TRIO is a new, high end chophouse created by the folks behind DC's Circa restaurants. It's located in Merrifield (near Mosaic District) and offers a "new take on steak." The atmosphere is sophisticated, but not stuffy. Live piano music plays nightly and was perfect ambience for a classy dinner while still enjoying the contemporary vibes.
We started right off with handcrafted cocktails per the recommendation from their master mixologist's list: I ordered "A Drink with Hemingway" (10 Cane rum, lime, Prosecco and Boston Bittahs) and he ordered a very fitting "Steve McQueen" (Buffalo Trace bourbon, apricot preserves, lemon, cinnamon syrup, egg white, and Fee Brothers bitters).
As for what to eat, we did a tasting of the menu and dove right in to the fresh shucked Crispy Fried Oysters with creamed spinach and spicy hollandaise sauce along with my go-to: the Tuna Tartare. Next, we ordered the Roasted Beets & Black Tuscan Kale salad. I'm not a huge fan of beets in general, but anything paired with goat cheese is sure to win me over!
We'll definitely be back for our next date night -- or I'm even thinking it'd be a great location for a RHNOVA Girls Night Out meetup!