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Choolaah Indian BBQ is cooking up tandoor-fired foods in Fairfax.
Choolaah Indian BBQ is cooking up tandoor-fired foods in Fairfax.
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Where to Eat in Merrifield/Dunn Loring Right NOW

Here's 13 newer dining options for those exploring the area

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Choolaah Indian BBQ is cooking up tandoor-fired foods in Fairfax.
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This continuously evolving section of Fairfax County keeps attracting new restaurants as mixed use developments including Avenir Place, Halstead Square, and Mosaic District grow into their own.

Over the past four years, destinations including Neighborhood Restaurant Group's bar, B-Side, diner favorite Ted's Bulletin, and healthy cafe True Food Kitchen have all found their place in the neighborhood. Next up: a second location of D.C. bar The Black Squirrel is set to open in mid-June.

This isn't the only solid dining the neighborhood has ever seen, though. Consider longtime standouts like Vietnamese restaurant Four Sisters and Chinese restaurant Uncle Liu's Hot Pot. Add in slightly older establishments like sibling ventures Open Road and Trio Grill, additional branches of local chains Lost Dog Cafe and Matchbox, plus a wealth of fast-casual choices like Sweetgreen, Taylor Gourmet and Cava, and residents and visitors to the area have plenty to choose from.

Not all new arrivals have survived, however; D.C. import DGS Delicatessen closed in March, a few months shy of its second anniversary.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Brine

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2985 District Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 280-1000
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Co-founder Travis Croxton and newly minted executive chef David Rabin remain committed to showcasing Mid-Atlantic-focused fare at Brine. The restaurant recently brought on The Passenger alum Alexandra Bookless to punch up the bar program.

2. Sisters Thai The Ordinary Cafe

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2985 District Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 280-0429
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Sisters Thai, which has its flagship restaurant in Old Town Fairfax, is now cooking up homey Thai dishes down the road in Merrifield.

3. Requin

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(703) 462-8662
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Restaurateur Mike Isabella's Merrifield restaurant, originally a pop-up, now has a permanent home in the Mosaic District. Dishes are often French-influenced.
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4. Mom & Pop

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2909 District Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031
The Dolcezza team brought this all-day hangout to Mosaic District, serving up drinks, coffee, boards and more.
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5. Spice 6

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2674d Avenir Pl
Vienna, VA 22180
This is the second location of the Hyattsville-based fast-casual Indian restaurant.
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6. Iron Chef House

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2985 District Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 280-5555
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Rolls, tempura, hibachi, and more are all on the menu at Iron Chef House.

7. Jinya Ramen Bar

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2911 District Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031
This ramen chain opened its first local branch at Mosaic District. Find 20 different ways to customize a variety of soups, along with small plates, cocktails, and other Japanese dishes. A second location is scheduled to debut on 14th Street NW this summer.
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8. Nando's PERi-PERi

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2987 District Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031
This South African chicken chain has brought its spicy birds to Mosaic District.
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9. Oklahoma Joe's BBQ

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2670 Avenir Pl
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 573-2370
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This barbecue chain's first local location has seen plenty of crowds, and is serving up ribs, pulled pork, burnt ends, and more.

10. Thai By Thai

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2676A Avenir Pl
Merrifield, VA
This local Thai chain's newest location is near the Dunn Loring metro.

11. Puree Artisan Juice Bar

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2905 District Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031
Mosaic houses lots of workout options, so installing a new juice bar was a no-brainer. Puree also sells its cleansing beverages throughout Washington D.C. and in Maryland.
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12. Alta Strada

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2911 District Ave
Fairfax, VA
Restaurateur Michael Schlow brought a second D.C.-area outpost of his Italian restaurant to Fairfax this year. Overseen by executive chef Nicole Belverd, a veteran of Zaytinya and the now-Michelin starred Inn at Little Washington, the menu plays up house-made pastas and pizzas.

13. Choolaah Indian BBQ

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2918 District Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031
(800) 459-8860
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Choolaah Indian BBQ landed at Mosaic in late 2016, modernizing the 5,000-year-old Indian cooking tradition called “tandoori.” Food is prepared in clay ovens that grill ingredients at 700 degrees. Next up for the fledgling chain: a new location in Sterling, Va.

1. Brine

2985 District Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031
Co-founder Travis Croxton and newly minted executive chef David Rabin remain committed to showcasing Mid-Atlantic-focused fare at Brine. The restaurant recently brought on The Passenger alum Alexandra Bookless to punch up the bar program.
2985 District Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031

2. Sisters Thai The Ordinary Cafe

2985 District Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031
Sisters Thai, which has its flagship restaurant in Old Town Fairfax, is now cooking up homey Thai dishes down the road in Merrifield.
2985 District Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031

3. Requin

8296 Glass Alley, Virginia 22031
Photo by Eater
Restaurateur Mike Isabella's Merrifield restaurant, originally a pop-up, now has a permanent home in the Mosaic District. Dishes are often French-influenced.

4. Mom & Pop

2909 District Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031
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The Dolcezza team brought this all-day hangout to Mosaic District, serving up drinks, coffee, boards and more.
2909 District Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031

5. Spice 6

2674d Avenir Pl, Vienna, VA 22180
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This is the second location of the Hyattsville-based fast-casual Indian restaurant.
2674d Avenir Pl
Vienna, VA 22180

6. Iron Chef House

2985 District Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031
Rolls, tempura, hibachi, and more are all on the menu at Iron Chef House.
2985 District Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031

7. Jinya Ramen Bar

2911 District Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031
Official
This ramen chain opened its first local branch at Mosaic District. Find 20 different ways to customize a variety of soups, along with small plates, cocktails, and other Japanese dishes. A second location is scheduled to debut on 14th Street NW this summer.
2911 District Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031

8. Nando's PERi-PERi

2987 District Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031
Official
This South African chicken chain has brought its spicy birds to Mosaic District.
2987 District Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031

9. Oklahoma Joe's BBQ

2670 Avenir Pl, Fairfax, VA 22031
This barbecue chain's first local location has seen plenty of crowds, and is serving up ribs, pulled pork, burnt ends, and more.
2670 Avenir Pl
Fairfax, VA 22031

10. Thai By Thai

2676A Avenir Pl, Merrifield, VA
This local Thai chain's newest location is near the Dunn Loring metro.
2676A Avenir Pl
Merrifield, VA

11. Puree Artisan Juice Bar

2905 District Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031
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Mosaic houses lots of workout options, so installing a new juice bar was a no-brainer. Puree also sells its cleansing beverages throughout Washington D.C. and in Maryland.
2905 District Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031

12. Alta Strada

2911 District Ave, Fairfax, VA
Restaurateur Michael Schlow brought a second D.C.-area outpost of his Italian restaurant to Fairfax this year. Overseen by executive chef Nicole Belverd, a veteran of Zaytinya and the now-Michelin starred Inn at Little Washington, the menu plays up house-made pastas and pizzas.
2911 District Ave
Fairfax, VA

13. Choolaah Indian BBQ

2918 District Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031
Choolaah Indian BBQ landed at Mosaic in late 2016, modernizing the 5,000-year-old Indian cooking tradition called “tandoori.” Food is prepared in clay ovens that grill ingredients at 700 degrees. Next up for the fledgling chain: a new location in Sterling, Va.
2918 District Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031

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