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Everyday Eating: Restaurants you frequent

There are many threads about high end eating, or specific types of restaurants but what about places you go to regularly (say, a few times a month)? What places do you frequent, what would you recommend there/not recommend there, what is the price range? Where would you go on a night where you had nothing planned, were too tired to cook and wanted to grab a decent meal?

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  1. Chix, 11th just north of U. In addition to the chicken, get the sweet potato side.

    1. Stoney's. For the Stoney Burger. Delicious.

      1. There's a dearth of decent places near me. But we will go to:

        Hunan East in Burke: decent Americanized chinese food. Moo sho pork, etc. They have good Thai food, chef supposedly spent 20 years there cooking. But, if I were getting Thai, I'd rather drive farther and get something better.

        Aladdin's: decent, healthy small chain--I like the sandwich wraps but avoid overly cooked tuna entrees. Desserts look amazing but aren't.

        Asian Bistro in Springfield: have not had anything bad there. Nice, small, light portions.

        DC Sandwich and Ba Le Bakery for banh mi

        My Karma in Lorton for Indian.

        D C Sandwich
        3103 Graham Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042

        Hunan East Restaurant
        9546 Old Keene Mill Rd, Burke, VA 22015

        Asian Grill
        6328 Rolling Rd, Springfield, VA 22152

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        1. re: chowser

          Mostly agree, but if you're in Springfield and you want Asian, go to Canton Cafe in the K-Mart plaza at Old Keene Mill and Backlick. I love Aladdin's too, but farther down Franconia Rd, not quite as far as Kingstowne, is Mediterranean Gourmet Market, the best Middle Eastern food in northern Virginia outside of Lebanese Butcher in Falls Church. And the Asian Grill is the same family as Ho's in Burke.

          1. re: BigEats

            As Middle Eastern goes, I also like Afghan Kebab caddy corner from Whole Foods and for a lighter meal, love Cedar Cafe in the Shoppers Plaza. Cedar Cafe is more take out, though there are tables to eat in. I've tried Mediterranean Gourmet for lunch and was not impresssed--meat a little too dry, reheated. The best middle eastern I've had is a hole in the wall place in Woodbridge, of all places, near the Nordstrom Rack. It's called Medina Kebob and I tried it on a whim, not expecting much since they have an all day buffet (normally a sign that I should pass). There was one woman running the whole thing, service was slow but the food was amazing. Everything was freshly cooked.

            Asian Grill is owned by the same family as Ho's but the food is far different. It has much more of a Thai influence and they've just added a large vegetarian/vegan menu. The food is much lighter, less greasy. I think Ho's is expensive for American Chinese food. I used to go to Canton Cafe but the food has gone downhill from when it opened. I haven't been in years. For real chinese food, I go up the beltway but these are the closer places I go to for quick bites, not somewhere I'd take my inlaws.

          2. re: chowser

            Good idea on updating this, deangold (below). Asian Bistro quickly went downhill and I haven't been in months. Hunan East we still go to but quality of food has also declined and is very salty--but we've been regulars for so long and the owner is still very nice. About half a year ago, we went and I didn't know what I wanted so she disappears in the back and comes back with chap chae that she made herself. Delicious. But, it's become heavy buffet food now. Aladdin's is good for a quick healthy bite to eat and I like Cedar Cafe still. If I want Italian, I go to Pane e Vino in Lorton. Nice warm rolls.

            My new local special occasion restaurant is Bistro L'Hermitage in Woodbridge. It's been excellent the few times we've been. But, south Fairfax County still needs more good restaurants. It's chain central.

            1. re: chowser

              hey chowser, how is this place "mike's italian" on richmond highway (i'd describe it as in-between alexandria and lorton)? http://www.mikesitalianrestaurant.com/
              someone told me yesterday that the food is delicious, but i have no idea of his standards. ;-)).***

              he and others also recommended "elsie's iron skillet" for a good breakfast.

              edit: after looking at mike's menu, i'm not sure the man has even been there. why do i say this? because when i asked if the place had good stromboli, he said yes. i don't see it on the menu. the menu reminds me of this little place in arlington -- we called it pepe's -- that was located where ray's hell burgers is today. i'd get chicken francese, and we'd always start with the mussels marinara. they'd even make a pizza we devised, "stuffed" with ricotta -- then a second layer of crust -- like a double pizza, iirc.

              1. re: alkapal

                I never get over that way so had to look it up. I'll ask my italian teacher today if she's heard of it.

                1. re: chowser

                  No one in class has heard of it, sorry.

          3. Delhi Club in Clarendon! And Ravi Kabob in Ballston!

            What a great idea for a topic. And now I have a craving for a chicken kabob...YUM. :)

            1. Italian Store for the Napoli (I get the large eat then pack the other half)
              Luna Cafe and Grill in Shirlington for breakfast, I like the breakfast burrito, but they have good sandwiches too.
              Cafe Asia for lunch sushi take out, I get the lunch special which is like $8 or $9.
              Breadline again for lunch, I get the sausage sandwhich or chicken. I never make it on Friday for BBQ maybe I will do that soon.
              Dicky's Custard again for lunch they have a good cuban sandwich.
              Caribean Grill for chicken, plantains and cuban rice.
              Hook- I really like the black risotto, but it's kind of high end.
              Aroma in Shirlington for thai, there is a lamb with veggie dish I love I get them to make it spicy.
              Matchbox- pizza and mini-burgers
              Eleventh St. Lounge for thur night half small plates, the calamari, frisee salad and NC BBQ sliders are good.
              Eat Bar- good burger, fries, braised veal with grits, homemade sausage.

              Others I haven't done lately because I have more late classes: Sushi Zen, Lebanese Butcher or Taverna. Rhodeside Grill for wings (we use Dr. Delivery). And Thai Terrace.

              But I try to cook a lot or we try to really vary the places we go to so we try new places. I mostly eat out for lunch at work, or when I am too tired to cook we get delivery or go out close.

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              1. re: ktmoomau

                Wow, so funny to think about the changes in my life since four years ago: out of law school, passed the bar, married, practicing law in Virginia. I guess I should update my list:

                Italian Store still on it for the same exact thing.
                Lebanese Taverna Market- good wraps and mezze.
                Restaurant Eve for the Lickety Split lunch (the price makes it doable often).
                Virtue Feed and Grain- Pope's Lunch or other sandwiches.
                Liberty Tavern- Vermont Pizza.
                Screwtop Wine Bar- sandwiches, lasagna, etc.
                BGR Joint- Plain Burger with lettuce and tomato (sometimes bacon).
                Taqueria Poblano- crispy LA Tacos.
                District Taco- tacos.
                Carribean Grill- still on it for the family meal with whole chicken and sides.
                Nam Viet- #39.
                Thai Square- Anything with their homemade noodles, country style curry, pork knuckle stew, crispy squid or crispy duck.

                And I still go to Eat Bar now and again, but I normally meat up for Happy Hours at some different places now it, Cheesetique, Lyon Hall, Screwtop.

              2. Boyfriend lives in Courthouse and we love Kabob Bazaar near the Clarendon metro. Their hummus is great, and they serve it with warm pita, fresh herbs and tzatziki. So good. We always order hummus, extra pita and two beef or lamb kabob entrees (big portions, I always have left overs) and get out for around $24. Great deal.
                And, not really a restaurant, but we love going to Italian store for their pizza and subs. Quick, easy, cheap and tasty. We always pick up a couple bottles of wine while we're there too, can get some good bottles for cheap.

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                1. re: edlf25

                  YES to Kabob Bazaar! Always hummus and tabouli, and I usually order the child's size kubideh. Plenty large enough for me! The rice is dreamy.

                2. Hong Kong Palace, off Route 7 in Falls Church (above the Home Depot on Route 50). Order from the Chinese, not the American, menu.

                  Rabieng, Route 7 Falls Church. All-around favorite Thai.

                  Mark's Duck House, Route 50 in Falls Church. Go for the dim sum. Best between noon and 1 p.m.

                  Saigon Saigon, Pentagon Row, Arlington. Good inexpensive Vietnamese.

                  El Charrito Caminante -- Washington Boulevard, Clarendon. Best cheap burrito in town.

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                  1. re: peasant

                    Basically peasant, you suck - you have on your list places I'd love to (HKP and ECC).

                    In Reston/Herndon:

                    - Jimmy's
                    - Teocalli Tamale
                    - Thai Luang, Tarin Thai and Thai Towne : all for different reasons
                    - Pho Reston 75
                    - Reston Kebab / Charcoal Kebab
                    - Mayuri

                    1. re: Dennis S

                      Oh, and The Deli (also in Herndon).

                      1. re: Dennis S

                        I now need to add Foster's Grille in Herndon. I think this new location for them is far superior to the Vienna location.

