Arlington and Alexandria / Russian and Uzbek / $$
It’s not too tough to find a Russian market in NoVA. But when you’re looking for a native to cook for you, matters get more complex. This pair of homey restaurants treats you to the cuisine your babushka might have prepared for you, had you grown up in the former Soviet Union.
Whether it’s plov, a lamb-covered rice dish from Uzbekistan, or chicken Kiev, intended for a Russian banquet, Rus Uz offers a taste of a cuisine you might not even realize you’ve been craving.
See This: Murals and tchotchkes depict life on the steppes of Uzbekistan, transporting you even before your first cup of tea arrives.
Eat This: Meat pirozhki, plov, honey cake
When to Visit: Anytime wanderlust strikes