1/4 chicken (white meat) plate – El Pollon

1/4 chicken (white meat) plate - El Pollon
With fried yuca and onion and tomato salad. $5.99
El Pollon, Ranson WV

Mmm, I love Peruvian rotisserie chicken. This was very flavorful, but the breast meat was a bit dry. That’s what I get for opting for the white meat. I loved the sides though, especially the onion and tomato salad. The fried yuca was also good and not greasy.

Shenandoah Caverns
Shenandoah Caverns, Quicksburg VA.

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Wagyu beef short rib – Volt

Wagyu beef short rib - Volt
Marinated in shio koji, pureed salsify, pan roasted salsify, grilled leeks. Tasting menu $95
Volt, Frederick MD

Eh, this wasn’t my favorite dish. The short rib tasted fine, but I wasn’t a fan of the accompanying flavors. The pureed and pan roasted salsify components were too much. Or maybe I’ve discovered that I’m not a fan of salsify (which probably isn’t true). Anyway, I guess you can’t like everything…

Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park, VA.

Duck rillette – Tuscarora Mill

Duck rillette - Tuscarora Mill
Dijon, cornichons, caper berries, croustades. $7
Tuscarora Mill, Leesburg VA

Mmm, the duck rillette was very tasty and super rich. It was also nicely priced at what I thought was a low seven bucks. My cocktail was on the sweet side. Otherwise, I wasn’t too impressed by the restaurant. It seemed old and outdated, not in a good charming way, more in a tired and sad way.

Makers Mark Manhattan cocktail - Tuscarora Mill
Makers Mark Manhattan. $11.50

Great Falls Park
Great Falls Park, McLean VA.

Pasta bolognese – Volt

Pasta bolognese - Volt
Calamari and pepperoni, roasted tomatoes, ricotta cheese cavatelli with squid ink, grated parmigiano reggiano. Tasting menu $95
Volt, Frederick MD

This pasta was very rich and delicious. I like that it was unconventional with the seafood additions of calamari in the sauce and squid ink in the pasta. These ingredients really changed the flavor and feel of the bolognese. This was about the point when I was getting VERY full and started wondering how many more dishes were left, hehe.

Sazerac cocktail - Volt
Sazerac: rye, bitters, lemon, fennel. $11

Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park, VA.