                        1. re: Dennis S

                          We're in Herdon (but up near Sterline) and eat regularly at:
                          Pollo Inti
                          Rice and Kabob
                          Thai by Thai
                          Jimmy's (though less, because of the smoke)
                          Glory Days (again, smoke issues)
                          Five Guys

                          Thai Luang thanks to Dennis and will likely be hitting it frequently.

                      2. re: Dennis S

                        I like Charcoal Kebab, too, if you're referring to the Afghani place that's in same K-Mart shopping center as Indo-Pak spices and Medina Market.

                        I had a delightful Thai green curry in the little Thai place catty corner to the building Charcoal Kebab is in. The flavors were well balanced, it had just the right fresh Holy basil fragrance, it was great. I can't remember the name, but I've been meaning to go back & see if they can do that consistently.

                        1. re: AsperGirl

                          Yep, that's the one. The Thai place is Three Thai Sushi, and they have excellent Tom Yum as well.

                      3. re: peasant

                        I'll second TECC, but for the chorizo and goat tacos. Second HKP, I'll add, in the 'hood, Tofu and vegetable cake at Than Son Tofu (Eden Center), and saltenas at El Pike.

                      4. At least once a month I go to the following restaurants. Some of them I go to more for convience more than anything else but I still frequent them.

                        Kramerbooks and Afterwards
                        Dupont Grill
                        Hanks Oyster Bar
                        Bistro D'Oc
                        California Tortilla
                        Old Siam
                        Sakana (more like once a week)
                        Bistro du Coin
                        Mai Thai
                        Le Bon Cafe

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                        1. re: Elyssa

                          Hickory Grill II, U.S. 50, Falls Church (Southern, Cajun, Creole)

                          1. re: Potomac Bob

                            bob, is that hickory grill in loehmann's plaza, or across?

                            1. re: alkapal

                              It's in the plaza by Celebrity Deli.

                          2. re: Elyssa

                            So sad, but finally had to knock Bistro du Coin off of my list. Was an infrequent frequent place for such a long time, but have had several bad meals now. I think Marvin has replaced it for us (but not the same vibe) and eventually we'll get to Bistro D'Oc.

                          3. Mandalay, Mandalay, Mandalay--veg 06 most often (flat noodles with tofu and lettuce), veg 8 (yellow beans with onions) and noodles 1 (combination noodles) vie for most frequent. samosas, gram fritters and salads, esp tea leaf and mango, also come in.

                            Penang in Bethesda--mee goreng, crispy golden squid, fried rice (I can't remember which one), and more fried eggplant with tiny dried shrimp than I should be having.

                            Udupi and Woodlands--everything--buffet lunches, dosai, curries. we rotate between them.

                            Raku in Bethesa for sushi, possibly being replaced by Sushi Jin in downtown Silver Spring. The latter isn't necessarily as good, but we can walk there, and we're not particularly in love with Raku either.

                            Rays when we've ha a bad day and need to make up for it. (not every month, but probably every other)

                            1. Pho 75 (the one in Rosslyn; may have the number wrong; Rosslyn metro): one large 15, one small 15; lemonade and a coke. $20 with tip. All time most frequent standby. Eat there almost once a week.

                              Santa Fe Cafe (Rosslyn metro): Not the best tex-mex ever, but we love the friendliness and ingredient freshness of this place. Usually about $50 after meals and one or two of the slightly better margaritas. Sometimes we just get a plate of nachos (less than $10) and a couple of margaritas. The daily specials are usually rather interesting as the regular menu is standard tex-mex fare. I mean, they host a local scrabble club. What's not to love? Occassional standy-by.

                              Lebanese butcher and cafe (Falls Church, need car): Just there this past weekend and our standard was $32 after tip. Hummus, kibbeh, and the grape leaves/lamb platter, and two sodas. But everything I've had there is so good. Weekend errand standby.

                              Maneki Neko (Falls Church; need car): Our new favorite place. And they serve decent ramen! two ramens, beer, and a starter might put us back $40+. They also have good lunch and dinner bento box specials and $1 sushi happy hour. And the staff are so nice. Great neighborhood place.

                              Listrani's (Courthouse metro): Pizza and 1/2 carafe of wine around $40.

                              Ragtime (Courthouse metro): Food can be total hit or miss bar food, but the Happy Hour micro of the month is a great deal at $2.50 a pint until 8 pm. That and the spiced shrimp on Tuesday "raw bar" night.Last time we were there: 4 beers; basket of shrimp and mussels on special; and a burger with fries was $30.

                              Marvin: We've already been there 3 times since it opened and will be going back again soon. Love the beer, love the fried chicken and waffles, mussels with ale/bacon/leeks, and various starters. $60-$80 depending on what we have.

                              Royal Mile Pub (Wheaton metro): What a great neighborhood place. I like the pub salad with beets; great fish and chips; interesting daily specials; etc.. Can't wait to try the Irish breakfast some weekend. About $40 to $50 depending on what we have.

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                              1. re: takajin

                                Takajin, I am with you on Pho 75, my fave is their Tai Nam Gan, all sorts of fat, tendon and brisket, and the best beef broth/stock! It isn't as good as it used to be but it is still better than any other Pho place inside the Beltway.
                                And the Ragtime comment, Tuesdays seafood specials as 'hit or miss' really sums it up. I go there every other Tuesday, and the oysters vary from pretty good to rather bad in a sandy or not so fresh sort sort of way. But the shrimp is usually good, the mussels can be delicious, and the clams are fair, but what is odd is that every time we go there, one of the four main items is decidedly bad, but never the same one... And that goes for the micros as well, December & January were really good but February was way too malty.

                                1. re: takajin

                                  Agree that the food can be hit and miss at Ragtime, but sometimes have great live music. I caught a band there recently called One Ton Won Ton that really rocked the house.

                                  But I digress, food-wise in I like Sakana in Courthouse; Taqueria el Poblano and Oriental Gourmet in the Harrison-Lee strip mall; Layalina in Ballston (though that gets expensive because we order so many mezze); Listranis (but we usually get it delivered) and Jetty's in Upper Georgetown for weekend lunches on a picnic bench.

                                  1. re: beanthere

                                    We really need to get out to Layalina's. I've seen it mentioned several times on this board.

                                    Re. ragtime: In addition to the Tuesday night raw bar, we learned that they also do half-price apps all night on Wednesday night. Half-price bar apps. and $2.50 microbrews are a fantastic deal.

                                    We were shocked at how inexpensive the bill was when it arrived. Again, the food is nothing to go out of one's way for, but a perfectly acceptable neighborhood bar and a better option than some of the places in that same neighborhood (Summers, Four Courts, etc.).

                                    1. re: takajin

                                      Well, we went to Layalina's tonight and just wanted to give an updated comment. Mediocre. Vegetarian sampler had nothing that was more than ok and the Baba was terrible. How can anyone screw up Baba and Hommos? The Chicken Fatteh - ok. Pita was dry and tasteless.
                                      Also the waiter was blah too. The two guys who filled our water at least smiled.
                                      I liked the place - the old chairs and cushions and we went at 5 and so it was nice and quiet.

                                      1. re: mscoffee1

                                        we tried layalina and were extremely underwhelmed with quality of food, prices, and terrible service. we will not return.

                                        our newest fave spot is bangkok bistro by ballston mall. top notch! good specials, too.

                                  2. re: takajin

                                    Ditto on Royal Mile Pub in Wheaton. A little neighborhood treasure. Fresh food, great taste.

                                  3. In Bethesda - Visions (scallops are great!), Zero and Chicken on the Run
                                    Moby Dick's has good kebabs

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                                    1. re: katiesir

                                      Does anyone know if Moby Dick's is a chain? I've seen it in No VA, too.

                                      Great lists, btw, everyone! It'll be handy when I'm in different neighborhoods and want a quick bite to eat (happens far too often and I'm always at a loss).

                                      1. re: chowser

                                        I heard once that Moby Dick is the name of a famous kebab place in Tehran, so these places are going for that "taste of home" approach.

                                        1. re: Bob W

                                          The explanation I heard about the name is much more prosaic. When the first place was under construction -- I believe it was the Bethesda location -- the owners were too poor to afford a new sign. A fish place named Moby Dick had been the former occupants of the space so the Kebab folks simply painted the words "House of Kebab" onto the existing sign. By the time the Moby folks could afford a new sign, the bewildering name was indelibly associated with the place.

                                          1. re: Indy 67

                                            Here's the link to the article and the paragraph that matters.


                                            Yes, Jahanshah did eventually tell me the story behind the restaurant's name. In the shah's time, one of the biggest kebab joints in Tehran, right near the American Embassy, was called Moby Dick, apparently because the owner just really liked the book. So for Iranians, the name Moby Dick is a little in-joke.

                                        2. re: chowser

                                          It is a chain, but a small one. They have multiple locations in the greater DC area. I love this place, but I know somepeople who don't. They need to open one in Baltimore!


                                          1. re: chowser

                                            Local chain, yes. And Bob W is correct from what I recall as well.

