The Lost Dog Cafe is a local chain in the Washington DC area and is known for it’s beer selection as well as it’s Sandwiches and Pizza. To give you a brief description of why it’s named The Lost Dog cafe here’s a video on youtube I found.
We stopped off there off the highway in McLean, VA to have a quick bite to eat that wouldn’t be something as nasty like Chic-Fil-A or Mcdonalds. I mean, who really wants to eat that stuff then drive for a few hours?
The restaurant is located in a shopping center, glamorous as that sounds, it was actually quite pleasant. There is space for outside seating though we choose to sit inside. As you walk in you’ll notice an absolutely massive Beer selection. I didn’t ask, but I’ll guess it’s take out too. I wasn’t up for drinking, but they had a 2 page selection that is straight up my alley. Well, really, they had Dog Fish Head so I’d be ok. One thing that struck me as unusual was that maybe there were a few beers from VA on there, but I couldn’t tell. If there were, I think a nice touch would be to advertise that.
They have quite an impressive selection of food so much so that if you have no clue what is their “dish” then you’ll blindly choose. Obviously they’re a Pizza and Sandwich joint, so I choose near the top. That scientific method worked well right?
I choose the individual sized White Pizza II. It had (copied from the site) garlic butter, parmesan, mozzarella and fontina cheeses sprinkled with basil. I’ll tell you that it tastes exactly like the ingredients listed. This is a good thing though because it made the food feel fresh. We also got an order of Italian Fries which were supposed to have seasoning for 2.95 extra. When I say seasoning I mean the only noticeable seasoning was the burnt flavor. I have to say this was not worth it at all! 2.95 extra? I felt nickeld and dimed. Though, this is DC we’re talking about HUR HUR HUR DUR. Kidding. But I’m not kidding about the burnt flavor almost overpowering the pizza, which is a shame.
My better half ordered a Roast Beef Club which had American cheese melted over roast beef with bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo. Again, just the pizza, it tasted like a combo of everything. There’s no surprises at the Lost Dog Cafe! Just like the pizza it tasted good and fresh.
All in all it’s a good place to stop in for a sandwich. I won’t say you’ll have your socks blown off, though that beef selection is impressive, but I can’t say it’s bad. I’d give the place a solid 8 out of 10. If we’re on Meta Critic, I’ll give them an 83.
Those fries really bummed me out.