Tyson's Corner and Surrounding Area
My wife is taking our 9-year-old daughter to the American Girl store for her birthday tomorrow. They want to go eat someplace great, and they don't mind taking a cab although they'd prefer not to have too long or out of the way ride. Any recommendations for great, independently owned restaurants? They eat everything. I know people have posted that there isn't much to eat in Tyson's Corner, but how about places go to the area that can be reached by cab?
Coastal Flats is a great choice, mostly seafood, but other items as well. It is right in Tysons Corner Mall. The crab and rock shrimp fritters are always a winner. Very fine hickory grilled catch of the day or hickory grilled chicken.
This is part of the Great American Restaurant group, very much a local enterprise.
I really enjoy La Sandia which is in the mall. The salsa is flavorful and has a nice kick. I usually get one of the lunch trios or the carne asada. The agua fresca is refreshing, particularly the pineapple.
For Greek food I recommend Nostos. It's about a 15 minute walk from the mall and better than any option at the mall. If you like octopus and lamb shank they do a good version.
i haven't been to coastal flats yet, but i like gordon biersch there in the mall. http://www.gordonbiersch.com/restaurants
good service, very wide range of american and "fusion" menu items. i love their fried artichoke and aioli starter. very fresh food, well-prepared.
had a nice (big) salad last time: HARVEST GRILLED CHICKEN
Grilled chicken, apples, craisins, pecans and grapes tossed in creamy herb dressing with blue cheese crumbles.
guest had ARTISANAL GRILLED CHEESE
Gruyère cheese, smokehouse bacon and avocado mayo on sourdough bread.-- and was impressed that it was not a joke to call it "artisanal." it was perfectly grilled, and the ingredients were very high quality.
he also loved the garlic fries.
ps, good happy hour deals, too. recommend the calamari, sliders and the czech pilsner.
i drive so don't take cabs except to the airport. BUT, i don't recall seeing many cabs there. of course, one can always call for one to be dispatched, but….who knows how much time & hassle that will be.
a good "independent" place is in tyson's galleria (aka "tysons 2"), lebanese taverna. not too far from there is mccormick and schmick's for good seafood.
walkable next to mall is the silver diner, whose menu is a lot more "local, sustainable" creative than people imagine, and good value for money. http://www.silverdiner.com/menu
If the birthday girl wants something sweet after lunch, there's Paul Bakery and Danielle's Desserts in the Galleria.
I actually like a lot of the restaurants in the main Tyson's, as well as in the Galleria. I would also recommend some of the ones already mentioned - Coastal Flats, Gordon Biersch, and Lebanese Taverna. To add to the list, I also really enjoy Wildfire.
There is also Maple Ave in Vienna, which isn't too far, but really good. Although it is fairly small might need a res.
Second Bistro Vivant.