3260 Old Lee Hwy.
Fairfax, VA 22030
Open Monday 11 AM to 10 PM, Tuesday through Thursday 11 AM to 11 PM, Friday 11 AM to Midnight, Saturday 10:30 to Midnight, Sunday 10 AM to 10 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Vienna/Fairfax-GMU
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Lobster bisque; chopped salad; blue crab fritters; jumbo lump crab cakes; pecan-crusted trout; Black Angus ribeye with baked potato; bone-in prime rib; Parmesan potatoes; flourless chocolate waffle.
Appetizers $6 to $10, entrées $9 to $24.
A perennially popular spot for spiffed-up comfort food.
June 2006 Cheap Eats
On a Saturday night it seems that all of Fairfax is at this sprawling restaurant with its three-sided bar and bilevel dining room. The lobby's jammed, and the conversational din drowns out the Foo Fighters on the sound system.
The draw? Supersize portions of deftly done American comfort food, a hallmark of the Great American Restaurants chain. You can make a meal of a starter or salad or split an entrée, sometimes three ways. The place may feel factorylike at times--seat 'em, feed 'em, send 'em on their way--but service is chipper and the call-ahead policy a boon for diners who don't like to wait.
Rich lobster bisque, scented with sherry, is the best of the soups. The chopped salad combines crunch with the retro creaminess of buttermilk dressing. Jumbo lump crab cakes are easily shared--skip the fries and go for Parmesan potatoes, really a luscious gratin. Other plates made for twosomes are pecan-crusted trout--the nutty flavor and buttery citrus sauce works well with the mild fish--and the Black Angus rib eye, a meaty hunk infused with hickory smoke and mated with a baked potato loaded with bits of bacon, cheese, and green onion. Fusiony dishes like Tex-Mex egg rolls filled with smoked chicken and jalapeño jack don't work as well, and at times the menu descends into fast-food territory: Chicken tenders?
Save room for dessert. The fudgy flourless chocolate waffle with house-made vanilla ice cream is fabulous.