Jerusalem Restaurant captivates diners with flavorful meals of zesty fattoush and jerusalem salad, creamy hummus dips, and tender, marinated fish, beef, and chicken fresh from the fiery grill. The restaurant serves up cuisine from the sunny shores of the Mediterranean—kabob plates, falafel wraps, and lentil soup.
Like the recently discovered statues of Abraham Lincoln in Athens, the menu is a blend of Mediterranean and American cultural touchstones, mixing steak subs, pizzas, and BLTs with Middle Eastern comfort foods of spiced ground beef kafta, flaky spinach pies, and sweet baklava.
Voted one of the top-10 best pizza places in DC in radio station WTOP's online poll, The Dons' Wood-Fired Pizza hand-tosses each pie before slathering it with fresh ingredients and baking it to a melted, golden brown. Divvy up slices of the The Dons' Original Offer pizza to practice geometry homework while sating appetites with tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmigiano, romano, and fresh basil ($9.99/medium, $14.99/family size). Or try the Lucky Luciano, which features roasted rosemary chicken, portabella mushrooms, and roasted red peppers tossed on a doughy masterpiece, topped with a bevy of cheese in the shape of the notorious mobster's tommy gun ($12.99/medium, $18.99/family size).
Inside Mahalo Cove, a grass-topped tiki hut looms over the bar and canoes hang from the walls. It's a?telling preview for the restaurant's bounty of tropical?food and laid-back entertainment. Mahi-mahi?sandwiches, shrimp po' boys, and Polynesian pork tacos line the menu, and games?pool, shuffleboard, and darts?combine with televised?sports on 11-foot widescreen TVs to?add even more leisure?to this beachy oasis. At later hours, t?he restaurant also features regular performances by local bands and?the occasional cartoon crustacean.
BGR The Burger Joint’s burgers start with high-quality ingredients—most importantly, all-natural beef from grain-fed cattle, free to run in the fields and given zero hormones, fillers, or antibiotics. The prime beef is dry-aged, blended, and ground fresh to form patties that are grilled over an open flame, and then placed atop buttery, locally made brioche buns delivered fresh each day. The menu focuses on the Legendary Burger, which includes gourmet toppings such as avocado, applewood bacon, and grilled jalapenos. For nonbeef eaters, the menu's selection of burgers also includes turkey and veggie varieties, as well as The Greek, a seasoned lamb patty topped with tzatziki and feta. Burgers are also available in a lettuce wrap or on a salad in a healthy salad bowl.
Diners can request all of BGR The Burger Joint's freshly made fries—from thick-cut yukon gold potatoes to asparagus fries—be topped with parmesan, rosemary, roasted garlic, or a tiny tiara. The staff hand-spins shakes with Gifford's or Breyers ice cream to create extra-thick treats for finishing off meals, and some shops curate their own selection of bottled vintage sodas and offer beer and wine.
It's early in the day when the airplanes land on Virginia soil, bearing fresh seafood from such far-off places as Maine, Hawaii, and Japan. Lumbering trucks transport the cargo to the little town of Sterling, where Hooked Seafood & Sushi Bar chefs await to fillet and prepare the catches for the night's dinner. The sushi chefs carve plump morsels of eel, tuna, and scallops in traditional Japanese style before rolling them into intricate rolls adorned with mango, caviar, and tempura. Meanwhile, other chefs tend to grills of sizzling teriyaki dishes and simmering pans of lemongrass halibut and stuffed trout. The Hooked team has been crafting these fresh sushi dishes and innovative specialties for the last six years, earning accolades from Northern Virginia Magazine and Taste of Reston in the process.
Vibrant photographs of the chef's dishes flash across the flat screen in the sleek dining room, casting a glow on the tall stools that line the sushi bar. Cushy booths surround vibrant red tables, and glimmering curtains dangle above the dining room. On the outdoor patio, a dancing fountain gushes with streams of water alongside a central fireplace roaring with flames. The staff strives to recreate an apropos oceanic atmosphere at the restaurant, lighting up seating areas in shades of turquoise and sea-green and requiring all servers to master basic seal calls.
Sahara Lebanese Cuisine’s fresh, authentic Middle Eastern dishes come courtesy of timeworn family recipes passed down through multiple generations of culinary expertise. At the helm of the kitchen, the head chef—with 16 years of experience—manages a staff of five talented chefs, each dedicated to creating housemade Lebanese favorites, from falafel and gyro sandwiches to baked red snapper, pomegranate lamb kebabs, and other dinner specialties.
In the dining room, the Middle Eastern-inspired design scheme, including arches overhead, complements the fare with another element of Lebanese authenticity. Neighboring the dining room, an on-site hookah lounge facilitates shisha consumption in a variety of flavors. Coffee and tea drinkers, meanwhile, can finish off a cup of Turkish coffee and then decipher their fortune or a forgotten PIN from the grounds.