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Jan 5, 2008 12:47 PM

Foodie Reunion Near Dulles...where to eat?

Meeting my half-brother for the the first time...crazy criteria I know!
Important Points:
I'm a Foodie
He's a Chef
San Antonio via Saudi Arabia (Air Force man)
En route home & staying @ Dulles Airport

We're meeting for dinner next Saturday so I need reservations stat.
Would like to pick him up at the Hyatt and head to a FABULOUS reunion/welcome home is of course of the utmost importance, but ambiance appropriate for 26 years of missed conversations is also required.
I'm a Baltimore girl, and have researched the boards but this is an especially special occasion so I wanted to post for a change. Thank you in advance for your help!

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  1. Sounds like a great occasion! Can you give us a few more ideas about what you're looking for -- i.e., dressy or not, price range, type of cuisine? Also, how near do you need to be to Dulles? My first thoughts for you are places in Leesburg or Middleburg, but neither is extremely close to Dulles. I can't think of any higher-end sorts of restaurants very close to the airport, but others may have ideas. I think there are some good ethnic restaurants in the area. Or maybe something in Reston Town Center -- though most of what I know there are upscale chains, probably not what you want. Anyway, tell us a bit more, if you will.

    1. Dress code = upscale casual (i.e. dressy, but not old school "jackets required")
      Price = $30 entrees?
      I'd like to be under 30 min from Dulles if possible....
      Looking forward to your feedback!

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      1. re: maureen_md

        Well, Google Maps tells me it's a 39-minute drive, and the entrees average in the low 30s, I think, but my first choice for your criteria would be Potowmack Farm ( It's far more interesting and innovative than most of the restaurants within range of Dulles. (I haven't tried the new Villa Mozart so can't compare, but you can see from the menus that they're very different sorts of places. I'd be more iffy about driving into Fairfax at that hour, but if it's still rush hour you could run into traffic on either route.) If you want to stay significantly closer to Dulles I'd look for Indian or Asian choices in Sterling or Herndon, but I have no specific recommendations.

      2. I think the new Villa Mozart is a possibility. No, it's not Maestro or 2941, but I think it's probably the best restaurant in Northern Virginia at the moment. The chef, who was at Fiore di Luna, is turning out some excellent food in a small space that is intimate enough for an actual conversation. The menu is posted online at and Sietsema recently did a First Bite about it.

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        1. re: bachinskin

          Wow, thanks for sharing. I hadn't heard a peep about this new restaurant but have just Googled it and am intrigued. Best of all it's between my office and home. I see it has taken the place of Le TIre Bouchon, which I didn't even know had gone out of business. Having been there, I can definitely concur as to the intimateness of the dining room. It would be an ideal setting for a special meal.

        2. I'd suggest L'Auberge Chez Francois in Great Falls. It's a wonderful Alsatian restaurant that's been around for 40 years. While you'll find mixed reviews on this Board, it's still my favorite special occassion restaurant, with old world charm. It's fixed price (~$65 for 4 courses).

          1. Le Auberge Chez Francois
            The Palm