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RedRocks in OldTown

Hi everyone! Almost everyone in the world loves pizza. Although all pizza may look the same, they often are made differently. To me, how one makes pizza is the most important. At RedRocks Pizza, their pizza is made in a wood fire and offers neapolitan style pizzas. RedRocks have locally inspired dishes. No wonder their pizza is award winning!

Redrocks, located in Old Town Alexandria, is such a cute place, it’s perfect for date night, date lunch, or even perfect for family and friends gathering. Although it looks like a small place from the outside, the inside proves you wrong. The ambiance has such a nice warm feel to it. It definitely feels intimate but also fun. I love how the kitchen with the wood fire for the pizzas was open so you can actually see how your pizza is made! FullSizeRender-9.jpgFullSizeRender-6.jpgFullSizeRender-5.jpgIMG_4103.JPG

I was able to try house toast, which is made from scratch as well, the il fungo pizza, and the charred brussels sprouts. Check out what I thought of each below!

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The house toast is also made from scratch alongside everything else. It was so soft and the most amazing bread I’ve ever tasted. The olive oil and spiced olive oil were on another level. Just as amazing! I didn’t know something so simple could be out of this world.

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The il Fungo pizza! Oh my, I could literally eat this forever. It had the right amount of cheese, the right types of cheese. Wood fire pizza does make the difference when it comes to pizzas. Although it may look small, it’s so filling. The mixed mushrooms, fontina cheese, goat cheese, thyme, and oil = such an unbelievable combination. To die for!

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To be honest- I was never a fan of brussels sprouts. I was afraid to try this because I assumed it would taste bitter. I never really tried brussels sprouts before this. However, wow, was I wrong. These charred brussels sprouts were amazing! I surprisingly finished the whole plate and got my vegetable serving in! It was really hard to believe I was just eating vegetables. Truly tasty.

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http://redrocksoldtown.com

https://www.instagram.com/redrocksdc

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Markham Street Cafe

Happy Friday everyone! I hope everyone had a great week. I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for the weekend. Last week, I had the pleasure of reviewing a new restaurant, Markham Street Cafe, that opened up in my neck of the woods. Markham Street Cafe is still in their soft opening stage, but is planning on having their grand opening. This beautiful restaurant/cafe is more than what I can try to describe. Cozy, absolutely amazing decor, ambiance. Markham Street Cafe is going for the California cafe vibe, and with their succulents and decor, I can say they nailed it! The best part is that the owners (including the chef), and staff are so polite and friendly. Oh, forgot to mention that the food is nothing less than their service: impeccable! I was able to try a few items from their menu, which isn’t set in stone due to the soft opening. However, a more concrete menu, a full bar, live music, decor from local artists, and much more are in the works post grand opening. Check out their amazing food below and what I thought about each one! Plus, some views of their decor.

Paragon Salad, minus the beef: Thai beef (not included), red and green cabbage, fresh greens, spicy cashews, cucumber, sliced radish, onion, spicy Thai vinaigrette.

OMG, I thought this salad was amazing. I am not a fond of salads as they tend to be dry, bland, and just not exciting. However, this salad was full of flavor and the thai vinaigrette was just wow. 5/5 for me.

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Gruyere Mac and Cheese with Applwood Smoked Bacon: Cavatappi pasta, gouda, gruyere, parmesan with crispy applewood smoked bacon, and fried shallot.

Ok, this dish may be biased because I can kill for mac and cheese or any dish that is loaded with cheese. Mac and Cheese is my go to comfort food and this did not dissapoint. 5/5 for me. Would give it 10/5 if I could.

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Creamy Tomato Bisque:  Roasted tomato-extra virgin olive oil-cream.

This tomato bisque was definitely creamy. The flavor was on point! Of course, the name of the dish stated it’s creamy, so I would give it a 4/5 just because it was a little too creamy for me (I like not too bisque-y bisques), however if that’s how you roll, then its a 5/5 for you. Definitely a 5/5 for presentation!

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Cubano Sandwich: Mojo pork, pickled cucumber, provolone, smokey bacon, mustard dressing.

What a filling sandwich! Served with a pickle and fries, it surely does hit the spot. The Cubano is not dripping with sauce; a little more would’ve been nice. However, it has so much flavor and bread is toasted the right amount. The pork was succulent. 4/5.

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Overall, the food was amazing. I would definitely recommend stopping by and having a bite to eat. Check out their pages below as well as their decor!

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https://www.instagram.com/markhamstreetcafe

https://www.facebook.com/TheMarkham/

https://www.yelp.com/biz/markham-street-cafe-annandale-2

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See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz