Saigon Saigon's immersive Vietnamese menu features pho noodle soups, spicy curries, and entrees of lemongrass chicken or roast pork. Diners sip wine while nibbling small plates of shrimp-topped baguettes, mushroom-stuffed spring rolls, or skewers of marinated chicken satay. Main courses appease appetites with stir-fried noodle dishes, or Chef Vu's specialties of rice topped with Saigon sausage and lemongrass pork, flank steak in sizzling hot pots, and filets of ginger-infused salmon. Chefs garnish dishes with colorful fresh veggies and fragrant herbs, and diners enjoy their feasts amid the warm-colored walls and sprigs of bamboo of the interior or in the open air of the patio.
Named one of Northern Virginia's 25 Best Restaurants of 2007 by Northern Virginia Magazine, Eleventh Street Lounge impresses palates with a streamlined menu of small plates and innovative entrees suffused with organic ingredients. Dining duos can begin with the marcona almonds (a $6 value), plate of artisan cheeses (a $15 value), or pan-seared petite kalamata steak (a $14 value) served alongside a skewer of vegetables and nestled into a pillow of jasmine rice to dream of Kalamata's olive-oil rivers. Entrees expand dish diameters with succulent selections such as the peppery tuna steak anointed in five spices (a $17 value) and the petite tenderloin medallions, grilled and served with fried potatoes and mixed greens (a $15–$20 value).
Organic. Fair trade. Sustainable. Microroasted. Plenty of adjectives describe the coffee at Pound The Hill, but the staff is most concerned about one in particular: delicious. They partner their carefully curated brews with breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Breakfast sandwiches—such as the Italian Elvis, smothered with Nutella, bananas, and honey—segue into lunchtime ones piled with veggies, feta cheese, pesto chicken salad, and pulled-pork barbecue. At dinnertime, chefs switch sandwich bread for small plates and entrees, such as organic chicken breast stuffed with blue crab. The restaurant also hosts daily happy hours, which happens to be what clowns call each credit they need to graduate from clown college. During this time, guests sip wine and beer while noshing on discounted appetizers.
For the Goldilocks oenophile, wines are available in three sizes—wee baby tastes, glasses, and bottles. Pours are organized according to taste and include full-bodied reds and light, crisp whites, with prices starting at $3 for a taste and glasses ranging from $7 to $20. Pair sips with a selection of cheeses ($15 for three), or a charcuterie board served with grilled focaccia. Small plates include grilled calamari ($11), house-made meatballs ($8), and meaty scallops with baby Swiss chard, spring onion, and gingered vanilla velouté sauce ($13). For heavier hunger pains, try a pizza ($12) or a locally raised, dry-aged beef burger ($15). Sonoma also serves moderately portioned pastas, salads, and a smattering of sides. View a complete menu and wine list here.
Open City hosts a broad cross-section of patrons, from local hipsters and neighborhood families to conventioneers staying at the nearby Marriott and Omni hotels. Freelancers and students leisurely sip coffee and use the free Wi-Fi, and while the café is open all day long, the most popular meals here are breakfast and brunch. Look for omelets, scrambles, buttermilk or multi-grain pancakes, french toast, mimosas and everything else you might crave before noon, all served with a seriously relaxed vibe. While breakfast is served all day, those dining later might want to indulge in one of the homemade salads or sandwiches, or fawn over a cup of coffee – served with animal crackers on the side. No matter what your order, the big, yawning space will make you feel right at home, thanks to an abundance of natural light. Or, soak it all in from their sidewalk patio space.
The shelves of wine bottles at Dickson Wine Bar stretch all the way to the ceiling. Which is a lot of stretching since the dining room encompasses two tiers, including a cozy second-floor bar and interior balcony. Lights behind the shelves filter through the standing and supine bottles, highlighting the vivid tones of varietals gathered from around the world. When not admiring the view from the expansive front windows, guests admire a menu of small plates that includes cheeses, charcuterie, and flatbreads, along with three types of bánh mì sandwiches. And, for the adventurous drinker, there is even a menu of wine-based cocktails, such as the hard palmer, made with earl grey vodka, lemonade, and prosecco, or the dead sea, mixed with spiced rum, red wine, and ginger beer.