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Dinner Near Dulles Tonight

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Hello Fellow Chowhounds,

My sister in law is staying out at the Hilton Dulles Airport and I'd like to take her to dinner. What recommendations can you make for a nice dinner nearby? I don't mind driving into Herndon or a nearby town, but since I'm coming from DC, and the drive to get there will already be long, I don't want to add to the drive by dining at a location too far away.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Not sure what you're looking for, but here are some suggestions:

    Euro Bistro (Herndon)
    Thai Luang (Herndon)
    Jasmine Cafe (Reston, Lake Anne)
    Tortilla Factory (Herndon)
    El Pollo Rico (Herndon)

    The last two being the most casual/inexpensive.

    Reston Town Center is also nearby. If you want a place to stroll before/after dinner, Clyde's is a decent local chain there, and the Market Street Cafe at the Hyatt Town Center is good, but expensive.

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    1. re: Meg

      Thanks, you've given me something to work with here. If you were eating out tonight, which one of these places would you choose?

      1. re: janetdwms

        Depends what you and your sister in law are in the mood for. If you want to be able to stroll, shop or grab a drink at a bar before or after dinner, I'd go to the Town Center (there's also a McCormick and Schmick's there). If you want a different and more unique dining experience, I'd go to Euro Bistro. They're in a strip mall in Herndon, but now that they've expanded, it's more conducive to lingering over a liesurely meal without feeling like you're holding up a table. If you want a good inexpensive and casual meal, I'd go to Thai Luang or Tortilla Factory. El Pollo Rico is wonderful but pretty devoid of atmosphere.

      2. re: Meg

        The Ice House in Herndon is great also. On the pricey side so if money is an issue, don't go there.

        I really like the Euro Bistro, it has great German food which is hard to find in my opinion.

        1. re: 512window

          Can't believe I forgot the Ice House. Great raw bar and bartender (Dan).

      3. Ashburn- Mimi's Cafe- great atmosphere- big desserts! near dulles mall

        Ashburn- Anothai, fantastic Thai cuisine! (coupon on www.Aphioni.com!
        )Ashburn- Callaloo- fantastic Jamaican food
        these are in the same plaza

        Lansdowne- off of Rt 7 Silk Road- Afghan cuisine- oh so good!

        I second Euro Bistro in Herndon- great German food.

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        1. re: Aphioni

          Lots of good food in Ashburn, but it adds another 15 minutes (in the opposite direction) to her commute from DC.

        2. Meg gave you a good list. To add a few:
          - Jimmy's in old town Herndon for more casual. More of a bar, but the food is exceptional for a bar - above average as a restaurant.

          - At Lake Anne, I prefer Cafe Montmartre over Jasmine, but both are good. Gives you an option anyway. To note, both are best in warm weather for al fresco dining - and either is a destination for us in warm weather months.

          - El Manantial is a nice hidden treasure of mediteranean food: http://www.elmanantialrestaurant.com/...

          - Sweet Basil Cafe - very good food. It has the drawback of also being in a strip mall, though I think Euro Bistro does a better job of helping you forget that once you're inside.