Category: "Reviews"

Leesburg’s Melt Reviewed

Burgers, burgers, burgers. They’re everywhere. These days you find some rendition of a gourmet burger joint in every town. We’ve been to our fair share of these burger bars and each one has its own unique take on the American classic sandwich. Some are definitely better than others, so let’s talk about one we truly [...]

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Pizzeria Orso – Reviewed

Tinsley’s Take Really Northern Virginia Magazine, Pizzeria Orso is a top 50 pick for 2013? I don’t know how one can get past the horrendous décor, let alone their soggy, uncooked pizza. In my humble opinion – Worst. Pizza. Ever. I’m still scratching my head trying to figure how some consider it a top 50. [...]

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Founding Farmers Restaurant Reviewed

With all the buzz about Founding Farmers, our expectations were sky high. Maybe even astronomically high. Whether it was from co-workers, friends or casual acquaintances, we heard nothing but fantastic restaurant raves. The more we heard about Founding Farmers, the more we wanted to give it a whirl.

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Market Table Bistro – Northern Virginia Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants

Tinsley’s Take I grew up in the heart of a small farm town. Growing up in corn fields and playing in tomato plant vines has allowed me to develop a strong appreciation for the food that comes from local “mom and pop” farms. I would like to believe this is why I adore farm-to-table restaurants. In [...]

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Passion Fish – Northern Virginia Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants

Tinsley’s Take Reston Town Center is probably one of my favorite places to dine and shop in Northern Virginia. Maybe I’m bias because I work within walking distance and it’s a quick drive for us on the weekends. This growing area is full of incredible restaurants, boutique shopping and beautiful buildings. It’s the perfect location [...]

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Rustico – Northern Virginia Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants

Tinsley’s Take Hiding behind the scenic drive of the George Washington Parkway in Alexandria, VA is where you will find Rustico, #28 on Northern Virginia Magazine’s top 50 restaurant list. Is the food good? Yes, it’s incredible. And I have to say that this unpretentious restaurant is quickly becoming my new favorite joint for pizza, burgers and beer. What [...]

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Härth – #35 Northern Virginia Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants

 Tinsley’s Take: When we arrived at Härth, I was completely wowed. Finally, a restaurant that is noteworthy of being on Northern Virginia Magazine’s top 50 list. I am not going to hide it – I loved everything about Härth – from the ambiance, to the décor, to the food. The atmosphere was warm, intimate and cozy. [...]

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Hooked – Northern Virginia Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants

Tinsley’s Take I was really excited to see Sterling, VA represented on Northern Virginia Magazine’s top 50 restaurants list. The Eastern Loudoun County area is flooded with boring, run of the mill chain restaurants and Hooked was something that the area desperately needed. Unfortunately, I found myself scratching my head on how Hooked made it [...]

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Sea Pearl – Northern Virginia Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants

Tinsley’s Take Located in the newly revitalized Merrifield Town Center, you’ll find cute boutiques, chic restaurants and a new movie theater. So it was no surprise to find one of Northern Virginia Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants located in this hip, new town center. I can’t express enough what an amazing job the developers did with the Merrifield [...]

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J. Gilberts Reviewed

Tinsley’s Take Right outside the busy corridor of Tyson’s Corner in McLean, Virginia is J. Gilbert’s Steakhouse. Known for their menu of prime steaks and fresh seafood, J. Gilbert’s strives to deliver honest food with quality ingredients. The ambiance of J. Gilbert’s is really special; it’s sophisticated and classy. Immediately, as you walk in, you’re [...]

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The Wine Kitchen – Northern Virginia Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants

Tinsley’s Take In the heart of downtown Leesburg is where you will find #24 on Northern Virginia’s Top 50 Restaurants of 2012, The Wine Kitchen. This unique little restaurant serves up a dose of rustic charm that fits in perfectly with Leesburg’s historic district. This farm table bistro is not only super cute, but the [...]

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Welton’s Seafood – Ghent, Norfolk, Virginia

CookingShorts traveled to Norfolk, VA to visit the best seafood market the Tidewater / Cheasapeake area has to offer.

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Foster’s Lobsta Palooza

Lobster just might be that perfect food. At least in my (Jason’s) mind. The giant red crustacean, found in cold waters, looks like a creature from another world, not something you’d yearn to devour. But it yields the most sweet, succulent, holy-cow-that’s-good meat. And it can be cooked and presented in a variety of ways, [...]

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Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival

This past weekend the CookingShorts team got to attend the 3rd Annual Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival. We couldn’t think of a better way to spend a gorgeous Saturday than to be hanging out at the beautiful National Harbor and feasting on delicious crabs, corn on the cob and watermelon. Not only did we get to [...]

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Native American Museum Food Review

One of my favorite spots to eat in DC is one that is a little off the beaten path in terms of where you’d expect to find great food. What I am talking about is the Native American Museum; their food is authentically delicious! Growing up, I wasn’t one of those kids that spent summers and weekends [...]

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