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Rustico’s Onion Strip Tease

The French gave us Le Crazy Horse de Paris, but there is something hotter, sexier, sultry: French onion soup.  Rustico takes the classic recipe out of the bowl and puts it on your plate with the Pineland Farms Strip Loin, “French onions” and bread pudding ($32).

On the outermost layer is a shiny veil of warm, bubbly Gruyere cheese, all melted and golden brown.  So sheer is this layer that you can catch a quick glimpse of its lacy undergarments—a French onion soup made of garlic, onions, brandy, sugar, beef stock and fresh thyme—reduced to a rich, savory marmalade.

But wait—here’s the best part.  If you like your meat wholesome, this humanely raised New York strip is as unadulterated and free from medication as Audrey Tatou, yet voluminous and smokin’ as Brigitte Bardot.

This beautiful concoction rests on a fluffy brioche bread pudding made from eggs, cream and more Gruyere.  Pan-seared to a crisp, the pudding is softened under the weight of its own sexiness with a fragrant splash of au jus.  It’s like a culinary cabaret for the senses.

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Rustico Alexandria Rustico Ballston
827 Slaters Lane4075 Wilson Blvd
Alexandria, VA 22314Arlington, VA 22217
703.224.5051571.384.1820

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Mary Kong-DeVito

Mary grew up in New York where the food-centric city and her family's restaurants were literally her playground. Instead of eating dirt, she ate duck blood and rotten eggs. You never know what you'll find on the sidewalks.Mary is a veteran of the hospitality industry who's worked with numerous celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Patrick Ewing, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe and Jane Krakowski. Her writing has appeared in DC Modern Luxury, Washington Post Express, Eater, Scoutmob, Washington Flyer and Washington City Paper.She eats "normal" stuff too, like cheeseburgers. Kangaroo cheeseburgers.

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