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“Amazing Tastes!”
Review of Cafe Alona

Cafe Alona
Ranked #10 of 116 Restaurants in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$9 - US$40
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Warm cozy environment designed for a true Dining Experience different from any in our area. Secured parking lot small outside dinning with fresh herd gardens and tulip and landscaping beds.Most of all trained warm service that cares.
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

Bristol, VA?!? Really??
What a find! Such a unique repertoire of culinary experiential skills this Chef brings to America. Alona, hails from the Philippines and honed her skills in Dubai restaurants.
After going to college for an unrelated degree in agriculture and not finding fulfillment she switched to something fun for her. Thankfully she did for our palate's delight.
She graciously offered to change the Chicken Piccata from pasta to gluten free mashed potatoes for Charity. The chicken was so tender almost melting in your mouth under the slightest pressure.
Bill had Alona's Saturday night special, Irish Cusine this time, which features a different country's customary foods for that international experience. A real chance to try something new.
This began with Bill and Charity sharing a chopped salad, since it is so large and a meal unto itself. Then came his stuffed cabbage in tomato dill soup with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese. Absolutely flavorful soup and the stuffing was delicious with the tastes of the beef and spices complimenting the tomato bisque.
What a start! As he finished the soup the caper topped whiskey soaked smoked salmon on cream cheese with soda bread arrived. This he did not share, it was his birthday after all, but he loved it and complimented the bread. His shepherds pie was delightful with the cheese topping over the mashed potatoes which incorporated the textures and tastes of peas and ground beef.
Danielle had the Chicken Piccata with the angel hair pasta. Again, the Chicken aroma stood out when combined with the lemon and garlic flavors in a white wine sauce with capers scattered throughout.
My start was the shrimp cocktail which was loaded with enough shrimp to share for two and plenty of spicy sauce. I also really enjoyed the salad with veggies and a variety of fruit. So tasty with the homemade blue cheese dressing served in the side.
Completing my meal was the shrimp pasta a heaping portion of shrimp, Feta Cheese, Tomato, Spinach, Garlic in a light and buttery white wine sauce. It was far more than I could eat, saving room for dessert.
Bill got a cake with one candle to blowout. It was like eating sweetened air. The light frosting on the airy cake was delicious. It was made using 4 kinds of milk. So good. Bill's other dessert, which came with the Irish meal was Irish cream cheese cake smothered with a Guinness chocolate ganache. I wanted more!! I think oreos were used as the crust. Bill and I shared desserts, trading back and forth a couple times.
What a fantastic meal. Of course we had some white wine, which you bring yourself.

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Jeffrey S, Owner at Cafe Alona, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

Thanks again for your time to write this wonderful review. It is alway nice to have pleased guests. Made our day. Thanks Jeff and Alona

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Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

Dropped into Cafe Alona's for a late lunch and discovered a gem! Fresh food, made from scratch. We ordered the Vegatable Primavera and it was amazing! (Yes, Alona even with the beets!) Brittany provided perfect service. We looked at desserts and got the Stitch Cake to go.... while processing our payment Alona came out with a little sample of Tres Leche (Milk) Cake, we were stuffed but one bite of the Tres Leche and we both devoured it, absolutely the BEST. can't wait to stop in for dinner. Cafe Alona is a treasure!

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Jeffrey S, Owner at Cafe Alona, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2017

Glad you stopped in and hope to see you soon! Thank you for the fantastic review.
We love to make new foodies. thanks again Jeff and Alona.

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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Salad was very unique but so delicious. Blackbean cakes was something I had never heard of but they came highly recommended. Mwah! So tasty and topped with the best salsa. Prime Rib ordered medium rare and it is rare it comes out perfect and this was perfect. It was served with amazing horseradish and aujus nice roasted potatoes and asparagus. You won't be disappointed! If I could rate it a ten I would.

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Jeffrey S, Owner at Cafe Alona, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2017

First Thank you for taking time to tell other foodies about us.
So glad you had a good experience. It make our job after all it takes in the restaurant business easy and fulfilling because of review like this. Our doors are open and busy because of you and your kind words. Thank You Chefs Jeff & Alona

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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

We were traveling through Bristol and chose this restaurant based on TA reviews. I ordered the international special (Irish!) while my husband ordered the smoked salmon and angel hair pasta from the menu. I cannot say enough about how delectable everything was. The prices were quite reasonable, especially for such high quality food. The owners were very friendly, and the server was attentive and went above and beyond. Highly recommend! Will make a point of returning on future trips.

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Jeffrey S, Owner at Cafe Alona, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2017

It was a pleasure to meet you both on your travels. We hope we become a stop for you both ways. Foodies always welcome. Thank you for the review. Bless you both and thanks again.
Jeff And Alona

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Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

Wow! I was amazed at Cafe Alona's! The variety of cuisines 'visited' in the kitchen is impressive. The five course special dinner is described on their website. We were there on 'Cajun' night. The portions were very generous and well prepared. You'll be glad you gave this establishment a visit...

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Jeffrey S, Owner at Cafe Alona, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2017

Thank you for your review and kind words. Glad to serve you.

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