We’ve checked out the #hashtags and done all the work—now it’s time to check out the restaurants for yourselves. These hot spots have been racking up points on Instagram and are some of the most delish places to dine in Nova and DC.
Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken
According to our Instagram sources, this gorgeous lineup of donut, fried chicken and—gasp—fried chicken donut sandwiches is worth the drive out to DC. Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken is reported to have “the best doughnut in DC.” They also serve up farm fresh seasonal fruit and ingredients from local farmers. Search #astrodoughnuts on Instagram for great reviews.
Bangkok Golden Thai Restaurant
Instagrammers are raving about #bangkokgolden:
“Hands down, best Thai restaurant. Crispy duck!”
“My favorite Thai place in NOVA.”
“Accomplishing my food bucket list before heading back to school.”
Since 1999, Jack-Sao and family have been serving up Thai dishes that celebrate native home cooking. They’re known and applauded for their crispy catfish, Thai salad, and chicken larb. For more great dishes, check out #bangkokgolden on Instagram.
Tysons Corner, Virginia
Over the seared Ahi Tuna Salad, one instagrammer exclaimed to his date, “That looks so amazing!”
With locations in Tysons Corner, Fairfax, and Gaithersburg, Great American Restaurants’ beach-themed Coastal Flats offers a satisfying coastal menu. The smoked salmon filet and hickory grilled jumbo shrimp with Mediterranean orzo salad top their list of best sellers. Coastal Flats serves lunch and dinner, and also offers a gluten-sensitive menu. Check out the #coastalflats hashtag to read more rave reviews online.
Tysons Corner, Virginia
What instagrammers are saying about Founding Farmers:
“Do you see the size of the Bananas Foster Buttermilk Pancakes? Insane and delicious! Best ever.”
“A trip to DC can hardly be considered complete without at least one meal at #foundingfarmers.”
“Double posting, because this is just too good not to share.”
Founding Farmers serves up seasonal food that’s locally sourced, sustainably farmed, and has a minimal carbon footprint. One step in the door, and you’re greeted by the warmth celebrated by American farmers and the land they farm. Check out #foundingfarmers on Instagram for more reviews.
This much yumminess in one picture should be illegal.
Crowd-pleasing, GypsySoul. Buttermilk pancakes with pumpkin mousse—what could be more gratifying? Their menu offers a whole section devoted to macaroni and cheese dishes. Southern-inspired options like sage biscuits, jumbo lump crabcakes, and potato salad is what earned their chef, RJ Cooper, his James Beard Award for Best Chef: Mid- Atlantic.
Beef marrow, sea urchins, antler mustard, and ink toast are the more adventurous items on the menu. Lovers of other food eccentricities can find Asian-style lettuce wraps with crispy pig ears and fermented cucumbers, chicken-skin cracklings, as well as a stuffed pork head.
Here’s what instagrammers are saying:
“When you have a great night it needs to be shared.”
“Killer donuts with bourbon glazed pecans.”
Chef and owner Mike Isabella is not only an award-winning chef, but also serves up authentic Greek food sure to please Gus Portokalos himself—My Big Fat Greek Wedding, anyone?
What instagrammers are saying about Kapnos Taverna: “This is a must to order when you go to #kapnostaverna.”
“Crispy eggplant with blood orange and honey #nomnom.”
“This #baklava is as good as it gets.”
“One of our favorites tonight, marinated mussels with preserved lemon and pomegranate.”
Sugar Shack Donuts
Sugar Shack Donuts has truly mastered the art of donut-making. These yeast donuts are sprinkled, candy laden, and in every color of the rainbow!
With two locations in Richmond, one in Alexandria, and more to come in Fredericksburg, Midlothian, and Charlottesville, Sugar Shack Donuts is a donut connoisseurs destination. From their house-made raspberry glaze to bacon maple, apple fritter, and chicken donuts, Sugar Shack Donuts will not disappoint.
Here’s what Instagrammers are saying about #sugarshackdonuts:
“What a #sweet way to end the weekend.”
“The toffee one was so good I had to put the box in the truck to keep from eating another one!”
“These are grade A prime donuts.”
Homemade poptarts. ‘Nuff said.
Ted’s Bulletin is the great American family restaurant. With locations in Reston, Fairfax, Washington, and Gaithersburg, Mark and Ty Neal opened Ted’s Bulletin in honor of their father, Ted. After the struggles of the Great Depression, Ted celebrated the new availability of food, adopting an open-door policy with friends, family, and neighbors. Ted’s Bulletin honors the memory of Ted, and, just like at home, the kitchen always has a pot of tomato soup and grilled cheese ready. Instagram photos of Ted’s Bulletin’s homemade poptarts, spiked milkshakes, and comfort food galore are some of the most popular on Instagram. Check out #tedsbulletin to see for yourself.
What they’re saying on Instagram:
“People who love to eat are always the best people. ~ Julia Childs”
“Not. Another. Bite. Yum.”
“Great atmosphere for families!”