                                            1. re: Dennis S

                                              I just noticed a new one in Kingstowne today. I'll have to try it out.

                                        3. For lunch (McPherson Square) - Juice Joint, California Grille, Cafe Asia (though we're going to stop now because we've had two really bad experiences), Italian store on weekends/if I'm off work for some reason

                                          For dinner (I'm in Courthouse, boyfriend in Falls Church): Guajillo, Crisp and Juicy/El Pollo Rico, Four Sisters, Hong Kong Palace, Piratz Tavern, Sweetwater Tavern, Il Radiccio (always when parents are in town), El Paso Cafe, Irish Channel Pub if we're going to a hockey game. But we try to mix it up as much as possible. We constantly attempt to go to Old Hickory Grille but half the time we go it closes early.

                                          For happy hour: Post Pub, Mio, Chef Geoff's (though not as much as I used to).

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                                          1. re: bylinemjf

                                            Moby Dick - the ULTIMATE in cheap eat dining! Amazing chicken kabob and rice at a very cheap price

                                            twelve48- or something like that? A Thai place on Wisconsin Ave near Tenley. Good cheap Thai.

                                            2Amy's - we're addicted. Amazing thin Neopolitan pizza.

                                            Yosaku - good quality sushi at a good price (for when we don't want to spend an arm and leg and Sushi Ko).

                                            Breadline - wonderful sandwiches for a downtown lunch

                                            Teaism - very nice bento boxes for lunch.

                                            Armands - for when we want thick crust pizza. Also a good all you can eat lunch bar deal during the day (great in winter!)

                                            Bistro Du Coin - for french onion soup and french fries.

                                            Lebanese Taverna - the market in Arlington or take on on Rockville pike. Great takeout chicken.

                                            Zorba's - nice solid greek or mede.food. It's all order and sit (no waitstaff) - so it's a good cheap eat.

                                            Pollo Saborro (sp) in Adams Morgan area. Looks especially good now that Pollo Rico burned down!

                                            1. re: beauxgoris

                                              Temari in Rockville
                                              Hollywood East for Dim Sum
                                              Royal Mile in Wheaton for comfort/pub food
                                              Sushi Taro
                                              Mannequin Pis
                                              Spices in Cleveland Park
                                              Ruan Thai
                                              Max's Kosher Cafe for fallafel and schwarma

                                              1. re: foodslut

                                                Ditto most of your picks Beauxgoris but I would add
                                                Nava Thai
                                                Pho An
                                                Sergio's Place

                                              2. re: beauxgoris

                                                I forgot: Booeymonger. I've eaten there forever - nice grilled sandwiches that you won't find anywhere else. They also always have a great early dinner deal - perfect for those nights when you're on your way home and just too beat to deal with takeout or restaurants.

                                                1. re: beauxgoris

                                                  Yeah, Booeymongers was the best back in the day, does anyone remember the American Cafe in Georgetown on M Street, they had the best sandwich called the "New Orleans Jazz", all I remember was that it had grilled asparagus, ham, melted cheese on a toasted bun, it was soo good!

                                                  1. re: susabella

                                                    Ooops, sorry American Cafe was on Wisconsin,close to M Street.

                                                    1. re: susabella

                                                      susabella, i remember it clearly. i can still see the layout. it was a quintessentially '80s restaurant. it had good food, didn't it? and didn't they have another location in bethesda. later on? but my best memories there are au pied de cochon and the affiliated aux fruits de mer next door. food, political intrigue, a scene. i wish it were back, so i could venture back into g-town more often.

                                                      there was also an excellent place for late night gyros on m street, near where fattoush is now. the best gyros. anyplace in g-town still do GOOD gyros?

                                                      these days mr. alka and i go to raaga indian resto on rte 7, near columbia pike for lunch buffet and for dinner (fantastic tandoori lamb chops and boti kabob, chicken reshmi, aachari chicken), ravi kabob for take-out, or ghin na ree for thai lunch special, or thai square (when i can find parking), or pie-tanza for pizza, and oriental gourmet. three of those are in the harrison street shopping center. oh, and linda's cafe on lee hwy, between glebe and george mason for a good, cheap, diner breakfast.

                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                        Alkapal--You and I seem to eat in many of the same places. My family and I love Raaga, particularly the tandoori lamb chops and the chicken tiki masala. We live within easy walking distance of Pie-tanza, where we eat weekly, and Oriental Gourmet, where we eat less often. We also love the sandwiches at the Lebanese Market and Tarbouch (decent gyro), both on Lee Highway. I am glad to hear that Linda's Cafe is decent. I'll have to give it a try.

                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                          yes, alkapal, they had another location but I think it was in Chevy Chase on the corner of Wisconsin and....well, across from Mazza Gallery. All your restaurants sound sooo goood, I'll have to remember them the next time i'm in Virginia.
                                                          Oh, and I do remember that late nite gryos place, it was the first time I ever had one!

                                                          1. re: susabella

                                                            susabella, were you at georgetown u, also?

                                                            and cabster, we need chowhound logo lapel pins, don't we? like the elks, or the lions, we'll be the hounds! get on it, chow! a great conversation starter -- and fun way to meet other hounds, putting a face to a screen name and avatar! i'd love to run into another poster in a resto!

                                                            but maybe not this particular one: http://stwallskull.com/blog/images/70...


                                                            the origins? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-61QQr...
                                                            not too flattering as a mascot!!!

                                                            hmmm, maybe i need to rethink this.....

                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                              Just saw this message (a year and a half late). Alkapal, do you still eat at these places at Lee-Harrison? I live in the townhouses right next to that shopping strip.

                                                              1. re: cabster

                                                                hong kong palace and x.o. taste near seven corners have supplanted oriental gourmet.

                                                                ghin na rhee is still on my great lunch deal rotation. soup, small spring roll, iced tea and big plate of drunken noodles (or several other entrees) all for $6.45. Yeah! it's run by a nice family, and their dinner is good, too. but because the lunch deal is so good, that is when i go.

                                                                anthony's in falls church is where we go for pizza nowadays -- ask for extra crispy crust. don't forget to make sure they write it down, because if they don't "get it right" the pizza just can't be "fixed" to make it extra crispy. (also, leaving off peppers helps keep the crust crispy).
                                                                (a good haircutter is roza at hair cuttery, btw). harris teeter's butcher is really nice and helpful -- in fact their whole meat department is nice.

                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                  Thanks for the tips. For some reason, we still have not made it to ghin na rhee, even though we can easily walk there. I used to go to Anthony's in FC years ago when I worked in FC. Now we just walk over to Pie-tanza in the Lee-Harrison strip--always get the pizza "well done."

                                                                  1. re: cabster

                                                                    oriental gourmet has good quality food -- but i guess we've been exploring more regional chinese. i'd bet they'd fix what one would describe as authentic regional cuisine if one knew how to request it. their ingredients have always been fresh. i love their firecracker crispy shrimp and their szechuan crispy shredded beef (or is it called "szechuan shredded beef proper"?).

                                                                    someone on yelp says it's like a typical taiwanese resto -- and also like a&j's in annandale. i don't know.
                                                                    but, sadly, nowhere i know of around here serves "the rungus of old people's head" http://www.engrish.com/2009/11/fresh-...

                                                      2. re: susabella

                                                        Yep. My friend was the manager there in the late 70's. Before that it was the original Blimpie's. Next door was Mr. Henry's.

                                                    2. re: beauxgoris

                                                      My favorite place used to be Suhi Ko until I ate at Hooked in Sterling. I lived in Japan for about 2 years and haven't found anything close to the quality since i discovered this little gem while out in the burbs.

                                                  2. While @ work
                                                    - 1791 DC Cafe
                                                    - High Noon Cafe
                                                    - 5 Guys

                                                    While @ home
                                                    - Thai-Tanic
                                                    - Lali Bella
                                                    - Ben's Chili Bowl

                                                    1. Rosemary's Thyme Bistro (Clifton)
                                                      China Star
                                                      On the Border (for margaritas and Carnitas)
                                                      Woo's Garden
                                                      4 P's
                                                      Paya Thai
                                                      Arigato (on 29)

                                                      1. From over here on the Eastern Shore of MD my favorite is Snappy's in Denton

                                                        Very reasonable prices, good atmosphere and great food always! And of course no smoking now, so I can breath there!

                                                        1. In Baltimore:
                                                          Dissy Issie's, reasonable beer and food- entree's can get pricey for everyday but there are a lot of good comforts. My Fav's: Blackened Tuna over a salad w/ blue cheese crumbles or on a kaiser roll, Veggie Quesidilla, Tuna Club on 12 grain, brussel sprouts!, steamed shrimp plus a pitcher of Stella to share. My Husband's fav's: The Burger, The Meatloaf, Chicken Dumpling Soup, Chicken Salad Club on Wheat toast.
                                                          It is our home away from home.

