The Needle: December 2010
Reviewed By Ann Limpert
Comments () | Published December 20, 2010
Happy Hour 100 Best Restaurants (2010)

Address: 4301 North Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA 22203
Phone: 703-465-8800
Neighborhood: Arlington, Arlington, Ballston
Cuisines: Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 10, Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10:30.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Ballston-MU
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Fried veal sweetbreads; lobster agnolotti; lemony fried chicken; flatbread pizzas, including the signature Willow, with fontina, thyme, lemon, and truffle essence; a perfect-for-sharing fisherman’s platter with fried shrimp, scallops, lobster, calamari, p
Price Details: Lunch appetizers, $6 to $13; entrees, $8 to $16. Dinner appetizers, $7 to $14; entrees, $18 to $32.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Big and rich is the best way to describe a recent dinner at this upscale but casual Ballston dining room. An appetizer of coquilles St. Jacques—meaty scallops and maitake mushrooms blanketed in a thick, Gouda-laden sauce—was fabulous but very filling. An apple salad would have been a nice counterpoint, except it was heavy on blue cheese. Then came a coconut-milk-based seafood stew, presented in a large pumpkin. It had a nice kick, but the portion seemed supersized for the dish’s creaminess. A delicious banana pudding and a sugary pineapple upside-down cake didn’t lighten things up. The lesson: You can eat really well here—as long as you pace yourself.

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