The chefs at each Copper Canyon Grill, a mid-Atlantic favorite, craft their regional American dishes from scratch every day. Their kitchens fill with flames and savory aromas as they roast meats and vegetables over hardwood fires, making customers happy, but leaving behind bare earth at local basketball arenas.
The kitchen yields hearty servings of grilled prime rib and filet mignon, ahi tuna and Atlantic salmon, and Delmarva-style crab dip and Eastern Shore jumbo lump crab cakes. It also tempts with a signature rotisserie chicken and jalapeño- and serrano-pepper cornbread baked in an iron skillet.
Cakes by Happy Eatery is local full-service gourmet bakery offering an exciting array of pastries, cookies, cakes, and a must have catering menu. The bakery's collection includes delicious cakes and pastries, in addition to wedding and special occasion cakes. All are beautiful works of edible art.
If there's anything that matches The Winery at Bull Run's owners' passion for wine, it might be their passion for American history. Knowing the land’s proximity to historic battles, before breaking ground on their new winery the owners teamed up with Civil War excavators to salvage hundreds of bullets, buttons, and breastplates that laid dormant underneath the winery’s Centreville soil since the 1860s.
While sipping on award-winning red and white wines in the tasting room, guests can look over display cases full of artifacts and listen to stories of the farmland's historic past. During warmer months, guests are welcome to relax on the outdoor stone ruins, whose waist-high walls and stone fireplace are all that remain from the original 19th-century estate house.
Dragonfly Bistro brings Vietnamese flavors and pop culture to America's capitol. The restaurant's chefs specialize in the country's classic recipes, making 10 distinct types of pho, as well as pork ribs and catfish in clay pots. They follow up savory creations with signature desserts such as cardamom-infused wild black sticky rice and banana sacs—fried bites of fruit filled with sweet cheese and coconut served over a dish of ice cream.
The spacious dining room boasts wide-open hardwood floors, providing ample elbow room and space to lie down for a post-meal nap. After the last drop of pho has been served, the open area transforms into dance floor, where guests can get down to DJ sets and live music.
Pho Aura's menu sails diners east with authentic Vietnamese fare. Start a gustatory journey with crispy spring rolls, stuffed with crabmeat, pork, shrimp, carrots, and mushrooms ($3.95), or chicken lettuce wraps, slow-roasted chicken sautéed in Pho Aura's special sauce and served in a rice cracker bowl with lettuce cups ($7.95).
Little Italy Deli gives patrons a warm, fuzzy feeling with homestyle Italian-American meals. Piled-high sandwiches deliver packages of fresh greens and tomatoes along with prosciutto, smoked turkey, or mozzarella cheese over Italian sausage. Strands of linguini embrace simmered mussels, chicken breast, and tomato sauces, giving them one last hug before they depart to find their destiny on the end of someone's fork. Younger gourmands can check out a kid-friendly menu with spaghetti and meatballs and macaroni, making sure to save room for imported and house-made Italian desserts.