Top Choice Modern American in Richmond


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…
Top Choice Burmese in Arlington


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…
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 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…
Deli in Virginia Beach

Jewish Mother

Get your nosh on here with packed deli sandwiches, 'penicillin soup' (chicken and matzo ball) and monster-sized pie. Excellent live music staged nightly.
Cafe in Williamsburg


One block north of Merchants Sq, Aromas is an inviting coffeehouse serving a wide range of fare, plus wine and beer. There's outdoor seating and live music (jazz on Tuesdays; wide-ranging sounds on weekends).
American in Norfolk

Todd Jurich's Bistro

This award-winning bistro serves innovative regional fare, like lump crab cakes and buttermilk cornbread pudding. The land options are nice as well; we dig the ribeye with (oh yes) duck fat fries. The wine menu is w…
Seafood in Richmond

Croaker's Spot

Croaker's is an institution in these parts, a backbone of the African American dining scene. Richmond’s most famous rendition of refined soul food is comforting, delicious and sits in your stomach like a brick. Bewa…
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…
Burgers in Arlington

Ray’s to the Third

Burger buffs swoon over the juicy cheese-loaded patties, sweet-potato fries and thick milkshakes. Try the Soul Burger Number One, with bacon, swiss cheese, sauteed mushrooms and grilled onions.