may 20, 2013
THE MAGIC OF MAPLE AVE RESTAURANT
Vienna is known for many good things, but until a few years ago, it was never known for being any sort of hip culinary destination. Joey Hernandez and Tim Ma changed that when they took over the old Anita’s building on 123 (the original Anita’s in fact), and rolled out their creative New American vision at Maple Ave Restaurant. Earlier this year, Maple Ave made Washingtonian’s “The 100 Very Best Restaurants
,” making it mandatory that you reserve your table in advance in this small, intimate and critically acclaimed restaurant.
Located at 147 Maple Ave W, this innovative restaurant is a foodie’s delight and the food is fresh, local and made entirely from scratch. (You have to read Tim and Joey’s inspirational story about their path to opening their first restaurant. They are such a talented duo).
Joey Hernandez is the charismatic General Manager of the restaurant and she was so wonderful to answer some questions about the restaurant for our blog. Thank you, Joey, and thank you to Amelia Johnson Photography for the stunning professional photographs of the many delights offered at Maple Ave.
Q: Why did you guys choose Vienna as the location for your restaurant?
Joey: We looked at various different locations and this seemed to be the one that had the most appeal. It is an “antique” building but it was just the right size and with the help of family and friends we took the Old Anita’s building and made it our own. One of the big draws to choosing this location was the small town feel yet it’s so close to the one of the busiest cities in the world.
Q: What would be your picks from the menu right now?
Joey: Tim [chef and owner] has had a love affair with charcuterie, pickles and anything fermented. So he would definitely partake in our brunch for 2-6 course tasting menu which has a charcuterie course. I would sign up for one of our Tasting Table Dinner series. We have those biweekly in the back dining room for six people only. It is a 4-6 course menu and each month we have a different theme and it allows for our chefs to be as creative as they want. Last tasting we had elk, partridge, black forest cakes… yummy! So, I would just come to that, sit and enjoy the feast.
Q: Do you have any plans for expansion?
Joey: We are working on our second restaurant in Arlington. No set date to open yet. Water & Wall is the name of our new project. The name comes from our apartment in NYC where the dream of opening a restaurant came to fruition.
Q: What do you love about Vienna?
Joey: There are things that I love about Vienna now that I didn’t even notice prior to having our two babies Charlotte and Chase. Our amazing parks, all the kid-friendly activities and parades, and of course, our awesome Farmers’ Markets. I love the small business feel to this town… Caffe Amouri, Maple Ave Market, Pear Tree Cottage, etc.
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