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Lunch in Occoquan?

dracisk Mar 21, 2013 07:03 AM

I'm thinking about a day trip to Occoquan in a few weeks and wondered about lunch options, preferably in the town itself, although I realize that may be asking for a lot. I'm open as to type of cuisine and price. Thanks in advance!

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    Virginian Mar 27, 2013 11:15 AM

    There are some very good restaurants and cafes in Occoquan:

    Bistro L'Hermitage is a fine French restaurant with a Woodbridge address but it is just above the town of Occoquan. Madigan's Waterfront, as its name suggests, is a great seafood restaurant right on the water. They serve some delicious soft shell crab in season. The Cock & Bowl is a Belgium place that is excellent. It also has patio dining. The Occoquan Inn is a great steak and seafood restaurant. The Virginia Grill is a sister cafe to the Occoquan Inn and has an upper deck overlooking the river for outdoor dining (or drinking). The Blue Arbor Cafe and the Garden Kitchen are very good cafes for lunch that have al fresco dining.

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    1. re: Virginian
      dracisk Mar 27, 2013 11:22 AM

      Thank you for the suggestions!

    2. Kris in Beijing Mar 27, 2013 10:54 AM

      There was a nice comment here a while ago but it seems to have disappeared.
      MY reply to it was:

      Thanks for comments from someone who's eaten at these places and not just driven by at 6:30 am/pm!
      I thought about suggesting Hermitage, but L'H isn't open for lunch.

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      1. re: Kris in Beijing
        dracisk Mar 27, 2013 10:58 AM

        Yes, I just read that comment, got up from my desk, came back, and now it's gone. I recognized the names of some of the restaurants from my online research but can't remember exactly which ones he/she mentioned. Oh, well.

        1. re: dracisk
          Kris in Beijing Mar 27, 2013 11:03 AM

          The specific positives were
          Virginia Inn
          Occoquan Inn / Virginia Grill
          Madigan’s Waterfront for outdoor drinks and food
          Bistro L'Hermitage [which I believe does not have lunch hours]

          and two or three bistro/deli/tea/sandwich places whose names I have forgotten.

          1. re: Kris in Beijing
            dracisk Mar 27, 2013 11:22 AM

            The missing post is back -- thanks! :-)

        2. re: Kris in Beijing
          scottmr2 May 21, 2013 12:54 PM

          They do have lunch hours Thursday and Friday and brunch on weekends.


          I'm headed there for my first visit of this restaurant for dinner this weekend.

        3. monkeyrotica Mar 27, 2013 06:22 AM

          The pickens are pretty slim in Occoquan. We like to hike around the Occoquan Bay Refuge and go for lunch after at Astoria Pizza near the Woodbridge Amtrak. Totally unpretentious mom & pop pizza/subs/gyro joint that hasn't updated their interior since Nixon was President. There's also Dixie Bones, but I love the nostalgia cachet of Astoria.

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          1. re: monkeyrotica
            dracisk Mar 27, 2013 10:58 AM

            Thanks for the Astoria Pizza recommendation -- that may be a possibility.

          2. Kris in Beijing Mar 26, 2013 01:08 PM

            Less helpful comment alert.

            Hmmmm... I short-cut through Occoquan a few times a week both to and from work but I've only eaten at the buffet Lazy Susan Dinner Theater.
            Have you looked at:

            I will say that most Occoquan and many NoVA restaurants are savaged in online Yelp-type reviews but I have NOT found the negative reviews to be generally accurate.

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            1. re: Kris in Beijing
              dracisk Mar 26, 2013 03:24 PM

              Yeah, I've seen lists of restaurants but was wondering if anyone knew if any of them was actually good. Since no one has responded along those lines I'm thinking not. :-)

              What about Woodbridge or somewhere else nearby? We could always eat lunch first and then head to Occoquan.

              1. re: dracisk
                Kris in Beijing Mar 26, 2013 04:18 PM

                I've been here since Aug'11, and it seems that no one likes anything in Woodbridge... they always say "go to... it's only 30 mins away."
                That being said, I can only think of 2 places that aren't national chains, local chains, or hole-in-the-wall. I've tried some excellent h-i-t-w Salvadoran and some passable family Asian places. Additionally, the 4-or-fewer local chains are all pretty good.
                What cuisine/ style would you be hunting?

                1. re: Kris in Beijing
                  dracisk Mar 27, 2013 11:00 AM

                  I'm really open to anything that's good. I can get passable Asian closer to home (plus I don't live far from the excellent Grace Garden). The Salvadoran places sound intriguing. I'd also be open to a small local chain as long as it's something I don't have near me (Anne Arundel County). Thanks!

                  1. re: Kris in Beijing
                    dracisk Apr 21, 2013 08:01 AM

                    Hi Kris. Could you elaborate on the h-i-t-w Salvadoran and the 4-or-fewer local chains in or near Occoquan? Thanks!

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