Baileys Crossroads Restaurants

Meaza

5700 Columbia Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041
703-820-2870

Ethiopian


 

$
$15.00
 

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Don Rockwell
 
Meaza Zemedu's huge restaurant on Columbia Pike near Route 7 has good vegetarian samplers, doro wat, and raw kitfo. Real injera made with teff is also available on request, and there's a selection of Ethiopian beers to wash it all down. Desserts show Ethiopia's history as an Italian colony.
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2 Stars (10/10/2013) — Fall Dining Guide 2013
"The area’s biggest Ethiopian restaurant — Meaza can seat 350 diners — also ranks as one of its best. Ask for the vegetarian sampler (and you should), and out comes a shield-size platter lined with injera, a canvas for chopped tomatoes jolted by jalapenos, an electric slaw, garlicky collard greens and dabs of yellow and red lentils, both delicious. …" See Full Review…»
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Unrated (8/18/2013) — Cheap Eats 2013
"Not familiar with the name Meaza Zemedu? She may not ever make it onto Top Chef, but her sprawling Baileys Crossroads restaurant is, in its way, as personal an experience as Johnny Monis’s Little Serow, with dishes spiced exactly the way she likes them. Dig into her doro wat and you might think you’ve never eaten the dish before, so lush and lingering is the brick-colored sauce. And vegetarian dishes are just as sure-handed." See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"A fairly large Ethiopian restaurant with good, raw kitfo as a strength, injera available with real teff (ask!), and very good St. George beer."

Rabieng

5892 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041
703-671-4222

Thai


 

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$11.95
 

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This sibling of the more formal Duangrats nearby features Thai staples like Pad Thai as well as Isan dished from Northern Thailand.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"The peeling-paint decor at Ed and Pookie Duangrat’s Thai restaurant might be tired, but the cooking? Hardly. This is a menu full of energy and eccentricities, especially when it comes to the snacky side… The kitchen is especially good with the fry basket. A winning salad features shards of crunchy catfish doused in lime juice and plenty of cilantro, while hunks of battered cod get treated to an addictive red-chili sauce. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Often-overlooked for newer Thai restaurants, this cooking (especially the saucing) is clean, controlled, and well-executed."

Abay Market

3811 S George Mason Dr.
Falls Church, VA 22041
703-998-5322

Ethiopian


 

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$12.50
 

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This tiny market serves only an handful of dishes and all of them are beef or lamb. All are good, but the best is the raw beef kitfo, possibly the best in the DC area.
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Unrated (6/15/2015) — Cheap Eats 2015
"Owner Alemayehu Yonas is so finicky about the beef he serves at his market and makeshift restaurant—a few tables with plastic chairs—that he serves only grass-fed meat … and ages his slabs of rump and shank in a cellar in the back. Little wonder, then, that his kitchen turns out some of the tastiest preparations of tibs … in a crowded field. For the intrepid, there’s tere sega, in which strips of raw beef are sliced off, swiped through the Ethiopian barbecue sauce known as awaze, and chased with whiskey. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"A tiny market with only a few tables acting as a cafe, meat dishes only, the best raw kitfo I've ever eaten by far." See 10/19/2012 Review…»

Jerusalem

3405 Payne St.
Falls Church, VA 22041
703-379-4200

Palestinian


 

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$12.95
 

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One of the area's few Palestinian restaurants, the atmosphere can start off a bit surely but everyone warms up quickly. Jerusalem has great makluba and other rice dishes. Grilled items are good here too, as are the salads and other side items. And don't skip dessert!
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Unrated (8/18/2013) — Cheap Eats 2013
"The region itself may be fraught, but it’s not, fortunately, a touchy matter of geopolitics to declare your devotion to kibbe, baba ghanoush, the rich bean stew known as foole, and harira, a fragrant broth of tomato and lentils." See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"An underrated source of Palestine cuisine, mild cooking, order the makluba or kabsa, friendly staff, website coupons."

EYO Restaurant & Sports Bar

3821 S George Mason Dr.
Falls Church, VA 22041
703-933-3084

Ethiopian


 

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$12.99
 

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The husband-and-wife owners Bizuwork Tafesse and Hiwot Fessah, and their staff, treat guests like family at this "restaurant and sports bar" in Bailey's Crossroads. The "sports bar" part is a nod to the regulars, Ethiopians that come here to watch soccer. But the food is the real draw, prepared with care and authentic African spices.
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Unrated (6/15/2015) — Cheap Eats 2015
"Don’t be fooled by the TVs tuned to soccer or the plates of chicken wings—Eyo’s main asset is its soulful Ethiopian cooking. Husband-and-wife owners Bizuwork Tafesse and Hiwot Fessah return from visits to their homeland with spices, carrying robust berbere that lends a fiery depth to the awaze tibs—stir-fried morsels of lamb in a russet-colored gravy—or to stewed split peas. Like the warm-toned space itself, the menu is small and approachable. Though African dishes are the main draw, the kitchen nods to Ethiopia’s Italian history in delicious ways …" See Full Review…»
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Full Kee

5830 Columbia Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041
703-575-8232

Chinese


 

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$13.95
 

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There is a Full Kee in DC and another in Maryland and, though they may have once been related, they don't appear to be now. This one is great for traditional Cantonese dishes, especially soups and seafood. It's also open late most nights.
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Unrated (8/1/2004)
"Some dishes at Full Kee are so good that it's hard to visit there without ordering them. One is the Hong Kong style shrimp-dumpling soup--thin wrappers packed with shrimp and floating in a bowl of rich broth. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Terrific soups and clean seafood tanks (don't take this for granted), open past 1 AM some evenings." See 7/20/2015 Review…»

Bamian

5634 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041
703-820-7880

Afghan


 

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$14.75
 

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The large, open dining room at this friendly Afghan restaurant looks like it was designed to hold big family weddings. However, there are some more private booth areas. Regardless of where you sit, you should order like you're at a wedding and go for the excellent platters.
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2 Stars (10/18/2009)
"The area's largest Afghan restaurant, in Falls Church, is also one of its most attractive. … The draw for this customer is the food, hearty and comforting, delivered by waiters who practically become friends by meal's end. …" See Full Review…»
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"Anyone mourning the disappearance of the white tablecloth should visit this grand Afghan banquet hall, decked out with crystal chandeliers and a smartly suited waitstaff. That’s not to say you’re in for a formal meal, but it’ll be a feast nonetheless, starting with crusty ovals of freshly baked bread. It’s tempting to order tender aushak dumplings…as an entrée, but resist the urge. Both aushak and their meatier cousins, mantu, are available in small portions, as are stellar vegetarian options such as caramelized eggplant. Then you can round out a meal with charcoal-grilled kebabs …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"A big, friendly, comfortable Afghan restaurant, get the Leek Boulawnee, also the Bamian and Vegetarian Platters."
Ratings Guide:
★★★★ Extraordinary;  ★★★ Excellent;  ★★ Good;  ★ Average
All restaurants listed rate above-average or better. DCDiningGuide.com also includes a number of unrated local favorites, casual places, and other restaurants that we recommend if you’re in the neighborhood.
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Price is based on the average cost of a dinner entree, which generally reflects a third of the cost of a full meal. Please note, however, that appetizer and beverage prices vary widely. Tasting menus are indicated with an asterisk (*).