At HeeBeen Asian Bistro, visitors delight in a culinary exploration that’s aided by a wide buffet counter topped with myriad dishes that invite sampling. Trays of Korean barbecue meats lay next to hot entrees of ramen, teriyaki, tempura, and oysters rockefeller. After trips to the sushi section, patrons’ chopsticks grip morsels of unagi nigiri, slices of sashimi, or pieces of a smoked sake crunch roll. While enjoying their spread, patrons sit beneath ceiling-mounted cubes lit from within, comforted by sleek woods that dominate the dining room. And behind one of the buffets, a glass case shows off small pieces of art beneath clusters of small fairy lights.
In the 16 years since opening its first Virginia pizzeria, Paisano’s has grown to more than 15 Virginia and Maryland locations, with more cropping up each year. The pizza company was voted 2012 Best Pizza by WTOP Virginia listeners and credits its success to freshness of ingredients, pizza dough, and its universal motto: "We have something for everyone." The expansive menu, which includes hearty calzones, subs, and stuffed wraps, is crowned by Paisano’s signature pizzas with more than 30 available toppings.
Savio’s Restaurant and Bar populates its menu with authentic Italian dishes of seafood, fresh pasta, and veal. Chefs lovingly prepare the house specialty, veal medallions lathered in marsala-wine sauce ($13.95 for lunch; $17.95 for dinner). The ravioli a la rustica entree regales taste buds with baked beef, veal, and cheese ($11.95 for lunch; $14.95 for dinner), and a grilled swordfish steak swims through wine-gorgonzola cream sauce ($17.95) while making for a handy weapon for impromptu duels with mermen. Stomachs rumble at the sight of shrimp rubbing elbows with pesto and fresh mozzarella atop the pizza con gamberetti ($14.95), and the linguini agnello’s spicy strips of lamb hide beneath balsamic vinegar and tomato ($11.50 lunch, $15.95 dinner). The restaurant’s arches, flickering fireplace, and murals depicting sunny coastal scenes make diners feel like an ancient Roman emperor without having to teach their horse political science.
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 find 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, pulled pork with mashed potatoes, and rosemary and mustard grilled flank steak. 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.
Foxfire Grill prides itself on cooking its own versions of American classics sure to please a variety of appetites. Nosh delectable brunch plates such as eggs chesapeake, which updates the traditional benedict by adding buttery-smooth crab meat ($13). Lunch offers a dazzling lineup of edible all-stars, including such unique eats as a peanut butter and apple sandwich with honey, bacon, and melted cheddar cheese ($7). For dinner, raise your body temperature back to the national average with a starter of smoked corn tortilla soup ($4 cup) before moving on to a warming entree of pan-seared steak medallions with mushroom-sherry sauce ($18), or bacon-laden mac 'n' cheese ($15). With the main course framed in your mind’s eye, Foxfire’s licensed sommelier will personalize your meal with a wine selection from less than $20, picking from global varieties or rare extra-solar wines, some of which may be able to support life.
Shooter McGee's bolsters its neighborhood pub atmosphere with a menu packed with pub-fare classics and modern comestibles. Chefs prep appetites for satiation with hearty appetizers, including the modern-leaning trio of duck tacos, with spiced duck confit filling out tortillas ($9.99). Patties of Angus beef take up residence between pillowy buns for burgers such as the bacon and cheese, with applewood-smoked bacon and a choice of 10 cheeses, plus a side of hand-cut fries, slaw, mac 'n' cheese, or baked beans ($9). The herb chicken & greens salad piles herb-roasted chicken over mixed greens with fresh mozzarella and a balsamic reduction ($12). Revel in the twin-flavored pursuits of the strawberry-balsamic pork tenderloin ($16), or delicately nibble through the eight hours of flavor that go into each rack of barbecue ribs ($20).