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Oct 8, 2011 11:40 AM

Falls Church Area Recs?

So a colleague and I have started something of a regular event of going out for lunch every few weeks. We love to eat, we love trying new food, we love trying food from different regions, ethnicities, and styles of cooking, but at the same time there's never anything wrong with some good comfort food or contemporary american or even pub fare. The only criteria for suggestions is that they be in/somewhere around the Falls Church area, (that includes close parts of vienna, tysons corner, etc), no chains unless they're really that note worthy, that they be affordable (max of $25 per person), and that they be good, preferably, your favorite.

PS- Despite all of our searching, we haven't been able to find any really good mexican places, so while that is by no means the focus of this thread, if anyone knows of any good places or at least a place where we can get a good order of pibil it'd be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Does Ballston count? If so, I highly recommend Ravi Kabob, especially for the mango lassi, chickpeas and special samosa. I wrote in detail about my experience here:

    1. Falls Church is ground zero for a wide variety of great eating. Do a search on Chowhound for specific items recommended:

      Bangkok Golden, Lao menu.
      Hong Kong Palace, Sichuan
      Nha Trang, Vietnamese
      Myannar, Burmese
      Luzmilla's, Bolivian
      Rose Kabob, Persian
      Fairfax Inn, Filipino
      District Taco, Tex-Mex tacos (good for the genre), must ask for corn tortillas

      Pibil? Seriously, you will be hard pressed to find any Mexican in this area, much less Yucatecan.

      Hong Kong Palace
      6387 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22044

      Nha Trang
      6757 Wilson Blvd Ste 7, Falls Church, VA 22044

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

      1. Falls Church area recommendations ... I am sure others have many more ideas. These are just off the top of my head.

        1. Bolivian - Luzmila's
        2. Vietnamese - Huong Viet, Present, Pho 88
        3. Laotian - Bankgkok Golden
        4. Persion - Amoo's House of Kabob
        5. Middle Eastern - Mount of Lebanon, Jerusalem
        6. Chinese - Mark's Duck House, XO Taste, Hong Kong Palace
        7. "Latin American" - La Caraquena

        Mexican/TexMex is tough in this area. To be honest, we haven't found anything great - when the urge strikes we head to El Tio's.

        Hong Kong Palace
        6387 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22044

        Mark's Duck House
        6184 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044

        Amoo's House of Kabob
        6271 Old Dominion Dr, Mc Lean, VA 22101

        Pho 88 Restaurant
        232 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046

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

        1. Very good recs above, I would add Pizzeria Orso, Pupatella, Carribean Grill isn't too far away. Taqueria Poblano for tacos or District Taco mentioned above. I also like Lost Dog for pizza and frosty root beer. I would like to recommend Mount of Lebanon, but when we went they were super slow.

          And tons of places at the Eden Center!!!

          I also highly second La Carenquena.

          Eden Center
          Falls Church, VA, USA, Falls Church, VA

          Taqueria Poblano
          2400 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301

          Lost Dog Cafe
          5876 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205

          5104 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203

          1. All the above rec's are good ones. I'd add Dogfish Head Alehouse, Sunfllower Vegetarian and Bamian (for Afghani food.)

            Bamian Restaurant
            5634 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041

            Dogfish Head Alehouse
            800 W Diamond Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20878