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Dallas CH visiting Tyson's Corner/DC, looking for advice

air May 3, 2011 05:16 PM

I've got a business trip coming up and I'd like to get some feedback on my dining lineup. Will have 4 lunches and dinners. Interested in local specialties, especially if it's a cuisine I can't find in Dallas. I prefer ethnic foods and divier kind of places over fine dining/white tablecloth. Dining budget is ideally under $30 a person. Staying in Tyson's Corner and will have a car. One of my coworkers can't do pork, so that's the only dietary restriction. Really curious about Peruvian chicken and would like to hear some recs for that too.

I haven't had much luck turning up results on lunch, so please make suggestions in Tysons Corner or Mclean. Preferably a place under 15 minutes away from these areas. Are Shamshiry or any of the Persian places open for lunch?

I like a lot of the suggestions from these following threads, so used them as starting points:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/762192
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/749133
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/766299
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/775161

Looking at the following for dinner:
Zaytinyia
Chez Aunty Libe - very much excited as I have never tried Senegalese food
Brasserie Beck
Fairfax Inn - in case I can't pull this off, are there any other good Filipino places that don't close at 6? I am Filipino and the positive feedback about them has me pretty curious.

So besides restaurants, some happy hour ideas to have in the pocket are good too. I am eyeballing:
Jaleo
Againn - I understand they are noted for charcuterie, are there non-pork items here that are good?

Very big on craft beer and I plan on checking out ChurchKey as well. Are there any noteworthy dishes there? When can I expect crowds to start rolling in? If anything, I wouldn't mind going there earlier for happy hour, then dining somewhere in the nearby area.

Thanks for the suggestions!

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Chez Aunty Libe
6115 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011

Brasserie Beck
1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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

Fairfax Inn Restaurant
2946 Sleepy Hollow Rd, Falls Church, VA 22044

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    Steve RE: air May 3, 2011 06:42 PM

    Rose Kabob in Vienna is the top place for Persian, and is open for lunch. This is a place worth over-ordering. Get the pickle torshi, mast o khir, (may have to call in advance for the tahdig, bottom of the rice pot, highly recommended), and the gheymeh (beef and yellow split pea stew) with eggplant.

    There are other Filipino places, but they are a mixed bag. Karaoke Idol is in Falls Church and may still exist. It's a place that always looks closed, but may be worth a call. Little Quiapo in Arlington is also a possibility. Daing na bangus and dinuguan are my two can't-miss dishes; they are usually pretty good. Anything else and you're taking chances. Lumpia are rarely good at the restaurants around here.

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    Little Quiapo Restaurant
    4807 1st St N, Arlington, VA 22203

    Karaoke Idol Restaurant
    7151 Lee Hwy, Falls Church, VA 22046

    1. woodleyparkhound RE: air May 3, 2011 07:52 PM

      A couple of quick thoughts...

      I love Brasserie Beck. They have an excellent Belgian beer list, but it's pricey. Moules/frites and one glass of the cheapest beer they have ($9) will be about $30. If you are going there to have dinner and explore the beer list, $30 isn't adequate.

      ChurchKey is much better for beer than food. I'd say the crowds start rolling in about 6:00. Great idea to go there early, then go elsewhere for dinner. Estadio is an excellent tapas place across the street, and Birch and Barley in the same building is highly regarded. Or -- for a real, hole in the wall experience, walk about 8 blocks north to 14th and W and check out the chivito or the cubano at Fast Gourmet - a great place in a gas station.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/760019

      OR go to U St. for Ethiopian - Etete is a great one.

      Korean food in Annandale, VA is something special here that I doubt you could get in Dallas. Honey Pig is my favorite, followed by Yechon.

      I like Jaleo, Zaytinia and Againn as well (although the potted meat at Againn is my favorite thing I've had there). You have done great research and there are a treasure trove of great places in those threads you cited.

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      Etete
      1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

      Brasserie Beck
      1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

      Birch and Barley
      1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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        air RE: woodleyparkhound May 3, 2011 08:21 PM

        Thank you for the feedback!

        Korean is actually one of the strong points in Dallas ethnic dining as we do have a sizeable Korean community. It's the largest in Texas and possibly even the largest in the whole Southern US. Quality of food isn't quite on par with say... Los Angeles, but there are many restaurants with various specialties in Koreatown as well as some that have opened around Super H-Mart, a massive Korean specialty grocery.

        I have another friend that suggested Moby Dick's in Dupont Circle. Looked like that's close distance to Churchkey, so considering that after drinks. What are your thoughts?

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          Steve RE: air May 3, 2011 08:36 PM

          Moby Dick is a mini-chain with some pretty good stuff, though I haven't been in years now.

          El Pollo Rico in Arlington is your best bet for Peruvian rotisserie chicken.

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            woodleyparkhound RE: air May 3, 2011 09:00 PM

            I've only been to Moby Dick once, and found it just OK. I haven't been back.

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            Moby Dick's
            721 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231

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              hamster RE: air May 4, 2011 06:30 AM

              Don't go to Moby Dick's. It's ordinary. If you want kabobs around Dupont, Kabob House on P Street is way better. Though you probably want to get kabobs out in the burbs if you're already out there.

              Consider having Ethiopian since it really is a specialty of the region. Etete on 9th Street NW is my favorite, though there are lots of places. You could potentially go there after drinks at Churchkey - probably a 15 minute walk, or a very short taxi ride.

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              Etete
              1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

              Moby Dick's
              721 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231

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              colhghts RE: woodleyparkhound May 4, 2011 06:16 AM

              Beck may be over the limit for dinner, but should be considered for happy hour -- those pricey drafts are half price.

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                dpan RE: woodleyparkhound May 4, 2011 08:08 AM

                A better place for mussels (and run by the same guy) is Brabo Tasting Room in Alexandria. It's smaller and the menu is more limited, but I think they do mussels much better over there.

              2. ktmoomau RE: air May 4, 2011 01:15 PM

                For a treat you should check out La Carenquena in Falls Church, it should be less than 15 minutes (which a lot of what you have selected is not fyi, in rush hour it will take over an hour to get into DC and after rush hour will probably take about an hour, maybe 45 mins) it is a whole in the wall with excellent food.

                Luzimila's and Blanco's are other pretty good holes in the wall not to far off.

                There is a Crisp and Juicy in Falls Church and Arlington, I think they have better sides than El Pollo Rico (although that is crack chicken). In terms of Pollo A la Brassa.

                I second Shamshiry and Rose Kabob.

                There is very good Thai in Arlington and Vietnamese in the area too, and Lebanese, so those might be things to look for too.

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

                Crisp and Juicy
                11160 Veirs Mill Rd Spc 158, Silver Spring, MD 20902

                Pollo Rico
                7643 New Hampshire Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912

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