By: Thanh Buswell, Guest Blogger
Bobby Flay selected Virginia for his 15th Bobby’s Burger Palace location nationwide. Yesterday marked the restaurant’s grand opening and Real Housewives of Northern Virginia was invited to a private media lunch prior to the noon public opening. Andrea, our Real Housewives of NOVA ring leader, reached out to me about attending. As total Food Network junkie, Bobby Flay fan and man-food lover in general, I was all for it!
At 10:00am, there was already a line started with the first woman parked in her lawn chair. Walking into the restaurant, there was definitely a buzz of excitement. Bobby Flay was as down-to-earth and casual as you see him on his many Food Network shows, wearing jeans and a tucked-in BBP tee shirt. Luckily, a few of us were able to squeeze in five minutes of one-on-one time with Bobby Flay. Armed with a couple questions from NOVA Housewives readers, I sat down across from a very blue-eyed Bobby Flay to chat about what he keeps in his pantry, his favorite thing to cook for his wife Stephanie, and the celebrity chef he’s ready to do a ‘throwdown’ with:
RHNOVA: What food do you keep in your house for quickly throwing together dinner on a crazy day?
BF: I have canned tomatoes to make tomato sauce. I have lots of different shaped pastas and couscous and then I have lots of things in my pantry like olives and capers, anchovies, parmesan cheese because it keeps really well. I always feel like having lots of ingredients in your dry pantry to throw pastas together is the best thing to have.
RHNOVA: What’s your favorite food to cook for your wife?
BF: To cook for my wife? Whatever she wants. I’m her short order cook, meaning it really varies. She’s from Texas so she likes southern food. It could be like, in the morning she likes biscuits and gravy with sausages or a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. For dinner, she likes fried chicken, she likes chicken Milanese. Sometimes she just wants a big ol’ steak.
RHNOVA: Can she cook?
BF: She can cook about six dishes really well; that’s all you really need.
RHNOVA: If you could have a throwdown with any celebrity chef who would it be?
BF: Celebrity Chef? Oh, Gordon Ramsey.
RHNOVA: Aren’t you scared he’s going to yell at you?
BF: Not at all.
RHNOVA: Final question, what is your favorite Housewives franchise?
BF: Jersey, of course!
Okay, Bobby – we’ll give that one since you’re from NY!
Shortly after the Q&A session, Bobby Flay made a formal introduction of the new BBP restaurant, described his restaurant concept, ingredients and what he loves about BBP. Key takeaways:
· Burgers are made with Certified Angus Beef with 80/20 fat ratio cooked on a hot griddle and served with a soft, sesame seed bun
· French fries are hand-cut in house and prepped using the Parisian Brasserie technique
· The shakes are 11 oz of ice cream in 10 natural flavors, pistachio being the cult-classic
· You can order any burger “crunchified” (topped with a thin layer of chips) for free
What else? Bobby’s got a thing about not taking shortcuts with his food, including serving a burger with half-melted cheese. Hanging in the kitchen with the chefs is a sign that reads: “Bobby Says Melt the Cheese Completely.”
I ordered the Classic Crunch Burger, French Fries and the Black & White Shake, Bobby Flay’s favorite shake flavor. My burger was well seasoned with oo-ey melted cheese and the french fries were fresh-cut and served with a really great BBP fry sauce that is made with mayo, roasted red pepper and chipotle chile.
By the time I left, there was a lengthy line, curving around another side of the mall with many NOVA residents ready to have the BBP experience.
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BBP is located out front of the main entrance of Potomac Mills Mall (near the movie theatre) at 2712 Potomac Mills Circle, Woodbridge, VA 22192. For on-the-go burger lovers, take-out service and online ordering are available. BBP is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Burgers range from $6.75 to $7.75; and a Kid’s BBP Burger Deal is also available. Visit www.bobbysburgerpalace.com for further details or call BBP Potomac Mills at (703) 490-2121. For information on Bobby Flay, visit www.bobbyflay.com.
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.