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Trummer’s On Main Resurrects Pop-Up Burger Bar

Posted by / Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Chef de Partie Eric Batson / Photo by Austin Fausett

By: Stefanie Gans

Trummer’s On Main will once again convert its upstairs gallery room to Burger Bar, a Tuesday-through-Thursday pop-up. Last April, the Clifton restaurant debuted Burger Bar on the same day it announced the hire of Executive Chef Austin Fausett.

This year’s pop-up will last from March 11 to May 29 and will rotate items frequently, featuring all new burgers staring falafel, pork and sauerkraut and traditional burgers using local Martin’s Angus Beef. The menu is still in development and Fausett plans for a secret menu spanning wings to bone marrow.

Pop-ups help restaurants learn what diners want and give restaurants a safe, time-limited space to try cuisines or styles that don’t necessarily fit into the current menu. If pop-ups don’t attract crowds, then it was a short, low-risk experiment, but if it works, can lead to new ventures. “We’re open to a lot of possibilities,” says Fausett, about the future of Burger Bar, “but I think the goal of this is to promote Trummer’s and get new clientele and to also look at different opportunities for new restaurants for us.  

 The team also hosted an Oktoberfest-themed pop-up last fall and as both Fausett and owner Stefan Trummer lived in Austria, implementing a beer garden is on the wish list. “Maybe someday,” says Fausett. / Burger Bar, March 11-May 29; 7134 Main Street, Clifton

*This post has been updated


Hungry For Linkage: Ah Love Oil and Vinegar’s Hunger Fundraiser + Will Artley’s Brother’s Political Aspirations + New Tipping Rules

Posted by / Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Paul Matthew Photography/

By: Evan Milberg

Ah Love Oil and Vinegar has launched its “Ah Love to Feed America” campaign to battle hunger.  The fundraiser ends March 7. 

In the beer version of March Madness, the National IPA Competition, two breweries from Northern Virginia, Lost Rhino Brewing Company in Ashburn and Port City Brewing Company in Alexandria, have advanced to the second round. [Brewing News]

Pizzeria Orso Chef Will Artley’s brother is running for the Georgia State Senate. [Facebook]

Across the nation, restaurants and servers are adjusting to new tipping rules. [SmartBlog]

Cava Mezze started all-you-can-eat brunch service. [Eater]


Hungry for Linkage: Sriracha demystified + Silver Diner Makeover + Vitamin C Health Kick

Posted by / Monday, February 17th, 2014

By: Natalie Manitius

Happy Presidents’ Day! Military personnel get free all-you-can-eat hotcakes at Bob Evans. [Patch]

The Sriracha sauce factory recently opened its doors to the public, revealing the magic for its adoring fans. [FoodBeast]

Shake up your winter dinner repertoire with the versatile Brussels sprouts. [WSJ]

Silver Diner is getting a classy makeover in Bethesda. [Bizjournals]

Grab some OJ: Vitamin C may be an antidote to getting a stroke. [WTOP]

Foodie photographers, beware: French chefs demand that customers stop snapping pictures of their creations. [Eater]

Tyson’s Wildfire is hosting a Napa vs. Sonoma face-off tomorrow evening. Pay a pretty penny and have a meal paired with different wines for each course. [Thelistareyouonit]



The Bean Bar Buzz

Posted by / Saturday, February 15th, 2014

By: Natalie Manitius

Photo courtesy of Alina G/

Bean Bar is getting a buzz, and caffeine isn’t the responsible party. The Leesburg coffee shop recently received a license for wine and beer on premises and unveils their wine and cider program today.

Owner Sonia Gupta explains the role of these liquid offerings, as “the design, the vision of Bean Bar was really to create a space and an environment and a menu to bring people together, and I always felt like coffee and wine created the best human engagement, interaction, conversation,” Gupta says.

Between caffeine-induced productivity and relaxed conversation over wine, Bean Bar provides a venue for a wide variety of activities and aims to be “a place where anyone can come and find a thought or a seat that speaks to them,” Gupta explains. The drink license is part of a three-phase process, which began with coffee and will end with food.

Bean Bar will also offer mimosas for Sunday brunch hours, and sangria and beer around the clock. Though Gupta sought to include local Virginia beers as part of Friday’s unveiling, NoVA’s snowstorm stalled delivery efforts. In alignment with the business’s locavore ways, Bean Bar will feature beers from local breweries starting next week.

Today’s available wines all come from Virginia’s backyards, as Gupta espouses the idea to “leverage the best of Virginia and bring the best to Virginia.” Wine offerings include sparkling, red, white and dessert, and travel from as far as Jefferson’s home and the Northern Neck. Vessels vary according to their contents, as Bean Bar offers eight glass varieties–two for red wines, two for whites, one for desserts, and a different shape for cider, beer and champagne.

