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Best meatloaf?

littlew1ng Dec 8, 2008 02:47 PM

so, it's not haute cuisine but it definitely makes you feel nice and happy and homey and young again. who has the best meatloaf in the area?? i haven't yet had a really great one. Boulevard Woodgrill has an interesting spin on it with a tomato-romano sauce (or something like that) and while i enjoyed it, i''m hoping there are better ones out there. suggestions?

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    MikeR RE: littlew1ng Dec 8, 2008 03:08 PM

    Try the barbequed meat loaf at Hickory Grill (Loehman's Plaza - Falls Church). I haven't had it for a couple of years, but I thought it was pretty decent. It's not expensive, and if you don't like it, there's decent pho, good Indian, and a passable deli in the same strip of shopping center.

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      skipper RE: MikeR Dec 9, 2008 04:50 AM

      At least in the original location in Burtonsville, the Hickory Grill meat loaf is very spicy. I like spicy, and it was over my borderline the last time I had it.

    2. monkeyrotica RE: littlew1ng Dec 9, 2008 05:53 AM

      Loathe as I am to admit it, Cheesecake Factory does a really tasty meatloaf. And Whitlowe's on Wilson does a good one as well.

      Ted's Montana Grill has a bison meatloaf that's good, and they're doing a $15 meal deal (app, entree with sides, cookie) that's not bad at all. I've had worse at twice the price.


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        kneelconqueso RE: monkeyrotica Dec 9, 2008 07:09 AM

        what comes with the meatloaf at ccf? i can't stand that place, but the girlfriend loves it, and if i could find something i could stand on their menu, it'd make her really happy. so far, everything ive had there was met with terrible disappointment.

        whitlow's meatloaf is pretty great. i always sub in the macaroni and cheese for the mashed potatoes, and their collards are pretty tasty.

        wish there were more places to get meat and threes. or in this case, meat and twos

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          monkeyrotica RE: kneelconqueso Dec 9, 2008 08:58 AM

          My CCF meatloaf came with garlic mashed potatoes; I usually substitute because they use like a pound of butter in their mashed potatoes. I almost always get the avocado spring rolls. Simple, rich, and tasty.

          Whitlow's collars have been hit-or-miss. Sometimes their perfect, sometimes they go crazy with the salt to the point that they're inedible. But the meatloaf is consistent.

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        Elyssa RE: littlew1ng Dec 9, 2008 07:42 AM

        I love the meatloaf at The Majestic in Old Town Alexandria. I believe it is grilled, which is a little different. It is just done really well, tastes upscale yet traditional.

        I also agree that Ted Montana's makes a tasty meatloaf.

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          chicken kabob RE: Elyssa Dec 9, 2008 08:51 AM

          where is ted montana's? thanks!

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            monkeyrotica RE: chicken kabob Dec 9, 2008 08:55 AM

            It's in Old Town. Directly across the street from the Eisenhower Avenue Metro.


            Ted's Montana Grill
            2451 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22314

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              Elyssa RE: chicken kabob Dec 9, 2008 09:06 AM

              There is one in Crystal City.

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                BookGuy RE: Elyssa Dec 9, 2008 09:37 AM

                And a third one is in Ballston.

                May i note that while eating at the place, I felt fine, but felt extremely full afterward, something like overstuffed and wondered whether whatever Ted's recipe was that it lay there in my stomach like a stone. I was at Boulevard Woodgrill last week and had the meat loaf and emerged content and unscathed.

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              fisherdm RE: Elyssa Dec 10, 2008 01:31 PM

              I agree. The Majestic's meatloaf has got a depth of flavor imparted by the grilling. Usually served with mashed taters and green beans. Love it. Plus the ambience is fantastic, service is attentive, one of my fav. spots.

            3. littlew1ng RE: littlew1ng Dec 9, 2008 01:15 PM

              wow thanks for all the great tips! i've been meaning to try ted's — once i stop giggling about the fact that it's owned by ted TURNER. Hahahahaha. It does look like my kinda place though.

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                monkeyrotica RE: littlew1ng Dec 10, 2008 02:48 AM

                Ted's big selling point is that they big on renewable resources, recycling, etc. They minimize the use of plastics; their straws are the paper-and-wax kind. And Ted owns the big bison farm where the meat comes from; pretty sure the stuff is certified organic. Even if it isn't, it's a lot leaner than factory processed beef. As far as chains go, you could do a lot worse than Ted's.


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                  littlew1ng RE: monkeyrotica Dec 10, 2008 06:41 AM

                  that is so great to hear. an eco-conscious media mogul ..... who woulda thunk it? looking forward to trying it.

                  as far as bison goes....i'm ashamed to say i've never tried it? can anyone attest to its distinct flavors and their differences from beef, elk, etc.?

