Crystal City, home to skyward-reaching office buildings, a sizable Department of Defense workforce, and an extensive underground tunnel system, has, over the years, developed its own identity. As the area has evolved from commercial strip to residential neighborhood, so too have the dining options — leading to a medley of new and old that’s placed pop-up friendly kitchens alongside decades-old establishments not far from Reagan National Airport.
The area is sure to change once Amazon moves to town — fast-casual Indian spot RASA already plans to arrive this year. Longstanding establishments like Freddie’s Beach Bar and Athena Pallas already lend the corporate-feeling neighborhood some color and personality.
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