alexandria va

Yet again, I’ve ventured to Virginia!  This time, it was for Farrah Olivia during Restaurant Week with P3.

  • Food:Offering their entire menu during RW (with a few extra charges for some dishes), it was an overall outstanding experience.  P3 ordered the painted soup with fruitwood smoked apple, gingered squash, and beet cider.  P3 loved the smoky apples and the soup had a great creamy flavor.  I ordered the shocked escolar with soy pearls, pickled quince, and wasabi.  Now I didn’t know this, but escolar, if eaten in large quantities, *ahem* can cause some gastrointestinal problems.  This quantity, at least for me, did not.  Then P3 ordered the chicken breast with curry banana crust and quinoa salad.  The banana crust was phenomenal with an amazing sweet and crunchy texture.  The quinoa salad was also really good.  I ordered the pork loin which was really moist and delicious.  For dessert, P3 ordered the citrus fruits with lemon cheesecake, candied citrus segments, and thyme syrup.  I ordered the chocolate brownie, toasted marshmallow, and raspberry-beet sorbet.  While P3’s was good, I loved mine — and I don’t even like marshmallows that much.  For $15 each, we chose the wine pairings with each course.  Wow was that a good deal! 
  • Service: P3 thought our server was coming over a bit too much, but I thought she was being very attentive.  She also clearly knew a lot about the menu and was able to answer all our questions. 
  • Atmosphere:Next door to a Balducci’s, the exterior is deceiving because inside, there’s such an outstanding restaurant.  It’s a small dining room — only about 20-30 tables.  The interior is warm and inviting, filled with browns and greens. 
  • Attire: Business casual
  • Price: $$$
  • Overall:I loved it.  The food, presentation, and service was phenomenal.  This was my favorite restaurant to try during Restaurant Week because I felt I was given a lot of great menu choices.  I definitely recommend trying this place out if you haven’t already!


  • Reservations required.
  • Hours: Tue-Sat 11:00 am-2:30 pm, 5:30-10 pm, Sun 11 am-2:30 pm, 5-9 pm
  • Address: 600 Franklin St.; Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Ph: 703-778-2233

It’s a rare occasion, but I went to Virginia.  I’m not against going to VA or MD, but it’s just that there’s so many excellent places in the DC-area.  And, it’s not the most convenient to try some of these places when you’re car-less.   I went to Heebeen with a friend who has a car — and loves Korean food.  She’s the same person who recommended Woo Lae Oak, so I knew she’d know what she was talking about.

  • Food: What I love about Korean restaurants is the banchan.  The second and third photos are of our half-eaten banchan and I will attempt to identify them.  In the second photo, top left it’s Sigeumchi-namul, then top right is Korean potato salad, then I don’t know what’s on the bottom left (but I didn’t like the gelatin texture but there was a good flavor), then on the bottom right is kimchi.  In the second photo, top left is Oi sobak-i and the bottom left is Miyeok-muchim.  In the last photo, that’s my bibim bap in a clay pot.  The reason I got the clay pot (thanks to my friend) is because the egg they put on the top, you mix it all together and then the egg keeps cooking creating an amazing rice and egg crust.  Oh God, so good. 

Heebeen Restaurant  Heebeen Banchan 1  Heebeen Banchan 2  Heebeen Bibim Bap

  • Service: I don’t think I drank the Diet Coke fast enough.  They were fantastic about the refills and very polite.
  • Atmosphere: While the restaurant is in a shopping mall and the exterior leaves something to be desired, inside it’s a HUGE restaurant.  In the middle is an enormous buffet that offers a sampling of everything. 
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $$
  • Overall: If I had a car, I’d eat here every weekend.  It’s inexpensive, healthy, and so good.  Plus, it’s filling — I didn’t eat dinner the night I ate here.  


  • Reservations accepted (though the place is 10,000 sq ft). 
  • Address: 6231 Little River Tnpk; Alexandria, VA 22312
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30 am – 11:00 pm ; Sat-Sun 12:00 pm -11:00 pm
  • Ph: 703-941-3737