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Start Your Weekend on a Sweet Note at The Pinemoor

The Pinemoor had some big shoes to fill when it took over the much-loved Clarendon Bar & Grill space last year, but the restaurant has weathered the pandemic and is fast becoming a new local favorite. If you haven’t visited yet, you’re missing out. The Pinemoor boasts a menu of all-American, coastal-style fare with an emphasis on the flavors of the South. Starters like baked brie, house wings, and bacon bourbon meatballs are the perfect precursor to fried chicken, pan seared rockfish, or juicy double-cut pork chops, especially when served with five truffle mac and cheese. The Pinemoor also offers lighter dinner entrees, plus a lunch and brunch menu of sumptuous dishes to fuel your day (short rib Benedict! chocolate chunk pancakes!). 

Be sure to make a reservation, especially if you want to take advantage of the restaurant’s patio seating area this summer, or if you plan on visiting during one of the live music nights. The Pinemoor is open seven days a week.

Spend a Sunny Summer Day at Dark Star Park

Open since 1984, Dark Star Park has been around for the public to explore and check out for decades. If you’re a fan of art, this is an absolute must-stop for you! You’ll enjoy pretty views, including the Dark Star sculpture and a water feature. And even if you’re not into art, you’ll still appreciate this beautiful place filled with charm and excitement. 

Take a stroll around the park with your dog, play Frisbee with friends, check out the art pieces, or have yourself a lovely picnic. There’s plenty to do and plenty to see, making it the perfect day trip to spend hours having all sorts of fun. It’s safe to say nothing is boring about this place! 

Whether you explore this park by yourself or with a group of friends or family, you’ll love everything about it and may want to visit more than once! 

Savor Rolled Ice Cream at La Moo Creamery

Have you had a chance to try rolled ice cream yet? If not, experience the artistry at La Moo Creamery. The local ice cream shop specializes in this trendy type of treat—which involves pouring liquid ice cream onto a subfreezing metal plate and shaping it into a swirly sundae before your very eyes.

If you’re a fan of Oreos, the cookies and cream sundae should entice your taste buds. It features crushed chunks of the cookies, plus a drizzle of chocolate syrup and a dollop of whipped cream. The key lime pie sundae is especially summery, featuring a dusting of pie crust and graham crackers with real lime zest on top. Meanwhile, the Cotton Fancy looks like a candy shop with its toppings of gummy bears, cotton candy, and sprinkles, and the s’mores sundae tastes just like its namesake thanks to graham crackers, brownie chunks, and a roasted marshmallow.

Now Open Near The Maxwell: The Freshman

Coffee and cocktails are the basis of everything at The Freshman, a newly opened restaurant on Crystal Drive. The owner wanted to create a place where people could gather from sunrise to sunset for any occasion, with a sense of community you can’t find anywhere else. So far, they’re earning rave reviews on all fronts! 

In the morning, grab an egg and cheese sandwich or the Greek yogurt parfait with housemade granola and wildflower honey if you’re on the go. If you have a minute to indulge, grab a fancy toast—the VA ham with dried fig, goat cheese, and fennel pollen is absolutely delightful. Pair that with a drip coffee or dirty chai and you’ll start your day on the right foot. 

As the day goes on, they continue to serve breakfast but also have other tasty morsels for the afternoon and evening. Taste the chickpea fritters, one of their incredible flatbreads, or get a large plate of steak frites! Pair that with a little bubbly and you’re set for the evening. We think this spot is going to become a go-to for many.

Unconventional Brunch Recipes to Whip Up This Father’s Day

They say the easiest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so it’s only fitting that a day devoted to Dad would be full of delicious things to eat. And when the food surprises his taste buds with unique flavor combinations and unexpected ingredients? Even better! This Father’s Day, treat Dad to a delicious brunch spread centered around out-of-the-ordinary recipes like the ones below!

Sunny MaryEven the most diehard enthusiast of the Bloody Mary is unlikely to have tried this unique cocktail, which gets its golden hue from pureed and strained yellow tomatoes. The tomatoes are combined with one cup chilled vodka, lemon juice, and, for a tart twist, the pickling juice from jarred pepperoncini peppers.

