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Falls Church Food News: Chef Series Returns, Brine Now Open in Mosaic & Long John Silver’s Closes


Farmers Market Chef Series Starts Saturday

The Farmers Market Chef series returns to the City of Falls Church this weekend, kicking off the season with Bertrand Chemel and Caitlin Dysart from Pizzeria Orso and 2941 Restaurant at 9 a.m. Saturday. The annual program at the Falls Church Farmers market features cooking demonstrations and samples from local chefs and runs from May through October.

This year’s schedule begins with Chemel and Dysart on May 16, Bastille’s Christophe and Michelle Poteaux on June 13, Great Food Starts Fresh’s Nathan Lyon on June 27, Water and Wall’s Tim Ma on July 18, Willow Restaurant’s Tracy O’Grady on August 8, Lebanese Taverna’s Grace Abi Najm Shea on September 19 and DC Central Kitchen’s Ed Kwitowski on October 17.

Farmers Market Chef events run from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Falls Church Farmers Market | 300 Park Avenue | Falls Church |


Lil City Creamery. (Photo: Lil City Creamery/Facebook)
Lil City Creamery. (Photo: Lil City Creamery/Facebook)

New Ice Cream Shop, Lil City Creamery, Opens

Lil City Creamery, a new ice cream shop, is now open in the space of a former check-cashing store on West Broad Street in the City of Falls Church.
The shop opened last Saturday at 114 West Broad and serves ice cream cups, cones, fruit smoothies and frozen drinks. Owner Jeff Goldberg of Lake Barcroft formerly ran an ice cream shop in Delaware.

Lil City Creamery is open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Friday and open until 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Lil City Creamery | 114 West Broad St. | Falls Church |


Oyster Bar & Restaurant, Brine, Comes to Mosaic

Mosaic District added yet another restaurant to its lineup as Brine, a new seafood concept from Rappahannock Oyster Co., opened in the bustling Merrifield development last Wednesday. The new eatery from Travis Croxton and chef John Critchley is heavy on farm-to-table dining with a menu filled with oysters (naturally), clams, ceviche, fish, regionally-sourced meats and more. The 5,000 square-foot space features a raw bar, wood-fired grill and open kitchen.

Brine is open for dinner Tuesday – Thursday, 5 – 10 p.m. and on Friday from 5 – 11 p.m. Weekend service includes brunch with hours 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Brine | 2985 District Ave. | Falls Church |

Longtime Fast Food Spot Long John Silver’s Shutters in City

So long, hushpuppies. Long John Silver’s, open for more than 30 years in the City of Falls Church, has shut its doors for good.

The fast food seafood restaurant closed suddenly last month at 11190 West Broad St. and while initial reports from its corporate offices indicated it was shuttered temporarily for renovations, the News-Press later confirmed the closure is permanent.

Prior to Long John Silver’s, the location was home to regional D.C. chain Hot Shoppes Jr.

Long John Silver’s (CLOSED) | 11190 W. Broad St | Falls Church |