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Jan 31, 2007 12:13 PM

Flattop Grill in Ballston gone -- Lebanese place -- Aladdin's Eatery has opened in its place

Not that it was anything of real value, but the Flattop Grill in Ballston has closed. A Lebanese place -- Aladdin's Eatery has opened in its place. Has anyone been yet and have anything to report?

It appears that Aladdin's eatery is a chain that has places in only a handful of states -- in VA there is one in Shirlington and Burke. Any reports on those locations so we can see what we have to look forward to here in Ballston?


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  1. I've been to the Aladdin's in Burke and would describe it as OK, pretty average. When I lived in Springfield there were so few choices for good eating that Aladdin's seemed almost gourmet. Now that I've moved to Arlington, there are many good-eating choices so Aladdin's wouldn't be as appealing. But.... you should try it and make up your own mind and report back.

    Where was the Flattop Grill in Ballston?

    1. Flattop was on the north side of Fairfax Drive, just west of the Ballston metro. I think Taylor is the cross street.

      I can't say I'm disappointed to see Flattop go.

      1. Oh right, I know where that is. I never ate at Flattop but it never called to me either.

        1. This is a bummer. Speaking as a vegetarian, Flattop had a huge, ever-changing variety of veggies and both tofu and seitan. It's the only place I can think of that served seitan in the entire (#&@ metro area. I love setain.

          1. I'm surprised a vegetarian would miss Flattop. The one time I went, I was completely underwhelmed by the vegetables - the meat defintely seemed like the selling point. And the meat wasn't very good either.

            I don't frequent vegetarian restaurants, but have heard some nice things about Sunflower in Vienna, VA.
            Their menu appears to include dishes with seitan, which I don't believe I've ever had.