                                                          If not there then we are likely at Rocket to Venus: Whimpies, beet salad, brussel sprouts, sezchuan noodles

                                                          The Dizz
                                                          300 W 30th St, Baltimore, MD 21211

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                                                          1. re: poached

                                                            omg I miss that place. best burgers ever.

                                                            1. re: poached

                                                              Dizzy Izzie's is also amazing for breakfast and brunch...especially when you had a little too much fun the night before!

                                                              I wish the menu was easier to read, though.

                                                            2. Normally we only go out once a week to a high end place and cook at home the rest of the time BUT i do love Pho ahn hong i think it's called, in the Springfield Plaza and i usually get that for lunch on the weekends. Sometimes i hit the salad bar at Whole Foods after work if i don't want to cook. And Chicken Out has good rotisserie chicken and some healthy sides for about $9 a person. On the rare occasions that i eat out for lunch during the week, i like Pick a Pita and Au Bon Pain in the Fashion Center in PC.

                                                              1. Lunch during work (Crystal City): Neramitra Thai and Urban Thai (if not those I usually do one of the many chains, like Chipotle or Au Bon Pain)

                                                                Dinner (live in Alexandria): Overwood. Really, its the only place we do regularly for dinners. Reasonable prices, awesome food, good location.

                                                                220 N Lee St, Alexandria, VA 22314

                                                                Neramitra Thai Restaurant
                                                                2200 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA

                                                                Urban Thai Restaurant
                                                                561 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202

                                                                1. live in Ashburn:
                                                                  Foster's grille monthly- i need my burger fix
                                                                  Cafe Rumi weekly- excellent coffee and european stuyle pastries that are too decadent to describe
                                                                  Cafe Opera- I'm no a fan of Asian food but my son and huisband are, so we go there 1-2 times a month.
                                                                  Not Your Average Joes- about monthly- their bloddy marys are excellent and the menu so diverse- we can all eat happy no matter what we're each in the mood for.

                                                                  1. I love pizza and a caesar salad from Faccia Luna in Clarendon

                                                                    1. Breakfast:
                                                                      Sunrise Deli (really cheap, good eggs/bagels)

                                                                      Greek Deli (EVERYTHING!)
                                                                      Naan and Beyond (samosas, lamb biryani)
                                                                      CF Folks (chicken salad platter)

                                                                      Dinner (live in Chinatown):
                                                                      Full Kee (vegetables/cantonese style shrimp dumpling soup)
                                                                      Chinatown Express (noodle soup)
                                                                      Matchbox (mini-burgers and pizza)
                                                                      Hank's Oyster Bar

                                                                      1. Walking
                                                                        5 Guys
                                                                        Red Hot and Blue
                                                                        (Laurel Tavern may join the list, I haven't tried them since it changed hands)

                                                                        Dutch Country Farmers Market on 29/198 in Burtonsville (but moving to just around the corner at 197/198)
                                                                        Roy's Place when we're at my parents, even if nobody else likes it. I can't help going there - I've got a sandwich named after me.

                                                                        1. Guess I'll add my two cents.

                                                                          Barnsider Diner most Sunday mornings for breakfast. Yeah, I'm fancy.

                                                                          Mediterranean Bakery (on Pickett) for some manoush.

                                                                          A&J-Annandale on the weekend for some Chinese breakfast. Or, if it's a bit later, anything from the regular menu.

                                                                          Pho Hot usually for some banh mi bo kho.

                                                                          But, I have to say that my one, true regular haunt I've established in my short time in DC is Gamasot in Springfield. I think I'm there once a week at least to get my sulleungtang fix.

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                                                                          1. re: TheMatt

                                                                            I'm always looking for good places in Springfield. I've just looked it up--the one near the Ba Le Bakery near the old Hechinger's? What else have you tried besides the sulleungtang, any other recommendations there? Thanks! A&J's is a favorite of mine, too.

                                                                            1. re: chowser

                                                                              Gamasot is the one on Hechinger Dr, but there's (sadly) no longer a Ba Le in that plaza. (Also sadly, Pho Thang Long has also left that plaza, and its replacement isn't very good.)

                                                                              The SLT is their specialty--I think "Gamasot" is actually the word for the pot that seolleong-tang is made in--but they also do a good bibim bap and a nice mandoo gui.

                                                                          2. We seem to end up at busboys and poets on weeknights as a default.

                                                                            1. great idea for a thread.hmmmm.

                                                                              pho 75 once a week.
                                                                              moby dick once every 2 weeks.

                                                                              1. Chicken on the Run in Bethesda for lunch - great rotisserie chicken

                                                                                1. Given our odd eating hours (usually 11pm after the closing of our restaurant, here is our go to list:

                                                                                  Yechon for BBQ
                                                                                  Irene's 3 on Georgia for Pupusas con todos and good tacos and incredible sopa de res
                                                                                  Bob's Shabu Shabu
                                                                                  Hollywood East on the Blvd
                                                                                  Full Key Wheaton
                                                                                  Old Ebbitt for Oyster Happy Hour with Joe at the Oyster bar itself. A pretty regular Tuesday happening.

                                                                                  Lunch stops include:
                                                                                  On the way into the restaurant...
                                                                                  Max's for schwarma & felafel
                                                                                  Woomi for AYCE lunch buffet

                                                                                  When I'm coming back from Restaurant Depot or on the way to the Signature...
                                                                                  IL Mee for AYCE bbq buffet (I do the sushi and the BBQ and almost none of the cooked food)
                                                                                  Thai Square

                                                                                  Dean, owner of Dino

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                                                                                  1. re: deangold

                                                                                    Add Pollo Sabroso-The Country Chicken on Grandview in the Wheaton Triangle area. Great rotisserie chicken and the yucca and Casamientos are both really good. They ahve the Bolivian pastries with beef stew which are heavy, juicy, messy and fun. The Carne Asada and Chorizo are both good grub, and come together on a combo plate with industrial tomato filled pico di gallo. The tortillas are heavy and dry and suggest that Pupusas may not be great. Beers are varied South American brands. The place is dirt cheap and a real working man's hangout. Service is fast and well meaning if a little lacking in the English department. Love it! Going to try their Cevice and some more of the Bolivian specials, and the Lechon Asado advertized as Saturday & Sunday only. Lound music. Or should I say LOUD MUSIC!

                                                                                    1. re: deangold

                                                                                      Bolivian pastries with beef stew? Do you mean saltenas? I am looking for a good place with Bolivian food in the area, as my mom is Bolivian....

                                                                                      1. re: kallisti

                                                                                        Kallisti, try Tutto Bene in Ballston but only during lunch on weekends. Their saltenas are yummy and so was the chicarron I had last time. Very authentic and decent prices for how much food you get!

                                                                                    2. re: deangold

                                                                                      A year and a half later, here is my current list...

                                                                                      Annandale area:

                                                                                      Honey Pig BBQ & Chul Pan, a veritable temple to pork belly
                                                                                      Odgadgib for soups mainly, & killer seafood pancake
                                                                                      Il Mee - still good for sushi and even better for BBQ. The fresh beef is best (fatty slices of deckel)

                                                                                      Wheaton/North Silver Spring:
                                                                                      New Kam Fong- excelent roast meats, cooked dishes & soups.
                                                                                      Kabob n Kahari
                                                                                      Ruan Thai back on the rotation and better than ever
                                                                                      Irenes - Avoid Friday and Saturday nights when the loudness of the music can be detected with a Richter machine.
                                                                                      Asia Foods- steam table Thai in the back of this tiny supermarket, best around 11:30 am when everything is fresh. CHEAP!
                                                                                      Max's - same shopping center as above

                                                                                      Rockville etc
                                                                                      Sichuan Pavilion
                                                                                      Vit Goel Lighthouse Tofu but not as often as I should!

                                                                                      Cleveland Park


                                                                                      Tacos La Placita for the best tacos I have found in DC and MD.
                                                                                      La Sirenita for cevice (tho filed with krab)
                                                                                      La Fondita for the Lamb Soup

                                                                                      Old Ebbett for half price Oysters only
                                                                                      New Big Wong Chinatown for seafood

                                                                                      1. re: deangold

                                                                                        I love Max's falafel plate. When asked the difference btwn it and the half or whole I was told "More food".

                                                                                        1. re: Dennis S

                                                                                          I find the difference to be semi comatose vs comatose! But in a good way!!!

                                                                                      2. re: deangold

                                                                                        Glad to see someone posted Full Key. That's one of my favorites!

                                                                                      3. - Saveur India (in Bethesda on Wisconsin by the Trader Joe's): amazing samosas and curries.
                                                                                        - Quarry House Tavern (in Silver Spring): half-price burgers on Monday, am especially fond of the black n' bleu.
                                                                                        - Mandalay (also in Silver Spring): only been once, but return trips are inevitable.
                                                                                        - Lebanese Taverna (any location): kabob sampler platter.

