It doesn't seem like there are many chowhounds in this area but there are quite a few new restaurants, non-chains which is nice, that have opened up in Lorton Area. They seem to be making an effort to be more diverse and get a wide variety of food: Chen's Bistro, Pane E Vino, Fireside Grill (flatbread, fresh meats, woodburning fireplace), Tokyo One--steak house, My Karma Indian, Hong Kong Cafe, an independent coffee shop, along with Z Pizza, Glory Days, Caribou coffee. I have had a chance to try out:
Chen's Bistro: Owned by the same people who own House of Dynasty in Kingstowne. The first couple of times we thought it was pretty good, a little overpriced, standard Chinese American food. But, the quality has quickly gone downhill. I don't know what's going on but I've heard from quite a few others who feel the same way. From their website, I just noticed they have dimsum options, too.
Fireside Grill: I love the idea of this place and wish it was as good as it sounds. It has nice decor but I would not go for the food. I have to say that I've only been once and it was for lunch so they could be having an off day. I had a grilled flatbread chicken and bacon sandwich. It was okay. But, it came with this side slaw type salad that tasted like plastic--I think they must have stored it in heavy plastic or something because it was a strong flavor that covered up anything else. My husband had the flatbread pizza w/ shrimp and pesto. It was bland. Odd because pesto is usually such a strong flavor but this didn't have any. I love the concept, though, and it is very nicely done. There is outdoor dining and something along these lines is much needed in the area. I would go back but need to get over that plasticy salad first.
My Karma: I love this place. It's already packed nightly. Basic indian food and they do indian inspired chinese. I love that it's not heavy and greasy. We stuck to the basics the first time naan, chicken tikka, chicken korma, aloo ghobi. The aloo ghobi is probably my favorite. Too often, it ends up in an oily bed (as I've found at Bombay Bistro) but this was nice and light. I like the chicken korma, too, but don't remember ever having bad chicken korma. Dishes aren't at all spicy for if you like it spicier, I'd ask.
I've heard good things about Tokyo One and that Pane e Vino does basic Italian American well but not the fancier things. Z pizza is okay as chains go but be prepared to wait. The last time we went, we waited over 45 minutes for two pizzas and have not been back since. At other Caribou Coffees I generally find decent coffee but had a cup of sludge here. These are new restaurants, though, and have their kinks to work out. Anyone else tried any of these new places? Ugh, I've tried to link to some of these places but the addresses are too new and it's not allowing me to do it. It's really nice to have so many new options where there were so few before.
9000 Lorton Station Blvd, Lorton, VA
C R Chen's Bistro
9020 Lorton Station Blvd, Lorton, VA