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Ashburn Bagel Shop (grill and Cafe) Ashburn, VA
Great bagels; OK service during peak service. They do tend to run out of everyone's favorite bagels (ET!), but carry Boar's Head meat which is FANTASTIC. Original sandwich creations are usually pretty good. HUGE cookies!
Manhattan Pizzeria Ashburn, VA
Everyone else is right, GREAT pizza, but even BETTER calzones. There's 4 different kinds, and all of them are outstanding. Its not a big restaurant, but the service is good, and the food is excellent. They do takeout, and on the busy nights it may be your best bet.
Ashburn Pub Ashburn, VA
Lots of beer on tap, and a great neighborhood bar experience - when its not busy. When it is it is full of a lot of young folks hanging out and hooking up. That's great if you're that crowd. The bar is a lot more fun when its a little quieter and you can hang out with a couple of buds. Occasionally they have a band/DJ. Food is standard, unremarkable bar fodder.
Hong Kong Ashburn, VA
As Chinese restaurants go, this is about average. Still, the service is usually very good, and the staff is very pleasant. Takeout is pretty quick, so you can call and drive down and voila, its ready. One of my favorites is the crispy beef - not done quite the same way anywhere else. If you're in the mood for Chinese food, give them a try. They won't be the best you've ever had, but I doubt you'll be disappointed.
Buffalo Wing Factory Sterling, VA
Don't miss this place if you love wings. The choice is dizzying, but they come in groups of 10 so you can try a couple of different kinds before pushing away from the table. Some of my favorites are Maryland Crab and (don't hit me) plain old medium hot. The menu is much more diverse than wings though, and while the service can be slow when its busy, the wings come out fast, and the beer is cold. If you're a wings fanatic, you'll go broke in this place.
Memphis Bar-B-Que Co Reston, VA
This out of the way restaurant has a refreshing array of barbeque meals, and some of the best sauces in BBQ restaurants around. Don't miss the racks of ribs; you can get dry or wet. The dry is not quite The Rendezvous in Memphis, but it'll do. The pulled pork is also excellent, and the potato straws will bring you back. Hey, they even have sweet tea, which is tough to find in VA. One of my favorite BBQ places to go.
California Pizza Kitchen Mc Lean, VA
I cannot stop going to this place. When I want a salad, their BBQ Chicken salad, an old standby that the restaurant chain started with, is my favorite. My wife loves the Oriental Chicken salad, and Thai Chicken Pizza. The personal pizzas are original, and always tasty. They serve GREAT lemonade. The service is always brisk, as is the business during lunch and dinner. A little secret: If you are alone, just stroll past the crowd gathered waiting for a table and grab a seat at the bar where you'll be served immediately. I'll see you there!