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

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

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Almost every year they appear on someone’s Best Burgers, Best Bargain or Readers’ Choice list. They began as a small local startup with one store in Arlington almost 25 years ago before expanding to five Northern Virginia locations. They keep it simple, offering burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, fries and Cokes. They’re Five Guys … Continue reading

Uncle Julio’s

By WL Reader GlynFP1 RESTAURANT REVIEW (Reader Review) — I recently went to the newly opened Uncle Julio’s restaurant, located at the Stonebridge Town Center, adjacent to Wegman’s. I was in a party of five for a Girls’ Night Out and we were looking forward to going somewhere new. Besides, we had heard that Uncle … Continue reading

Amici’s Restaurante

RESTAURANT REVIEW — This is a local, family owned, classic Italian restaurant without a lot of bells and whistles, where the focus really is on quality food. We were pleasantly surprised that they make a very tasty pizza. Amici’s is one of several relatively new restaurants in the shopping center anchored by the Harris Teeter … 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

Carrabba’s Italian Grill

RESTAURANT REVIEW — We must admit that we carry a bit of a bias against chain restaurants. As we’ve mentioned on this site before, we like to search out one-of-a-kind establishments in our area for a unique experience. However, Carrabba’s has changed my mind. We were very impressed not only with the food and extensive … 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

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

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

RESTAURANT REVIEW — We like to find independent restaurants to eat at — local gems that are different and unusual — restaurants that are not part of national chains. True independent establishments. In Woodbridge, however, that can be a bit of a challenge. Of course, our curiosity has lured us into some nearby chain restaurants, … Continue reading

Cheeseburger in Paradise

Cheeseburger in Paradise is a burger joint with a tropical flair. Does that leave you scratching your head? Well, some of you may not know the origins of the place: It’s a multi-state burger chain with six restaurants in Virginia, including the Woodbridge location, and was created by singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett who first wrote the … Continue reading


I am a huge sushi lover, and this restaurant does it very well. If you haven’t been to a Japanese steakhouse restaurant where you sit around the chef at his grill with other patrons, you owe it to yourself and your family to give it a try. It is amazing how skilled these chefs are … Continue reading