CENTREVILLE — To those who are familiar with Josh Shonts’ Smoke, Rattle and Roll signature restaurants, it should come as no surprise that his newest venture, Joshua’s Steak & Chop, located at 420 Pennsylvania Avenue in Centreville, has opened to excellent reviews.

A more upscale approach than his laid-back barbecue-style, the new, dine-in restaurant (reservations strongly encouraged) aims to be an experience where guests are encouraged to relax and enjoy the a la carte menu options with a view of the open kitchen, Shonts said.

The new restaurant offers seating for about 74, including the bar, which is its own work of art. Using reclaimed wood from the renovated space, Shonts and his cousin custom designed and built the bar area and tables. Adding to the artistic feel, works by local artists hang along the walls. These pieces are for sale and will be rotated to feature new art and different artists, Shonts said, adding he wants the restaurant to be a gathering place for all things local, noting he himself is a Centreville resident.

Another value-added feature, the intimate setting of the restaurant allows for attentive table service, with each server attending to just a few table tops. This is one more way Shonts is hoping to ensure the best overall dining experience.

Getting down to the most important part, the food is another way Shonts is aiming to set his establishment apart — using products from local farms, diners can expect farm-to-table, fresh ingredients. On the menu, a 28-day dry aged filet, Turkish sea bass, mussels, and a short rib steam roll are just a few of the choices. Shonts said guests can expect reasonable prices with signature cuts that will be consistently available as well as a variety of menu items that will change seasonally and with local ingredient options available.

“We want guests to be able to come in several times a month, not just several times a year,” he said.

There’s also an assortment of house made desserts that guests are sure to want to leave room for. However, if you are brave enough to attempt the Tomahawk steak — a cut of meat designed for two — you may need to consider a second reservation for dessert.

The restaurant will offer Sunday brunch beginning in just a few weeks, complete with mimosas and Bloody Marys. On New Year’s Eve a three-course meal is offered and will include a choice of one of three starters, a pan-seared filet and imperial stuffed shrimp or grilled wahoo with braised leeks and pork belly, and dessert. Reservations are required for New Year’s Eve.

For more information, find Joshua’s Steak & Chop on Facebook. Reservations are encouraged and should be made by calling 443-262-8064.

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