Matt
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  • Review Count
    7
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  • First Review
    September 4, 2014
  • Last Review
    November 30, 2014
  • Featured Reviews
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  • Average Rating
    4.7
 
 
Matt's Reviews
 
Occupying adjacent spaces on Queen Street, Husk’s structures date back to the late 1800s. The main dining room, constructed in 1893, evokes the grandeur of Charleston, and speaks to the transformation of the city over time. Victorian details and turned columns were layered over the original Queen Anne-style façade through the years, and the buildings fell into disrepair until discovered by Husk ownership. The Neighborhood Dining Group President David Howard set into a motion an extensive remodeling effort of both. Although both buildings retain their antique charm and stately character, the renovations imbued each with a modern, minimalist theme. Like the reinterpreted food served within, each space has been laid bare, revealing reclaimed floors, original windows, and exposed brick throughout. The main house features an open kitchen with a wood-burning oven and dining room.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Delicious Thanksgiving for hip, southern Pilgrims!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/27/2014
 2003
Dined on 11/27/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"My wife and I sneak away from home (where our family lives) every Thanksgiving to go on an extended "date"...one of my favorite meals is "traditional" Thanksgiving fare, while she could happily live without this feast! This year, we decided to explore Husk's spin on Thanksgiving, and we were not disappointed. Fortunately Husk archives their daily menus online so I am re-reading through our options while typing this! Let me start by saying that Husk prepared the most delicious turkey breast ("VA Heritage Bronze Turkey") I've every tasted, preparing it sous-vide. Their labor of love was evident, and even my wife enjoyed the results. All of the sides were extremely tasty, but paled in comparison to the turkey; well played Sean Brock! My wife went for a less traditional, yet even more delicious steak option ("TN Striploin* with Creamed Oyster Mushrooms'), making me wish the chef used creamed oyster mushrooms on my Benton’s Bacon Cornbread Dressing instead of the Black Pepper Sage Gravy which was quite nice. If I had one wish, it would be that Husk would make an exception for cranberries, which I'm guessing they avoid since they're not a "southern ingredient." I just REALLY love cranberries, and was curious how Husk would handle them...in the end, I have to respect their philosophy that “If it doesn’t come from the South, it’s not coming through the door." Our server Nikala was impeccably helpful, and enabled us to finish with only our ice creams (I now want to find a Bourbon-Vanilla Ice Cream milk shake) and take the baked portions of our desserts home in a brown bag, which included the world's best Pecan Tart which tasted amazing with our coffee the next morning! Thank you for a lovely evening, and keep up the great work!"
Dined on 11/27/2014
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Maple Ave Restaurant serves eclectic American Cuisine in the heart of Vienna, Virginia, blending Asian and French flavors. We are open 7 days a week. We serve lunch Monday to Friday, dinner all week and brunch Saturday and Sunday. We are humbled to have been included in Washingtonian"s top 100 restaurants in 2013 and 2014, as well as rated #1 restaurant by Northern Virginia Magazine in 2013.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
We love Maple Ave Restaurant.
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/25/2014
 2003
Dined on 11/25/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"My wife and I are lucky enough to reside in Vienna, VA near Maple Ave Restaurant, and have been huge fans of Tim and Joey since 2009 before they were using Open Table. When I learned that an old college friend who I had not hung out with in over 20 years lived nearby as well, I arranged a double date with him and his wife and am so glad we did. We had never been on a Tuesday night before, so were pleasantly surprised to learn about 1/2 priced bottles of wine! Our server was amazing (as usual) and super-fun...my wife and I usually have a standard order, but with 2 extra people we were able to add a few more small plates, and I must give a shout out to the burrata with walnut arugula pesto and green tomato jam that was recommended. Our server surprised us with a plate of seared crostinis, telling us she felt they were "must have for the burrata!" Wow, was she right...delicious for sure, and now we have to figure out how to sneak burrata into every one of our future meals at Maple Ave. As Tim and Joey will surely move on to world-wide acclaim in the future, I hope they will always be able to capture the happiness they've created in this funky little place! Lovingly, Matt & Teresa"
Dined on 11/25/2014
 2003
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, hot spot, fit for foodies
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Originally built in 1987 as Station 22 Restaurant, SALT is the newest incarnation of a Sullivan’s Island tradition. Located on the Middle Street strip “in the center of it all,” SALT offers an open air patio, raw bar, daily menu, and signature cocktails. Guests will enjoy the Charleston native Chef Laird Boles’ take on southern staples such as grits and fried chicken and revel in the novelty of fresh ceviche made from the days catch and dishes featuring produce sourced from local farms.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Our first Charleston acronym-themed restaurant!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/26/2014
 2003
Dined on 11/26/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Now that I teach, my wife and I sneak out of DC (where our family lives) every year for a Thanksgiving date, preferably to a town with great food...2014 = Charleston, and we stumbled upon Salt at Station 22 because we wanted to go for a beach walk at night on Sullivan's Island. So glad we made this last-minute reservation, because our waiter Joseph was very fun and helpful, and our dinner was brilliant. If you taste only one thing, go for the Blue Crab Beignets with Old Bay Aioli, or as Joseph joked "crab-stuffed donuts!" Guessing it won't be long before we see these on menus in Maryland (fingers crossed!) Anyhow, everything was on point, and it was the perfect start to our 3 day adventure in "Chucktown." Oh yeah, we've since learned that Charleston has tons of restaurants with seemingly simple names that are really acronyms, and SALT's was perfect: "Southern Attitude Lowcountry Taste.""
