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Not Your Average Joe‘s,Reston Town Center January 24, 2016

Posted by hslu in Food, Restaurants.
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Macaroni Grill used to occupy this location for years. We liked it a lot and we enjoyed its open-kitchen format and its house wine (Chianti) by the glass too. As casual dinning became popular, the old style formal restaurants like Macaroni Grill were left to die under its own weight. If I had to guess, monthly rent for this ~7,500 square feet restaurant must be over $30,000 a month. One needed to make about $300,000 just to break even.

After Macaroni Grill closed its door for almost a year, we saw construction people in and out of this place for several months. We knew someone brave enough would come to try his luck here.

About 2 weeks ago, Not Your Average Joe’s opened its door and we went to see what it was like. We have been to another NYAJ before and I remembered it was a burger joint.

I was wrong about this location because it was more than a burger place. It was a sports bar offering appetizers, salad, pizza, burgers, sandwiches, pasta, many draft beers from micro breweries and special cocktails.

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We ordered a turkey burger, a three-cheese pistachio pizza and two beers: a blue moon white ale and a dogfish head 60 minutes ipa from Delaware. The two beers were very much different in color and in taste with the 60 minute ipa very hoppy but balanced.

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cheese, hot pepper and olive oil

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Wonderful bread

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Both the turkey burger and pizza were as expected: nothing too special to write home about nor nothing too bad about them either. However, the turkey burger was a bit dry. I guessed what was considered healthy wasn’t supposed to taste good. We have to come back to try their “real” burgers some day.

The restaurant opened about a week ago when we went there. It was very busy and we had to wait for about 20 minutes at 1:30 PM on a weekday. May be NYAJ found the right vibe and people liked their food too.

 

 

 

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