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The ODPC Guide

to Local Watering Holes

Check out the best places to eat and hang out around church recommended by our very own ODPC members

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD  |  NOV. 16, 2018

A Special Collaboration with Story Media Labs

Pho Beef Combination at Super Pho

"Where should we go for lunch?" is almost always the question after Sunday service when meeting with friends and visitors at Open Door Presbyterian Church.  But depending on who you ask, answers may vary from a neighborhood joint in Herndon, Virginia to a local favorite over in the next city.  The ODPC Guide to Local Watering Holes offers answers to more than just what's for lunch.  We asked five of our church members to recommend the best places around ODPC to eat, refresh, and have fun with friends or family.  Whether you're new to the area, a recent guest, or even a DMV native, this guide may likely surprise you if at the least, give you some good ideas for a weekend meal.

Hen Penny chicken at Reston Town Center

Dan Hwang, Men's Ministry Deacon

What’s your favorite place around ODPC to …

 

grab lunch with friends?  Super Pho

celebrate a special occasion?  Cooper's Hawk

have a date?  PassionFish

take out-of-town guests?  Reston Town Center

get coffee?  Panera

take kids?  Duck Donuts

get some exercise?  ODPC Gym Wednesday Nights Basketball

relax or be entertained?  1757 Golf Club

feel like a local?  Bike on W&OD Trail

Vermicelli Combination at Super Pho

Eunice Lee, Youth Group Volunteer

What’s your favorite place around ODPC to …

 

grab lunch with friends?  Chao Phra Ya Thai, Clifton Cafe, Super Pho

celebrate a special occasion?  Maple Ave., Rose's Luxury, Ambar

have a date?  Skeet shooting at Bull Run, Wolf Trap, Jammin Java, Bey Lounge

take out-of-town guests?  Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, any of the million museums in DC, Iron Ice

get coffee?  Caffe Amouri, Peet's

relax or be entertained?  Top Golf, Great Falls Park, National Harbor, MGM, Navy Yard

feel like a local?  Cox Farms, walk around old town Clifton or Mosaic District

Counter Burger at Reston Town Center

Sarah Choi, NextGen Member

What’s your favorite place around ODPC to …

 

grab lunch with friends?  Taco Bamba, A&J, BBQ Chicken and Beer, Iron Age, Pho Hoang, Plaka Grill, Enatye Ethiopian Restaurant

celebrate a special occasion?  Iron Age, So Korean BBQ

have a date?  Barcelona Reston, Bartaco Reston, Matsu Sushi

take out-of-town guests?  Yama, Billy Goat Trail at Great Falls Park

get coffee?  Kung Fu Tea, Caffe Amouri, Jireh

get some exercise?  Burke Lake, Billy Goat Trail

relax or be entertained?  Reston Town Center, Tysons Corner, Fairfax Corner

L-R:  Esther Kim, Shi Chung, Ann Chu, Ellis Chang, Mike Villalas, Ryan Lim

Pastor David Rim, Discipleship & Life-Stages Pastor

What’s your favorite place around ODPC to …

 

grab lunch with friends?  Choong Man Chicken – Korean fried chicken; have to try their Snow Onion dish!

celebrate a special occasion?  Founding Farmers brunch buffet – one near Reston-Whiele station

have a date?  Still looking for this one myself

take out-of-town guests?  Pavilion Café in the National Mall – near Sculpture Museum – all glass walls

get coffee?  Too embarrassed to say Starbucks – but those are the only ones I visit

take kids?  Perhaps twenty years ago ...

get some exercise?  Burke Lake

relax or be entertained?  Georgetown – especially if you have a wife and two daughters of shopping age

feel like a local?  Probably more the people I am with than an actual place

Pitango's Raspberry Mojito Gelato at Reston Town Center

Hanna Sohn Chang, Weekend Pack Coordinator

What’s your favorite place around ODPC to …

 

grab lunch with friends?  Panera, Potbellys, Pho (across the street from church), Anjeethi, Bonchon

celebrate a special occasion?  Reston Town Center

have a date?  Ice Skating at Reston Town Center, fishing on the water

take out-of-town guests?  DC, Old Town Alexandria

get coffee?  Starbucks, Cafein, Panera

take kids?  Chick-fil-A, Burger King, Panera, Chipotle, Air & Space Museum

get some exercise?  Gym

relax or be entertained?  Old Town Occoquan

feel like a local?  Duck Donuts

Speclal thanks to Cafein, Kungfu Tea Centreville, Reston Town Center, Super Pho & Story Media Labs cast and crew

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