West Springfield, Virginia is a quiet little "bedroom community" west of I-95 and the infamous "Mixing Bowl". In the 13 years I've lived here, one thing I've always lamented is the lack of really good restaurants in the area. Austin Grill has been a staple here for years, and while the happy hour is good, the food sometimes can be hit or miss.
But in recent months, our little burg is experiencing a bit of a resurgence, updates if you will. First came Walgreens, which is located directly across Rolling Road from our other drugstore, Staples. Walgreens occupies the space previously occupied by Party Depot, which moved further east to the Springfield Plaza shopping area.
Then, this past fall, Panera quietly opened a restaurant in what used to be Blockbuster Video. (Thank you Netflix). There was a bit of a learning curve, but, although small, the Panera is here to stay.
Then, a few weeks ago, The Burger Joint graced little ol' West Springfield with its presence. Coincidentally, I had enjoyed my very first BGR burger in Arlington about a week before noticing the restaurant located at 8420 Old Keene Mill Road. True to my roots, I tried the Southwestern on for size. With its mango salsa giving it a little bit of a twang, it was truly remarkable. And the french fries/onion rings combo was so generous in size, it literally fed 3 people.
At the Springfield BGR, I sampled just The Burger with provolone cheese. I shudder to think what the calorie count was on that. But that was before my new fitness plan went into effect. I did also notice that they are not nearly as generous with the fries and rings as they are in Arlington. They only gave us 4 onion rings. But who needs that many fries and onion rings anyway?
So, Chicken Out is out, The Burger Joint is in. One more reason to move to West Springfield.