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Aug 8, 2010 10:17 AM

Staying at hotel in Tysons corner

Hi guys , foodie fron New England staying in Tysons corner for a few nights this week looking fo locations to try, travel 20 or so miles is no problem , Car and GPS LOL

looking for BFast, Indian, steak, Bbbcue, or just good fair food, have a budjet of about $35 to $40 a night

thanks in advance


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  1. Myanmar in Falls Church, VA. Go for the ginger salad, the watercress fritters, anfd the pork with fresh mango

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    1. re: Steve

      Myanmar: Add the lentil fritters to the list of must-try dishes. Both fritters are served with the same dipping sauce, but taste of the fritters is so different there's no redundancy.

      Also at Myanmar: New to us as of last night and delicious is the beef with papaya. The papaya is green papaya not sweet ripe papaya. The beef is cooked in a very, very hot sauce. I, who normally don't like incendiary food, became a fan because the sauce had an appealing and complex flavor of spices beyond mere chili heat.

      If you want Indian, I think you'll enjoy Bombay Tandoor on the western edge of Tysons.

      Bombay Tandoor Restaurant
      8603 Westwood Center Dr, Vienna, VA 22182

      1. re: Indy 67

        Thanks for the rec of beef with papaya at Myanmar. Must get that next time. Manyy of their sauces are not spicy, but every once in a while we hit one that is.

        1. re: Indy 67

          Yes - thanks for the tip! I'm hoping to take my wife there on a date night before long.

          I will add - for the OP - the green tea leaf salad. I thought it was a clear winner.

          1. re: Dennis S

            I'm torn between the ginger salad and the tea leaf salad. The ginger salad is my favorite, but one visit was a disaster; the salad ingredients were totally obliterated in a gloppy mess of too much dressing. The tea leaf salad has a sour taste so may not be as appreciated as the ginger salad on a good day. We like sour/fermented tastes (See pork dish below) so we enjoy this salad, too.

            Other new-to-us dishes from Saturday night's meal:
            Fried spare ribs -- nothing special and butchered with the typical Asian tolerance for more fat
            Pork with Sour Bamboo: Pungent smell that others may find so off-putting that they might not eat it. Our waiter didn't want to let us order this, but we persisted. We looked at the total quantity of dishes we had ordered and decided that we would have enough to eat even if we left the entire dish uneaten beyond one bite. Bottom line: After the beef with papaya, this was our second favorite new dish, although everyone did comment often on the smell.
            Water spinach: We normally adore ang choy, but this version was entirely too salty. This was the dish that went back to the kitchen at the end of the meal with lots uneaten.
            Shrimp with Pumpkin and Curry: Very pleasant but definitely over-shadowed by the power-house taste of the beef dish and the power-house smell of the pork dish.

            1. re: Indy 67

              They have a long list of salads on the menu at Myanmar which immediately set Burmese cuisine apart from the rest of SE Asia, and I've been thrilled with all of them. I usually recommend the ginger salad to newcomers because I think it should be their first glimpse of this cuisine. But I love all of them, including the unusual gram fritter and gravy (gravy on a salad!) and the battered shrimp and bean sprout salad - which comes with a sweet sauce- listed elsewhere on the menu.

        2. re: Steve

          Excellent choice, Myanmar is. Expansive menu too. Stopped in over the weekend and had their Ginger Salad, Lentil Fritters, Chili Pork Belly and Spicy Okra. The Pork Belly was served at room temperature but was still tasty.

          1. re: scoopG

            Next time you're in town give me a shout and maybe we can arrange a group meal. Still looking forward to Henan Fengwei.

            1. re: Steve

              Thanks, will do. From what I read on the DC/Balt. Board ahead of time it seemed the good stuff (Chinese at least) was to be found in the suburbs.

        3. You seem to have hit a slow time on this board. I would have expected a myriad of responses for your price range and some of your selected cuisines.

          I know you did not mention seafood, and I know you are from a seafood region, but PassionFish in Reston (Reston Town Center) might be a different enough take to merit consideration.