Dined on 11/26/2014
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Rural Society is a contemporary Argentine steakhouse from nationally renowned master of Latin cuisine Chef Jose Garces. Inspired by his travels to South America, Rural Society is at once rustic and luxurious, bringing the energy and sophistication of Buenos Aires to Washington. Our menu and primarily South American wine list, combined with our warm hospitality and welcoming décor, transport you far from the bustle of the District to the sweeping cattle ranches and grill-fired kitchens of Argentina.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Amazing Argentinian inspired meal!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/11/2014
 2003
Dined on 10/11/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"My wife and I wanted to celebrate our 5th (wood) anniversary with a special brunch at a place known for it's wood decor, and had heard great things about Rural Society. All of the accolades are richly deserved, and we will definitely be back with friends and family for dinner in the near future. Every aspect of our meal was perfect, from the excellent host (manager?) who seated us in this extremely cool mini-room facing the kitchen and wished us a happy anniversary, through the perfectly prepared and timed meal (we tried a bit of everything), and our amazing server who finished our brunch with a delicious dulce de leche flan with mango ice cream! We can't wait to go back..."
Dined on 10/11/2014
 2003
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Come visit Chef Geoff's in the heart of Tysons Corner. Our expansive menu is designed to please. Try some of our favorites like Big Shrimp and Very Gouda Grits, the tender Filet Mignon with Warm Bacon Relish, or our handmade Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Truffle Butter. Join us on Sundays for brunch and every Monday for half price wines. Enjoy our ever-popular happy hour daily from 3pm to 7pm and all day on Monday and Tuesday. An eighty seat patio provides some of the best outdoor dining in the area. We truly have something for everyone and look forward to welcoming you. Cheers! Chef Geoff.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
CG's new Fall menu is awesome!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/02/2014
 2003
Dined on 10/02/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Not much more to say, the new menu screams "It's Fall!" We tried the amazing Seared Duck Breast with maple-bourbon sweet potatoes, cabbage, raspberry-orange sauce and the Seared Scallops with parsnip puree, chanterelles, truffle butter sauce...let's just say I would have licked the plate if I had not been on a date with my wife unit. Not sure where we found room for the Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding with salted caramel ice cream, but that was the perfect finish. Another excellent date night facilitated by the amazing folks at Chef Geoff's Tysons!"
Dined on 10/02/2014
 2003
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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The Lynnhaven Fish House Restaurant has been overlooking the Chesapeake Bay for 27 years. In our 'casually elegant' dining room we offer the largest selection of fresh fish in all of Hampton Roads, have a strong and longtime supporting staff and a view that is second to none. Whether it's dinner for 2, a business meeting for 10 or a celebration for 50, please join us and find out for yourself why we have been voted Best of the Beach for 17 years running!
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Seafood with bit of southern charm!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/13/2014
 2003
Dined on 9/13/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The Lynnhaven Fish House was exactly what I hoped it would be: amazing seafood prepared fresh with a bit of southern charm! This is immediately apparent the moment you're greeted at the door until you're seated at a table overlooking the beach. Our server was excellent, and what can you say about complimentary hush puppies fresh from the kitchen? They put some sort of herb in their hush puppies that made them even more delicious, and when our server asked us if we'd like another serving with our meal, we could not refuse! The price point is right on, and I can definitely recommend their Signature She-Crab Soup and Fresh-Catch Entree (we selected broiled flounder and scallops with a side of Champagne-Lobster Cream sauce)"
Dined on 9/13/2014
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, scenic view
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Cafe Deluxe, an American bistro combining the charm of a neighborhood restaurant with the energy of a bustling European eatery, serves fresh and innovative classics in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Washingtonians have enjoyed the friendly service and casual dining experience for nearly 20 years. The diverse brunch, lunch and dinner menus combine traditional fare like Steak Frites and Grilled Meatloaf with menu favorites ranging from the Spinach, Feta and Tomato Omelet for brunch to the Grilled Atlantic Salmon Nicoise Salad, and the Fra Diavolo Mussels to the Ahi Tuna Tacos.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Pleasant meal in Tysons
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/17/2014
 2003
Dined on 8/17/2014
 2003
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"My wife and I wanted to treat out tenants to dinner to celebrate the pending birth of their first baby, so we picked Cafe Deluxe near where their place in Tysons. This also happens to be the scene of my and my wife's first date! Overall everything was good, but it was not as good as I remembered...we did choose a slow night early in the week, so I'm sure this had something to do with it. That said, this is still a little gem in an area that tends to feature chain restaurants, and my wife and I enjoyed the drinks we grabbed at the bar since we arrived a bit early. The menu is still pretty cool, and we will definitely give it another try next time we're shopping in that part of McLean."
Dined on 8/17/2014
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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