Restaurants

Top Choice Burmese in Arlington

Myanmar

Myanmar’s decor is barebones; the service is slow; the portions are small; and the food is delicious. This is home-cooked Burmese: curries prepared with lots of garlic, turmeric and oil, chili fish, mango salads and…
Top Choice Modern American in Richmond

Julep's

This is where classy, old-school Southern aristocrats like to meet and eat, drawn by the fresh experimentation of an innovative kitchen. We're a fan of the wild boar and lamb stew, but vegetarian options abound, and…
International in Alexandria

Bilbo Baggins Global Wine Café and Restaurant

A fun, family-owned pub and restaurant down an Old Town side street, Bilbo Baggins has two personalities: the often crowded pub (named The Green Door, for Lord of the Ring fans); and the restaurant, with an eclectic…
Seafood in Alexandria

Fish Market

This rambling, 400-seat Old Town landmark restaurant has been serving up Chesapeake-style seafood since 1976. Occupying a 19th-century warehouse at the corner of King and Union Streets, it’s known for its crab cakes…
Korean in Arlington

Yechon

Debates over who does the best Korean in the DC area have been the source of much gastronomic bickering; but Yechon is always among the front-runners. The kalbi (barbecue ribs) is rich, smoky and packed with flavor,…
Vietnamese in Northern Virginia

Eden Center

One of Washington’s most fascinating ethnic enclaves isn’t technically in Washington. Instead, drive west past Arlington to Falls Church, VA, and the Eden Center, which is, basically, a bit of Saigon that got lost i…
Modern American in Shenandoah National Park

Big Meadows

One of several resorts in Shenandoah National Park, Big Meadows has a restaurant and tavern with nightly live music. Highlights from the wide-ranging menu include pecan-crusted trout, oven-roasted turkey and black b…
American in Alexandria

Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant

The food isn't all that memorable, but Gadsby's scores high on novelty. Named after the Englishman who operated the tavern from 1796 to 1808 (when it was the center of Alexandria’s social life), Gadsby's tries to em…
Latin American in Arlington

El Pollo Rico

Drooling locals have flocked to this Peruvian chicken joint for decades now in search of tender, juicy, flavor-packed birds served with succulent (highly addictive) dipping sauces, crunchy fries and sloppy ‘slaw. Li…
Southern US in Alexandria

King Street Blues

King Street Blues is a crazy Southern ‘roadhouse’ diner that serves really good baked meatloaf, country-fried steak, Southern fried catfish and other diner favorites. The interior is strewn with colorful papier-mâch…