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Top 5 Best Restaurants in Northern Virginia

The Northern Virginia dining scene is quickly growing and with it, the decision on where to eat is getting both easier AND harder. And because contemporary restaurants have started incorporating eclectic dishes into their menus, these eateries are also innovating and combining unique flavors to offer something a bit different from their competition next door. So if you're not sure where to head to dinner tonight, you can choose from some of the top rated restaurants in Northern Virginia below.

Restaurant Eve

Northern Virginia best restaurantsLocated off South Pitt Street in Alexandria, Restaurant Eve takes great care to only use herbs and fruits from their own magnificent garden. Applicable ingredients are hand-fed and organically grown, so you know you're receiving quality dishes. Example menu items include fresh sea scallops with artichokes, and Perigord truffles and pasture raised beef tartare with Worcestershire emulsion and rye bread. These dishes are delectable and the restaurant's ambiance appeals to diners searching for a romantic dinner date.

Trummer's On Main

If you're searching for exquisite food that you think can only be found in big cities, you'll love Trummer's on Main. This restaurant combines large city creativity with small town charm and superb service, offering you the best of both worlds. You'll find the quaint eatery in Clifton, VA and can dine for brunch, lunch or dinner. Or simply head there to taste their delicious signature drink, the Titanic. Menu items include delicacies such as hazelnut and truffle glazed foie gras torchon and Border Springs spicy lamb burger.

2941

This Falls Church restaurant is one of the most recognized eateries in the area. A French-American inspired menu includes items such and crispy pork belly with a mustard-apricot chutney and braised octopus and goat cheese risotto. For the less adventurous palate, you might prefer the roasted chicken breast or the bacon and mushroom grilled ribeye. You'll also love the floor to ceiling windows, outdoor pond and interior décor.

Clarity

best northern virginia restaurantsHead to Vienna for the best American cuisine you've ever tasted, with a twist. Clarity's menu is constantly evolving and changing and will appeal to every type of foodie. Previous dishes have included Wagyu Coulotte steak and eggplant tikka masala. Or if you'd like try a bit of everything, you might consider opting for the five course tasting menu. And you can watch the chefs create their masterpieces because the kitchen is open for all to view!

Brabo

Brabo offers a matchless revelation on Belgian fare and is one of the more popular restaurants in Old Town Alexandria. The award winning chefs take pride in the relationships they've built with local farmers to create their unforgettable dishes. They focus on using seasonal ingredients in every dish and have created interesting options such as porcini-chestnut soup, Chesapeake oyster stew, and spring truffle carbonara. This restaurant's atmosphere and menu will keep you coming back for years.

The dining scene in Northern Virginia will only continue to expand and with many top chefs moving towards the Washington, DC area, top-rated restaurants will become even more common. Don't see your favorite restaurant in Northern Virginia on this list? Comment below to let us know where you like to eat!

Contact the Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group to learn more about real estate near your favorite Northern Virginia restaurants.

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    Top 5 Craft Breweries in Northern Virginia

    As the warm weather is falling upon us, many adults have only one thing on their mind – refreshing and delicious drinks on patios. And with all the craft beer rage, why not try to find a local brewery to enjoy your favorite summertime beverage? Well, we've got the top 5 craft breweries that are near you. Keep reading to find out why we love them and why you'll want to visit them as soon as possible.

    Caboose Brewing Company

    Northern Virginia BreweriesIdeally located next to the W&OD bike trail in gorgeous Vienna, Caboose Brewing Company perfectly combines some of the best beers around with farm to table food. Beers are rotated regularly and feature everything from stouts to IPAs to saisons and everything in between. Our favorite beer is the Citra Wheat that has strong notes of grapefruit and orange.

    This brewery also has an incredible atmosphere with windows, allowing patrons to view the large steel tanks. Visitors can enjoy the Caboose Brewing Company's patio, bar or a proper table. So if you're looking for something to do this weekend, you can grab your bike and head to the W&OD for a day of biking and brewing.

    Aslin Beer Company

    Situated in beautiful Herndon, Aslin Beer Company creates the only finest ales, lagers, saisons, IPAs, Stouts and brandy. This company prides itself on focusing only on beer and considers itself simply a brewery and not a brewpub. But if you're hungry, you can order take-out from next door, A Taste of the World, and bring it inside. You'll also love the wooden Virginia shaped boards that are presented with the beer, promising a true local experience.

    Old 690 Brewing Company

    Northern Virginia Craft BreweriesHead to Purcellville for a tasty selection of ales, blondes, Belgian wheats and stouts. You'll find chocolate, blood orange, coffee, grapefruit, smoky and coriander flavors, making these beers irresistible. Old 690 is also one of the oldest craft breweries in Virginia and many visitors love coming for a weekend trip to visit, relax, drink delicious beer and sit outside on the oversized outdoor patio.

