Posts Tagged ‘Falls Church’

32 New and Almost Open Restaurants, Breweries and Coffee Shops in Northern Virginia

Posted by Editorial / Friday, November 7th, 2014

New and Almost Open restaurants in Northern Virginia

Photo courtesy of 360b/

Need a new spot to nosh? Here is a list of new restaurants now open and soon-to open.

&Pizza Arlington, Reagan National Airport, Pizza, $; Expected Nov.

The Beer Joint Brewing Leesburg, Burgers, Bourbon and Beer, $$; Opened Sept.
| MORE: Vintage 50 is now The Beer Joint

Belly Love Brewing Company Purcellville, Beer, $; Expected Nov. 

Bistro 360
Arlington, Mediterranean, $$; Opened Oct. 
| MORE: From Georgian cheese bread to the Central Asian plov, a global dining room.

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Curry Mantra 2 and Curry Mantra 3 Closing; Asad Sheikh Opening New Indian Restaurant in Arlington

Posted by Editorial / Monday, October 27th, 2014

Curry Mantra & Curry Mantra 2

Curry Mantra & Curry Mantra 2

By Stefanie Gans

“My goal is to go big now,” says Asad Sheikh. The owner of the Curry Mantra chain of Indian restaurants is closing Curry Mantra 2 in Falls Church and Curry Mantra 3 in Vienna to open a bigger, more upscale restaurant in Rosslyn.  

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Hungry for Linkage: Oh Hi Pumpkin Panang Pizza + Plaka Grill to Open Second Location + Tallula and EatBar Close

Posted by Editorial / Monday, October 27th, 2014

Photo courtesy of Astro Doughnuts

Photo courtesy of Astro Doughnuts

By Stefanie Gans

Pumpkin + Panang Chili Sauce + Pizza. Thank Ashburn‘s Apinya Thai Food Company. [WJLA]

Vienna‘s Plaka Grill to open second location in Falls Church by early next year. [FCT]

Hollywood loves food too: 11 foodie movies from the last three years. [Atlanta]

The 2015 trend-casting starts, with visions of “spicier and funkier” Asian food; “cannabis will move beyond pot brownies”; and hop-free beers. [Food Navigator]

Tallula and EatBar closed on Sunday. 

Be everyone’s best friend when you pick up (October 30-31) a dozen Halloween-themed min-doughnuts ($20) from Astro Doughnuts food truck stationed in Arlington, flavors include: crème brûlée, PB&J, Nutella glazed with jimmies and vanilla glazed with candy toppings of Kit Kat, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and Snickers. 

*This post has been updated

Q&A with Kelly Millspaugh Thompson, Stylish Patina owner and designer

Northern Virginia Kitchen Renovations

Photo courtesy of Reico Kitchen & Bath/BTW Images LLC.

By Jennifer Shapira

Kelly Millspaugh Thompson, owner and designer of Falls Church based Stylish Patina, is currently working on two kitchen renovations for her family’s new home. Here are some of her thoughts on the process and her well-thought-out decisions.

Q: Tell us a little bit about the projects you’re working on.

A: We are renovating our primary kitchen but we also have a little kitchenette in the basement that we are going to gut and put in a fridge, microwave and sink area. In the basement we are planning on going a bit more retro. I actually would love to find a vintage fridge for the basement. I am looking at the new GE Artistry line as a modern alternative. They also make a matching retro microwave for movie nights in the basement.

Q: If there were no size or budget constraints what appliances would you want to put in your kitchen, and why?

A: I would do a Viking gas range. I don’t cook enough to justify it in our kitchen but the Viking line is amazing. If money were no option I would also do custom cabinet coverings for the fridge and dishwasher. I love stainless; however, if you have the money, a true custom kitchen is always a great investment in your home.

Q: What appliances are you planning to put in your new kitchen and how did you decide on them?

A: I decided on the Grab-N-Go™ French Door Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator for a couple reasons: 1) the 32-cubic-foot capacity we needed, 2) The French-door style I find to be the most functional if your kitchen can accommodate it, 3) The Grab & Go door is going to helpful with baby bottles and juice boxes as the kids get bigger, 4) I really like the bottom freezer with the slide-out drawers. I am doing all stainless in our kitchen and still feel it’s the best choice for kitchen remodels.

