Rita’s Date Guide for Guys: Stone’s Cove Kitbar, Herndon, VA

20 Mar
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“Willy Wonka’s Food and Booze Factory!”



Interact with the staff while they prepare original concoctions and entertain you at the same time. Be sure to experience BJ Stone’s new restaurant concept. It’s the first and only of it’s kind–so far.

 The bar at Stone’s Cove wraps around the entire restaurant. That’s because all the action takes place behind it around an enormous stone oven. The whole kitchen is in the middle of the room and your meal is prepared before your very eyes by a bustling team of “cheftenders.” Chef-tender. Get it? A job title coined by the owners, BJ Stone and Scott Mowrey, a cheftender takes your order, makes your drinks, and cooks your food while making conversation with you the entire time. And the things they make, you’ve never seen before: lobster in a cone, blueberry juice popsicles in your cocktail, and bourbon shots garnished with steak! Buck describes it as “Willy Wonka’s Food and Booze Factory.”


What to Wear

Almost any outfit works for a date at Stone’s Cove. It’s casual, but upscale enough to dress up for.


Where to Sit

Definitely sit at the bar. You and your date can sit side by side and watch the food and drinks whipped up right in front of you. The various and interesting things that come out of the oven make for good conversation. And the cheerful cheftenders are happy to talk to you about what they are making. Stone’s Cove employees are hired for their charm and sense of humor.



What to Order

Ask a Cheftender for recommendations and prepare to be entertained, because you’ve never seen food like this before!  Sean got our night going with bourbon shots garnished with steak (seared bourbon-marinated beef with gorgonzola, smoked bacon, green onion and Maker’s Mark)! (Tip, chew first then swallow.) Whizzing around the corner of the bar, Dave brought us a tray of Lobster Cones – small waffle cones stuffed with chipotle lobster salad with basil, guacamole & tomatoes. They look just like miniature ice cream cones and I didn’t know whether I should lick them or bite them! Sean re-appeared to refill our drinks and then Ben popped up from behind the bar with Blue Crab Margarita Lettuce Wraps (jumbo lump crab meat tossed with avocado, mango, red onion, almonds and agave-lime dressing, served with lime flavored sugar and mayo made in-house)! Lime sugar is about the best thing ever! For dessert, make sure to order the S’mores Flatbread. Women love s’mores and I know your date hasn’t had s’mores like this before! The taste of melted chocolate chips and toasted tiny marshmallows had me feeling like I was back in summer camp!




What to Drink

The Cheftenders are like wizards, playing with liquids and mixing up different boozy concoctions that are just as inventive as the food! My drinks were garnished with popsicles, peppermint sticks and cotton candy. My Pom Cosmo (pomegranate vodka & patron citronge with fresh lime and cranberry) had a frozen popsicle made from pomegranate juice! The Blueberry Bourbon Sour (Marker’s mark, lemon syrup and a splash of soda) had blueberries for ice cubes! As the blueberries melt, the drink becomes more tasty! Check out Secret Tip #1 to learn how to experience personalized, handcrafted, cocktails!




Where to Go After

Just because the dinner show comes to an end doesn’t mean the date has to! Head across the parking lot to Ned Devine’s Irish Pub for live music (Tuesday), pub-trivia (Wednesday), karaoke (Wednesday) or dancing (Thursday-Saturday)!(2465 Centreville Road, Herndon, VA; http://www.neddevines.ning.com)




 Where is It?


2403 Centreville Road

Herndon, Virginia 20171

(301) 434-3615


Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-10pm; Friday-Saturday 11am – 11pm; Sunday 11am-9pm


Secret Tip:

Ask for a personalized cocktail!! The Cheftenders love to experiment and they’ll whip up a cocktail made especially for you, or better yet, your date!! Even better, you get to watch them while they do it!! It’s like you are watching a scientist in his lab! (If wine is more your date’s speed, make your date on Wednesday night which is ½ priced wine night from 4pm-9pm.)


Pocket Guide to a Date at Stone’s Cove

Style: Casual

Expect to spend: $60 – $90

Best tables: Bar Seats 108 & 109

Best evening:  Wednesday – half priced wine night

Order: Caramelized Beef Edibations, Blue Crab Margarita Lettuce Wraps, Lobster Cones, S’mores Flatbread


Drinks: Pom Cosmo (for her) and the Blueberry Sour (for him).

After dinner:  Ned Devine’s Irish Pub for an after dinner drink, trivia, karaoke or dancing 

Where to make your move: Ned Devine’s Irish Pub at the bar by the music

Stone’s Cove has a fun atmosphere serving up its own cooking style that you won’t find anywhere else. You are smack in the middle of a gourmet cookout. And you’ll find a new surprise with everything the energetic chefs slide in front of you.


 Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Stone’s Cove Kitbar!

We’d love to hear what you have to say!  Post a comment to this blog no later than Sunday, March 25, 2012 and you’ll be entered to win a $50.00 gift certificate to Stone’s Cove!  The winner will be randomly selected and announced in the next “Rita’s Date Guide for Guys” post on April 1st!

Here is a topic to get you started…what is the best “type” of first date?  A restaurant?  An activity?  Specific locations.  We can’t wait to hear from you! 



**Pursuant to “what’s right” as well as what the FTC is right *wink*, I’d like to disclose the following:  Stone’s Cove Kitbar graciously donated the date for Buck and me, as well as the $50 gift certificate that was raffled, in order for us to be able to truly bring to you the best way to navigate a date at this location!



