Join us today at 11 AM to chat with Ann Limpert. Have questions about our latest Eat Great Cheap issue—all about new affordable restaurants—which just hit newsstands? How to strategize for Restaurant Week? Or maybe you just need a dinner recommendation. Leave a question now for Ann, and she’ll get to as many as she can this morning.
Ann: Good morning, chatters! Hope you’ve had great weeks. It’s been a lil’ slow on the restaurant-opening front, as it is most late summers, but this week did see a big debut in Tysons: Randy’s Prime Seafood & Steak, the showpiece from the Great American Restaurant Group (also behind the more-casual Coastal Flats and Carlyle, among others). The dining room feels like a midwestern country club on acid—seriously, check out that crazy wall-to-wall carpet, and the paintings of George W. Bush hanging out with Michelle Obama and Ovechkin hoisting the Stanley Cup. In typical GAR fashion, service is attentive and on-point. The menu is a crowd-pleaser, but definitely more upscale and expensive than the group’s sister restaurants. I very much enjoyed a filet-mignon salad with beets, bacon, and blue cheese (although it could have used a lighter hand with the buttermilk dressing) and the terrific lobster-and-crab roll with lemony beurre blanc. I left with a major sugar rush, thanks to a too-sweet side of corn brulee (It’s summer! Corn doesn’t need any added sugar.), and the gigantic sundae, a huge bowl of vanilla ice cream with a three tiered tower of accoutrements, from hot fudge to salted peanuts to rum-soaked pineapple.
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