Move over Tysons Corner, there’s a new kid in town who’s been dominating the dining scene. Mosaic District shopping center, located in Merrifield, Virginia, currently boasts 19 restaurants (with two more opening soon). From Mexican and Vietnamese to pizza and burgers, there is something to satisfy even the pickiest of palettes. Listed below are several family-favorites guaranteed to satisfy Mommy’s and Junior’s belly.
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FOR PIZZA…Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro
If your child loves pizza (and who doesn’t?), then Matchbox’s artisanal, brick-oven pizza is for you. They offer a variety of traditional and satisfying American fare, but it’s the pizza that really shines. Matchbox’s pizza ranges from simple cheese and pepperoni to prosciutto and chicken pesto.
FOR VIETNAMESE…Four Sisters
This is the kind of spot even your Vietnamese grandmother will love. Authentic to the core, Four Sisters’ menu is even in Vietnamese (with English translations of course). This restaurant stands out because of its attentive staff, delicious food, and affordable prices. Although there’s no kid’s menu, little ones can still enjoy the amazing Pork Spring Rolls, pho, and noodle dishes. Its popularity may keep you waiting if reservations are not made but it’s worth the wait. Bonus: gluten-free and MSG-free menus available.
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FOR MEDITERRANEAN…Cava Mezze Grill
For a quick and healthy bite, Cava Mezze Grill fits the bill. The Greek-inspired, fast-casual restaurant allows diners to create their own plates. Similar to Chipotle, diners can choose their base (rice, grains, pita, salad), then select meats, and finally toppings. Kids can get a simple rice and meat dish with a side of hummus and pita chips. For the health conscious, Cava Mezze sources ingredients from local farmers using hormone and antibiotic-free meat. Also, their yummy seasonal dishes and juices are made in-house daily.
FOR SANDWICHES…Taylor Gourmet Deli
There’s nothing like a good hoagie. Taylor prides itself in providing freshly-baked, preservative-free breads to accent its flavorful fillings. You can grab one to go and sit in the open Strawberry Park across the street, or dine in their small industrial-styled space. Either way, your sandwich will pack a delish punch with every bite. You won’t find a plain turkey and cheddar sandwich here. A few of their seasonal offerings currently include: risotto balls, a citrus-braised pork sub, chicken barley soup, the Fairhill vegetarian sandwich, Truffle Cheesesteak, Butternut Squash Salad, and an herbed chicken salad sandwich.
This farm-to-table restaurant is a must for seafood lovers. Oysters shipped daily from the owner, Travis Croxton’s, clam farms in Virginia are expertly shucked. But don’t worry, if the kids aren’t adventurous eaters they can choose a plate from the children’s menu (ice cream included). For those craving something heartier, Brine can deliver with juicy burgers and tasty fries to match. The added perk? Crayons are provided so mom and dad can enjoy some adult conversation. Their lunch, dinner, and brunch menus change frequently. For this reason it’s recommended to call for updates and specials.
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Once your second stomach is ready for dessert, the family can hop over to Dolcezza for brewed coffee or artisanal gelato. This D.C.-based shop sources its ingredients from local farms and prepares their small batches of gelato in their Union Market factory, daily. A few of their gelato flavors include: Salted Caramel, Thai Coconut, Pear Bourbon, and Valrhona Chocolate Amargo.
Do you have a favorite Mosaic District eatery? Tell us about it in the comments section below.