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we're going to a play in Shirlington next weekend and looking for a place for dinner. We've been to Carlyle Grand a number of times and want something good but a little less pricey.
Last time we were in that area we wandered the streets for awhile and ended up at Carlyle. anywhere else worth eating there?

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  1. I would order exactly this:
    From Aromas
    the ButterChicken, Reg Naan and for desert the cheese dish in pistachio sauce.
    When we want to feel cheer up and want a filling meal we always go to Aromas.

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    1. re: bumpthekoala

      I would second Aromas.

      I LOVE Indian food - especially the breads and vindaloo and the vindaloo there is spicy in the way that I like. The hotness really appeals to my Thai side.

      Whether it is authentic Indian food or not - not being Indian, I can't say - but it is hella tasty!

    2. Maybe I'm out of touch, but I can think of no place in Shirlington that isn't "all crust and no filling" - pretentious but lacking in substance. Well, the places on the main front, anyway - I'll give Subway a pass for being honest about what it can deliver.

      BTW, I view the recently-delivered-in-the-mail new menu for the old Charlie Chiang's with great trepidation.

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      1. re: wayne keyser

        i would really recommend you try my suggestion above. I'd love to hear what you think. I consider Aroma's completely easy going with good service and food that is all filling and no crust. I really think the butter chicken is a small treasure in NOVA

      2. Although I have never been, my boyfriends mother loves Guapo's. She is a bit of a foodie herself and doesn't tolerate poor service, food coming out incorrectly, etc.

        Also, I have heard great things about Luna right next door. It is almost always packed, but again, I have never been there either.

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        1. re: ALLex16

          I like Luna- very laid back. You can certainly take your time without feeling rushed there.

          IHonestly Busboys and Poets was awesome when I went! I had a fish dish that was great (may have been catfish). Their bruschetta is also good. Just make sure it's not poetry night on their website.

          1. re: xena1441

            I went to the Busboys and Poets in Shirlington about a month ago for brunch and loved it. I got some kind of bree grilled cheese and it was really wonderful. Skip the chai tea latte though. It was too much latte and not enough chai tea, haha.

        2. Is Alladin still there? it has really good Lebanese food. There is also a french place there that is good and a newish italian/wine bar place.

          1. I second the Alladin rec, if it is still there.

            1. Thanks for the recommendations. Would love to try Aroma but the people we are dining with don't do Indian. It's such a shame! but the others sound like good options.

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              1. re: startsev

                I second Alladin. The sushi place in Shirlington is also good as is Bistro Bistro. Aroma is good but I think the portions are really small. Never been to Extra Virgina but heard it is decent. There is also a Thai place that looks promising.

                1. re: nvagirl

                  T.H.A.I. in Shirlington is the name of the restaurant you are thinking of.

                  Modern / Fusion Thai food. The owner - Chef Aulie is kind of a local celebrity among the Thai restaurant set. She does alot of the local talk shows / news shows.

                  Very creative = yes
                  Very traditional Thai = no

                  She also owns / co-owns Bangkok Joes Dumpling Bar in Georgetown (Wash., DC).

              2. I love Aroma, too bad your company doesn't like Indian. I have had some good stuff there, I went because it was near BF one night and I get airline points, and we ended up really liking it and going back. Luna is good and casual, we normally do brunch there, I have never eaten dinner there, but we like it for what it is, just causal kind of normal food. BF said the mexican place isn't bad he works right there and has lunch there. We have an Aladdin by our house that isn't bad it is the of the same group.