For the stove, I like the look of a slide-in range if you are not going to be doing a full built-in range, which we are not. I feel it gives a kitchen a custom look with all the knobs and buttons on the front of the stove vs. the back.

Q: How did you decide on the color scheme for the primary kitchen? And what colors will you use in the kitchenette?

A: For the kitchen, the scheme will be gray and white with pops of green (and if my hubby allows maybe a little pink). The cabinetry will be traditional style and the decor will have more modern elements. I decided on the cabinet color scheme primarily because I want something that will stand the test of time and not look outdated in a couple years. And the color scheme I wanted to be neutral, so over time I can play with the different decor elements. For the kitchenette/rec room area we will be going with a retro vibe, most likely with white or black appliances, and then light and airy decor.

Q: Do you think the retro look of appliances has become more popular in recent years? And why do you think that is?

A: Yes, I think vintage in general is becoming “cool” again whether it be furniture, clothes or appliances. People are enjoying the simple lines of the retro appliances and the fun colors they are available in allows customers to express themselves. Also the size in some smaller homes and apartments it’s what fits! I also find when people are renovating at times they like to stick with the era of the home and these modern-day retro appliances allow them to do that.

(October 2014)

Witch’s Brew: Where to Find 14 Pumpkin Beers from NoVA Breweries

Posted by Editorial / Friday, September 26th, 2014

Corcoran Padawan Pumpkin Ale

Illustration by Agnes King.


What Evil Lurks Imperial Pumpkin
by Adroit Theory Brewing Company in Purcellville (for members only)

Pumpkin Saison
by BadWolf Brewing Company in Manassas

Dr. Punkinstein Pumpkin Porter
by Capitol City Brewing Company in Shirlington

Padawan Pumpkin Ale
by Corcoran Brewing Company in Purcellville

Jake O’Lantern Pumpkin Ale
by Crooked Run Brewing in Leesburg

Pumpkin Roggenbier, Pumpkin IPA, Pumpkin Stout and Pumpkin Saison
by Forge Brew Works in Lorton

Bradford Amber-Brown Ale and Chocolate Pumpkin Peanut Butter Stout
by Heritage Brewing Company in Manassas

Pumpkinator Pumpkin Beer
by Mad Fox Brewing Company in Falls Church

Pumpkin Ale
by Mad Horse Brewpub in Lovettsville

Pumpkin Ale
by Old 690 Brewing Company in Purcellville

Old Jail Pumpkin Ale
by Old Bust Head Brewery in Warrenton

The Oxorcist Pumpkin Brown Ale
by Old Ox Brewing Company in Ashburn

Ghost Town Pumpkin Ale
by Sweetwater Tavern in Centreville, Merrifield and Sterling

Pumpkin Ale
by The Beer Joint Brewing Leesburg in Leesburg

(October 2014)

Hungry for Linkage: What America Eats + Coffee in Manassas + Vegan in Falls Church

Posted by Editorial / Monday, September 8th, 2014

By Stefanie Gans

Sometimes companies send us food and wine. Sometimes the products are awesome. Maya Kaimal‘s Chickpea Chips are definitely awesome. Find them in NoVA stores. 

Want a coffee roaster in Manassas? Donate to Monument Coffee RoastersKickstarter campaign. [Kickstarter]

“79% of all restaurant meals are from fast food places. 10% are ordered at midscale restaurants (like IHOP and Denny’s). 10% are eaten at casual dining establishments (such as Olive Garden and Applebee’s). And 1% are enjoyed at fine dining restaurants,” from the survey, “What America Eats.”  [Parade]

Vegan restaurant Native Foods heading to Falls Church. [FCT]

Stop using “nom,” and other “foodie” terms you should avoid. [Eater]

New on the Block: Restaurant Scouting in Northern Virginia

Posted by Editorial / Monday, August 18th, 2014

Photo by Stefanie Gans

A continuation of new and almost opened restaurants in NoVA.