    Belly Love

    Another Purcellville brewpub, Belly Love, is the perfect location to host an event or private party. With both outdoor and indoor areas, this brewery is pet-friendly on the patio. Additionally, with a delicious menu featuring mac and cheese, burger sliders, tacos, Paninis and giant soft pretzels, Belly Love will keep you hydrated and full. You'll also love the year round beer choices including malty lager, pale ale, American IPA and an oatmeal stout. And they have some delectable guest beer appearances you'll be dying to sample.

    Lost Rhino

    Lost Rhino is an Ashburn staple started by two friends that went searching to discover the best, wildest and most delicious beer brewing techniques. They pride themselves on bringing an international perspective through locally grown ingredients. Yearlong beers include a Pilsner, Hefeweizen, pale ale, Kolsch and a Session IPA. Lost Rhino also has a pub style menu that will keep even the kids happy. Stop by for some live music, to fill your growler or a relaxing evening on the retreat patio.

    Northern Virginia has quite the selection of craft brew pubs and these are only a few of our favorites. Don't let the summer season pass you by without visiting one of the area's hip breweries.

    Don't see your favorite brewery on this list? Comment below to let us know which breweries you love!

    Contact the Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group to learn more about top craft breweries or about homes for sale in Northern Virginia!

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      Valentine's Day Dining in Alexandria

      Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re planning on going out to dinner making reservations early is a must. It’s an extremely popular night to dine out and restaurants are booking quickly. Check out the below restaurants in Alexandria offering special menus for Valentine’s Day!

      Bastille

      Osteria Marzano

      Walker's Grille

      Laporta's Restaurant

      Delia's Mediterranean

      Blackwall Hitch

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        Alexandria Babysitter The Educated Babysitter

        As you start to book your Valentine’s Date Night plans, you might be thinking of what to do with the kiddos? We’ve got you covered! The Educated Babysitter is a wonderful small business dedicated to providing impeccable service to families with babysitting needs in Alexandria and the greater metropolitan area. I had a chance to chat with the owner, Tracy Smith Houston, about her extensive tenure in childcare and education and would happily recommend you book her for your babysitting needs. Tracy has been a full-time teacher for 22 years, has two Master’s degrees in Education and just simply loves caring for children which prompted her to start her own child care company in 2007.

        While most sitting services you’ll come across have higher fees for nights like Valentine’s Day where most couples are seeking a night out, The Educated Babysitter charges their regular rate of $15/hr for up to two children (siblings) and just $5/hr for each additional sibling. Some of the bigger companies charge a monthly subscription fee, which is not the case with Tracy’s team.

        Just as we specialize in serving the Northern Virginia area with exceptional real estate services, as does Tracy in caring for children. The Educated Babysitter will be celebrating it’s 10-year anniversary in business this year!

        Check out the website to see pictures and bios of the babysitters and the flawless reviews on Yelp for parent testimonials.

        *Babysitters must be paid a minimum of 3 hours plus transportation fee!

        $15 per hour for up to two children (siblings)

        $5 per hour for each additional sibling.

        $10 transportation fee (flat fee per visit)

        Additional services such as help with laundry, cleaning, cooking etc., add $5/hour

        Blog courtesy of JeMai Wright

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          Kingstowne Florist Christopher's Flowers

          With Valentines’ Day right around the corner, you might be thinking of what to get your sweetheart? Of all the many things you could buy to let your special someone know you care, flowers are pretty much a no-brainer.

          As part of our commitment to the community we serve, we love to lend useful info, so we sought out a local establishment that we could recommend for Valentine’s Day flowers. Throughout our search, we had the good fortune of coming across a quaint family business that’s been serving the community for decades. We got the pleasure to meet and chat with the owner about her business and experience her beautiful custom floral arrangements, first hand.

          Maria of Christopher’s Flowers has been operating in the Kingstowne, Virginia area for nearly 32 years! It doesn’t take long talking to Maria to know that she’s truly passionate about her work and prides herself on providing outstanding service to her faithful customers. Christopher’s offers delivery to the greater Alexandria area, as well as Fort Belvoir, Lorton, Fairfax, and even the National Harbor in Maryland. Whether it be a special holiday like Valentine’s or Mother’s Day, wedding arrangements, or even a ‘just because’ arrangement, Christopher’s is the place to go for the most beautiful flowers in town. They have a wide assortment of flowers in a variety of price points. You can call Maria to find out about all their Valentine’s Day specials! We can assure you that whoever is on the receiving end of one of Maria’s arrangements, will greatly appreciate it!

