Tag Archives: Gainesville

Chik-Fil-A opens in Gainesville, VA

13 Mar

Times are hard. Free food for a year? Now, that’s something worth sleeping in a parking lot for. Especially when it’s Chik-Fil-A. I wish I had known when it opened. I probably would have done the same thing. See some more photos the Washington Post took here.

Chik-Fil-A in Gainesville, VA

Chik-Fil-A in Gainesville, VA

Osaka Japanese Steak & Seafood Restaurant in Gainesville, VA

17 Feb
Osaka Japanese Steak & Seafood

Osaka Japanese Steak & Seafood

Last Friday, we celebrated our friend Trish’s birthday at Osaka Japanese Steak & Seafood restaurant. It’s a really great place for birthdays. They give you a birthday ballon, sing a song, give you a piece of cake, and even let you take a swing at a traditional Japanese drum for a birthday wish. And I think they even give you a $10 discount on your birthday, too!

Apparently, some people have actually read my previous entry about Osaka Japanese Steak & Seafood Restaurant in Gainesville and have commented to the owners about it. WOW!


Cork & Fork in Gainesville, Virginia

9 Jan

Cork & Fork in Gainesville, VA

Cork & Fork in Gainesville, VA

I have been to Cork & Fork in Gainesville several times. It’s a great place to not only buy wine, but to learn about it. The owners are super friendly and can go into incredible detail about specific bottles of wine. You can tell they’re passionate. My husband went to a Saki tasting event they had last year and said it was awesome. He learned so much.

If you’ve never been, I would check it out.

And you’re bored out of your mind and looking for something to do, maybe try attending one of their many events. Like their micro brew beer-tastings on Saturdays from 1-5 p.m. or their wine-tasting up to 10 varieties on Fridays from 5-7 p.m. Best of all, all tastings are totally free.

Kid Drop Zone in Gainesville, Virginia

9 Dec

With as many kids that live in Gainesville, Virginia, I have no idea why no one else thought of this sooner. Seriously!

Kid Drop Zone lets you drop your kids off by the hour. So if you want to go on date night, catch up on errands, etc. you can drop the kids off ($7.50/hr). Or if you prefer, you can stay with them ($5/hr) so they can play with other kids. Best of all, it’s in Gainesville. I don’t know anyone who has tried it. But it’s nice to know there’s a place like this nearby. Just wanted to share.

Get details on Kid Drop Zone here.

Gainesville, Virginia is no longer BFE

9 Dec

What was once a changing point for stage coaches is now a modern day suburbia. Long gone are the days of farmland and wide open spaces. Today, Gainesville, Virginia is transforming into a place thousands of people actually want to live.

With the influx of new businesses and shopping centers, residents no longer need to drive to Manassas or Fairfax to get stuff. They can stay right in their neck of the woods.

In the near future, Gainesville, Virginia will be getting even more shopping centers, including:

JOHN MARSHALL COMMONS (Between Rt. 55 and Catharpin Road)
This has been approved, so far there are no stores that have been announced.
To see details of John Marshall Commons, click here.

John Marshall Commons in Gainesville, VA

John Marshall Commons in Gainesville, VA

This 65-acre town center will be less than a mile from the 29 and 66 interchange.
To see details of Village Place, click here.

This will be located on 22, 1 mile west of 66.
To see details of Gainesville Square, click here.

Osaka Japanese Steak & Seafood Restaurant in Gainesville, Virginia

8 Dec

At Osaka in Gainesville (near Target and Giant), the filet mignon is so tender, it’s like pillow-soft. The lobster is juicy and cooked to perfection. The chicken is marinated in delicious sauce. The vegetables (zucchini, onions, carrots, and broccoli) are so good in that light orange side sauce. I could drink that dip it’s so good. And the fried rice is terrific. Everything Osaka serves up on their flame-throwing hibachi grills is awesome.

When you live out in western Prince William County (Gainesville, Haymarket, Bristow), there aren’t too many choices to eat out. Although, new restaurants are popping up every month. I’ve lived in Gainesville, VA for nearly 8 years. Crazy, I know. And Osaka has been there forever. Their hibachi is really good considering the location. Being Asian, I love asian food–especially Japanese. So I’m really glad they’re nearby and excited about the other Asian restaurants now in the Gainesville area (i.e. Pei Wei, Saigon Crepes, Anothai, etc.)

And their sushi, while not the best in the world–we’re not exactly near water–is really good and creative. Osaka created some new sushi based on our geography. Like the Linton Hall roll and Rt. 29. It’s sushi that is lightly deep-fried. It might sound a little unusual, but the combination is excellent. I have also tried their sashimi and it’s good, too. They have even have other unique sushi like lasagna sushi that’s a little strange, but I appreciate their creativity and it’s pretty good.

So if you’re looking for some tasty hibachi food and sushi and you live in Gainesville, Virginia, I’d give it a try. You won’t be disappointed–unless of course when they try to make you catch the shrimp in your mouth and you miss. It’s always fun watching the kids try this.

Here’s the link to Osaka Japanese Restaurant in Gainesville.