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Crystal City Visit, end of February

I'm going to be staying in Crystal City at the end of February, and would love a good Friday lunch recommendation, and a good cupcake place. For lunch, I like salads, burgers, sandwiches - doesn't have to be fancy, but tasty is key! Cupcake recommendations are especially appreciated - they're my favorite! I will have a car, so if someplace is worth a drive, I'm willing to travel. Thank you so much!

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  1. There is a Good Stuff Eatery in Crystal City. I adore the sunnyside burger and they make the best shake I've had. The toasted marshmallow flavor is outrageously good, as is the milky way shake, a good second choice. The village fries are unique and very good.

    It all winds up being a lot of food. You don't have to eat it all, but you'll want to.

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    1. re: Steve

      Thanks Steve - their website made their burgers look irresistible!

    2. There's also a Ted's in CC for burgers. I usually am with Steve on things but find Good Stuff doesn't live up to the hype (not bad - there was just a lot of hype around here). The seasoned fries were overly seasoned the one time I got them, but note it was only one time.

      There's often a cupcake truck here on Tue and Thur, but you can track them via foodtruckfiesta.com to find where they are on Friday. I'm not a cupcake (or sweets) guy, so that's the most I can help there.

      Honestly, it's not on your list but if I were to come here to have one thing it would be a kabob from Kabob Palace. Second may be something from the Egyptian place by the waterfall, but they're closed right now. There's a greek place on 23rd that's supposed to be good - I still need to check it out myself.

      And you can always do Crystal City Restaurant. Cheap food (that's actually not bad) with added entertainment.

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      1. re: Dennis S

        Thank you so much - adding these to my list!

        1. re: kaytamar

          Make sure you understand the added entertainment for CC restaurant.

          Also to add, the Thai place isn't bad at all - not my fave by far but not bad. And there's Jaleo, which is Spanish Tapas.

          Outside of that, not much here, imo.

        2. re: Dennis S

          Went to Kabob Palace today for lunch - it was absolutely delicious! Trying Jaleo's for dinner tomorrow. Can't wait!

        3. With a car, you may want to consider the short drive to Alexandria where you will have significantly more options for lunch and two cupcake places (Lavender Moon on Royal Street and Alexandria Cupcakes on King Street).

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          1. re: BrianD

            Better yet - an even shorter drive to the Buzz Bakery nearish Braddock metro. Best cupcakes in the area, and lots of other fun baked goods. Very worth checking out.

          2. Bakeshop in Arlington, near the Clarendon metro stop, has exquisite cupcakes. Small, light, simple. I find almost all other cupcakes quite heavy, dull, and overly sweet in comparison.

            Excellent lunch at the nearby Lyon Hall, which features Alsatian food. Charcuterie, housemade chevre, a deep and rich onion soup, and shortrib frankfurters with charcroute among the highlights.

            1. Jaleo is great for tapas. If you want a beer and a good environment, head to Crystal City Sports Pub (not to be confused with Crystal City Restaurant). I thought Good Stuff was overrated (dry patty). My husband loves Urban Thai for lunch.

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              1. re: xena1441

                I like the Crystal City Sports Pub to watch a game, as I have done many times, but there's nothing noteworthy about any of the food. If I was coming in from out of town, I'd be sorely disappointed to make a special trip there to eat.

                1. re: xena1441

                  I am headed to Jaleo's for dinner tomorrow - thank you!

                2. You guys are killing me - I have 3 days to fill (my belly) and a full list going. Please keep the recommendations and feedback coming!

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                  1. re: kaytamar

                    So if you do have a car, (and we have decent metro) - where are you from? Seems like PA?

                    Get thee to Eden Center and walk around. Many posts about it. It's a mall by, of and for Vietnamese. Including a pool hall, travel agencies and karaoke bars. There's food there too.

                    If it were me, I'd enjoy that tour and maybe have a bahn mi somewhere then go across to Hong Kong Palace, which is really a sichuan place. Again - many many posts - just search (cumin lamb and chicken with peppers is a hint).

                    By Metro, go down around Cap Hill and/or Union Station. Multiple options from dining at a bar with moose heads to a tie-required steak dinner. Fill us in and we'll help fill you up.

                    1. re: Dennis S

                      Don't miss Jaleo! Lunch or dinner.

                      Try the "Sopa de ajo" - Garlic soup with black garlic and egg 63°. Very different than anything I've ever had and very, very good.

                      Everything is good there. You can't go wrong.

                      1. re: Dennis S

                        Dennis, I am coming from PA. Eden Center looks like a great way to burn off some calories! I am pretty laid back so no "ties required" dinners for me. Jaleo looks awesome and I will definitely check them out. Looking at Ted's and all the cupcakes too!

                        1. re: kaytamar

                          "Ted's" is Ted's Montana Grill, a national chain started up by Ted Turner, with about 50 locations in 16 states.