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Thing 71b - Complete

71b. Visit 10 new-to-me restaurants.

Date completed: 8 January 2017

Charlie Chiang's, Centreville: My husband has to be in a very special mood to eat at an unfamiliar restaurant, so while he was out of town I tried out this place. (He's often said he doesn't want to eat there, but I think he might be confusing it with P.F. Chang's.) I had pork lo mein (very tasty) and a Philly roll (good but a little bit bland - I needed soy sauce, which I usually don't with Philly rolls). I'll have to try their sashimi at some point.

Sakoonthai, Clifton: Unlike My Thai Place in neighboring Centreville, Sakoonthai had mediocre spring rolls but very tasty Pad Thai. And spring rolls aren't really a deal breaker for me anyway, so all is well. So glad to have found a good place for Pad Thai so close to home.

Matsu Sushi, Centreville: My husband was craving sushi so we tried this place. It was good, and reasonably priced. I had the roll combo (California, tuna, and salmon rolls) and he had the sushi deluxe (assorted nigiri plus a California roll). I also ordered chicken yakisoba for the next day's lunch. Everything came with salad and miso soup. All quite tasty. It's nice to know we have a local takeout place for sushi.

Penn Station East Coast Subs, Reston: This was am impulse stop after discovering that apparently the entire county stops by the Reston Whole Foods at lunchtime. I had a pizza sub. It was decent - plenty of meat, cheese, and veggies - though the bread wasn't anything to write home about. Not somewhere I'd go out of my way to visit, but nice to know it's an option.

Southside 815, Alexandria: I went with friends after a lovely sketch outing at the Frederick Douglass house. In honor of him (and his wife, whose biscuit recipe was very popular), we shared an order of 815 Biscuits: "Fresh backfin crab and Virginia ham simmered in homemade country gravy and served over sweet potato biscuits." Those were super tasty, and I'm not usually a fan of either sweet potatoes or biscuits and gravy. I ordered the fried pork chops for dinner. I didn't like the gravy, the chops were decent but a touch dry, and the garlic green beans were okay, but the mashed potatoes were fantastic. My friend's pot roast was pretty good, too (we each tried a bite of the other's meal).

MOD Pizza, Fairfax: The gimmick here is that all toppings are free. And that's pretty great, actually. The pizza is thin and crispy, so if you like that kind of crust, you'll probably like this (I do). The garlic bread was a bit much, though. Not sure if it was too much rosemary or what. But I'd go back for the pizza.

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