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Old 05-09-2009, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County
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The Vietnamese revitalized the area, just as the Koreans are the driving economic force in Annandale today.
Absolutely agree.

Take a look at the names of the graduating class of the beloved Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ). Many of the names are Asian.

Take a look at the admissions statistics for TJ's incoming freshman class. Over 54% are Asian.

http://www.fcps.edu/mediapub/pressre...stats_0910.pdf

I took my child to TJ for Hands on Science day. At least when we were there, the attendees were overwhelmingly Asian.

How can one fault people that put education as a high priority?!
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Old 05-09-2009, 02:24 PM
 
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The Korean Stores and restaurants in Annandale are exclusionary and make it hard for us white people. They are in America now, when in Rome....
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Old 05-09-2009, 02:36 PM
 
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The Korean Stores and restaurants in Annandale are exclusionary and make it hard for us white people. They are in America now, when in Rome....
I can understand that, if you frequented one of those stores or restaurants, and no one wanted to accommodate you and made you feel unwelcome in what you thought was your community, that would be very irritating. It just hasn't been my experience, although language may be a barrier sometimes.

Quite honestly, a lot of the Korean commerce and businesses have moved to Centreville from Annandale in the past few years. If that trend continues, you may be unhappier still, depending on what, if anything, fills the void.
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Old 05-09-2009, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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The Korean Stores and restaurants in Annandale are exclusionary and make it hard for us white people. They are in America now, when in Rome....
Odd, they've always been nice to me. I've gotten some of the most interesting foods in the market there. But what can I say, I get a kick out of ethnic markets.
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Old 05-09-2009, 03:34 PM
 
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Yeah I've been to those restaurants and never had a problem with being excluded. Maybe a little bit of a language barrier, but nothing that made me not want to come back.
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Old 05-09-2009, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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Yeah I've been to those restaurants and never had a problem with being excluded. Maybe a little bit of a language barrier, but nothing that made me not want to come back.
That's one of the things I love about this area - you can get good authentic ethnic food - and you know it's good if people eating there are from that culture! I've always found that these types of restaurants are willing to answer questions about the food, explain how to eat something, etc. They cannot survive economically if they only serve their own community; it is in their interest to help 'outsiders' learn about and appreciate their product.

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Old 05-09-2009, 06:56 PM
 
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I knew things were really going down hill in Annandale when Ribsters closed and was replaced by a Korean Restaurant. I tried the place and everyone inside was Korean, I felt out of place and they ignored me. I miss the nice crowd of old fashioned regular people at Ribsters. It reminded me of the places I use to go in the 1970s in Iowa. Ribsters RIP.
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Old 05-10-2009, 12:39 AM
 
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I knew things were really going down hill in Annandale when Ribsters closed and was replaced by a Korean Restaurant. I tried the place and everyone inside was Korean, I felt out of place and they ignored me. I miss the nice crowd of old fashioned regular people at Ribsters. It reminded me of the places I use to go in the 1970s in Iowa. Ribsters RIP.
I'm not sure what an "old fashioned regular" person is, and I'm not sure why the Koreans wouldn't fit in that category, but you can still go to Silverado, or the Barnside Diner, or Fuddruckers. Not everything in downtown Annandale is Korean.
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Old 05-10-2009, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County
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I knew things were really going down hill in Annandale when Ribsters closed and was replaced by a Korean Restaurant. I tried the place and everyone inside was Korean, I felt out of place and they ignored me. I miss the nice crowd of old fashioned regular people at Ribsters. It reminded me of the places I use to go in the 1970s in Iowa. Ribsters RIP.
Well, there are many people that rave about Han Gang. And no, not all of them are Korean.

Han Gang - Chow Lunch in Annandale Report - Washington DC & Baltimore Area - Chowhound
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Old 05-10-2009, 08:38 AM
 
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I'm not sure what an "old fashioned regular" person is, and I'm not sure why the Koreans wouldn't fit in that category, but you can still go to Silverado, or the Barnside Diner, or Fuddruckers. Not everything in downtown Annandale is Korean.

Don't forget Annandale's premier dive bar, The Sunset Grille! You will see my 1965 Harley hog parked out front occasionally.

Anybody remember Tom Weston's? That was my favorite joint...along with the K of C hall (back in my drinkin' days...)

PS: I'll miss Ribster's too! The food was just okay, but it was a great hangout. I think they just didn't do enough business...as the older clientele died off. Is the Ribster's in DC still open?
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