Around Town with Northern Virginia Magazine: 50 Best Restaurants of 2012

11.30.2012 / Blog Posts Local Lifestyle

To understand the restaurant landscape in a region as diverse as Northern Virginia, is to appreciate the beauty of dichotomy. Dinner in farm country possesses all the sophistication as a meal inside the Beltway and a restaurant in Arlington deliberately creates a farmhouse aesthetic.

Wherever the highway unfolds, food rules.

Restaurants on this list put forth dishes that are, of course, wonderful and in line with the tenets of modern dining: seasonal and ingredient-focused. Value and atmosphere also contributed to rank. But it still came down to the food.

Restaurant Eve
Modern American | $$$$
110 S. Pitt St., Alexandria; 703-706-0450;

“I know this is a big bite, let it just melt in your mouth.”

It’s hard to watch someone else eat your pork belly. But something this extraordinary must be shared. Pretend it’s LeBron: There must be a witness. Restaurant Eve’s dedication to perfection is palpable. Each plate dignified with just enough strips of black bass sashimi with a mathmatically corrrect diameter for a circle of chili emulsion. Beef tartare becomes the essence of a roast beef sandwich with wisps of mustard and triangles of dark rye bread.

Lunch time rewards with elegance, as peppery meatballs meet polenta with personality: texturized and cheesy. Another dish, be it antelope hash or famed birthday cake, comes for a modest sum during the two-for-$15 special. Eve will be the first time you see beauty in a turnip and will continue to win your reservation for that coveted night out.

Must Try: Pork belly

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