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The Tysons Corner area has become a haven for foodies in Northern Virginia. It’s newest addition, Urban Plates is a California transplant located in the Tysons Galleria Mall. Even with some stiff competition nearby, Urban Plates will succeed. How can it not, with incredible high quality fresh food and a modest price point? I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek into Urban Plates during a staff training event prior to their opening next week.
The training they were providing the restaurant staff was impressive. Everyone, from the person who welcomes you upon entry to the Executive Chef Seth Olinger was dedicated and passionate about providing every guest with a great dining experience. All dishes are prepared in-house, from the decadent desserts down to the salad dressings. Urban Plates uses the freshest local ingredients and prepares your meal before your eyes using an open kitchen method. The menu offers a selection of Urban Greens which are large size salads with fresh and adventurous seasonal ingredients, their Plates and Bowls are entrees with a choice of health conscious options or hearty comfort foods for those wanting to indulge. There are wonderful sandwich selections served on hearty rustic breads accompanied by your choice of mouthwatering sides and soups, and a heads up, it’s hard to resist the delicious cookies and desserts made fresh from scratch.
Your order can be modified to accommodate certain allergy or dietary restrictions and there are many vegetarian and vegan options available as well. Keeping in line with the intention of using locally sourced ingredients there is a small selection of craft beers and wines. Fresh juices and natural sodas, even kombucha on tap are available. A dining experience at a restaurant serving this quality of food typically comes with a hefty price tag but not at Urban Plates. If that wasn’t enough to make you feel good about your visit, it was great to learn that Urban Plates is very involved with local charities and extends this generosity to the communities in which they are located. Horton’s Kids is the Washington D.C. based charity which will benefit and empower some well deserving young people living in underserved neighborhoods..
The first East Coast Urban Plates opens their doors in Tysons Galleria for lunch and dinner starting Monday, July 16, 2018.
1782M Galleria at Tysons II
Tysons, VA 22102
COLLEEN MCHALE is an account executive at PoshSeven and a registered yoga teacher in Loudoun County.