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One week in Washington, NOVA and seeking ethnic eats

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One week in Washington, NOVA and seeking ethnic eats

Tbuds | Oct 30, 2013 04:28 AM

I will be spending close to a full week in D.C. before the end of the year, a homecoming of sorts, having worked in Washington a couple of summers while I was a student at UVA in the late 1980s. I'll be returning with my 10-year-old son, who like me, has a passion for exploring food from around the globe -- his favorite place in our hometown is Vietnamese. We'll have a car for some of our stay, so driving out to the burbs is a possibility.

Back in the 80's I used to make my way through Ethnic eats using the Washingtonian's top 100, wit ha focus on places more friendly to a student-budget. Now, my budget isn't really limited, though I would still tend to avoid places with good but not spectacular food with sky-high prices.

I've gone through current Washingtonian recommendations -- old habits die hard -- and selected some places, listed below, as a starting point in the discussion. But I'm more interested in what fellow Chowhounders have to say: Which places would be near the top of your list to try and which dishes are standouts there?

Chinese
Dim Sum A&J Restaurant Annandale
Szechuan Hong Kong Palace Falls Church
Mala Tang

Vietnamese
Minh's
Banh Cuon Saigon Falls Church
Four Sisters Falls Church
Hai Duong Falls Church
Huong Viet Falls Church
Rice Paper Vietnamese Cuisine Falls Church

Thai
Sugar Palm Thai Thai Alexandria
Rabieng Thai Falls Church
Bangkok 54 Thai Arlington

Korean
Gamasot Springfield
Gom Ba Woo Annandale
Honey Pig Annandale
Kogiya Annandale
Lighthouse Tofu Annandale

Indian
Rasika
Angeethi Herndon
Masala Art
Woodlands

Japanese
Toki Underground

Ethiopian
Ethiopic
Meaza Falls Church
Zenebech Injera

Afghani
Bamian Falls Church

Italian
Bibiana
Graffiato
2 Amys

Other
Palena Upscale American
Rasika Indian
Vidalia Southern
Estadio Spanish/Portugese

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