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Dreaded IAD overnight: where to eat nearby?

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Stranded for overnight at Dulles and looking for food options nearby this Sunday night....any suggestions?

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  1. will you have a car? If so, there are many, many options including outstanding ethnic -- Afghan, Thai, Chinese, etc -- plus more "fine dining" type places.

    1. Would be helpful to know where you will be. Herndon and Reston have many choices.

      1. Best Western in Sterling, no car, but presumably cabs or shuttle available. The closer the better after a long flight.

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        1. re: Wien

          The reality is you're probably limited to what you can get to using hotel shuttles, others more local could chime in about what that could yield.

          1. re: chowsearch

            There's a Sweetwater Tavern in Sterling that might be close to your hotel. We usually stop by when flying out of Dulles. Others may disagree, but I really like their food and beer.

            1. re: Jason1

              Sweetwater is a solid choice.

              1. re: Jason1

                it's not going to be that close so you'd have to cab it or take a shuttle to dulles town center and walk a decent amount.

            2. re: Wien

              There's always the Wegmans up Rt. 28 about a mile away. You can do the salad and food bar, or get a meal in one of their sit down stations in the seafood section.

              1. re: dpan

                Yes, definitely try Wegmans. They have a lot of variety and the sit down options are good too.

              2. re: Wien

                unfortunately where you're staying is kind of a wasteland unless you like data centers. your closest thing would be wegmans. or taking a cab to thai by thai or sweetwater.

                1. re: xdcx

                  the Wegmans plaza now has Pei Wei, cheeburger Cheeburger, Z pizza and a few other restaurants, nothing FOODIE-worthy though... just down the street though, less than a mile away is a plaza with 5 guys burgers, excellent, Cafe Rumi- Sandwiches, gelato, fresh baked goods- EXCELLENT, Sorrento Grill, very good Medditerranean Kabobs and such... and Otani, Japanese steakhouse ans sushi- also quite good! Maybe a shuttle would service the plaza since it's pretty close!

              3. Take a cab to Reston Town Center and go to Passion Fish. Search the board for reviews.

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                1. re: Meg

                  As a first-time poster, I am impressed and grateful for all suggestions. Truly a useful and beneficial service.

                2. If you can get out to Taste of Burma in Sterling, please do. It is my favorite when I am out there.

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                  1. re: chaofun

                    We had a great meal at Taste of Burma tonight---wonderful "Rangoon Night Market Noodles", fried yellow Burmese tofu (our children said it was a bit like french fries), harvest spring rolls and green curry vegetables. Decor is nice. Service was by what I can only assume is the teen/early 20ish children of the proprietors---so VERY laid back. Great food--delicious.

                  2. Sweetwater - you will not be dissapointed! If you can get to Reston Town Center, Sweetwater's brand new sister restaurant Jackson's is awsome. Also at Reston TC I would hit Mon Ami Gabi. Enjoy.

                    1. Additional update to this post, Windy City Red hots. They are a cart that does Chicago style dogs and italian beef. Solid stuff. http://www.windycityredhots.com/

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                      1. re: chaofun

                        I would recommend NOT going to Windy City, they close down at 5pm and you can't sit down to eat.. It would be a waste of a cab to drive out to ashburn and back to pick up a hot dog.

                        I always leave Sweetwater happy, but the Wegman's Store area is much closer to you.