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                    monkeyrotica RE: littlew1ng Dec 10, 2008 07:30 AM

                    I don't find the flavor of bison distinct. Just tastes like very lean beef to me. It's not gamy, but can be dry if cooked well.

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                      hill food RE: monkeyrotica Dec 11, 2008 09:43 PM

                      bison is indeed much leaner than beef as is venison as well - very easy to overcook w/o a marinade or other precautions.

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                wysguymd RE: littlew1ng Dec 10, 2008 08:04 PM

                I'm not a big meatloaf fan, but like the meatloaf at Red Rock Canyon Grill in Gaithersburg. (also Silver Spring). They put sausage in it so it's a little spicy. I always subsitute the glazed carrots for green beans - they have possilbly the best tasting carrots. They also have a great chicken pot pie.

                Worst meatloaf is Hamburger Hamlet.

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                  casilady RE: wysguymd Jan 6, 2009 06:38 PM

                  I also like Red Rock Canyon's meatloaf (I've been to the Centreville location). It is spicy from the sausage and tomato gravy. I love their green beans. The chunky mashed potatoes are overloaded with pepper, though. I also have to agree their chicken pot pie is good. My two fave dishes there, although it's been about 2-3 years since I've been.

                  When Ted's opened in Cascades (Sterling, VA), I tried the meatloaf and thought it was fine. Although I didn't get excited over it. Maybe I should try it again.

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                    littlew1ng RE: casilady Jan 7, 2009 07:25 AM

                    my coworker talks about this place all the time but there aren't any metro-friendly locations. very unfortunate. now that gas prices are back down again though maybe i'll have to trek out there.

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                  Elyssa RE: littlew1ng Dec 11, 2008 06:13 AM

                  Has anyone ever had the meatloaf from CF Folks? It's on the specials menu today and all this talk about meatloaf has got me craving it. The problem is if meatloaf isn't done well then its pretty bad. :)

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                    chicken kabob RE: Elyssa Dec 11, 2008 12:58 PM

                    ADDIE'S in Rockville- It was the evening's special (Weds- do not know if it is every Wednesday?) ...it was great! Served with mashed potatoes /grilled asparagus.
                    Thick slab of meatloaf, carmelized onions and a few bite sized pieces of bacon-good, tangy sauce on top. Actually, the whole meal was amazing; including the beet, cucumber, spinach salad and peanut butter bomb and warm carrot cake desserts.

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                      Elyssa RE: Elyssa Dec 11, 2008 08:55 PM

                      I got the meatloaf (a Thursday special) at CF Folks for lunch today and it was quite good. Certainly filled that craving. The meat itself was delicious---it almost tasted like a hamburger, but in a good way. The gravy was very good with lots of onions. The only thing I wish it had was a few mushrooms. Served with mashed potatoes, salad, and a roll it was the perfect rainy, cold day lunch.

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                        littlew1ng RE: Elyssa Dec 12, 2008 06:54 AM

                        do you know if it's the special every thursday? pretty close to my office, and i get serious cravings for meatloaf at lunchtime. mccormick and schmicks is the only place nearby i can get it and it's not very good

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                          Dennis S RE: littlew1ng Jan 3, 2009 04:15 PM

                          I think it is. They do update their site somewhat regularly, but also post the menu out on the sidewalk.

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                            Elyssa RE: littlew1ng Jan 4, 2009 08:13 AM

                            I'm not sure. But as Dennis said, they update their website every single day with their specials so you might want to check that out: http://www.cffolksrestaurant.com/

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                        jazzandfood RE: littlew1ng Dec 11, 2008 12:56 PM

                        Overwood in Old Town Alexandria has an excellent grilled meatloaf.

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                          jodik RE: littlew1ng Jan 3, 2009 03:23 PM

                          I believe Daily Grill has meatloaf although I've never tried it.

                          Whole Foods actually has a really good version. I have had it from their carving station area at the Old Town location. Tastes very much like my mom used to make... with the sweet ketchup on the top.

                          I don't really like the Boulevard Woodgrill version, not sure why.

                          If I have meatloaf I usually make it home. Rachel Ray (I know, I know) has a great recipe for meatloaf with raisins and pinenuts stuffed with prosciuto, provolone cheese and arugula. I highly recommend it as meatloaf with a twist. Enjoy!


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                            italy531 RE: jodik Jan 3, 2009 05:38 PM

                            I am a fan of the Daily Grill meatloaf. I love the gravy versus standard tomato sauce.

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                              Meg RE: italy531 Jan 4, 2009 05:11 PM

                              Ditto for the Daily Grill. Last time I had it was with a mushroom gravy, for extra homestyle goodness.

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                            jodik RE: littlew1ng Jan 4, 2009 05:48 PM

                            Two more I just thought of Old Glory in G-town and Del Merei Grill in Del Ray.

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