A handful of Reston restaurants will be taking part in Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week next week.
About 250 restaurants from throughout the DC area will be participating this year. Each will be offering a three-course lunch for $22, a three-course dinner for $35, and for the first time, brunch for $22. In addition, a “rewards program” will be offered for those who book their reservations to any of the participating restaurants through the RWDMV website.
Reston restaurants that will be participating in the weeklong event include:
- M&S Grill (11901 Democracy Drive)
- The Melting Pot (11730 Plaza America Drive)
- McCormick & Schmick’s (11920 Democracy Drive)
- Morton’s The Steakhouse (11956 Market St.)
- PassionFish (11960 Democracy Drive)
Some of the restaurants are planning additional specials beyond the discounted meal deals.
— PassionFish Reston (@PassionFishRest) August 9, 2017
For more information, follow the Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week page on Facebook.
Starting today, parking in Reston Town Center is free for an hour before 5 p.m. and completely free all evening after 5 p.m. Patrons still have to pay a minimum of $2 for any time spent over an hour in the garages before 5 p.m.
In celebration of the new parking deal, at least two Reston Town Center restaurants are offering specials tonight.
Seafood restaurant PassionFish (11960 Democracy Drive) is hosting a “Parking Repeal Party” tonight in their bar/lounge, according to post on their Twitter account.
— PassionFish Reston (@PassionFishRest) June 5, 2017
“PassionFish has always offered parking validation, but is pleased that its fellow businesses will have the same advantages and that guests can visit more easily,” said Simoneink senior accounting director Meg Malloy, who works with PassionFish.
In addition, according to a Facebook post by French bistro Mon Ami Gabi (11950 Democracy Drive), the restaurant will have a special dinner menu item this week “to celebrate the return of free parking.”
Next Stop Theatre Company and PassionFish are teaming up for a special weekend package.
For $60, enjoy brunch at noon and VIP seating at a performance of “City of Angels” at 2 p.m. Package seats are available June 4 and 5.
Reservations must be made by 5 p.m. tonight.
The Live Theatre & Brunch Package includes:
A two-course brunch (including tax and gratuity) with a Bloody Mary or mimosa at PassionFish Reston in Reston Town Center.
A ticket to NextStop Theatre for a matinee of City of Angels with VIP reserved seating and a signature “matinee mimosa.”
Additional restaurant menu items or substitutions are subject to an additional charge. Package availability subject to ticket availability.
Clime will be a contestant on Rewrapped, a Food Network show airing at 8 p.m. in which chefs compete to put a new spin on old favorites.
PassionFish is also hosting a watch party in the bar to cheer on Clime.
Rewrapped, which began airing last spring, challenges three contestants to transform iconic snack foods. Previous episodes have taken on Twinkies, Goldfish and SpaghettiOs. First, the challengers attempt to duplicate the original item from scratch. Then, in the second round, they reimagine the food in a completely original dish. Clime’s episode concentrates on Cheez Waffies, a snack featuring cheese spread such as Velveeta.
The show is hosted by former NSYNC member Joey Fatone.
Clime has been executive chef at PassionFish since it opened at Reston Town Center in 2008. Among accolades for Clime and PassionFish:
- Maryland Seafood Festival Crab Bisque Competition — September 2013 – First Place in “Alternative Crab Soup” for his Butternut Squash and Crab Bisque.
- American Institute of Wine & Food [AIWF] Crab Cake Competition — June 2013 — Won the coveted “People’s Choice” Award for his Crab Cakes
- Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington — 2009 — PassionFish was nominated for Best New Restaurant RAMMY Award.
- Esquire Magazine – October 2009 – Featured in Esquire Magazine’s “20 Best Restaurants of 2009;” PassionFish was selected as one of the “15 Restaurants Not to Miss.”
- Washingtonian – January 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 – PassionFish was consistently named on of the Top 100 “Best Restaurants” within the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.
Tipsters say Robert Duvall spent Easter Sunday at Passionfish at Reston Town Center. The actor was with a small party of three, reports The Washington Post’s Reliable Source.
Duvall’s group had a seafood feast with oysters, crab cakes and soft-shell crabs.
Duvall, the 1983 Best Actor winner for Tender Mercies and star of other classics such as The Godfather and The Great Santini, lives on his horse farm in The Plains, Va.
Last week, Susan Sarandon accompanied her mother and other guests to PassionFish. Locals tell Reston Now Sarandon’s mom and sister both live in the area and she visits often.
The Washington Post’s Reliable Source column reports that actress Susan Sarandon, her mother Lenora Marie Criscione and a others dining at Reston Town Center’s Passionfish on Tuesday night. From the Reliable Source:
According to our tipsters, Sarandon, who graduated from Catholic University in 1968, and her group of five were tucked away at a private corner table.
They entered through the restaurant’s discreet side door, not because the Oscar-winner feared flashing iPhones but because of Tuesday’s downpour. Passionfish’s general manager greeted the group outside with an umbrella and led them inside.
No word as to why Sarandon and company were visiting Reston.
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