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I actually dined there last night for the first time. 2 of the folks I dined with were Peruvian. It was very good and they enjoyed it as well. I had the Lomo Saltado, which is almost like a beef stir fry. The ceviche appetizer was fastastic and the pisco sours were authentic, with the whipped egg whites. I would definitely go back there again. It is a bit pricey, but you do get a lot of food.

Girasole Review

A while back I posted asking for anniversary caliber places in Loudoun County. A couple of you mentioned this Italian restaurant in The Plains called Girasole. My wife and I had dinner there last night and it was very nice. Overall, I would give the experience a B+. First, the drive there is quite nice, going through Middleburg into Faquier County and reaching The Plains. The restaurant itself is beautiful. There's an awesome outdoor patio with wooden pergola and rolling water fountain, that unfortunately we couldn't use since it was pouring. Inside, the decor is stained wood and stone. It surprised us of how large of a restaurant it was for being so far outside of DC. Onto the food:

Appetizer: My wife and I shared the Escargot which was good. They were swimming in a very lemony/garlicy juice that was perfect for sopping up with bread.

Salad: My wife had the fresh tomato and olive tapenade salad which was excellent. Very fresh! I had the Ceasar salad which was very anchovey, but that's how I like it. The presentation for my salad was mediocre, but it tasted great.

Pasta: We split a Cannelloni filled with shredded veal and spinach. This was an odd dish. Both my wife and I thought that the filling was more reminiscent of a Mexican burrito filling then an Italian Cannelloni. Also, the filling didn't have much flavor and was very dense. The tomato sauce over the Cannelloni was excellent though.

Main Course: My wife had a very good Veal Saltimbocca with prosciutto. It was served over spinach and 2 potato croquettes. I had Grouper with Chantrelle mushrooms. The fish and mushrooms were incredible, but the asparagus and potato served with it was nothing special.

Dessert: Both delicious. My wife had the Chocolate Torte, rich and very choclatey. I had the Passion Fruite Custard which was outstanding.

All in all, we were least impressed with our Pasta choice then anything else, but it was a very nice dining experience and I would go again. Their Sunday brunch looks like it's worth a try as well.

Looking for anniversary caliber place around Loudoun County

Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions. Our anniversary is next week and we've decided to try Girasole. We can't wait and I'll post about how it went later next week.

Anybody been to Girasole in The Plains?

Thanks, I'll definitely give a report back. My wife and I are going for our anniversary and we're excited.

Anybody been to Girasole in The Plains?

Thanks for the info. About how much should I look to spend for my wife and myself?

Anybody been to Girasole in The Plains?

We're thinking of going there later this month based on a recommendation from a friend. I've been trying to find their website or a menu on-line to see what they have, but I haven't had any luck. I'm just wondering what type of Italian food they have, traditional? Is it worth the drive out there? Thanks.

Looking for anniversary caliber place around Loudoun County

Thank you everyone for the suggestions. I'm really interested in Girasole, but can't seem to find a website with their menu. Does anyone know where I could peruse their menu?

Looking for anniversary caliber place around Loudoun County

I forgot about that place. The only night we're able to go out that week is Tuesday and unfortunately Patowmac Farm isn't open for dinner then. I'll keep that in my back pocket for another occassion though.

Looking for anniversary caliber place around Loudoun County

I'm trying to think of a nice place in the general area of where we live for a nice, romantic anniversary dinner. We live near South Riding and are willing to drive to Leesburg, Herndon, Reston, Chantilly, Fairfax areas. We usually hit up nice places in DC, but due to babysitting limits now, we can't. We're thinking Tuscarora Mill in Leesburg, but we've been there and would like to try something new. We like all types of food, so cuisine isn't an issue, just want a nice place to enjoy for a couple hours. Thanks in advance.

Churros in DC/NoVA

I'm not kidding here, Costco has some pretty darn good Churros. I go to the one in Chantilly, at Rte. 28 and 50. They're only $1 too. I try to grab one whenever I'm shopping there.

good eats near williamsbugh,va

I'd have to agree with everyone here that Pierce's is a definite "must go." Great, cheap BBQ. The Cheese Shop is also great. There sandwiches are so simple, but so good. My wife and I ate at the Trellis one year and it was good, but I don't think it was worth the price we paid for it. I recommend staying away from The Library, it's nothing special.

Now there is a place, forgot the name, but it's on the corner of a triangle near the campus. It's a dirty sub shop, but for some reason I love it. We always go there when we're on our way home from a weekend in Williamsburg.

PS7 - a review

We ate there a couple weeks back with another couple. We all agreed that the drinks and appetizers were amazing, but the main courses were nothing special. The tuna sliders are amazing. I could've eaten 20 of those. I had the risotto has a main dish, and while it was good, it wasn't great. Our friends shared a trout dish that was pretty ordinary. The side of potatos we got with dinner were downright awful. They were dry and flavorless. I'd go back for apps and drinks, but not for dinner.

Proof or PS7s??

How busy does it get around happy hour, particularly on a Friday? I'd like for the 4 of us to just go and find a table at the bar, but if it gets too crowded, I may want to make a reservation.

Proof or PS7s??

My wife and I and another couple are going to a Caps game in a couple weeks at the Verizon Center. We'd like to grab a bite to eat and some drinks before the game. I've narrowed it down to these 2 restaurants. We're not a bunch of wine-o's, actually prefer mixed drinks and like all types of food. I do like the idea of trying a variety of smaller dishes, so I'm wondering if I should lean towards Proof. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

Help w/ Anniversary trip to the Theater District....

All I can really speak to is Trattoria Trecolori. My wife and I just got back from a trip to NYC and we ate there before going to see Spamalot. It was good (not great) Italian fare with reasonable prices. The atmosphere isn't romantic, but nice. We were please, but not overly impressed, with our experience there. My wife got a ravioli dish that was good, but only luke warm and would've been better if it were hot. I got a veal dish that was very good. Our appetizer was the best part, a collection of different salumis, cheeses, olives, capers, and marinated peppers. We skipped the dessert because they actually didn't look too appetizing.

Jan 21, 2008
sbouldin in Manhattan

Serbian Crown Restaurant

I have been there a few times. It is a very eclectic place, and I'm finding it hard to describe. The menu has some traditional russian/german fare, but also some off the wall type of dishes. They have a lot of game, from wild boar, deer, to bear, and even lion. They also have a very extensive vodka list. They tend to drench their dishes in thick gravy, which I wish they wouldn't do. They make a very good table-side ceasar salad and I enjoy perusing their menu of mixed drinks. Every now and then they have a violinist walk around and play.

If you're looking for an off-the-wall, interesting dinner, I think it's worth a shot. It's not cheap though.

Best Mott Street Chinese?

Don't have the number, but I was up in NYC for training last week and I went to the Peking Duck House one night for dinner on Mott. It was very good. Chef wheeled out the duck from the kitchen and sliced it tableside. It was $40 for the duck.

Jan 16, 2008
sbouldin in Manhattan

Pre-Theater meal

My wife and I were just up in NYC last week and caught Spamalot. We ate at Trattoria Trecolori before the show and had a nice Italian meal. When everything was said and done it was around $80 for the both of us. I believe it's on 47th St.

Jan 15, 2008
sbouldin in Manhattan

Restaurant with Nice Bar for Solo Dining

I just got back from a week alone in NYC for training. One place I recommend is the bar in Porter House. It's kind of small, but the bartenders were nice and the food was great. I highly recommend the chili rubbed rib eye. For a good, cheapish burger, try BLT at the bar. It's a little cramped, but I had a good time.

Jan 14, 2008
sbouldin in Manhattan

Incredible dinner at Del Posto

My wife and I spent our last night in NYC dining at Del Posto. The meal was incredible. We decided to do the 5 course menu for $95/person, which I was surprised to see. I had only heard about the $150 grand tasting menu, which I really didn't want to shell out the bucks for. At our arrival, we were seated and this gentleman by the name of George came over to proceed to heckle me for looking so stressed. I had been in training all week and was probably showing it, but this guy was annoying me. Well, by the end of the night, George was our best friend and was a big reason for our enjoyment. He turned out to be our waiter for the evening and had a great time chatting with him about our food and about life in general. On to the food. I started with the Salumi antipasto which was very good. The highlights being a rabbit sausage and a hot, Italian pepper stuffed with ham and fresh mozzarella. My wife had a poached lobster with cauliflower custard that was decent. Our first pasta dish was the carrot ravioli with roasted pistachios. It was good, but burned the hell out of my mouth. The 2nd, incredibly delicious pasta was "ear shaped" orrechitoni (sp?) with lamb neck ragu. Absolutely delicious! For our main course we decided to share the monk fish. It was roasted on the bone and then finished off with a whole black truffle shaved on top. We could, along with a couple other tables, smell the truffle as it was brought to our table. The fish was perfectly cooked. The only downside was my dessert. I ordered the chocolate souffl├ęs with espresso ice cream. It wasn't bad, but wasn't great either. The souffl├ęs didn't have much tasted and the ice cream was so-so. My wife had the lemon dessert which had lemon custard, sorbet, and pie. That was really good. All in all I'd give the meal an A. It was extremely good with very attentive wait staff and an excellent and friendly waiter named George.

Jan 14, 2008
sbouldin in Manhattan

Foodie Trek - Midway report

I'm currently in Manhattan for some training down in the Financial District. I made it a point to do some research here prior to my trip. So far so good.

