Fast Casual Restaurants that feature Healthier Comfort Food. Our menu features award winning Rotisserie chickens that are raised with the utmost care on a vegetarian diet of all natural grains, and are guaranteed free of antibiotics and hormones. Our luscious and juicy chicken tastes better and is better for you.
The Curious Grape began as a wine shop?one so focused on acquainting customers with new flavors it was always quick to offer a sample. The owners' passion for complex aromas and painstaking quality control carries over into the restaurant, where executive chef Delian DiPietro serves dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Because of seasonal availability of produce and seafood, all of the entrees?such as the duck, the cobia, the gnocchi with braised lamb, and the wagyu beef?find perfect mates with equally seasonal varietals from the rotating wine list. The Curious Grape's food and beverage menus have attracted plenty of accolades, among them a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and Shirlington's only RAMMY Award nominated restaurant for 2014.
Cuisine Type: Sushi and pan-Asian
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25?50
Parking: Free street parking
Most Popular Offering: Sushi, cheese fried rice, drunken noodles
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery/Takeout Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Koshihikari rice, which some deem the best Japanese short-grain rice, is prized for its sweet, nutty taste and slight stickiness, characteristics that make it an ideal rice for building sushi. The three sushi chefs at Ping by Charlie Chiang?s each rely on more than 16 years of experience when working with this premium rice, rolling it with fresh fish and then painting their creations in savory dressings, such as a wasabi tartar sauce and mango-eel glaze.
At sleek wood-topped tables, diners carefully scoop up these artistically plated creations and pan-Asian dishes such as the popular fried rice mixed with mozzarella, five-spice Peking duck, and lemongrass jumbo shrimp. Behind the bright red bar, which sits below a warm, hardwood ceiling, bartenders de-cap more than 80 bottled beers and pour more than a dozen sakes.
Since opening their first location in 1996, Robeks' associates and franchise owners across the country have been passionate about the benefits of healthier eating, and what they can do to help guests maintain active and healthy lifestyles, all through portable smoothies. Customers can step up to the counter and order from a menu of fresh, premium ingredients in unique, made-to-order combinations. Robeks Premium Fruit Smoothies aims to create innovative ways to reach the daily recommended 9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables without compromising on flavor. Each Robeks Premium Fruit Smoothies location makes a concerted effort to support the neighborhood it resides in, through local organizations, such as Save the Children.
Cheesetique may be a specialty cheese shop and wine bar, but it doesn’t come with the typical price. It’s been featured in Washingtonian magazine’s Cheap Eats for the past four years. Choose from more than 300 varieties of cheese or sit down for a French meal. True to its inventory, the menu features five styles of mac and cheese and a range of grilled cheeses.
Chefs at Aroma Indian Cuisine know that patience pays off?they let their tandoori lamb marinate in bold spices overnight before cooking it in traditional clay ovens. This is one of the many ways Aroma demonstrates a commitment to serving authentic Indian and Pakistani cuisine at three locations throughout the DC area. The chef's feast for two overflows with samplings of saag paneer, tandoori chicken, and lamb kababs, presenting a welcome spread for couples, friends, or Doppelgangers that just met by a twist of fate. Those who don't eat meat can dig into one of the restaurant's many vegetarian dishes, which include vegan-friendly sauteed okra, and ginger-spiced channa masala.