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ulrath

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  1. Sad news for the Centreville dining scene. Park and Shop, the small Vietnamese grocery with excellent Banh Mi closed. It is relocating to a part of Manassas I'll never get to. Sad to see it go.
  2. There's a spot in a Centreville where restaurants go to die. After two Indian places met their maker comes a new contender. Frito Chicken. The place has an interesting story: Mar 15, 2018 - "Frito Chicken Gives Ashburn New Fried Chicken Option" by Chris Wadsworth on theburn.com My wife met the owner yesterday who invited us to give it a try. She was very nice and we didn't feel like making dinner tonight so we gave it a try. "Frito Chicken is the brain child of Amina Khan. She’s was born in Pakistan, raised in Canada and has collected a wealth of recipes. Over the years, friends have told Khan that her chicken recipes — both fried and roasted — are some of the best they’ve ever had." We got the strips which were spicy and an 8 piece chicken. The yuca was all done perfectly. The potatoes and corn were fine. The fried chicken is the star here and I urge everyone to give it a try. Remember, it takes 20 minutes for it to cook so be patient. It is worth it.
  3. I'm holed up in Burke this week at my parents house cramming for an exam. I've been treating myself to lunch and have three more to look forward to. Any recommendations of ones in Springfield that I must do? Probably going to do Thai Gaan Waan and Afghan Bistro again. What should I do for a third? It's not noted here but if you are in Springfield and need caffeine, you need to try Cervantes Coffee.
  4. Just went today. The beef shank I had was a 7/10 but the Leek and Scallion dumplings were a 13/10 so the whole experience worked out to be a 10/10. Thinking of going back this week. Any recommendations on what I should get?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Right around the corner from my parents. I am there.... Or will be.
  9. 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.
  10. Here here. One of the best burgers in NOVA. Seating is a b*tch,. Best come during off peak hours.
  11. 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.
  12. 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).
  13. 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,
  14. 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.
  15. oof. That is unfortunate. I used to go out of my way for that cheesesteak. Bad week for me and restaurants I like.
  16. 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/
  17. Bwarchi or one of its previous incarnations does. The current management has done it both ways. Dry and wet. Wet is more like an indian General Tsos chicken. Come to think of it, when I ordered it off the menu it was wet. Biryani Corner in Herndon does it as well but it is wet as well. Done right (dry not wet) the stuff I had was comparable to the fried chicken at Hong Kong Palace.
  18. Been a while since I posted but I think I found another place worth reviewing. Got a fun Saturday planned? Maybe you're going to go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath, & Beyond, if you have enough time. If your suburban angst has you going to Target and Costco and Chantilly then you should treat yourself to a meal at Chennai Express. Recently opened, this place is tucked away in an industrial park in Chantilly in the former Talking Turkey space. Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu India. A state in the southern part of the country and the menu is designed accordingly. Do not expect to find Butter Chicken or Palek Paneer, Do expect to find authentic food prepared with care. The owner is passionate about his food and it shows. We stopped in on Sunday for some carry out. I'd like to tell you what I got but I could not pronounce most of it. Regardless. It was all good. Most important is that they do Chicken 65 right. No sweet sauce for this. Just dry, crispy juicy chicken with just the right amount of kick. There isn't a menu posted yet but who cares. Check it out. Its a great addition to the Chantilly food scene.
  19. I hadn't seen anything on them so I thought I would give them some press. They have been open since this summer and we've been twice. Both times we got the Donner and the Boregi and both times it was quite good. Service was also quick and helpful and the owners were willing to answer questions about the menu. If you are in the area give them a try. I don't see them that crowded and I want small places like that to succeed.
  20. Not wanting to cook on Friday night we gave this place a try for carry out. We got the A2 - Pan fried dumplings (Beef), A7 - Seafood Pancake, C8 Bulgagi and e8 Bibimap. Pretty much everyone enjoyed everything which is a feat when you have four kids. My 3 year old daughter loved the dumplings and declared them one of her favorite restaurants (Entering the pantheon of ABC Canteen). My favorite was the seafood pancake but really everything was strong. Since they are conveniently located halfway between my office and my house I can see them entering the carry out rotation.
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