REVIEW: NOT YOUR AVERAGE MENU AT NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE’S

Not Your Average Joe’s — the popular restaurant at the Lansdowne Town Center famous for its crazy good bread and dipping sauce — has upped its game once again with the unveiling of a new seasonal menu.

Using an array of international flavors, NYAJoes has launched new dishes inspired by everything from Asian and Italian cuisine to traditional New England cooking (Blue Hill Bay Mussels!). The Burn got to take part in a special tasting of the new menu and there are some really unique dishes we haven’t seen around Ashburn before.

Blue Hill Bay Mussels

A tangy Greek Salad came topped with kalamata olives, red onions, pepperoncini, tomatoes, cucumbers, chopped chicken and and big wedges of feta cheese.

Greek Salad

The Miso Salmon was a big wedge of fork tender marinated maine salmon served on a delicious bed of creamy coconut rice.

Miso Salmon

The Heritage Pork Chop came grilled with a spicy pepper sauce and sat atop crispy Spanish-style potatoes. We could eat a bowl of the potatoes alone they were so good.

Heritage Pork Chop

The Broccoli Rabe Pesto is a large cavatelli pasta dish topped with the eponymous pesto, ricotta cheese, oven-dried (yes, dried) tomatoes and sautéed broccoli rabe.

Broccoli Rabe Pesto

Everything was wonderful, but The Burn’s personal favorite was the Seared Pork Belly Ramen — juicy slices of pork belly in a big bowl of ramen noodles and savory broth with shiitake mushrooms, cilantro, scallions, bok chop and a poached egg.

Ramen

There are many other new dishes on the seasonal menu as well, along with new cocktails and new desserts. The restaurant’s general manager said this is one of the more significant menu makeovers NYAJoes has undertaken. The new seasonal menu runs through October.

Images: Not Your Average Joe’s