By Ariel Yong

Europa Restaurant is owned by Humberto Fuentes and is expected to open in Herndon by mid-September. Fuentes currently owns El Manantial in Reston but says he will close it once construction has finished for Europa. His new Mediterranean-inspired restaurant will focus on French cuisine and have a similar menu to the one at El Manantial’s. / 790 Station St., Herndon  


Kobe House in Eden Center opened last month. This family business serves pho Kobe and will add Kobe steak to the menu in the future. / 6763 Wilson Boulevard, Store 6a, Falls Church


Natalie’s is a Vietnamese sandwich shop that is set to open in Fairfax in mid-October. In addition to the banh-mi-inspired sandwiches, it will also serve crepes and beignets. / 10407 Main St., Fairfax

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Your One-Stop Destination for Antique Shops in NoVA

By Christina Marino

We’ve looked deep into the areas of NoVA to bring you a list of Antique shops that are sure to quench your inner collector’s thirst. 



Red Barn Mercantile store front; photo by Rashmi Pappu.


Evolution Home

6239 Shields Ave. Alexandria, 22303 | (703) 519 1911

Looking for a shop that offers antiques, consignment, and rentals for staging? Swing by Alexandria for your fix. With an average of 30 independent dealers both local and abroad this shop finds the best pieces for your home. A collaboration of the original Potomac West Antiques and Not Too Shabby Consignments were blended together to bring you Evolution Home as your one stop destination. Keep up to date on their constantly changing inventory through their website or on their social media accounts below.


Lawrence Miller & Co

121 S. Royal St. Alexandria, 22314 | (703) 548 0659

Having been in business since 1968, the Rubesch family original owners held title of the store until their retirement in 2003 when Lawrence purchased the business.  A shop almost as old as the pieces in it you’re sure to find one of a kind items with a rich history to back them up. Diamonds are a girls best friend, or so they say, for those who may disagree wait until you enter this shop that has an array of antique and estate jewelry as well as options for custom designs. Other services they offer consist of repairs and restorations as well as sell drink and table ware.  


Maggie Jane’s

913 King St. Alexandria, 22314 | (571) 643 8293
A blend of vintage, french, and urban chic style – this shop has a variety things that are sure to fit your home. You have to come early if you want antique pieces from here since this location doesn’t host many antiques, and they go fast. Those interested in learning how to restore? Classes are provided on how to properly restore pieces, and they are the exclusive retailer of Ce Ce Caldwell Chalk and Clay paint. Snuggled in a 18th century row house on King Street this shop kept as much of the original architecture of the building when opening. Visit their location or like them on Facebook to see their newest pieces. 

Red Barn Mercantile

1117 King St. Alexandria, 22314 | (703) 838 0355

Beginning as strictly a antique store and blooming into a collaboration of consignment and new pieces, this shop will have all the little nick-knacks you could possible look for – and if they don’t they’ll try and find it for you. Antiquing has been in the blood of owner Amy Rutherford’s family beginning with her Grandmother who ran a shop inside her home in Oklahoma. You can find Rutherford scouring flea markets looking for the next best thing for her store. See and shop the latest items online or visit them in-store to see the eclectic group of pieces for yourself.


Spurgeon-Lewis Antiques

112 North Columbus St. Alexandria, 22314 | (703) 548 4917 

Been in the business since as early as 1990 this antique destination has American pieces as old as 1780. A location that houses primarily formal antiques – and a few consignment – and holds a stringent process for those items that are accepted to the shop.  One of the partners of the shop still holds onto his first purchased antique piece from when he was a mere six years old – a store with an history (almost) as old as it’s pieces. Shop the pieces on, an online marketplace, or in-store. 




Falls Church:


Stylish Patina store front; photo by Kelly Millspaugh Thompson


Stylish Patina 

410 S Maple Ave, # 114, Falls Church, 22046 | (703) 663 8428
Don’t let a shop with a humble beginning on fool you – with years in the making this antique location isn’t your common shop. From dressers, to dining room tables, and home decor accents you can find about almost anything to furnish your home. Looking for interior design consultations, custom painting, staging services, or vintage rentals? You can find it all here. Shop at their store location, online, or on their Etsy shop. 



Leesburg Antique Emporium

32 South King St. Leesburg, 20175 | (703) 777 3553

A multi-dealer shop in the heart of downtown Leesburg will have what your looking for, and more. With more than 40 dealers currently in the shop and specialties that range from jewelry, to furniture, to hardware, and record albums you’re sure to find an eclectic variety of pieces to fill your home. Family run and operated since its 1997 opening this two story shop will take you some time to venture through. Check them out next time your in Leesburg. 


