NOTHING BUNDT CAKES
21305 Windmill Parc Drive Suite 130 Dulles, VA 20166
If you’re looking for the perfect dessert for any celebration, make sure to visit Nothing Bundt Cakes! Right around the corner from Dulles Town Center Mall, these delicious cakes are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.
A cheerful shop filled with quirky gifts and kitchen goods, the staff welcomes each customer and directs them to the free sample of the day. Browse their look book of cake decorations – over 100 styles are available for order, from football to baby showers to weddings to birthdays.
With a menu of 9 standard flavors and one seasonal flavor, there is a bundt cake for everyone. Every bite is incredibly moist-a fluffy bite of decadence that will coax even the most savory taste buds to the sweet side. Try the white chocolate raspberry, which has raspberry puree mixed in, or the red velvet made with buttermilk and a cocoa batter with chocolate chips–and all cakes are topped with their signature cream cheese frosting.
For owners France and Vernon Saunders, this shop is a testament to their faith and dedication. France Saunders began the process of applying for the franchise before even tasting a cake, overcoming various hurdles before finally opening their doors in September. Saunders said their bakery promotes togetherness and family, and they are excited to be a part of the community to serve their guests any way they can.
“My favorite part of owning the bakery is just the fun and happiness it brings to other people’s lives,” said Saunders. “I see the expression on people’s faces when they taste the cake for the first time… it touches my heart to make people happy.”
21475 Epicerie Plaza Sterling, VA 20165
In the mood for award-winning pizza? Stop by Cascades Overlook and dine at Coal Fire. Fresh ingredients, many sourced from local markets? Check. Dressings, sauces and mozzarella made from scratch, in-house? Check. Responsibly mined coal? Check.
At a toasty 900 degrees, your pizza (and other menu items) get the royal treatment using anthracite coal, which is the oldest, hardest and cleanest coal. It’s essentially free of smoke and has very low emissions, making sure your food is charred to perfection, but without overly smoky or burnt flavors.
Coal Fire bakes artisan style pizzas, a thin yet not too crunchy crust that is definitely a step up from your average pie. But their oven tackles more than just pizza – try an order of their coal fired wings or the roasted veggie sandwich.
If you’re looking for pizza, try the Bianco Speciale – and jazz it up by choosing their signature sauce, a slightly sweet take on the classic Italian tomato sauce or the spicy sauce for a real kick of flavor.
It’s hard to choose between the all the pasta options, but the pasta Bolognese is a perfect compliment to their pizza, a deliciously smoky and sweet dish with a creamy tomato sauce over angel hair pasta. Or, if you’re looking to step outside the realm of traditional Italian cuisine, order the beef brisket “coalby” which features brisket that has been cooked for twelve hours with a homemade dry rub and is topped with coleslaw and a sweet barbeque sauce. Buon appetito!
19890 Belmont Chase Drive Unit 135 Ashburn, VA 20147
As the name might suggest, Baker’s Crust started in 1993 in southern Virginia as a bakery and deli, but now with its 7th location at Belmont Chase, has evolved into a hipster restaurant with a vibe that wouldn’t be out of place in Seattle or Brooklyn.
Not only an in-house dining experience, Baker’s Crust’s rooftop patio is available for special event rentals, and their catering team can provide thoughtful menus prepared for any occasion.
On the main floor, a large bar invites guests to take a seat and explore the 30 taps of primarily local brews or a carefully crafted cocktail like the charred gin fizz – a tart and piney beverage garnished with a beautifully bruleed grapefruit wedge. If dining al fresco is your style, visit the pet-friendly patio on the ground floor or head upstairs to the rooftop patio – the first in Ashburn.
Your new favorite location for brunch, Baker’s Crust features an extensive menu from eggs benedict to crepes to salads – and does them all well. With cruelty-free meat from New Zealand and a farm-to-fork model, they boast no GMOs or pesticides in their food.
For savory palates, try the Swanky Eggs Benedict with fried chicken and bacon on a sweet potato biscuit or the Baltimore Eggs Benedict with lump crab and Old Bay. Both are topped with their perfectly seasoned, homemade hollandaise sauce and come with hash browns on the side. If you’re looking to stay on the lighter side, consider their Fresh Berry and Green Yogurt bowl or the Wine Country Salad, a texturally diverse and refreshing dish with crunchy pear, sweet strawberries and candied pecans.
Anyone with a sweet tooth will love the buttermilk pancakes, dusted in confectioner’s sugar or the Noisette Crepe, which is topped with almonds and chocolate sauce and comes with a scoop of gelato. Other guest favorites include the chicken and waffles, and while not the flashiest item on the menu – the maple sausage links take the prize for this brunch’s unsung hero.
BITES WINE & GRILLED CHEESE BAR
105 S. King Street Leesburg, VA 20175
Restaurateur Damian Dajcz has another hit on his hands. On the heels of opening his second Senor Ramon Taqueria location in Sterling, his third restaurant has received considerable hype – even before they opened their doors. Bites Wine and Grilled Cheese Bar opened in September 2017, just around the corner from the original Senor Ramon Taqueria location in Leesburg, and has opened to rave reviews from the community.
The sandwiches have all the comfort of your mom’s classic grilled cheese, but with a twist: creative breads, gourmet spreads and cheese blends that will leave you licking your fingers. There are options for vegetarians and Bites offers gluten-free bread, so no one is left out of the fun.
“We wanted Bites to gear toward any kind of person,” said Ashley Saxon, Operation Manager for all of Dajcz’s restaurants. “We really wanted to make it where it’s a homey feel. There’s nothing more homey than a grilled cheese and a cup of tomato soup… so why not throw a glass of sangria in that mix and come hang out with us?”
With some fun names like “The Hogback” and “The Oatlands,” their menu has a little sweet, a little savory and a whole lot of cheese. If you’re in the mood for a kick in the taste buds, give The Ramon a try. Served on cheddar jalapeno bread with grilled guacamole, pico de gallo and their four-cheese house blend, it’s a seriously satisfying mouthful. Or consider The Hamilton, a perfect fall sandwich served on cranberry walnut bread with a sweet fig spread, brie and gruyere cheese.
And don’t forget about a beverage to accompany your food – their robust bar menu gives options whether you want wine, beer or liquor. Try a glass of their colorful Spanish sangria, made in house from a family recipe. Layers of fruit flavor provide a sweetness that is balanced beautifully with the cognac, triple sec and red wine. Or, if you’re in the mood for some bubbles, order the Lavender Fizz: Prosecco and a lavender infused simple syrup made in-house, topped organic lavender blooms.