Lunch in McLean?
There are lots of good restaurants in McLean -- depends on what kind of food you're looking for, and if you have a particular location in mind. One place I enjoy is Cafe Taj -- good Indian lunch buffet. I also enjoy the nearby Greek Taverna. (I used to have frequent business meetings at an office building within walking distance of these, so they're my first thoughts -- but there are many other choices.)
Not lots of good restaurants in McLean? Geez, it's just lunch with the boyfriend. How good does it have to be? Perhaps I should have said there are plenty of reasonably priced places suitable for a casual lunch with a friend. And even some unusual ones that have pretty good food. Is that better?
The list has started.
Meet him next week. We could spend at least a week discussing this. There's a fancy burger place that does a good job with a fairly high-priced burger, and a bistro-like place right next door. Pretty much across the road from the shopping center with Balducci's. I'm pretty low class though, and usually eat at 3 Pigs BBQ or Moby Dick (kabobs) when I'm in the area.
The burger place is named "Joe's Burgers" and it's located on Old Dominion Drive near the intersection of Chain Bridge Rd. and Old Dominion. If you go to the burger place, here are some useful details: each burger is cooked to order and waits can be long. Unlike the big-brother mentality of some chains that forbid cooking a burger anything other than medium-rare or more, this place will cook rare hamburgers, although you'll have to emphasize your rare expectations. (I've gotten perfectly cooked rare burgers and overcooked burgers.)
The place next door is called "Corner Bistro" and is a tapas place. We love this place. The sangria is wonderful. Ditto to the marinated olives. I can't think of a single dish that hasn't been executed well. Full-sized dishes such as paella are superb, too.
Other options in alphbetical order:
Greek Taverna: Greek salad and assorted greek specialty plate are best bets for a lighter lunch. Any braised lamb dish is excellent if you want a heavier lunch.
Kazan: excellent Turkish food in a nicer setting than Moby Dick
Le Mistral: upscale French restaurant under the same ownership as Joe's Burgers and Corner Bistro. Extra-ordinary classic gratineed onion soup that is so filling, I've made a dinner out of the soup and a side salad.
Moby Dick: very casual Middle Eastern place with excellent, well-seasoned kebabs, bread etc.
Tachibana: excellent tempura, sushi and sashimi; the sashimi lunch special is obscenely generous with soup, salad, and a huge assortment of impeccably fresh fish. They don't make a lot of the fun/silly/non-traditional roll combinations you'll find in other Japanese places, but the fish is top quality and well cut.