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Mar 3, 2010 07:32 PM

Places for lunch off Fairfax County Parkway

I commute between Springfield and Dulles and wanted to ask for lunch recommendations off the parkway. I happened across Panias Thai in Burke when I was trying to find a gas station and really liked the food there. I never knew it was there and that got me wondering if there were other places with good food at reasonable prices off the Parkway. Tks.

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  1. Elden St - Herndon: Thai Luang just to the West of the pkwy, and Santini's for subs not too far East of it. MANY options just a bit further to the West - mainly around the K-Mart shopping center in Herndon, which is referenced much here (and I can provide more if interested).

    If by Dulles you mean Rt 7, then there's Thai By Thai up on 7 across from the clock tower, and a pretty good place for tacos under the clock itself and a bit to the left as you look at the clock.

    Going back South, at Spring St, there's Taste of the World that's pretty good, and an Ethiopian place a couple doors down (also pho, but the broth was odd the last time I was there). In the same complex (think warehouses) there's a good but small asian market (there's a big one by Thai By Thai referenced earlier).

    Further South it's not much of an East-ward jaunt at Fox Mill to 5 Guys at John Milton Drive). There's a decent deli in there as well, and a Glory Days.

    I've never had much luck with anything at the place at Franklin Farm, but I haven't tried everything there yet.

    At Rt 50, it's really not much of a jaunt either way to get to either Chantilly which has TONS just off 50, or to get to West Ox, which right there has Chutzpah, 5 Guys, Moby Dick, and more nearby at the Mall or FFX Corner.

    1. The Italian place near the intersection of Keene Mill & Burke Ctr(?) -- the shopping center w/ a McDonalds, BP Gas, SafeWay, Glory Days Grill, etc is supposed to be good. El Paso Mexican Rest next door is legit too. There's also a Swiss Bakery between the two that is nice.

      1. Great idea for a thread.

        Where the FFX Co Pkwy crosses Fair Lakes Pkwy, just to the east is a great Whole Foods, which has several food counters including a barbecue counter that many people seem to like.

        Close to the Lee Hwy exit is Sakoontra, which is a good Thai place.