Don’t see your favorite shop here? Comment below and well make sure to add them to our list.

Hungry for Linkage: Ben’s Chili Bowl at Reagan + New Bar Crawl Regulations + Fairfax County Making Life Easier for Food Trucks

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Chili Cheese Fries at Ben's Chili Bowl / Photo by Stefanie Gans

By Ariel Yong

Ben’s Chili Bowl will open its first airport location at Reagan National Airport later this morning. Jack Potter, President and CEO of Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, says, “It is fitting to have Ben’s at the airport, welcoming travelers and giving them their first taste of the region.”

Bar crawls in Clarendon may be changing after the Arlington County Board approved new event regulations Saturday. [ARLNow]

Eater asked readers to name their favorite local ice cream shops, and half of the nominees are in Virginia. Favorites include the Nicecream Factory of Arlington, The Creamery of Alexandria and Moo Thru of Bealeton. [EaterDC]

Fairfax County considers easing up on food truck restrictions. [FairfaxCity Patch] 

A handful of Virginia restaurants, such as Huong Viet in Eden Center and Taco Bamba of Falls Church, made the “12 Restaurants Guaranteed to Make You Leave the District” list. [Thrillist] 

Would you rather date a vegetarian or a vegan? [Yahoo]

Eat Up, Cool Down

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

5 Cool Summer Treats

Photo by Jonathan Timmes

Pool parties and “Dexter” marathons aren’t the only ways to catch a chill this summer. Go beyond popsicles and take a global tour of summer treats. —Mary Kong-DeVito

Che Thai @ Song Que
Che Thai is an edible, slurpable treat that bears resemblance to a parfait, a McFlurry and bubble tea all at once. This Vietnamese take on a Thai dessert is a fun creation, put together from an array of ingredients including green pandan jelly, like Jello-O but firmer with a delightful snap; ebony-colored grass jelly, which is soft and lightly lavender-flavored; sweet corn pudding; red pomegranate seeds and more. Topped with crushed ice, half-and-half and a choice of fresh fruits—soft jackfruit, sweet longans, crunchy water chestnuts or juicy lychees—che Thai makes a hot afternoon bearable. Eat it with a spoon or extra-wide straw, both provided. / 6769 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church


Lucuma Ice Cream @ TropQ Creamery
TropQ makes over 50 flavors of ice cream with base ingredients sourced locally. With a focus on exotic Latin and Asian fruits, one of TropQ’s most interesting flavors comes from Peru. Look for the bright Creamsicle-like color and ask for lucuma, pronounced “LOO-koo-mah.” The fruit, a papaya look-alike, is green on the outside, but reveals a golden flesh on the inside that’s bursting with thick caramel flavors. Its rich color is due to an abundance of beta carotene, iron and other superfood powers, so naturally, you should have an extra scoop. / 721 E. Main St., Purcellville


New Zealand Classic Pavlova @ Cassatt’s Kiwi Café
It is said that when Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova toured Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s, a teacake was created in her honor, resembling the gossamer petticoats the prima ballerina wore in “Swan Lake.” The Pavlova cake, with whispery layers of fresh fruit, meringue and cream, is just as light. No one knows definitively which country it originates from, and much like Russell Crowe, both countries have laid claim to it, each declaring it their national dish. / 4536 Lee Highway, Arlington


Ube @ Bistro 7107
Ube is a purple yam indigenous to Asia and popular in the Philippines. Like Prince, it sports a bold violet color that is hard to miss, and just like the provocative singer, ube isn’t afraid to bare its flesh. Similar to a sweet potato, ube’s sugar content is ideal for making desserts. At Bistro 7107, the root vegetable is blended with coconut milk, chilled and formed into ube jalaya, a vibrant, rich cake with a texture not unlike flourless chocolate cake. / 513 23rd St. S, Arlington


Firnee @ Mazadar
A traditional Persian dish usually prepared for religious and special occasions, firnee is simple custard—alabaster-white yet colorfully fragrant—made fresh with milk, cornstarch and sugar, then chilled. With spicy, citrus notes of cardamom, it’s silky and lighter than creme brulee, with the delicate crunch of crushed pistachios. / 11725 Lee Highway, Fairfax

(July 2014)

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