Bars in Bull Run

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El Cactus manages to cook up a taco for any occasion. From breakfast tacos served at brunch with a fried egg tucked cozily inside a tortilla, to the fried turkey taco with cranberry sauce and stuffing, the Manassas joint finds plenty of ways to liven up the piquant culinary staple. But the most festive day of all is simply Tuesday. Weekly Taco Tuesdays see the restaurant's many house tacos?Angus, chicken, brisket, fish, fried fish, and Korean?on special, with of-the-moment tacos popping up for a delicious day at a time before fading back into the Tex-Mex ether from which they came. Burgers, fajitas, and local beers fill out the menu, with treats such as ice cream and fried tequila helping end meals on a high note.

9406 Battle St.
Manassas,
VA
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The chefs at Desiderio Italian-American Grill hand-roll meatballs, sprinkle spices into the house marina, and fill plates with ravioli shells. They craft every dish using the family recipes of owners Rick Marrero and Victor Rodriguez, creating ricotta cheesecake and Grandma Joanie's meatballs, which blend veal, pork, and beef. What isn't crafted in-house is still handmade—the cannolis arrive fresh from Artuso Pastry, a bakery in the Little Italy neighborhood of the Bronx. The restaurant's dining space extends to an outdoor patio, which shades patrons with an awning, trees, and a cumulus cloud tethered to the roof.

7960 Crescent Park Dr
Gainesville,
VA
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Executive chef Juan Carlos Balderrama brings a career of more than 20 years to his post at Coyote Grille. His creative Tex-Mex menu items fill plates with garlic-marinated shrimp and hints of chipotle, and they also include special menu items for children as well as many gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly options. The Centreville location also offers a specialty Southwest Tapas menu and Sunday brunch.

14101 Saint Germain Dr
Centreville,
VA
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Get a hometown hello without running into your old prom date (unless you went to Clifton High) with today's deal for salivary savories in a small-town atmosphere. With today's Groupon, $10 gets you $20 worth of pub grub and drinks at The Main Street Pub. Housed in a quaint green clapboard building with bright white trim, this family business in Clifton is pulled up next to the only remaining railroad crossing in Fairfax County. Camp out at a cozy table amid the hunter green walls and watch the game on TV, chat with regulars about the weather, or perch on a barstool with a drink and chat with the friendly staff about your favorite living castmembers of Veronica's Closet.

7140 Main St
Clifton,
VA
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Inspired by early 20th century chili parlors, Hard Times Cafe aims to preserve the tradition of delectable, hearty fare served in a friendly, lively community eatery. Elevate taste buds to new heights with an order of legendary grilled wings in one of five flavors, including original Texas, chili-lime, honey-barbecue, and eternity ($8.99 per order). Hard Times Cafe serves four distinct varieties of chili. The authentic chili mac is served over spaghetti with your choice of accouterments ($7.49–$8.89). Burgers, sliders, and chili dogs are easily transportable by hand or hovercraft, and savory steaks and other suppertime favorites provide more refined nourishment options. To reward you for your literary prowess, every Groupon reader who texts HTCGRP to 59925 gets an additional coupon good for one order of bar nachos. Combine this offer with a Groupon, or save it for a subsequent visit.

4069 Chain Bridge Rd
Fairfax,
VA
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Oftentimes, there's just one choice to be made with pizza?which toppings to put on it. At Coal Fire, however, the decision process starts before that, as the restaurant offers three original sauces. Guests can choose from a classic plum-tomato version, a spicy sauce, or their signature blend with sweet and spicy notes. Cooks then ladle the chosen sauce onto aged, homemade dough that's crisped in a 900-degree oven fired with anthracite coal. This process gives the crust a crisp, charred flavor reminiscent of a Neapolitan pie or the Human Torch's steering wheel.

The pizzas are hardly the only distinctive item on the menu, though. Chicken wings are oven-baked?not fried?with seasoning and roasted onions. Flash-fried calamari is tossed with sweet and hot peppers, and baked mac 'n' cheese is studded with lump crab meat. All the while, bartenders fill glasses with wine and craft beers, which guests can enjoy at the bar or on the outdoor patio.

9276 Old Keene Mill Road
Burke,
VA
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