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EPIC Smokehouse Expected to Open in Early September

by ARLnow.com — August 20, 2012 at 2:15 pm 4,768 38 Comments

(Updated at 2:25 p.m.) An “epic” new restaurant is coming to 1330 S. Fern Street in Pentagon City, across from Costco.

EPIC Smokehouse is being billed as a neighborhood restaurant that “combines the best aspects of a fine dining steakhouse and a barbecue joint.” Work on the restaurant’s interior is still in progress, but according to a press release the eatery is expected to open in “early September.”

“The vision behind the smokehouse is simple — quality smoked meats and seafood paired with innovative cocktails and high-caliber wine at affordable prices, all complete with incomparable service,” according to the release. “Above all, [owners Joon] Yang and [Wayne] Halleran want their place to be an integral part of the neighborhood.”

Yang and Halleran, formerly of The Palm restaurant in Tysons Corner, say the idea for EPIC Smokehouse has been in the works for years.

“We’ve been waiting for the opportunity to make this concept a reality for a few years, and we are ecstatic to have found the perfect location here in Pentagon City,” said Yang, who will serve as the restaurant’s general manager, in a statement. “Our goal is not only to provide delicious food and the most amazing wine list in the region, but to engage our neighbors in a way that makes us a staple in the community for years to come.”

Signature dishes at the restaurant in include horseradish-crusted prime rib, chipotle-seasoned sea bass, a light poached peach and prosciutto salad, pancetta macaroni and cheese, Carolina slaw and fried asparagus.

EPIC Smokehouse will be one of three restaurants on its particular stretch of S. Fern Street, which is located across the street from Costco and two blocks from Pentagon City mall. The street is home to a Dunkin’ Donuts store and Nell’s Carryout.

The street could be getting a lot busier in the next couple of years, however.

A proposed development that’s currently being reviewed by the county’s Site Plan Review Committee could bring up to 2 million square feet of new office and hotel space along S. Fern Street, and a new 18-story, 411-unit apartment building is in the early stages of construction at the intersection of S. Fern Street and 12th Street S.

The press release for EPIC Smokehouse, after the jump.

Something epic is coming to Pentagon City – EPIC Smokehouse. The highly anticipated concept from Joon Yang and Wayne Halleran, is slated to open its doors at 1330 S. Fern Street, Arlington, Va., in early September. The vision behind the smokehouse is simple – quality smoked meats and seafood paired with innovative cocktails and high-caliber wine at affordable prices, all complete with incomparable service. Above all, Yang and Halleran want their place to be an integral part of the neighborhood.

“We’ve been waiting for the opportunity to make this concept a reality for a few years, and we are ecstatic to have found the perfect location here in Pentagon City,” said Yang, who will serve as the restaurant’s general manager. “Our goal is not only to provide delicious food and the most amazing wine list in the region, but to engage our neighbors in a way that makes us a staple in the community for years to come.”

EPIC Smokehouse boasts an eclectic menu that includes everything from barbecue classics to inventive smoked dishes. Standouts include horseradish-crusted prime rib, chipotle-seasoned sea bass, and a light poached peach and prosciutto salad. Side dishes burst with home-cooked flavors: pancetta macaroni and cheese, Carolina slaw and fried asparagus. The lunch menu features hearty sandwiches like the EPIC burger – a ground pork and beef blend topped with bacon, smoked gruyere cheese and a homemade apple wine BBQ sauce, and the cho’gall, a brisket and pulled pork blend, topped with grilled onions and chipotle mayo. Diners with a sweet tooth won’t be disappointed with satisfying dessert selections like candied bacon cupcakes and bourbon bread pudding.

EPIC has a remarkable wine list with a selection of bottles matching that of a high end steakhouse, but at half the price. Hand-crafted cocktails are blended with fresh, seasonal produce and ingredients like egg and pork further distinguish the bar menu. The bacon bourbon old fashioned is a muddled blend of bacon-infused bourbon, orange, cherry and simple syrup. The apricot ice pick, a fusion of apricot iced tea and Maker’s Mark, provides a refreshing complement to the smoky flavors found throughout the menu.

“We’re called a smokehouse, because we are not your classic barbecue joint, nor are we fine dining,” said Wayne Halleran, Executive Chef/Owner. “Our menu is focused on smoked meats and seafood with unique twists. I want us to be known for our food. Joon wants our wine list to be the big draw. I think beyond all that though, our guests will remember the personal attention they are paid on every visit. This is the most important aspect of true hospitality we learned from working at The Palm. ”

Set within a sophisticated, masculine décor of rustic barn wood and brushed concrete, the restaurant seats 84 indoors, including a 10-stool eat bar that faces into the open kitchen. Yang and Halleran hope to eventually use the space to host cooking and mixology classes with seasonal themes for their loyal patrons. The patio will accommodate 24 and will keep the savory aromas wafting down the streets of Pentagon City, enticing locals to this new neighborhood spot.

EPIC Smokehouse combines the best aspects of a fine dining steakhouse and a barbecue joint. It features smoked meat and seafood entrees. Located in Arlington near the Pentagon City Mall, EPIC is designed to be the ideal neighborhood gathering place with an open kitchen eat bar, patio seating, extensive bar selection and unparalleled wine list. EPIC will be open for lunch and dinner: Monday-Thursday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm; Friday and Saturday 11:00 am – 10:30 pm; and Sunday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. Happy Hour specials will be offered Monday – Friday at the bar 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.

For more information visit EPIC Smokehouse online at www.epicsmokehouse.com or call (571) 319-4001.

  • DarkHeart

    Jim Rome is now in the restaurant business?

    • Jerome

      Rack him. OUT!

  • JohnB

    The name is a bit of a turn off for me.

    • http://purple.com/purple.html Captain Pup McPuppo

      seriously, that’s terrible. so EPIC, bro. EPIC WIN, BRO.

      • South Awwlington

        It screams D-Bag.

      • JamesE

        EPIC Smokebro

    • JohnB

      To clarify, I actually like the concept but the name is a bit of a turn off for me.

    • Arlingtonian

      If the food is good and the restaurant is nice (and not too expensive), then I don’t care that much about the name. Probably not the greatest name, but I can live with it.

  • that guy

    I love BBQ, but not sure I want to go to a place where creepy smoke-ghosts hang out…

    • Bill

      Flesh-eating zombies will make their appearance when the place opens.

  • YTK

    Wow!! Have the main course there and then move over to Dunkin Donuts for dessert …. Smelling of smoke????

    • YTK

      Hmm” “satisfying dessert selections like candied bacon cupcakes and bourbon bread pudding.”
      I’m sure Dunkin might have some leftover bacon from the morning– we could just put it between two honey glazed donuts to approximate the Epic Smokehouse Desssert Experience. All kidding aside, I would probably have a meal at this Epic place…..

      • Arlingtonian

        I plan to check it out too.

  • Something epic…

    …the new vibrant!

  • ArLater

    Is it too much to ask to have a new place open in Arlington without the same old tired jokes on this site?

    • old tired commenter

      you mad bro?

      • Josh S

        I believe that’s “U Mad Bro?”

        (The use of the “U” adds a certain twist to the taunt….)

    • PCity

      Ralph/Ralph S hasn’t said “yawn, Pentagon city” yet. Give him time.

    • Cyrus

      That’s a clown question bro.

  • PaulB

    Sounds pretty good. Like the sound of the fish options, which is in short supply in Arlington.

  • karzai

    I think I’ll stick to Rocklands and Carpool. They’re closer to Clarendon.

    And, by the way, I am pleased to note that construction is cranking up on the Zom/USAA “Waverly at Clarendon Station.” Lots of equipment now on site moving earth… Pedestrian protection tunnel has been constructed outside the old Madhu Ban/shoe repair store. I presume those buildings are staying as part of the new construction, or are those slated to come down?

  • JohnB2

    What’s with the stupid names lately? First we get A-Town B&G and now EPIC Smokehouse? Sheesh.

  • NoVapologist

    Glad that they are filling the gaping void of restaurants that serve egg and pork cocktails.

  • Josh S

    All of this development in that area makes me realize why the county (or at least certain members of the County Board) may be eager for Costco to leave. Traffic is already bad enough around Costco – what happens when you add a few hundred additional residents within two blocks, plus office workers, etc.

    • karzai

      Getting into that parking lot that serves Costco and Best Buy, etc has become near impossible. the lines to get through the ticket gate stretches down the surrounding streets, and turning around is very tough. A very tough situation there.

      • WLO

        Definitely a lot of people shopping there.

    • LB

      I live on Eads Street and I have to say on Saturdays and Sundays it’s all but impossible to drive up 15th St. in under ten minutes. I think the biggest problem is that it’s the only Costco close to DC. I’ve heard they’re building one in SE Capitol Hill. Once that becomes an option for DC residents, I’ll bet the traffic situation dies down. Kind of like when they built that Target in Columbia Heights. Now all the DC residents don’t have to come to Potomac Yards anymore.

  • Ralph

    Yawn, Pentagon city.

    Thanks for the reminder, PCity.

    • PCity

      Missed you, buddy!

  • North Arlington Man

    A reason to go to Pentagon City. Hopefully, they can keep away crowd that frequent the mall by riding the Metro.

  • BrianR

    Those TV’s behind the bar are too low. Bartenders will be blocking them all the time. Once they fix that, I’ll be there.

  • Boom! Roasted

    “EPIC Smokehouse combines the best aspects of a fine dining steakhouse and a barbecue joint.”

    lol, good luck with that

  • McDeviltoast

    Harry’s Smokehouse in Pentagon City Mall looks to be taken out by this behemoth as it will be above-ground, have more seating, more variety. It’s almost like karma is gunning for Sternberg, after Market Tavern, and now this.

  • george

    “..[C]hipotle-seasoned sea bass, and a light poached peach and prosciutto salad….side dish…pancetta macaroni and cheese…” – Doesn’t this sound exactly like today’s special at Sam’s?

    Seriously, if they can deliver “quality smoked meats and seafood paired with innovative cocktails and high-caliber wine at affordable prices, all complete with incomparable service”, then more power to them. I think we will all have to wait and see.

    • nom de guerre

      Today’s special at Sam’s features a pulled Berkshire pork shoulder sandwich featuring locally sourced, free range pork shoulder brined with Dr. Pepper, tamari sauce, garlic and ginger, slowly smoked over derecho hand harvested applewood, piled high on a brioche bun, topped with a red cabbage and broccoli slaw infused with a sriracha aioli. Only while supplies last. We would never adulterate the delicate flavors of sea bass with chipotle-that’s a rookie mistake.

      • GC_Now

        You had me at ‘derecho’. It’s a storm of flavors in your mouth.

        • LB

          +1000

  • Kay

    Epic is a brilliant smokehouse. This is our new favorite place and we are total DC foodies. To start, we had the Bacon App (pork belly with a spin), entrees Duroc Pork (pork loin with a mild peppery crust and a faint hint of something like coffee) and Brisket. All three plates were practically licked. The kicker was dessert – a chocolate cupcake with small bits of soft bacon throughout with a maple brown sugar icing and topped with sugared hot peppered bacon. Heaven! Ask for Dan C. as your server. No, this is not your backyard BBQ place, but why on earth would you want that in Pentagon City? We have enough annoying chain restaurants. Welcome Epic!

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