Even though the banquet hall at Medieval Madness is eternally stuck in the 15th century, its court isn't content to perform the same show forever. Every four months, the troupe updates its production of comedy and knightly combat, swapping out nods to politics and modern life as often as kings jail their favorite jesters for disobeying the fashion police. Each evening's reverie begins with a four-course meal served family style at long banquet tables. Like the show, the menu regularly rotates, though it always includes a succulent pear sauce crafted from an 800-year-old recipe, a perfect complement when drizzled over roasted meats or smeared on an opposing clan's coat of arms. Throughout the evening, guests watch on as the duke and duchess lob insults at each other, wenches break into tawdry songs, and knights fully clad in chain mail part the tables to challenge one another in exhilarating sword fights.
There's something unmistakably Italian about Toscana Grill. Maybe it's the white marble and ebony wood accents in the dining room, or maybe it's the hospitality with which the servers greet each guest. In all likelihood, it's probably both of these things?plus a menu of northern Italian dishes crafted with local produce and herbs.
All of the traditional favorites are here, including eggplant parmigiana, spinach ravioli alfredo, and chicken marsala with mushrooms. But it's not all classics. There are also plenty of genre-bending pizzas, such as one topped with shrimp, white-wine sauce, butter, and garlic. A bottle of wine from the bar makes a perfect companion to any meal, especially if you dress it up like a person and pretend that it can talk.
At Let's Dish!, families select healthy, hearty meals to eat at home without having to dedicate valuable time to planning, shopping, or preparation. After placing an order online, patrons stop by the shop at a scheduled time to assemble dishes that are made from fresh ingredients, customized to taste, and then, like Sleeping Beauty, frozen to prevent them from aging. Meal menus rotate monthly and include homestyle selections, such as pork tenderloin, New Orleans-style andouille pasta toss and santorini chicken kabobs with summer orzo salad. The preassembled Dish-n-Dash entrees allow for speedy pickup service, freeing families to spend more quality bonding time sorting the mail by size and color.
Provincial French cuisine abounds at Yves' Bistro, an intimate dining hub that bookends the day with breakfast and dinner menus. Whether it's a classic sirloin served with steak frites and maitre d' butter or a plate of penne carbonara drenched in a parmesan cream sauce, Yves' dishes are culled from revered French recipes renowned for their bold flavors and refined preparation. Suds gush from foam-flecked taps at an onsite bar, where bartenders mix top-shelf spirits, pour robust wines, and accept tips in upturned berets.
Since the first Philadelphia Cheesesteak Factory opened its doors in 1993, its chefs have plied patrons with delicious cheesesteak sandwiches, burgers, chicken wings, pizzas, and onion rings. Like Philadelphia's embassy in downtown DC, the deli is an enclave of the City of Brotherly Love near the nation's capital, serving up tasty Philly-style street food of meaty sandwiches and piping hot pizza. Diners wrap their hands around savory meatball grinders, chow down on ham-and-cheese strombolis, and sink their teeth into chicken subs and cheesesteaks loaded with peppers, cheese whiz, fried onions, and mushrooms.
Year round, Dandy Fine Dining Restaurant Cruise sets sail down the Potomac in riverboats that fete short-distance travelers with live music, dancing, and gourmet continental cuisine. Passengers snap photos of cherry trees fluttering in pastel pink from the expansive upper deck on springtime cruises, or savor bites of prime rib and stuffed shrimp and watch the President balance a star on top of the Washington Monument in the winter. Cruises embark from Alexandria and glide up to Georgetown before making their way back to port.