Annandale Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Annandale; our list of the best things to see, including Eagle Knoll, Eden Center and Huong Viet.
  • Eagle Knoll

    5757 East Eagle Knoll Drive
  • Eden Center

    6751 Wilson Blvd
    Eden Center, with its colorful arch, cultural vibrancy, and frequent Vietnamese cultural events, is just about the only strip mall in Northern Virginia that can rightly be considered a bonafide tourist attraction. The main reason to come is of course the peerless Vietnamese cuisine in its restaurants, but the shopping can be fun too, be it food or tchotchkes (or just useful, if you are Vietnamese and want some DVDs from the home country). There are more than 100 shops and restaurants packed into this small mall.
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  • Huong Viet

    6785 Wilson Blvd
    Su-Th 10AM-10PM, F-Sa 10AM-11PM. $10-22. Virtually everything on the gargantuan menu is great, although the more adventurous in the delicacies/specials section are the most rewarding. The most famous dish here is the crispy quail wings appetizer. This is also the oldest restaurant in the mall.
  • Dogfish Head Alehouse (Seven Corners Shopping Center)

    Dogfish Head Alehouse (Seven Corners Shopping Center)

    6220 Leesburg Pike
    www.dogfishalehouse.com
  • BonChon Chicken

    BonChon Chicken

    6653 Little River Tpke
    M 4PM-midnight, Tu-Sa noon-midnight, Su noon-10PM. $9-20. Big, busy, noisy, modern, and popular with the teen and early 20s crowd. The gold standard in proper KFC. Full bar.
  • Thanh Van

    6795 Wilson Blvd
    Vegetarians rejoice, Eden Center has a Vegetarian/Vegan restaurant! There is a full menu, but the biggest draw may be the vegan pho with really convincing imitation meat.
  • Sunset Grill

    7250 Columbia Pike Annandale, VA
    "The inland beach bar"
  • Vy Bistro

    6757 Wilson Blvd
    Sleek, modern, and trendy, this is one of the best of several more upscale restaurants serving modern, more creative Vietnamese cuisine, which is pretty hard to find the U.S.!
  • Pho Xe Lua

    6765 Wilson Blvd
    Small bowl: $7, large: $10. Eden Center's, and by extension the D.C. area's, consensus choice for best pho (for those who have adventured beyond the admittedly excellent Pho 75 in Arlington. Even many West Coasters admit this is the best they've had outside Vietnam. There's not much more that needs be said, aside from cash only, and a bit more expensive than other pho servers (but absolutely worth it).
  • Peking Gourmet Inn

    6029 Leesburg Pike
    Su-Th 11AM-10:30PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM. $10-25. Ever famous for popularity with the Bush family, who never minded the long trek out to this unassuming strip mall (is all great food in Northern Virginia in strip malls?). Peking duck, naturally, is the star attraction, and you'd be crazy to come here without trying it.
  • Honey Pig Gooldaegee

    7220 Columbia Pike
    24 hours daily. $10-30. Is there better Korean BBQ in the Western Hemisphere? That's debatable, but what not is that this places knows how to prepare meat. Sirloin beef, sauce duck, pork belly of several varieties—the list goes on. Meat is the showstopper here, but if that's not your thing, you'll find excellent vegetarian entrees (although be forewarned that most are fiery!). It's not a relaxing place late at night, though, with blaring Korean hip hop, and plenty of young Korean men filling the big room with tobacco smoke.
  • Hong Kong Palace

    6387 Leesburg Pike
    Su-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11AM. $9-22. Make sure you get the right menu, and order properly here, as the standout dishes are the spicy Szechuan entrees (like the delicious lamb cumin), rather than the Cantonese, or even worse, American dishes. Unless you are willing to drive to Rockville in Maryland (too far), you won't find better Szechuan cuisine around. Dim sum available Sa-Su mornings.
  • Cha Kim Phung Bakery

    6771 Wilson Blvd
    This little bakery is as of yet overlooked by the white folks, but the service is probably the friendliest in the mall, and the banh mi are right up there with the best. They also have a more extensive selection of other Vietnamese baked treats than most of the other delis at Eden Center. Lastly, ginger fans should make sure to grab some delicious unfiltered ginger ale out of the fridge.
  • Oegadgip

    7331 Little River Trpk
    M-Sa 10:30AM-2AM, Su 11AM-midnight. $17-35; all-you-can-eat barbecue: $17/person. It's hard to go wrong here, if you can find the place. It's poorly signed and hidden behind some Salvadoran carnicería in what looks like a bland office building across a parking lot. But the food is incredible, and as a plus, it's one of the most comfy spaces in Annandale. The cheapest option is to bring friends and do the all-you-can-eat barbecue, where enormous quantities of garlicy bulgogi and kalbi are grilled on your table, for you to then dip in hot sauce, and generally pig out. The a la carte menu is more expensive, but even more rewarding. A local favorite (among the Koreans, anyway) is the spicy skate stew.
  • Banh Mi So 1

    6779 Wilson Blvd
    So 1 is probably popular choice number two for best banh mi in Eden Center. Expect much bigger baguettes and a much longer menu than you would find at, say, Nhu Lan below.
  • Phung Hoang

    6795 Wilson Blvd
    The restaurants inside the mall are harder to find, and attract a more exclusively Vietnamese clientèle. The standout dish here is bún bò huế, a richer vermicelli soup than pho, with a reddish, chili-heavy broth, some congealed pig's blood, a strong taste of lemongrass, and some optional fish sauce on the side, in addition to the same fresh veggies associated with pho. Full bar.
  • Nhu Lan

    6763 Wilson Blvd
    There is not a consensus regarding the D.C. metro area's top banh mi purveyor, but if there is one, this is it. It's a tiny little bakery with only four tiny tables and a smaller menu than just about anywhere else, but the baguettes are absolutely second to none. Buy four and get one free.
  • Yechon

    4121 Hummer Rd
    24 hours daily. $10-30. Yechon is the Annandale restaurant. It's big and always bustling. Other restaurants here will beat it on specific dishes, but this is the gold standard, where just about everything is good, and where non-Koreans will find the service particularly accessible. In addition to its great a la carte and all-you-can-eat menus, it's worth noting that Yechon rises above the pack with its banchan—some ten–fifteen small, free (but as in all Annandale restaurants, still all-you-can-eat) appetizers with your meal.
  • Peking Gourmet Inn

    Peking Gourmet Inn

    6029 Leesburg Pike
  • New York Pizza Factory

    New York Pizza Factory

    7258 Columbia Pike
  • Starbucks

    6201 Arlington Blvd
    We are the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world since 1971.
  • Sunflower Vegetarian

    Sunflower Vegetarian

    6304 Leesburg Pike
    Sunflower is a vegetarian restaurant serving mostly vegan Chinese and Japanese dishes. Located in Vienna and Falls Church, Virginia.
  • IndAroma

    IndAroma

    6548 C Little River Tpke
    Let us cater your wedding, birthday or corporate event. For a touch of elegance and a unique experience into the world of South Asian cuisine, contact us to make your event special. IndAroma specializes in beautiful and unique Wedding cake designs!
  • Bon Chon Chicken

    Bon Chon Chicken

    6653 Little River Turnpike
  • Casa D'Mama

    Casa D'Mama

    7406 Little River Tpke
  • Silverado

    Silverado

    7050 Columbia Pike
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Annandale uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.