Tyson's Corner's Dining
- Candy Sep 20, 2011 06:33 PM
I need dinner suggestions for Thurs. PM. Help please.
There is a really good Chinese place on 123 in McLean -- has great Mongolian Lamb. It's on the right side of the road as you're heading from Tyson's Corner towards Fairfax. I'll try to dredge up the name before dinner time tomorrow.
Totally different is L'Auberge Chez Francois in Great Falls -- classic French place, been around forever, great atmosphere.
ETA Sorry, that's Wu's Garden in Vienna, not McLean -- Stir-Fried Lamb with Spring Onions, Whole, Hunan-Style Crispy Fish and fantastic Peking Duck.
My favorite place in the area is close by in Vienna, VA: Rose Kabob. It is Persian. Although it serves kabobs, I go for the stews. Call in advance to reserve the tahdeeg (bottom of the rice pot). Definitely get the gheymeh with eggplant. I also like the fessenjoon, mast o khir (yogurt), torshi (pickles), and garlic torshi (garlic in balsamic syrup). It is really worth it to over order here so you can get a variety of tastes.
Nostos is an exceptional restaurant, with great service and fantastic food. It will receive a rave review in this Sunday's Washington Post from the food critic Tom Sietsma. Nostos opened several months ago and is the sister of a well regarded restaurant in Rockville. I highly recommend Nostos having been there three times.
I agree with the negative assessment of Shamshiry. You can do better if you want kabobs but why? You are at Tysons so find something pleasant and good.
In that light, you could consider Lebanese Taverna at Tysons Galeria Mall. LT is a local family owned chain but the food is very fresh, its well run and the menu offers a number of interesting and creative updates on Middle Eastern food (organic lamb and chicken dishes, etc.). The Tysons location is a beautiful room and there is seating outside, plus various exotic cocktails and a very good wine list are available.
If you are nixing plans to go to the Eden Center, then 4 Sisters in Merrifield (a 5 - 10 minute drive from Tysons) is a good bet. Nice room, extensive menu and very much upscale compared to the low rent sites at the Center. Skip the Chinese places mentioned.
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I took one for the team at Nostos. We were a group of four. One couple shared a small plate of Ntakakia (diced vegetables on pita rounds). My husband and I shared small plates of Htapodi (grilled octopus), and Garides Saganaki (shrimp with feta, tomatoes, pine nuts, and raisins). The Ntakakia was utterly pedestrian, but the last two dishes were quite wonderful.
Among the group of four, we ordered only two of the entree choices: Arnaki Fornou (roast lamb) and Paidakia (marinated grilled lambchops). One person tried to order the Arni Youvetsk (lamb shank) but the kitchen had run out by the time we placed our order. My husband's and my order of the lamb chops were fine: three baby rib chops that had been cooked to order. However, the chops came in a pool of either melted fat or olive oil from the marinade. Every bit of the lamb was wet. Definitely not a pleasing mouth feel. My friend's order of chops included two rib chops and one chop -- a different cut -- that was essentially all fat. The roast lamb was covered with a puddle of brown sauce -- not at all visually appealing. Apparently, the taste wasn't much better than the appearance. The best that could be said about the dish was that it was nothing special.
The waiter was very gracious about letting us try two different red wines since the Greek choices were totally unfamiliar to anyone in our group.
The noise level is quite high since there are no soft, sound-absorbing surfaces anywhere.
I'd eat at Nostos again and make a meal of small plates on the strength of our two excellent samples. However, I'm not rushing back.
Incidentally, I had eaten lunch at the Rockville restaurant Mykonos less than a month before our meal at Nostos. That meal consisted of the assorted appetizer platter and there were several standout spreads as part of the assortment. Since the folks who own Mykonos are the ones behind Nostos, I assume the tamarasalata and the eggplant are equally good at the new McLean sibling.
Wildfire is owned by the Lettuce Entertain You group. The restaurant originally started in the Chicago area. You can get their steaks through the Lou Malnati's website.
Actually, we found Wildfire to be just Okay. I had a filet wrapped in bacon with a horseradish topping. The horseradish had no kick at all. All in all, I would rate Wildfire in the middle of the pack when it comes to steak houses. In other words, I've had better and I've had worse.
Big portions but, like Big Bowl which LEY also runs, food is just Okay as noted. Wildfire is not worth a special trip, especially if from out of town, you can do better.
La Sandia in the mall is just dreadful, avoid it. If you insist on going to the mall for a meal, then consider Seasons 52 (a national chain) or Coastal Flats (a local chain). Seasons 52 has better ambiance, a far more pleasant environment to enjoy a meal than the Greyhound terminal across the way (which is a CF).
If its steak, why, a plethora of better possibilities abound in Tysons (Palm, Mortons, Ruth C) before even whipping out the GPS to toodle over to Ray's Kingdom in Arlington.
La Sandia Restaurant
7852L Tysons Corner Center, McClean, VA 22102
7860 Tysons Corner Ctr, Mc Lean, VA 22102