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Feb 19, 2008 03:09 PM

Woodbridge Restaurants


I'm moving up to Woodbridge in a couple of months for a job and I will be in town through the summer. What are some recommendations for any good non-chain restaurants close to Woodbridge (or better yet in Woodbridge, if that is possible)?

I've heard that there isn't much there in terms of non-chain food so I would love to hear what everyone else says.


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  1. You're correct about there not being much non-chain but a few options are Dixie Bones for good BBQ and an Indian place (the name escapes me) in Lorton Station (in Lorton).

    Dixie Bones BBQ
    13440 Occoquan Rd, Woodbridge, VA 22191

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    1. re: KWynn

      The Indian place is called My Karma and it's fantastic. I'm getting ready to do a review of it for another blog. Check it out. There are also a few places in a small town center on Lorton Station Road - one is Fireside Grill, the other is Pane-e-Vino. At the corner of Silverbrook and Lorton Roads, there is a small Italian place next to the hotel - Genarro's. Over in Occoquan, there is a French place opening on Occoquan Road - has been delayed several times, so I'm not sure if it's actually open yet.

      1. re: HSBSteveM

        I second My Karma. It's excellent. I wasn't crazy about Fireside Grill. I like the decor, the idea of the wood burning stove but the food itself was bland. I had a slaw salad that tastes like the plastic it was probably stored in. Genarro's was okay for pizza but I've heard they've gotten rid of the wood burning stove--haven't been there in awhile to check it out.

        1. re: chowser

          Actually, I have to second your comments about Fireside. Not very good food or service. But it is worth going to sit at the bar, watch a B'ball game, drink a Blue Moon draft and order the Steak & Cheese flatbread. Beyond that, skip it.

    2. In the Lowes shopping center, there's Abi Azteca which is the best Mexican restaurant in that area. It's our go-to place when we're in that area. Great authentic food. Super slow service, though very friendly. They do a huge take out business. We're often the only sitting customers (outside the bar that's filled w/ large flat panel screen TVs showing only soccer) but they're hustling and people are in and out constantly. In the same mall is an Indian place w/ a decent buffet--not great but okay for a quick inexpensive bite to eat. For a burger, Glory Days is also good. A small chain w/ a handful of restaurants. I can't recommend much else there, from what I've had, but the burgers are very juicy. If you're there, you can go across the street to Global Market for international groceries.

      1. Thanks for all the great recs. I'm up here and ready to check out all those places!

        1. I like Jangko located on Route 1. I am there at least once a week. They have really good sushi and some Korean food. I go for the sushi which is usually served with soup, salad and Tiramisu. I recommend the Boston Roll!

          Jangko Sushi & Teriyaki Japanese Restaurant
          13658 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
          Woodbridge, VA 22191

          1. I'm not ashamed to say I love El Charro (right off of 95 at the Dale blvd exit, next to Kmart). Its basically no frills tex-mex in a kind of shady setting but its certainly great. It makes enduring the traffic down from DC on the weekends to see my girlfriend's family 100% worth it, every time.