U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Virginia > Northern Virginia
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 03-28-2012, 09:44 AM
 
111 posts, read 262,072 times
Reputation: 42

Advertisements

Morning,

This is my first post to City-Data.com. Wife and I just ratified a contract on a house in West Springfield/Burke. We move in at the end of May. We are coming from Ballston in Arlington, VA and wanted to know what places there are to eat and things to do in Springfield. Not a fan of chain restaurant and stuff, so anything that is a hole in the wall and good is great to us. I know Ballston is only 35 mins away up 395, but we wanted to get to know the neighborhood more. Going from a city feel to a suburbia feel is different but wanted/needed.

It is going to be nice to move from a 705 to 2300+ sqft place.

Any suggestions would be great. We are 1.1 mile west of Rolling Road off of Old Keene Mill.

Thanks!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 03-28-2012, 10:46 AM
 
5,121 posts, read 5,518,307 times
Reputation: 5800
Lack of variety in restaurants is one of the biggest disadvantages of the West Springfield area (IMO). Granted, I am still learning the area, so maybe I will learn more from your thread . To me, most seem to be chains (fast food and sandwiches). My favorite in the area is Mikes American... but technically it's part of a mini local chain (Great American Restaurants). I like BRG for burgers too and Austin Grill for Tex Mex, but again, I am pretty sure both are chains as well.

This isn't directed to you OP (although feel free to answer it). I never understood the animosity towards chains. Why don't a lot of people like chains? I like the mom and pop places for some of the uniqueness for sure, but I also like chains for consistency (and their ability to provide nutritional info)
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-28-2012, 10:53 AM
 
111 posts, read 262,072 times
Reputation: 42
I have no problem with chains, for me it is just to try something different. There is a Panera near my place in Ballston but if I want to try something new... I cant try something new with Panera, I just want something different when it comes to type of food and options IMO.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-28-2012, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Orange Hunt Estates, W. Springfield
628 posts, read 1,721,210 times
Reputation: 231
You are wrong about the lack of restaurants. I live in the Orange Hunt neighborhood, probably close to you. Springfield/Burke has a large number of restaurants. Many are national or area chains, but that doesn't make them bad. Many others are not chains, with a fair number of ethnic eateries. For example, within a mile of us are: Glory Days (sports bar; excellent food), Milano's (Greek-Italian), Afghan Kabob, Sichaun Cafe, and Thai, Lebanese, and Japanese restaurants, which names escape me. This barely scratches the surface. Go out a few more miles and the number increases many fold. Here's a start: Springfield Restaurants | Urbanspoon
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-28-2012, 01:46 PM
 
5,121 posts, read 5,518,307 times
Reputation: 5800
Oh, I understand 7. I know a few people (not on this forum) that refuse to go to anything that is a chain and I don't get it. I thought it would be an interesting discussion.

That is a great link State! Thanks!

Funny thing (well, maybe not funny), but I love Sichaun Cafe's food, but every time I go there they are so rude to me. It's like they are annoyed that I am in their restaurant.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-28-2012, 02:20 PM
 
1,261 posts, read 5,601,748 times
Reputation: 553
I agree with Jillabean's comments about the lack of good restaurants in the area. The best I have tried are Villa Bella and Panisa Thai in Burke. Caribbean Corner in City of Fairfax is on my list to try because a few friends have said it's very good.

ETA: We tried an Afghan restaurant that has gotten good reviews and were very disappointed. It was a far cry from Kabob Palace in Arlington--one of my favorites.

Last edited by mlv311; 03-28-2012 at 02:57 PM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-28-2012, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Springfield VA
4,037 posts, read 8,049,249 times
Reputation: 1499
I know its a chain but my favorite Springfield restaurant is Hard Times Cafe. I always get the exact same thing, the chilli mac, when I go but its good comfort food.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-28-2012, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Tysons Corner
2,772 posts, read 3,633,331 times
Reputation: 1495
I lived in Burke/Springfield for 20 years... food options are limited. Which is a shame. Its going to take an entrepreneur to fix some of that bad commercial regions that exist, namely cardinal plaza, huntsman plaza, rolling valley mall. All of these are a complete waste of what they could be given the number of people who live near them.

In the old days, areas near commerce drive used to have good restaurants like Chesapeake Seafood House, unfortunately the advent of the mixing bowl drove out any semblance of restaurants in that corridor, and replaced them with commuter/lunchtime restaurants like those named above.

I have nothing against Austin Grill, or Panera, etc. But there is something to be said about a place that relies on a real chef that is either the owner or directly under a real owner who is involved. Thats what this country was built on, not efficiently created marketing and business models for creating food based on good supply demand dynamics.

If I won the lotto tomorrow, I would take 25 million of that, buy Cardinal Plaza and Rolling Valley Mall and begin phasing out the strip malls and bringing in nice walkable and relaxing 3 story towncenter developments which will encourage nice retail, restaurants, and small 3rd level offices and loft condos. Burke and Springfield deserve to have good family friendly developments like that, not just vast underused parking lots.

Just my thought, I think 1) it will help the community 2) encourage more 20 and 30 somethings to live there 3) make whoever does do this eventually a lot of money in much better revenue.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-28-2012, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Virginia
8,106 posts, read 12,623,356 times
Reputation: 3755
We also like Villa Bella in Burke. We've given BGR a few tries and really found little to like. Milano's is decent.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-28-2012, 04:20 PM
 
2,879 posts, read 6,809,299 times
Reputation: 1166
Shannon Station? I almost bought there in 1988. Pretty nice, but no natural gas...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Virginia > Northern Virginia
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. | Please obey Forum Rules | Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top