Trummer's on Main looks and feels like more than a restaurant?and for good reason. There's quite a bit of American history here. The building was once the Clifton Hotel, a 19th century establishment that counted several presidents and their mannequin decoys among its guests. Today, the three-story structure celebrates sleek design and local artwork, alongside cozy fireplaces that nod to the past. This blend of historic charm and contemporary sophistication has won the restaurant plenty of acclaim, including a place on bon app?tit's list of the "Top 10 Best New Romantic Getaways" shortly after its opening in 2009.
Despite the storied surroundings, something more modern inspires its current executive chef, Austin Fausett: seasonal produce from Virginia, highlighted in a la carte and tasting menus devoted to new American cuisine.
Even the bar takes its cues from local agriculture. Here, mixologists blend alcohol-free "mocktails" as well as alcoholic creations with house-made ingredients including popcorn milk, flaming absinthe, and grilled fruit. The bartenders also fill glasses with selections from one of the region's largest wine cellars, featuring more than 8,000 bottles of Old and New World wines.
Get a hometown hello without running into your old prom date (unless you went to Clifton High) with today's deal for salivary savories in a small-town atmosphere. With today's Groupon, $10 gets you $20 worth of pub grub and drinks at The Main Street Pub. Housed in a quaint green clapboard building with bright white trim, this family business in Clifton is pulled up next to the only remaining railroad crossing in Fairfax County. Camp out at a cozy table amid the hunter green walls and watch the game on TV, chat with regulars about the weather, or perch on a barstool with a drink and chat with the friendly staff about your favorite living castmembers of Veronica's Closet.
There's nothing more American than having choices?even if those choices include French-, Greek-, and Asian-inspired dishes. Such is the philosophy at Choices By Shawn, a classic American restaurant that prides itself on, well, having a lot of choices. The burgers and gourmet salads are both hugely popular, but don't miss the gluten-free options?including gluten-free fried chicken, crab cakes, and housemade bread?or a weekend brunch that sometimes sees lines out the door.
Specializing in teppanyaki, Samurai?s chefs grill fresh scallops, strip steaks, and salmon at cooktops built into the tabletops of their Japanese-style dining room. This tableside preparation ensures that every hibachi entree is delivered with their just-seared flavors intact, while maki filled with yellowtail, avocado, or eel are rolled behind the scenes and presented on combination platters.
Executive chef Gian Piero Mazzi fell in love with food at a young age, when he was growing up in the Liguria region of Italy. His mother’s passion for cuisine planted the seeds for his infatuation, which he cultivated during formal culinary schooling in Florence as well as an internship in France. After honing his skills in the kitchen, Mazzi ventured across the pond, earning new fans stateside when he showcased his recipes at an event at the James Beard House in 2002.
But that was just the beginning. Today, at two locations of Piero's Corner, he and his team hand make an assortment of authentic pastas, including ravioli stuffed with Maine lobster or a blend of spinach and portobello mushrooms. The menu highlights Chef Mazzi's hometown cuisine, with a focus on fresh seafood. Entrees include blackened tilapia and shrimp served with fruit salsa as well as scallops wrapped in prosciutto and arranged on a bed of spaghetti carbonara. Pizzas are made to order and baked in a brick oven, as are calzones stuffed with ingredients such as ricotta, ham, spinach, and tomato sauce. A gluten-free menu features pastas and doughs imported from Italy, whose climate doesn’t support gluten.
Both of Piero's Corner’s locations facilitate mini European getaways, with brick arches framing murals of Italian landscapes, and columns reminiscent of classical architecture supporting their ceilings. In Fairfax, diners can eat or sip wine al fresco beneath red and white umbrellas.
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.