Lansdowne, Virginia, which I like to call a metropolitan suburb, is approximately 35 miles outside of Washington, D.C. It is home to Lansdowne hidden foodie treasure Gumax Café & Grill or Gumax. According to their website, this amazing eatery “aims to transform the way we think about traditional restaurants, by creating a destination where world class cuisines and love converge all under one roof.” Originating in New Jersey, Gumax has a number of eateries, food trucks and kiosks throughout the East Coast of the United States. The Gumax I visited is tucked away on the main floor of an office building located at 19465 Deerfield Ave in Lansdowne.
Lansdowne Hidden Foodie Treasure
Original Meat Pies
During my first visit, (yes! I keep coming back), the aromatic goodness of Gumax had me in a trance. Next thing I know, I found myself at the counter. The menu has diverse offerings but I had to try a Gumax original meat pie. I ordered the chicken combo, which included four triangular meat pies and French fries for a little under $10. They were sooo good that it only took one taste of these delicious pies and I was hooked! On my second visit, I tried the spicy beef meat pie combo, which for me, was even better.
The savory triangular pies have perfect portions of meat, veggies and seasoning to make for some “great eatin.” As I bit into the piping hot pie, my taste buds exploded. The beef pie is my favorite so far. It has a unique spicy flavor bursting with what I believe to be red pepper perfectly balanced with turmeric and cardamom. If you’re a fan of spicy food, this is the one to get! However, if you prefer something on the milder side, try the chicken meat pie. You’ll absolutely love it! Similarly bursting with an amazing array of flavors, the chicken pie is less spicy but will not disappoint your taste buds.
Beyond the Counter
Because the food was so delicious, I had to chat with the owner. I learned that Gumax offers vegan and seafood meat pie options as well. Best of all, I learned that starting in September 2018, the meat pies will be a featured item at the American wholesale warehousing giant Costco. The precooked pies in re-sealable packaging will sell for a little under $24.
This Lansdowne hidden foodie treasure is 35 miles (50km) outside of Washington, D.C. and only 13 miles (21km) from Dulles International Airport (IAD). When traveling to the DC, Maryland, Virginia area, also known as the DMV, you can rent a car or stay in Washington for a couple of days to explore more of region and find your own Lansdowne hidden foodie treasure.
I can’t wait until my next Gumax Café & Grill visit. My plan is to try the vegan and lobster pies. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water already!
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Written by Atonya Miller and edited by Iris A.