JS Realty Steam Crab BlueIt’s not always convenient to travel into Maryland when you’re craving some delicious Blue Crab. Did you know there were 5 great places here in Northern Virginia that serve it up fresh? These restaurants don’t disappoint! In fact, a few might even surprise you.

Captain Pell’s
10195 Fairfax Blvd
Fairfax, VA
Blue Crab Captain Pell FairfaxSince 1977, Captain Pell’s has been serving up tasty all-you-can-eat crab and seafood, delivered fresh daily.

Captain Mas Seafood
46303 McClellan Way

Sterling, VA
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Tucked away in the Cascades Marketplace off Cascades Blvd, Captain Mas offers up all-you-can-eat blue crab. Their impressive menu is worth the wait, as everything is made to order and fresh!

Ford’s Fish Shack
44260 Ice Rink Plaza #101
Ashburn, VA
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This family owned restaurant is making a name for itself with it’s “Fresh-Off-the-Hook” seafood. Their current menu specials have just what you’re looking for!

Blue Ridge Seafood
15704 Lee Highway
Gainesville, VA
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Family owned and operated for 30 years, this “hidden gem” near Manassas features steamed & spiced blue crab by the dozen or half-dozen!

Lowry’s Crab Shack
420 W Colonial Hwy
Hamilton, VA
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Head over to Lowry’s! Great food, and that fun, relaxed, “beach” vibe make this a great destination for freshly steamed blue crab.


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JS Realty BBQ Brown Grunge StampSummer is just a few weeks away and one thing we love during the summer is delicious BBQ! We asked roughly 150 Loudoun County residents to help us narrow down the BEST BBQ in our area. And after whittling it down to the Top 5, we then, of course, had to taste for ourselves! We grabbed our buddy Brian from Common Food Man to help us, as he’s become quite the Pit Master himself.

In no particular order:

Monk’s BBQ – Purcellville, VA
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This amazing, family owned BBQ joint is worth the drive, no matter where you live! The menu is simple – mouth-watering meats and house made sides. Sauces are also made fresh, from scratch and from local beers, wines, and spirits. They have 16 beers on tap and feature a full bar. Bonus: Bacon on a stick!! Thick, crispy, ham-like bacon… on a stick. Yum.

ResQ BBQ Grille – Leesburg, VA
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ResQ BBQ just opened their first location! They’ve taken over the concession stand at Evergreen Sportsplex and the unique outdoor location makes it feel like you’re at a backyard BBQ. Their menu features an assortment of sandwiches, snacks, and a flavorful, juicy brisket.
 Don’t skip the Jumbo Chicken Wings (seriously jumbo!) and their IPA BBQ Sauce. They also offer catering!

Urban Bar-B-Que Company – Ashburn, VA
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Tender and tasty BBQ for sure. They have a good selection of meats, salads, sandwiches, chili, and “house made” side items. Do yourself a favor and order the BBQ-Ranch Beans. Those alone are worth the trip! Bonus: 1/2 Price Ribs on Tuesdays from 4-9PM, craft beers and Lost Rhino Root Beer on-tap!

Carolina Brothers Pit Barbeque – Ashburn, VA
JS Realty Carolina Bros LocationA true BBQ “Joint”! This true North Carolina BBQ meat is hickory smoked, and the pork, beef and chicken are hand-shredded. Ribs fall off the bone and there are a great selection of sauces. The menu is simple and straightforward. All the sides are “house made” and very tasty. Bonus: Amazing corn bread and fresh baked pie!

TaQue Mexican BBQ – Ashburn, VA
JS Realty TaQueAn interesting twist on the traditional. This new, locally owned and operated spot is where taco meets BBQ. The Pit Master smokes all the meat for about 12 hours, then hand pulls it. Besides being able to build your own taco, the menu features a yummy chili (a family recipe!), salad options, and kids meals. Bonus: There’s a bar! And all meats, sauces, and most ingredients are gluten free!

There happen to be quite a few homes within walking distance of all of these fabulous BBQ eateries. If you’re thinking of buying a home,
contact us today. A new home and great BBQ – you can’t go wrong!

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Duck Donuts Herndon Entrance JS RealtyDUCK DONUTS. When they showed up in Herndon, Virginia at the beginning of May, our Facebook pages lit up like Christmas with images and #hashtags about donuts covered in bacon, of all things. If you’ve never been to the Outer Banks in North Carolina, then you are probably wondering what in the world a “Duck Donut” is and why people are going so crazy. It’s just a donut, right?


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We set out to discover what was so “absolutely wonderful”, as one reviewer stated. The first thing we noticed when we walked in the door (besides there being quite a few people having a donut for lunch!) – there wasn’t a donut in sight. The shop was quite spacious, with some tables, chairs, and a few beach-type benches. It was clean, and it smelled pretty yummy. But where were the donuts?

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Maple Glaze & Bacon

We walked up to a tiled wall about chest-high, that was topped with glass. After peering through the glass, we found the donuts! They weren’t sitting in racks, or in boxes, they were being freshly made to order! Yes, you read that correctly. They have a very cool donut making machine – 2 of them, actually – that cranks out fresh donuts pretty quickly! Those fresh, plain donuts are loaded into large trays and taken to the “topping” station, where the donut is then coated with your choice of glaze and additional toppings.

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Chocolate & coconut, Vanilla & sprinkles, Maple & bacon.

By our count, there are currently 51 ways to eat a Duck Donut, and each day there is an additional “Donut of the Day”. We happened to be there on “French Toast” day, and that donut did not disappoint! And those maple and bacon topped little wonders? Let’s just say it’s a miracle they made the 15-minute trip home!

Pictures and words do not do these donuts justice. Treat yourself to a few of these seriously yummy donuts, located in the BB&T Center in Herndon off of Elden Street.  Just be ready to wait in line as their popularity increases! As another Duck Donut first-timer mentioned to us in the shop while we were there, “The line has sometimes been out the door. And they are going to be busy this weekend with the Herndon Festival.”  Great idea – check out the festival, and grab a fresh donut! They are sold single, or by 1/2 Dozen, Dozen, and Bucket (18).

Wouldn’t it be great to live within walking distance of this yummy little donut shop? If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Northern Virginia, contact us today!

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