A taste of the globe without the travel

Prepare your tastebuds: Fairfax City is offering a summer restaurant week. Scheduled to run from August 29-September. 4, it will offer tantalizing cuisine from 27 globally diverse, independently owned restaurants.

Across town, diners can enjoy brunch/lunch for $20/person and a three-course, pre-fixe dinner for $35/person, with couple and family dining options available. Offered, too, will be two-for-$10 deals at participating bakeries and coffee shops.

Participating restaurants include Anita’s New Mexico Style Bar & Grill, Baku Delicious, Bellissimo, Big Buns, Bollywood Bistro, Capital Ale House, Coyote Grill & Cantina, Dolce Vita Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, Draper’s Steak & Seafood, and Earp’s Casual.

Also participating are: El Pollo Rico (Pollo a la Brasa), Hamrock, High Side (Asian Street Food), Kim’s Kitchen & Bar (Vietnamese Food), Marumen (Ramen Shop), Okonomi Asian Grill, Arnery Beer Co., PJ. Skidoos, Patriots Pub & Grill, Ruffino’s, Red Hot & Blue, Slice of Matchbox, The Auld Shebeen (Irish Food), and The Wine House.

Two for $10 deals can be found at Cameron’s Coffee & Chocolate, Cupcakes & Beyond, and Foundation Coffee Roasters. For example, a Cameroon specialty would be a four-piece box of Belgian truffles plus a 16-ounce, hot Cameroon blend coffee or hot or iced tea. and CupCakes & Beyond will offer flatbread and smoothie combos.

“We are very excited to give people another reason to visit the City of Fairfax this summer,” said Fairfax Mayor David Meyer. “From the cultural richness of our city to the many outdoor festivals, concerts and parades and our walkable shopping district, we have a lot to offer as a summer destination. With the summer presentation of Fairfax City Restaurant Week, we’re excited to sweeten the deal and showcase our unique restaurant community.” , while visitors taste, sip and savor food uniquely the city of Fairfax.”

Additionally, diners can help a worthy nonprofit while enjoying some top-notch dining. The Lamb Center — a Fairfax City drop-in, day shelter serving the poor and homeless — was chosen as the program’s featured charity to receive support from participating restaurants. Also during this week, some restaurants will donate a portion of the proceeds from gift-card sales back to The Lamb Center.

The city of Fairfax prides itself on its diverse culinary scene, and the upcoming event is its first official Summer Restaurant Week and the start of two restaurant weeks per year. This will be the fifth such program and will build on the success of the previous ones.

Sponsors are the City of Fairfax Economic Development Authority and the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce. The 2022 Restaurant Week Committee plans and executes the event. The goals are to let visitors and area residents know what the city of Fairfax has to offer, increase the number of diners each restaurant welcomes during the week, and expand brand recognition for participating restaurants.

Diners are encouraged to follow @FairfaxCityRestaurantWeek on Instagram and Facebook and tag #FairfaxCityEats. For more information, visit https://www.fairfaxcityrestaurantweek.com/.

Below are examples of several entrees (including full meals, appetizers, and desserts) that a sample of restaurants serve:

Bollywood Bistro

Chicken Labdar – grilled chicken cooked in onion-tomato sauce; Mutton Patiala – Mutton pieces cooked with Punjabi spices and potatoes; Sarsan Machhi – white fish cooked in mustard sauce; Panir do Pyaza – cheese and chopped onions tossed with a special sauce; Malai Kofta – Carrot and paneer croquettes simmered in rich mughlai chutney. Each entree is served with a side of basmati rice.

Cupcakes and beyond

BBQ Chicken Flatbread – topped with barbecue sauce, mozzarella, smoked gouda, red onion, arugula; Margherita Flatbread – Fresh Mozzarella, Roma Tomatoes, Classic Marinara, Olive Oil Drizzle; Pepperoni Flatbread – Mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and classic marinara sauce; And Smoothies: Strawberry Banana, Triple Berry, Peach, Mango, Caribbean Colada.

sweet life

Steak Pizzaiola – Whiffle Tree Farm hanger steak grilled and sliced ​​with capers, olives, white wine, tomato sauce, and roasted potatoes and local seasonal vegetables; pan-roasted bronzini (Mediterranean sea bass) with gremolata over Mediterranean couscous; Capellini Pomodoro Fresco – Homemade angel-hair pasta with heirloom cherry tomatoes, basil, garlic and olive oil (vegan). Diners can add wine pairings for each course for $15/person.

A piece of a matchbox

$20 lunch includes choice of pizza, plus three donuts (beignets). Pizza selections are: Cheese, Holy Grail Margherita, Fire + Smoke (Chipotle, Roasted Garlic, Onion, Roasted Red Pepper, Smoked Gouda, Basil, Zesty Tomato Sauce), Garden Veggie, Pepperoni, Matchbox Beef, Chicken + Figato, and ( fig jam, ricotta truffle sauce, garlic puree, blue cheese, mozzarella, oregano, prosciutto).

PJ Skidoos

BBQ Ribs – half rack served with fries and coleslaw; Shrimp Scampi – shrimp, tomato, scallion, garlic in a lemon-butter, linguini in a white-wine sauce; Chicken Scaloppini – Roasted chicken breast with lemon butter, mushrooms and capers served over linguini in a light cream sauce; Louisiana Pasta – Shrimp, chicken, rouille sausage, tomatoes, scallions, spicy Creole cream sauce, penne pasta; Broiled Atlantic Salmon – Served on a bed of spinach with a side of rice with a honey-mustard glaze or lemon-butter sauce; London Broil – Marinated flank steak, with mushroom wine sauce, thinly sliced ​​over mashed potatoes.

Wine House

Braised Lamb Shank – served with cannellini beans and chorizo, red potatoes, rosemary demi-glace; Faroe Island Salmon Fillet – with leek beurre blanc, saffron risotto cake, haricot vert; Wine House Jumbo Lump Crabcakes – Basil Aioli, Mixed Green Salad, Pommes Frites; Pork tenderloin – prosciutto and olive tapenade, red-wine bordelaise, mashed potatoes, haricot vert; Steak Frites – Pommes Frites, flat iron steak with black peppercorn cream sauce; Boneless short ribs – chipotlé demi-glace, mashed potatoes, haricot vert; Summer Risotto – with champagne cream, asparagus, haricot vert, parmesan cheese.

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