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Woodbridge Restaurants

schmems Feb 19, 2008 03:09 PM


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. KWynn RE: schmems Feb 19, 2008 03:36 PM

    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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      HSBSteveM RE: KWynn Feb 19, 2008 03:49 PM

      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.

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        chowser RE: HSBSteveM Feb 21, 2008 07:50 AM

        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.

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          HSBSteveM RE: chowser Feb 21, 2008 07:59 AM

          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. chowser RE: schmems Feb 21, 2008 07:55 AM

      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.

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        schmems RE: schmems May 4, 2008 06:29 PM

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

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          ckibic RE: schmems Apr 27, 2009 12:50 PM

          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

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            WestN RE: schmems Apr 27, 2009 03:08 PM

            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.

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              consaacs RE: schmems May 8, 2009 07:40 PM

              There is at least one Anita's in the area. New Mexico-style mexican. There is one on Rt 1 just off I-95 in Aquia, in a converted fast food building. They actually made it comfortable and even cozy.

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