DC FOODIES Eden Center Extravaganza
posted April 25, 2019 6:52 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sun May 26 at 12:00 PM, Eden Center
Sidewalk Stores, 6751 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA, USA (Map & Directions)
Hello DC area international food fans! Can you believe it's almost May? If you're around Memorial Day weekend, join us for lunch and browsing at Eden Center, NoVA's little slice of Vietnam.
Tentative agenda: meet at the flagpoles at noon, then
1. Fried tofu at Thanh Son Tofu
2. Banh mi at Nhu Lan
3. Boba at TeaDM
4. Baked goods at Phuoc Loc

If we aren't in a food coma by then, we can hit the grocery stores/gift shops. I'm skipping the sit-down places for now so we can hit as many different spots as possible, but Rice Paper et al are definitely on the list for a return trip!

As noted in the comments, this is a manageable walk or a quick bus ride from the East Falls Church Metro station. If you are coming from Alexandria, please plan accordingly for the Blue/Yellow Line partial shutdown.

Guides to Eden Center:
posted by capricorn to Meetup (23 comments total)

I've never been to Eden Center, know nothing about Vietnamese food, and essentially, am no help at all. But any of those days work for me. And I am very intrigued.
posted by rue72 at 8:29 AM on April 25, 2019

Oh, one crucial detail I left out! To my absolute shock, Eden Center IS WALKABLE FROM THE METRO. It's a 20 minute walk from East Falls Church and there are sidewalks the whole way per Street View.
posted by capricorn at 6:37 AM on April 26, 2019

(Unless you're coming from Alexandria, in which case no metro for you from Memorial Day-Labor Day :((( )
posted by capricorn at 6:40 AM on April 26, 2019

We're going out of town but I could maybe get us back in time for lunch on Monday if that works. I really want to go to this one!
posted by brilliantine at 7:39 AM on April 26, 2019

It’s walkable or you can transfer onto the 26A which has a stop that lets off right at Roosevelt and Wilson Blvd, though it only runs hourly I think. But when it’s storming that might be worth it.
posted by phearlez at 10:53 AM on April 26, 2019

I'm going to go ahead and confirm this for Sunday, May 26. brilliantine, apologies for the timing here, but I don't want to risk anything being closed for the holiday! See you all then.
posted by capricorn at 8:45 AM on May 1, 2019

PS let's meet at the flagpoles at noon.
posted by capricorn at 8:45 AM on May 1, 2019 [1 favorite]

Zudz and I will have just gotten back from Hawaii the day before, so we may be tapped out on gorging ourselves on Asian food (unlikely, at least for me) or too jetlagged to want to drive down from Maryland (more likely), but I would basically kill a man for a decent egg tart at this point and have heard good things on Yelp about the bakeries in Eden Center, so I/we are a solid maybe. Plus that'll give me an excuse to restock my supply of Japanese and Korean face/hair goops at Good Fortune and Besfren!
posted by bowtiesarecool at 1:51 PM on May 1, 2019

Never mind, I'm a lying liar who lies. We will leave Hawaii on the 25th, but we'll be landing sometime in the middle of this, so we can't go! Super dang.
posted by bowtiesarecool at 2:12 PM on May 1, 2019

Aw, sorry to miss you guys! Next time!
posted by capricorn at 7:14 PM on May 1, 2019

No worries! It just means now *I* want to plan a meetup at some point (especially since someone mentioned egg tarts!)
posted by brilliantine at 12:25 PM on May 3, 2019

zennie and I will be there. (Yes, technically I have an account.)
posted by Bongotrance Rabbitfriend at 6:47 AM on May 9, 2019 [1 favorite]

Got a full day, but will hope to be there!
posted by McCoy Pauley at 9:25 AM on May 24, 2019

Aww, feel better soon!
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:42 AM on May 26, 2019

We arrived and realized the flagpoles are in the middle of the parking lot so we are in front of the Teletron
posted by capricorn at 9:00 AM on May 26, 2019

It was very hot so we switched up the order and are now at TeaDM!
posted by capricorn at 9:12 AM on May 26, 2019

Just arrived, where'd you all end up?
posted by Maecenas at 9:15 AM on May 26, 2019

Sorry gang, I got the flu (or something like it) and didn't even get out of bed until half an hour ago. Hope you all had fun!
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 11:43 AM on May 26, 2019

Johnny W and I lagged behind in Good Fortune— where did you all end up?
posted by McCoy Pauley at 12:01 PM on May 26, 2019

We weren't sure if you were still at Good Fortune so we headed out - sorry to Irish goodbye everyone! Anyway, thanks to all who came out - this was a great time!
posted by capricorn at 12:45 PM on May 26, 2019 [1 favorite]

Lots of fun, thanks for organizing it!
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 12:48 PM on May 26, 2019 [1 favorite]

Well, I had to head out (pate chaud can only last so long in weather like today's before it needs to be eaten or refrigerated), but it was a great time! A pleasure to see those I'd met before, and a pleasure to meet those I hadn't. Capricorn, thanks as always for organizing the outing! I've spent a lot of time at Eden Center, but we hit a lot of places that were new to me and worth knowing.
posted by McCoy Pauley at 12:49 PM on May 26, 2019 [1 favorite]

The boba was delicious, but don't overdo it: Chinese girl suffers constipation for 5 days. The cause? Bubble tea pearls
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:20 AM on June 13, 2019

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