Every year we look forward to being the first to bring you up to date information from the newest Zagat restaurant guide for the Northern Virginia/Washington, DC area. In fact last year we were so far ahead of everyone else that Zagat’s publicity department actually called and asked us to take our post down. We politely declined!
This year there are only two new entries for the 2010 edition that arrived in bookstores yesterday.
Joining the Zagat family are La Strada on Mt. Vernon Avenue in Del Ray and Brabo on King Street in Old Town Alexandria.
We’re particularly pleased about La Strada because 1) it’s three blocks from our house and 2) in our first post on La Strada, we predicted that it would soon be Zagat bound and we were right!
Zagat’s notes that the “family owned Northern Italian restaurant . . . offers a moderately priced menu of locally sourced, seasonal fare in a setting that evokes a Tuscan enoteca along with a communal dining table.” La Strada has definitely become a neighborhood favorite and it’s nice to have Del Ray well represented.
The second addition to the list is Brabo by Robert Wiedmaier and the Tasting Room at the new Lorien Hotel and Spa on King St. Brabo serves “upscale Belgian-French and American classics” while the more casual Tasting Room “features a zinc bar and a menu of charcuterie, pizzas, and seafood.”
It’s always fun to see what folks think of our local dining establishments, so be sure and check out what happened in 2009 and 2008. Zagat’s rankings are from the diner’s point of view and take food, decor, service and cost into consideration.