Road Trip to DC

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2011/04/25 15:01:08 (permalink)

Road Trip to DC

In a few weeks I'll be going down to Washington DC for a few days and will have a fellow hot dog enthusiast with me and will be taking 95 down from ny.
Anyone have suggestions for a lunch stop? We will be staying in Falls Church Va  any ideas for local places to eat there ?
Thank I have asked in the past and have not been disappointed in any of the places I did stop in that were recommended.
THANKS
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    Greymo
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    Re:Road Trip to DC 2011/04/25 15:46:54 (permalink)
    The  Dutch Kitchen in  Frackville, Pa  is a great  stop..............diner type food with  some Pa Dutch  specialties.   It is  just  a minute drive of   1-81   making it a n  easy  stop.
     
    If you like hot dogs,   you will loves  Ben's  right in DC.   The half-smokes are terrific.
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    Re:Road Trip to DC 2011/04/25 16:16:41 (permalink)
    On your way down or back be sure to have crabcakes at G&M Restaurant in Linthicum, MD (near BWI): http://gandmrestaurant.com/
     
    As you hace a hot dog lover with you, Ben's Chili Bowl on U St., NE is a MUST:  http://www.benschilibowl.com/ordereze/default.aspx
     
    If you like Chinese, Falls Church is home to the favorite DC restaurant of both "41" and "43": http://www.pekinggourmet.com/
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    Re:Road Trip to DC 2011/04/25 17:58:19 (permalink)
    lb18532

    We will be staying in Falls Church Va  any ideas for local places to eat there ?

     
     
    The current food rage in said Virginia city
    (from the good folks who brought you Two
    Amy's in neighboring Washington, D.C.):
     
     
     
    (Also in Falls Church -- and if you don't
    also already have one in your hometown --
    is the great Penzeys Spices located at
    513 West Broad Street, FYI.)
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    Re:Road Trip to DC 2011/04/30 12:36:10 (permalink)
    Two other thoughts for Fallas Church:  Pistone's Italian Inn @ Seven Corners and JR's Steakhouse @ Tysons Corner on Watson St.
     
    That new pizza restaurant I95 mentioned above sounds great.  We'll be visiting there on our next trip back.
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    Re:Road Trip to DC 2011/04/30 19:15:00 (permalink)
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    JR's Steakhouse @ Tysons Corner

     

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news
    but such Tysons Corner stalwart is:
     
     
    Oh, sure, it's being billed as a "temporary" closing (pipes
    under the four-decade old place ruptured allegedly from
    the nearby Metro construction) but with said subway coming
    to Tysons, it's a pretty good bet that ol' JR's (and, BTW, I love
    the place) will see a greater value in the real estate of its land
    than in its reopening. That's the word on the "mean streets
    of McLean, Virginia" anyway.  FYI.  
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    Re:Road Trip to DC 2011/04/30 21:09:55 (permalink)
    lb18532

    In a few weeks I'll be going down to Washington DC for a few days and will have a fellow hot dog enthusiast with me and will be taking 95 down from ny.
    Anyone have suggestions for a lunch stop? We will be staying in Falls Church Va  any ideas for local places to eat there ?
    Thank I have asked in the past and have not been disappointed in any of the places I did stop in that were recommended.
    THANKS

     
    You will be venturing dangerously close to Charlie's Pool Room.  Which I consider the "Holy Grail" of hot dog joints.  And I am not alone in that assessment.  Set your GPS for Alpha, and tell Joe & John we ALL said hello.  The rest of your trip will be all downhill from there.
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    Re:Road Trip to DC 2011/04/30 21:13:36 (permalink)
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    Re:Road Trip to DC 2011/05/02 16:49:03 (permalink)
    The Falls Church area (where I live) has an amazing assortment of ethnic restaurants.  Eden Center is an all-Vietnamese shopping center with the best banh mi at Song Que.  Annandale, VA just up the road is virtually all Korean so try the BBQ at Ye Chon.  Pistone's as mentioned above is an old school Italian place that is kind of fun.  For great American food, Old Hickory Grill is terrific.  Anthony's on W. Broad is an old time diner.  I've never been there but it sure looks authentic.
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    Re:Road Trip to DC 2011/05/02 17:51:35 (permalink)
    Looking for hot dogs in the DC area...I heard this place is good...but I haven't tried it myself, so don't kill the messenger...lol
     
    http://eatdc3.com/
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    Re:Road Trip to DC 2011/05/03 10:02:09 (permalink)
    Not sure where you're leaving from, but I always take 295/301/50 from NYC (or general area; part of the ride is just parallel to NJ Tpke) to DC.It is an alternate route (you can get more info as to details) that is much nicer than 95, quieter, even pretty if you go off thru some small towns in EAstern Shore. The route goes from NJ to DE via Eastern Shore MD over Bay Bridge via Annapolis to DC. It is a little bit longer but much more pleasant.
    Many places to stop en route, esp. near Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
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    Re:Road Trip to DC 2011/05/03 12:00:32 (permalink)
    In addition to Ben's Chili Bowl, which is very good, I also recommend Weenie Beenie in Shirlington, a little past the Pentagon on 395.  Good chili dogs and chili smokes, and I also like the chopped bbq with slaw and they give you a packet of Texas Pete Hot Sauce too. 
     
    http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Overview/6290/weenie-beenie
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    Re:Road Trip to DC 2011/05/03 14:15:34 (permalink)
    In Lexington Market in Baltimore http://www.faidleyscrabcakes.com/  or also in Baltimore http://www.samosrestaurant.com/
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    Re:Road Trip to DC 2011/05/03 16:47:58 (permalink)
    If you are craving a good burger at a great price, I suggest going to :
    Ray's Hell-Burger 1725 Wilson Blvd.
    Arlington, VA 22209
    Phone: 703-841-0001 President Obama has a craving for these burgers from time to time. 
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    Re:Road Trip to DC 2011/05/03 19:02:54 (permalink)
    IntelligentT82

    Looking for hot dogs in the DC area...I heard this place is good...but I haven't tried it myself, so don't kill the messenger...lol

    http://eatdc3.com/


    As much as I want to hate this place (the whole idea of a concept restaurant is always off-putting to me), I have to admit that they now serve the best hot dogs in DC. Their "ode to Ben's" half-smoke  is much better than the original half-smoke from Ben's. My favorite is the Pennsylvania Dutch dog that they serve on a pretzel roll with sauerkraut and mustard. It's just not a place where you'd want to sit and enjoy the atmosphere with the lines of people waiting for their food and the gimmick furnishing.
     
    The best thing served at Ben's is no longer the half-smokes but rather the ribs at Ben's Next Door. There's still nothing like the experience of sitting in the original place though.
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    Re:Road Trip to DC 2011/05/16 21:07:28 (permalink)
    Great call on G&M in Md and great call for Orso pizza In Church falls.
    Did not get a chance to get to Bens Chili bowel in DC will make it next time.
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