Gut Check

About  |  Writers  |  @NoVADining

Hungry for Linkage: Biden’s Favorite Sandwich Shop Coming to Rosslyn + Google Map Sabotage for Serbian Crown + Earl’s Pork and Fries Sub

Posted by / Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Capriotti’s “The Bobbie” /Courtesy of Capriotti’s

By Ariel Yong

Arlington will welcome the Biden-loving, Delaware-based chain, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop in Rosslyn on July 29. 

Rene Bertagna, owner of Serbian Crown in Great Falls, blames a Google Map sabotage for his restaurant’s decline and ultimate closure. Serbian Crown served kangaroo and other exotic game meats until it suffered a 75 percent drop in customers on the weekend, forcing the restaurant to shut down in 2012. Bertagna filed a suit alleging that a competitor sabotaged his Google Places data. [GrubStreet] 

Sip Wine Tasting & Tapas Restaurant plans to open in Rosslyn just after Labor Day. [ARLNow]

The Pork and Fries sub at Earl’s Sandwiches made the “10 Under-the-Radar DC Sandwiches You Need to Be Eating” list. Earl’s has locations in Ballston and Clarendon. P.S. Earl’s recently updated its menu.  [Thrillist]

The second location of Westover Beer Garden, to be called  Sehkraft Beer Garden and Haus, is expected to open near Clarendon in March 2015. 

Trummer’s on Main in Clifton is celebrating its fifth birthday with a Titanic Blowout this Friday. There will also be a pig and oyster roast on Saturday for the Swine & Brine celebration. [EaterDC]

TGIFriday’s is offering you endless appetizers for $10 until August 24. [LATimes]

A New York couple is reviving lost Moroccan fig liquor. [NPR]


Warrenton’s Historic Jimmie’s Market Plans to Close After 75 Years of Business

Posted by / Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Jimmie's Market

By Allison Michelli

After 75 years in business, Jimmie’s Market, Kidwell Caterers and The Madison Tea Room in Warrenton will be closing their doors this October.

Original owner Jimmie Kidwell opened the market in December 1939 after the A&P he worked at initiated self-service shopping—a more conventional form of  shopping—where customers didn’t need to directly interact with store employees to pick out their grocery items.

According to a statement provided by Jimmie’s current owner, Susan Feely, this allowed Jimmie to move his clientele to his new business where fine service was the standard. Jimmie’s Market sold specialty foods like hand-cut veal liver, fresh meats and produce and Italian, Spanish and Greek specialty food from D.C. Feeley remembers that Jimmie’s was the first store in the state of Virginia to sell Birdseye frozen vegetables. She explains, at that time the owner of Bird’s Eye frozen foods had a home in Warrenton and he wanted to show off his new products so he sent Jimmie a freezer so that he could sell the frozen vegetables in the store.

Read the rest of this entry »


Hungry for Linkage: 90-Second Pizza Coming to Rosslyn + Game of Thrones-Inspired Wine + Congressional Seafood Company Photo Campaign

Posted by / Monday, July 7th, 2014


By Allison Michelli

Get your pizza made in 90-seconds starting this fall at Spinfire Pizza in Rosslyn. [ARLNow]

Living the dream, one woman’s cross-country journey in search of the nation’s best burrito. [NPR]

Get a taste of what food events are going on this week in NoVA. 

Coming next year, vino inspired by your favorite “Game of Thrones” family. [NY Daily News]

#free Post a photo of a Congressional Seafood Company truck on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook throughout the month of July and get a free t-shirt. 

“Asbestos Delites” and more Bad Girl Scout Cookies. [Yahoo]

Gluten-free diets are all the rage, but are they the real deal or just a trend? [Washington Post]

Hot summer temperatures make for an abundant sweet corn crop this year. [Loudoun Daily-Monitor]


Happy Foodie Fourth of July

Posted by / Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Photo courtesy of City Square Cafe.

By Allison Michelli

Celebrate Fourth of July this year by getting in touch with your inner foodie. Cook-outs and barbecues can be blase, so shake it up and go out to eat  for dinner. No frills, no dishes and no fuss. After filling your belly, kick back and relax at one of the many Fourth of July celebrations and firework displays happening in the area.

City Square Cafe, 9428 Battle St., Manassas. Three-course dinner featuring a red, white and blue salad made with  blueberries, hard boiled egg whites and raspberries over a bed of field greens with raspberry dressing. Served with focaccia bread. For an entree choose between prime rib served with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables or Mediterranean salmon served with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Dessert is Martha’s Apple pie a la mode. Live music by Thom Feucht. $49 pp plus tax and gratuity. Seatings at 6:30, 7:30, and 9:30 p.m. For reservations call 703 369-6022.

