If you are looking for a great spot to hang out for date night or try a new restaurant, I highly recommend the additions to Mosaic District. We head out to Mosaic often for special events or to grab drinks -- and it's our go-to pit stop on the way home from DC when we're looking to grab a bite to eat.
I was invited to come do a "Mosaic Dish" tour with a group of bloggers and we checked out 4 of the restaurants on the property -- Cyclone Anaya's, B-Side, True Food Kitchen, and Gypsy Soul by RJ Cooper. I took my mom as my +1 for a fun night out :)
We started off in the upstairs bar at Cyclone Anaya's which is an upscale Mexican Kitchen. If you're a fan of a jalapeño margarita (which is my go-to drink), then you definitely have to top in and grab one. It paired perfectly with their shrimp and lobster street tacos. Yum!
Our next stop was over to True Food Kitchen where we were greeted with a very aesthetically pleasing arrangement of raw veggies and specialty non-alcoholic drinks. Best thing on their menu was the edamame dumplings with white truffle oil. I recommend the Hangover RX - very refreshing with coconut water, vanilla, and pineapple.
If you're looking for an intimate gathering or just drinks with a friend - definitely check out B Side, an offshoot of Red Apron Butcher. This place had the vibe of a dive bar - but more high end. It's smaller, with only 15 seats at the bar, and much more intimate than the other restaurants we visited. I have to say that I am not a whiskey drinker by any means, but I was hooked on what they were serving! Try the Old Brown Shoe - Old Overholt Rye, lemon, and cinnamon honey syrup.
We ended the night at Gypsy Soul with Chef RJ Cooper himself. Really really really good food - and he shared many of his stories and inspirations behind his dishes.
Do not come here if you're counting calories - but do come here for deep flavors and really rich dishes. Plus, the drinks were on point with two great mixologists behind the bar. If you're a Midwesterner like me, you'll probably fall in love with the pimento cheese appetizer. So simple, but it's one of my faves! and you can never go wrong with shrimp and grits!
Hi! my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! I'm known to live on the wild side and order Venti iced double shots at 5pm.
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