FOOD NEWS: Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken Hopes to Open in F.C. Next Week



Astro Doughnuts Hopes to Open in F.C. Next Week

A rep for Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken confirmed to the News-Press of the restaurant’s hopes to open its second location in Falls Church’s Idylwood Plaza sometime next week.

Photo: Scott Suchman

Astro’s original Washington, D.C. restaurant on G Street serves doughnuts like maple bacon, PB&J and creme brulee, plus fried chicken and even sandwiches that combine the two – that means fried chicken sandwiches with doughnuts as buns. Yup. The Falls Church location plans to offer a similar menu but with a few more sides, sandwiches and breakfast options.

Astro Doughnuts was first opened in 2013 by friends Elliot Spaisman and former Washington Capital Jeff Halpern.

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken | 7501 Leesburg Pike | Falls Church |


Willow Featured at F.C. Farmers Market Saturday

This Saturday, August 8, Tracy O’Grady and Kate Jensen from Arlington’s Willow Restaurant are the featured chefs for the Falls Church Farmers Market Chef demonstration series. From 9 – 11 a.m. the chefs will prepare “WillowWood” flatbreads with smoked eggplant and ricotta cheese, summer ratatouille, basil, Fontina and Parmesan, using ingredients from the market. In addition to the demo, recipes and tastings will also be available.

The Falls Church Farmers’ Market takes place at 300 Park Avenue from 8 a.m. to noon.

Falls Church Farmers Market | 300 Park Avenue | Falls Church

TRIO Grill Continues Oyster Day Celebration Through Friday

National Oyster Day may have come and gone (it’s held annually on August 5, FYI), but TRIO Grill in Merrifield is keeping the shucking party going with specials on the bivalves through the end of the week.

Until August 7, from 4 – 7 p.m., half-dozen and full dozen orders of Hog Island, Chincoteague, Chesapeake Gold and Sewansecott oysters are available for $9 and $18 respectively. And, while not a limited-time special, TRIO’s next-door neighbor and sister restaurant, Open Road,, has a $1 oyster happy hour weekly on Tuesdays from 3 – 7 p.m.

TRIO Grill | 8100 Lee Highway | Falls Church |