The DC area is home to a lot of restaurants, and among them are hidden gems that many Washingtonians aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's many food players to share with us their under the radar recommendations for Dining Confidential.
Looking for a family-friendly spot? Alan Adenan, executive chef at Legal Seafood on 7th Street, recommends Primo Family Restaurant for their satisfying (and big) plates of food, frozen custard and laid back atmosphere.
"My wife and I have lived in the Belle View Section of Alexandria, VA for 7 years and love the little gem, Primo Family Restaurant. Jimmy, the owner, knows 90% of the guest and always greets them with a smile at the door. Not fancy by any means but comfortable as our dining room in our condo. On Friday nights in the winter families and teens gather after the West Potomac High football game, as well as elderly couples and families with infants and school age kids. There's something on the menu for everyone. The cooking is solid—crispy, gooey pizzas, over stuffed subs and large servings of pastas.
I always get the same—lamb shank, tender fall off the bone delicious simply served with rice. My wife opts for the spaghetti with meatballs. Big, big meatballs and a wonderful homemade tomato sauce, half is always taken home. Ask for seconds on the homemade bread and save room for the frozen custard—vanilla and/or chocolate for dessert, it's the old fashion kind that fills you up with one scoop.
No need to dress up. Leave all cell phones off, and enjoy an affordable dinner with your family where you don't have to worry about your child crying and making a scene because you are accompanied by numerous other families in the same boat. The service is always friendly and attentive and Jimmy works the floor like a maitre d' at the Palm."
Primo Family Restaurant [Photo: Tim Demas]