Loco MocoShortening the distance between your apartment and Hawaii, this unique twist on a traditional Hawaiian dish results in a one-plate meal that’s perfect for starting Father’s Day on a savory note. Beef patties are nestled atop a bed of hot, steamed basmati rice, then finished with a few spoonfuls of fresh mushroom gravy and a fried egg.

Chicken and Corn Bread Pancakes with Spicy SyrupWe bet you’ve never had pancakes quite like these! Made moist with the addition of buttermilk, these cornmeal-centric flapjacks pair perfectly with crispy fried chicken and a drizzle of Tabasco maple syrup.

Sunny’s Easy Bacon ‘n’ Egg Breakfast PizzaPerfect for sharing, this recipe tops pizza dough with marinara sauce, sambal, maple syrup, and bacon. Shredded cheese is sprinkled over top, then joined by two eggs and popped into the oven until the eggs are set.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip BreadFor the dad with the (not so) sweet tooth, this pumpkin chocolate chip bread strikes the perfect balance between chocolaty and earthy. Pair each slice with a cup of Dad’s favorite coffee.

There’s Something for Everyone on the Menu at Mele Bistro

When you need a spot that everyone can agree on, head to Mele Bistro. This Rosslyn favorite has a simply massive menu, and is sure to have something each member of your party will love (including those with dietary restrictions). Choose from entrees of all-natural chicken or fish, freshly made pasta, burgers and sandwiches, or hand-tossed pizza. Mele Bistro has plenty of lighter fare as well, including entrée salads and seafood soup. But the offering doesn’t stop there. Mele Bistro has plenty of appetizers, charcuterie, and desserts, plus family take-out meal options, and they are adding brunch to the menu. If you can’t find something you love at Mele Bistro, you must not be hungry.
The restaurant was also quick to respond to the pandemic with open-air dining options, from sidewalk seating to an exposed sky light in the main dining area. Mele Bistro really has thought of everything. Find Mele Bistro right on Wilson Boulevard in the heart of Arlington.

Appreciate Life’s Simple Pleasures at Idido’s Coffee and Social House

Take some time to appreciate the little things in life, like a good cup of coffee or a nutritious bite to eat. You’ll find these moments of mindful joy at Idido’s Coffee and Social House, where they aim to help you “make the simple pleasures in life happen.”

At this cafe in Arlington, you can enjoy coffee, healthy light meals, and pastries in a modern-industrial environment with exposed ductwork and a black-and-white mural of Arlington on the wall. Breakfast spans egg sandwiches, avocado toast, and savory puff pastries, while lunch brings options like steak sandwiches, caprese avocado toast, and a selection of flatbreads and salads. Complement your meal with a freshly brewed espresso and a slice of pie.

Whether you’re lamenting wasted time or longing for the future, take a breath over a bagel or close your eyes as you sip your cappuccino. Take a moment to appreciate the flavor of it, the texture as you drink or take your first bite.

Must-Make Recipes for a Delicious Memorial Day Weekend

What could be better than spending Memorial Day weekend relaxing and catching up with friends and family? Doing all of the above, but with delicious food thrown into the mix! From side dishes to desserts, here are three delicious recipes to whip up during the long holiday weekend. They’re guaranteed to make the holiday even more memorable!

Star Spangle Layered Dip: This layered dip combines refried beans, guacamole, cheeses, salsa, and a few other ingredients to create a Tex-Mex appetizer intended to feed a crowd. The American-flag-inspired design gives a patriotic flourish to your Memorial Day tablescape.

Classic Cheeseburger: No Memorial Day weekend is complete without a good burger, preferably one that’s grilled to perfection. This recipe calls for ground beef and sirloin, which are seasoned with salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Sandwich your patty between toasted buns, then top it with cheese, lettuce, and tomato.

Fire-Roasted Berry Crostini with Honey Crème Fraîche: This simple dessert offers a taste of summer in every bite, and it can be prepared entirely on the grill. Fresh sugared berries are grilled until warm and bursting, then spooned over crostini. A dollop of honey crème fraîche provides the finishing touch.