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1 hour ago, dracisk said:

I'm not in the area often, but I enjoyed Mokomandy in Sterling a few years ago. It looks like brunch or lunch would only work there on a Saturday or Sunday.

I had dinner at Mokomandy a week or two ago - it's strongly maintained in Italic in the Dining Guide (nothing was spectacular, but everything was at least good, and the Arctic Char Ssam was the consensus Dish of the Night). The Wild Boar Bowl is essentially a Bibimbap, and cocktails are slow, but serious. If you go, the Kimchi Pancakes ($4) are worth ordering - about eight bite-sized pancakes, tightly topped with kimchi (that's not a typo - the kimchi was almost stuck to the pancakes, leading me to believe it's added during the griddle).

I would also consider Taste @ Hong Kong (note the Fried Pumpkin with Salty Egg Yolk).

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9 hours ago, reedm said:

I live in Ashburn, which is close to Dulles. What time and day of the week will you meet your friends?

They will arrive on a Saturday, and the plane is due at 10:30.  Our assumption is that they will be ready to leave the airport by 11:30.

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I like Mon Ami Gabi in Reston Town Center.  When we stay at the Dulles Marriott overnight for a park and fly, we eat there for dinner.  From the website looks like they serve weekend brunch as well as lunch.  It's sort of a French version of Carlyle Cafe. 

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The Ice House Café in Herndon used to be great when I lived there in 1984, cant vouch for it anymore.  Paradise Indian in Herndon is solid.

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Some good recs but if the visitors are heading to Harper's Ferry, how about some options heading northwest, not east, such as Blue Ridge Grill in Brambleton, Ashburn, and Leesburg. All conveniently located on the way to Harper's Ferry from Dulles.

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AhSo by Jason Maddens in Brambleton might also be a good option.  I think they are closed on Mondays, and don't serve lunch on Saturdays, but worth a look.

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Ford’s Fish Shack in Ashburn may be a good option for you. The food is not terribly creative, but it is consistently well-prepared, and there is anough variety for most people’s tastes. 

 

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I believe the restaurant that is geographically closest to Dulles without actually being on airport grounds is the Cracker Barrel just off 28, and if you are aiming for brunch, you could do a lot worse.  

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