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