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    Best Eats Virginia : Part 1

    I had a few people request some of my favorite restaurants in Virgina and DC, so I thought I would share a few. I’ve been putting off working on this because I knew it would make me miss all the food there so bad! But, here we go, I will torture myself to share with you the best places. I have so many favorites, so this will probably end up being a 2 or 3 part series. This list is going to start from west to east, so these first locations will be rather far from DC, but worth a road trip if you are up to it! 

    BBQ Exchange

    102 Martinsburg Avenue Gordonsville, Virginia 22942

    This place was voted #1 BBQ in Virginia. It’s way out in the middle of nowhere, in a little town called Gordonsville, 2 hours from DC, but guys, it’s so good! And the drive is so pretty! I never had anything I didn’t like. But I recommend their brisket or their ribs. Since you made the drive all the way out there, get ALL THE SIDES. Everything is so good! Their slaw was simple but so yummy, tasty mac and cheese, perfect hushpuppies, and I was obsessed with their french fries! Seriously, so good. Check out what desserts they have too! They are always different, but always yummy.

    The Brick at Black Bear Bistro
    32 Main St, Warrenton, VA 20186

    Warrenton was one of my all time favorite towns in Virginia. It’s such a cute, quaint little town, and their main street has so many cute old shops and restaurants. Our favorite was The Brick at Black Bear Bistro. The Bistro is supposed to be really good, but we never tried it. The Brick is in the basement, and has the most amazing gourmet pizza! So good! Their BBQ chicken was our ultimate favorite. Their BBQ sauce is house made and has the most amazing smokey flavor. It tastes like it waas made over a campfire. Make sure to check out their seasonal stuff too. Some of the best things we had were from their seasonal menu. Everything is farm to table, and locally sourced. The best! 

    Tony’s Pizza

    5361 Merchants View Sq HaymarketVA 20169

    This place is a little hidden. It’s right near a gated community and golf club, and if you didn’t live there, chances are, driving by, you would have no idea it was there. But hands down, this is the place I have craved the most since moving away from Virgina. We lived really close, so we went just about once a week. The food is cheap and the portions are huge! I don’t think I ever had something I didn’t like. It seems to all be run by one family who yell orders at each other in Italian. If you think you love Italian and that Olive Garden is the best it gets, let me tell you, you are so wrong! You have to come here and be blown away. 

    My go-to order was a slice of Caprese. Funny story, the other night Dave was talking in his sleep and said, “Can I get a slice of Caprese, and um…” And then he trailed off and was quiet. Haha, but really guys, Caprese is the pizza of our dreams! And if I was hungry enough I would order their ravioli with rosé sauce. I don’t think it’s even on the menu, I’ve looked and I can never find it. But order it, and they will know what you are talking about. I usually do not like ravioli, but theirs is so fresh and yummy, and their rosé sauce, OMG that stuff… I took some friends there and made them try it and they literally were scraping their plate clean, I’m not kidding. It’s basically a mix of alfredo and marinara. So good. It must be a family recipe of theirs, because I can’t find any recipes online that look even remotely close. The hunt for a copycat recipe continues… Their ravioli also comes with a side of garlic bread, and a salad. Ask, instead of the garlic bread, for cheese bread on focaccia. Trust me. Seriously, I can’t rave about this place enough.

    The Bone

    8045 Stonewall Shops Sq GainesvilleVA 20155

    This place is again, a little hidden in a strip mall, but is so worth checking out. Amazing BBQ; my favorites were their honey bourbon wings (OMG I’m obsessed with anything bourbon, cooked off, obviously.) Their mac and cheese is oh so creamy and so amazing. Dave doesn’t normally like mac and cheese but he likes theirs. It’s heaven. And lastly, their pulled pork nachos. Oh nelly. Those things are so good. Topped with their amazing pulled pork, queso, pico, sour cream, and guacamole. SO GOOD. Certainly check this place out if you are in the area. And be sure to check out Wegmans while you are there since it’s in the shopping area. Wegmans is the most amazing grocery store, I miss it so much! Just go, if you are foodie, or love cooking like me, you will love it. Check their bakery to see if they have coconut danishes (they sell out quick though, sometimes they are gone by 10am!)

    MOD Pizza
    13941 Promenade Commons St, Gainesville, VA 20155

    I usually avoid chains, but this one is the exception. They are originally from Seattle, and I am so excited, they are opening two in San Antonio, one just 15 minutes from my house! This was another place we would go to just about once a week, from the day they opened! They are really so good. I haven’t ever had anything there that I didn’t like. This place is similar to Chipotle, or Cafe Rio, where you go down an assembly line, and tell them exactly what you want on your pizza, any toppings, as many as you want! You can order off their menu, I recommend being brave and trying something off their seasonal menu, which you can always customize, or you can create your own.  My favorites are the Caspian (BBQ pizza), add bacon and ask for a side of ranch! Or their Dillion James (Margarita), add chicken, mushrooms, and artichokes. The Dominic (Alfredo) is really good too. Honestly, everything is good!  

    Katerina’s Greek Cuisine 

    9212 Center St ManassasVA 20110

    Lots of people think Manassas is sketchy. Some call it Manassty. But old town Manassas is downright adorable. There is maybe 4 or 5 blocks of cute shops and restaurants. Our favorite of which is Katerina’s. This is another family owned placed. The place is TINY. The seating is snug. And if you come on a Saturday for dinner, there is a good chance you will have to wait 30-45 minutes for a table. But guys, it’s so good. Hands down the best bruschetta I have ever had, so flavorful and tasty. My favorite main course is their Tour of Greece; three mini pitas with chicken, lamb and gyro meat. So yummy, and so filling! Also, every time we go we ask if they have Ekmek Kataifi. They had it our first time we went there, and told us they rarely make it. I don’t know why, maybe it’s hard to make? But it was AMAZING. It is a Greek dessert made with layers of kataifi dough baked until crispy and golden, bathed in lemon syrup, topped with creamy thick custard, whipped cream and garnished with cinnamon and pistachios or almonds… So good. One day I will try to make it.

    Well, I’m sure I’ve made you hungry enough. I have many other places to share, but I will save them for another post! Check back soon!