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Oct 6, 2011 02:40 PM

Looking for nice size portions in Alexandria and Arlington

I'm taking a friend out to dinner tomorrow and he's a pretty tall guy. We've been to a couple of restaurants around the area and one of his major complaints is the need to eat another smaller meal after dinner because the portion sizes at the restaurant were on the smaller side. Can anyone recommend restaurants in Alexandria and Arlington that have good food and decent portion sizes? Thanks

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  1. Ha, I can relate, and I'm not even a "big" guy. And sorry, I don't have any places to recommend (yet).

    1. Overwood in Alexandria, Restaurant 3 or Ray's the Steaks or Liberty Tavern or Lyon Hall.

      220 N Lee St, Alexandria, VA 22314

      Restaurant 3
      2950 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

      The Liberty Tavern
      3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201

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      1. re: ktmoomau

        Definitely Ray's the Steak. The steak portions are huge.

        I had to laugh at the OP's question because to me, nice size portions would mean smaller than average, not bigger.

      2. Jerusalem for Palestinian food in Bailey's Crossroads. Get the masukhan and the makluba.

        1. Wow! I find that just about any restaurant I go to (and they're not fancy or expensive) serves me too much food. Tell your friend to go on a diet!

          What do you like? Famous Dave's BBQ always fills me up. At Mad Fox Brewery I always take home enough for lunch another day. Even at Hong Kong Palace if I have an appetizer I can always take home a lunch from my dinner order. Like Indian? Maybe the dinner buffet at Raaga.

          Honestly, I have the opposite problem. I'd be happy for smaller portions, particularly if they cost a little less.

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          1. re: MikeR

            Famous Dave's opened up near me, so I finally went after hearing about it all these years.

            My gawd it was bad. The ribs were mega-tough with unrendered fat. The flavor was of too much smoke (did they add 'smoke' flavoring?) and sodium. All the sauces were too sweet, except for their habanero sauce. I'm at least glad I asked them not to pour any sauce on top.

            I did not try the chopped pork, so maybe there's hope for that.

            1. re: Steve

              That's disappointing. I haven't tried the Falls Church location yet. I usually go to the Oakton one since I have some Sunday dinner friends in Vienna who like it. The ribs there are always pretty juicy, never tough, and have a reasonably well balanced flavor. Whenb having ribs there, I generally get the St. Louis ribs and ask for them dry (Memphis Style) so I can be judicious about saucing them. My friend always gets the baby back ribs, never anything else. I occasionally get a combo with brisket and chopped pork that's pretty decent, but last time I was there I had their new "Southside Rib Tips" which I think is what's left when they trim the spare rib to the equal length St. Louis cut. They used to have rib tips drenched in sauce, but the new version are with the dry rub. I liked 'em. Not as messy to eat as the regular ribs.

              I think they used to have a sauce that they no longer have. I use a little of the Texas Pit myself.