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staycation lunch spots!

So next week I'm not working but can't afford to travel..but i CAN afford to treat myself to a few lunches at places I wouldn't ordinarily be able to get to on a weekday since I'm stuck in farragut area. So far I'm planning on going to:

Taylor Gourmet
Taqueria Nacionale
Pupatella

Anything else I should add? Also, I'll be going out to Great Falls (va.) one day, so any foodie recs between here and there would be appreciated!

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  1. maybe add the Majestic in old town for lunch?
    they have a lunch special that looks really good - check out their web site.

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    1. re: Jeserf

      i've long been curious about majestic. their special does look like a great deal. thanks for the tip! i had no idea they were one of the good lunch spots around....figured they were probably only open for dinner!

      1. re: littlew1ng

        It's great - I really need to get back there.

    2. You can see the new instant city at Reston Town Center and check out PassionFish when going to Great Falls.

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      1. re: Dennis S

        Not sure if you've done any of these or not, but CoconutMilk's post for some reason triggered this. Go on a "Steve" tour of sorts, and check out a lot of little places in a day eating trip. A taco at TECC, then drive North and get the veggie tostada (or whatever they call it) at La Union, then drive to Caribbean Grill, etc.

        I might have to take a day or two off and do the same - for me it'd be Thai Xing, Pepito's, Oohs and Aahs - something like that (maybe Thai X-ing last so I can take home leftovers).

        1. re: Dennis S

          oohs and aahs is a fabulous idea. i've wanted to try it forever. are they open for lunch?

          1. re: littlew1ng

            I'm not 100% sure, but I think they are. I tried to find something online to no avail, but I did find a phone #:
            (202) 667-7142

      2. I have heard that Poste has a great lunch special right now, where you choose a lunch and a glass of wine for $12. If you have a job where you can't normally enjoy wine with lunch, this would be a great time to try it.

        1. The Eve lickety split lunch is fabulous and a great deal (with that kind of savings you can treat yourself to an extra Tod Thrasher cocktail and staycate a bit) at $14. I wish I could eat at it way more often.

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          1. re: ktmoomau

            I second this one. If you metro, stop on your way back up King at La Fromagerie and/or Butcher's Block and then have a dinner picnic at home.

            For Thai, I always return to Rabieng. The market next door is a fun place to prowl for noodles, canned items, and cooking implements.

            1. re: ktmoomau

              yes that's a fabulous idea! I've wanted to try Eve forever and while i can't afford the tasting, i can def do a $14 lunch by myself at the bar :) is there a particular house cocktail you recommend?

              1. re: littlew1ng

                The only time I can go is when I have court in Alexandria and am headed back to work so no drinks, but any Tod Thrasher cocktail is good. If it were up to me I would get the Bittersweet, but I am a big gin fan. The Irish BLT has what I want to say is closer to a pork cutlet than bacon in there, but is spectacular. They had a pulled pork sandwich that was great too. The gnocchi is good as a starter course I would pick it as a main.

                And the birthday cake is a small individual size birthday cake (3 small layer, pink icing that is very good and multicolored sprinkles) that is really cute. I really want to try their other dessert, I hope I have another case their soon.

                1. re: ktmoomau

                  The soups are usually very good too. For a while this spring, they had a terrific asparagus crab soup that was unbelievable. I am not a big fan of the birthday cake but in general I am not a sweet eater. Their wine selection is nice too; you can have a glass as one of your choices or just go hog wild and order one in addition.

                  1. re: ktmoomau

                    Thanks for the tip. I'm in Old Town, have the afternoon off, and am meeting a friend there for lunch today.

                    1. re: weezycom

                      I was there for lunch today too, for the first time. Had the heirloom tomato salad, gnocchi, sausage sandwich and birthday cake. Everything was delicious!!

                      1. re: lindsayblake

                        My friend and I got the tomato veloute, gnocchi, salad with chanterelles and salmon rillettes, and the coconut cream rosemary tart w/ blueberries. And I got a glass of Chilean white wine from a "lost" rootstock that was lovely -- a bit dry but with tropical fruit notes. Definitely an excellent meal!

                        I almost went with that sausage sandwich. It sounded marvelous.

              2. I took a look at your "Top 10 DC area restaurants" and it seems you are into bistro type places for the most part...if you get out of the DC area and are on a budget I would lean more towards ethnic spots like Thai (rabieng, bangkok 54, places in wheaton) or Vietnamese (present, huong viet, saigon cafe), which are cheap and fun to explore.

                If you want to stay the bistro route you might try liberty tavern in clarendon, which i havent been to but seems up your alley.

                pupatella is ok, not great, and is only open on thu/fri now I believe. i would go on a friday if you go so you could also peruse the ballston farmers market.

                also, if you go into the clarendon area for lunch i would go on a wednesday and hit up the wednesday farmers market there- small, but good vendors for sweet corn and fruit.

                taqueria nacionale is also good, not great. the aguas frescas and yucca are the highlights for me...the only decent taco I've had is the pork, best eaten with plenty of the salsa verde (the middle one of the 3 dispensers)....i don't think this is a destination spot by any means though.

                OH....i just had a good idea for Great Falls....on the way you could stop by in Mclean at a place called Evo Bistro...I've never been but its a newish wine bar with moroccan/spanish small plates that is favorably reviewed, that could be a perfect fit.

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                1. re: CoconutMilk

                  coconutmilk — i'll drive far for good tacos. really. is there a better taco spot besides taqueria nacionale you'd recommend?

                  1. re: littlew1ng

                    You've been to Tacqueria El Caminante? (butchered the name I know - it's been a long week).

                    The chorizo taco!

                    1. re: Dennis S

                      Somebody remind me to try TECC when it's more consistent outside-eating season. I've stopped in there a couple of times, but it's always been pretty busy (not a bad thing) and there's rarely an open stool at the counter. I don't want to take my tacos home, nor do I want to eat them in my car. So I've yet to sample this local treasure.

                      1. re: MikeR

                        consider my interests significantly peaked. where is this place? i've heard a bit about it here or there....arlington, i know, but what part?

                        1. re: littlew1ng

                          Wash Blvd just south of Pershing. There's a 7-11 on the West side of the road. TECC is the closest door to the 7-11 towards Pershing. I think there's a Z Pizza next door (I'm always too focused on TECC!).

                      2. re: Dennis S

                        Coconutmilk, I will second or third the recommendations for Tacqueria el Caminante Charito. Their menu is pretty deep, but the pork, lengua, goat, or chorizo tacos are all outstanding. They aren't sour cream and cheese tacos, they are more cilantro and radish, with straight up double wrapped corn tortillas that are grilled to perfection then wrapped around delicious ingredients and stuffed into a paper bag with a perfect salsa verde. The fish sandwich is actually fairly good and the tortas is very good as well, with a chunk of carne asada and a huge avocado slice to give it a bit of body. I have to admit that I go there more in the spring and the fall, grab my bag to go and drive 2 blocks west to the Lyon Park picnic tables at Pershing and Fillmore. As a bit of a plus, if you go on the second or fourth Sunday of the month, between 2 and 6, there will be tons of bluegrass musicians wandering around jamming. That is great fun!

                        http://www.lyonparkcitizens.org/