this place mentioned several times in my twitter feed, and with it down the street at Seven Corners, I couldn’t think of a better Sunday lunch than dim sum! Heading there around noon was probably not the smartest decision, since that tends to be peak dim sum…

A Great Dinner with Some New Friends at 2941 Restaurant

I jumped at the opportunity to meet up with some fellow writers for the Falls Church Times; I thought it would be so much fun to meet people who were into food as much as I was. We decided to have a nice leisurely dinner at 2941. I hadn’t been there since their remodel, so was excited to check it out. The menu was completely redone and I love the concept of the small plates. This meant I could try out more items without feeling overly guilty. I started with…

Grand Opening at Café Rio

We had been watching this opening for a while, a Mexican place not too far from our house? It sounded like an instant winner! So after their grand opening, I waited a few months until the crowds died down to check it out. We went during the weekday lunch rush, so there was quite a crowd. I decided I’d get the enchilada and taco combo, with a side of chips and salsa. The pricing was great; a meal for two for around $20 was a steal. The actual food though…

Crawfish Dinner in Eden Center

Sometimes it’s hard when a craving hits me and our area really isn’t known for that type of cuisine. I love crawfish (also commonly known as crayfish and crawdads). There’s just something so decadent yet filling about getting my hands dirty while devouring those succulent little crustaceans that resemble mini-lobsters! There is a chain-type restaurant that opened up near the Zoo that I’ve been to a few times. But on this particular cold night, I wasn’t in the mood to trek into the city. After doing my due diligence and looking…

Neapolitan Style Pizza at Pizzeria Orso

I think I’ve discovered that I’m totally partial to Neapolitan style pizza; I love the doughy soft crust that’s been cooked for 60 seconds in a super hot clay oven. And as of late, I’ve been a huge fan of the Margherita pizza. So for dinner over the weekend, we decided to give Pizzeria Orso a try. As any true Neapolitan style place, they only use San Marzano tomatoes; I was also impressed to learn that their mozzarella is local, from Blue Ridge Farms in Leesburg, VA. One thing to…

Indulging in My Favorite Cuisine at Duangrat’s Thai Restaurant

My husband and I wanted to go out celebrating last night, and I got to pick. Without a doubt, I chose a Thai place. If you haven’t already guessed, I love Thai food and we decided to go to Duangrat’s, on Rt. 7 near Bailey’s Crossroads. We’ve been going here since we moved into the area about 4 years ago. I can always count on consistency and getting a great  meal. We started of the meal with the salt and pepper fried calamari. They do a great job with the…

All You Can Eat at Hokkaido Seafood Buffet

I’ve been eyeballing this place for a while; every time I drive along Route 7, I have to slow down just a bit to see the progress of this place. So finally about a week ago, Hokkaido Seafood Buffet opened its doors. And last night, we checked it out to see if it’s worth coming back. As you walk in, the restaurant space is huge. The booth type seating was a little strange to me though, I didn’t feel that it had a very diner friendly flow. But looking around, I noticed a…

A Visit To Huong Viet Restaurant

After spending an extended weekend in the Bahamas, I was really craving some authentic ethnic food. So when my mother in law invited us to dinner last night, I was totally on board and ready to whip my taste buds back into shape. I’ve dined at Huong Viet before, it’s one of the few reasons I’ll actually venture out to Eden Center. I really enjoy the savory dishes here, the reasonable prices, and the authentic flavors that somehow remind me of home. I didn’t even bother browsing through the menu, my mother in…

Dungeness Crabs at Full Kee Restaurant

I feel like I’ve been on a crab eating marathon lately, not that I’m complaining one bit! I love crabs and couldn’t imagine a better way to welcome the warmer temperatures. So while we were out and about running errands, we stopped into Full Kee for lunch. I’ve been there countless times before, their food is always solid and consistent. But this time, I noticed a small flyer as we entered the restaurant about the dungeness crab special. Having experienced such a succulent and meaty crab in San Francisco, I…