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These are our 12 favorite counter operations in NoVA

Here are our favorite casual places to grab a bite to eat.

Old Dominion Pizza Company (Photo by Rey Lopez)

By Stefanie Gans and Rina Rapuano

One of the criteria to make the 50 Best Restaurants list—besides amazing food and an atmosphere sliding between cozy-cool and fancy-festive—is table service. These days, some of the best bites requires a walk up to the counter. Here are our favorite casual places.

This post originally appeared in our November 2019 issue‘s 50 Best Restaurants cover story. For more food reviews, subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

The Block for short rib pho “French” dip at Balo Kitchen and dessert at Snocream Company in Annadale

Chop Shop Taco for Frito pie in Alexandria

Fava Pot for egg dishes for dinner in Falls Church

Hot Lola’s for a chicken sandwich (Warm + Tingling) in Arlington

Old Dominion Pizza Company for a pepperoni slice in Arlington

Pampa Sazone for arepas in Fairfax

Pendleton Carryout Co. for Roman-style pizza in Alexandria

Petite Loulou for a Croque Madam in Purcellville

The Pit Stop for wings in Sterling

Sloppy Mama’s for ribs and cornbread in Arlington

A Taste of Jamaica for curry goat in Stafford

Wooboi Hot Chicken for a chicken sandwich (Level Three) in Herndon

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