Restaurant Review: Dixie Bones

You’ll find Dixie Bones on many a “Best of” list, including Washingtonian magazine’s, where it has made the list of top 100 Washington area restaurants and perennial appearances on its “Cheap Eats” list. We agree. This is hands down the best barbecue around. This is real pit barbecue, pork or beef, smoked over hickory logs … Continue reading

The Woodbridge Living Top 10 in 2010

It’s that time of year — time to roll out our list of local businesses that we’ve chosen as the 10 best independent small businesses in our area. We’re all over the map with these, as they represent businesses that include food and beverage, skis and bikes, fine cuisine, incredible pies, pizza, sparkling jewelry and … Continue reading

Potomac Point Winery’s Special Deal

Thursday, Dec. 24 — Our friends down the road at Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery are featured today on the Washington, DC, LivingSocial website as a “deal of the day.” For $39 (regularly a $78 value) you’ll get to tour their cellar, have a wine tasting as well as a bottle of their Heritage Reserve … Continue reading

East Moon Rising

Restaurant Review — East Moon Asian Bistro is a relatively new restaurant that opened earlier this year in the relatively new storefront plaza (officially known as the Madison Farm Shopping Center) at Minnieville and Caton Hill roads, which also houses Rita’s Italian Ice, $1.99 Dry Cleaners, Tazo Pizza and several other businesses. We were very … Continue reading

Mom’s Apple Pie Company: Pie Perfection

At Mom’s, it’s all about the pies. Yes, they’ve got breads and cookies, too. But this place is called Mom’s Apple Pie Company for a reason: they excel at making pies. Blackberry, Sour Cherry, Butter Pecan Apple and Shenandoah Peach crumb pies; Wild Blueberry, Raspberry Peach, Strawberry Rhubarb and, of course Apple pie. Pumpkin, Sweet … Continue reading

Gar-Field Holiday Crafts Show

Some 150 artisans and crafts-people will gather at Gar-Field High School this Saturday, Dec. 11, to display and sell a variety of arts and crafts at the annual holiday crafts show from 9am to 3pm. The show is being put on by the Gar-Field High School Orchestra Boosters in support of the school’s orchestra. There … Continue reading

Dixie Bones to Open a Second Restaurant in Fredericksburg

Our own Dixie Bones here in Woodbridge is opening a new restaurant in Fredericksburg, which will be called BBQ Post 401. BBQ Post 401, the initial outpost of Dixie Bones, will serve homemade Southern barbeque from its Fredericksburg location. The Post name includes the last three digits of Fredericksburg’s zip code, 401. BBQ Post 401 … Continue reading

Shanghai Cafe

RESTAURANT REVIEW — When a good friend of ours recommended we try a Chinese restaurant that he said was the best he’s found in the Woodbridge area, of course we were skeptical. And when he said he had talked to the owner who said she was committed to having the best Chinese restaurant in the … Continue reading

Chada Thai

RESTAURANT REVIEW — For those of us who have traveled to Thailand or who just want to eat authentic Thai food as it is served in Bangkok–Chada Thai, then you must visit the recently reopened restaurant under new management at the crossroads of Gideon and Smoketown. It is a welcome addition to the Woodbridge restaurant … Continue reading

Siam Bistro

RESTAURANT REVIEW —We just discovered this new intimate and stylish Thai restaurant in the same shopping center as Safeway, Take and Bake and Madigan’s Grill. Two things stand out the most. One is the design inside. The owner tells me the design came from family members with help from a designer in New York. Dark … Continue reading

Fancy Fencing?

Fencing gives you a pretty good workout, and if you don’t believe that, just try it. It’s a little like boxing — very intense, brief periods of exercise that really tax your cardio system. For anyone interested in taking up the sport, Have Blade Will Travel will agree to do a one-time test demo for … Continue reading

Ariang Japanese Steakhouse

This new steakhouse/sushi bar in Dillingham Square is a nice addition to the neighborhood. While we haven’t tried the steak yet, we loved the sushi. The standard California Roll was excellent, as was the Spicy Tuna Roll. We also loved their soft shell crab tempura rolls as well; those were extraordinary! What surprised us most … Continue reading


RESTAURANT REVIEW — What a great find! It has been a mission of ours to find good restaurants in the Woodbridge area, especially family owned, non-chain restaurants that bring their own signature style to the table. Almita’s was a wonderful discovery, and one which satisfied that search criteria. Serving “real” Mexican and Salvadoran cuisine, the … Continue reading