Non-oenophiles can also partake in the libations, as Virginia ciders are included in the alcohol debut. Keswick’s Castle Hill and Dugspur’s Foggy Ridge represent the fermented apple category, providing three tasty options for cider fans.

Bean Bar plans to adapt the drink menu in order to reflect the best that Virginia has to offer, and pairings will eventually be made possible with a food menu./ 1601 Village Market Blvd. Suite 122, Leesburg. 


Arrivederci, Italian Market and Deli

Posted by / Friday, February 14th, 2014

By: Natalie Manitius

Igor Dutina/

Pistachio-laden mortadella and baby octopi will no longer grace the aisles of this Merrifield shop. The nascent Italian Market and Deli, opened last September, bid NoVA adieu on Feb. 3.

MHG Group, which runs the complex, plans to replace the concept with Merrifield Wine and Food Bar. Wood-fired pizzas, salads and subs that formerly inhabited the location will make way for retail wine, beer and cheese. The shift is intended to complement the company’s adjacent restaurants, Open Road Grill & Icehouse and Trio Grill. 

Merrifield Wine and Beer is currently under construction and will open its doors this March. / 8100 Lee Highway, Falls Church





Farmers Market Fandom Persists through the Winter

Posted by / Friday, February 14th, 2014

By: Natalie Manitius

Photo courtesy of urbanlight/

Defy the frigid temperatures and visit your local farmers at these winter-friendly farmers markets.

Available produce: apples, arugula, Asian greens, beets, beet greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cucumber, collards, kale, leeks, mixed lettuce, mushrooms, onions, pears (Asian/bosc), pea shoots, potatoes (yukon/ sweet/white), radishes, spinach, squash (acorn/butternut/spaghetti), Swiss chard and turnips.

Other items to expect: baked goods, bread, cheese, chocolate, coffee, craft goods, eggs, fancy nuts, honey, jams, meat, milk, pasta, pickles, plants, salsas, seafood, soaps, wine and yogurt.  


Arlington County

Arlington Market

Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon

Courthouse Parking Lot

Corner of 14th St. & North Courthouse Road

Worth the visit: Turns out seafood is not just for the summertime. In the spirit of eating seasonally, try Lynnhaven River Seafood’s oysters, which are only available during months containing the letter “r.”


Columbia Pike Market

Sundays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Pike Park

Corner of Columbia Pike and S. Walter Reed Drive

Worth the visit: Columbia Pike’s community efforts stand out among others—the market is the only one in Arlington that accepts SNAP benefits and provides privately-funded subsidies. The Pike is also attentive to farmer practices, as they visit participating farms once a year to confirm the origin of the products and to ensure that the vendors are the farmers themselves. 


City of Alexandria

Del Ray Market

Saturdays, 8 a.m. – noon

203 East Oxford Ave.

Worth the visit: Though Del Ray has just six to eight vendors this time of year, one can still satisfy a pickle craving with No. 1 Sons, a brother-sister team making barrel fermented foods. Activate sour taste buds with a variety of pickles, kimchi, or sauerkraut.


Old Town Market

Saturdays, 7 a.m. – noon

Market Square 

301 King St.

Worth the visit: Continually operating since 1753, the Alexandria market is one of the oldest markets in the U.S.


Fairfax County

Oakton Market

Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; occasional 1 p.m. closings 

Unity of Fairfax Church
2854 Hunter Mill Road

Worth the visit: A Mennonite co-op, Heritage Farm & Kitchen, sets up an Amish style store and sells a wide variety of dried beans, which cook faster than the grocery variety.


Falls Church City

Falls Church Market

Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon

City Hall Parking Lot

300 Park Ave.

Worth the visit: Last year, the Falls Church Market was voted 4th best medium-sized market in the U.S by American Farmland Trust.


Loudoun County

Purcellville Market

Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

550 East Main St.

Worth the visit:  Shake the winter blues with Herban Avenues’ teas and aromatherapy. Avenues’ Calm loose leaf tea contains chamomile, lavender and oat straw, calcium-rich herbs that help with sleep. Feeling indulgent? Snag the winery favorite Green Lemon aromatherapy, with anti-depressive ingredients bergamot and lemon verbena. 


Prince William County

Bristow Market

Sundays, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Piney Branch Elementary School 
8301 Linton Hall Road

Worth the visit: Mike Burner’s Holly Brook Farm puts out meats beyond the typical fare: look for game hens, lamb, goat and even lamb merguez, a European lamb sausage with garlic.


