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Oct 3, 2013 07:28 AM

Short trip, DC/NOVA


I'll be in the area for a quick 2 day trip next week. I am interested in Ramen, Kabob, Bahn Mi, cocktails and or craft beer options.
I will have access to a vehicle and am willing to drive 10-15 miles from the Arlington/Dulles/Fairfax area.
It’s been 7 years since my last day so I'm afraid my knowledge of the area is very limited these days.

so far on the list:

Toki Underground and Daikaya.


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    1. The obvious for cocktails close to that area is Todd Thrasher.

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      1. re: chowser

        Second cocktails at PX. The bartenders at Eve and Society Fair work from Todd's playbook, so the cocktails are of equally high quality.

      2. If you want the best, you'll have to get the kimchi ramen at Toki Underground. It is an A+. You'll either have to go early when they open for dinner or reserve NOW or expect a considerable wait. They won't let you reserve solo; you'll need to be at least two. A solo diner may be able to slip in even at a prime time without a terrible wait.

        Link to reserve:

        my favorite banh mi is at Song Que at Eden Center (Falls Chruch). They have a list of 8 variations, and all of them are very fine..... though the grilled pork is hard to beat.

        Ravi Kabob in Arlington is the surest bet for kabobs. Lamb or chicken-on-the-bone.

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        1. re: Steve

          Most excellent - thank you Steve!

          1. re: Steve

            Banh Mi DC Sandwich on Route 50 and Graham Road is better still. Steve is right that Ravi is best for Pakistani kabobs. For Persian, you might want to try Amoo's, but it's not a dive. At both Ravi and Amoo's, the stews are even better than the kabobs. The new Arlington Kabob has very good Afghan kabobs, and is more of a whole in the wall.

            1. re: Marty L.

              Amoo's is indeed one of the best places to go in the DC area, though I haven't had the kabobs. For only $10, the tadig topped with your choice of stew (get the geymeh) is a Top 5 all-DC bargain. The mast-o-mousir yogurt is exceptional, so don't forget about that.

              The double lamb chops (call in advance) look spectacular in this post:


              1. re: Marty L.

                DC Sandwich is okay if you're in the area but I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to go there. If you do, ask for less mayo. We got some recently and it was piled on.

                1. re: chowser

                  I've been to all the banh mi shops around Eden Center and Banh Mi DC is my favorite, although I have encountered mayo laden sandwiches there on occasion. That said, I think it's interesting to stroll through Eden Center and all its shops. I love the onions and mushroom fried tofu at Thanh Son (5 pieces for $1). I love the huge crispy spring rolls at Song Que ($1 each I think). I'd also eat a bowl of bun bo hue (almost every restaurant in Eden serves bun bo hue).

            2. thanks for the recs. i now have plenty to work with.

              1. quick update:

                the grilled pork banh mi @ song que was lovely and not heavy on the mayo.

                the bbq pork banh mi @ DC Banh Mi was very heavy on the mayo, but also came with a healthy portion of protein. I found the lack of jalapenos to be a bit off.

                i didn't get a chance to try toki, but made it to daikaya for a quick lunch on Saturday. the spicy miso ramen was quite perfect for the dreary day. the service was fast and i didn't have to wait to get in.

                i also tried afghan kabob on rolling road for kabobs and other afghan dishes. the kabobs were perfectly cooked, both chicken and lamb, and the mantoo (lamb dumpling) was just ok. the lamb was a bit on the gamey side.

                thanks again!

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                1. re: pete k

                  I think Afghan Kabob is overlooked as a good dining spot in Springfield. I hesitated going there, years ago, because it looks almost like a bordello from the outside. But, I had a lot of Middle Eastern friends recommend it so we tried it out. The food is good and the inside is really nice. A little dark and I have problems reading the menu but nice other than that.

                  1. re: pete k

                    Thanks for the report back.... and the tip for the spicy miso ramen. That's the one I haven't tried, so that will be my next bowl.