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  1. So Stumptown was bought a few years ago and their quality has been going downhill. Cafein has switched to Coava coffee from San Diego and the switch has been great. I always worry about small shops but Cafein is always packed whenever I go... which is almost everyday..... my coffee is often waiting for me by the time I get to the register..... don't judge me.... I can stop anytime I want to.
  2. Ribs and Dumplings are my go to choices here. If you are here for lunch though, you should go a few doors down and grab some coffee at Cafein right in the same shopping center.
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    I'm a big fan of Marumen and when you live in the western suburbs its one of the best options out there that does not involve going into the city.
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    Mu Ramen

    Right around the corner from my parents. I am there.... Or will be.
  5. Can confirm. Their pie is is legit. I'd tell you my favorite one but then there may not be one left for me. If you really want to blow your diet, get a pie from here then grab something from Arno's.
  6. Here here. One of the best burgers in NOVA. Seating is a b*tch,. Best come during off peak hours.
  7. Have not tried Mission but I have heard good things. I want to try their Baby Backs at some point as I am a big fan of those. Back to Hammerdown though. Went back today. I've lived in NOVA most of my life. I've eaten BBQ in Texas, North Carolina, Kansas City and Alabama. I'll say it right now. Best ribs I've had in Northern Virginia. Hands down. Better than Dixie Bones. Better than Willard's. Absolutely incredible. Apparently the word is out about this place as they were mobbed.
  8. Opening in late November comes an exciting new entrant to the Loudoun County dining scene. Located near Lenah Run, west of Stone Ridge, this BBQ joint is one to keep an eye on. As far as I can tell, the owner used to have a successful food truck and leveraged that to open this store front location. I happened to be at Gilbert's Corner this weekend to pick up some pastries from Arno's. On my way back I saw this place had opened, and the parking lot had filled up. Intrigued, I dropped in to give it a try. They sell brisket, pulled pork, chicken, ribs and smoked sausage along with several sides. The weather was too cold and the ribs weren't done yet so I tried the brisket, sausage and pulled pork. Everything was excellent. The brisket and pulled pork were very moist and flavorful. We normally go to Willards for BBQ and we liked Hammerdown's brisket and pulled pork better. The sausage was about the same. For sides we tried the beans and the mac and cheese which were also good. I'm looking forward to going back and encourage everyone out in that neck of the woods to give it a try. Call ahead to make sure they are open. It looks like they're not open everyday (which is probably a good thing).
  9. By the way. While the Sterling location is closed, the Chantilly location that this is a topic for is still open and serving relatively solid food. Adjust your plans accordingly,
  10. Been to the Fairfax location twice. Got gyro over rice both times and it was delicious. Mind you, its not high dining but considering the number of college kids coming in to eat, they seem to have found their niche.
  11. oof. That is unfortunate. I used to go out of my way for that cheesesteak. Bad week for me and restaurants I like.
  12. Right off of 66 at 234 business in a sketchy looking strip mall comes my latest food find. Judging from yelp I am late to the game but I've been here twice in the last week. The first time was the Wednesday before thanksgiving. I stopped in long enough to get some lumpia because who doesn't love lumpia? I bought two orders and brought them home where they were promptly devoured by my children. Mind you, they had already eaten. That was supposed to be my dinner.... So anyways, tonight, after a non-scream ridden visit to Santa at Merrifiield in Gainesville, we stopped for dinner tonight. First of all dining here is more like eating in the kitchen of your best friend's Filipino grandmother. This is a good thing. Secondly. We tried two of the daily specials. A vegetable dish which was like a mild coconut curry and a pork stew. We also ordered one of their breakfast specials, the one with sausage, and of course, 4 orders of lumpia. Everyone, including all four of my kids liked everything. Mind you, all four of my kids never like everything (Well, except at ABC Canteen). It's hard to find but I encourage everyone to give this place a try. It is literally a couple minutes off of 66. Their website is here: http://thejulianas.comcastbiz.net/
  13. Went on Sunday. Good as always. Will poor out a 40 of birch beer in your memory. Wesley, if you ever do anything else in this industry, please let us know.