Dinner At Iron Works Tavern

Rhode Island is a great state for restored spaces that are used for great restaurants. An example of this is seen with Iron Works Tavern. The space used to hold the offices of the Iron Works Factory. So the restaurant has a industrial chic, old school feel.

Granted when we went for dinner we were not concerned about the ambiance. We were celebrating a birthday but due to several factors were running a bit behind. So come time for dinner we were starving.

Luckily, Our dining experience was good, the menu was straightforward, and the waitstaff attentive. For an appetizer (excuse the picture we were hungry) we ordered Lamb Lollipops. Which arrived served on white hummus with Chimichurri on top. The lamb was well seasoned and paired well with the hummus, this appetizer was was finished pretty quickly.

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For entrees we ordered the 9 0z Steak Frites (Steak and fries) which was paired with Chimichurri, Herbed Fries, and Parmesean and Argula Salad. This was a decent entree but the flavor factor was not there.

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The other entree was the Roasted Half Chicken paired with Wild Rice pilaf, Roasted Carrots, Green Beans, and Chicken Jus (meat gravy).  This was a disappointment considering the flavor was lacking for the steak dish, this one lacked salt completely. Even starving this dish didn’t leave an impact.

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Overall Iron Works Tavern was a good restaurant. The flavor in the entrees were lacking,  but it could just be bias on our part considering our palettes West African. So I would say check out Iron  Works Tavern and come to your own conclusions.

Sushi, Rock? Yes! Sushi Rock!

There are very few places in Northern Virginia where you can find Rock and Sushi in one place, and that’s Sushi Rock in Arlington. Nestled at the base of an apartment complex and next to the Arlington Courthouse this restaurant is a staple for residents and workers daily.

The restaurant is comprised of two floors, and has dim lighting, though in the day time ample sunlight comes in from the windows that make up 2 of it’s walls. There is ample seating and the red and black interior give the space an edgy feel.

The menu offered here covers a wide array of foods from the Sushi, as expected, to Ramen, Fried Chicken, and Steak. I normally order the Vegetarian Shoyu Ramen which consists of Kombu broth, menma, scallion, mushroom, seaweed and vegetables. The first time I ordered this I was blown away by how many veggies it contained. But on a chilly days this is just what I need.

For times when I’m feeling more adventurous I’ll enjoy the Stairway to Heaven which is made up of Yellowtail, white tuna, jalapeno, scallion, cilantro, pickled ginger, drizzled in a habanero balsamic sauce. A flavor combination that is refreshing and hard to beat. The Tornado roll comes in at a close second, and contains Yellowtail and snapper with the addition of jalapeno and cream cheese, which is then deep-fried and baked with sweet miso sauce. Can I say YUM!

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As I said before, Sushi Rock has many more items to offer so if you are ever in the NoVa area be sure to check it out. 😀

A Satisfying Dinner at Chi’Bal

Great food, lively music, relaxing atmosphere, and an awesome wait staff. All this comes together at Chi’Bal to create an excellent dining experience.

Everyone knows that Tuesdays can be the worst part of the work week. It isn’t a Monday, so there’s the expectation that you’ve fallen into the grove of the work week, but at the same time it isn’t Wednesday, so anticipating the weekend is premature. This status is especially cemented if the day is especially grueling. So when I had the opportunity to have a meal at Chi’Bal and take a break from the grind of the work week I took it.

Located in Laurel, this new restaurant offers Mexican Cuisine is a contemporary way.

When you first enter your eyes are immediately drawn to the bar and from there you take in the decor and the lighthearted music playing on the speakers. The staff is friendly and attentive and are willing to take the time to explain the menu.

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The appetizers menu had a wide array of options. We ordered the Yuca (cassava) fries and Chicken Sopes. I will be honest and say I preferred the Sopes to the Yuca, the seasoning made it taste bitter. But the Sopes were so good the finished quickly.

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For the entrees we ordered New York Steak, which was rubbed with Mexican Chile and came with yuca fries; and chicken breast marinated in Adobe and served with sweet potato and chimichurry. All were delish but I especially enjoyed the open-faced Short Rib taco that was topped with pico de gallo and pickled onion. Only warning I have is they add avocado to the taco so watch if you are allergic the menu doesn’t state this.

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So if you are ever in the Laurel, Maryland area be sure to drop by Chi’Bal for a memorable, fun, tasty experience. 🙂

 

Bone Fish Grill

 

20150723_174720Enjoying Wagyu Beef Ginger Potsitckers at Bonefish Grill, while my friends enjoyed Bang Bang Shrimp, and burgers. This restaurant is a good location for happy hour. For a more formal dining experience you can stay inside, but for a casual eating outside is the best. Waiters ask you where you want to sit, seat you then give you the menu. The food is reasonable priced and their happy hour options are plentiful (for those who drink). If you are looking for a way to decompress after work be sure to check out Bonefish.

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