It's not often that "date night" is for just the two of us, but last week my parents kept B on a mini vacation in Richmond, so we had an opportunity to get out and dine at TRIO Grill.
TRIO is a new, high end chophouse created by the folks behind DC's Circa restaurants. It's located in Merrifield (near Mosaic District) and offers a "new take on steak." The atmosphere is sophisticated, but not stuffy. Live piano music plays nightly and was perfect ambience for a classy dinner while still enjoying the contemporary vibes.
We started right off with handcrafted cocktails per the recommendation from their master mixologist's list: I ordered "A Drink with Hemingway" (10 Cane rum, lime, Prosecco and Boston Bittahs) and he ordered a very fitting "Steve McQueen" (Buffalo Trace bourbon, apricot preserves, lemon, cinnamon syrup, egg white, and Fee Brothers bitters).
As for what to eat, we did a tasting of the menu and dove right in to the fresh shucked Crispy Fried Oysters with creamed spinach and spicy hollandaise sauce along with my go-to: the Tuna Tartare. Next, we ordered the Roasted Beets & Black Tuscan Kale salad. I'm not a huge fan of beets in general, but anything paired with goat cheese is sure to win me over!
When it was time for the entrees, our waiter recommended their very popular Diver Scallops which were porcini crusted and served with creamy mushroom risotto, mascarpone, and basil oil. Being the carnivore that he is, he ordered the Center Cut Filet with Yukon whipped potatoes, sautéed asparagus, and chianti jus. Both meals were beautiful in appearance, and tasted as good as they looked!
TRIO is a great place for a date night, after work drinks, or a private dining occasion -- and they have the only cigar lounge in Merrifield. They offer Happy Hour Monday-Friday from 4-7 & Sunday Brunch from 11-3.
We'll definitely be back for our next date night -- or I'm even thinking it'd be a great location for a RHNOVA Girls Night Out meetup!
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