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Places near the Jammin' Java on Maple in Vienna

chevychasemdguy Oct 2, 2008 11:46 AM

Hi all -

Maryland hound here crossing the river to see some awesome rock and roll at Jammin' Java tonight ... need a good place to eat first. I prefer ethnic non-chain type places.. Indian, Asian, etc..

Or a great burger works too!

Any recs? (BTW - I tried searching the archive but it seems to kick sand in my face w/ errors on this new site...)


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    yvetteski Oct 2, 2008 12:06 PM

    I like Sunflower, but it is Asian vegetarian. The service can be a bit slow. There was an okay Indian place several blocks east, but the name changed and I can't recommend. Enjoy the show it is a great venue! The food at JJ is edible, I've only had the salads and veggie chili.

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      Steve Oct 2, 2008 12:21 PM

      My place of choice in Vienna is Rose Restaurant for Persian food. The stews are excellent. Especially the beef stew that has the potato sticks. Also, ask if you can get the tahdig, the crispy rice at the bottom of the rice pot. Sometimes it has to be reserved in advance if they will let you. For starters, go for the roasted garlic, the torshi, the stuffed grape leaves, and the mast-o-kheer. You're not over this way often, so go wild. It's not expensive.

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        Ericandblueboy Oct 3, 2008 06:44 AM

        do you know if they serve the beef stew for lunch? I'm tempted to try it out today.

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          Steve Oct 3, 2008 06:27 PM

          Well, I'm too late in my response for today, but I've had it for lunch before.

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          Ericandblueboy Oct 6, 2008 09:55 AM

          Went to Rose for lunch today. They have two stews on the menu and I had a 50-50 chance of getting the right one. I ended up with Ghormeh Sabzi (lots of kidney beans and spinach, the wrong one, imo). On the other hand, the bread and rice were very good (rice just a notch below Shamshiry's but much better bread). Next time I'll order the right stew. I've been to Rose before, over a year ago. At one point they tried to do a buffet lunch. Now it's all table service.

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            Steve Oct 7, 2008 04:46 PM

            Well, I've never met a Ghormeh Sabzi I didn't like, though I prefer the other stew. It's very much a family restaurant where is worth ordering th various appetizers. Some of the flavors are quite powerful, though, so a little goes a long way.

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              Ericandblueboy Oct 7, 2008 09:04 PM

              You are very knowledgeable about food. I'd be honored to join you and your friends in tasting ethnic foods around NOVA when time permits.

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          molecularfoodie712 Oct 2, 2008 02:33 PM

          personally, as a frequent jammin' java goer, i actually really enjoy the food at the venue. their chili is to die for and they have great sandwiches as well. If you really want to go somewhere besides there, there is a town favorite known as the vienna in which is farther down maple avenue. It's basically just chili-dogs, beer, and it's packed with cigarette smoke, which isn't so lovely, but many love this place. Also, Amphora is fantastic. It's also located on maple avenue and is like a bit more upper class version of an old diner. it's open 24-7 and has anything you could imagine. happy eating!

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            Steve Oct 2, 2008 04:02 PM

            Wow, of all the places in Vienna, with the choices wide open, choosing Amphora is a surprise. What have you liked there? Any other Chowhounds? I can see maybe showing up there at 4am, when nothing else is open, but for me it's a bit desperate.

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              flavrmeistr Oct 3, 2008 06:58 AM

              I liked Amphora years ago when it was a decent 24-hour diner. Now, it's a diner trying to be something else. Strange and over-priced was my last impression. They used to have a spin-off gyro-souvlaki stand nearby called Knossos, which was excellent. Don't know if it's still there.

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                Ericandblueboy Oct 3, 2008 07:00 AM

                Still there as far as I know and they do make good gyros there as well.

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            JustinS Oct 2, 2008 02:37 PM

            Sushi Yama is supposed to be really good. 328 Maple Ave, close to Maple Ave (123) and Nutley St. I've still never been, but I'm sure others can chime in.

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              Ericandblueboy Oct 3, 2008 06:43 AM

              There are two places that I go to in Vienna: Skorpios for huge gyros sandwich and Falls Street Pizza for pizza by the slice (toppings are added after you order and the pizza is reheated). Vienna Inn is an institution but I don't get it (the hotdogs are bland and waterlogged). You have quite a few Indian and Thai restaurants but nothing I find all that exciting.

              1. MsDiPesto Oct 3, 2008 07:31 AM

                I like Anita's for "New Mexican" (imagine tex-mex that's less gloppy with much deeper flavor)
                You can expect this view to be countered.

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                  Aza Mila Oct 3, 2008 10:27 AM

                  Anita's Green New Mexican Chili Sauce = YUM !
                  - no counter argument here.

                2. DC_Convert Oct 4, 2008 08:05 PM

                  I'm with molecularfoodie712, the food at Jammin' is pretty darn good. the chili in particular is a cut above. If you are determined to eat in Vienna, then I would point your car to Amma Vegetarian on East Maple. Inventive, you won't miss the meat and cheap. The WaPost doesn't like the georgetown branch. okay, it's georgetown. In Vienna, Virginia, yummy south indian seems fun.

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                    Spade Oct 8, 2008 06:47 AM

                    Seconding Amma. The rava dosas (sorta a lacy, crunchier version of a dosa) are incredible.

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