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Dec 21, 2009 12:49 PM

Best family-friendly, chow-worthy RIGHT off I-66?

We drive about every other weekend from downtown DC to western Virginia and back. While we don't have to eat out along the way, it's nice to have that option if if we know about some truly terrific restaurants. They must be within a mile or two max from the highway (returning from a weekend away, we don't want too much driving hassle) and appropriate for a 1-year-old. Thanks!

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  1. In Centreville, Soo Wan Galbi has really temendous galbi (what else?). Order the one that says Jumbo Galbi. This does not necessarily refer to portion size.

    Thanks to Polly G for mentioning this to me.

    Eden Center is only about a mile off 66 at Exit 69. My favorite places there include Nha Trang and Bay Lo. You could do a search for my recs. Bay Lo is the more adventurous of the two.

    1. Hi-Neighbor in Strasburg. You'll know why when you see it.

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      1. re: Dennis S

        Funny you should mention that. Strasburg is where we spend the weekends, and while we used to go to Hi Neighbor on occasion, it's gone downhill. (Though it didn't start to steep to begin with.) I really want to like it, but after giving it a thousand chances, we've given up.

        1. re: sweetpotater

          Really? Any specifics? Thinking about it I haven't been since September of 08 or so, but it was the real deal home-made meal. Took me back to my Grandma's cooking.

          Other options for you aren't as stellar (in my mind) include a Foster's Grill outpost in Haymarket, and sort of across the street, just a tad further, a Mexican place that is good and solid (not a destination place but if I lived or worked in Haymarket I'd go there at least once a month). Unfortunately the seafood place akin to Foster's closed - another American place opened up in it's place but I've heard it's nothing special.

          Mexican place is I think: El Vaquero West.
          14910 Washington Street
          Haymarket, VA 20169

      2. Old Salem Cafe in Marshall, VA off I-66W is great. The owners also own the Frost Diner in Warrenton, VA, Frost Cafe in Culpeper, VA, and Blue Ridge Seafood in Gainesville, VA.

        Great food and a great Sunday Brunch Buffet from 10 am to 2 pm. Country breakfasts and great food.

        Good luck.

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        1. Seoul House in Chantilly:

          Coastal Flats in Fairfax Government Center:


          J's Gourmet in Front Royal:

          1. I went online to look for some options and saw my post of 5+ years ago. We've long since moved from the east coast but I'm heading out to western Virginia from DC tomorrow and have the same question, without the kid factor. I want to get my visiting friends some good Vietnamese or Chinese lunch but don't want a wait—Eden Center might be too packed for us. We don't have a lot of time. Suggestions? Anyplace east of or at exit 52.

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            1. re: sweetpotater

              Close to that exit in Chantilly, try 88 China.

              Just noticed east of exit 52 is fine. If you're okay w/ Thai, try Elephant Jumps off of Gallows Road. Just a warning that spicy is very spicy and I like spicy food but I wouldn't try Thai spicy there unless you like mind numbing food.