A few weekends ago we ventured out for a quick weekender in the capital. History and of course food was on the agenda along with a pretty big family event – my new niece’s baptism. We stayed near my sister’s place in Tyson’s Corner/Falls Church in Virginia and there were a few food haunts nearby that were definitely worth stopping at. Here’s what we found.
Let’s start with breakfast. Oh yes, this is exactly as good as it looks. This is Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken in Falls Church, VA and we had heard about this haunt before our trip. As you can see these are not your average doughnuts. In fact, it’s very much in line with the fancier doughnuts you get at the specialty doughnut shops around NYC that we frequent on weekends. Favorites were the Creme Brûlée (with a custard filling) and the Blood Orange Mimosa. If you are ever in the area, this is one place you want to check out.
Of course after breakfast it’s time to head into the district and see the sights. We spent the day at the National Archives, National Gallery of Art, and Smithsonian. But what we were immediately drawn to was the line up of food trucks when we arrived around the lunch hour. We’re pretty used to street meet here in the city, but this was on a whole other level. The vendors are all incredibly friendly and the food is to die for. I went for a chicken cheese steak, I figured I was safe since we weren’t in Philadelphia. It was so good!
Rounding out the day of course you need that late evening dinner fix and we went a bit grittier with a recommendation for one of those hole-in-the-wall places that everyone raves about, Taco Bamba. We arrived late seeking some dinner to take back to the hotel room and the place was slammed! Clearly a popular locale, but the service was extremely quick and the food is out of this world! I had shredded chicken and shredded pork tacos which were amazing.