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Crystal City dining

hon Mar 12, 2009 12:06 PM

is there anything decent there thats not a national chain? Asian, tapas (I know about Jaleo), seafood, etc.

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    Jason1 RE: hon Mar 12, 2009 12:17 PM

    I'm not that sure of the geogrpahy, but is Hellburger considered Crystal City? If not, it's worth going over the border for.

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      FoodieGrrl RE: Jason1 Mar 12, 2009 12:33 PM

      Hellburger would be Rosslyn.

    2. KWynn RE: hon Mar 12, 2009 02:34 PM

      Very casual and family-friendly but our favorite pizza in the DC metro area is Cafe Pizzaiolo (http://www.cafepizzaiolo.com/).
      The sushi at Matsutake is also decent enough.

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        Henry Spencer RE: KWynn Mar 12, 2009 03:04 PM

        If you walk west on 23rd St across Rt1 & Eads St, there is a whole block of restaurants, none of which are chains. There's Tex Mex, Thai, Italian, etc. The Thai and Tex Mex are decent, but not stellar. Neramitra on Crystal Drive has decent Thai too. Ted's Montana Grill (also Crystal Drive) is a chain, but makes a nice burger.

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          Indy 67 RE: Henry Spencer Mar 12, 2009 06:54 PM

          People always so good things about the Greek restaurant in that block that's set back from the street scape somewhat. My husband and I like Cucina Vivace with a menu that strives to evoke true Italian cooking.

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            WestN RE: Indy 67 Mar 12, 2009 07:13 PM

            Athena Pallas is that Greek place, I'd say its my favorite restaurant in CC, you can't beat the combo plate.

      2. Dennis S RE: hon Mar 12, 2009 05:10 PM

        Kabob Palace. West side of Rt 1, just South of 23rd. Go to the one with the yellow awning. If you like kabobs, you will be happy.

        Search the board for more info. Don't go to the one next door w/o the yellow awning.

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          dominationinc RE: hon Mar 13, 2009 07:45 AM

          I live in crystal city, (Hellburger is rosslyn fyi).

          If you want pretty good sushi I would suggest Bonsai Sushi on 23rd Street in the heart of Crystal City. I would say for good bar food head over to Crystal City Sports bar, for good ethnic food head to Kabob Palace and if you want good steak go to Ted Turners.

          Also Cafe Piazolla as has been mentioned is a very solid choice.

          1. kubasd RE: hon Mar 13, 2009 01:12 PM

            Definately Kabob palace.... I used to always go there after i finished work at the CCSP, 3 am kabobs? yummy!!

            1. chaofun RE: hon Mar 13, 2009 01:43 PM

              It's too bad Bebo Trattoria has fallen off so badly. They were pretty decent in even a year or 2 ago. Besides Kabob Palace which has been mentioned, Lebanese Taverna is decent in Pentagon Row, cafe pizzaiolo is decent too.

              If you are willing to go a bit down route 1, there are many many options in Del Ray and Old Town.

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                kubasd RE: chaofun Mar 13, 2009 06:40 PM

                yeah.... i miss good bebo. I actually influenced one of the menu items, so i feel a personal connection to the place. Personally, I feel the problems started when amy left... I loved her!

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