Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Me Want Cheeseburger

It's Lent. I'm Catholic (shut up, it's actually true). So, naturally, when you tell me that once a week I can't eat meat, I am going to invariably crave cheeseburgers like a lunatic.

First stop, Lyon Hall. This newer Arlington brasserie is known more for its modern take on brasserie classics - steak frites, mussels, etc. all of which are good but I had serious plate envy at my last visit when I saw someone's burger order. I don't usually gawk at other people's orders (I feel like it's cheating on my own meal, and that triggers my Catholic guilt and makes me feel dirty), but this was a real problem.

I mean, seriously look at that piece of artwork. Their version was adorned with raclette cheese, pickled onions and really good mayo, mustard and ketchup, perfect for frite dipping. Also important to note that their fries (frites if you wanna be fancy) KILL.

Next stop on the burger train...newly opened Burger 7. Touting fresh and organic ingredients, I needed to check this out so maybe, just maybe, I wouldn't feel like immediately running 10 miles after consumption. Did I need to get a burger, sweet potato fries AND a chocolate milkshake? No, but I don't regret it for a second.

Fast food prices for much better quality ingredients is always a win. Free range beef, fresh-cut fries cooked in olive oil and organic milk for the shakes might make this a regular quick stop for me. I just wish the fries were crispier and it didn't take so long but that's the price you pay for 'made-to-order.'

Lyon Hall
3100 N. Washington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201

Burger 7
7505 Leesburg Pike # E
Falls Church, VA 22043

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Forget Fat Tuesday, I'm Going for Fat Weekend

Look, alls I'm saying is that only binging on Fat Tuesday is for rookies. Just the prospect of not being able to eat meat on Fridays during the Lenten season kind of terrifies me. And, what's that? You want me to go without for TWO days this week?! Well, then guess what? I'm going to eat like a fatty the entire weekend before Mardi Gras.

Fat Weekend started at Restaurant 3. You can bet your sweet little ass that anywhere that holds events like "Bacon Fest" or "Week O'Bacon" is going to be quite alright with me. I obviously have a thing for pork, so it's only fitting that I would order the roasted pork loin wrapped in bacon. If my doctor asks, I chose it cause it came with brussel sprouts.

For whatever reason, my roomie and I were craving enchiladas as we lay hungover with random headaches on our couches watching Troy. We didn't want to be suicidal while trying on clothes at the mall, so we opted for lighter Mexican options at La Sandia. They had a pretty solid lunch menu with super affordable options like the lunch trios for less than $10. (Sorry no photo, too hungry to snap the pic)

Sunday night we actually wanted to go to Elevation Burger for a burger and milkshake but it apparently closes at 5 p.m. NOT COOL ELEVATION BURGER, but I digress. It was cold and rainy so we hopped into closeby pie-tanza. I had actually never been here before so I was pumped to check it out. I got the meatalicious antipasto pizza and it almost made me get over my burger craving.

All in all, I'm feeling much more bloated than I should which is just fine by me. I mean, I ate brussel sprouts and that cancels the rest of it out anyway, right?

To see what else is going on around Arlington for Mardi Gras, check out my Arlington Restaurant Examiner page by clicking here.

Restaurant 3
2950 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201

La Sandia
7852L Tysons Corner Center
McLean, VA 22102

Lee-Harrison Shopping Center
2503 B N. Harrison Street
Arlington, VA 22207

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Food Truck Food, Indoors

NCAA March Madness got nothin' on Washingtonian's Food Truck Fight. But, alas, I work in a foreign land called Bethesda and never get to experience the magic of DC food trucks. Sure, we might have Ali Baba's Falafel but this hungrylittlegirl wants something a little more off the beaten path. And by off the beaten path, I mean something a little more stonerfoodlicious (c'mon you know what I mean) than a boring sandwich.

A smart girl never sulks for too long before finding an alternative.

Amidst the traditional fare in Annandale's Koreatown, Da Moim is giving Korean BBQ a modern twist (and takes a hint from food truck cuisine). The menu offers Korean BBQ tacos, quesadillas and sandwiches and fried chicken along with more traditional fare like bibimbop and traditional set meals.

Beef short rib tacos (galbi)

Stir fried kimchi with pork belly and steamed tofu, awesome with soju BTW

Grilled spicy chicken
This barely year old restaurant definitely has a different feel than somewhere like Honey Pig, a little more along the lines of P.F. Chang's. We ordered the galbi tacos and spicy pork quesadilla as suggested by our server/potential K-Pop singer (hey there dyed red Justin Bieber haircut) along with some more traditional fare and everything was good. Service was good but I had to ask for the soup and kimchi that was supposed to come with our meals anyway.

Either way, I'm definitely coming back here to satisfy my lack of food truck goodness but will probably stick to the tacos and quesadillas.

Da Moim
7106 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003