Try a taste of Historic Manassas

This week from February 23 to March 1, Historic Manassas restaurants will be opening their doors with welcoming meal specials.

Restaurant Week, an annual event, is a great way to tour the city and try the local flavor.  Taste cuisine from the Rajin Cajun fare at Okra’s to the New York style subs at the Deli Depot.  The city offers a smorgasbord of choices from Italian, Mexican, Greek to American.

Stroll around the streets and enjoy the museum, galleries, and specialty shops that make this quaint town unique. Historic stops with signs are scattered throughout the area to take you back in time.  Enjoy the experience!

Best brunch bonanza ideas

Shop til you eat!  Marathon holiday shopping on a Sunday morning can lead to a well-deserved brunch bonanza.  Scrambling to find a place that serves a yummy dippy egg with a side of toast, a fresh carved piece of ham, shrimp and a decent bloody mary can be a challenge.

What makes a great brunch?

  • Fresh seasonal fruit, especially strawberries — with a cool chocolate dipping fountain.
  • Made to order eggs and omelets — and a waitress that brings them to your table.  I haven’t found a place that performs this duty, but what a great idea!  I hate to wait in line with my plate.
  • A bloody mary made with hot sauce, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, veggies and a lemon speared on top with Old Bay seasoning on the rim is the best.  Cajun restaurants like Okra’s,  in Manassas, Va., advertise a brunch and can’t be beat for their Proud Mary.
  • Carving station with turkey, beef, or ham.  Especially the end pieces. Sequoia, a DC waterfront restaurant, offers views and meat slicing for your liking.
  • A place with atmosphere is preferred.   Artie’s in Fairfax, Va is a comfortable place with nautical themes and a warm environment.
  • Great staff.  A place where everyone will know your name is a diner. Diners usually serve breakfast all day, however, some offer a brunch spread too.  Ashton Family Restaurant, Manassas, Va. is a friendly diner with an intimate brunch and homey decor.

A brunch is a nice treat for catching up with family and friends during the Sunday holiday shopping rush.

What is your favorite brunch spot and why?