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Jan 30, 2009 07:03 PM

tyson's corner 2nd week of february, where in the world do we eat?

we'll be in tyson's corner for a night and two days in mid- february and we're looking for places to eat. i did a search on this board but didn't quite find the sort of definitive information i was looking for.

we're VERY ethnic friendly, particularly love mexican and sushi, these cuisines would be ideal but we are open to most anything . we're from a rural area so pretty much any good ethnic food is unavailable to us.

so we're looking for one or two lunch spots and a dinner spot. would prefer the dinner spot be a little nice, comfortable and relaxing at the very least, with alcohol served.

so anyhow, restlessly awaiting your reccomendations, thanks in advance.

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  1. I'm guessing you'll have a car.....a short drive away will take you to some real finds.
    Rose Kabob Restaurant in Vienna is Persian. My favorite order is the gaymeh,a beef and eggplant stew. But you really can't go wrong with anything on the menu. It is definitely worth splurging on multiple appetizers here like the torshi (pickled vegetables), the garlic roasted in balsamic syrup, and the shirazi salad. If you call in advance, you may be able to reserve the tahdig (pronounced tah-deeg), the crunchy bottom of the rice pot.

    In the other direction from you, also not far, is Mclean, VA. Kazan is a fairly elegant Turkish restaurant with good service.

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    1. re: Steve

      Rose has very tender chicken kebabs, delicious kubideh, and their rice is excellent.

      Lebanese Taverna mentioned below is a local chain, certainly worth trying out if you haven't had it before.

      The best sushi is in downtown McLean at Tachibana, make sure you ask for fresh wasabi (which cost a little extra). If you want creative rolls, then Sakana in Vienna offers that.

      Somewhat authentic Mexican can be had at La Sandia, inside Tysons Corner Mall. Menu available online if you google it. Not far from Tysons is Blanca's, it's Salvadorian/Mexican and they make delicious pork pupusas.

      Other ethnic foods close by are: Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, Korean.

      Oh, I don't recall there's booze at Rose and I think they don't carry booze. Lebanese Taverna and Kazan do serve booze.

      1. re: Ericandblueboy

        can anyone tell me more about tachibana? i researched it on-line and reviews seem to be very mixed. sakana seems less tradtional but the reviews seem consistently on the positive side. do they have good uni and eel there? we like non-traditional rolls but also really love good nigiri. whoever carries better sake might be the tie-breaker?

        and yes, we will have a car but of course, prefer not to have to drive too far. thanks!

        1. re: tinymango

          I am not sure what threads you have read negative reviews on Tachibana on, it normally has consistently high reviews and is known as the best sushi place in northern virginia. They have some specials as you come in on the board that are normally good, and they have some interesting things you don't find in the typical sushi joints around here. I think the fish is the freshest of most the sushi places in the DC metro area myself. I highly recommend it.

          1. re: ktmoomau

            thanks so much, actually the reviews that i read of tachibana were not on chowhound, but other places on the web. i believe it was trip advisor and yelp. that's why i confirmed here, because i have more faith in the hounds reviews than those of random tourists and hipsters. thanks for your reply. i think we will try tachibana.

            1. re: tinymango

              when I was in college, Japan Club would take a trip to Sakura Matsuri every spring (Cherry Blossom festival) and would end the night with dinner at Tachibana. If that lends anything to the authenticity and good-ness of it ^__^

    2. From my response in another thread:

      The Lebanese Taverna is tops. It's in the Galleria Mall at Tyson's. Be sure and read the back of the menu where they tell the history of the family and their restaurants.

      For a special dinner, Washington legend L'auberge Chez Francois is only about 15 away in Great Falls. It's where we do birthdays, Christmas eve, . . . any special celebration.

      Our favorite "local" hangout is Cafe Jasmine in the "old" Reston Town Center (Lake Anne). The chef/owner Eduardo is a wizard with seafood and sauces.

      If you're up for a real local adventure, head down 123 to the Vienna Inn. Chili dogs, burgers, beer and Mollie -- the waitress you'll never forget if you step out of line or don't go get your own coffee.

      1. I'll second Kazan.
        We don't get in there much, but it's always excellent when we do.

        1. I second Lebanese Taverna.
          There's Taste Of Saigon by there too, and two good Japanese restaurants, Tachibana and Konami. Go inside the mall for Gordon Biersch, Brio Grille, La Sandia, and Costal Flats too.

          If we're expanding to Vienna, I recommend Sea Pearl (a new restaurant where I've had the BEST Sea Bass ever), Minerva, Sweet Water Tavern, and Sushi Yama. Short trip to 2941 for lunch would be great too! Then again, you could go ahead and open up to Reston / Herndon and get PassionFish among many others.

          Minerva Indian Cusine
          10364 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA

          Sweetwater Tavern
          3066 Gate House Plz, Falls Church, VA 22042

          Sea Pearl Restaurant
          8191 Strawberry Ln Suite 2, Fairfax, VA

          Taste of Saigon
          8201 Greensboro Dr, Mc Lean, VA

          Tachibana Japanese Restaurant
          6715 Lowell Ave, Mc Lean, VA 22101

          Lebanese Taverna Tyson Corner Gallaria
          1840 International Drive, Mclean, VA 22102

          Yama Restaurant
          328 Maple Ave W, Vienna, VA 22180

          1. Interesting. Nobody mentioned Inox which is scheduled to open the first week of February. This could be a memory...

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            1. re: Joe H

              considering theyre opening first week of february it would probably be better to give them a couple months to iron out the kinks. i think we might be hedging more for a good ethnic this time around. good suggestion, though, i think that atmosphere might be more what we're looking for.. . i'll stay posted on that once theyre open though and keep it in mind- might be a good stop for a drink and an app. thank you.