          Indian closer to you would be Haandi in Falls Church, VA, or, further away (and bordering on your 20 mile range and fighting into DC) would be Rasika.

          I will let others more knowledgeable chime in on Korean places in Annandale, VA (although Woo Lae Oak in Tysons is not terrible), and Vietnamese places in Falls Church (Eden Center) and maybe Arlington. Those are cuisines that are big here and might be hard to come by in New England. (c'mon, help this guy out!)

          Good, fair food can be found at Liberty Tavern in the Clarendon section of Arlington, VA.

          [EDIT] I was just perusing some other threads, and some of what I was promoting that we help you with can be found in a post titled "New to DC area - Restaurant suggestions for Arlington and area" (sorry, I have no idea how to link you to it). If you do have the time, and really are willing to explore a little, you would be better off not anchoring yourself to Tysons Corner. Arlington, Falls Church, Annandale, and Reston are not all that far away, and really expand your possibilities.

          Rasika Restaurant
          633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

          1222 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046

          Woo Lae Oak
          8240 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182

          The Liberty Tavern
          3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201

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          1. re: SoxFan1

            Thanks Red sox fan, lets beat the yanks today, not realy into fish that much, but 90% sure that I will check out Hanndi or Rasika

            thanks again

            Rasika Restaurant
            633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

          2. Eden Center is the biggest Vietnamese shopping center east of the Mississippi. Many (20+) restaurants and many small delis and sandwich shops. Bourdain has graced it with a visit and a segment on his show. I've been going there since 1998 (wifey is Vietnamese).

            Web site is here, so I won't give directions but only some suggestions. It's only a 10 to 15 minute drive from Tysons and could definitely provide a fun after-work evening of walking around and eating.


            Hands down best restaurant is Huong Viet. Maybe not the best decor, but definitely the best food. Others are good but this is the best. They are all "authentic" (I hate that word). On the western sidewalk about midway along the building.

            Bahn Mi So #1 (Sandwich Number One) is my fave for Vietnamese banh mi, which are little subs (aka hoagies) that are lighter and cheaper than American subs. Buy 3 or 5 or 5, they're cheap! In the standalone building out by Wilson Blvd.

            Kim Phung Bakery or Song Que, both Vietnamese delis that sell "bubble tea" which is better tried than described. Get the weirdo concoctions and takeaway stuff, not just something vaguely tolerable. Both in the northwestern corner of the sidewalk mall, basically next door to one another.

            Eden Center
            6763 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044

            Huong Viet Restaurant
            6785 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044

            1. I am not sure on exact mileage to Trummer's on Main, but the food is really good and well executed (even at the bar) and I know they have some price fix deals on certain nights that would put it in your budget, excluding tax, tip, drinks. I think it is well worth the trip for the atmosphere.

              I second the recommendation for Passionfish and Liberty Tavern and in Annandale I really like Han Gang, but as a note, most things are served family style like most Asian restaurants.

              You might also try Rose or Shamshiry for Persian.

              The Liberty Tavern
              3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201

              8607 Westwood Center Dr Ste 100A, Vienna, VA 22182

              3 Replies
              1. re: ktmoomau

                Trummer's is the award-winning resto in Clifton, right?

                The executive chef there was named best new chef by Food and Wine, 2010.

                I haven't heard anyone mention it on chowhound before. I saw it on create tv -- local restaurants show.

                It sounds a little out of budget for the OP, though.

                1. re: alkapal

                  They have menu specials for most nights, for instance I know they do a Sunday night 3 courses for $38 special, and the bar menu is great and the bar is really cool. I think they have a special for weeknights now too, but haven't been on a weeknight.

                  It is really good food for the money. It is mentioned a lot, I guess because of the location, but is excellent and really creative.

                2. re: ktmoomau

                  Oops! I should have read further. I also posted Shamshiry for Persian!

                  8607 Westwood Center Dr Ste 100A, Vienna, VA 22182

                3. I recommend eating Thai food while you are here - check the other topic today 'nova thai' for some recommendations close to your hotel.

                  Not sure what to recommend for bbq, but check out the other bbq topics on this board.