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            Myron Mixon's Pitmaster Barbeque

            Attention all local foodies and barbeque enthusiasts alike, some new star power has made its way to our area! Myron Mixon, “the winningest man in BBQ”, just opened a new restaurant in Old Town, Alexandria. Upon learning this, we were literally overjoyed by the chance to try some serious competition level barbecue and meet Myron in person!

            We were lucky enough to attend his Whole Hog Grand Opening event and Myron -being a famous TV barbecue judge and author- did not disappoint one bit! Not only does his barbecue melt in your mouth and taste amazing but Myron is so personable and down-to-earth, you’d feel as if you’ve known him forever.

            The menu includes all the traditional BBQ favorites such as pulled pork, brisket, ribs and BBQ chicken, as well as classic southern side dishes that everyone loves; including mac-n-cheese, baked beans, and collard greens!

            The next time you’re in Old Town, do yourself a favor and stop by Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbeque and tell them the Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group sent you.

            Warning: the images below may cause severe hunger and/or salivation…you’ve been warned!

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              House of Dynasty Chinese Restaurant

              Through a little research, we had the pleasure of discovering a great Chinese restaurant in Kingstowne that’s been in operation for the past 32 years! House of Dynasty located in the Hayfield Plaza Shopping Center at 7550 Telegraph Road Alexandria, VA 22315 has been serving the area tasty Chinese cuisine and impeccable service for decades.

              On our recent trip there, we enjoyed the Kung Pao Chicken and Pepper Steak entrees which were both equally delicious, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that their prices are great too! They have lunch specials that include a soup to start with, an entrée of choice, a side of steamed or fried rice, a crispy spring roll, plus warm tea to sip on while you wait!

              The décor in the restaurant is quaint and reminiscent of what you might think of when picturing a classic Chinese restaurant from yesteryear. The nostalgic atmosphere, attentive service, and delicious offerings make this restaurant a true gem for the Kingstowne area. If you are ever so inclined, please check out House of Dynasty and thank us later for the recommendation. With over 300 reviews resulting in a 4-star rating on Yelp, this place is a staple for Kingstowne and a new and favorable weapon in our arsenal of tasty dining options in the area!

              Kung Pao Chicken

              Pepper Steak

              Won Ton Soup

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                Kingstowne Pet Store Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming

                Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming is a one-stop shop to pamper your pup. They have an array of treats and goodies for dogs as well as toys, apparel, and even spa products for your pooch! They also have a variety of grooming services to keep your pet looking pristine! The Kingstowne location has been operating for about two years now and the staff couldn't be more helpful or knowledge when it comes to all your pet care needs. Check out their stellar reviews here on Yelp! Also, check out some pictures from our last visit in the video below:

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                  Spring Break Activities For Kids In Kingstowne

                  With Spring Break upon us, the kids will surely be looking to make the most of their time off.  Here are a few options that not only will keep the kids entertained, but are activities that the whole family can enjoy!

                  Top Golf – a great option for kids and adults, Top Golf offers climate-controlled bays, two 18 holeminiature golf courses, a restaurant/bar, and free Wifi. Their large outdoor patio is perfect for soaking up the sun and enjoying the day.  

                  Flight Trampoline Park- take the kids to Flight Trampoline Park to burn off some energy and have some fun. Located in Springfield off of Fullerton Road Flight has over 15,000 square feet of world-class trampolines. From open jumps, dodgeball, basketball slam dunks, and a large foam pit you can’t help but, have a blast at Flight Trampoline Park.  

                  Kingstowne 16 Movie Theater – spring break is a good time to get out and enjoy a movie. Located right in our backyard the Kingstowne 16 Movie Theater is nearby all the homes in Kingstowne and has ample parking. Grab the kids and go take in a movie together. For showing times, click here.

                  Great Waves Waterpark – it’s a little early to dive into the pool but, don’t forget that Great Waves Waterpark has batting cages and mini golf that are both open for spring break. The park runs on limited hours this time of year 4pm to 8pm.  

                  Happy Spring Break everyone!

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                    Mexican Dining Near Kingstowne El Paso Mexican Restaurant

                    El Paso Mexican Restaurant is one of those gems you feel lucky to have found. You can’t help but be happy initially walking into a place like El Paso because of the bright, colorful, and festive interior.

                    They really celebrate the Mexican culture here from the lively décor, to the delicious cuisine!

                    El Paso serves traditional Mexican offerings such as tacos, fajitas, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, and much more. They have lunch specials until 4:30pm daily and they also serve a weekend brunch from 11:00am -3:00pm.

                    If your mouth isn’t watering yet, they also have delicious desserts such as flan and churros and a variety of drinks including beer, wine, and of course margaritas!

                    If you haven’t figured out your plans for Cinco de Mayo 2017 yet, this might be the way to go…

                    Check out some of the yummy dishes we had on our last visit below:

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