Monthly Archives: July 2011

Backyard Barbecue, Arlington, VA

(See the January 31, 2011 Review here.) On certain Saturdays at noon, Backyard Barbecue roasts an entire pig in the parking lot out front. Today, it was a 60 pounder, and they were selling fantastic┬áPulled Pork Sandwiches ($6.99), tonged straight … Continue reading

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CakeLove, Tysons Corner Center, Tysons Corner, VA

Remember CakeLove? That cupcake store that’s not Georgetown Cupcake? It all seems sort of distant now, doesn’t it? Like the cupcakes, or not, give Warren Brown credit for being a visionary, spotting and capitalizing on a trend long before the … Continue reading

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Tragara, Bethesda, MD

Fine dining is not dead. I’d walked past Tragara so many times in recent years that I’d convinced myself I’d been there, long ago. But when I actually went in, I realized that I’d never been in my life. Immediately, … Continue reading

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Thai Noy, Arlington, VA

(See the March 25, 2011 Review here.) It was the end of an endless day, a 600-mile back-breaking drive back from Indianapolis with three teenagers, approaching Frederick from the west only to get a phone call saying that I-270 – … Continue reading

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Station 4, Southwest

Considering how much time I’ve spent in (the now torn down) Waterside Mall in the past, it seemed downright bizarre that I was walking right through the middle of it, feeling like I was in a strange, unknown place. I’ll … Continue reading

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Pasa Thai, McLean, VA

Pasa Thai is one of the least-known established area Thai restaurants that I can think of (although there are really getting to be quite a few). It’s in downtown McLean, right next to Evo Bistro, and has been open for … Continue reading

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Mala Tang, Virginia Square, VA

It was July 4th, and getting late into the day. Fireworks weren’t in the plans, but we were getting hungry, and quickly running out of options. At 8:30 PM, Washington Blvd. was more deserted than I’d ever seen it, with … Continue reading

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Mark’s Duck House, Seven Corners, VA

(See the May 13, 2011 Review here.) After a light, early snack and the always-riveting Terminator 2, it was time for dinner. But it was getting late on a Sunday night, and places were closing – Mark’s Duck House to … Continue reading

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Graffiato, Chinatown

I don’t watch TV except for a few times a year. When it comes to popular culture (at least, culture that’s made popular through television), I’m as out of touch as anyone. This is neither a “bragging point” nor an … Continue reading

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Me Jana, Courthouse, VA

It was a perfect day to have dinner on the patio of Me Jana, me with a glass of 2008 Ksara Reserve ($8.99), he with his Diet Coke ($2.95). Lebanese restaurants are perfect in many ways: small plates, vegetarian, non-vegetarian, … Continue reading

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