UPSCALE STEAKHOUSE EDDIE MERLOT’S OPENING SOON IN ASHBURN

Eddie Merlot’s, a “white tablecloth” steakhouse, is scheduled to open in February in One Loudoun — and from the looks of it, Ashburn is in for a treat.

The fine dining restaurant is known for its prime aged beef and its seafood. The extensive menu includes a Wylarah Filet Mignon that boasts a MS 9+ score. (Yes, we had to look up what that all meant too. Wylarah beef is a prime beef imported from Australia. The MS score is the marbling score and 9+ is the top score on the Australian scale.)

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The 7 oz. Wylarah filet goes for $99.95. The top New York Strip at Eddie Merlots is $89.95 and the ginormous 32 oz. Tomahawk Ribeye is $99.95. There are many other steaks in the $40-$60 range, but this definitely isn’t going to be your “pop in after soccer practice” place. Eddie Merlot’s also has a seafood menu, specialty chef dishes, extensive gourmet side dishes and a long wine list. The 11,000+ s.f. restaurant will offer private dining for groups and valet parking as well.

Eddie Merlot’s currently has a dozen locations in eight states. Ashburn is their first Virginia location. One interesting side note: The arrival of Eddie Merlot’s is likely going to mean a battle with the area’s other top-of-the-line steakhouse — D.C. Prime Steaks — located just a couple hundred yards away on the other side of Route 7.

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