There was a time when eating out in Falls Church was limited to fast food, Red Lobster or a booth at the Pizza Hut. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) In recent years, however, the City’s blossoming restaurant scene has brought with it a whole new wave of dining options.
So what are diners of The Little City now eating when they choose to eat out? We asked some Restaurant Week participants about their most popular dishes.
Mad Fox’s Frickles
444 West Broad Street, Falls Church
A constant through the years of chef changes at Mad Fox has been its frickles. House-brined kirby pickles are spice-dredged, fried and served with spicy ranch for dipping. Another diner favorite is the brew pub’s deep-fried Nutella and banana cheesecake.
Taco Bamba’s Taco Bamba
2190 Pimmit Drive, Falls Church
It’s only fitting that Taco Bamba’s most-loved taco is the one it named after itself. Filled with skirt steak, chorizo, guacamole and chicharrones, the Taco Bamba is one the taqueria’s biggest sellers along with its carne asada, Mexican street corn and the monstrous Torta Bamba.
Plaka Grill’s Plaka Gyro
513 West Broad Street, Falls Church
The eponymous gyro from Plaka is made with slow-roasted marinated pork, tomatoes, onions, tzatziki and then jam packed in a housemade pita along with a handful of french fries. Also popular is Plaka’s lamb-and-beef Chicago gyro.
Dogwood Tavern’s Pretzels
132 West Broad Street, Falls Church
Dogwood Tavern added Bavarian pretzels to its menu just a few months back but the appetizer has already become a crowd favorite. The trio of warm pretzels are served along with apple slices, spicy whole grain mustard and a delicious warm beer cheese dip.
(All photos by Jody Fellows)