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Dec 11, 2007 10:51 PM

Reston area recs?

My partner and I will be in Reston for a few weeks visiting his family for the holidays. We tend to eat out (a lot!) while we're there, so we're looking for some good places to eat around Reston (and McLean, where his mother lives). We like Thai Luang and Lebanese Taverna, and I just read some good chow reviews on Pho Reston 75, so we're planning on going there. The last time we were in town, we ate at 4 Sisters in Arlington, which I enjoyed. We're really into Vietnamese food right now, are there any other good vietnamese places to try? Are there any good French restaurants in this area? I searched the boards and noticed that some new restaurants are coming to the Town Center, are these open yet? Thanks for any and all advice!

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  1. Pho Reston 75, NOT just Pho 75 is a full menu vietnamese place that also has better pho, imo. It is in Tall Oaks, off of Wiehle.

    Another oft mentioned Vietnamese place, and one of my faves, is Nam Viet - especially the one in Clarendon (on Hudson).

    Cafe Montmartre, in Lake Anne Plaza, cooks in a french style. I like the place - one of my faves in the summer when I can eat al fresco - but I am not a connoisseur of french cooking.

    If you liked Leb Tav, get to Falls Church and try Leb Butcher. The ambiance is a hole in the wall, but the food is terrific.

    Most of the places mentioned that are coming to Town Center are not open yet. Another year or so. Il Fornio, an Italian place is open, and certainly not bad. Don't go to the newish thai place there, Busara. Service and food both are lacking.

    Pho Reston 75
    12020 N Shore Dr, Reston, VA 20190

      1. I'm a Reston/Herndon area resident and the best Vietnamese food is really not out here. We have good kabobs, some very nice Indian, and some pretty good Thai, but the knock-your-socks off Vietnamese is in Falls Church.

        If you've eaten at 4 Sisters, you must have noticed a ton of other Vietnamese restaurants in the same plaza. Most of them are as good or better than 4 Sisters. Try a hot pot at Tay Do, the baby clams on rice cracker and caramel fish at the very hip Viet Bistro, or the plain but sublime Huong Viet.

        In our area, SBC Cafe is tucked into a little corner of a strip mall but delivers an eclectic but consistently good menu, and Tarin Thai is our new go-to spot for Thai food, with prices and service superior to Thai Luong (food is about equal, both good.)

        For an out of body Thai experience, try the fairly plain Thai Square in Arlington and be sure to get something fried.

        Our local Japanese place is Yoko, where we recommend the hamachi kama (grilled yellowtail jaw) and the softshell tempura appetizer. Yes, it's way out of season and clearly they use frozen softshells, but the ponzu sauce and extremely light hand with the breading is perfect.

        1. If you're willing to go to Sterling, then give Pattaya Thai a try. It's a small but cosy place. The staff never makes you feel rushed. Plus the prices are very reasonable. I've read reviews elsewhere where people who have visited Thailand say that the food at Pattaya Thai is authentic.

          1. these are all great recs, i'm excited about trying as many as possible! we will have a car, so driving is not a problem. PollyG - which Indian restaurants would you recommend? there's one in herndon we usually go to, but i have no idea what it's called.
            thanks again!

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            1. re: patz

              Mayuri in Reston - Hunter's Woods, is really good. There's a Minerva outpost in the Herndon clock tower. They have a long and strong following for good reason.

              There's also now the Indo-Chinese Masala Wok. I wouldn't strongly rec that unless you're a resident and want a variety, but I thought I'd throw it out there, too.

              1. re: Dennis S

                Mayuri is excellent. Indian friends in Herndon introduced us. Fine buffet, with excellent butter chicken, saag, much variety, and quality food. Same Indian friends liked Masala Wok. Said a noodle, rice combo stir-fry was really good. (That's sketchy, but all I know.)

                BTW, Last week we went to Jaipur on 29 west of Nutley with the same friends. Would not return myself, but they have been there at least a couple of times. I just wasn't impressed. (I don't like it when Indian restos cheat and don't use tandoori-cooked chicken in the butter chicken....instead cooking the chick in the sauce.)

              2. re: patz

                We like Minerva and Indian Supper Club, but Angeethi on Elden Street is our current favorite. It is in the cursed building that formerly held, in reverse order, an excellent Korean place, a high-end BBQ restaurant, and before that, I think, a Black Eyed Pea. (Were there any between the BEP and the BBQ place?). With the exception of the BEP, all have served good food and not been able to fill the joint to pay the rent.

                1. re: PollyG

                  Yes, a tragic location. The Korean place was good (except they never turned on their heat). I'll try this one - potentially they can break the chain of bad luck.

                  1. re: PollyG

                    Angeethi, for a suburban Indian restaurant is, indeed, excellent. We've had dinner there twice since they opened and have liked it a lot. Curiously, one of the dinners was several days apart from a trip to Manchester and Rusholme which is the "curry capital" of England. Angeethi held its own.

                    1. re: Joe H

                      I'm assuming from the name that Angeethi serves mainly North Indian cuisine; is that correct? If so, how does it rate on the greasiness and spiciness scales?