Since I haven’t been baking or cooking as much as I’d like to in my tiny limited temporary kitchen, I’ve been dining out a lot. So, I thought I’d share what I’ve been up to and some of my experiences.
This past weekend, my husband’s cousin came to meet up with us for dinner. We went over to Reston Town Center, since it’s only 10 minutes away from our apartment. There are so many dining places to choose from, and they always seem really “happening” whenever we go over there.
Among the great selection of restaurants, we settled on American Tap Room. They have cozy decor, and the first “light-up” menus I’ve ever seen! This is really helpful as your eyesight starts to fail you as you get older. The whole background of the menu is lit, so it makes it easier to read all of the delicious looking menu items.
I had a hard time deciding what to order because everything sounded so good, but I finally chose the Lobster Mac & Cheese which was loaded with gigantic chunks of tender lobster. It’s a little pricey, but if you are in the mood to splurge it’s totally worth it and you won’t be sorry! My husband picked the Flat Iron Steak Frites which he shared with me so that he could have some of my amazing Mac & Cheese. His steak had a flavorful Cabernet shallot butter sauce which was also really good. I only wish I had taken some pictures!
On another recent visit to Reston Town Center with my sister, we stopped by the Red Velvet Cupcakery. How could I resist stopping by a cupcake shop? I let my daughter choose which flavor to share and she chose the Red Velvet, one of her favorites. It was fluffy and moist, with not too much of their whipped cream cheese frosting. My sister chose the Devil’s Food, which would have also been my choice since I’m a chocoholic. There’s not much seating in the shop, so it’s best to take these to go. We ended up eating them just outside the shop on the sidewalk, which was ok since my daughter isn’t the neatest eater! I think next time I’ll have try out the Cookies In Cream or Peanut Butter Cup cupcakes. I love that they also offer a few gluten-free flavors.
I have one more Honorable Mention: Panera‘s new Spinach Power Salad. The one I got wasn’t very big, but it was super delicious and I’ve been thinking about it ever since! I’m not really sure why it’s a “power” salad but it consists of: spinach, crumbled bacon, bits of hard-boiled egg, and crunchy onion bits with a Vidalia onion vinaigrette. I highly recommend it if you like to eat at Panera!
Do you have any restaurants in the DC area that you recommend? I’d love to hear about your favorites!