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Shilla, Tysons Corner I January 29, 2016

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We often go to Shilla in Annandale or Centerville after we enjoy a meal of Korean tofu, bulgogi and seafood pancake. Shilla is a Korean bakery chain store serving illy coffee, bubble teas, shaved ice, cold sandwiches and fancy and wonderful Asian bakeries.

Tysons Corner I Shopping Center has a side wing on the second level right above the 1st floor food court. It used to have a hamberger joint/sports bar but it closed its door about 2 years ago because of competition and less than ideal location. The empty space sat behind a section of 15 feet tall construction panels for at least a year and few people walked down to the corridor to see what’s going on there.

One day after New Years holiday, my wife told me that Shilla came to Tysons Corner and it was busy with happy customers when she stopped by to pick up some soft and fluffy red bean bread, 3-colored pound cake, sponge cake, coconut buns, mongbean bread and raisin bread.

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Now that we have been there twice in two weeks, we like it as much as we like the other Shillas. May be a little more because it is only 3.5 miles away.

Norstrom Cafe, Tysons Corner May 29, 2015

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This cozy Cafe is hidden in a corner of the Norstrom Department store at Tysons Shopping Center in Northern Virginia. You can Find it on the first floor near ladys’ shoes section.

We have been to this Cafe for years and like it very much. It offers cafeteria style service, relaxing atmosphere, attentive service, house wines, high quality coffee, beautiful desserts and excellent food. Its prices are comprarable to those at other restaurants in the Tysons area. A reasonable tip is still expected though. I wish it opens till the mall closes at 9:30  though.

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That's a lot of foid. The chicken was tender and juicy with a good amount of spice too. Love it.

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With a glass of wine and a cup of coffee, the bill was about $50.

Paladar, Tysons Corner, Virginar November 23, 2014

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This rum bar/Latin restaurant used to be Bertucci. Bertucci closed down and the space stood empty for a while because this isn’t the best place to get in and out.

Paladar came and we waited for at least 6 months before giving it a try.

We didn’t like it. The food looks okay and it is over priced by about 20%. Paladar probably didn’t have much choice: its landlord probably charges it an arm and a leg to open a restaurant here: $55/sq ft, maybe. It is located at a busy intersection where people line up to enter I-495 all the time.

We will not come back. Service was good but we just didn’t like this type of food. There were tacos and regular Latin fare which weren’t very inviting to ud. Beer was great. Coffee was great. But there is only so much one can do with tacos and black beans, you know what I mean. It’s not Paladar’s fault. My bad.

See for yourself.

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Shake Shack, Tysons Corner, VA September 2, 2014

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The Tysons Corner Plaza has opened to the public for a while now but I have only been there twice. The 2nd time was last night; the evening before  school starts today, Tuesday, 09-02-2014.

My wife and I went to Tysons’ to jog and have something to eat. But we decided to try Shake Shack’s burgers first. Shake Shack is located right on the Plaza next to the entrance. It was busy when we got there around 7:30 pm and there were a lot of small kids running around. It also has an open area adjacent to the restaurant for kids to play. The Plaza is an open space area for mall shoppers, residents of the luxury apartment complex and office workers of the new Hyatt tower. They two high-rise buildings will be open in late 2014 or early 2015. The Plaza is very nice and is designed for people to relax, sit around, play and watch the world goes by.

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Shake Shack’s burgers are tastier than 5 Guys’ burgers and way better than McDonald’s or Burger King’s.

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But Shake Shack’s burgers are much saltier, extremely greasy, very small in size and much more expensive than its competitors’. They probably have to charge you an arm and a leg because they are paying big bucks for the space and for the prime location on the Plaza.

I also believe that Shake Shack makes most of its profits from shacks and frozen treats because a shack is $5 and a small (yes, when they say small, they mean small) frozen is $3.25. The fries were nothing to brag about. I rather like to have 5 Guys’ fries even though we can only finish about half of a regular order.

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Go give it a try if you must. I don’t think it’s the only one in northern VA. This is the first time we’ve been here and it is likely our last.

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