Saturday, January 3, 2009

Three's Company Too

Crabalicious crabcake sandwich

"Come and knock on our door, we've been waiting for you..." Okay so the theme song from Three's Company doesn't play when you enter the relatively new Clarendon restaurant, Three- but it should. When I walked into the restaurant one early Sunday afternoon the staff was immediately at my service (granted the restaurant was fairly empty). I told them I was expecting a friend, and they asked me if they could get me a cup of coffee while I waited. Now that's service!

Pulled duck bbq sandwich

Once my friend Will showed up, we were seated at a table in a room off the front entrance. Big windows overlooking the patio let in big rays of sunlight, making it easy to forget about the cold chill outside. A friendly waitress took our drink orders-- more coffee for me, and a glass OJ for Will. A nice warm basket of freshly baked muffins arrived at the table while we waited for our lunch. The muffins were an assortment of blueberry and corn. I especially appreciated these little goodies when the service from the kitchen slowed down and we had to wait for what seemed like a remarkably long time just for two sandwiches. We quickly forgave our waitress once we dug into our food. Will had never had duck before, but he said he would certainly order it again after trying their bbq pulled duck sandwich. The tender meat was slathered in a rich molasses barbeque sauce. My crabcake was moist and full of sweet, tender crab. I was happy to see there was very little filler of breadcrumbs and it came with a spicy, creamy mayonnaise. Both sandwiches came with homemade potato chips which really kicked the meal up a notch. They were thinly sliced, crispy and golden. Delish!

On a previous visit with Ariel and Jenny we opted for brunch and all chose the quiche of the day. The quiche is served like a personal pie, so its a pretty nice sized meal. The buttery, flaky crust was filled with gruyere cheese, tomatoes, onions and leeks. The cheese was creamy and rich, but the acidity of the tomatoes and sweetness from the leeks and onions were the perfect contrast. The quiche came with a side of potatoes, but the quiche is filling enough. It was a rich and comforting meal. A couple times our waitress was nowhere to be found when we needed refills of drinks or an extra condiment, but the wonderful homestyle food makes up for the slack in service.

1.5 out of 3 JAMs

Restaurant Three
2950 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
703-524-4417 (FAX)

1 comment:

Ariel said...

That quiche was delicious!