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stangoldsmith Mar 24, 2012 09:30 PM

Is there anything worth eating near the DCA airport?

I'll be there for one night.

Am a big Indian/Middle Eastern fan, but am also a good foodie fan too.



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    Steve Mar 27, 2012 07:29 PM

    The nearby choices will be mostly mediocre (except for the excellent tapas at Jaleo.) The best easy place for what you are looking for is Me Jana (as suggested above), right near the Courthouse metro stop. A bit upscale for Lebanese, with carefully prepared food.

    However, if you are intrepid, I recommend taking a cab to either:

    Eyo (Ethiopian) in Falls Church. In the same shopping Center is Al Jazera, a Yemeni restaurant. Eyo is easy to spot, but Al Jazera is completely hidden on the back side of this purely Ethiopian/Middle Eastern strip shopping center. I've taken my kids to eat there, so it's completely safe, BTW. At Eyo get the Awaze tibs, and at Al Jazera get the foul, fata, and the felafel.

    It'll be easy for you to get a cab back: most of the people eating there will be cab drivers.

    Or you can take a cab to Jerusalem, a Palestinian place in Falls Church. Get the masukhan or the makluba. If you have room for dessert, the om ali.

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      beanodc Mar 27, 2012 05:50 PM

      I would suggest trying out some places in Old Town Alexandria. Restaurant Eve, the Majestic, Brabo to name a few. They are not the type of food you indicated but Old Town is also an interesting place to visit.

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        stangoldsmith Mar 25, 2012 11:12 AM

        Thank you all, am staying in Crystal City near the airport. Will travel (if easy, I don't know DC) for the best, too!

        1. crackers Mar 25, 2012 09:44 AM

          Depends how far you're able to travel. Metro will make it fairly easy to get to a number of places.
          For Indian:
          Bombay Curry Company in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria (about 2.5 miles from the airport by cab) serves up some very good North Indian http://www.bombaycurrycompany.com/contactinfo.php try the chicken wings and butter chicken
          Here's the website for Kohinor Dhaba, which is in Crystal City: http://www.kohinoordhaba.com/menu/

          For Ethiopian:
          Harar Mesob, also in Crystal City http://www.harar-mesob.com/index.html Not the best in the region, but probably a darn site better than in most other parts of the country.

          Neramitra in Crystal City (again, there are better places, but it's close to the airport) http://www.neramitra.com/Neramitra.htm

          Middle Eastern:
          Afghan Kabob House near Courthouse Metro stop in Arlington http://www.afghankabobhouse.org/
          Kabob Palace in Crystal City, already mentioned
          Me Jana (Lebanese) also near Courthouse Metro http://www.me-jana.com/

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          1. re: crackers
            BrianD Mar 28, 2012 08:15 AM

            Just FYI, Bombay Curry Company is closed at the moment. The building it was in is being gutted and redeveloped. The restaurant is planning to move a few blocks south but it's not re-opened yet.

          2. tommyskitchen Mar 25, 2012 05:39 AM

            It depends on where you are staying - Old Town is just a few minutes away....

            1. ipsedixit Mar 24, 2012 10:17 PM

              For Indian, Kohinoor Dhaba will do in a pinch. Not haute cuisine, but cheap and comfy. Kabab Palace is Middle Eastern -- in the loosest sense -- and is open 24 hours.

              There's also Jaleo's for tapas.

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