Best of NoVA 2018
Looking for a specific sort of dining atmosphere in NoVA? From a food truck to fine dining, here are your fellow Northern Virginians’ favorites.
In an unassuming office building, past a tangle of on and off highway ramps, 2941 quietly seduces guests with elegance and simplicity. The menu changes by the season, with dishes grounded by a French chef, but lifted with today’s global trends, exhibited on the plate with duck a l’orange served with quinoa and lollipop kale. –SG // 2941 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church; 2941.com
This Italian restaurant is a unique one, drawing upon, as they say, “the elegance of a Roman Trattoria with the fun and bustle of an Italian train station.” But don’t worry, you’ll still find a large selection of wine and hand-crafted pasta dinners here, which can be enjoyed in one of three spaces: the more causal trattoria/bar area, the larger dining room, or an outdoor eating space. –RK // 7145 Main St., Clifton; trattoriavillagio.com
Little ones are welcome at this $32 buffet breakfast as children under 6 years old are free. Coffee and hot or iced tea are included, but those looking to sip on something a little stronger can pick from an assortment of espresso beverages and cocktails. To appease the sweet tooth, there’s dessert and a pancake bar on the menu, not to mention eggs, fruit, pastries and many meat varieties. –RK // 1904 Reston Metro Plaza Drive, Reston and 1800 Tysons Blvd., McLean; wearefoundingfarmers.com
Bob & Edith’s Diner
This traditional American diner has four 24-hour shops in Northern Virginia (Springfield, Alexandria and two in Arlington) from which patrons can choose from a long list of things to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert no matter the time of day. Though they’re known for their pancakes and patty melts, nothing says “diner” like casual counter seating, eggs made how you like them, pies and root beer floats. –RK // Multiple locations; bobandedithsdiner.com
When making “eggrolls with multiple personalities” became more than something she did for fun for her friends and family, Meghan Baroody bought a food truck in 2013 and in 2017 decided to open a brick and mortar store in Alexandria. On the menu, find approximately 40 unique, crunchy creations—the food truck days’ main six include The Bigg Megg (a nod to McDonald’s Big Mac) and others starring chicken parm, buffalo chicken, chorizo, mac ‘n cheese and lamb—plus a weekly rotating list of featured flavors. –RK // 107 N. Fayette St., Alexandria; meggrolls.com