We happened to be Neil Jordan's steakhouses very first customers. Were walking by on our way to have a sandwich at the deli next door on the day they opened and arrived at 11:30am.
Were pleased to learn we were first, Neil and his mother came by and introduced themselves to us, and they were both pleasant. Have since returned for dinner.
So here's the deal, they are a steakhouse situated in a long, narrow space in a mall. The bar and interior are well designed and give the feeling of an upscale steak house.
They have a ceasar salad/chop salad which is presented nicely on the plate, with the ingredients divided, presenting a nice visual effect. The salad is delicious and a must.
I had the salmon and my wife had filet and we were quite pleased with both. The food and portions are similar to Ruth Chris' in terms of quality, but the prices are thankfully lower. There is also a chef's table and semi-private room adjacent to the kitchen, so that would be fun if you go with a few other couples.
We recommend Neil Jordan's and understand they have live Jazz on Tuesday nights, so that might be a good mid-week choice.
We have used Pawmetto Pet Sitting (They service Dunes West, Park West and Rivertowne areas) several times.
Chari is a mother and pet-owner. She runs a professional operation, and is a very caring person. She moved a radio from our bedroom while we were away so our dog would not be bored and stopped in a few extra times to pay him a visit.
I highly recommend Pawmetto Pet Sitting
Love Thai food. can't get enough of it. Downtown Charleston has the quite popular Basil's (and rightfully so, it's great, but a bit of a hike), but I was a bit bummed to have moved from a place that had 6 good thai restaurants within 10 minutes.
So we have since discovered Pattaya in Mt. Pleasant. It is a quaint, comfortable little place (not new and swanky). The prices are right $9 for lunch, with big, big portions. We usually end up with lunch for two days. What I really liked about Pattaya is that it is truly a mom and pop operation (or I should say, Mom and daughter operation).
The mother/grandmother was cooking, who I presume to be her daughter was serving, and the granddaughter was doing homework at the bar. The net is, you get fresh, and what I would call home cooked Thai, it is 100% casual, so no need to get dressed up and trek downtown for good Thai.
Uno Mas is owned by a very successful businessman that owns several unique restaurants in the area. This, like his other properties, is successful.
I would consider the food more Tex-Mex than traditional Mexican, but it is quite fresh and not your run of the mill Mexican. They have good happy hour specials and a selection of very yummy margaritas.
Dinner with drinks is reasonable, but perhaps a bit pricy compared to your chain Mexican eateries.
Staff wears Mexican wedding shirts, decor is very pleasant and interesting. On Friday and Saturday nights, expect to wait for a table.
We will definitely return.
Good grief, whatever you do, don't eat the food unless you want repercussions for the next few days. I'm surprised they can keep serving food here...I personally witnessed the cook smoking over the fryer in the kitchen and the health inspector must be blind.
Anyway, the only reason it gets a second star is if you're looking for a smoky, country western rough and tumble dive with pool tables, well this is the place for you.
We go to Gillgan's occasionally because it is very kid-friendly and if you want to eat a lot of seafood, this is a good choice.
They have local oyster clusters (in season), all you can eat shrimp, very tasty hush puppies, captain's platter etc.
You can mix up the cooking method on the all you can eat options, so grilled shrimp, then fried, etc. They are heavy on fried selections (okra, shrimp, fish, oysters, etc.).
Dinner usually costs $12-$20. Casual dining, buckets in the middle of the table and paper towel rolls and wipes help out when you're really chowing down.
We have gone to PEMA's often, quite like the food. Have had several special parties there (birthday, anniversary etc.). Because we found the prices quite reasonable for the food and service. The place is small with two sides for dining. Very cozy, intimate feel.
Owner and staff are great, recognize us and greet by name. Food is quite nice, particularly recommend the lobster ravioli and chicken piccata.
They may still have their Sunday brunch (haven't been there in a while for it). it was very good for the price.
The chef left a prominent DC restaurant to start his own venture. If you're not too far away, stop by and try it!
I love Thai food, have been to most Thai restaurants in northern Virginia. To Be Thai is a bit of a hidden gem. It's on Rt. 1, in a small strip mall of sorts.
When you walk in, you immediately experience the decor and know that you're in a traditional Thai restaurant.
To be Thai has been written up quite favorably in the Washington Post, and I agree. The food is prepared fresh, so you might have to wait a bit, but you know when it comes that it was created for you.
The massaman curry here is delicious, and it is my understanding that they had to lobby for a special permit that allowed the restaurant to slow cook it overnight, which is how it is traditionally prepared.
I have never had a bad meal here, I would give them five stars, but I believe the menu is a little bit limited.
Worked in Alexandria for 14 years, this is my favorite Italian restaurant. It was a secret until a couple of years ago, and once it was discovered, dinner reservations are usually necessary during peak hours.
But go there for lunch. The food is excellent, fresh, light. Have never heard a complaint from any of our dining companions when we take them here. Very nice wine selection also. It is moderately priced for lunch, dinner, depending on your course, can cost a bit though.
Atmosphere is quite nice, seating is comfortable and although it is not a large restaurant, you don't feel crowded by other tables.
Definitely worth it IMO. Perhaps the best Italian I've had in the DC area.
Dancing Peppers has good Mexican food, decent service etc. But there are two things that make it stand out a bit: 1) the outdoor deck, while up against the parking lot, makes for a nice happy hour hangout on nice days and 2) the margarita's are quite tasty.
Prices are reasonable for Alexandria.
Would recommend checking it out.