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Northern Virginia -- Area Around Williamsburg Blvd

mnl Oct 21, 2006 03:49 AM

Would love advice on restaurants in this immediate area to be sure to check out as my family and I fairly recently moved here. So far we've covered restarants at Eden Center, 2941, Lee Harrison Shopping Center, Heidelburg, Caribbian Grill, Cowboy Cafe, Crazy Horse Grill, Portobellos, Lost Dog, Bebanese Taverna, Tachibana, and La Cote D'Or. I know this request is open ended, but we like all types of food and can go fancy (2941) and dive (Caribbian Grill). Many thanks in advance.

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  1. chowser RE: mnl Oct 21, 2006 12:18 PM

    Where is Williamsburg Blvd?

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      mnl RE: chowser Oct 21, 2006 10:38 PM

      Hope this link works. Here's where Williamsburg Blvd. is:


      These suggestions are great, and extremely helpful, I had no idea how close we were to the restaurants on MacArthur Blvd. Thank you very much to everyone who has responded so far.

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        chowser RE: mnl Oct 21, 2006 11:48 PM

        It didn't but I searched cities--it's in Arlington? If you go south, there's Mark's Duck House for dimsum. Farther west is Mui Kee in Falls Church. Continuing on 50W, I like Sweet Water Tavern and Arties, both of the Great American Restaurant chain. The little cantina next to Dolce Vita (Sfizi) is great for paninis. Down 66W (with traffic could be a headache) is Bombay Bistro. And, in Vienna, off 66 on Nutley is Sunflower which is good vegetarian Asian/Chinese/kind of hard to describe. I'm in the Fairfax area more so know the restaurants there better.

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      cabster RE: mnl Oct 21, 2006 01:59 PM

      You can go toward McLean from there. We love Pulcinella's (Italian) and Greek Taverna (a little pricey). There are plenty of other good places in McLean but those are our two favorites.

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        kcm19 RE: mnl Oct 21, 2006 06:16 PM

        If you haven't checked out the Lee Heights shopping strip (on Lee Hwy going toward Spout Run, just after Glebe), do so. Pastries by Randolph (cookies & pastries), Arrowine (wine & cheese), Crisp & Juicy (chicken), Cassatt's (I like their coffee), and the seafood market behind it are all worth checking out. Where Lee Hwy meets Spout Run, in the Giant shopping center, is the Italian Store for pizza and (my favorite) great subs - also check out their grocery selection -the frozen lobster ravioli is very good.

        You're probably in the delivery zone for a decent Thai restaurant, Crystal Thai. (www.crystalthai.com


        You're also less than 15 mintues from 2 very good Japanese restaurants in the same building on MacArthur Blvd in DC (just pop across Chain Bridge) - Kotobuki (inexpensive) & Makoto (expensive). Also on MacArthur is a very good seafood place - BlackSalt.

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          mattm RE: mnl Oct 21, 2006 08:37 PM

          Also in McLean is a Turkish place called Kazan. It's suitable for semi-special occasions.

          I also recommend the Heidelberg bakery. It's located at Rt 29 and Culpeper. Parking is a pain, but the selection is excellent. In addition to their baked goods, the bratwurst is notable.

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            AlliantK RE: mnl Oct 21, 2006 09:19 PM

            You haven't ventured to the Clarendon area yet? Several great restaurants in this area between Clarendon and Wilson Blvd....Sette Bello (nice Italian on Highland and Wilson), Boulevard Woodgrill (nice American/variety), MexiCali Blues (Mexican)...and if you go further down to Rosslyn there is Cafe Asia which has great sushi and a wide variety of asian fusion dishes.

            My new favorite site for finding restaurants and menus is MenuPages.com...you can change the city from New York to the DC area (or other cities) and you can find restaurants by type of food or location...it's a great sorce!

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              Dennis S RE: AlliantK Oct 22, 2006 12:27 AM

              Mentioning Clarendon without Nam Viet? Just got back from there and it's as good as ever.

              A little further south on Columbia Pike btwn Glebe and Walter Reed gets you two of the best thai places in the entire metro area; Thai Square and Bangkok 54.

              There are also the tacos places; El Charrito Caminante and Michael's(sp?). The former on Wash Blvd just south of Pershing, the latter on Columbia Pike just east of Walter Reed in the CVS parking lot. Neither is really for sit down, though the latter tries with space that it has.

              So much more, but you've got a good list started here from all.

              I second in a big way Blacksalt and the American Restaurant group (Sweetwater, Arties).

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              Steve RE: mnl Oct 22, 2006 12:30 AM

              In the same row as Caribbean Grill, try Saran for vegetarian Indian. Also, there is a decent Salvadoran place right across from Preston's Pharmacy on Lee Hwy.

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                Jamie D RE: mnl Oct 22, 2006 02:15 PM

                I've been wondering about Peking Pavilion at Williamsburg and Sycamore, it's been years for me but I remember it being decent to pretty good, any recent visits?

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                  Steve RE: Jamie D Oct 22, 2006 02:58 PM

                  Yes, I recommend staying away from Peking Pavillion.

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                  DC Taco RE: mnl Oct 23, 2006 01:38 PM

                  I live near Lee Heights, not too far away from the Williamsburg area. The great thing about this part of Arlington is that you can shoot to just about any part of NOVA in 15-20 minutes. Here are a couple of my family's favorites that have not been mentioned yet: Elevation Burger on Lee Highway just past 7; the Four Provinces on 7 in Falls Chruch (Irish Pub Fare); Pancake House in Falls Church (best of only a very few options for breakfast); Yorktown Bagel (Gallows Road near 50); Minh's Vietnamese in Clarendon; Pho 75, Guajillo and Ray's the Steaks (all in the same strip mall in Clarendon.

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                    kate used to be 50 RE: mnl Oct 23, 2006 01:49 PM

                    Just came back from visiting family in NOVA. Would highly recommend StarDust on Montgomery Street.

                    Full crispy fish, large crab cakes, interesting fish meals, great atmosphere and good cocktails.

                    Welcome to NOVA.

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