Bazin’s on Church

[ 1 ] September 8, 2011 |

©JohnnaKnowsGoodFood (Maple/Miso Sea Bass)

Whenever I’m invited across the bridge, I usually jump at the opportunity since it forces me outside of my comfort zones in the District. Names like Vienna, Falls Church and McLean tend to scare me only because this translates to my ears “a whole lot of traffic and you will not know where you’re going”. That’s the beauty of a good GPS system. A few weeks ago A Little Nosh peaked my interest with an invite to grab a drink at Bazin’s on Church in Vienna. Excited to finally meet A Little Nosh up close and personal, I headed across the bridge in hopes of some good food and conversation.

©JohnnaKnowsGoodFood (Potato & Onion Ravioli)

Tucked away neatly in its suburban Vienna neighborhood, Bazin’s is a hidden jewel. Replete with plenty of natural light, any seat in the restaurant is honestly a good one. The vibe was one I would expect on a trip to the Bay Area, relaxed with a consciousness for serious, local food. Most notable mentions are the crispy shrimp drizzled with a light garlic herb sauce and wasabi mashed potatoes paired with the maple-miso Chilean sea bass. The potato and onion ravioli with a touch of maine lobster sauce presented an interesting concept but was a little overpowered by the mashed potatoes in the ravioli. During Bazin’s happy hour, they feature a new taco each day, alongside 20 wines for $5 and $3 bar bites.

©JohnnaKnowsGoodFood (Taco/Shrimp)

The best way to describe the food at Bazin’s would be in the category of contemporary comfort food. I like the fact that they chose not to pigeon hole themselves and are having fun with the seasonal and local ingredients in the area. With everything from BBQ grilled Maine scallops to wasabi mashed potatoes, the restaurant is taking a delectable spin on American classics. The happy hour is a bit of a hike for a District dweller but the dinner selections offer a reason to make it worth a drive down 395…

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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  1. Glad you made the trip down!

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