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Foxfire Grill -- Annandale


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Foxfire Grill -- Annandale

weezycom | Jun 22, 2007 09:09 AM

It's located in the strip mall at the corner of Little River Turnpike and Braddock Road (across LRT from the Home Depot). Went there for a light dinner with a friend last night. Reasonably busy but several empty tables, so we were seated right away. Hostess was friendly.

This space used to be a Friendly's. They left the kitchen in the same place and kept the old floor but updated/upscaled the interior. On first glance, it looks sleek and modern -- glass partition walls, blond woods, halogen spots, etc. -- but after sitting for a few minutes, both my companion and I felt it was not a welcoming space. Too hard-edged, no sense of being able to relax in the room.

The service was pretty good, professional but not warm/engaging. They brought out a small bread basket which had two nice chewy sourdough rolls and a cheesey egg bread type of roll -- not as good as the sourdough. As for the meals, we split a steak salad with a creamy caesar-type dressing and a grilled chicken breast sandwich with avocado, bacon, grilled onions & mushrooms -- part of their "build your own burger" selection of toppings -- and we both got beers. Limited but reasonable beer selection with two private label brews, about half draft and half not.

The meals were cooked adequately, the salad greens were fresh and a good mixture, the steak was perfectly medium rare as requested, cut into 8 slices about the size of a vitamin bottle top (I don't know any steak that shape except maybe a very skinny tenderloin, but chewier) and virtually flavorless, so maybe it was just a lower grade tenderloin. The dressing also didn't have any special zing or tang or anything to make it stand out. The chicken sandwich was the more flavorful of the two dishes, but that had more to do with our choice of toppings. Fries were flabby, and they were cold by the time the plates reached the table.

Looking over the rest of the menu, it's long and looks pretty ambitious, and lots of seafood items, but the prices all look to be about $2 - $5 more per entree than what I would expect for a casual neighborhood joint. Our bill for a sandwich, salad, and 3 middle-of-the-road beers was $40.

So, underwhelming all in all.

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