Old Town Sports Pub, 8971 Center St., Manassas.  $1.50/each All-American sliders starting at 3 p.m. Options include, cheeseburger, pork barbecue, buffalo chicken and steak sliders. 

Read the rest of this entry »


Earl’s Sandwiches Adds Salads and Meat-Free Options with New Menu Debuting Tomorrow

Posted by / Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Photos Courtesy of Earl’s Sandwiches

By Allison Michelli 

Vegetarians, vegans and green-feins will now have more reasons to go to Earl’s Sandwiches. Tomorrow the Arlington sandwich shops will debut more meatless options and salads. 

Read the rest of this entry »


Hungry For Linkage: BLT & Fried Chicken Doughnut Sandwich + VA Chef David Guas Stars in Travel Channel’s ‘American Grilled’ + Beer Money

Posted by / Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

By Ariel Yong

The fried chicken BLT on a doughnut has arrived. Find it at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken truck in Crystal City today. 

David Guas, owner and chef of Arlington‘s Bayou Bakery is the host of the new show American Grilled. The 13-episode season debuts tonight on the Travel Channel.

Alexandria’s Food Truck Registration Kick Off Event is tomorrow.

The future of barbecue lies in past traditions. [NPR]

Three new restaurants head to Falls Church. [FCNP]

Taylor Gourmet opened its Ballston location yesterday. It’s the chain’s ninth storefront. [Eater]

Looking for 4th of July plans for Friday? Celebrate with a chili cook-off and a circus show in Vienna. [Vienna Patch]

The average American spends $350 on beer a year. [Yahoo]


What’s New and (Almost) Opened in the Northern Virginia Restaurant Scene

Posted by / Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

New and Almost Open restaurants in Northern Virginia

Photo courtesy of 360b/

Need a new spot to nosh? Here’s our list of new and almost-opened restaurants. Know of a new or soon-to-open spot? Email

America Eats Tavern; Tysons, American, $$$; Opened June

Bistro Atelier Dulles; French, $$$; Opened June | MORE: Bistro Atelier serves 1,100 customers on opening weekend.

Ciao Osteria; Centreville, Neopolitan Pizzeria, $$; Opened April | MORE: The owner of Pan e Vino opens a Neapolitan pizza restaurant. 

Read the rest of this entry »


Q&A with härth’s New Chef Luc A. Dendievel

Posted by / Monday, June 30th, 2014

Courtesy of Chef Luc A. Dendievel

By Ariel Yong

Earlier this month, härth, the restaurant inside Hilton McLean Tysons Corner appointed new executive chef Luc A. Dendievel to continue the restaurant’s farm-to-table cuisine. The Belgium-born chef spent the last four years at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C., previously opened restaurants in New York City and Sacramento and worked with famed chefs Michel Richard and Antoine Westermann.  

What will you change on härth’s menu?
We’re going to keep the concept farm-to-table, but I want to upgrade the menu and modernize it. I’m still working with fresh vegetables and whatever comes from the farm, but my cuisine is more about a very, very light sauce. I work a lot with vegetable juice, things like that.

What does “farm-to-table” mean to you?
As a chef, you always want to work with the season and whatever is available. This is how we should cook and not necessarily trying to get asparagus in the middle of July/August when the season is in March. Same with mushrooms. Same with seafood. We say ‘farm’, but it’s mostly what nature gives us and we work with that. It would be sad when it’s time for a season not to use [foods that are in season].

Read the rest of this entry »


Hungry for Linkage: Bistro 360 and Taylor’s Gourmet Opening Soon + McDonald’s Launches Fast Food App + Saucy Regional Side Dishes for the Fourth of July

Posted by / Monday, June 30th, 2014

Charles Brutlag/

By Allison Michelli

Regional side dishes are all the rage this Fourth of July. [Washington Post]

New restaurant, wine bar and gourmet market Bistro 360 plans to open in Arlington by the end of summer. [Washington Business Journal]

Vegetarian children, a brand new generation of picky eaters. [VICE]

With all the World Cup frenzy and Fourth of July hoopla in the air, learn how to bring a sweet slice of America to the office this week. [Yahoo]

Taylor Gourmet’s opening in Ballston may happen sooner than we think. [ARLNow]

McDonald’s pilot app “McD Ordering” makes getting that Big Mac even faster. [FoodBeast]



Summer is Here: Smoke Everything

Posted by / Friday, June 27th, 2014

By Stefanie Gans

“I like the look of this,” is what my husband said. It’s not what he meant. 

It was actually the smell of the smoker that turned his head. It’s the smoked meat turning and turning within this enormous vessel outside of Monk’s in Purcellville.

It was the aura of summer. / Monk’s, 251 N. 21 St., Purcellville


Page 38 of 256« First...102030...3637383940...506070...Last »