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Jun 20, 2008 11:26 AM

Ma and Pa restaurants near Dulles, VA

I am looking for a good place for breakfast in the Sterling, VA area. Something like a typical diner or family owned Greek restaurant. I am on the road 3 weeks a month and am sick and tired of chains.

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  1. Amphora diner in Herndon sounds like your best bet.

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    1. re: dpan

      Some things there are pretty good - like the open-faced turkey with gravy, but I once tried a cheeseburger there. What should be a diner staple was overcooked, dry, all-around yucky.

      1. re: dpan

        Amphora does good breakfasts and you can get them 24/7. However, the lunch and dinner menu is mediocre at best. If you can go for dinner on a Sunday, though, the soup of the day "egg lemon rice soup" (aka avgolemono) is really good. In fact, I think it's the best thing on the lunch/dinner menu!

      2. Also in Herndon is Waffle King's Virginia Kitchen, on Elden St.

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        1. re: Bob W

          Virginia Kitchen not open for dinner.

        2. For breakfast, Lake Anne Cafe does a good job, with mother and son working the place.

          I second Amphora, for breakfast items. Though if you are ever down near Vienna, skip that Amphora and go to Pan Am family restaurant - which is EXACTLY what you describe.

          For Greek, Mykonos in Reston is very good. Not the greek family place you mentioned (and not for breakfast), but real Greek.

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          1. re: Dennis S

            I would like to try Lake Anne Cafe, but I can't find it. Does it go by another name, or do you have the address.

            1. re: eabpab

              Yeah, really doubt they have a website all their own. They share space with a pharmacy and a post office!

              Lake Anne is one of the first sites in Reston. Very bauhaus. I like Cafe Montmartre for al fresco dining. French inspired with an emphasis on seafood. There's a Morrocan place too that's good. Jasmine continually lets me down, and there's a newish place I haven't yet been to.

              But Lake Anne Cafe is where I go to order lunch with some frequency, and then we get breakfast there many Saturday mornings after hitting the farmer's market (though I go a few times a year during the work week as well).

              Here's the link to the whole plaza: