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Old 08-02-2010, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Because most people in the area are transplants are from PA, NJ, and NY.
Its hard being a Virginian in northern Virginia, I always feel like I'm the only one.
Got any hard data on that? Believe it or not, there are a lot of native Virginians here.
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Old 08-02-2010, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Because most people in the area are transplants are from PA, NJ, and NY.
Its hard being a Virginian in northern Virginia, I always feel like I'm the only one.
If you are in Alexandria most are transplants from another country.
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Old 08-04-2010, 03:32 PM
 
Location: South South Jersey
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Culinarily, at least, NoVA is solidly Mid-Atlantic, not Southern. I've actually found that affluent Southern suburbs and mid-sized towns have more in common with the equivalent communities in the West and Midwest, food-wise, than they do with, say, those in NJ or Delaware. NoVA = per capita, fewer bakeries, fewer upscale-casual (and sometimes even -quick-service) places, fewer salads, fewer cute forward-thinking little snack-y/coffee/tea places that really don't have clear ties to any particular traditional cuisine (they seem to be stuck on "Italian" or "French" in NoVA, when they think "upscale"). Fredericksburg, VA; the Outer Banks of NC; Wilmington, NC; Charleston, SC are all have these sorts of places. There seems to be a gap in this sort of food culture throughout a lot of the Mid-Atlantic - even many of the 'upscale' suburbs of the region's cities - that stops, maybe (maybe!) at (some of) the NYC suburbs, like Westchester County/Chappaqua (where my roommate's ex-gf lives; he insists I'd like it a lot better than NoVA), etc. When I ask about sandwich places around here, people always recommend some deli, whereas I'm looking for a place where I can get a brie-apple sandwich on a freshly-baked baguette with a cup of butternut squash-carrot-nutmeg soup on the side. Or a salad with toasted almond-crusted chevre and house-made blood orange vinaigrette. And where I can order at a counter and have my lunch brought to my table in a couple minutes where I wait with my book and the coffee du jour.

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Old 08-04-2010, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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I'm looking for a place where I can get a brie-apple sandwich on a freshly-baked baguette with a cup of butternut squash-carrot-nutmeg soup on the side. Or a salad with toasted almond-crusted chevre and house-made blood orange vinaigrette. And where I can order at a counter and have my lunch brought to my table in a couple minutes where I wait with my book and the coffee du jour.
I've never figured out if this is a demand (lack of sophisticated palates) or a supply (lack of entrepreneurs/high rents) problem. I think it may have something to do with zoning practices which distance eateries from residential areas and put them out onto major roads suited more for strip mall chains. I'm open to other theories. You're right though, the food culture here is sub-par compared to other areas of comparable size and income levels.
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Old 08-05-2010, 10:22 AM
 
Location: In the woods
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. . . When I ask about sandwich places around here, people always recommend some deli, whereas I'm looking for a place where I can get a brie-apple sandwich on a freshly-baked baguette with a cup of butternut squash-carrot-nutmeg soup on the side. Or a salad with toasted almond-crusted chevre and house-made blood orange vinaigrette. And where I can order at a counter and have my lunch brought to my table in a couple minutes where I wait with my book and the coffee du jour.
Okay, it's lunchtime and reading this just made me hungry. And envisioning this scenario? well . . . let me know if you ever find a place like this!
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Okay, it's lunchtime and reading this just made me hungry. And envisioning this scenario? well . . . let me know if you ever find a place like this!
Or if you open a place like this! C'mon Alicia, you know you want to!!!!
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:39 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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Alicia, try Cafe Parisienne on Lee Highway in N. Arlington. They might not have the arugula rissoto with goat tapanade or whatever it was you were pining for, but they have baguettes and great traditional French food for pretty good prices, in an informal bistro atomsphere.
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Old 08-09-2010, 04:45 PM
 
Location: South South Jersey
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Or if you open a place like this! C'mon Alicia, you know you want to!!!!
Hee hee... I'm working on it, but at this point it's limited to no-charge service for one in my own kitchen. (My boyfriend won't eat my food, but I don't take that as criticism, since he subsists mostly on Kirkland canned chicken and various GNC supplements.)

Carlingtonian, I love traditional French bistro food (I'd kill for a traditional leaf-lettuce salad with a simple vinaigrette most days), so I will definitely make an effort to try Cafe Parisienne one of these days. The restaurants I have in mind are more 'New American' fusion, though - bakery/cafe/bistro places that that artfully combine Pacific Rim/Mediterranean/French/retro American comfort food elements with a dash of whimsy and perhaps even a sprinkle of crunchy hippie. It's sort of hard to explain, but I know it when I see it.

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Old 08-09-2010, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Dudes in brown flip-flops
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Carlingtonian, I love traditional French bistro food (I'd kill for a traditional leaf-lettuce salad with a simple vinaigrette most days), so I will definitely make an effort to try Cafe Parisienne one of these days. The restaurants I have in mind are more 'New American' fusion, though - bakery/cafe/bistro places that that artfully combine Pacific Rim/Mediterranean/French/retro American comfort food elements with a dash of whimsy and perhaps even a sprinkle of crunchy hippie. It's sort of hard to explain, but I know it when I see it.

Alicia,

Maybe someone has recommended this place to you already, but have you been to Maple Avenue Restaurant in Vienna? It's in the strangest location (I think it was the original Anita's, several decades ago), but to quote the restaurant's website, "Maple Ave Restaurant serves eclectic American Cuisine in the heart of Vienna, Virginia blending American with Asian, Latin American, French flavors and techniques." That sounds right up your alley!

I can't vouch for it, myself, but some of the Yelpers seem to love it.
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:17 PM
 
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