Sunday - I got in late Sunday afternoon so I didn't have a lot of time. I set out to scope out the area of my hotel. I ended up eating at Becketts on Stone St. It was actually quite good. I had the calamari appetizer, which had tomatos, kalamata olives, and aioli (sp?) sauce. For the main course I had the flank steak sandwich which was pretty tasty.

Monday - I'm in training down near Battery Park, so my options seem to be limited. I had lunch at Ray's Empanadas. I chose the rice/bean and Argentian Sausage empanada combo. It was good and hit the spot. For dinner I took a cab over to the time Warner building at went to Porter House. I've read everywhere that one of the best steaks i In the city is the Cajun Rubbed Rib Eye. I ordered that along with the mushroom side. The steak was very good, but you know, I believe I've had better. It was tasty, but not $48 tasty. The mushrooms were great, and so were the 2 Dirty Martinis that I had. The Bartender made those perfectly.

Tuesday - I went to Rockwells for lunch because time was limited, and had a mediocre pastrami sandwich. I'm being kind with saying "mediocre." I just got back from Chinatown where I went to the Peking Duck House for dinner. I pigged, or shall I say, ducked, out on my own, whole Peking duck. It was excellent. Simple, with very good Plum sauce. I washed it down with a couple Tsingtao beers. I walked off dinner by perusing Chinatown and making my way to Soho.

So, I have a couple more nights of eating that I'm looking forward to. My wife joins me on Thursday and we have reservations for Del Posto.

I've basically been winging every night. Anyone else have any recommendations of places I should go whose cuisine I haven't hit yet; Sushi, Pizza, etc...

Thanks, and I'm loving the food selections here.

Jan 08, 2008
sbouldin in Manhattan

Five Restaurant Resolutions 2008

1. Komi is a definite. I'm very much looking forward to eating there. It's next on our list.
2. Palena - have heard good things.
3. CityZen
4. Ray's the Steak - been craving a good steak lately
5. Brasserie Beck - didn't know about the beer sommelier.

Looking for nice, inexpensive meal near Shubert Theatre

Thanks, I think we'll try to get a reservation for Trattoria Trecolori.

Dec 21, 2007
sbouldin in Manhattan

Looking for nice, inexpensive meal near Shubert Theatre

My wife and I are going to see Spamalot at the Shubert Theatre on 225 West 44th Street. It starts at 8pm. Can anyone recommend a nice place to go before hand for a bite to eat. We're not looking for anything expensive, maybe at most $120 for the both of us. We're open to any type of cuisine. Thanks.

Dec 18, 2007
sbouldin in Manhattan

Lightfoot or Tuscarora for nice dinner in Leesburg?

It's been years since I've been to Lightfoot, but I've always had good experiences at Tuscarora Mill. I like the ambiance and the food has always been good, but not great. A bonus for me is their beer selection, it's great!!!!

Your top five meals of 2007

1. LSU Tailgate: Brisket, Gumbo, Jambalaya, Cracklins (unfortunately I was a VT fan down there)
2. Obelisk - can't remember the name of this exquisite soft cheese. Sensational.
3. Taberna del Alabardero
4. Colvin Run Tavern
5. I'm going to get slack for this, but I love Anita's Enchiladas Rancheras. My ideal breakfast.

Question regarding Enoteca at Del Posto...

What is the main difference between that and the main menu? Just smaller portions, more options?

Dec 14, 2007
sbouldin in Manhattan

Question regarding Enoteca at Del Posto...

I've made reservations at Del Posto for early January. After reading their menus, I'm actually intrigued by the Enoteca one. Is that a different part of the restaurant or do you just choose that menu when you arrive and are seated? I'm just wondering if I need to let them know that I'm interested in the Enoteca courses. Thanks in advance.

Dec 14, 2007
sbouldin in Manhattan

Ideal restaurant environment for a lone diner...

Speaking of bar, if I go to Babbo, say around 5:30, what are my chances of getting a spot at the bar? Also, my wife and I ate there a couple of years ago and I don't recall where the bar was. It's such a small space, I'm having trouble trying to figure out where it could be. We were put at a table near the back by the kitchen.

Dec 11, 2007
sbouldin in Manhattan

Ideal restaurant environment for a lone diner...

I'll be up in NYC in early January for some training and will be without my wife for most of my time. I'm looking for some recommendations for restaurants where a lone diner can fit in and enjoy good food. I'm looking for that place where I can sit back, people watch, enjoy a nice dinner, without feeling like the spotlights on me for dining alone. I'm not opposed to dining alone, have done it many times, but I know of some restaurants locally where the environment is ideal for lone diners. I'm open to any type of cuisine and staying in the Financial District, but of course willing to explore other parts of Manhattan. Thanks in advance.

Dec 11, 2007
sbouldin in Manhattan