I have been to Artie's a number of times for work lunches but my first dinner experience was on 3/6/13. Â It was great. Â
The decor is a little out dated but I liked it. Â The wood trim and model boats all over made me feel like i was in a yaht. Â Very clean.
Service was great. Â Our server was a larger asian man, he was very friendly and proper. The food arrived quickly.
NE Clam Chowder - Very well seasoned and a little different than the traditional "CHAWDA." Â I think it had more than the triditional amount of bacon in it. Â Overall delicious.
Pork Tenderloin - Wasn't suppose to be ready until 5:30pm (it was about 5pm) as stated on the menu but our server informed us that it was ready early. Â I ordered it medium to medium well and it came out about medium. Â It was very tender, moist and well seasoned. Â It has a slight roasting crust on the outside which I liked. Â It was served with a sauce and a scallop potato type side. Very impressed.
Filet and Crab Cake Combo - 5oz filet was perfect size paired with the crab cake. Â The crab cake seemed a bit undercooked but it turned out to be great that way. Â The reumoulade sauce was great. Â The filet had a bernaise sauce which tasted like it was freshly prepared even though I would be very suprised if it wasn't a mix considering the amount of work and how sensitive it is to holding.
The check came to $62 for the two of us with no alcohol. Â Not too bad for what we got. Â
I am not easily impressed, and I was truly impressed. Â Much better than expectations.
Can't go wrong with the great american restaurants.
Artie's is a good, consistent steakhouse. It is one of the more upscale restaurants of Fairfax. The strip mall and parking lot kind of ruin it for me, but if I want a steak or a quiet relaxing dinner, it's a good choice. Probably the best choice out of the not so many restaurant choices of good old Fairfax, VA.
I love the fried dough "roll" that they give you in the bread basket. It's like a savory doughnut. Yum.