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  • Maneki Neko
    Futoshi “Tao” Takazato got his first gig working at a sushi restaurant when he was 24 years old. From the start, he was mesmerized by how fish could be transformed into a colorful, delicious piece of art. It took Tao six months of practicing and learning before he’d make sushi for a customer; it took him five years to actually feel comfortable doing it. Eventually, Tao graduated to head chef. Rather than marking the occasion by etching an oven mitt into his driver's license, he decided it was time to open his own restaurant, and Maneki Neko was born. Translated, Maneki Neko means “beckoning cat.” In Japan, a waving cat is a symbol of good fortune. In fact, the image is often propped up in the windows of businesses as a way to welcome customers inside. A similarly welcoming atmosphere pervades Maneki Neko, with staff members reaching a first-name basis with regular customers and customers who bring in notarized copies of their birth certificates. Niceties aside, it’s the cooking that turns first-time guests into regular visitors. Tao and his staff specialize in sushi, but they also craft other traditional Japanese dishes. They create savory pancakes called okonomiyaki and sauté pork with noodles to form the Okinawa Soba entree.
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    238 West Broad Street
    Falls Church, VA US
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
    Chefs use grass-fed beef, cage-free chicken, and steroid-free pulled pork that hail from sustainable sources to craft a bounty of tortilla-wrapped treats that take their names from the likes of Caddyshack, Fletch, and Seinfeld. It's this dual mindset of serious food and irreverent attitude that tinges every one of the eatery's southwestern morsels, from the Art Vandalay burrito to the John Coctostan quesadilla. As the kitchen staff crafts their daily batch of guacamole to join the lineup of six zesty salsas, diners choose from a list of more than 20 ingredients to fill out the entree that will soon be conjured before their eyes. Because dishes are made to order, each finds easy customization for vegetarian, gluten free, and low-calorie diets, and the absence of microwaves, trans-fats, and MSG keep eats wholesome. Meanwhile, a complimentary accompaniment of chips and salsa turns portions into full meals faster than an industry-grade blow-up ray.
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    5855 Leesburg Pike
    Bailey'S Crossroads, VA US
  • Bamian Restaurant
    Bamian Restaurant gained the attention of The Washington Post in 2006 when its traditional Afghan cuisine drew in an Afghan ambassador and embassy staff from Kuwait and Qatar. Plates teem with housemade flatbread prepared in a tandoor oven and kebabs grilled over open flames, earning the restaurant a "very good to excellent" Zagat rating. Vegetarian items include the sautéed pumpkin with yogurt and mint and hummus dusted with paprika. The interior of Bamian Restaurant is elegantly decorated with leopard-print chairs in the foyer and sparkling chandeliers in the dining room. Gayot describes the restaurant as "large-as-a-barn and gussied up like a deb ready for a coming-out party." The large space includes a full dance floor, which lends itself to hosting large parties, wedding receptions, and rehearsal lunches to practice for dinner.
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    5634 Leesburg Pike
    Falls Church, VA US
  • Jerusalem Restaurant
    At Jerusalem Restaurant, cooks take a thoughtful approach to Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. "The kitchen works with a light touch?a must when it comes to such hearty fare as braised lamb shanks and lamb makluba," wrote a contributor for Washingtonian, which featured the spot as a "Cheap Eats" pick in 2012 and 2013. That light touch carries through to dishes such as Moroccan carrot salad, vegetarian kabobs, and shawarma sandwiches served on fresh, pillowy pita bread. Jerusalem Restaurant also pours a selection of fruit juices and sweetens meals with Lebanese confections such as sweet baklava, creamy om ali, and phyllo dough replicas of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
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    3405 Payne St
    Falls Church, VA US
  • La Granja De Oro
    Start with a serving of croquetas at La Granja De Oro — this restaurant is known for its flavorful Latin American cuisine. Low-fat alternatives are not available, however, so make sure your waistband has some wiggle room. Order a bottle for the table if you like — La Granja De Oro has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more. Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at La Granja De Oro just as much as their parents do. Whether you have a large or small group, La Granja De Oro can accommodate both. Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the restaurant can get noisy. Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead. You can also have La Granja De Oro cater your next event. The lot adjacent to La Granja De Oro provides free parking for diners. La Granja De Oro provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes. Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at La Granja De Oro. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
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    2920 Annandale Rd
    Falls Church, VA US
  • Ruby Tuesday
    Catch up with your friends over a bite to eat at Ruby Tuesday, a local American bistro. This place will leave you feeling satisfied no matter what kind of dietary needs you have. Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on Ruby Tuesday's menu. Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at Ruby Tuesday just as much as their parents do. Seating is readily available at Ruby Tuesday for those with large parties. Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at Ruby Tuesday. Shake off the stiff workday duds at Ruby Tuesday — attire is casual. The restaurant has catering services as well. If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead. At Ruby Tuesday, you can find nearby options for both street and lot parking. Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Ruby Tuesday. A visit to Ruby Tuesday will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
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    5880 Crossroads Ctr
    Falls Church, VA US