Moving to Falls Church - restaurant recommendations
I am moving to Falls Church in August (Route 50 just east of the Beltway) and I work in Falls Church near Bailey's Crossroads/Seven Corners. I am looking for some gems in this area - places I can duck out for lunch, places I can pick up food on the way home from work, and even some of the better ethnic markets in the area if I decide to get brave and try and make some things myself.
I figure based on my roommate and I having different schedules (and, uh, both being guys) that we will bring in food or go out a pretty decent amount.
So have at it! Tell me the name, what type of food it is, and if there's anything in particular you recommend...
The Lebanese Butcher in Falls Church is a board favorite for Lebanese food.
I recommend the baklava at Mirage on Rt. 7, next to Lucky 3(?). It's on the same side of the road as Border's, a 1/2(?) mile up towards Seven Corners.
And don't forget the many Vietnamese options at Eden Center, which is at Seven Corners.
Welcome to Falls Church. There is a plethora of cheap and delicious places to eat - especially if you like ethnic. Tyler Cowen's dining guide is a good place to start for a tour de FC. I like to get spices, pitas, lavash, lentils and other staples at the Halal off I think Hillwood (right off rt. 29 a block away from Rt 7). The Lebanese Butcher right there has perfect baba ghanoush and hummus - which I have definitely picked up before a few dinner parties. H-Mart is great for cheap and higher quality veggies and fruit. The Safeway and Magruders in our neighborhood are terrible (small selection, produce is not fresh, etc). I love Pho Cyclo for veggie or tai pho and other Vietnamese items (at Gallows near 495), H-Mart has a tons of neat Korean prepared food & Zpizza has a great pizza with feta, eggplant, kalamata olives (Gallows & Rt 29), Mirage Kabob & Sweets (they have kuku...if I spelled this right) and Flavors for soul food - love the side dishes (near your office), and Panjshir for awesome Afghani chow (i love their stewed pumpkin) or if you are feeling pupusas and tamales go to El Zunzal (on Rt 7 - they do take out too)...and that is just skimming the surface.
Hickory Grill at Loehman's Plaza is good standard American fare, Sweetwater Tavern the same but I imagine you'll enjoy the brewpub aspect of Sweetwater more, there's a good South American style rotisserie chicken place on Route 7 beside the Toys R Us, and a very nice Afghan restaurant called Bamian just a little north of that on the opposite side Route 7.
Old Hickory Grill is quite good although it has more Carolina Low Country and Cajun food, in addition to some standard American fare. Sweetwater is good but often times so loud and parking so difficult as to make it a place to go at an "off time" from regular meal times. Thanks for reminding me about Bamiyan...need to try that one.
Falls Church is Chowhound central. Please search this board for the following:
Victor's: Bolivian steaks. I like the cafe/grill in Falls Church City.
Hong Kong Palace
Eden Center. Vietnamese shopping center.
El Pike. Good Bolivian snacks like saltenas, humintas
Old Hickory Grill
Miu Kee (dumpling soups)
Mirage. Light Persian Meals
Peking Gourmet (go for the garlic sprouts)
By the way Eden Center's web site lists 27 restaurants there, and that appears not to include the bakeries, which sell sandwiches and snacks.
Welcome to the area. Hope you have a big appetite.
PS No one seems to have mentioned two Afghan restaurants on Rte. 7: Panjshir, near West St.; Bamian, east of Bailey's. Or Lucky Three, for dim sum, near Bailey's.
All these responses and no Mark's Duck House? It's one of the best Chinese restaurants in northern Virginia, right there in Falls Church.