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Old 04-10-2011, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Orange Hunt Estates, W. Springfield
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A few months ago I happened to be watching a segment of the Food Network program "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives." Guy Fiere happened to be in the kitchen of a Latin-flavor Falls Church restaurant, so being a Novarian I paid closer attention. The chef-owner is a Venezuelan, and the restaurant occupied the small walled-off corner of an in-town motel office. I recognized the motel, the Stratford on W. Broad St. So my wife and I finally had a chance to patronize the place last night for dinner, and I have to say the experience exceeded our expectations. The seating area is indeed small, but every inch is put to maximum use. There's an outside seating area for nice weather dining. The staff is exceptionally professional--very attentive and polite to all diners. Our selections were Venezuelan sandwiches, mine chicken and my wife's beef. Outstanding! Here's the restaurant's website: La Caraquena

A little Googling today revealed past articles about the place in local media. Here's a Washingtonian article: Surprising Latin American Charmer in Falls Church - Best Bites Blog (washingtonian.com), and here's a Washington Post critique: Critic Review for La Caraquena in Falls Church, VA on washingtonpost.com

If you are looking for something new and different--but casual-- in dining, try it. I recommend reservations on Friday and Saturday evenings.
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Old 04-10-2011, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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That sounds wonderful! What's in a Venzuelan sandwich?
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Old 04-10-2011, 04:08 PM
 
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Thanks--did you add it to the sticky thread on favorite businesses?
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Old 04-10-2011, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Orange Hunt Estates, W. Springfield
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That sounds wonderful! What's in a Venzuelan sandwich?
Please refer to the menu and critiques I linked.

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Thanks--did you add it to the sticky thread on favorite businesses?
Good idea. Will do.
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Old 04-10-2011, 04:51 PM
 
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I've wondered what effect a visit from Fieri has on an eatery. It has to increase business, but to what extent...can you get near a place after it's been on Triple D?

On one episode, they had a couple that had eaten at like 100 Triple D establishments...they even had a photo album to prove it. It seems that there are others....folks that drive all over the country for the express purpose of eating at Triple D's.

Sounds like fun to me!
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:02 PM
 
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Thanks for the rec! Sounds yummy.
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:03 AM
 
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I've wondered what effect a visit from Fieri has on an eatery. It has to increase business, but to what extent...can you get near a place after it's been on Triple D?

On one episode, they had a couple that had eaten at like 100 Triple D establishments...they even had a photo album to prove it. It seems that there are others....folks that drive all over the country for the express purpose of eating at Triple D's.

Sounds like fun to me!
Well, with some of the food that Guy features, some folks might end up dead of clogged arteries half across the country!

Metro 29 Diner in Arlington is one of my favorite places (love the gyro platter). One recent visit, there was a Virginia family of 5 from somewhere south of N.Va. We started chatting when they asked what I'd ordered when the waitress set it down. The family occasionally travels to the area (maybe visiting relatives, I didn't catch that) but had never heard of Metro 29 before, until they saw it on Triple D -- then they made sure to put it on their itinerary.

Good thing Metro 29 has a lot of seating!

Food Network has at least 1 travel book out listing places featured on the show (saw it at the library).
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Old 04-12-2011, 04:29 AM
 
Location: Censorshipville...
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I've wondered what effect a visit from Fieri has on an eatery. It has to increase business, but to what extent...can you get near a place after it's been on Triple D?
I ate at the Blowfly Inn (www.blowflyinn.com) in Gulfport, MS while visiting my brother. It was featured on Triple D and the place is very accessible and the folks there were down to earth and very friendly. Great food and the banana pudding was yummy. The plastic blowflys are no longer put on the dishes and instead are in a bowl by the greeter.
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Old 04-12-2011, 05:30 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Yum sounds like a treat! We'll definitely have to try it!
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Old 04-13-2011, 05:56 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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Some of the restaurants on DDD look fantastic--but I think some are just OK. Metro 29 is the pefect example. We've lived very nearby for several years and finally went there once. We found it insanely overpriced, underflavored, with apathetic service. And yet half a mile up Lee Highway is the REAL diner--Linda's Cafe. Cheap, delicious, slightly greasy, with warm, personal service and lots of regulars.

And the best waffle you will ever have, bar none. Trust me.
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