IKEA

Written by on December 10, 2011 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(ikea.com) – Woodbridge, Virginia

How I heard of this place: I first found out that IKEA served food from my parents, who used to travel to the IKEA nearest them on weekends and enjoy at least one breakfast, each, for $0.99 to $1.99.

Type of cuisine: A limited variety of options including hot dogs and pizza, dill-crusted fish and salmon to chicken tenders and a selection of desserts.

Ambiance: The first thing that comes to mind is a corporate cafeteria when entering the IKEA kitchen. Plastic tables and chairs are set up around the open space of linoleum-tiled floors. The food is displayed behind clear plexi-glass, and trays are available for patrons to take and pile onto, while sliding the tray from one display to the next. Beverages and impulse buy items (potato chips, crackers, cookies, etc.) can be found at the register. The do-it-yourself soda fountain and condiment bar is centered within the seating area for easy access.

What I ordered: Being less hungry than my two dining companions, I enjoyed samples of their meals, which consisted of one order of the Chicken Tenders ($3.99) with four pieces of fried chicken and savory battered fries, as well as two orders of the North Atlantic Saith ($4.99 each), dill-crusted and lightly breaded saith (fish) with a side of mashed red potatoes and sliced orange and yellow carrots. An optional slice of soft and fluffy, buttery garlic bread could be enjoyed as well.

On a return visit to College Park, Maryland IKEA, Saturday, February 4, 2012: Our two dining companions, each selected the Panko-Crusted Tilapia ($6.99) with steamed vegetables (broccoli, yellow and orange carrots) and a side of steamed rice.

Tilapia

The tilapia ended up being encrusted with what resembled hash browns, a strong potato flavor, and very little of the tilapia. Chris ordered the 15 Meatball dinner plate ($3.99)

Meatball Dinner Plate

with a side of tomato-vegetable soup ($1.99),

Side of Vegetable Soup

a Bleu Cheese Wedge Salad ($3.99),

Bleu Cheese Wedge Salad

an additional 5 meatballs ($1) and a soft drink ($1.49 on its own, $0.01 with the combination plate). I shared the soda and wedge salad, but enjoyed my own plate of Tilapia ($6.99) with two sides: fries and Macaroni & Cheese, at my husbands recommendation. The thing I enjoyed most, outside of the fries, was the wedge salad, followed closely by the tomato-vegetable soup.

What I loved: I most enjoyed the crispy, fried fries, but found the entirity of each plate satisfying. The mashed potatoes creamy and soft, the chicken tenders perfectly crispy with boneless and skinless white meat and the fish flakey, moist and flavorful, with a hint of dill.

Why I loved it: Cheap food, cost-wise, with satisfying portions and taste.

Cost: Low (No more than $4.99 for an entree)

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