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Feb 21, 2007 03:15 PM

Coffee shops in NoVA?

Ok, I'm really bad at doing searches on the new format Chowhound has, so forgive me if this is a repeat topic.

I'm trying to find a nice, non-Starbucks coffeeshop that has nice pastries and good seating area in NoVA. After having two successive disappointing cups of soy lattes at Murky, I am throwing in the towel there. Which to me is too bad because I used enjoy being there.

I *love* trying out new coffee places, mainly because a good cup of coffee is hard to come by, much less enjoy.

Are there any recommendations? Has anyone tried the Rendezvous coffeeshop near Murky's? What are your favorite places (I'm in Arlington) near me, and what is your fave side item to order with (e.g. biscotti, cake, etc...).

Thanks so much!

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  1. What about Greenberry's?

      1. re: dcs

        I heartily second Java Shack. On nice days, there is a pleasant, dog-friendly patio, too.

        1. re: bacchante

          I'll third Java Shack...I live in Clarendon and I really enjoy this little coffee cafe. These people recommending places in Old Town don't realize that it isn't that close to the Arlington/Clarendon who wants to hunt for parking or walk 15 blocks from the metro. However, I can't vouch for the soy lattes at Java Shack...I just can't replace my milk/cream for soy. But I'm sure they're good...the people there really take the time to make a good bev...and they're super nice!

          1. re: AlliantK

            another vote for java shack.... they make fantastic soy chai lattes.... my usual order... plus, they are v. nice... and even if you go just once a month remember your typical order.... only problem with them... i've actually never tried their pastries/muffins.... so cannot comment on that... though... if you go on a saturday morning... there is a great little farmer's market two blocks away, and it has at least two bakery stands.... and i always tend to head there to pick something up!

      2. Rappahanoke (sp?) on the Pike is sort of a fav of mine

        Hot Shotz in Clarendon, especially b/c that's where I met my wife first, but I also learned it's a owned by a guy who has a law degree but wanted to do a coffee shop.

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        1. re: Dennis S

          +1 for Rappahannock, and another +1 since it's so close to Matuba.

          1. re: sweth

            Rappahannock is a fave of mine too, and the employees are usually really honest about which of the pastries are good that day.

        2. I'm a big fan of Mischas in Old Town. The woman who roasts the beans is a maestro. I can't say anything about soy lattes because I go for whole milk, but they are the best around here.

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          1. re: ChewFun

            Second Mishas. Good coffee and cool staff.

            1. re: monkeyrotica

              I'll third Misha's. Another plus there: Copies of the NY Times lying around.

              Another place I like that has nice pastries too is Jamie's General Bean out in Centreville. Good place to hang out. They have rocking chairs on the porch.

              1. re: Bob W

                -1 for Misha's; I find the coffee only so-so, and the constant cloud of cigarette smoke there makes me willing to go much further out of my way for coffee, despite the fact that I live a block south of Misha's.

          2. Haven't tried it yet, but there's a new coffee shop on the corner opposite Il Rustico on Quaker Lane that is probably worth investigating. I think it's called BUZZ.

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            1. re: davefaris

              I've tried the place once, a couple of months ago. I don't remember the place's name, but I do remember that the coffee was lukewarm. They use Illy beans, but the baristas didn't know what they were doing.