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Jan 20, 2012 12:22 PM

tysons chain hell

greetings. anyone know any good stand alone joints not connected to a national chain or a mall in the area? desperately seeking something that doesn't require parking at a mall or choosing from a 25 page menu of low quality food.

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  1. Nostos (Boone Bvd). has had some decent reviews. We haven't been but plan to go.

    My wife is partial to Cafe Deluxe, which is connected to a furniture store across the street from the Tysons mall. I like the food but it's too loud for me.

    Woo Lae Oak is a nice Korean place on Rte 7 near Rte. 123. There are cheaper Korean places with food just as good, but not right at Tysons.

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    1. re: msr3017

      thank you. love woo lae oak. cafe deluxe is ok i guess. nostos looks wonderful. will definitely check that out.

      1. re: nolikechains

        That is a tall order!

        I was meeting a friend for lunch in Tysons (my turn to choose the restaurant) right before Christmas and wanted to steer clear of malls, so we went to Maplewood Grill in Vienna - not too far from Tysons, and it is in a shopping center, but not a mall. Been there several times and like it a lot - neighborhood gem kind of place.

        I like Miyagi (sushi) in McLean. I've never been to Da Domenico, but hear good things about it.

        Good luck!

        1. re: nolikechains

          We went to Nostos a few months ago. Food and service were great, but the place is incredibly noisy.

        2. re: msr3017

          I just realized the restaurants are gone. No map on the right side. No autolinks.

          We need to put in place some helpful hints, like please add a road or town:
          "Nostos (Boone Bvd)" when googled will get you the resto despite the mispelling.

        3. If you're willing to spend a bit more money, Michel in the Ritz Carlton is quite wonderful. That's Michel Richard's suburban outpost.

          I can also recommend Bombay Tandoor, an Indian restaurant west of Tysons. The food is always good, but several of the waiters are clueless. When we've had an incident -- last time our waiter added a tip to the bill although this is not the practice of the restaurant and we were only a party of four -- we swear never to go back. However, this serves the best Indian food in a reasonable drive from our home.

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          1. re: Indy 67

            michel is great, but overpriced. will def check out bombay tandoor, thanks

          2. We always enjoy The Palm in Tysons for lobster and steaks

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            1. re: dining with doc

              The Palm fits the request perfectly! Seriously, Deluxe is far too loud and is part of a local chain.

              Nostos is a good bet for Greek and seafood along with Tachibana in the center of McLean. There is an upscale Italian eatery in McLean called Osteria Assiagi which is significantly above the competition in the area. All three have plenty of free, non-mall parking, offer menus focused on high quality ingredients (the "less is more" philosophy vs. Cheesecake Factory) that are easily navigated and offers pleasant ambiance, good service and very good food.

              Nostos can be loud when its filled (its a small room) but the other two are more muted with a full house.

              1. re: dining with doc

                The Palm never feels like a chain, but the two in our area are actually part of a nationwide chain with some limited international locations. I was once surprised to discover there are approximately 30 Palm restaurants.

                1. re: Indy 67

                  yes it is a chain but I agree that at least the DC and Tysons versions do not seem chain-like and who cares...the quality of food and the service are excellent!

                  1. re: dining with doc

                    Actually, the OP seems to care. His name and his post suggest that he cares deeply.

              2. There's always Shamshiry, but I like the idea of the short drive to Vienna. Or the Hot Pot place south on Gallows, or just East of there going to Myanmar (and getting the green tea leaf salad - sorry Steve!). You've also got things like Sweetwater if you head South on Gallows.

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                1. re: Dennis S

                  What Hot Pot place is this? Is there a name or address?

                  1. re: mookleknuck

                    Sounds like Uncle Lui's, as he says, on Gallows Road between Lee Highway (Rt 29) and Arlington Boulevard (Rt 50), first big strip shopping center as you go south from Lee Highway. Big sign for Unique (which I always read as Junque) a thrift store.

                    1. re: MikeR

                      Yep - Uncle Liu's was what I was referring to.

                      1. re: Dennis S

                        Thanks very much, MikeR and Dennis S!

                2. Right in the Tysons area is Food Corner which takes a back seat to no one regarding Afghan kabobs.

                  As others have pointed out already, a short drive could put you at some very good places.

                  If you are wiling to go to Vienna, I'd go to Rose Kabob for Persian food - especially the beef stew with eggplant (gheymeh). Also great are the torshi, garlic torshi, tahdeeg, mast-o-khir and the
                  homemade doogh.

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                  1. re: Steve

                    I wonder if it's the same Afghan chain that's at Dulles Town Center. They are good and have a number of places, including a stand alone in Herndon. However, during winter months, mainly, when going to the mall, I definitely make the kabob place MY stop at least (even if the girls want something else).