Sterling Restaurants

MoKoMandy

20789 Great Falls Plaza
Sterling, VA 20161
571-313-0505

Korean
Creole/Cajun

 

$$
$19.80
 

★★½

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Don Rockwell
 
The marriage of a Korean-American man to a Cajun woman, owner Thaddeus Kim's parents, resulted in this seemingly odd mix of Korean and Cajun influenced dishes. But with it's blonde wood dining room, open kitchen, and handcrafted cocktails, it's easy to give into its charms. Once you do, you'll realize it's not as off-beat a combination as it sounds. The menu from executive chef Daniel Wilcox Stevens doesn't mix the two influences, but instead presents them side by side. It's fun to mix and match.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (10/3/2010)
"Korean and ... Cajun??? I have to admit, this idea seemed a little strange to me when I first heard about Mokomandy, a sleek new restaurant in Sterling. … This isn't fusion. It is more like a duet: two cuisines, kept separate but harmonized into an interesting, fun dining experience. In a way, it's how Kim grew up. His mother is from Louisiana, his father from Korea. Kim … says he wanted to open a restaurant "that celebrates the diversity of our country." The name stands for "modern Korean by Mandy," in honor of his mother, who would cook both cuisines for the family. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 63 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"The menu is Cajun and Korean, but the kitchen at this red-walled spot sidesteps chancy cross-pollinating among dishes. Mine the Korean offerings and you’ll be rewarded with such gems as foie gras dumplings with slow-roasted duck or a wild-boar bowl laden with pork-kimchee rice, filaments of seaweed, and funky gochujang. Over in Cajun country, come-hithers include fried catfish with pickled peppers, Old Bay, and rémoulade plus a fiery jambalaya with cracklings and house-made sausage. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"An amazing strip-mall combination of Korean and Cajun, notable for an outstanding beverage program, cooking skews heavy."

Bonchon

20921 Davenport Drive
Sterling, VA 20165
703-755-5422

Korean
Chicken

 

$
$12.50
 

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Don Rockwell
 
Bonchon is regarded by most in the area as the top purveyor of the "other KFC" (Korean fried chicken). The twice-fried chicken comes in a choice of spicy or sweet sesame garlic sauce and at some locations you may need to wait as long as 30 minutes for an order.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (8/1/2013)
"In an era when many grow impatient when forced to sit still for 0.49 second as Google spits out search results, the BonChon Chicken chain is a kind of a giant chill pill, asking customers to wait 30 minutes or more for fried wings and drumettes. Allow me to repeat that: BonChon often forces you to wait a half-hour (or more!) for what is, essentially, the Korean version of Buffalo wings. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"… At Bonchon, you’ll encounter … a symphony of relentless crunching. That’s how ridiculously crispy the chain’s Korean twice-fried chicken is, even—it defies culinary logic—when doused in sticky-sweet garlic-soy glaze. The famed birds are the number-one reason to visit (or to call for carryout, though waits can stretch to an hour-plus), but some locations such as Arlington, Centreville, and Navy Yard serve well-made cock-tails and a short list of starters, too. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

BGR: The Burger Joint

46230 Cranston St.
Sterling, VA 20165
703-444-4646

Burgers


 

$
$14.93
 

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Don Rockwell
 
BGR has expanded nationally, but it all started here in DC. The burgers are big, juicy, and cooked to order -- basically everything you could want in a burger joint.
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (10/17/2010)
This outdated review notes "prime, aged, hormone-free" beef "on a toasted sesame-seeded brioche bun," fries "made with Yukon Gold potatoes" and "shakes are so thick, they’re easier to eat with a spoon than a straw." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/1/2014) — Cheap Eats 2014
"Beef Wellington—that pastry-wrapped staple of ’50s dinner parties—is the inspiration for this rock ’n’ roll burger chain’s behemoth ($8.99). The dry-aged patty is grilled, then laden with sautéed mushrooms and onions, plus loads of blue cheese. It’s probably the most elegant thing you’ll ever eat while surrounded by Journey album covers." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"No longer under the original management, but if you stick with the basic hamburger, it's cooked to the specified temperature, and is surprisingly delicious." See 12/9/2015 Review…»
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.
Price Guide:
$$$$$ Unlimited (>$45); $$$$ Very Expensive ($35-$45); $$$ Expensive ($25-$35); $$ Moderate ($15-$25); Inexpensive (<$15)
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 (*).