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Sep 10, 2008 05:22 PM

Lunch in Centreville

Going to be in Centreville for work tomorrow, in the 29/Braddock area; anyone have suggestions for where to go for lunch, or do I just hit Sweetwater? (I vaguely remember going to a good Korean place in that area, but can't think of what it was; anyone have any ideas what that might have been?)

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  1. I used to live in Clifton, not too far away...

    Some of my faves in C'ville:

    5 Guys - nothing new here but good when you're in the mood for a quick burger

    Pho Bistro - a cute place with tasty pho and other Viet dishes

    Preet Palace Indian - nice Indian place

    There are several Korean places to eat at including:

    Cheogajip Chicken - delicious fried chicken Korean-style, in the Old Centreville Crossing Shopping Center
    Finish off with Korean dessert and bubble tea at NY Bakery

    Also more Korean choices are available near Grand Mart and Pho Bistro

    If you go a little further to Manassas:

    Guapo's - good Tex-Mexican, try anything along with roasted chicken (something about it is really yummy... maybe cumin?) and definitely get the yuca instead of fries

    Missing these places now!

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    1. re: Pita Kubelka

      Down the block in Centreville Square shopping center is the new Centreville branch of Pho Hot (original location in Annandale, there are threads about this place in CH). Next to it is an Indian buffet place, the name escapes me. We ate there last week and it was pretty good. The owner is aiming to please.

      1. re: Pita Kubelka

        I think I drove past the Korean place that I was thinking of today, but had already had lunch at Pho Hot, so I didn't check it out. It's on the north side of 29 just west of 28, and the name starts w/ (I think) the word "Soo", but I've already forgotten it. Anyone know the place I'm talking about? Might that have been around maybe 7-8 years ago, and be a good Korean place?

        1. re: sweth

          Yes, I know the place, I forget the name but it's next to Trader Joe's. It's an authentic Korean place, almost all the customers are Korean. They have Korean BBQ as well as traditional Korean dishes.

          1. re: sweth

            Soo Wan Galbi, I believe. It is next to Trader Joes, authentic, and has the best kalbi we've had. The meat is extremely well marbled with fat. Everything else is good, but the kalbi is a standout.

        2. Two of my favorite spots are the Little Italy Deli in the I-Hop shopping center
          (Old Centreville Crossing) and Charlie Chang's next to Giant.

          1. Right nearby is Rosemary's Thyme Bistro. They have delicious house-made pastas and pizzas. I would say its the best casual dining option in the area.

            1. Taqueria El Michoacan, 7422 Old Centreville Road. Probably the best Mexican tacos in Nova.

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              1. re: Ericandblueboy

                Agreed but I have found their hours to be wierd.

                1. re: Ericandblueboy

                  So where exactly is T. E. M.? I tried to go there for lunch, but neither Google Maps, my car's GPS nav system, nor my own ability to read street signs could find 7422 Old Centreville Rd: Old Centreville appears to end in the upper 6000 range, and Centreville goes up to the 7400s, but where 7422 should be is a used car place.

                  (After spending half an hour driving around looking for tacos, I went to Pho Hot, which was as good as the one in Annandale. But I'd like to try the taqueria the next time I'm back in the area if you can point me to it more specifically.)

                  1. re: sweth

                    It shows up on my Garmin. It's exit 53B, past New Braddock Rd as I recall. I'm not from there so that's about as precise as I get. It's better than any taco joint in DC including Oyamel and Taqueria Distrito Federal.

                    1. re: sweth

                      Plug in Manassas rather than Centerville and you'll get to the address. It looks almost like one of those "you can't get there from here" places, so better to check the map.


                      1. re: MikeR

                        It's in the Old Ben's Whole Hog BBQ spot.

                        God I miss that place.

                        1. re: ulrath

                          Ben's Whole Hog is gone???? When did that happen? I cant believe it.

                          1. re: gingerbread girl

                            Three or four years ago I think. Ben retired and sold the business. Quality and portion size dropped noticabley and the crowds stopped coming.

                            Very very sad. Now for BBQ I have to bust out the smoker and make it myself, go to Dixie Bones or the Fairfax whole foods.

                            Willard's is not an option when they are so inconsistent. I have had 5 meals there. 1 awesome one. 2 so-so ones and 2 awful ones.

                            1. re: ulrath

                              I tried Dixie Bones for the first time at the PW County Fair a few weeks ago and thought it was great.

                              I can't wait to go the restaurant and sample everything.

                              I haven't tried the Fairfax Whole Foods and I'm there almost every day for lunch.

                              1. re: Manassas64

                                The Ribs are the best at Dixie Bones IMO.

                                If you go to Whole Foods I find that the sauced Brisket is very good. So is the Mac and Cheese.

                                We normally get the kitchen sink which is 4 meats and 3 sides for 13 bucks. It is probably one of the bigges bargains out there. I wouldn't rank it as the best out there but it is very solid. Probably a 7 in my book. Far more consistant than Willards.

                        2. re: MikeR

                          Aha! That was the problem; I forgot that Old Centreville starts up again in Manassas. If this place is really better than Taq D.F., I'll definitely need to find an excuse to head out there at some point again...

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