                                                                                        1. Capitol Hill/Eastern Market: Bread and Chocolate (for brunch), La Lomita Dos (on Independence, NOT the one uptown), and that little pupuseria (what's it called?) on the corner past the market.

                                                                                          Mount Vernon Square: Rinconcito, Old Dominion (sushi and a sports bar, together at last!)

                                                                                          Downtown: Nooshi Noodles, Julia's Empanadas, Mama Ayesha's

                                                                                          Rosslyn: Santa Fe Cafe (not haute cuisine by any stretch, but good and good service). Cafe Asia is off my list. I don't feel like I should have to convince my waiter that I am his equal just so he'll refill my drink!

                                                                                          1. Work:

                                                                                            Java Green
                                                                                            Juice Joint
                                                                                            Au Bon Pain - I love their soup!


                                                                                            Open City Diner
                                                                                            Lebanese Taverna take out
                                                                                            Vace (I'm lucky enough to live 2 blocks from Vace)
                                                                                            Ivy's Place (Thai in Cleveland Park next to the fire station on Conn. The peanut sauce is unbelievable)
                                                                                            2 Amys
                                                                                            Cactus Cantina
                                                                                            So's Your Mom (in Adams Morgan on Colombia next to Bank of America)
                                                                                            Mr. Chen's in Woodley Park - really great Chinese!

                                                                                            1. I don't think I have any real "regular" places anymore (a lot more dining at home these days), but when I used to live at the south end of Old Town Alexandria, Southside 815 was my go-to place when I was too tired to eat at home or walk further than a block.

                                                                                              Apparently I was too tired to eat at home or walk far with some regularity; even though I'm not the sort who orders the same thing every time I go somewhere, after a while the waitstaff at Southside had seen me often enough that could relatively accurately predict what I was going to order before I had even figured out for myself exactly what I was in the mood for on a given day.

                                                                                              It now occurs to me that it's been months since I've been there. I may have to go grab a Dixie Chicken Sandwich sometime soon...

                                                                                              Southside 815
                                                                                              815 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314

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                                                                                              1. re: sweth

                                                                                                Southside 815 is another of my splurges, man I love that place, it is the closest thing I can find to getting Southern food like at home. Now if they would only make homemade coconut cream pie... then I would be home.

                                                                                                1. re: sweth

                                                                                                  I just checked this out and it looks like a great place.


                                                                                                  How have I never heard of this place? I'm so glad I started this thread--I've learned about so many new places I'd never heard of before. Thanks!

                                                                                                  1. re: chowser

                                                                                                    Another little gem in that area that you might not have heard of is the Old Town Deli at King & Washington--a great little hole-in-the-wall greek deli; their "Sampler Salad" in particular is very nice (although you're pretty much guaranteed to have the smell of the rich garlicky oil dressing clinging to you for a while afterwards).

                                                                                                    That's another place that I need to return to...

                                                                                                    Old Town Deli
                                                                                                    109 N Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314

                                                                                                    1. re: sweth

                                                                                                      I need a simple place with ligher options for Friday and this sounds perfect. Thanks!

                                                                                                2. work when I don't brown bag it:
                                                                                                  au bon for soup
                                                                                                  Juice Joint for everything
                                                                                                  Will sometimes trek to Breadline.

                                                                                                  mei wah take out. addictive, have had to curb said addiction.
                                                                                                  Spices. So good. Love the rainbow salad.
                                                                                                  2 Amys/Cactus but avoiding weekends before 8pm.

                                                                                                  When I make the trip, Wegmans roast chicken.

                                                                                                  Other than that, I rarely eat out anymore.

                                                                                                  1. Lunch during the week:

                                                                                                    Phillips Cafe
                                                                                                    Sunspot Cafe
                                                                                                    Taqueria Nacionale
                                                                                                    Au Bon Pain

                                                                                                    Sometimes I'll get a hotdog from one of the street vendors.

                                                                                                    After work/happy hour:

                                                                                                    Capitol City Brewing Company (decent appetizers and half price draughts)
                                                                                                    Johnny's Half Shell, for half price oysters
                                                                                                    Hard Times Cafe (decent wings and half price beers)

                                                                                                    I really need to check out the Old Ebbit Grill's oyster happy hour one of these days after work.

                                                                                                    Other places:

                                                                                                    Three Brothers, Greenbelt. Usually on Sunday afternoons, for beer and pizza. The surly bartender often gives me a discount of forgets to put a beer on my tab. They also have decent oysters and steamed shrimp.

                                                                                                    Marathon Deli
                                                                                                    Plato's Diner
                                                                                                    Little Giant
                                                                                                    Faidley's (I like eating at their raw bar after my band plays Lexington Market)
                                                                                                    Pho 88
                                                                                                    Pho VN One
                                                                                                    Ledo's (the original one, near UMD)

                                                                                                    There's probably more, but that's all I can think of now.

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                                                                                                    1. re: 4X4

                                                                                                      The Old Ebbitt/Clydes Happy Hour "Afternoon Delight" is a really good deal. I saw it on their website and went with some of my girlfriends and it was great. The portions for the happy hour specials are huge, the shrimp cocktail shrimp were very large, we were happy.

                                                                                                        1. re: beauxgoris

                                                                                                          Well I tried to link it but the link isn't opening right on their website:

                                                                                                          Here is the oyster happy hour which includes the whole raw bar:

                                                                                                          It should be here under the Afternoon Delight (it is their happy hour, but it tends to start really early and they call it Afternoon Delight), but isn't working. I think most of the time it is like $5 for: burger and fires, crab artichoke dip?, and a bunch of other stuff I wish the link would open.

                                                                                                          Here is the link in case it starts working: http://www.clydes.com/main/Whats_Happ...

                                                                                                          1. re: ktmoomau

                                                                                                            ^^Oh thank you! That IS a deal! I love their bleu cheese burger too.

                                                                                                    2. i'm likin' this focus on good deals!!!!

                                                                                                      1. At work (Downtown Falls Church): Lebanese Taverna, The Beach Shack, Pilin Thai,. I need to frequent Lebanese Butcher, Bubba's, and The Hickory Grille more. My office is moving to Tysons (Spring Hill Rd) and I will be sad to leave all the lunch choices.

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                                                                                                        1. re: qdpye

                                                                                                          I second Bubba's Bar-B-Q, 7810 Lee Highway in Falls Church, VA 22042. Tel 703/560-8570. I have lunch there whenever I'm in the area. The specials are always great. BBQ Pork is excellent.

                                                                                                        2. At work in Rockville/Bethesda:
                                                                                                          - Mediterranean House of Kabob on Rockville Pk (make their own pita -- get it with the hummus; friendly staff)
                                                                                                          - Tara Thai
                                                                                                          - Panera on S. Jefferson (been to others, but this one's better)
                                                                                                          - Popeye's (I know, I know, but when I'm running late...)
                                                                                                          - Chipotle (as above, but their steak salad is great)
                                                                                                          - Mamma Lucia for pizza when I'm feeling particularly self-indulgent

                                                                                                          At work in Alexandria (King St):
                                                                                                          - Asian Bistro
                                                                                                          - Bumblefish
                                                                                                          - Cafe Salsa (service can be slow, and they seem reluctant to handle takeout, but the food's very nice)
                                                                                                          - Also stopped in just recently at the new bakery place there at King and Washington across from Bumblefish -- don't remember the name, but it was quite good... took a while to get the sandwich from the kitchen, but tasty anyway.

                                                                                                          At play in Dupont Circle... a group of us pick a place once a week after church... here is our list of "regulars:"
                                                                                                          - Banana Leaves
                                                                                                          - Thai Chef
                                                                                                          - Timberlake's
                                                                                                          - La Frontera Cantina
                                                                                                          - Sette (good pizza, a bit upscale)
                                                                                                          - Cafe Odeon
                                                                                                          - Anna Maria's
                                                                                                          - Alero

                                                                                                          1. Hi there. I'm in Montgomery County so most of my favorites are along the Pike or in Silver Spring/Wheaton.

                                                                                                            Pho 95 and India Grill at Ritchie Plaza on Rville Pike--stop by for gelato at Sam's (if you have room!)
                                                                                                            Yuan Fu Vegetarian--Rville Pike and Wooton Pkwy
                                                                                                            Hollywood East in Wheaton
                                                                                                            Silver Fountain in Aspen Hill

                                                                                                            Thai Derm in downtown Silver Spring (across the street from Mandalay)--got sick of waiting for a table at Mandalay and finding out that they are out of special Thursday chicken....

                                                                                                            For comfort food: Florida Avenue Grill near Howard University and
                                                                                                            Parkway Deli off East-West Highway at Grubb Road

                                                                                                            Happy Eating.

                                                                                                            1. I live in Dupont/Adams Morgan so I care about price and proximity and is something I don't usually make at home

                                                                                                              1) Mama Ayesha's is reasonably priced and has a nice atmosphere on calvert before the Duke Ellington Bridge
                                                                                                              2) Etete has the best ethiopian food in D.C. on 9th and U
                                                                                                              3) Thaiphoon has good drinks and a fun atmosphere

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                                                                                                              1. re: arose

                                                                                                                Agree about Thaiphoon, however we've never had decent service there, and the tables are packed in so tightly it's impossible to get up and go to the bathroom without disturbing 3 other parties. We prefer Thai Chef across the street.

                                                                                                              2. I live in Rockville, and my regular places are Black Market Bistro, for their cornmeal crusted oyster appetizer, it's better than Blacks in Bethesda (sesame fried oysters), I also love Black Market's antipasto, their salads, soups and the turkey panini at lunch. Addies, love the mussels and just about everything else, love the back outside dining area. Benjarong for their crispy duck, Yekta for their excellent kabob koobideh, kashk e badamjan, mast. Black's in Bethesda for their bread basket, coffee service, fried calamari, mussels and burgers.Mandalay in Silver Spring for the catfish with tamarind.

                                                                                                                1. Lunch..

                                                                                                                  -Woomi in Wheaton
                                                                                                                  -Samantha's (SS)
                                                                                                                  -Ruan Thai (Wheaton)
                                                                                                                  -Pho 75 (Rockville)
                                                                                                                  -La Bamba (SS)
                                                                                                                  -Ghar-e-Kabab (SS--wonderful buffet!)
                                                                                                                  -Mandalay (SS)
                                                                                                                  -Bombay Bistro (Rockville)
                                                                                                                  -Bobby's Crabcakes (Rockville)
                                                                                                                  -El Tapatio (Gaithersburg)
                                                                                                                  -Chick-Fil-A (anywhere I can find one. Best chicken sandwich...ever!)


                                                                                                                  -Dino (DC)--I'm addicted to the wild boar pasta!
                                                                                                                  -Passage to India--still the best, IMO.
                                                                                                                  -Mia's (Bethesda)--maybe not quite 2Amy's, but it's very good and much closer to home.
                                                                                                                  -American Flatbread, when we have time to go out there.
                                                                                                                  -Ruan Thai
                                                                                                                  -Samantha's (SS)

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                                                                                                                  1. re: JeffCraddock

                                                                                                                    Thanks for remembering so many other places that I just love:
                                                                                                                    Passage to India, I agree, it's the best.
                                                                                                                    Mia's, you're right, very close to 2Amy's but easier to get a table and closer to home.
                                                                                                                    Bombay Bistro, nice and cozy, good food
                                                                                                                    Bobby's crabcakes, wonderful
                                                                                                                    I must have gone on a bad day to Ruan Thai. Took a friend, was so looking forward to great food and was a bit dissapointed, will have to give it another chance.
                                                                                                                    Have to get to Dino's, heard so much about it and follow his threads here.

                                                                                                                  2. Hooked, in Sterling, VA. Always very fresh seafood and the sushi is probably the best in the DC area.

                                                                                                                    1. Whoops, forgot to attach the link!

                                                                                                                      20789 Great Falls Plaza, Sterling, VA

                                                                                                                      1. Moby Dick House Of Kebob (DELICIOUS kebobs/pita/rice/hummos)
                                                                                                                        Several locations in MD/DC/VA
                                                                                                                        Chicken On The Run for Peruvian chicken & mashed potatos(Bethesda)
                                                                                                                        Matchbox for mini burgers & apple salad(DC)
                                                                                                                        The Burger Joint- All burgers/fries are great! (Bethesda)
                                                                                                                        Chipolte & Popeye's for fast food

                                                                                                                        1. ...And Victor's (Bethesda) for gyros!

                                                                                                                          1. Quick near home (River@Western):

                                                                                                                            Moby Dick, Booeymonger, Hungry Tiger, City Lights of China, Meiwah, Vace, Haandi (buffet only)

                                                                                                                            Nicer near home: Mia's Pizza, Jaleo Bethesda (Penn Quarter one is better) Levante's, Olazzo.

                                                                                                                            Silver Spring: Mandalay, Addis Ababa, Quarry House.

                                                                                                                            Arlington: Guajillo, Ray's, Faccia Luna, Bebo, Minerva (again, buffet) Dairy Godmother for frozen custard, Taqueria Poblano.

                                                                                                                            Special occasions: Zaytinya, Zola, Komi, Farah Olivia.

                                                                                                                            1. Hong Kong Palace - we always get the Chengdu Spicy Cold Noodles. Recently, the fried chicken with spicy tangy potatoes and the garlic flavor fried flounder have been repeat favorites.

                                                                                                                              Chutzpah for Reubens and occasionally the Koufax.

                                                                                                                              China Star for Beef Stew in Hot Pot, Crystal Shrimp, and Salt and Pepper Eggplant.

                                                                                                                              Of course, in the summer, we've been grilling at home a lot more, to the extent that a friend calls it "The Backyard Grille".

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                                                                                                                              1. re: FoodieGrrl

                                                                                                                                I've read so many people rave about the Salt and Pepper Eggplant from China Star but I found it really greasy. Did I get a bad dish or is that how it is? I can't imagine any way to deep fry eggplant and not have it absorb grease.

                                                                                                                                1. re: chowser

                                                                                                                                  You know, there have been a couple of times I've gotten it when it's been greasier than others. One of those times, it really was a turn-off. But when it's done right there, which is the majority of the time, it is really, really addictive. I would give it another chance.

                                                                                                                              2. Hard Times Cafe - always get a footlong with cinncinnati
                                                                                                                                Giuseppi's pizza in Kentlands - cheese pizza and antipasto salad
                                                                                                                                Mi Rancho - Germantown - everything is good

                                                                                                                                1. lately it's been Cafe Rumi. whether i want a European pastry or omelet for breakfast, or a roast beef and brie or fresh chicken salad sandwich at lunch, OR authentic Italian Gelato for dessert, I find mywself here at least once a week. $4 to $8 is what i spend depending on whether or not I add a perfectly blended coffee drink or smoothie.

                                                                                                                                  It's in Ashburn, on Waxpool... www.caferumi.biz

                                                                                                                                  can't say enough good things about it!

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: Aphioni

                                                                                                                                    Breakfast - Eggspectations (Silver Spring MD or Rockville MD) or Original Pancake House (Falls Church, VA or Rockville, MD). The Chesapeake omellete is amazing at Eggspectations. Both are higher priced breakfasts...$12-18/entree

                                                                                                                                    Coastal Flats (Tysons/Fairfax Corner) - best crab cakes (I'm a MD girl all the way - trust me!) the shrimp & grits is really good too. I love all the salads $12-20/entree

                                                                                                                                    Sweetwater Tavern (Merrifield/Tysons/Sterling) - any of the entree salads are fabulous. Banana Pudding is to die for. so is the chocolate waffle $12-20/entree

                                                                                                                                    La Sandia (Tysons Corner) - new mexican/tequila bar restaurant - chips & salsa is amazing. Chicken mole is fantastic. tequila tasting was fun!

                                                                                                                                    La Flor de la Canela (Rockville Town Square) is a FABULOUS Peruvian restaurant - get the stuff yucca, the lentil stew is GREAT! yucca fries are devine.

                                                                                                                                    Pho 75 (multiple locations)

                                                                                                                                    Chipotle & Panera are my "go to "fast food" " locations

                                                                                                                                  2. Thai Regent - $$
                                                                                                                                    Annie Steakhouse - $
                                                                                                                                    Baja Fresh - $
                                                                                                                                    Heritage India - $$
                                                                                                                                    Hanks Oyster Bar - $$$
                                                                                                                                    Marvelous Market - $
                                                                                                                                    Pete's Apizza - $

                                                                                                                                    1. I'm a poor grad-student foodie (who has no issues about driving for food)

                                                                                                                                      mondays at Capital Alehouse in Fredericksburg - Dollar Burger Night!
                                                                                                                                      American Flatbread in Ashburn - everything about the place is perfect.
                                                                                                                                      Bombay Cafe ( 11213-E Lee Hwy. Fairfax ) - $5dollar all-day indian buffet = WINx2000
                                                                                                                                      Volt in Frederick - Express Lunch pick3-for14

                                                                                                                                      701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Crocken

                                                                                                                                        There is an American Flatbread in N. Arlington now. (clarendon area)

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Steve

                                                                                                                                          Steve, have you been to the new American Flatbread in Arlington? Wondering how the food is--the prices seem on the high side.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: cabster

                                                                                                                                            I liked the revolution flatbread. The one with virginia ham and apples is good, but not as good as Liberty Tavern's version. It's a decent size pie with good toppings. Wasn't crazy about the organic brand of sodas served, but I will get beer or wine next time.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: cabster

                                                                                                                                              there new virginia sausage pizza is my favorite pizza ever.

                                                                                                                                              their beer selection is sublime.

                                                                                                                                              the prices are high, but you're also paying to keep virginia farmers farming. thats worth 4-5 dollars in my opinion.

