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Last Minute Bday Lunch - Burgers/Pizza & Strwbry Shrtck near Cville VA

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Sasha360 Jul 18, 2009 09:41 AM

Hey, this is a bit last minute but thought I'd go ahead and post...see if I get any suggestions while I continue to look on my own. My mom's birthday is today and she is in the mood for Burgers/Pizza type of food (her words) and strawberry shortcake. Plus it's so nice out we would prefer a place with nice outdoor seating or a view.

Any suggestions? We are in Centreville but are willing to drive a little bit for the perfect place. Further east or west is fine.

Thanks in advance. And if I find a great place I'll post on the experience later.

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  1. Dennis S Jul 18, 2009 01:08 PM

    The outdoor thing is stumping me, for this fare especially. Closest I can think of off the top of my head is the Sweetwater in Sterling. I forget if the one on Gallows has outdoor seating.

    There used to be a "backyard" place in the shopping center at the corner of 50 and Centerville Road, on the side nearest Centerville Road. They probably fit the bill but I've never been.

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      Dennis S Jul 18, 2009 02:18 PM

      Here's a link to trip advisor's page for the Backyard place:
      http://bit.ly/fqe80

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        Sasha360 Jul 19, 2009 06:26 AM

        Thanks for the rec. We actually ended up at The Cheesecake Factory at Fair Oaks mall, they have outdoor seating but we sat inside. Staring at a parking lot just didn't really have that much appeal.

        I've been there before and was completely unimpressed. As far as I remember I didn't really like any of the dishes we ordered.

        However, this time around was much better. I'm pretty careful with my eating and wasn't ready to indulge in a calorie fest for some chain restaurant so I looked up the nutrition info online. I'm glad I did. I ordered the Ahi Carpaccio (Thin Slices of Raw Ahi Tuna, Wasabi Pesto, Creamy Avocado and Togarashi Aioli) which I shared with my Dad. It was good, however in the future I would ask for the sauce on the side. It comes with two sauces and one is decoratively drizzled all over the tuna. It had a nice flavor but I still scraped most of it off. For the main course I shared the Factory Burger with my mom. We got it on the wheat roll with no cheese. Given the number of burger places around these days I'm sure you could find a dozen better burgers but it was still pretty darn good. Plus the shape (sort of like a small hoagie) makes it easier to share than your typical burger.

        In the end we didn't even get the strawberry shortcake cause my Mom was trying to save room for dinner at my Aunt's later that night.

        Oh, and the tuna came with this cucumber and onion garnish which was good with the tuna and my Mom liked it so much she asked if she could order it as her side dish...they said yes.

        Anyhow, thanks again for the help. That combination had me thrown for a loop as well! Thankfully my Mom's not hard to please :)

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          Dennis S Jul 21, 2009 06:14 PM

          Thanks for reporting back. Not my choice, but this is guidance, not decision! And - it was your Mom's B-Day - wish her well.

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