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Restaurants
  • Best Deli
    10629 Braddock Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032
    There's a scarcity of delis in the Fairfax Station Patch, and consequently Best Deli is certainly among the best in theMore area. The food isn't necessarily something to write home about, but the staff is courteous, the dining area is generally clean and inviting, and the menu proffers some solid deals. There's a television usually tuned to the news in the dining area, which can comfortably fit about 30 customers.  The deli hosts a diverting cross-section of area eaters, but it's rarely too busy. The Friday spaghetti and meatballs $6 deal offers good value. There are free refills on fountain sodas.
  • Brion's Grille
    10621 Braddock Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032

    The contrast between Brion's lackluster outer facade and the wonderful environment inside is striking.

    ThisMore huge sports bar and restaurant also has an extra-large menu, which features burgers, steaks, fish, sandwiches, risotto, piccatta, ribs, creative entree salads, Asian spring rolls and more.

    Best of all, it offers a "gourmet lunch" buffet for just $8.50. This lunch buffet is perhaps the best dining value in the area; it's no wonder that Brion's various dining rooms are always full of happy eaters around noon. Another plus: The kitchen stays open late. 

    On the edge of George Mason University, the restaurant is swathed in the school's colors, and features an impressive number of framed athletic jerseys and photos.

    The owner, Fairfax native Brion Sumser, played hoops at Mason in the '70s, and his restaurant's huge backroom is dedicated to Mason's Final Four run in 2006.

    "The GMU basketball coach comes here after almost every home game, and we're popular with other coaches, alumni, faculty and students. They all come here," states General Manager Mike Haley. "Tuesdays are half-price burger night. All the students come in that night. This is a great local/student hangout spot."

    The restaurant frequently hosts charitable and fundraising events.

  • China Express Restaurant
    5712 Union Mill Rd, Clifton, VA 20124
    Located in Fairfax Station, China Express is a great option if you're in the mood for Chinese cuisine. With locations inMore the Northern Virginia area, China Express also offers free delivery within a 3-mile radius. This location is daily.
  • Dairy Queen
    9011 Silverbrook Rd, Fairfax Station, VA 22039

    It's outposts like this that are keeping the venerable DQ brand in business. This place doesn't offer anythingMore special, just a clean and welcoming fast-food establishment with sweet treats and "Sweet Deals", such as—a small sundae, a cheeseburger, fries and a drink for only five dollars. This location is less than a decade old, employees say, and it shows; Fairfax Station's DQ still looks brand-new. The dining room boasts a flat-screen television and a bunch of neat photos of Dairy Queens from the '50s and '60s.

     

  • Domino's Pizza
    10649 Braddock Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032
    This Domino's Pizza branch is located in the inner ring of shops at the University Mall. It offers hot sandwiches, pastaMore bread bowls, wings, cheesy bread and chocolate lava cake in addition to pizza. Also offered are American Legends, a selection of specialty pizzas that have regional flavors.
  • Fat Tuesday's
    10673 Braddock Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032

    Fat Tuesday's: much more than a dive bar.

    Situated in the rear of the University Mall, near a FedEx, a floristMore and a daycare, Fat Tuesday's offers gustatory pleasure at good prices (on Mondays the menu's half-price, which is an unbeatable deal), all in an atmosphere conducive to celebration and inebriation. The bar is frequented by George Mason University students.

    Fat's is also a small live music venue. Locally-famous acts such as the Daycare Swindlers (a band which also headlines the 9:30 Club) often grace the "stage." Fat's also hosts the likes of Dave Matthews cover band Crowded Streets.

    According to the establishment's web site, "Fat Tuesday's has been serving locals for over 25 years in the same location under the same ownership, so we must be doing something right ... We are proud to be a N'awlins Saloon that captures the festive atmosphere of Mardi Gras and strives to celebrate daily. The Cajun and Creole style cooking at Fat's packs our menu with plenty of authentic southern delights: oysters, shrimp,crawfish, catfish, gumbo, Creole, and Po' Boys as well as other sandwiches and burgers."

     

     

     

  • George Mason University Patriot Center
    4500 Patriot Cir, Fairfax, VA 22030
    The Patriot Center at George Mason University is a 10,000-seat arena that hosts all types of events and shows, includingMore George Mason basketball games, concerts, family shows, trade shows and commencement ceremonies. The arena offers patrons a wide range of amenities, including numerous food and beverage stands like Paisano's Pizza and Chick Fil-A, as well as ATM machines, smoking areas and handicapped accessible seating areas. Among the notable performances throughout are the Ringling Bros. circus, Bruce Springsteen, Keith Urban, Bob Dylan, Enrique Iglesias and Disney on Ice, among many more. Visit the website for ticket and seating information, as well as a schedule of upcoming events.
  • George's Steak N' Things
    5624 Ox Rd, Fairfax Station, VA 22039
    George's Steak n' Things purveys classic American cuisine in a sleek, clean environment. Located near the historicMore St. Mary's Catholic Church just off of Route 123, George's offers a wide variety of menu options which range from fresh bountiful salads to tasty sandwiches, subs and burgers. There is a soda fountain and George's offers free refills. George's offers carryout and delivery service.
  • KFC
    5794 Union Mill Rd, Clifton, VA 20124
    Known for its fried chicken, KFC also offers baked chicken, chicken sandwiches and various other fast food options. ThisMore location is open daily.
  • La Tolteca
    5624 Ox Rd, Fairfax Station, VA 22039

    This original incarnation of the Los Toltecos franchise (other Los Tolts are in Woodbridge, Alexandria, Sterling andMore Winchester) is a very popular restaurant and bar which offers a large, attractive dining room and a bar replete with big-screen televisions (on which sports are a popular choice, says bartender Andrew Ayash, but "you can ask to watch anything").

    "We have a lot of regulars – people who have been coming here for a long time," Ayash remarks. "People love our margaritas and our happy hour [Monday through Thursday, 2pm - 7pm] is very popular. Friday and Saturday we'll stay open until 2 in the morning if there are enough people here."

    Dinner entrees range from about $10 to about $15; lunch specials are around $7. The food is good, the service is friendly, the atmosphere is fun, but most important of all is that Los Toltecos offers the Holy Grail of Mexican restaurants: all-you-can eat tacos at the bar for less than $10. Some restrictions apply.

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