2001 International Drive
McLean, VA 22102
PRICE $$ ($13-$20)
HOURS Open for lunch and dinner daily.
NVM AWARDS None
NEARBY METRO None
Best of the US II: Boston Cream Pie - Honorable Mention(March 2010)
By Warren Rojas
Legal’s avant-garde confection (made special by a Boston-area bakery) features java-soaked cake (very tiramisu-y), sweet cream in the middle and a pencil-thin layer of dark chocolate on top.(July 2009)
By Warren Rojas
While expense accounts and market-price fresh catches clearly keep this seafood giant afloat, Legal’s surprisingly well-developed kids’ menu may net them a whole new generation of loyal customers.
Yes, the leather chairs and signature blue-and-white tile work still scream “power lunches happening here.”
But if you look just a little closer, you’ll begin to notice Legal is well equipped to handle even the littlest of charges (highchairs, booster seats and infant car-seat slings are all readily available options).
The kitchen doesn’t just cater to children, it aims to educate—supplementing traditional seafood offerings (fish sticks, popcorn shrimp) with gourmet upgrades like panko-crusted chicken fingers, Niman Ranch burgers and even organic ketchup (suggesting a holistic dining vision).
Urge your kids to skip the novelty pasta (fish-shaped ravioli are lame on so many levels) and go right for the grand prize: a steamed, 1-pound lobster. Mind you, this same portion of sweet, coaxed-right-from-the-shell meat typically goes for double the price on the adult menu—flanked by drawn butter, and served with fruit, vegetables (request the corn on the cob, if available) and your choice of starch.
Or check out the fish of day special (a wood-grilled, 5-ounce filet of whatever rolls off the trucks that morning), particularly if salmon is making the rounds (great grill marks, tender middle).
If the sight of different seafoods keeps your kids at bay, lure them by offering to split a seafood trio roll. The New England-style sandwich heaps whole lobster claws, shredded jumbo lump crab, diced shrimp and crunchy celery bits onto a well-buttered roll—perhaps the least threatening way to introduce skittish youngsters to top-tier shellfish.