30 Responses to “Rita’s Date Guide for Guys: Stone’s Cove Kitbar, Herndon, VA”

  1. Kirsten March 21, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    Thanks for the suggestion on this place!! I have only been there once before and had kind of forgotten about it. I think it’s a great first date place because even if you run out of things to talk about, you can either talk to the bartender, or people watch (and comment on) all the others around the bar! 🙂 I also love the interactiveness of it because for me, on a first date, I like to see how outgoing (or not) my date is….and this would be a great way to do that!

  2. Kathleen March 21, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Awesome place, I love it! Would absolutely impress a first date. Plus sharing the food adds to the getting to know each other aspect. I haven’t been in a while and now realize I have to go back. 🙂

  3. Lynne Powell March 21, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    I have been meaning to try this place and I can’t wait to go (hm, I need someone to go with! Maybe I just need to get out more)

    As for a first date, I absolutely *love* activity dates, but they are especially good if they start with an activity and end with food. Dinner helps you talk. Activities show how you interact, and really, isn’t life more about interacting than just talking?

  4. singledc March 24, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    This sounds like an absolutely amazing experience and the food looks to die for! How did you find this place?!

  5. Matt March 25, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    Found Stone’s Cove on OpenTable. My date and I were greeted by Owner BJ Stone who is clearly having a blast doing this. (Expect to see more locations in the future!)
    Enjoyed the spinach dip (especially with the roasted redpepper topper!), a customized flatbread, lobster cones, and the dessert cones as well. (Next time: S’MORES). New Belgium, Sam’s Seasonal, Lost Rhino on tap (plus various “bottled hops”) for the beer geeks. Creativity and teamwork on display here, flames fit to ignite your passion!

  6. streyeder March 25, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    We’ve been here a couple times and it has always been good. The food & setup are great conversation starters in and of themselves. I’d highly recommend this place for a date or happy hour!

  7. Keely March 25, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    The chef tenders sound fantastic! I really want to try one of there drinks with a Popsicle. Yum!

    • Susan March 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

      I’ve never been before, but the description and pic of the lobster cones has me wanting to go. Perhaps on Wednesday since it is half price wine night!

  8. Laurie Nasta March 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    I tried it once…food was really good…drinks a bit pricey…maybe I need to hit it during happy hour. Wasnt sure the layout was that conducive to meeting people…except maybe at the end where the tables were…good concept…that is the tapas kind of food…but not sure its good for group events, but could be good for a one on one date. Laurie

  9. Tom March 25, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    Why are so many women dinner, drink, and wealth whores?

    • Rita March 25, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

      Not really sure where you got that idea from this particular article? I think women like to meet men out for early dates in public places because it’s safe. That usually means dinner or drinks.

      This guide is for first dates but also for dates for couples, even those who ate married, etc and often times couples like to share drinks and food.

      So restaurants are frequent date spots but not sure it’s for the reasons you stated…

      • Bruno March 25, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

        Sounds like a fun place!

    • Glenn March 25, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

      Tom, while I probably wouldn’t put it quite that way, I agree this is way too pricey for a first date that might not lead anywhere (have had dates like that cost me $60-80 where I felt I just blew a chunk of change for nothing; keep telling myself for now on only coffee or ice cream for a first date, but have yet to master how to adhere to that).

      Something tells me the women commenting would not be so quick to choose this place for a date if they were expected to host (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong ladies).

      • Rita March 25, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

        The guide isn’t only for first dates but i do think this is a great date spot, first or 20th date – And yes I’ve hosted a date here, and friends too. 🙂

  10. Christina March 25, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

    Love this place! Great for a date if it’s not too busy because it can get loud.

    As for the best place for a first date, it has to be somewhere you can talk … So no movie or loud place (first). I’m a fan of doing an activity on a date… Some of my best have been a donner and a ballroom dance lesson or biking around the monuments (maybe not a first date).

  11. jessica March 25, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    Those pictures got me! Can’t wait to try this place and ask for a personalized cocktail! You always have great suggestions.

  12. Jane March 25, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    Love the personalized cocktail idea!

  13. Angie March 25, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    That pizza looks awesome!

  14. Scipio March 25, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    Intriguing . . . .

  15. Kelly Kyriacou March 25, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    Always looking for great, new places to check out! Thanks for the heads up. 8^)

  16. Frank Lee March 25, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    Place looks great! Always looking for new places to try. The good ones become regular. This might be such a place.

  17. Robyn March 25, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    Never been here but it sounds like someplace I’d like to try…

  18. Merv Greenwood March 25, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    Stone’s Cove Kitbar is always fun with great food and a friendly staff. If you have never been there, you need to go!

  19. Kirk March 25, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    Love this place. The food is great – the atmosohere is great – and the drinks are great. My favorite drink last year was the cucumber martini.

  20. Linda Bobb March 25, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    Sounds like a great place – I’d love to try it! What fun to sit and watch them prepare everything and chat!

  21. Alison Crumling March 26, 2012 at 12:03 am #

    It sounds like a fun experience. I am past the first date experience and into a year of dates with my boyfriend, which means we still need to find interesting and new things to do to keep the relationship fun. I’ll definitely want to check this place out!

  22. mansoor March 26, 2012 at 12:11 am #

    Should Giv it a Try!

  23. Nathaniel Pike March 26, 2012 at 7:03 am #

    I’ve been meaning to check this place out. It sounds awesome!

  24. Kuldeep March 26, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    Have never been there before, will check it out.

  25. Ben September 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    Great crabmeat sliders! The ice cream cone desserts are a nice touch too. Nice place to people watch if you are out trolling to meet new people 🙂

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