88 Open Houses this weekend! Plenty of opportunities to see all that the Town of Vienna has to offer – stop by one of our many stunning homes or visit the builders during the Parade of Homes. When you’re ready for a gourmet bite to eat, visit the Taste of Vienna at 400 Center Street, the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department.
Welcome to Clarity! The self-proclaimed “Culinary-Hangout” is the Town of Vienna’s newest bistro-style hot spot. Opening just a few short weeks ago, this former Wolf Trap deli eatery is a project of Jonathan Krinn (formerly of 2941 in Falls Church) and Jason Maddens (formerly of Central in NW DC). Currently offering an eclectic dinner menu, the Clarity website indicates Lunch and “In-Between” hours are Coming Soon.
The Plum Street partners dined on the second evening in business and were greeted with gifts – a gold purse hanger with Clarity logo which we promptly put to use. We settled on a large circular table right in the middle of the restaurant; a perfect view of the front door, the open kitchen and a zebra wood bar showcasing their passion for hand-crafted and creative cocktails. We were surrounded by honey color upholstered booths, sky-blue suede back dining chairs and oversized orb-like pendant lights. When diners think of a bistro setting, they credit atmosphere. The small plate, light fare, cozy and intimate ambiance is where we get the definition of a bistro table (small top, two chairs – think Paris sidewalk). Clarity’s warm and inviting space flows well, permitting groups as large as twenty or thirty people.
Starters consisted of brussels sprouts with marcona almonds, medjool dates, bibb lettuce and parsley in a sherry vinaigrette as well as a generous serving of tempura shrimp. Special note should be made regarding Clarity’s progressive wine list. Sorted by genres like Flowers & Herbs and Mineral Driven, the wine selections is clearly a hand-picked selection for all tastes. The same can be said for their obvious support of local, craft breweries.
As the late afternoon faded into the early evening, the crowd that had trickled in was now a steady stream of anxious, local food critics. What is not surprising is the vast reach of demographics represented on this particular Thursday evening; a silver haired couple catching up over pencil fried potatoes, a half dozen ladies decked out in baubles and gossiping with fits of wine-induced giggles, and the prominent young professional clearly on their way home but not without a drink with friends to usher in an early weekend.
Our vegetarian entree, the crisp red snapper was served in a “fisherman’s stew” with saffron potatoes and fennel. The roasted free range chicken with wild mushrooms, caramelized root vegetables and morel sauce was juicy and flavorful; and I for one am grateful that the mushrooms (fleshy and succulent) had ample time and space in a sauté pan of sweet creamy butter. “Perfection,” says the mushroom lover.
With all of our basic food groups having been properly devoured, we felt entitled to experience the highlight of the night; the table side mousse presentation!
All in all, the Plum Street partners thoroughly enjoyed our Clarity experience and look forward to many more evenings, especially once the patio is open!
Congratulations on a fabulous first impression Clarity!
This post, “Clarity: Vienna’s Bistro-Style Hangout” was contributed by Krissy Cruse, local Realtor and Plum Street Properties Partner.