                                                                                                                                        2. Pho14 on Park Road in Columbia Heights (grilled shrimp on vermicelli)
                                                                                                                                          The Heights (incredible happy hour everyday 4-7--ginger calamari, burgers)
                                                                                                                                          Nam Viet in Cleveland Park
                                                                                                                                          Cafe Deluxe (fab steak frites)
                                                                                                                                          Commonwealth (grassfed burgers to die for)
                                                                                                                                          Marvin (their ribs and chicken with waffles will change your life)
                                                                                                                                          Sticky Fingers (ok, not a "restaurant" per se, but I go there at least a couple times a month for their Little Devils)
                                                                                                                                          Bardeo/Ardeo (excellent fish, small plates)

                                                                                                                                          Cafe Deluxe
                                                                                                                                          3228 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

                                                                                                                                          1. looking up american flatbread in arlington, i noticed this google map lists a "chinatown" in arlington -- on wilson between courthouse and clarendon! is that the name of a restaurant?

                                                                                                                                            1. this is just a reply to topic of restaurants you frequent. If I really have a craving for chinese, probably the best I've had is House of Chong in Glen Burnie. They definitely give you more than enough and for your meal and the next day or you can share 1 order with 1 or more other people. It is not fake chinese but the real thing. Everything is good there, people come from miles around to get their food. If I want italian, I go to the Olive Tree or Romanos italian grill in anapolis and for a great sandwich, I go to Chaps in Baltimore, MD.

                                                                                                                                              1. I am at Sardi's in Beltsville nearly once a week. You can't go wrong with Pollo Ever - a deboned half chicken with Peruvian spices. Mmmm with a side of yucca. Price is good - under $10. It's my 'too tired to cook' place. Supreme laziness - they deliver!

                                                                                                                                                1. G&A Coney Island Restaurant best hot dogs in baltimore fresh cut french fries home made soups and breakfast whenever you want it everything is homemade and the owner is hands on its agreat joint in highlandtown canton area definetly affordable to eat there everyday it was also featued on the food network DDD

                                                                                                                                                  1. For everyday eating, I assume that we're not picking the 2941s and Inn at Little Washingtons. I am from Reston, so you will see that my picks reflect that:

                                                                                                                                                    1) Kabob - Moby Dick (Metro DC) and Reston Kabob
                                                                                                                                                    2) Thai - Thai Luang in Herndon
                                                                                                                                                    3) Fried Chicken - Pollo Campero in Herndon (there are other locations)
                                                                                                                                                    4) Sushi - Ariake in Reston
                                                                                                                                                    5) Pizza - Tony's in Fair Lakes and Ciro's in Centreville
                                                                                                                                                    6) Delis - The Deli in Herndon (K-Mart Plaza), Chutzpah in Fair Lakes, Primo Italiano in Reston and The Italian Store in Arlington
                                                                                                                                                    7) Burgers - Five Guys (Metro DC)
                                                                                                                                                    8) Afghan - Panjshir in Vienna
                                                                                                                                                    9) All American - from seafood to burgers to salads, I find myself at any of the Great American Restaurants quite often.
                                                                                                                                                    10) Chinese - Peking Gourmet Inn in Falls Church/Bailey's Crossroads

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ichrysso

                                                                                                                                                      Ariake has been mentioned a few times as of late. I've not been but I live around the corner. Any must-have items or avoid-at-all-cost items?

                                                                                                                                                      Oh, and for Kabobs, have you had Charcoal Kabob? I vaccilate between them and Reston Kabob (but definitely hit Charcoal when looking for sides).

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Dennis S

                                                                                                                                                        My take on El Charrito Caminante and Italian store


                                                                                                                                                        El Charrito Caminante
                                                                                                                                                        2710 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: helenahimm

                                                                                                                                                          The Guy at El Charro (the name he used while a taco wagon) is Jose. Just the other day I came across his business card from before the store front. The older woman is his Mom and the older guy who drives the Dually is his Dad. Great guy.

                                                                                                                                                          When at the wagon, he used to not work: Mondays; Snowy days; one week per year when he went back to Mexico. I know for certain he didn't take one day off the first two years after opening the storefront. While I still stop by, I don't live close anymore and only make it there about 8 times a year.

                                                                                                                                                          As he built his storefront we talked about pressure he was getting from the ABC store and other restos near Ft. Myer, as well as costs, paperwork, etc, in setting up a business. Again. Great guy. And superb food. Try the Chorizo.

                                                                                                                                                          El Charro Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                          933 Fairlawn Ave, Laurel, MD 20707

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Dennis S

                                                                                                                                                            TECC is the best for tacos in the area, bar none. And Jose is the hardest working man in the business. I have worked a bit deeper into the menu there, trying the fish sandwich, good, the veggie burrito, ok, the tamarind drink, good for a change, the pupusas, ok to good, but the real reason to go there is to buy the great tacos, lengua, chorizo, pork are all great, chicken is ok but the salsa and the shredded radish and stuff makes even the chicken a delicious meal. Excellent stuff and you can carry it to the Lyon Park picnic tables for a fairly nice picnic outside.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Ziv

                                                                                                                                                              No mention of the goat? I was at TECC not long ago after an absence, and it is still easily the best in the area, though I don't stray from the goat and the chorizo.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Steve

                                                                                                                                                                Nearly 2 years after my last post on TECC, I have come around to Steve's point of view on the cabrito/goat. Delicious! But I am not as enamored with the chorizo now. But TECC is still my favorite taco around. I went to La Mexicana in Alex on the recommendation of several people on this board, and it was good, just not as good as TECC.

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Dennis S

                                                                                                                                                          I've had the Charcoal Kabob in Greenbriar and it is delicious. Is there one in Herndon/Reston, too?

                                                                                                                                                          At Ariake, get the spicy scallop roll and if you like salmon, the Florida roll is delicious.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ichrysso

                                                                                                                                                            I've not been to the one in Greenbriar and haven't seen anything at the Reston/Herndon location to say that they have a second location. But - they do good business in Herndon (and have been there for more than a decade), so it's possible they branched out.

                                                                                                                                                      2. Baltimore--I live in the central/downtown area, but will drive for great deals and such.

                                                                                                                                                        Attman's--trying to cut down on my Attman's habit, its no good for me.
                                                                                                                                                        Chicken Rico--Peruvian chicken, Highlandtown on Eastern Ave
                                                                                                                                                        Tortilleria Sinaloa--tacos, Eastern Ave in Fells Point.
                                                                                                                                                        Sandwiches from Eddie's Market.
                                                                                                                                                        Trinacria on Paca
                                                                                                                                                        Mekong Delta on Saratoga + Cathedral
                                                                                                                                                        Nick's Seafood in Cross Street Market
                                                                                                                                                        Abbey Burger Bistro in Federal Hill
                                                                                                                                                        Rocket to Venus in Hampden
                                                                                                                                                        Holy Frijoles in Hampden
                                                                                                                                                        Dizzy Izzie's in Remington
                                                                                                                                                        Iggie's Pizzeria in Mt. Vernon
                                                                                                                                                        City Cafe in Mt. Vernon

                                                                                                                                                        Mekong Delta Cafe
                                                                                                                                                        105 W Saratoga St, Baltimore, MD 21201

                                                                                                                                                        Abbey Burger Bistro
                                                                                                                                                        1041 Marshall St, Baltimore, MD 21230

                                                                                                                                                        Hampden Cafe
                                                                                                                                                        4800 Hampden Ln Ste 103, Bethesda, MD 20814

                                                                                                                                                        Holy Frijoles
                                                                                                                                                        908 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD 21211

                                                                                                                                                        1. Maiwand Kabob- The original in Columbia
                                                                                                                                                          Nacho Mammas- for the BBQ Pork special
                                                                                                                                                          Pioneer Pit Beef- Woodlawn

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kris9

                                                                                                                                                            I just looked up their website, looks like a good menu!
                                                                                                                                                            When do they have the BBQ pork special - and what's so special about it?


                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Steve

                                                                                                                                                              The pork is marinated in Apple Cider and is like heaven on a plate. I usually get the taco special and just eat the pork right off the taco, the serving is enormous! But the taco does come with a marinated habanero cabbage salad and gouda cheese on the taco. This place is mexican at its heart, so the margarita/ tequilla menu is extensive and the chips and salsa are amazing! If you have not checked out Nacho Mamma's, do so as quickly as possible!

                                                                                                                                                              I can't say when the special is offered, I have gone twice this month and it has been on the menu, but have not seen it before June...

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kris9

                                                                                                                                                                I used to frequent Nacho Mama's often when I lived in Baltimore. Oh how I miss that place it had the best ambiance.

                                                                                                                                                                Nacho Mama's
                                                                                                                                                                2907 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                    That's Nacho Mammas tacos! Sorry, couldn't resist.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: chowser

                                                                                                                                                                      chowser, i just saw this, but it is STILL funny!

