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Best of McLean & Vienna: Local Favorites
Four residents on their favorite diners, dry cleaners, and barbershops By Michael Gaynor
Comments () | Published January 18, 2011
Wolf Trap’s Terrence Jones likes to stop in for breakfast at the 50-year-old Vienna Inn. Photograph by Michael Ventura.
President of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna

Early morning on the weekends, I bike the Washington & Old Dominion Trail from my house in Reston all the way to Vienna to have breakfast at the Vienna Inn (120 Maple Ave. E., Vienna; 703-938-9548). For lunch, I like Natta Thai (153 Glyndon St., Vienna; 703-242-4323). I love kale, and just today I had stir-fried chicken with chili sauce and the best crispy kale I’ve ever had.

I call Bazin’s on Church (111 Church St., NW, Vienna; 703-255-7212) my Cheers. It’s got a great bar, and everybody knows your name.

I’m a photographer, so I do a lot of framing. Bob Cramer at Creative Framing (332 Maple Ave. W., Vienna; 703-938-1281) takes such care and is incredibly patient with customers. He has a great understanding of picking the right frame for any piece of art.

For wine, I always go to Vienna Vintner (233 Maple Ave. E., Vienna; 703-242-9463). Victor Mendes is the proprietor. Talk about willingness to take time—he knows his wines. I always send people who are planning a picnic at Wolf Trap there. He knows how to take care of them.


Founder of T.H.E. Artist Agency, a modeling agency in Georgetown; Cast member on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of D.C.”

I raised my children in McLean and just moved back here last year. We used to live in Georgetown, and I’d try different places there, but I kept coming back here. It’s a beautiful place to take long walks.

When I was in Georgetown, I found myself sending my nanny back to McLean to use McLean Cleaners (1407 Chain Bridge Rd.; 703-356-5321). I’ve used it for my day-to-day clothing for 20 years. And believe me, I’ve tried plenty of dry cleaners.

I have a chubby little pug named Ichiban with a ton of allergies, and pugs are high-maintenance when it comes to health care. I take him to Old Dominion Animal Health Center (6719 Lowell Ave., McLean; 703-356-5582). They’re really on top of it, sending me letters and letting me know what’s due for my animals. I also have a beautiful, feisty Siamese cat named Little Bon Bon, and she has her grooming there every three weeks. They also have a store where I can get everything from beds to collars to organic treats.

I have four children, and McLean Immediate Care (1340 Old Chain Bridge Rd., McLean; 703-893-2273) is great. It’s amazing to be able to drive over and have them do a rapid test—when a child is sick, you don’t want to have to drive all over. It has a great staff.

In terms of food, if kids are coming back from football and I need to put something together really quickly, Balducci’s (6655 Old Dominion Dr., McLean; 703-448-3828) is the place I’ll go. But my guilty pleasure is the crispy beef from Wok & Roll (1371 Beverly Rd., McLean; 703-556-8811). It’s so delicious, and they deliver.


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