Maple Ave Restaurant: Full of Surprises

My obsession with restaurant research generally yields positive results.  But I must admit, it’s exhilarating when I stumble upon a restaurant and have a stand-out meal.  Maple Ave Restaurant in Vienna, Virginia takes me by surprise with its diverse menu, bold flavors, and low-key vibe. Maple Ave Restaurant (MAR) isn’t exactly a sleeper.  It is […]

Trummer’s on Main: Hitting the Road

Trummer’s on Main in Clifton, Virginia is not a hop, skip, and a jump from where I live in Silver Spring.  It has been nearly three years since I dined here last and I’m itching for a return visit, particularly since Austin Fausett is now Executive Chef.  Fausett has an impressive resume that includes stints […]

The Curious Grape: Curious?

Dinner before seeing “God of Carnage” at Signature Theatre in Shirlington, Virginia should be an easy choice.  There are so many restaurants in the immediate vicinity.  But for me, restaurant choices don’t always come easily.  A suggestion on leads me to the newly relocated and expanded Curious Grape, offering “seasonal menu of wine-focused fare.” […]

Trummer’s on Main: Destination Dining

There are restaurants that fit the bill because they are five minutes away and the food is good.  There are restaurants that are an hour’s drive and worth it.  Volt comes to mind. Recognizing this, Todd Kliman of Washingtonian, has been rating restaurants according to how far he would drive to eat there in his […]

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