restaurant reviews

Knossos Restaurant

401 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 281-6242

Knossos Restaurant is a small little Greek Café in Vienna that I could not believe I have ever noticed it or ate at. Next door to Knossos is Amphora (another Greek Diner) and Amphora Bakery (Greek Bakery). I was surprised to learn that they were all owned by the same person. The only difference in Knossos and Amphora is that at Knossos you get more food for less. Wow, now I am really glad we ate there. But I have to tell you that I have eaten at all three now and they are all very good. But Knossos is the best food for the price and size. I ordered the chicken was only one man working in the café and he was extremely nice. The entire place was starting to get souvlaki which is one of my favorite dishes and it was amazing. My husband had the gyro which was beef and lamb mixed and wow it was splendid. Therefilled but yet he was fast and pleasant the entire time, now that is what I call service.

Grade: B

Todai Restaurant

11750 Fair Oaks Mall #135
Fairfax, VA, 22033, USA
Tel: 703-273-0120

Do you like Japanese food? Do you like sushi? Well, if you do then I have just the place for you.

Some time ago my husband and I ran across Todai Restaurant in the Fair Oaks mall located in Fairfax, VA. Sadly they were closing so we were not able to dine at that time. But just by looking in the window I was highly intrigued. The place looked amazing (very modern), large and well honestly everyone eating there was Asian (if you go to a restaurant and see the people from that culture dining there you just know it is good).

Surprisingly enough our hotel is located right across the street from Fair Oaks mall but I had forgot all about Todai and wanting to try it. A few days ago while shopping in the mall we were famished and looking for a place to eat and guess what we came across? Yes, you guessed right “Todai”.

This place was even better then I had suspected. Todai’s has a never ending amount of food laid out for you. Yes, it is a buffet style restaurant. And for me to say a buffet style restaurant is good (well, it is) because I am just not a buffet kind of girl. You will find a raw sushi bar, a cooked sushi bar (and yes this is all fresh and made while you watch) and out of everything Todai’s has to offer my favorite of course was the dessert area. They were all so amazingly unique and elegant. Everything was made into these cute tiny bites and tasted incredible. I wanted the recipe for everything. And at $15 a person well it is a steal as well.

Grade: A

Bamian’s Afghan Cuisine

5634 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, Virginia 22041
Phone: 703-820-7880

Out of all the restaurants I have been to Bamian’s is defiantly on my top five. I have been fortunate enough to eat at Bamian’s several times but sadly as many of you know my family and I had to move from the DC area for a year but we are back now, thank God I missed this place. My family and I often visit Bamian’s for Eid along with several other families.

Bamian’s is an authentic Afghan restaurant. And when I saw authentic I do mean in every single way you can imagine. The decor is amazing and you can even choose a private booth for your family if you want (we always do). They have amazing service and now let’s get to business (the food).

The food will leave you wanting more and more even days after you have left. Each bite you take leaves you wanting more. The spices, the juiciness, and the taste ahh just everything is perfect.

Grade: A

Ali Baba’s Time Out Deli

8361 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
Phone: (865) 693-1446

I have lived in Tennessee most of my life and saw this small little deli on several different occasions but chose to never stop. Just yesterday my family and I grabbed some lunch from Ali Baba’s and I was immediately mad at myself for never stopping before. I ordered the falafel pita with spicy fries and a coke. It was so good that I can not wait to go back and grab some more.

The owner is an older man from Palastine. The deli has a large variety of food and even a halal meat selection and ethnic grocery store. I would have gave Ali baba’s an A while grading but one thing always gets to me when Muslims own business’s or sell what they say is halal meat. What is that you ask? SELLING PORK! This is a Muslim owned business. Even on the menu it says “some meat is halal” and that they sell halal meat. How can you sell and serve halal meat if you sell pork? That just does not add up right to me.

Grade: C