Bart Farrell Oysters 2017, Taste of Tysons

It may be hard to imagine but in the late 1800’s through the turn of the century, oyster beds were so abundant in the Chesapeake Bay that they were known to pose as navigational hazards for ships sailing the bay. During this time, the nation’s capital was home to many saloons serving this local delicacy along with a tasty beverage …


Dani J. Keating Features, Staff Picks, Taste of Tysons

If washing down the heat with a nice cold beer is at the top of your to-do list this fall, then get your calendar ready. Oktoberfest in the tristate area, which begins in mid-September and runs through October, is a great way to quench your thirst and please your palette. Enjoy authentic German food, beer, wine, and polka dance to …

10 Unique Coffee Shops in Northern Virginia

Lani Furbank Features, Taste of Tysons

On a brisk fall morning, nothing beats the comfort of stepping inside a coffee shop and warming up with a hot cup of coffee in a big, inviting armchair. Northern Virginia’s coffee scene is growing fast, and it’s catering to fast-moving professionals and casual conversationalists alike. Our region is home to world class latte artists who expertly pour lattes, local …

DC Restaurant Week: Tysons & Reston Area Participating Restaurants, Tips and Menus

Lisa Shapiro Talk of Tysons, Taste of Tysons

It’s that time of year, again! DC Restaurant Week is here! Enjoy special three-course, prix-fixe meals at these Tysons and Reston area participating restaurants for DC Restaurant Week, August 14 through August 20. Also, keep in mind that many restaurants extend their promotions a week or even up to a month! During this promotion, enjoy three or more courses for …

Cookouts & Barbecues

Michael Evans Taste of Tysons

Summer is finally here and it’s a great time to celebrate with family and friends! Whether through a casual get-together by the pool or in the park, this is the time to enjoy. The Washington Metro area is filled with ample opportunities to get out, cook out, and have fun with great food and friends!

Maggie Malick Wine Caves

TysonsToday Staff Taste of Tysons

Bring a jacket when you visit Maggie Malick Wine Caves, because the wine cave, which serves as both production facility and tasting room, stays a cool 60 to 64 degrees year round. In the days before electricity and refrigeration, wine makers used caves to take advantage of their high humidity and constant cool temperatures to prevent evaporation and maintain the …

Community Gathering Place: Cafesano Italian & Mediterranean Bistro

Renee Sklarew Taste of Tysons

“This is where you can go to get healthy food every single day,” explains Gino Maza, the general manager at Cafesano. Maza oversees Cafesano’s kitchen, dining area and the restaurant’s very busy take out business. “It’s been a success since the day it opened its doors,” writes Reston real estate agent Eve Thompson in Reston Now about Cafesano. The name …

Voyage to the Mediterranean: Phoenicia Resto & Lounge

Renee Sklarew Taste of Tysons

There’s a grand brick building on Gallows Road in Vienna you can’t help but notice. Bright lights shine through expansive windows cluing passersby there’s a party going on. A carved wooden ship poised by the entrance hints at the elaborate décor you’ll find inside. A glittering red chandelier shoots crystal rainbows on the walls. A vibrant mural, featuring ancient traders …

Lift Your Spirits

Elaine Watt Staff Picks, Taste of Tysons

Two years from idea to fruition, the doors of MurLarkey Distilled Spirits, LLC opened just days into the new year of 2016 in Bristow, Virginia. Thomas Murray had completed a successful career as a high-tech executive and was thinking about his next best chapter. His cousin, Mike Larkin, had been toying with the idea of opening a distillery. Descendants of …

Red, White…and Green

Linda Barrett Staff Picks, Taste of Tysons

Virginia’s Wineries Commit to Environmentally-Responsible Operations Number five in the nation for wine production, but still number one in our hearts, Virginia wineries and vineyards offer a pleasant respite from busy lives. With such beautiful settings and delicious quaffs, one can only relax and enjoy without thinking of the cares of the world.