Manassas Market

Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Parking Lot B

Corner of Prince William St. and West St.

Worth the visit: Mother-daughter pair Jackie Utshudi and Maureen Kabamba present Les Mini Galettes, a bite-sized waffle operation. The galettes are sold in groups of three or six, with seasonal favorites such as the orange-zest, and year-round delights coconut and vanilla bean. 

Look out for spring market hours and re-openings come April.


Happy Valentine’s Day

Posted by / Friday, February 14th, 2014

Photo by Stefanie Gans

Creme brulee | Savoir Fare Restaurant | Round Hill


More Changes on Columbia Pike: Red Rocks Updates Menu

Posted by / Friday, February 14th, 2014

Photo courtesy of Doug Baj

By: Evan Milberg

Another restaurant on Columbia Pike is getting a makeover. Earlier this year, it was announced that Eamonn’s, a fish and chips shop, is transitioning to a Society Fair, a gourmet market concept already in the repertoire of Eat Good Food Group. And this week, Red Rocks Neapolitan Bistro also announced changes. After a year at its Arlington location, Doug Baj, a managing partner, thought it would be a good idea to collect customer feedback and make some changes.

“We found most of our pizzas were pretty solid,” says Baj, but will turn the meatballs into sliders and add a chicken Parmesan to the menu. Red Rocks is also experimenting with gluten-free dough made from polenta. “The changes in the menu reflect more of the neighborhood,” says Baj. “South Arlington is not Clarendon. It’s not Rosslyn. It’s not Ballston. I think people are looking for a solid neighborhood restaurant with good value, good service and consistency.” This also means expanding the kids menu, including a special on Sunday nights where kids eat for free.

The transitions add to the evolution of the dining scene on Columbia Pike. In 2012, William Jeffrey’s Tavern and Taqueria Poblano graced the Pike, giving the neighborhood more life than it had seen in decades.

As for Eamonn’s, it becomes Society Fair starting next week with coffee, croissants and breakfast sandwiches. Eventually offerings will include sandwiches, salads and, says the restaurant’s representative, “prepared foods to-go and a mini menu of ‘petit fare,’ including local beef lasagna and chicken pot pie.”

But most importantly, the last day to eat that wonderful fried burger in Arlington is Monday. 


Hungry for Linkage: Where to Eat for Valentine’s Day + Virginia Chocolates + Love Letter to Carbs

Posted by / Friday, February 14th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Gearharts Chocolates

By Stefanie Gans

Where to eat in NoVA for Valentines’s Day. And more places here, too. [NVM]

Missing tropical weather? Buy a pineapple-print dress. [SAINTCHiC]

Gearharts Fine Chocolates, based in Charlottesville, created a special chocolate for the State Department luncheon honoring French President Francois Hollande earlier this week. It was made with Valrhona chocolate from France, Virginia fig jam and Bordeaux wine from Chateau Carbonnieux, “one of Thomas Jefferson‘s favorite wineries he visited in 1787 when he served as Minister to France,” states the press release. While this was a limited edition (disclosure: Gearharts sent a sample to the office and it was delicious), the brand sells a similar chocolate: Pod and Vine, created with Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Franc and plum preserves. 

Duh, bacon sales are soaring. [Market Watch]

A love note to carbs. [WaPo]


A New Menu at A-Town is the Least of It, Mike Cordero Expands into Arlington with Tacos, Steak and Pizza

Posted by / Thursday, February 13th, 2014

"It looks like a bunch of crazy hairs coming out of this cone," says A-Town chef and owner Mike Cordero of the chicken fried bacon. / Photo Credit: QueCreative

By: Stefanie Gans

Mike Cordero likes to keep things fresh, which is apparent when you look at today’s debut of A-Town‘s new menu, or for the new restaurant offerings he has planned in Arlington.

The owner of Primetime Sports Bar and Grill in Fairfax, Bronx Pizza in Arlington and Flat Iron Steak & Saloon in Alexandria, Cordero plans to turn A-Town into a dining destination with what he calls “American fusion comfort food.” That means a mash-up of global cuisines, making A-town “not just about getting a beer,” says Cordero.

His new dishes include chicken fried bacon served with sausage country gravy, which he dubs, “kind of a heart attack on a plate” and Asian dumplings with the Cajun flavors of andouille sausage with Creole seasoning. The menu also includes flatbreads, burgers (with a pretzel bun option) and a raw bar.

But this menu change is the least of Cordero’s news. The 54-year-old, who’s owned more than 50 restaurants since the late 1970s, is planning another four. 

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