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Open Kitchen - Falls Church

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Saw this place over the weekend but had stopped for lunch already at Lebanese Butcher so didn't scope it out for chowhounding. The website sounds interesting -- sounds like it's working on locally sourced, fresh foods. It's across Route 7 from the shopping center with Haandi, on the same side & just west of Don Beyer Volvo and the Long John Silver's, in an old office building.

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Lebanese Butcher & Restaurant
109 E Annandale Rd, Falls Church, VA 22046

Haandi
1222 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046

Long John Silvers
7049 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22046

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  1. The people at Open Kitchen are uncommonly nice and I wish them the best of success. Unfortunately, food-wise I wasn't terribly impressed in my two visits. The ingredients are good but the final product is often pretty bland. And the price is a little steep for the area. But its fun to sit at the bar and watch the kitchen go through a lunch or dinner rush.

    I can't think of a single dish I'd recommend outside of the uber-rich polenta, which I'd get as a side.

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    1. re: CoconutMilk

      And - without having been there yet I wonder if that's what happens by making a locally sourced healthy option for take-out. Wonder why everyone bitches about what they have at home and prefer eating out?

      In my recently opened view on the subject, more than fat or calories it's sodium. Try cutting it out at home, even.

      So, good for them. I'll try them once and hope to have a discussion about this. It is possible to fake the taste buds to a certain extent, but not too much too fast. They like Fat and Salt. Period.

      1. re: CoconutMilk

        We went this weekend for the first time and thought the food was quite good. We tend to eat really spicy food and I did not think what I ordered there was bland. The cauliflower soup had a good kick to it, in fact. I do think that it is on the pricey side for what you get, though - I'm not talking about the food, which I really liked, but the atmosphere. The prices are on par with an expensive restaurant in the city - but this restaurant is in a strip mall off Leesburg Pike with a view of McDonalds and Long John Silver, and the interior is very casual. Not the kind of place that should be charging close to $30 for entrees. I think they should keep up the good food, but either change the decor inside or tone down the prices.

      2. We were there a few weeks ago and enjoyed our meal quite a bit. We thought they served quality, good food at very reasonable prices. We didn't have the same experience as the other commenter - the food wasn't bland at all. I ate a celeraic soup that was smooth and delicious. My husband's fish was perfectly cooked and simply presented. I ordered a chicken burger that was extremely moist and flavorful. We definately planned to return. Our only complaint was the time it took for the food to come out. We learned after the fact that one of the kitchen staff had called out. We would definately recommend the restaurant to others.