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Old 01-14-2014, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Tysons Corner
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I mean, irony is not your friend. If you want real food try the local places around here like Eden, Pizza Orso, most indian restaurants in Herndon, Maple Ave, plenty of decent sushi...

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Old 01-15-2014, 07:38 AM
 
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I'm glad you posted your experience, but the guy has a point. You're basically saying North Carolina Ruby Tuesdays > Nova Ruby Tuesdays. But that was precisely my criticism with the area of NC I was in, I didn't want to eat at Ruby Tuesdays. I have a plethora of non-chain quality options here to choose from, which I think is a nice thing about Northern Virginia that I sometimes take for granted since I've lived here so long.

Not to say I never eat at chain restaurants, but it's nice to have lots of other options.

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Old 01-16-2014, 07:14 AM
 
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I understand. I did not make myself clear. I only eat at those places here. We are known in NC for food and furniture. Maybe you guys didn't know that when you visited. I can name many southern places to eat that are not chains. Our barbecue is great, southern style buffets are good. I am in the area because of my career. I have been here 5 years and I am still looking for a great place to eat. I am willing to try some suggestions though.
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:40 AM
 
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I understand. I did not make myself clear. I only eat at those places here. We are known in NC for food and furniture. Maybe you guys didn't know that when you visited. I can name many southern places to eat that are not chains. Our barbecue is great, southern style buffets are good. I am in the area because of my career. I have been here 5 years and I am still looking for a great place to eat. I am willing to try some suggestions though.
Just go to Yelp and do a search in whatever area you're trying to eat. Tons of restaurants will come up, and you can probably figure out the good ones based on reviews. If you're looking in the Vienna or Falls Church areas I can PM you some places I like.

And yes there are good restaurants in the south. Again, my point was mainly that my search returned mostly chain restaurants in the area I was in. Goes along with the discussion of bum**** wherever > Northern Virginia. In some ways to some people yes, in others no. There are pros and cons to every area. I will tell you this area has great restaurants so if you're just eating at Ruby Tuesdays you're really wasting one of this areas pros.
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Old 01-16-2014, 10:03 AM
 
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I understand. I did not make myself clear. I only eat at those places here. We are known in NC for food and furniture. Maybe you guys didn't know that when you visited. I can name many southern places to eat that are not chains. Our barbecue is great, southern style buffets are good. I am in the area because of my career. I have been here 5 years and I am still looking for a great place to eat. I am willing to try some suggestions though.
Have you tried this place out? It might be more like some of the NC restaurants you are missing than some of the other ethnic restaurants that people tend to associate with NoVa:

www.flavorssoulfood.com
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Old 01-16-2014, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Jollity Farm
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Have you tried this place out? It might be more like some of the NC restaurants you are missing than some of the other ethnic restaurants that people tend to associate with NoVa:

www.flavorssoulfood.com
Bookmarked! Yum! Thanks for putting that up
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Old 01-16-2014, 11:08 AM
 
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If you're a person who ONLY likes traditional American food like BBQ or Americanized ethnic food like pizza and Tex-Mex, then yeah, NoVa restaurants will probably seem worse to you than what is found elsewhere in the country.

But if you like food from around the world like Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Salvadorean, Afghan, Indian, Thai and much more, then NoVa is a great place to eat and I would argue even in the top 10 metro areas in the country for food.
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Old 01-16-2014, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Jollity Farm
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But if you like food from around the world like Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Salvadorean, Afghan, Indian, Thai and much more, then NoVa is a great place to eat and I would argue even in the top 10 metro areas in the country for food.
Sounds great! Would you share some of your favorites?
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Old 01-16-2014, 11:23 AM
 
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If you're a person who ONLY likes traditional American food like BBQ or Americanized ethnic food like pizza and Tex-Mex, then yeah, NoVa restaurants will probably seem worse to you than what is found elsewhere in the country.

But if you like food from around the world like Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Salvadorean, Afghan, Indian, Thai and much more, then NoVa is a great place to eat and I would argue even in the top 10 metro areas in the country for food.
I think the area offers a lot of good non-ethnic options too. In Falls Church we had our favorite Indian & Thai places but we also loved places such as Claire & Dons, Dogwood Tavern, Mad Fox Brewery. Definitely not ethic but definitely superior to your Ruby Tuesdays or Applebees.
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:06 PM
 
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omg, how I do agree, I have lived in NVA for 9 years moved here from s fl.
And I cannot wait to move back selling my house soon the people here think they are way too important and everything is crowded and overpriced, the weather is rotten and the bugs are worse than S. Florida.
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