Northern Virginia Magazine recently put out their guide to the 50 best restaurants in the area. Although my criteria for the best restaurants in the area is definitely different from theirs (high marks for Eventide in Clarendon was the first tip off), I found out that Vince and I had actually been to quite a few of these without the benefit of the guide. One of the more surprising picks was Foti's in Culpeper, VA, not because the food wasn't good, but because it is so out of the way!
Vince and I had a 1-month anniversary dinner there about a year ago and found it to be quite tasty. Although we didn't get any pictures of the food, here is a (blurry) one of the interior. It was pretty nice, not particularly memorable. I can't remember what we ate there, and I can probably still give you a bite by bite rendition of our first meal at Tosca. Still it was neat to see that our dining out instincts are still sharp, at least by NoVA mag standards. Willow Restaurant, also on the top 50 list, is quite delicious and centrally located if you live in the Arlington/Alexandria area.
If anyone else has read this issue of the magazine and eaten at one of the "top 50" leave a comment. What do you think? Do the restuarants live up to the hype??