                                                                                                                                                            2. I'm in South Arlington, used to work in Old Town.

                                                                                                                                                              1. Guajillo - we are here regularly. I get their enchiladas with mole. Ask for one of each - beef, chicken and cheese. DELICIOUS. Also good are the fish tacos and shrimp ceviche.

                                                                                                                                                              2. Thai Square - usually get shrimp pad thai and tofu (bean curd) with chili peppers and basil. The mango sticky rice too!

                                                                                                                                                              3. The Burger Joint - mini burgers and fries

                                                                                                                                                              4. Matchbox - fire and ice pizza, mini burgers, the salad with bacon and pasta

                                                                                                                                                              5. Jaleo - always get the gazpacho and many other treats. Watermelon salad is fantastic too.

                                                                                                                                                              6. Whole Foods - Sushi (brown rice spicy shrimp roll), salmon cakes, olive bar.

                                                                                                                                                              7. Sunday Brunch - Boulevard Woodgrill - French breakfast - french toast, eggs, bacon. Luna Diner in Shirlington - make your own omelet and cinnamon raisin french toast.

                                                                                                                                                              8. Tacklebox - in Georgetown. Grilled tilapia, grilled asparagus and mac n cheese.

                                                                                                                                                              9. Northside Social - in North Arlington - Chocolate oatmeal cookie and ice coffee

                                                                                                                                                              10. Teaism - Dupont - Bubble tea and salty oat cookie

                                                                                                                                                              11. Dehli Dhaba - Arlington. Take out bar with salad and naan.

                                                                                                                                                              12. Haandi in Falls Church. My absolute favorite Indian.

                                                                                                                                                              13. Layalina - Arlington - I get the eggplant with beef dish with warm yogurt and pita crisps.

                                                                                                                                                              14. Taylor Gourmet - H Street - for their vegetarian sub with roasted red pepper, basil and fresh mozzarella and Herr's chips.


                                                                                                                                                              2009 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009

                                                                                                                                                              Thai Square
                                                                                                                                                              3217 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204

                                                                                                                                                              1222 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046

                                                                                                                                                              Taylor Gourmet
                                                                                                                                                              1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

                                                                                                                                                              Layalina Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                              5216 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205

                                                                                                                                                              The Burger Joint
                                                                                                                                                              106 N Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jodik

                                                                                                                                                                Ok even though that was long enough... I left off two important ones:

                                                                                                                                                                ACKC - on 14th -- for Macarons - pistachio and chocolate
                                                                                                                                                                Rockland's on Washington Blvd in Arlington - blackened salmon sandwich, potato salad and baked beans.

                                                                                                                                                              2. Can't beat these:

                                                                                                                                                                Sterling - The Pollo Factory (really solid rotisserie chicken near Dulles airport)
                                                                                                                                                                Tysons - Shamshiry Chelo Kebab (unbelievably flavorful Persian comfort food)
                                                                                                                                                                Ashburn - Carolina Brothers Pit BBQ (jeans n'sneaks type unpretentious BBQ joint -- sooooooo good!)

                                                                                                                                                                1. Some of my regulars...

                                                                                                                                                                  Maiwand Kebab- Arundel Mills, best lamb and chicken kebab around. The hot pita and cilantro yoghurt sauce is outstanding.

                                                                                                                                                                  Joe's Noodle House- my favorite place in the area, bar none.

                                                                                                                                                                  Black Hog in Frederick-very good dry rub ribs and chicken wings, half price happy-hour drinks.

                                                                                                                                                                  Al Forno in Frederick- Best pizza around.

                                                                                                                                                                  Thames Street Oyster House-my new hangout in Fells Point. Great fish, lobster roll is deadly delicious. Grapefruit vodka crush takes the sting out of winter.

                                                                                                                                                                  Grace Garden-Ft. Meade, my favorite long lunch

                                                                                                                                                                  Polock Johnny's-the one on Rt. 1 for a super Polish w/sauce. Just have to have one every now and then.

                                                                                                                                                                  Gunnings in Hanover for crab cakes and the flounder sandwich for an amazing 7 bucks.

                                                                                                                                                                  Mario's and Italian Store in Arlington for the steak and cheese and the Capri, respectively.

                                                                                                                                                                  XO Taste, Hong Kong Palace at Seven Corners-dim sum, roast pork, duck and XO lobster.

                                                                                                                                                                  Double-T Diner in Frederick-breakfast and bloody Marys.

                                                                                                                                                                  Simple guy, simple tastes.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. In Silver Spring.

                                                                                                                                                                    Oriental East-i go for dim sum at least once a month
                                                                                                                                                                    Moby Dicks-not so much for me, but it's my husband's favorite takeout
                                                                                                                                                                    Kao Thai-for when we don't feel like getting in the car
                                                                                                                                                                    Ruan Thai-all the times we don't eat kao thai
                                                                                                                                                                    Ren's Ramen-i would eat here every day if i could. Unfortunately, no one else I know likes Ramen so I only go when I eat by myself :(
                                                                                                                                                                    Marchone's-amazing subs and the frozen food options have a special shelf in my freezer
                                                                                                                                                                    Paccis-i will ask for pizza and wine on my deathbed :)

                                                                                                                                                                    In DC:
                                                                                                                                                                    Taqueria Nacional-they know my name there
                                                                                                                                                                    Hank's Oyster Bar-i have a special dance I do when my husband says "let's go to Hank's for dinner"
                                                                                                                                                                    Sichuan Pavillion-i only go with Chinese people
                                                                                                                                                                    Spices-i just love this place. everything about it is my favorite friday night dinner out.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. We live in NOMA/Atlas District/H St. NE area and work between Dupont and Foggy Bottom. Just about everywhere we go is $20 or under/pp. for a meal, excluding drinks. Places we often go just for a bite:

                                                                                                                                                                      -BGR Joint (Dupont) and the newly opened BTS (Foggy Bottom). To me, their burgers, buns, and toppings are nearly identical. I'm not too crazy about the fries in either location. I usually get a cheeseburger, but some of their special burgers are good, too.
                                                                                                                                                                      -Matchbox - good for brunch, entree salads, pizzas, mini-burgers (rarely order those, but they're so good)
                                                                                                                                                                      -Pho14 (Columbia Heights) - this is kind of a haul for us, but sometimes we make a special trip. We order pho, bun, and banh mi most often. I prefer banh mi at Pho House in Germantown, but that's not even metro-accessible
                                                                                                                                                                      -For a quick Chinese craving, we usually go to Eat First in Chinatown. They have decent Americanized dishes and some good authentic ones, too (such as shrimp-paste stuffed eggplant). My current fave is Sichuan Pavillion in Rockville, but that's further afield.
                                                                                                                                                                      -For drunk food: Clyde's in Chinatown. I order the buffalo chicken tenders off menu. Or Hill Country for their chili nachos and amazing smoked wings. I would even seek out the latter sober.
                                                                                                                                                                      -If I just feel like a steaming bowl of carbs, I'll go to Dupont Italian Kitchen for their spaghetti bolognese.
                                                                                                                                                                      -Sakana (Dupont) has pretty decent sushi and tonkatsu curry.
                                                                                                                                                                      -Bistrot du Coin (Dupont) for eggs benedict. They're good and pretty fast.
                                                                                                                                                                      -Red Rocks (Columbia Heights) for pizza and chicken caesar salad. Rumor has it they're coming to H St. I'm stoked.
                                                                                                                                                                      -The Big Board (H St. NE) for slightly overpriced but tasty, creatively topped burgers and crispy shoestring fries
                                                                                                                                                                      -Ripple (Cleveland Park) for whatever specials look good (usually some kind of fresh pasta), the cheese plates, and the composed vegetable plate
                                                                                                                                                                      -Pearl Dive (14th St.) for happy hour shrimp po boys and Addie's mussels. Hear the fried chicken is excellent, too.
                                                                                                                                                                      -Sundevich (Convention Center) for expensive but really quality, large sandwiches. I like the Istanbul.
                                                                                                                                                                      -The Passenger (Convention Center) for duck lettuce wraps
                                                                                                                                                                      -The Queen Vic (H St. NE) for fish and chips and some fancy pub grub and massive, delicious desserts (the sticky toffee pudding and bittersweet chocolate tart are standouts)
                                                                                                                                                                      -Shawafel (H St. NE) for a quick falafel or shawarma (my favorite, though, is Shawarma King in Columbia Heights/Adams Morgan)

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Crystal Thai (Arlington): drunken noodles, pad see ew with beef, Guay Tiew Kaw (or something like that--not on the menu--just ask for it--chow foon noodles with chicken, shrimp, mushrooms, awesome), spicy eggplant with shrimp, pad lard na, pad lard na talay.

                                                                                                                                                                        Piola (Arlington): greco pizza, honolulu pizza. I love the mozzarella they put on the pizza. Love the crust too.

                                                                                                                                                                        Boulevard Woodgrill: burger, pulled pork sandwich.